Straight From DeHart - June 17, 2020

Palazzo Italian Boutique has now reopened at 100-1465 Ellis Street between La Bussola Restaurant and Lakehouse. The shop is owned and operated by husband and wife team Dan and Venera Iascov who relocated from Toronto and have been in the clothing and shoe industry for many years. The store is chock full of beautiful modern ladies sandals, handbags, shoes, funky running shoes, dresses, jeans, tops, and capris. All the handbags and shoes are beautiful soft genuine leather direct from Florence, Italy and the line of clothing is from both Canadian and Italian designers. They also carry a line of linen dresses and matching summer sets from the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Some of the product lines are Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Givenchy, Nila & Nila Italy, and Osvaldo Rossi. There are no chemical dyes in any of the products and all sizes including plus sizes are available. Palazzo is now offering a huge handbag and footwear sale as a re-opening special. Open 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Follow them and Facebook and Instagram.  

The new Smitty’s Restaurant on Harvey Avenue in the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre is featuring Kids Eat Free all day on Mondays and Tuesdays for kids 10 years old and under. To qualify, one Kids Eat Free menu item can be chosen from the great Kids Menu for one paid for adult entrée. Smitty’s is open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. 

This is really cool. The Kelowna Stamp Club has created different stamps commemorating various Okanagan anniversaries and attractions. The club has won prizes in Stamp Month Competitions with Ogopogo stamps from the Canadian Stamp New Magazine (CSN). Their newest stamp is an updated version of Ogopogo wearing a face mask. It is priceless. The stamp club using the Canada Post Picture Postage program created the updated version of the Ogopogo stamp. Canada Post approved the design and printed a small number of the stamps that have now arrived in Kelowna. Both CSN and a European paper reported the new face mask stamp issue and compared Ogopogo to the Scottish Loch Ness monster. As there are only a small number of these stamps being printed, they cannot be purchased at the Post Office. If anyone is interested in purchasing they can contact Peter Lepold, Publicity Chair of the Kelowna & District Stamp Club at 250-765-3502 or

Ogopogo Rotary member and internationally known artist painter and art instructor Elizabeth Dykosky has donated a painting for a fundraising initiative for two local organizations, BrainTrust Canada for youth counselling and Food for Thought for school meals. Elizabeth’s work is unique and shows extraordinary colour. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries around the world and she is now in our own backyard. The painting is valued at $4,750.00 and is colorful and beautiful. To view and make a bid go to To see Elizabeth’s website visit

Sandler Training, an international training organization dedicated to improving sales, sales management, and customer service skills is expanding to the lower mainland. Headed by multiple awards winning trainer John Glennon, the authorized Sandler licensee for the BC Interior, based in Kelowna, John has been involved with Sandler since 1996. They will offer regular ongoing reinforcement training to organizations in the lower mainland as well as continue to offer innovative distance learning programs to the rest of the province. The lower mainland will be the 22nd Canadian location and has over 250 training centres and hundreds of trainers throughout the USA, Canada, and internationally. 

Congratulations to ACT/UCT Kelowna West Council 1003 pin recipients for 2020. They are Val Spearing (55 years); Grant OlsenKen Janz, Larry Hyette and Allen Ewanchuk (50 years); Bryan Bassett and Ken Campbell (45 years); Rick Warner (40 years); Jim Hartmier (35 years); Lynda Enns (30 years); Elaine PietePaul Meise and Brian Koehler (25 years); Katrina Patterson, John Patterson and Carl Frick (15 years); Bob MillerKaren Clark and Pat McIvor (5 years).   

Accurate-Timesaving-Mobile Bookkeeping services are now accepting new clients to complete their bookkeeping on the Sage 50 software program. Sharon Whiting has been assisting small businesses for 22 years and has streamlined all her client's bookkeeping. Sharon can process your financial transactions on a monthly or quarterly basis. Contact Sharon at or 250-862-9523.

A charitable not-for-profit company, New Vintage Theatre, like all arts groups has been hit hard by the closing of theaters. They have recently launched the New Vintage Angel Campaign, selling Heavenly shirts, pins, and accepting donations to help pay their artists, rent, and other production costs. Bonnie Gratz is the artistic director of New Vintage Theatre. To help out this charity contact them at 

Studiokidz by the Actors Studio Academy Foundation have some exciting camps lined up for this summer. Spectacular! Spectacular! is July 20 - 24 for ages 7 to 12; Summer Stock is August 10 - 14 for ages 8 to 15; Lion King Kids is July 27 - August 7 for ages 7 to 12 and Moana Jr. is July 6-17 for ages 7 to 10 and August 17 to 28 for ages 9 to 16.  

The Indian dancer of Okanagan's Got Talent, Priyaali Kanti has decided to conduct Bollywood dance lessons for all ages. She will limit the number of people in each class following B.C. protocol. Priyaali is a passionate performer and she is sharing her art with the community and giving back. She will give the proceeds of the first two classes of every participant to the front line warriors of COVID-19.  

Five of the GolfBC courses in B.C. that are now open including local courses Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club and the Okanagan Golf Club (Quail and Bear) have donated $8,500.00 to the Central Okanagan Food Bank. The money was donated through a donation from the courses for every round of golf played. Peter Hopley is the general manager of Gallagher’s Canyon and Dan Matheson the general manager of the Okanagan Golf Club.

The 2020 Best of Kelowna sponsored by Secure-Rite Moving & Storage has closed its nomination round with a record-breaking count of nominations. Best of Kelowna saw whopping 125.5K nominations, almost doubling from the previous year with over 5.7K businesses nominated. The shows the community has come together to support local businesses in a big way.

Well-known local Jack Kofoed and his children Jacqueline, Leah, Jillian, and Jeremy are giving a $60,000.00 donation to the Our Students, Your Health campaign to help complete the construction of the new Health Science Centre at the Okanagan College Campus. Jack’s wife Leona Kofoed was a nurse and passed in 2017 and this gift recognizes her life’s work and the special care she received during her final days. The gift will support a Home Care Lab in the Health Sciences Centre which is a new space that was not previously available. I am honoured to be the Campaign Ambassador for the campaign.

The Art Gallery has re-opened. All four exhibition spaces are available for visitors to explore. To celebrate, the Gallery is also offering free admission to everyone for the entire month of June. Nataley Nagy is the executive director at the Gallery. Joshua Desnoyers is the events coordinator. 

United Way hosted a Day of Caring with distribution throughout the Okanagan on June 12th in Kelowna at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre for local charities in need of personal protective equipment. Packages of PPE were provided to charities also in Penticton and Vernon that included masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and in some cases feminine hygiene products. Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, many local charities indicated a need for these scarce items, and the need will continue beyond the crisis as we move into recovery and rebuilding mode.

Birthdays of the week – Jack Trelenberg (June 17); Jaime Briggs (June 17); Cheryl Ellis (June 17); Joan Niemeier (June 17); Brian Reardon (June 17); Wayne Wilson (June 18); Bill McKinnon (June 19); Trixie Gaymer (June 19); Ken Bernath (June 20); Tim Draper (June 20); Rose Topham (June 20); Grant Stobbe (June 21); Happy 60th Gail Given (June 21); Berna Shoemaker (June 22); Marlene Proctor (June 22); Doug Gossoo (June 23); Mo Bayet (June 23); Meghan MacDonald (June 23).           

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