Public was created by four Kelowna locals, who are bound together by family, friendship, and their appreciation of a fine beverage. Their combined experiences give Public its sturdy backbone of community-centred values and pride in quality and craftsmanship.
Dominique Dooley: Dominique is both the beating heart and ticking brain of Public! She cares for every guest that walks through the doors, has a creative mind that leaps obstacles with ease, and won't settle for anything less than the best for her Okanagan community. She's committed to customer service excellence, and to the representing bounty of BC and it's inhabitants. Her drive to showcase the best sips around, while creating a dynamic in-store environment, sets Public apart from the rest.
Photo by Brandon Boot
Carolyn & Kyle Nixon:
This dynamic duo, the "parents" of our sister business BNA Brewing, brings huge credibility to what we do here at Public. Kyle is Cicerone-certified and knows beer and hospitality inside out; Kyle's better half, Carolyn, is not only a Sommelier but a hospitality expert as well. Carolyn and Kyle have spent years creating genuine relationships with local businesses, wineries, and spirit-makers of all kinds, and their kindness and consideration for their community makes them champions within the Okanagan. To know them is to love them.
Jim has been a dominant force in Kelowna's Hospitality industry for 40 years. He opened his first liquor store at McCulloch Station when the industry was in its infancy. Jim went on to build and operate the Hotel Eldorado for 25 years, during which time he also ran the El Liquor Store. After selling the Eldorado Hotel, Jim held on to his liquor store and it transformed into Public. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge to the business and continues to be an incredible advisor and sounding board.
Photo by Jordana Dickson Photography.