Straight From DeHart – May 8, 2019

Bellevue Day Spa has opened at 103 – 4639 Lakeshore Road in the Surtees heritage development complex next to St. Andrews Church, just off the round-about in the Mission area of the city. Owned and operated by esthetician Cinthia Michelle, the business is dedicated to clean, environmental friendly, less toxins, certified organic beauty services. In a relaxing ambiance, Cinthia offers organic facials, pedicures, manicures, gel services and full waxing services. There are also many services offered for eyes, some of which are eye brow and eye lash tinting and eyelash extensions. Open Monday to Saturday and by appointment on Sundays. Call 250-999-8887 or book on line at Follow on Instagram @bellevuedayspa.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Bellevue Day Spa owner Cinthia Michelle

Congratulations to the following staff of Black Press and the Kelowna Capital News who have been awarded the Silver Quill Award from the Community News Media Association (formerly the BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association), which recognizes more than 25 years in the newspaper industry: Alistair Waters, Regional Editor (26 years); Tessa Ringness, Creative Services Manager (29 years); Laura Millsip, Creative Services (29 years); Kelly Ulmer, Creative Services (27 years) and Rachel Dekker, Office Manager (25 years). The awards were part of the annual Ma Murray Awards Dinner.

Scenic Road Cider Co. at 770 Packinghouse Road has completed a large renovation this past year. Owned and operated by Taylor and Caroline Sebastian and Harv and Marina Johal, the renovations include a new roof and eaves troughs, the parking lot has been redone and is triple in size, new landscaping throughout and upgrades to the licensed picnic area. Inside they have added a keg system and now sell growlers (refillable bottles) and flights in their tasting room. Scenic Road Cider has launched a new pear cider known around the world as Peary and also a new nectarine cider called Nectar. Trevor Mayhew is the new tasting room manager with expanded hours from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The 2019 official opening is Saturday, May 11th with free growlers to the first 50 people, lots of giveaways, food truck and entertainment.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Scenic Road Cider

Dominion GovLaw LLP has opened a satellite office in Kelowna at 1100 – 1631 Dickson Avenue (Landmark 6). The company is a full service law firm and well-known for serving all levels of government and public authority including local, provincial and federal with their head office located in Victoria, BC. The firm represents outside counsel for inside government. Members of their team are lawyers Troy DeSouzaJarrett Plonka and Lisa Guidi, along with legal assistants Julie Geric and Tessa van der Holt and Katharine Holmes who manages the courses and social media.

Former long-time Director of Sales with Manteo Resort for 20 years, Dana Crichton is the new Corporate Sales Director of 50th Parallel Estate located at 17101 Terrace View Road in Lake Country. The winery is owned and operated by proprietor Curtis M. Krouzel and proprietor and co-rounder SheriLee TurnerKrouzel[email protected]

Lots happening at Original Joe’s on the Westside. The Kelowna location at 2728 Pandosy Street and #4 – 3000 Louie Drive in West Kelowna are both owned and operated by Matt Albertson, with the West Kelowna location operational for nine years being the 31st Original Joe’s with now over 80 locations. The West Kelowna restaurant has been renovated, giving it an entirely fresh look. Along with their new look, they are paying homage to the original grand opening where there was $25,000.00 worth of wings given away. The Wet Kelowna re-opening party starts at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10th. They will be giving away $25,000.00 in wings by giving away the free wings for a year, every 15 minutes from 5:00 p.m. until midnight. All weekend, starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and going until close on Sunday, they will feature half-priced wings and their $4.00 Hour all day. Phillip Caragannis is the general manager of the West Kelowna outlet.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Phil and Matt

Well-known mattress guy Ken Thompson is celebrating 25 years in the industry. Ken originally spent eight years with The Brick, becoming a senior sales consultant and awarded the President’s Club for sales. He then moved to Sealy Mattress Company covering the B.C. Interior with 60 dealers. Ken moved to Sleep Country Canada and in 2015 was chosen as a Sleep Country Ambassador going to India with Sleeping Children Around the World where Sleep Country distributed 2,100 bed kits to children in five villages in five days.

It’s with sadness that a long springtime celebration that is deep in tradition and history is taking its final bow. The Blossom Time Fair, in its 67th year, hosted by the Auxiliaries to the KGH Foundation and the 90 year-old Kelowna Auxiliary is hosting its final fair on Friday, May 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Cottonwoods Care Centre, 2255 Ethel Street. There will be lots of activities for children, a huge plant, craft and bake sale, along with collectibles and entertainment.

Huge thanks to two gals who helped me out this week with their exceptional service; Kelsey Boles of Estee Lauder in The Hudson`s Bay and Deb Roy at Bed Bath & Beyond.

The AGM of the Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) is June 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Okanagan coLab’s Affinity Hall, 1504 St. Paul St. Mark Burley is the executive director of the DKA.

Kudos to Barb Gregory who is celebrating five years with Kelowna Hostesses. Kelowna Hostesses are always happy to receive new members. Contact President Brenda Scruton at 250-452-6719 or [email protected] if you would like to join an exceptional group of people who do extraordinary volunteer work in our community.

The popular GolfBC Championship PGA Mackenzie Tour is at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club June 10 to 16th.  They are looking for volunteers or caddies to help with this great event. Click here to sign up to caddie and click here to sign up to volunteer

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United Way Bus Pull 2019 is May 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Prosper Place at the south parking lot on Water Street. You can get involved by donating to an individual or team with all proceeds to support the Central Okanagan Community Fund and over 25 local charities. At the event there will be a 50/50 draw, Boyd Autobody Car-B-Q Family BBQ and Gasoline Alley’s Everything that Rumbles Showcase.

Kelowna is hosting the 13th Annual Sons of Italy National Convention. The Sons of Italy will soon be officially renamed the Sons and Daughters of Italy Galileo Lodge Kelowna. The organization is devoted to Italian heritage, community service and charitable good works. Italians and non-Italians are welcome to join. A Gala Dinner and Dance is being hosted, The Italian Way on Saturday, June 1stat the Coast Capri Hotel at 6:00 p.m. with music by The 17 piece Dreamland Band along with a silent auction. Partial proceeds to JoeAnna’s House. Tickets at 778-477-5505 or [email protected]

One Saturday each month Grizzli Winery at 2550 Boucherie Road in West Kelowna hosts the Creative Art Series Workshops with artist Louise Lambert of Wine Country Studios. Situated on West Kelowna’s wine trail, the small and intimate workshops start with a tour of Grizzli Winery followed by a tasting of their signature wines. While you are painting, you will be able to sip on award-winning wines, paired with cheese and chocolate while you complete your masterpiece.  The next event is May 11 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. painting Cézanne. Tickets are $68.00 plus tax with art supplies included and can be purchased by calling Grizzli Winery at 250-769-6789 or emailing info at

Rann Berry’s Soul of Motown Revue sold out quickly so they have decided to add a second show on Saturday, June 1 at the Forum on Ethel Street.  It’s a fabulous show to see and to do some dancing. Tickets now on sale at

Kudos to the Kelowna Auto Dealers Association (KADA) on handing over the keys to a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan to Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. The Association was formed over 25 years ago and now represents 18 new car dealerships in Kelowna.

Speaking of Automobiles, Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre (Kot Auto Group) has returned Operation 200 for its sixth year. During the month of May, both dealerships will be donating $100.00 per vehicle sold to the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre for new equipment. The goal is 200 vehicles in 30 days.

Birthdays of the week –Happy 60th Susan Johal (May 8); Ron Cannan (May 8); Melanie HallSzyszkiewicz (May 9); Claire Jantzen (May 10); Andrew Bruce (May 10); Michael J. Ballingall (May 10); Anne Zazuliak (May 10); Bruce Henderson (May 10); Rick Essler (May 11); Arnie Schneider (May 13); Ono Curatolo (May 13); Roberta Cronquist (May 14); John Schlosser (May 14).

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