Straight From DeHart - September 16, 2020

Galaxy Shoe Repair, home of the tattooed cobbler and formerly Roy’s Shoe Repair at 1627 Ellis Street has reopened with a new name and new owner. The new owner, Jimi Belshaw, is not new to the business. He is the son of the former long-time owner of the shop, Jim Belshaw, and has worked alongside his father in the shop. Melissa Belshaw, Jimi’s sister has also worked in the shop for five years and will stay on board with Jimi. Jimi has updated the shop, which has been in Kelowna since 1973. Galaxy offers all types of shoe, leather and purse repair, leather care, and accessories. Open Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Facebook - Galaxy Shoe Repair; Instagram - The Tattooed Cobbler; YouTube - The Tattooed Cobbler.  

At 509 Bar and Eatery has opened at 509 Bernard Avenue in the former Grateful Fed location. Owned and operated by Amanda Osioway and with local Chef Kevin Masayuki Negoro, the gastropub with a twist has 40 seats inside and patio. Amanda is not new to the industry and has been in hospitality for over 25 years in Winnipeg. Kevin has been a chef for many years and was formerly at FHS for four years. At 509 has an extensive menu featuring appetizers, handhelds, entrees after 5, dine-in daily features, and house-made desserts. All the menu items have a special twist and will not be found in other establishments. How about some chicken and waffles or Moroccan rack attack ribs. There are lots to choose from. A Saturday and Sunday brunch is also featured from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and starting September 22nd, the restaurant will be open for lunch at 11:00 a.m. Chef Negoro has incorporated 80% gluten-friendly items and a good selection of vegan items into the menu with his own handcrafted chef’s twist on all the items. Closed Mondays. Facebook - At 509 Bar and Eatery. 778-821-1833.       

Rosanne Ting-Mak Brown’s popular Fall Closet Cleanout is coming back in the form of a farmer’s market style. The Great Closet Cleanouts have been cancelled since the spring due to COVID. Based on the guidelines for vendor markets, the Fall Closet Cleanout is now going into a farmer’s market-style mode. This ladies' fashion flea market is Sunday, September 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 2170 Harvey Avenue in their back parking lot under the covered parking area. This is an open-air market, but will be totally covered by the hotel’s tower, so rain or shine; the vendor market will be proceeding under cover. Things will look a little different as all enhanced COVID protocols will be in place, including extra space between vendors, sanitizing stations, social distancing enforcement, masks welcome, and one way travel around the market. It will be a great market with an entry fee of only $5.00 with a portion of the proceeds going to local charities. All left-over clothing is going to Mamas for Mamas with swag bags for the first 100 people and a chance to win a selection of door prizes. Come refresh your wardrobe with new-to-you ladies fashions. I’m even selling some of my own wares, so please come and buy. More details at

Local entrepreneurs Stuart Gray, President and two local tech brothers, Charles and Martin Carleton are the co-founders of technology company Utopia VR which launched a global virtual reality platform in beta offering Zoom-like meetings. Utopia VR offers remote work business solutions. You can host your own virtual meetings or meet up with friends and family for free. Members of Utopia VR navigate through the various VRoom environments by using avatars; you can walk, talk, and sit just like you do in the real world. The new technology enables remote work and a social solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. or email Stuart at      

The Lady of the Lake Society AGM will be held on September 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Kelowna Bible Chapel. Anyone who wishes to join the society and help empower the next generation of women leaders is encouraged to attend. The Society will be hosting a candidate information session in October for 2021 candidates.  Kaitlyn Anutooshkin is the Director of Social Relations for the Society. For more information contact

Ray Warren, Vice President Commercial Banking, RBC Royal Bank spent most of the COVID-19 work from home period allowing his hair and beard to grow wild. Now it is time for him to shave it off and all for an amazing cause. I didn’t even recognize Ray when I saw him a couple of weeks ago. On September 24th he will shave his head and beard and is aiming for a goal of $10,000.00 for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. He will shave half of his head and beard and keep it like that for 24 hours to make sure he reaches the goal by September 25th. He’s not sure why he agreed to that. To help out and donate go to

The Kelowna office of Maritime Travel Kelowna at Mill Creek Crossing at 109 – 1912 Enterprise Way is reopening their branch on September 21st with their hours of operation Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Maritime Travel is the largest independent family-owned travel agency in Canada and offers 24/7 international support through their network of agents coast to coast. Sally Heinrick, CTC, ACC is the Branch Manager and Travel Consultant.

Millions meditate for peace. Local cab company, West Cabs is promoting The International Day of Peace (United Nations 2020) on Monday, September 21st at 8:00 p.m. local time. Join them and millions of others in promoting love, peace, and harmony. The 2020 Theme is Shaping Peace Together. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. They invite all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. Register at 

The Okanagan College Library Service team is creatively cooking up a way for the community to engage their culinary senses for a good cause. Entries are now open for What We Cooked: A Compilation of Recipes During COVID Time Cookbook. Organizers are inviting OC employees, students, alumni, and the community to submit recipes that have proven to be staples throughout the pandemic. Submissions will be accepted until September 30th and the finalized recipes will be reviewed in early October with the book becoming available for purchase in December. All proceeds will go towards the Okanagan College Students’ Unions and Association, to support initiatives around food security and on-campus student food banks. 

Back again for its 24th year, Tim Hortons Smile Cookie week will support charities in communities across the country, including the YMCA of Okanagan. This week, September 14 to 20, owners will donate the full $1.00 from every chocolate chunk Smile Cookie purchased to support charities in their community. Guests can place pre-orders for Smile Cookies through their local Tim Hortons. Since 2013, Tim Hortons in Kelowna and West Kelowna have been supporting the YMCA Healthy Snack Program through the Smile Cookie Campaign. In 2019 the Smile Cookie campaign raised $9.8 million across Canada. 

Birthdays of the week – Sandi Horning (Sept. 16); Chris Pollack (Sept.16); Kris Stewart (Sept. 16); Marilyn Hedman (Sept. 16); Colin Krieg (Sept. 16); Bernie Seniuk (Sept. 18); Chris Jennens (Sept. 18); Jean Russell (Sept. 18); Lea Gray (Sept. 20); Peter Baker (Sept. 20); Mike Rizzo (Sept. 20); Lonni Van Diest (Sept. 20); Laurel D’Andrea (Sept. 21); Alyos Stuband (Sept. 21); Emma Naito (Sept. 22); Gorden James (Sept. 22).  
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail and web-site