Straight From DeHart - March 13, 2019

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Lakehouse Home Store at 510 Bernard Avenue has opened a second location at 1264 Ellis Street in the former Flashbacks heritage building, next to BNA. This will house their new 8,869 square foot furniture and home décor showroom on two floors. Owned and operated by Ben and Sue Boschman, this incredible, completely renovated space was opened to give their furniture the show area it really needs. The store offers a huge variety of sofas (leather and cloth), light fixtures, accessories, tables, occasional tables and chairs, pictures, artwork, bar stools, dishes, mirrors, lamps, decorative pillows, ottomans, coffee and end tables.  Clients can purchase by way of quick ship (in stock) or made to order. There is even a ping pong table at the entrance of the shop. Lakehouse is also preparing space to accommodate a full commercial cooking school with demonstration style classrooms within a portion of the second floor. Keep tuned for the opening of this addition. Makes sure you give yourself enough time to browse, as the Lakehouse is huge and there are literally hundreds of items to choose from. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Three well-known Kelowna women, who I am privileged to say are friends, were honoured as B.C.’s Most Influential Women in Finance by BC Business and are featured in the BC Business March 2019 issue.  Congratulations to Kathy Conway, President and CEO, Interior Savings Credit Union; Meryle Corbett, CFO, KF Capital and KF Aerospace Group and Laurel Douglas, CEO, Women’s Enterprise Centre.    

Well-known travel gal, Gloria Meeder of Expedia CruiseShipsCenters in Orchard Plaza 2 is retiring from the travel business after 51 years in the industry on March 15. Gloria has been in Kelowna for 18 of those years and before that relocated from Calgary. Gloria tells me that in her retirement she and her husband Joe are going to start going working on their bucket list. Pat Thompson, who has been working with Gloria, will be taking over for her. Call 250-763-2900

Tourism Kelowna has been named the province’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) Of The Year at the BC Tourism Industry Awards. They received top honours in the category of Destination Marketing Organization Professional Excellence recognizing the organization's outstanding performance, accountability and commitment to B.C’s tourism industry. Kelowna and the Valley demonstrated industry leadership in several award categories. Congratulations to Jan Dobbener, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Customer Service Award Winner; Mario Arango Rodriguez, Kelowna Yacht Club, Customer Service Award Nominee; TOTA, Innovation Award Winner – tied with Fishing BC; Accent Inns, Employees First Award Winner and The Paisley Notebook, Remarkable Experience Award Nominee. 

Lots of neat things happening at Orchard Park Shopping Centre. 

New stores under construction and opening this spring is Mr. Pretzels, which is a pioneering brand of aromatic soft pretzels baked in a broad variety of flavours. They have been baking delicious hand-rolled soft pretzels since 1994. Presently they operate, along with their franchise partners, over 300 stores in 20 countries. Using only the finest quality natural ingredients and the pretzel dough is prepared right on the spot and hand-rolled in front of their customers. The pretzels are made with whole wheat, are low in fat and contain no preservatives. Located next to Jugo Juice and Indigo. 

Sunrise Records, who recently were in the news about having purchased the HMV stores in the U.K., are doing significant renovations and slated to re-open by the end of March. 

Freshly renovated and re-opened is New York Fries, Tim Horton’s, and Claire’s Accessories. 

Roots will be renovating and expanding into the former Hyba location adding more than 70 percent to their former space, which will permit them to carry all of their product lines. 

Hyba activewear, including yoga pants, printed tanks, hoodies and more is now available in-store exclusively at Reitman’s.     

High Definition Conditioning & Performance (HDC Performance) is a holistic health and wellness coaching business specializing in active mobility and sports performance that is a mobile service which means he will help you where you want to train. Owner and head coach, Brandon McCallum is certified as a CSEP, Certified Personal Trainer; NSCA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; B.C. Association of Kinesiology Practicing Kinesiologist and has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree. Brandon has two employees that are the head strength and conditioning coaches for local organizations. His goal is to improve the quality of life of each person and team that he works with. Brandon’s broad knowledge and base in the industry allows him to work with people rehabilitating an injury all the way back to the point they are ready to compete at the highest level again.  

Did you know that the average Canadian owes $1.78 for every $1 of income earned and in October 2018 and Canadian Insolvencies increased 9.2% from the previous year? The Canadian Debtors Association (CDA) has launched in Kelowna with Henrietta Ross as the new CEO. They are now recruiting and soliciting new members. Charlie Peet and 4 Pillars (Canada’s Debt Relief Specialists) were the driving force behind the formation of the CDA, making the debt industry more trusted and allow the industry players to collaborate to come up with common goals and ethics. There was also a lack of debtor representation and lack of an existing association that was inclusive. Contact Charlie Peet at or 250-860-1653.   
Growing to Give is a new project and collaborative effort between non-profit organizations and companies to provide improved access to nutritious fresh products through area food banks. Made possible by Crop Circles and Tomato Volcanoes, the Growing to Give Alliance is seeking in-kind donations of grower supplies for the first farms dedicated to growing food for those in need. Specific items include tomato plants, seeds, weed barrier, compost, soil, fertilizers, soaker hoses, harvest baskets, bird netting, shade covering, frost protective covering, metal fabrication, and gardening tools. The Central Okanagan Food Bank will act as the hub for food banks up and down the valley. Land is in place and will be provided by Helen’s Acres, acreage along the shore of Mission Creek off Benvoulin Road managed by the Trinity Foundation. To contribute or for more information, visit or call Siobhan Shaw at 250-215-8125. 

The 3rd Annual Golf for Julia Fundraiser, presented by RONA is in August with all proceeds going directly to little Julia’s spinal cord injury rehab and recovery. Julia Grassmick was paralyzed by a blood clot when she was just 17 months old and she is working very hard to learn how to walk again. The family travels to the US for treatment which is very costly as well as Julia's equipment is also expensive. They are looking for sponsorship packages to help her road to recovery. Golf registrations and silent auction donations are also needed. Call Melissa Grassmick at 250-863-9975 or  

The City of Kelowna’s Strong Neighbourhoods team is currently seeking neighbourhood champions interested in hosting events in their community. Whether it’s a block party, condo festivity, themed gathering, community potluck or neighbourhood clean-up, the Strong Neighbourhoods team can help. Events can be supported by the mobile event trailer, on-site staff support and a $100.00 gift card by Save-On-Foods. New this year, residents can request an event mini toolkit, which includes games and resources. Melina Moran is the community development coordinator. Visit to apply.

Birthdays of the week – Colin Pritchard (Mar. 13); Max Runge (Mar. 14); Christine Romanow (Mar. 14); Ron Houtstra (Mar. 15); Tony Vos (Mar. 16); Patricia Ainslie (Mar. 17); John Clarke (Mar. 18); Mike Koutsantonis (Mar. 18); Bruce Wilson (Mar. 18); Corrie Meere (Mar. 18); Ryan Smith, City of Kelowna (Mar. 19); Garry Benson (Mar. 19); Ian Macdonald (Mar. 19); Bert Gee (Mar. 19). In memory of Joe Iafrancesco (Mar. 19).   

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail