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Woodcreek Cottage Home Décor has moved to 347 Bernard Avenue, located inside Picture Perfect and Perpetual Blooms. Owners, Sandy Hyatt and Diane Scott, along with Linda Winnick, owner of Picture Perfect and Perpetual Blooms felt that this union would lead to endless possibilities. Woodcreek Cottage with their home décor, Picture Perfect with their custom framing and local artwork and Perpetual Blooms with their silk florals and arrangements. This winning trio just made sense. Browse Woodcreek Cottage for their local wrought iron creations of lamps, tables and candle holders; local jewellery designed by Karen Wentzel and Sid Dickens collectables. Picture Perfect offers a wide selection of local artwork from original paintings, limited editions, art cards, custom sizeable reproduction prints on either canvas or paper and custom framing for any budget. Perpetual Blooms has a full selection of silk florals for weddings, residential and corporate designs. Call 250-763-6966
Relocating from the Vernon store and with The Bay for 33 years, Debbie Pfeiffer is the new assistant manager of The Bay Kelowna.
The Kelowna Community Theatre is celebrating their “50” Anniversary. The ground breaking ceremony was February 6/1962 and the official opening was September 13 with Mayor Dick Parkinson officiating. The first night’s entertainer was opera singer Theresa Stratas. While the initial cost to build was $100,000, an additional $43,000 was donated by community organizations, clubs, businesses and individuals.
Congratulations to The Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre on receiving the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site.
Eric Thorsteinson, general manager of Black Mountain Golf Club now has the prestigious designation of Certified Club Manager with the Club Manager’s Association of America. Eric is also one of the youngest members and the first PGA of Canada Golf Professional to have this designation. Call 250-765-6890.
“Then and Now” Fashion Boutique has opened in the Harvest Centre Mall on Highway 97 in Lake Country. Owned by mother and daughter team, Monique Kaetler (Century 21 Assurance Realty) and Michole (Micky) Goutier, (hence the then and now name) the shop is very versatile, offering high-end, top quality new, used and consignment clothing, all under one roof. Some brands carried are Joseph Ribkoff, Guess and Burberry. They also carry accessories, shoes, scarves, belts and jewellery. Monique is with Century 21 Assurance Realty and you might remember Micky who worked at Mickie’s Pub in the Ramada Hotel while she was obtaining her teacher’s degree, which she now has. Open from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-808-0305
RCMP Inspector Paul Driscoll has returned to Kelowna from Kandahar Afghanistan, where he has been serving since June/2011. Inspector Driscoll is at the Kelowna Detachment in the position of Operations Officer.
The Certified Management Accountants Society of B.C. recognized 22 Kelowna Certified Management Accountants for extraordinary service to the profession. Congratulations to CMA’s Gregory Byron, G. William Joyner, Geraldine Isenor, Linda Shumay, Diana Gould and Wyn West (25 years); Kelly Kennedy, Karen Matthews, Yvonne Pinder and Salvatore Elia (30 years); Joe Nessman and Ger Van Beynum (35 years); Donald Barry, Blair Sixsmith, William Gee, Wayne Funk, Richard Thorpe, Harold Stephenson and F.R. Lundell (40 years); Anthony Mise (45 years) and Harald Hall and G. Arnold Fry (50 years).
Scruples Hair Design at 1566 Pandosy Street has two new additions to their team. Laura Winn, formerly of Chatters in Orchard Park Mall is an experienced hair stylist offering $10 off your first visit as an introductory bonus. Christine Richardson, formerly of Evelyn Charles at Playa Del Sol, is a 13 year full service esthetician offering gel nails, cold and hot stone massage, relaxation massage, pedicures, manicures and waxing. She provides these services for both women and men Tuesday to Friday. Call 250-861-3848 to book Laura or Christine.
Club Wine Tours Inc. owned and operated by Bill Jack has opened a new division called “Okanagan Dinner Wine Tours”. The five hour tours, starting at 3 p.m. are: Sunset Dinner Wine Tour; Deluxe Wine and Okanagan Dinner Lake Cruise Tour and Dine with the Chef Wine Tour. The Dine with the Chef Tour evening starts with visiting wineries to choose the perfect wines for a four course gourmet dinner at the Chef’s own residence overlooking Okanagan Lake, the ultimate Okanagan wine and dine adventure. Call 250-762-9951 to book or [email protected]
“IntelliBED” has relocated to Spall Plaza beside Ruby’s Restaurant at #112 – 1950 Harvey Avenue. Owned and operated by Steve and Chantelle Funk, they carry the only true gel-top intelliBED mattress giving you a great night’s sleep every night. Call 778-484-5161
Garlic scapes, those tasty green shots that grow above the garlic root are a delicacy in many Mediterranean countries. That’s why the Okanagan Garlic Farm is making their garlic scapes available exclusively to Italian specialty food store Valoroso Foods on Sutherland at Burtch. Available for a limited time and packages by the dozen, scapes can be grilled, made into pesto, hummus, compound butter, used as an aromatic or just chopped up as a vegetable in salads or added to a stir fry. Okanagan Garlic Farm, owned and operated by Bill Campbell expects to be at the Kelowna Farmer’s Market in late August and September selling more than ten different varieties of garlic. Call 250-808-7034.
Thom and Associates, Financial Planners has moved their offices to 303-3001 Tutt Street. They were housing offices on two floors and now the operation will be housed together on one floor in their original building. Call 250-712-3055
Bursting at the seams, Csek Creative and DotCom Media have acquired additional office space to house their ever expanding operations at 206-1441 Ellis Street. Owned and operated by Nikki and Jim Csek, the new space almost doubles their current square footage, now with the ability to seat an additional ten new staff. The Csek Creative team has some of the strongest programmers in the Valley. They have provided services for over 1,000 clients in the BC area and last year alone, launched over 105 projects. Dotcom Media, WelcometoKelowna.com and Csek Creative form the basis of the group. You can also find this column weekly on welcometokelowna.com (click Columns and then Maxine DeHart).
Kelowna Futures Tennis, sponsored by Capri Insurance and Chubb Insurance is June 30 - July 8 at the Parkinson Rec Centre Courts. Tickets on sale at Nufloors, Harvest Golf Club, CedarCreek Estate Winery and through Global, Mission and Lakeview Heights Tennis Clubs. Seating is limited, so buy now to avoid disappointment and see tomorrow’s tennis stars today. They are also looking for volunteers at www.kelownafuturestennis.com
Dr. Joyce Chen has started Okanagan Hearing Centre at the Guisachan Village Mall at 115 – 2365 Gordon Drive. A registered Audiologist with a Doctoral Degree of Audiology, the business provides comprehensive audiological evaluations, personalized hearing and consultation, demonstration and dispensing, all-make hearing aid repairs, hearing and accessories and batteries, assistive listening devices, custom earpieces for mobile phones, music, swimming, sleep and noise, auditory processing evaluation and tinnitus assessment and management. Dr. Chen has worked with both children and adults in both public audiology clinics and private practices in B.C. and the Maritimes. Before opening her own business she worked for the Audiology Clinic of Interior Health Authority and Expect Hearing. The company’s grand opening is being held next week with product demo’s from Monday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 27 (appointment only) and a meet and greet on June 28 and 29th from 3 – 5 p.m. Call 778-484-7237 www.okanaganhearing.com
Rutland Middle School principal, Sandra Sellick is retiring after 32 years with the Central Okanagan School District. Sandra was recognized as one of Canada outstanding principals in 2007 and recently celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Okanagan Young Authors’ Conference that she co-founded with Susan Lund and Darlene Makasoff to celebrate writing by and for kids. The incoming principal at Rutland Middle is Kathy Weninger, currently principal at Quigley Elementary.
With the growth of mobile food vendors in North America, Minds, Inc. is a high tech firm with offices in Kelowna and Montreal, which has a MFV tracking system to automatically track the inspection status of mobile food vendor’s. This system ensures catering trucks are compliant with sanitation regulations for public health safety. It also authenticates the vehicle and determines the status of their food permit (expired or active) also automatically and they offer a web based application to view reports and personnel, receiving real-time alerts and notifications. They presently have their system installed in the City of Houston. Call 250-862-8813 (101) or check out www.mindsinc.ca
Cory McWatters was the winner of the two tickets to the Whitecaps game this past Saturday, sponsored by Labatt’s and Mickie’s Pub in the Ramada Hotel.
The 2012 United Way Campaign is just around the corner with the slogan “It’s Time for a Change - Change Starts Here and Change Starts with You.” The new campaign cabinet for 2012 are Kathy Conway, Interior Savings Credit (Campaign Chair); Wayne Bilawchuk, PCL Constructors Westcoast Ltd. (Leadership Chair); Andrew Pritchard (Coast Capri Hotel); Una Gabie (Okima Law); Carole Gordon (SD #23-Labour Council); Jim Paterson (City of Kelowna); Debbie Da Silva (KPMG); Heather Pesta (Great West Life); Samantha Gurvin (Orchard Ford); Nick Arkle (Gorman Bros. Lumber) and Shane Herrington (Black and McDonald).
Congratulations to Leanne Bedelle (Direct Buy) and Mike Halldorson (Overland Freight) on their upcoming marriage on July 1.
Are you tired of making the rounds to find pieces for your outdoor living space? Sun County Furniture and Mode Concrete are hosting a one-stop “Outdoor Living Mini Expo” on Saturday, June 23 that will save you time and inspire your outdoor living decisions at 2463 Hwy. 97 N from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. They have assembled artisans and suppliers of unique and inspired outdoor living products that will change the way you look at your outdoor space, including Clemente Forni outdoor pizza ovens, outdoor grills from Luxor, Brazilian Grills, Granite outdoor lighting and speaker systems and the latest shipment of outdoor furniture and accessories from Sun Country. The giveaway draw is large grape design tile by Mode Concrete ($700 value). Call 250-860-9088
The 2nd Annual Swingers Open Golf Tournament is July 7 at Shannon Lake Golf Course for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. $150 includes golf, cart, dinner, dance and great prizes. To register call 250-763-5511 or www.hospicecoha.org
Birthdays of the week – Happy 70th Mel Kotler (June 24); Marlene Proctor (June 22); Doug Gossoo, Prosign (June 23); Al (Feener) Feenstra (June 24); Dr. Fred Froese (June 24); Dennis Campbell (June 25); Daryl Hauer, Ramada Hotel (June 26); Greg Carter, Kelowna Flightcraft (June 26); Belated to Steve Hardy (June 14) – oops’ forgot my friend!