In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at WelcometoKelowna.com is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do. We encourage you to leave your comments and words of support below, and submit your own nomination using the form to the left. Thank you, Kelowna!
Pictured above is the fabulous mother and daughter design duo, Cheryll Gillespie and Sam Shakura. These women have proved incredibly successful and are dedicated to making their business grow. Their style and design is elegant and unique with a touch of rock and roll. They've really proven to be power houses within their industry while hosting two radio shows, writing for a numerous amount of publications, as well as being innovators in interior design and fashion. They have a knowledge of the finer things in life and it really comes through in their product. One step into their boutique and you're sure to fall completely head over heels in love. It should also be noted that Sam Shakura has recently been nominated for 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Us here at Welcome to Kelowna would like to say congratulations and good luck!
We asked Sam and Cheryll the following questions:
What is your name of your business/organization?
Rock House of Design
What does your business/organization do?
Interior, Fashion & Lifestyle Design
Where can people find your business/organization online?
What is your Twitter account?
What is your Facebook account?
What is your mission?
To help our clients live their most fabulous lives, by creating beautiful spaces with soul that truly reflect their unique personalities and to inspire others on our radio show, TV show and national columns.
If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
Global Style Domination with a Smile
If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
Nobel Peace Prize, James Beard Best Restaurant Design & Kelowna’s Chamber of Commerce Rising Star Business of the Year
Where do you want your business/organization to be in 5 years?
Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
Kelly Wearstler, Mary-Kate Olsen & Tom Ford
What 3 qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
1) An unquenchable thirst for design innovation and tastemaking
2) A sincere desire to offer affordable and comfortable luxury to all
3) A distinguished global perspective of what it means to ‘live well’ combined with a passion to inspire others to share this vision, thus making Rock House internationally-recognized lifestylist leaders and style mavens.
What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
Thanks for believing in our mission and for sharing our passion for fabulous living. You rock!
How does your business/organization impact the community?
Professionally and personally, the Rock House team believes wholeheartedly in the responsibility of business leaders to give back to both our local and global families.
What is the best part of operating in Kelowna?
That list could take all day! Besides being surrounded by stunning landscape to constantly charge our creative minds, we absolutely adore the people who call the Okanagan home. We are so blessed!
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Being able to build a successful company as a mother-daughter team. We challenge and inspire each other every day. We are so fortunate to share this journey together.
If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
Molecular travel scientists – We’d love to be able to be in two places at once…
What other businesses/organizations in Kelowna would you recommend to others?
We love taking advantage of our fantastic local food & wine scene. Some of our favorite haunts are The Fixx Café and Raudz Regional Table.
What is your favourite event in Kelowna?
Any event supporting the Arts or celebrating our awesome city!
If I could change 1 thing about Kelowna, it would be:
Direct flights to NYC.
What do you think makes Kelowna great?
K:ind, supportive people
E:ight months of motorcycle weather
L:aidback boating days
O:rganic, sustainable farming practices
W:ine. Enough said.
N:o shortage of dog parks and beaches
My choice for the Kelowna InFocus is:
If you want to contact Sam and Cheryll or find out more information you can visit their website, Facebook, or Twitter.
4358 Hobson Road