December 30, 2015 - 10:30 AM
KELOWNA - After a number of factors almost led to its shut down, Kelowna’s only country-themed bar says the doors are staying open.
The OK Corral announced in late October that due to a steep decline in patrons visiting the only bar outside the downtown area, they only had funds for a few more months. Club spokesperson Angie Clowry says they have made several changes in the last few weeks and have seen their numbers once again moving in the right direction.
She credits a new manager, ID scanner at the door, regular events and special performances as well as an updated interior for the turnaround.
“Our staff engages with each person whether the coat check, doorman, servers or bartenders,” Clowry says. “That alone has made a huge difference and people have noticed. There is zero reason why people can't be welcoming even when there is a line up and we are in a hurry.”
While success in the highly competitive world of nightclubs is never certain, DJ turned manager Andy Bowie says they are confident they will be around for years to come.
“We have a lot going for us,” he says. “We have this outstanding group of young people who love to dance who have been showing up Tuesday nights for their own country dance practice, they are the ones flipping each other around on the dance floor Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays. (It’s) a sight to see."
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