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Lots of changes at The Train Station Pub on Clement and Ellis downtown. Well-known restaurateur, Steve Stinson, who also owns The Keg Steakhouse and Bar and Tanner Dillon, general manager of The Keg are the new partner/owners. They have introduced a brand new menu with an entire Okanagan wine list and craft beer. Some minor renovations have been completed, including new wine racks behind the bar, another large TV, new lighting fixtures and some new kitchen equipment. Four large beautiful street lamps from Vancouver have been added to the ceiling lighting (shown in the picture behind Steve and Dillon). Additions to come are more high stools and tables by the bar, new bench seating, additional parking and better signage. The menu offers a great variety of snack and share items, sides, pub fare (fish and chips, BBQ pork ribs, mac and cheese), wonderful grilled flatbreads (the fennel sausage, fresh granny smith apples and blue cheese was fantastic), sandwiches, burgers, salads (Quinoa with chicken was delicious) and desserts. They offer a lovely 80 seat patio facing Clement.
After owning and operating the MarketPlace IGA in Glenmore for 16 years, well-known grocer Daryl Hazell has sold the business. When I asked him what now, he said” I’m going to play and coach soccer and still volunteer as an RCMP Auxiliary” and when I asked if he wife was happy to have him around the house now, he said “for sure”. The store has been purchased by Kevin Kothlow, who is no stranger to MarketPlace IGA’s, as he owns and operates both the Lake Country and Enderby stores.
After seven years with the Business Development Bank (BDC), Luanne Chore, Senior Partner-Consulting has moved on and joined the firm of Grant Thornton LLP at 200-1633 Ellis Street as Senior Manager – Business Development. Previous to her employment with the BDC Luanne was with HSBC for 26 years. Call 250-6864 or [email protected]
The Color Room Hair Salon at 1320 Water Street is rebranding and taking a new path in business. Owned and operated by long-time business women Penny Bugera, the salon has changed its name and moved to newly renovated premises, but not far from where they were. “Society – the Salon” has been born and is now located a couple doors down the street at 1306 Water Street, beside the Grand Hotel (part of the premises of the former Malibu Boats). Society is now an Aveda Salon with Aveda trained staff who all came from the recently sold salon, Oxygen. The shop will also offer artificial nails and pedicures and will be opening tomorrow, Friday, May 4. Call 250-861-6606
Born and raised in Kelowna, Roland Schonfeld, formerly of R & D Manufacturing has opened “Willex Metalworks Ltd.” at 1036 Richter Street. Willex Metalworks is a machine and fabrication shop that deals in all things that are metal. They fix or make anything from a small broken chair to a large excavator. They have manufactured hue scale products such as large conveyors, fences and even suspension bridges. Call 250-478-9644 or [email protected]
Jane Fletcher is opening “Game Changers Sports Consignment” at #110-1854 Kirschner Road. Starting today, you can drop off consignment sports gear, games, sports books, and any outdoor gear that is in good sellable condition from Tuesday-Saturday for sales starting on Friday, June 1. Grand opening will be sometime in June – stay tuned!
Devon Brooks formerly of the Okanagan Business Examiner has launched his own publication “Okanagan Recreation”. It is a digital, free publication, aimed at hiking, biking and paddling sports from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos. It will be published six times per year and the first issue just went out. In addition to outdoor recreation, he is devoting a considerable portion of the content to conservation and environmental issues. If you are interested in looking at a copy, you can send Devon a note with your name and e-mail address to [email protected]. I just looked at a copy on-line and it is a great publication for recreation buffs. Call 250-860-1270 or [email protected]
Lots of news from The Bay. Connie Vetter-Johnson, assistant store manager at The Bay has moved over to Home Outfitters as store manager. The Cosmetics and Fragrance Gala is May 6 in support of Look Good Feel Better with tickets available at the store. The Bay celebrated their 342nd birthday on May 2. Rein Nurmsoo is the store manager of The Bay.
Jo-Anne Schurman is the owner/operator of home-based business “Design Reflection” a blind and drapery company. Jo-Anne sells blinds such as 2” faux woods, verticals, cell and pleated shades, roller blinds and one inch venetians. She also repairs or restrings blinds and also replaces the vanes on a vertical. If an existing blind works great, but just needs repairs, she can most likely fix them. Jo-Anne also sews and sells drapery sells drapery rods. Most of the fabrics she uses have UV protectants, including blackouts for bedrooms. She also can clean most sheer drapery, with pricing including taking them down and re-installing. Jo-Anne can provide her product for any budget, in the right style and the perfect colour. With 25 years in the industry, she can sell you one blind, do a minor repair or sell you a house full of blinds; the choice is yours. Call 250-575-2880
The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and 13 partnering agencies were presented with the “Award for Excellence in the Water and Waste Community” by the B.C. Water and Waste Association. The award was in recognition of the partnership’s work on the three-year extensive Okanagan Water and Supply Demand Study., Dr. Anna Warwick Sears is the execute director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board. For a list of Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Project Partners visit www.obwb.ca
Okanagan Spirits Distillery at 267 Bernard Avenue (beside Paramount Theatre) is extending their hours to seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting the May long weekend. If you are looking for cocktail and barware, they have a great selection from individual items or full kits and if you need something to pair with those cocktails, give their Fentimans a chance. Their shipment has just come in with a selection of non-alcoholic mixers, including Ginger Beer, Orange Jigger, Victorian Lemonade and the popular Tonic Water.
During their 24 years owning The Evans Gallery, Wayne and Julie Evans hosted many special shows featuring big name international artists. One of the overall crowd favorites was Terry Isaac with his first Canadian show. A few years ago he moved from Oregon to Penticton. This Saturday, May 5th he and his wife, local Peachland gal Kathleen, are celebrating the grand opening of their own gallery at 495 Upper Bench Road, just minutes from Penticton towards Naramata from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. If you are ever out that way, definitely visit The Terry Isaac Gallery. Call 250-492-6590 or [email protected]
$25 for 25 years.Dan and Wanda Truong of Mekong Restaurant Chinese Szechuan Cuisine) are celebrating their 25th Anniversary in business. Located at 1030 Harvey Avenue, this well-known business is giving back to their community by donating all proceeds of a fundraising dinner on May 5 and 6th at Mekong to the KGH Foundation. For $25 you will enjoy an amazing buffet dinner (6 p.m. both days) coffee, dessert and tax. You can also enter to win a trip for two to Victoria, courtesy of Windward Travel with two nights’ accommodation and airfare. For celebration reservations call 250-763-8000
I was absolutely thrilled to be a Medal-Bearer in the 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay this past Saturday. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Rick Hansen being an hero and inspiration to all citizens, both with and without accessibility needs. Visit www.rickhansenrelay.comor to see the relay in Kelowna go to flickr.com/photos/rickhansenfoundation/sets or youtube.com/rickhansenfdn
There are a few tickets left for Gourmet and Grapes Iron Chef at Cabana Bar and Grille on Sunday, May 6. Ned Bell, partner of Cabana and executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver will take on Dale MacKay, chef/owner of Ensemble & Ensemble Tap. Dale was the first winner of Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada, so it will be an exciting evening. There will be seven food stations and seven wine stations. Tickets at Cabana or call 250-763-1955.
The popular Blossom Time Fair hosted by the five Hospital Auxiliaries, who are celebrating their 60 anniversary, is Friday, May 11 at Cottonwoods on Ethel Street from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Along with a BBQ, The Old Time Fiddlers, 50/50 draw and Caring Clowns you will find just about anything, including crafts, baking, time pieces, pottery, treasures, linens, antiques, china, costume jewellery, crystal and collectibles.
Mark’s Work Warehouse Ladies Night Event is Thursday, May 10th from 5 – 10 p.m. They will be offering 20% off, as well has having Sarah Simpson from SIMS Jewellery Co. set up a display in the store. With every $65 or more in total purchases, $5 will be donated towards their goal of $50,000 to support the fight against Breast Cancer. It’s going to be a night of sparking jewellery and deals all-around. Danielle Dorwart is the store operator. Call 250-861-7751 or [email protected]
You only have one week to clear out those outdated documents after tax time. The Community Document Shredding event sponsored by the Kelowna Crime Prevention Association is Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Crown Packaging parking lot (2092 Enterprise Way). It is only $5 to shred a maximum of three banker boxes, which will be performed onsite by Okanagan Paper Shredding. All funds go towards crime prevention programs for youth in our community. Contact Jill Hotchkiss at [email protected]
Springvalley Elementary School PAC is having a spring garage sale and flea market, Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 470 Ziprick Road for sports equipment, swimming and gymnastics Contact Renee at [email protected]
Birthdays of the week –Happy 65th Susan Steen, Hospice (May 3); Happy 50th Lori Metcalfe (May 8); Doug Soman (May 1); Verna Burnell (May 3); Gary Wardrop, Wealthlink Financial (May 3); Lorina Dick (May 4); Chris Cowan, Kelowna Flightcraft (May 4); Brenda Bell (May 7); Don MacDonald (May 7); Susan Johal, Kimmitt, Wrzesniewski (May 8); Terry Rempel (May 8).