Straight From DeHart - September 23, 2020

Grizzly Bear Bistro & Bar has opened at #103 – 1750 Pier Mac Way in the Airport Village complex. The restaurant is owned and operated by Sundersh Iyer who has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years around the world and is managed by well-known local Chris Petty. Grizzly Bear Bistro can be described as comfortable casual with North American cuisine, mixed with global fusion flavours. Chef Perry Hempler, who relocated from Abbotsford, uses locally sourced and inspired homegrown local products for both the local and global dishes. An opening menu is offered at this time with a good variety of beginners, mains, lunch specials, and dessert. We tried the Hungarian goulash with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables and the mac & cheese, which were both exceptionally delicious with generous portions. There is a good selection of fare for any appetite. A full bar menu with local wines is offered along with local Cherry Hill coffee. There are 45 seats inside the restaurant and a lovely patio. The beautiful Grizzly Bear sculptor in front of the restaurant was sculpted by a local Chase sculptor. Open 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week.    

Congratulations to Norm Bradley, a 62-year-old member of Kelowna Golf & Country Club on winning the 2020 British Columbia Senior Men’s Championship. He won the championship on the first playoff hole with a four-foot birdie putt at the Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club. This has been a long time coming for Norm, who has been playing high-level amateur golf for pretty much his entire adult life. Now he has won the big one.

Showroom Shine Detailing owned and operated by Adrian Bonner and Susan Atkinson is located at Unit C - 3646C Hwy 97N next to the Esso close to Reid’s Corner. This family-owned business with four employees specializes in high-quality professional auto detailing services. Showroom Shine details all and any types of vehicles servicing inside and outside detailing, including cars, trucks, boats, semi-truck tractors, RV/trailers, motorcycles, ATV/UTV’s, small aircraft, and even helicopters. They also offer engine cleaning, decal removal, and cut polishing and cutting-edge automotive detailing technology and coatings. Don’t have time to leave your car for detailing? The company offers pick-up and delivery detail service while you are at work.

Lisa-Diane Fortier has joined the leadership team at Willowstone Academy on Lakeshore Road as the new Director of Operations. Lisa-Diane comes to the community from the Greater Vancouver area where she worked for an economic think tank for over a decade. During her tenure, she scaled the funding, programs, and team to serve cities across Canada for the organization. Over the past 25 years, the school has served as a faith-based independent school. Six years ago, it rebranded as Willowstone Academy to align with its heart to be inclusive and diverse. It serves children ages six months to Grade 9. Katherine Veldhoen is the Chief Learning Officer of the school.         

Kelowna Women in Business (KWIB) has announced the winners of their Rise Awards. Congratulations to Karyn MacKenzie of DunnEnzies Pizza, who won the Crowe MacKay LLP Change Maker of the Year Award. Karyn and her partner Deb Dunnigan have co-owned and operated the DunnEnzies Pizza shops since the inception of their first one on Ellis Street. Julie Michaud of Portia Ella won the BDC Women of the Year Award.

The Regional Board of the RDCO has appointed Leah Schurian as a new member to the Environmental Advisory Commission. Leah will join in October and serve through September 2023. The Commission members represent a diverse background of environmental professions, practice, and experience and provide expert advice to the Regional Board on environmental issues relating to land use and development applications.

The United Way is 70 years old this year. Their Annual Campaign Kickoff is this coming week on Friday, September 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join them this year from the comfort of your desk or home for a fun and inspiring virtual lunch, presented by BMO Canada. Hear stories of community impact, partnerships, and a whole lot of local love across our community. Across the Southern Interior, United Way invests in over 90 local programs that help more than 75,000 vulnerable people including kids, youth, individuals, families, and seniors. Enjoy a great take-out lunch together but apart, with exclusive discounts courtesy of Browns Social House or Relvas Catering and kick-off the 2020/21 Campaign, sharing stories of community, the power of partnerships, and our shared vision for stronger, healthier communities. Get your tickets at   

Paris Jewellers in Orchard Park is celebrating its 1st Anniversary. Co-owners and sisters Chau Lui and Trang Wong own 25 stores across four provinces with 230 employees. Kelowna was their 26th store. To show their appreciation for the community and especially to teachers, Paris Jewellers and Mamas for Mamas planned a surprise for Monday morning. They gifted 100 gifts to the teachers of Rutland Secondary School at 8:00 a.m. this past Monday on September 21st. Paris Jewellers is currently partnered with Mamas for Mama for the month of September where 5% of all online sales will be donated. In addition, they have two limited-edition necklaces (Joy Heart Pendant and Be Kind Necklace) where 100% of the profits are donated to Mamas for Mamas. 

Calls for entries are now from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO) for the 2021 Okanagan Housing Awards of Excellence. In its 28th year, the awards showcase excellence in new home building, renovations, and interior design. Winners within the Okanagan regularly go on to win awards at the provincial and national levels. Submissions are open until November 16th, 2020. 

Congratulations to Justin and Tika Eisner on their wedding this past Saturday, September 19th, 2020.

Don’t forget, the Ladies Fall Closet Cleanout is back in the form of a farmer’s market-style on 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, and it will look quite different this year as ALL COVID protocols will be in place. You might have to wait in line a little longer or perhaps even come back as the six-foot distance rule will apply inside and out of the covered tower. Masks are welcome. Entry fee $5.00 with a portion going to local charities.

Kelowna Lioness Club is hosting an outside garage sale on Saturday, September 26th at 981A Manhattan Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Money raised will be used for projects in our community. All distancing protocols will be in place. 

Garage sales are coming back in the COVID way. The Ukrainian Catholic Church at 1091 Coronation Avenue is hosting a tent garage sale with many treasures on Saturday, September 26 in the church parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All COVID protocols will be in place.  

On his birthday, which was September 18, Michael Alexander, winemaker at Summerhill Pyramid Winery began the 2020 vintage with the first crush of organic Pinot Noir destined for Cipes Brut Rose Sparkling Wine Cuvee. 

Dress for Success helps women re-enter the workforce and is more essential now than ever before. They are hosting the first even virtual fundraising event on Thursday, October 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with motivational speaker Linda Edgecombe. Your $20.00 donation gets you a bottle of wine delivered to your door and an evening with Linda from the comfort of your own home.  

There are some changes this year for nut sales at Gallatly Nut Farm Regional Park. The proceeds from this annual fall harvest and sale are used by non-profit Gellatly Nut Farm Society to assist with upkeep and improvements in the popular four-hectare waterfront regional park and working nut orchard off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna. This year, to keep everyone safe during COVID-19, society volunteers will not be operating the nut house store. Instead, through November, members of the public that wish to purchase nut varieties are asked to self-harvest. Small buckets $5.00 and large buckets $10.00. Nuts that are not paid for upon leaving the farm may result in a $500.00 fine under the Regional Parks Bylaw 1427. For more information visit

Birthdays of the week – Happy 80th Aloys Orsulic (Sept. 23); Happy 80th Chuck Hutchinson (Sept. 25); Happy 50th Stacey Robertson (Sept. 25); Susan Downey (Sept. 24); Brad Cronquist (Sept. 25); Charlie Styles, my brother-in-law (Sept. 26); Larry Henderson (Sept. 26); Don Harrison (Sept. 27); Barry Gibbs, Phoenix (Sept. 28); Penny Caley (Sept. 28); Lambert Schmalz (Sept. 28); Dorothy Donaldson (Sept. 28); Betty Casey (Sept. 29); Donna Greer (Sept. 29).  
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