Straight From DeHart - November 8, 2023

Ship Parcel, Packaging and Shipping, Your One-Stop Solution has opened at #101 – 1865 Dilworth Drive, in the former UPS Store, next to Sandrine’s. Owned and operated by Gurpreet Singh, the company is a one-stop-shop for all services including packaging, mailboxes, courier, finishing, support, printing, packing supplies, business forms and passport photos. Mailbox service has 24-hour access, call-in mail checks, mail forwarding and courier receiving. Packing services include anything from computers to antiques. Courier and shipping offers all carriers, including UPS, Fed Ex, Purolator, DHL and Canada Post, with overnight/air, ground, freight and international. Ship Parcel offers all packing supplies from corrugated boxes to mailing tubes and their finishing service includes binding, laminating, cutting/folding and saddle stitch. They have a full line of printing services, including business cards and business forms that include manuals, stationery and labels.

Three years ago, Tony Laurie purchased Ducky Down Downquilts from former owners Gwen and Adriaan Boek. This year marks the store's 40th anniversary. In the same location at 2821 Pandosy Street, the shop now has a very different look after Tony completed a full renovation, along with the introduction of many new offerings to complement the traditional favourites. Ducky Down provides high-quality, durable products with comfort and satisfaction being their highest priority. They still offer a great lineup of products including custom-made heirloom quality duvets and custom pillows. They complement the duvets and pillows with a full range of essentials including duvet covers, weighted blankets, sheet protectors, cushions, throws, robes, gowns, soaps, and many unique gift ideas. Ducky Down has just expanded its lineup of Tempur-Pedic mattresses and has added new offerings such as Cuddle Down Mahogany Pokoloko, Patrick King, Brunelli & Warm Buddy. The duvets and pillows can be custom made and they are the only store in Kelowna that will do these custom-made options for you right onsite. 

Congratulations to Sam Samaddar, CEO of Kelowna International Airport (YLW) who has been named Business Leader of the Year 2023 by The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Sam was first appointed as YLW director in 2008 and now as CEO, he guides a dynamic team that has built YLW into one of the top ten airports in the country.

Two leaders in natural health and wellness, husband and wife team, Dr. Kent Rempel and Dr. Emily Burton have opened their state-of-the-art chiropractic facility, The Den Chiropractic, at 1979 Harvey Avenue. The facility is specially designed to cater to the unique needs of pediatrics, prenatal and family wellness care. Relocating to Kelowna in 2019, Drs. Burton and Rempel practiced out of LifeWorks Family Chiropractic for over four years before opening this new venture. The Den Chiropractic is committed to providing comprehensive care for the entire family and their health needs. Their detailed exam process includes the use of Insight Nerve Scan technology and allows them to approach patient health from the inside out. This personalized approach helps them create specific plans that align with the unique lifestyle and health goals of their patients. The Den specializes in helping pregnant women prepare for a successful labor and delivery aiding infants who may have experienced a stressful birth process. The Den Chiropractic’s grand opening is this Friday, November 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Recovery Spa at #3 – 2936 Pandosy Street owned and operated by Josh Stilborn and Lindsay Stilborn is a premier holistic health and wellness center that is celebrating its 4th anniversary in business. They provide innovative solutions for improving overall health, wellness, and athletic performance. Over the past four years, they have introduced cutting-edge technologies including BioCharger NG, NovaTHOR, NuCalm, Sunlighten Sauna and Normatic. Each product offers unique benefits from rejuvenating the mind and body with BioCharger NG to enhancing skin health, energy levels and well-being. The Recovery Spa’s mission has been to offer effective, non-invasive treatments that improve the quality of life for their customers.   

Earthly Creations Floral Art Gift Gallery at 2630 Pandosy Street is hosting an Open-House Social until November 26th. Celebrate with owner Marie Shandalla, as she celebrates 24 years in business in the same location, with her love, laughter, and happily ever after at Earthly Creations. You will love Marie’s energy and floral expertise, but make sure you have enough time to look around the shop as it’s chock-full of flowers, gifts and other unique items.

Professional home-based florist, Karlee Smith brings in a different palate of floral varieties weekly into her business, Country in Bloom. Karlee builds arrangements to suit your budget and occasion, keeping costs effective and providing lasting blooms for her clients. She will be at two local markets this season; Christmas at the Laurel Packing House on November 18 and 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and at Summerhill Pyramid Winery on December 9th and 10th popping up for the fall and winter market series. Karlee is also hosting her first workshop, making a holiday wreath on December 3rd at Volcanic Hills Winery. Each ticket purchased includes a tasting as well. Karlee offers florals for weddings and events for the upcoming holiday season.

Habitat for Humanity’s Corporate Jingle Bell Build, sponsored by RE/MAX Kelowna is Wednesday, November 22 at the Laurel Packing House. The goal is to raise $35.00 and there are only 15 team slots left. It’s only a $600.00 registration fee to partake in all the fun and it’s a great team-building event and one that you can give back to the community. The deadline is November 15. To learn more contact Danielle Smith at Habitat at 778-755-4346 Ext 210 or Teams can register at 

Christmas Love for the Okanagan is a project that is organizing a collection of homemade Christmas tree ornaments from people across Canada for people who lost their homes in the wildfires. Started by Trina VercholukTammy Torgerson and Janelle Spilak, their wish is that this small gift brings happiness this holiday season and helps families build a new Christmas collection. They are accepting homemade tree ornaments until December 1. Start crafting, share this message, and nominate an impacted family. For more information about this project and drop-off locations, visit their Facebook page Christmas Love for the Okanagan, email or locals can drop off ornaments to Mamas for Mamas at 1910 Dayton Street.

The Annual Kelowna Christmas Toy Run 2023 for the Salvation Army is asking for your support by raising funds and collecting a variety of gifts for children of all ages, with donations, prizes to add to a raffle and toys for the families. On November 25th starting at 8:00 a.m., the Salvation Army and the volunteers of the Toy Run will be hosting a large event at High Noon Park, 4720 Old Vernon Road to accept all toy donations and sell raffle tickets for the prizes donated by locals and businesses. There will be a large group of 4x4 trucks and rigs to view on display as well as after the fundraiser they will all disperse on their 4x4s and drive through the postal area. The Toy Run organizers are Adam Jefferies and Nikki-Lynn Mckee-Lanchick. 

Andrea Campbell is the Lead Elf at Project Christmas Elf (PCE) is here to help Kelowna and area families looking for some support this holiday season. The project is based on the idea of community members helping community members. People in need can privately reach out to the PCE website at and fill out an intake form sharing their stories. The PCE Elves will match a family with a sponsor. Anyone who wishes to sponsor a family can also fill out an intake form to be a sponsor. Everyone is anonymous during this process and the elves make sure gifts get to their destination by Christmas. Sponsorship is appreciated if you belong to a club, neighbourhood, workplace or just join with a couple of friends.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is hosting the 6th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 15 at the Coast Capri Hotel at 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker is Linda Edgecombe, who will inspire and motivate attendees. The day is dedicated to celebrating the spirit of giving, bringing together individuals and organizations from all corners of the world to put the essence of philanthropy into meaningful action, with this year’s theme being Harvest of Hope. Kelly Paley is the president of AFP. To attend, visit

The Kelowna Chapter of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims is hosting Dennis Garnhum, a long-time Canadian theatre director, and a dynamic, entertaining speaker who will present his new book TOWARD BEAUTY: Reigniting a Creative Life on the Camino de Santiago on Monday, November 20th starting at 6:45 at the downtown Kelowna Public Library. The event is free, but you must register at Join Dennis as he shares his experience walking the path during COVID-19 in 2021. Books will be available for $20.00 cash and a book signing will follow.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 99th Eleanor Howk (Nov. 12); Happy 80th John Weisbeck (Nov. 9); Happy 40th Jonathan Christie (Nov. 10); Rick Worrall (Nov. 8); Marg Craig (Nov. 8); Murray Bye (Nov. 8); Bernice Sebastian (Nov. 9); Lawrence Syrnyk (Nov. 9); Michael Loewen (Nov. 10); Duane Lockwood (Nov. 10); William Peters (Nov. 11); Elaine Turner (Nov. 11); Jeff Bourne (Nov. 11); Sandy Sanderson (Nov. 11); Sofia Simeonidis (Nov. 11); Jan Johnston (Nov. 12); Gord Hunting (Nov. 12); Michael Wynne (Nov. 12); Dr. Mo Rajabally (Nov. 12); Greg Capozzi (Nov. 12); Mark Filatow (Nov. 13); Alli McNeil (Nov. 14).    

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