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Pop-up art gallery, food cart to add vibrancy to downtown Vernon this summer

Andrew McWilliam serves a cup of coffee out of his mobile Ratio Coffee food truck outside the pop-up Vernon art gallery on 31 Avenue.
May 12, 2015 - 2:29 PM

VERNON - People stepping off Greyhound or public transit buses in downtown Vernon will have a unique shipping container art gallery and at least one food truck waiting for them this summer.

Vernon city council approved a request from the Vernon Public Art Gallery to keep a network of steel shipping containers where they are, at the bus loop across from Cenotaph Park, until September. The original plan was for the temporary, pop-up structure to be dismantled when the Okanagan Print Triennial show closes May 21.

“I think it’s going to be a great added attraction for tourists,” Coun. Juliette Cunningham said. “I’ve noticed, because I walk through there almost every day, there’s been way more activity in that area. It’s nice to see.”

On-site vendor Ratio Coffee has been operating outside the shipping containers since the show opened, and has also expressed interest in remaining throughout the summer months. There’s also the possibility more food trucks will be able to set-up in the area.

“We’re trying to make our downtown more vibrant and welcoming so all of these things help contribute to that,” Cunningham said.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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