Straight From DeHart - September 2, 2020

Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving located at #14 – 2670 Enterprise Way has a lot of news to share these days. After 12 years with Big White, well-known ski gal Katie Balkwill has traded Okanagan champagne powder for moving boxes. Katie has joined long-time friend Stu Starkey, president of the company. Stu owns and operates a dozen locations of Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving in Western Canada and has just purchased the Kelowna location. Stu’s goal has been to build a moving company that breaks the mold in the moving industry and to give back to the communities they operate in. This year, through their moving locations, they are aiming to donate $200,000.00 to community organizations and are eager to add their resources to give back and introduce their programs to Okanagan organizations. Donna Kane, the company’s estimator, and move coordinator has been with Two Small Men Kelowna for over 30 years. Addison Pareniuk is the CEO of the company. 

The Movement Boutique which promotes dance, flip, skate, and move has opened upstairs at #104 – 1645 Dilworth Drive (behind the new Kelowna Ford Lincoln dealership). Owned and operated by dance instructors Rochelle Ott and Michelle Koricina, the store offers a good selection of gymnastic, dance, and skating attire, activewear, and all sorts of accessories for ages two to adults. They also sell dance shoes, have a consignment section, and have performance makeup kits. Michelle is also the owner of the Kore Dance Project. Open Tuesday to Saturday.   

Since April 2020, Precision Chemical Technologies, a Canadian company has quickly become one of the top 10 producers of hand sanitizer in Canada. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the company now employs 72 staff to keep up with production demands and has just moved into its third production facility to accommodate the huge volumes requested. Since the pandemic started, many products have come out on the market. Some smell too strong, some are way too liquefied, some are too drying on the hands, and of course, price is always a factor with purchasers now. Precision Chemical Technologies not only offers great pricing, but the sanitizer’s faint smell dissipates in seconds, has a non-irritant agent and hand softener. The product contains 73% ethyl alcohol and expiry date. It’s a great product at an excellent price. The production team can get the sanitizer, wall-mounted pumps, and hands-free floor-mounted dispensers to their clients quickly. Local representative Charlie Mac manages the company’s distribution throughout BC and beyond. Contact her at  

Congratulations to Charlie Styles on acing his third hole-in-one on hole #5 at Sunset Ranch. 

Two well-known local entrepreneurs, JC Rathwell, formerly of Kelowna Cruises, and Jim Belshaw, former owner of Roy’s Shoes have teamed up to create a business that helps local businesses get their products and services in front of local shoppers. Super Shopper Club is designed to help brick and mortar businesses survive and guarantee that local products will show up before online stores. Once you find what you are looking for, Jim Belshaw’s, Parrott Courier Service will deliver it right to your doorstep anywhere in the Okanagan, with both business owners and shoppers benefiting. Business owners have the ability to add products; local shoppers can easily find them and business owners can send out an unlimited number of special offers. Shoppers benefit from buying local with the Super Shopper Club app. They can compare prices and receive deals and special offers. Super Shopper Club does all the work for the businesses, with over 1,000 businesses on their database already. Anyone can easily download the Super Shopper Club app. Visit     

After 15 years with CWB National Leasing, Rick Montgomery (former Head Golf Professional at Gallagher’s Canyon) will now be back in the equipment leasing business with Affiliated Financial Services. Based in Kelowna, Rick will offer equipment leasing solutions to both vendors and end-users for all new and used equipment leasing. This includes equipment for transportation, construction, medical, dental, healthcare, agriculture, commercial, golf, and turf. Contact Rick at

A long-haul transport driver for over 17 years, Leonard Topple has now started Scoot’N Transport Towing. Although Leonard is an amputee with a prosthetic leg, he is a fully licensed driver and has one tow truck, servicing the Okanagan Valley. Leonard also picks up scrap cars and being an amputee he gives 10% of these proceeds to War Amps and Wounded Warriors. He also offers a 10% discount for military vets. His tag line is champagne tows on a beer budget. Call or Text 250-258-TOWS (8697).  

Mike Mussell, a staff member in the Facility Department of the City of West Kelowna has retired after 33 years. Mike was originally with the Regional District and then at Mount Boucherie Arena. I understand he will be spending more time on the golf course during retirement.

Local music artist Shae Ryga strives to bring back the importance of quality musicianship of old school music. To achieve this with his album, he has personally played and recorded almost all of the instruments himself, including drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. He also completed all the recording and production of the songs himself. His songwriting is soulful from the heart inspired by old school artists but graced by a youthful and modern artistic flare. He has now been playing guitar and singing for three years and has started learning to record, produce, and write songs this past year. Shae’s grandfather was George Ryga an author who found fame with the play “The Ecstasy of Rita Joe”. In honour of his artistic achievements in Summerland, the Ryga Arts Festival is held in the last week of summer every year. Check out the album website at All links to Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services will be on the album website.          

Aman Dosanj of The Paisley Notebook has been serving one pop-up diner at a time since 2017, feeding surprise seasonally-focused menus and winning a national culinary tourism experience award. Aman is now launching a line of crafted Indian spice blends to get you cooking at home. Whether in your home pantry, camp, or travel kit, the goal is to make using Indian spices less intimidating and more fun creating positive food memories. Each lightweight 60g blend is freshly roasted and ground in Kelowna using top-quality non-GMO spices imported from India. Each of the four spice blends is on sale via and ranges from $11.00 to $12.00 with Canada-wide shipping. Free doodle recipes are available on You might remember, Aman was the former owner of Poppadoms Restaurant in Kelowna. 

It’s your last chance to Go Batty with the Kelowna Museum. The museum has been on a mission to help the public see bats in a whole new light with its current exhibition BATS: Out of the Darkness and time is running out. They have extended the exhibit until September 7th due to COVID 19. You can discover fascinating facts about bats, examine BC bat specimens up close and hear their calls and uncover common myths about bats. Amanda Snyder is the Curatorial Manager of the Kelowna Museums.

BC Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) CEO Val Litwin will be stepping down after a four-year tenure, effective August 28th. Throughout his time, Val has been an incredible support to the BC Chamber network providing positive transformations to not only the BCCC but delivering crucial wins to BC’s business community.    

The City of Kelowna Fall Activity & Program Guide is now online with programs for all ages and abilities at There will be no hard copies printed. COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols will be in place at all times.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 80th Walter Gray, Former Mayor (Sept. 4); Dennis Gabelhouse (Sept. 3); Steve Mandl (Sept. 3); Barry Spring (Sept. 3); John Marritt (Sept. 4); Jean Treadgold (Sept. 4); Sharon Bazil (Sept. 5);  John Moxness (Sept. 7); Peter Rochfort (Sept. 5); Betty Russell (Sept. 6); Iris Moffatt (Sept. 7); Leo Bulach (Sept. 7); Garth Letcher (Sept. 8).   
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