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This week’s column is dedicated to former Mayor Jim Stuart. The DeHart’s and Stuart’s have been friends for many years. I personally have enjoyed Jim’s wit, good humour and mostly his good advice. Condolences to Anna, his entire family, and many friends.

Vinyl is back in vogue. Underground Music is a unique store at #4 – 1331 Ellis Street that provides a trip into the past of vinyl record stores. You can thumb through their shelves and step backward in time. Owned and operated by father and son team Ed and Aaron Martens, Underground Music has the largest selection of new and used vintage, vinyl and CDs in the Okanagan. They also have music DVDs, collectibles, posters, stickers and patches, 45’s, 12" singles and vinyl accessories. It’s a truly unique shopping experience with new titles received weekly. If you like Country, Hard Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Punk, Blues, Classic Rock, Jazz, Folk, Heavy Metal, Soul or just about anything, Underground has it all.  

Well-known locals, Wendy and Gabriele Giammartino, owners of Via Veneto Hair Design and Esthetics at 102 – 3001 Tutt Street have retired. The Giammartino’s owned and operated salons for 43 years abroad and in Canada and the last 30 years in Kelowna. Wendy and Gabriele had planned on driving across Canada when they retired. It has been put on hold until travel can resume again.

The restaurant is closed to customers inside, but Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighbourhood Restaurant at 262 Bernard Avenue is offering 40% off all to-go orders for front line health care workers. It’s their way of trying to help out during this difficult time. 

Brett Kryskow formerly with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has started a new position with the CIBC as Business Development Manager – Business Banking. Brett is also President of the Okanagan Sun Football.   

After 12 years with Starbright Children’s Development Centre as administration coordinator, Irma Lux is retiring on March 31st. When I asked her what she is going to do in retirement she said refurbish her travel trailer for the future travels and do a lot of spring cleaning. At this time, she is enjoying speaking with friends and neighbours from a social distance.

In a renowned field of the world’s best distilleries, representing more than 30 countries, Okanagan Spirits was honoured with 14 medals including nine Gold, four Silver, and one Bronze. Okanagan Spirits was also awarded one extremely rare double-Gold medal for their 100% local BC Craft Whiskies, Gins, Vodka, Fruit Liqueurs, Genuine Absinthe, and Aquavit. If that wasn’t enough, they went on to win the coveted WSA World Class Distillery designation at the 2020 World Spirits Awards in Austria. Tyler Dyck is the CEO and Director of Operations of the company and also President of the Craft Distiller’s Guild of BC.

Local businessman and philanthropist Tom Budd is giving residents an opportunity to win free tuition toward a health care career at Okanagan College. Tom, along with Virgin Radio and SUN FM are offering the contest Wishin’ for Tuition until April 12. Residents can win up to $5,000.00 toward their tuition to one of any 10 Health Sciences programs at Okanagan College. The prize money is coming from a new fund that Tom set up to honour his two sons, Payton and Dillon, who both lost their lives to suicide. The fund’s primary focus is mental health, but our physical health is directly linked to our mental health and so we have to take care of both Tom explains. For contest rules visit Virgin Radio Kelowna, Sun FM Vernon, and Sun FM Penticton. 

Flowers lift spirits. Easter is just around the corner and no doubt will be celebrated differently this year. Earthly Creations at 2630 Pandosy Street is open for floral delivery and flower take-out (pick up outside store) for Easter bouquets, birthdays, shut-ins or just because. Open Monday to Friday. 250-861-5825.        

In last week’s column, I wrote about Hypo-guard. Due to the pandemic, supply chains for bottles have diminished and they will only be able to offer their one-gallon and five-gallon product sizes of the disinfectant.

Due to the limited-service of Boston Pizza, the Kelowna Downtown location at 545 Harvey Avenue is offering curbside takeout and delivery. The delivery has now been expanded to Wilden, Upper Mission, and Kettle Valley. 250-861-5883. 

Birthdays of the week – Happy 50th Jay Blackford (Mar. 25); Happy 75th Diane Essler (Apr. 4); Happy 80th Ron Buddo (Apr. 5); Karen Hill (April 1); Elaine Ophus (Apr. 1); Carson Chan (Apr. 1); Dr. David Craig (Apr. 1); Cynthia Waldek-Peters (Apr. 2); Amber Firkins (Apr. 3); Rick Methot (Apr. 3); Ken Bessason (Apr. 3); Lyal Shoemaker (Apr. 4); Dan Cloutier (Apr. 5); Kevin Flood (Apr. 7); In memory of Mike Docherty who would have turned 75 on March 28.    

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