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Kelowna rickshaw firm expands as enterprise will increase – Okanagan


A Kelowna man who’s been within the rickshaw driving enterprise since 2013 has not too long ago expanded his fleet, after he seen a rise in demand from vacationers and locals alike.

Dan Energy has been driving a rickshaw cart since he was 17 years outdated. The dream all began again in Halifax, Nova Scotia after seeing somebody pulling round individuals behind a picket cart. Energy labored as a rickshaw driver in Halifax earlier than began his personal enterprise in Kelowna in 2020, calling it ‘Energy Rickshaw.’ For Energy and his passengers, it’s been comparatively easy driving ever since.

“I simply love seeing so many individuals on the streets having enjoyable and having fun with the Okanagan,” describes Energy.

“We have now locals popping out and having fun with themselves and we’re seeing them week after week, after which there’s those that come from out of city, and simply making an attempt to be the spotlight of individuals’s experiences is what we’re right here for.”

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There have been some bumps alongside the highway. COVID-19 restrictions led to much less tourism and that meant enterprise slowed down, however now that restrictions have lifted, his enterprise has not solely bounced again, he’s expanded his fleet by including a brand new staff member and cart.

“Having Kevin as a part of the staff has been an enormous assist in maintaining with demand,” Energy explains. “We’re again to having enjoyable, persons are out right here having fun with themselves, there are far more vacationers, the bars being open late once more, it’s simply been enormous for my enterprise.”

The most recent addition to the Energy Rickshaw staff is Kevin Ferreira. Whereas he doesn’t have any earlier expertise pulling individuals round in a rickshaw, he says the brand new job expertise has been priceless and he’s been studying alongside the way in which.

“I’d say that is greater than a job, it’s like a life-style as a result of it’s not like concerning the cash you make, it’s the experiences you have got just like the conversations you get out of there,” Ferreira reveals. “You could be your self with the purchasers and the individuals.”

As you would possibly count on, pulling individuals round all day is bodily demanding, which was an enormous eye-opener for Ferreira.

“Truthfully, I’ve by no means been on this good condition earlier than, it modified my entire physique,” mentioned Ferreira.

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“You actually must push your self via and typically you simply must go additional, and I feel that’s what makes this job a problem however nonetheless retains it enjoyable.”

Those that caught a trip with Energy and Ferreira on Saturday had nothing however good issues to say concerning the rising enterprise.

“I really feel prefer it’s a good way to go up and down Bernard and people-watch and see the whole lot Kelowna has to supply,” mentioned Jade Gaudet.

“It’s our favourite mode of transportation,” mentioned Mikayla Meyers.

Energy added that he plans to proceed rising the enterprise.


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