Straight from DeHart - December 8/2011
This week’s column is dedicated to Susan McGillis who passed away suddenly on November 29. Susan and her husband Steve were good customers of the Ramada Hotel and my condolences and that of the entire Ramada staff go out to her family and many friends.
“Cora Breakfast and Lunch” is now open at 1470 Harvey Avenue (BCAA Mall). The local franchise, owned and operated by Warren and Pam MacPhee started in Montreal in 1987 by founder Cora Tsouflidou, with 126 Cora’s now across Canada and Kelowna being the 3rd. The restaurant is famous for its all-day breakfast that boasts mounds of fresh fruit artfully prepared on-site by specially-trained “fruiters”. There is over 100 menu items, many named after the customer or family member who inspired the creation. You will find savory items such as “a cinnamon-raisin brioche dipped in French toast batter, crepes, French toast, waffles, Panini-crepe (crepe rolled and grilled), buckwheat crepes, crepomelettes, omelettes, and even bacon and eggs; all served with mounds of fruit. Open seven days a week. Call 250-868-0880 or www.chezcora.com
Former LPGA Tour Pro, AJ Eathorne will join the Golf Academy team at Predator Ridge in the 2012 season. As a golf instructor, she will be responsible for ladies instruction, continued development of the junior program and providing demonstrations and clinics to corporate groups. Eathorne spent over a decade as a golf professional in the LPGA, followed by two years of caddying for PGA Tour Pro Kris Blanks and LPGA Tour Pro Brittany Lincicome.
“It Suits You Menswear” owned by Charles Miller has expanded to a new, larger location at 1619 Ellis Street, offering Italian-designed men’s suits at affordable prices. He will order linen suits for destination weddings and carries tuxedos for rent or purchase. One of the hottest items this season is the jazzy “Pork Pie” hats which he has in stock. This unique boutique carries seasonal items including winter coats, leather gloves and wool scarves as well as accessories such as cuff links, tie bars and shoes. Call 250-861-7848. www.itsuitsyoumenswear.com
Kalli Brinkhaus of Kalli Jewellers is retiring December 24th and is closing his retail store at 529 Bernard Avenue that same day. He will, however, after that date, be seeing clients by appointment only at a new office located in the Courtyard on St. Paul Street. Call 250-863-9072 or [email protected]
“Gueng Korean Western Buffet has opened at 487 Leon Avenue (beside Lordco). This quaint 50 seat Korean restaurant is owned and operated by Min and Rachel Jung and Ricky and Lucy Park, who are also all chefs. Although the sign says “buffet, you can also order off their extensive menu and take-out is available for both lunch and dinner. Their prices are reasonable and some of their South Korean cuisine specialties are Korean style BBQ beef, fried chicken with spicy seasoning, sweet potato rolls, noodles, seaweed with vinegar, fried vegetable dumping, sweet potato with syrup, pancake of pork and vegetable and seaweed or miso soup. The owners are delightful and food quality and service is a high priority. Children are welcome with reduced buffet pricing. Open Monday to Saturday 11:30 – 9 p.m. with the lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and dinner buffet from 5 – 8 p.m. Call 778-478-0041.
Octagon Pest Solutions Inc. is a new company owned by Nigel Bowman who has been in the industry since 1996. We never want to believe we might have them, but whether it is bedbugs, spiders, ants, mice or any other pest, Octagon can help rid you of your pest problem. They operated in an eco-friendly manner with bed bugs being their specialty for private homes, housing facilities, bed and breakfasts, hotels or motels. The staff at Octagon understands the seasonal cycles and biology of the pests they treat with ongoing management training for pest control with the latest techniques are used in your application. Call 250-763-1793 or [email protected]
Due to their success and award nominations for work performed on such restaurants as the new Dragon King (Hwy. 97 and Pandosy), Dawett and Papa Johns, Dekka Design & Build Ltd., owned and operated by George Klonanakis has now expanded and hired Claudio Fornasiero as their new project consultant. Call 1-888-973-3552
Well-known Okanagan gal, Doreen Showler is retiring Friday, January 13th after 36 years with Scotiabank, the last six years as manager at the main branch in Vernon. Her nephew, Chris Showler, who also works for Scotiabank in Rutland will be transferring with a promotion from Kelowna to Vernon to assume the personal banking manager position.
Csek Creative and DotCom Media have re-purposed and re-launched Kelowna's first community Portal. Welcometokelowna.com has been re-engineered to incorporate the power of Social Media. It now boasts a news source powered by Twitter, an events calendar powered by Facebook users and a business directory that allows businesses to list all their social media ties and users can post comments to their listing. The basic premise of the site is, as it has always been, to be "for the community, by the community”. This site is not based on traditional push content, but interactive content where the readers, community and visitors provide and interact with the content. The mobile version of the site will be launched shortly. Call 250-862-8010 [email protected]
Joe Nessman, BA CMA and Bill Varon have been appointed as new consultants for Investors Group located in Landmark IV. Call 250-762-3329.
Dr. Randy Gerber, DPM has introduced a revolutionary new laser treatment for Fungal Toenails and Plantar Warts. The "Cutera GenesisPlus Laser" is a medical grade Nd:YAG laser designed specifically for Podiatry to treat these conditions. Kelowna Podiatry Laser Nail and Wart Clinic at 1615 Gordon Drive is the first and only clinic in the BC Interior to offer this pain free and drug free alternative for the treatment of nail fungus and Plantar Warts. To determine if this treatment option might be for you call 250-762-6097. The clinic has a new Facebook page and for every “like” of their new page during the month for December, they are donating $1 to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter, up to $500.
The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society has a new board of directors. The new chair is Eric von Krosigk, winemaker at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. The board consists of Pam Luckhurst (Road 13 Vineyards); Rhys Pender (Wine Plus); Erik Fisher (Andrew Peller ); Sally Sharpe (Vincor); Roger Wong (Winemaker, Gray Monk); Blair Dufty (Rod Rooster Winery); Heather Schroeter (Manteo); Bruce Hibbard (Hester Creek); Martin Lewis (Kettle Valley Pub); George Hanson (Seven Stones Winery) and Christ-Lee Bond (Local Hospitality Group). Call 250-861-6654
Happy 45th Anniversary Gerry and Lillian Moller (Dec. 12).
Divine Expressions located in the Ramada Hotel lobby, owned by silversmith Lisa Brown is hosting a celebration and open house commemorating her first anniversary in business on Friday, December 9th from 5- 9 p.m. With no purchase necessary, you could win one of several wonderful prizes including jewellery, theme room at the Ramada Hotel and gifts from their talented artisans. The draw for the grand prizes will be on Saturday, December 10 from 2-3 p.m. so you may come in and put your name in the draw until then. Call 250-317-1134 www.divineexpressions.ca
Teresa Yang May (manager of Booster Juice-KLO Road) has published a new book “Seeds in the Wind” about accepting differences. From an immigrant family, and knowing the effects that racism had on her as a young girl, she grew up and became an elementary school teacher, teaching her students the importance of accepting differences in others. Included in the book are notes and drawings from her students, as well as notes from these same students 20 years later as they express how her teachings changed them for the better. Her book signing is Dec. 10 at the Dragon’s Lair in West Kelowna (11a.m. -2 p.m.) and Dec.1 at Mosaic (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.).
If you do not have time to bake during the busy holidays season or just need a break from the kitchen, Tasty Treasures Baking Company, owned by Debbie Donahue is back to offer some delicious Christmas Baking. Their wonderful platters, gift boxes and stocking stuffers can be seen on www.tastytreasures.ca. You can also find them at the indoor Framers Market starting December 3 at Parkinson Rec Centre. Debbie offers a wide assortment of squares, cakes, cookies, loaves, muffins, scones and more. I have tasted her baking and it is delectable and well presented. Call 250-860-6129 www.tastytreasures.ca
Rick Pogue, of Raymond James is asking for donations of new and used children’s clothing, footwear, used tools, basketballs and baseball equipment. At the end of this month, he is sending a container to Cuba for a Cuban orphanage in the town of Union De Ryes. Rick and 30 other people will also be going with the container. If you have anything to donate, please call him at 250-864-3310 or 250-868-3599 or drop off at 3310 Jackson Court.
Hohoho! Santa is hiding somewhere in Downtown Kelowna. Spot him. Snap a photo. Then share it on the Downtown Kelowna Facebook page (www.facebook.com/downtownkelowna) and you might end up with $250 of downtown dollars. Santa will be hiding in four different businesses in downtown Kelowna each day from December 3 to 23. Check out Facebook and Twitter to get clues about where he may be each day. Include your name and what business you found him in when you submit the photo. A name will be drawn weekly.
The Kelowna & District SHARE Society is looking for Corporate Christmas Hamper Sponsors as…. every child deserves to have a Christmas. The “Adopt a Family” program matches a registered family in need with a family or organization willing to sponsor them by providing a Christmas dinner and gifts for the family. Call 250-763-8117 to sponsor. ARE Scoiryt if looking or C
Birthdays of the week –Happy 60th Donna Pawulski, BC Prosthetic & Orthotic Services (Dec. 5); Will Hoogewoonink (Dec. 8); Gary Winchester (Dec. 8) Barry Lapointe (Dec. 10); Mary Jo Schnept (Dec. 10); ; Gabriele Giammartino (Dec. 10); Anne Gilbert (Dec. 11); Bob Levin (Dec. 11); Ken Firkins (Dec. 13); Melina Cunial (Dec. 14).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail [email protected]
and web-site www.welcometokelowna.com (click on Columns).