Straight From DeHart – May 15, 2019

Opening in 2017, The Waterfront Cafe at 2245 Abbott Street has renovated and now the two storey cafe with two view patios of the park and lake is more than just a coffee and pastry shop. It’s a family friendly, casual restaurant now offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Along with executive chef, sommelier and partner, Mark Filatow and Chef Graham Momer, well-known restaurateur Lonni van Diest has joined the team as general manager. The restaurant now offers a dominant Italian theme, casual fare, pizza and share dishes. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and a new happy hour from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. From starters, antipasti, salads to hand crafted pizza and entrees, the Waterfront Cafe has something to offer everyone at any time of day.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Waterfront Cafe (L to R) Chef Graham Momer, Lonni Van Diest and Mark Filatow

Congratulations to three Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Award Recipients who were presented with prestigious awards at the President’s dinner. Dominic Rampone Director of the Year; Dan Price, Volunteer of the Year and Sarah Lust, Ambassador of the Year.

Redken educator Ludovic Jan and wife and Redken Certified Colorist Jessica Jan have opened Opus Salon in downtown Kelowna at 1611 Ellis Street (Next to Roy’s Shoes). Ludovic and Jessica have been in the industry for over 20 years, having been trained in Paris, France and then relocating to Vancouver 12 years ago. They moved to Kelowna last June to open Opus Salon. Opus is a full service salon that does not offer any esthetics. As an educator Ludovic specializes in haircuts and in particular, curly hair.  Along with the Redken products Opus offers a natural shampoo and conditioner product from Australia called EVO. Opus has four stylists and one apprentice. They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 250-762-9868

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Opus Salon

Myra Canyon Bike Rental is family owned and operated business by Ben and Annelies Vos and their sons Joe and Maarten, providing on-site bicycle rentals and varying tours, now in business for 10 years. Their on-site bicycle rental shop is open every day from May to October with rentals available from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. with exceptions of Friday and Saturday for the months of July and August where they will offer a sunset rental time from5:00 to 8:00 p.m. They offer comfort bikes that have front forks, in seat suspension, 21 gears and a comfortable upright seating position is sizes XS to XL with bikes for kids, tandems, trailers and tag-a-longs for those who are less experienced in biking. There is a full range of tours and times available and all tours include pickup and drop off in Kelowna and West Kelowna, with a tour guide optional but recommended. You can enjoy a bike ride, wine tour, lunch ranging from four hours, an entire day or a 75km bike tour from Myra to Hillside winery in Naramata. This year they added a new bike and wine tour on the new Okanagan rail trial. For more information or to reserve visit or 250-878-8763.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Myra Canyon Bike Rental

Haven Sleep Limited (Kelowna, BC) has acquired Vancouver BC based Bedface Linen Co. Both brands have become recognized as a Canadian choice for premium quality sleep products. Without the overhead and expenses required to operate brick and mortar stores, Haven’s products are sold direct to consumers at much lower prices and shipped quickly direct to the consumer. With 24/7shopping, free-shipping and 100 night risk free trial, you can now buy your luxury sleep products online. Haven was founded in 2016 and for each 10 Havens sold on-line; one mattress is donated to a local charity. Haven was awarded chiropractic certification by the Canadian Chiropractic Association of Canada in 2018, their mattresses are 100% vegan, cruelty free and plant-based designed to have zero chemical off-gassing. Bedface linens are 100% cotton sold direct in 300 thread percale or 500 thread count sateen. Scott Amis is the CEO of Haven Sleep Products

Josh Hoggan has started Sophisticated Social which is a free non-affiliated club of adults in their mid-20`s to 40`s who are looking to meet new mature and platonic friends in Kelowna. They are a club that is focused away from the party scene and on healthier activities. They host just about anything, including axe throwing, escape rooms, hikes, camping trips, road trips, cook nights, wine making, tasting tours, canvas paint nights and board game socials. The only cost to participate is whatever the venue charges for the activity with many of their events held at local residences and paid for by the host. There is a very strict code of conduct, which is posted on the Facebook group. For events coming up or more information visit or email Josh at [email protected]

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has a new board for 2019/20.  Congratulations to President Nikki Csek of Csek Creative. Directors are Carmen Sparg, Silver Lining Management (Past President). Andrew Brunton, Pushor Mitchell LLP; Ron Cannan, Interior Savings; Derek Gratz, UBC Okanagan; Andrew Ingenhorst, Grant Thornton LLP; Angela Nagy, GreenStep Solutions; Justin O’Connor, Sotheby’s International; Pamela Pearson, Sentes Group; Dan Price, Emil Anderson; Dominic Rampone, West Manufacturing; Jeffrey Robinson, Rush Ihas LLP; Robert Scott, 2M Performance; Shelagh Turner, CMHA; Laura Vigar, Watson’s Hound Lounge and Ray Wynsouw, CorWest Builders. Three appointees are Maxine DeHart, Councillor (City of Kelowna); Trevor McTavish (Junior Chamber) and Bill Gillett (Okanagan School of Business).

Kudos to the City of Kelowna on receiving A Community Recognition Award presented by Wood Works, a program of the Canadian Wood Council for its support of the B.C. wood industry and its commitment to use wood in the new Queensway Transit Exchange. The award was presented at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Annual Convention recently held in Penticton.

The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) – Kelowna Branch will be hosting its annual appreciation and networking event on Thursday, May 23rd at the Kelowna Yacht Club. The keynote speaker will be Bev Briscoe, FCPA, F.ICD, one of Canada’s foremost corporate directors who is currently chair of the board of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc., vice-chair and lead director of Goldcorp. Inc. and a director of Kal Tire. Following the presentation there will be a networking reception with the Okanagan corporate director community. If you are interested in attending, register at ICD Kelowna has added Meryle CorbettJudy Bishop and Deborah Buszard to its branch executive. For more information on ICD contact Michael Conway at [email protected]

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Bev Briscoe

Pam Renzi has published a tiny book, only in size; (3 inches x 4 inches) titled A Little Bit of Heaven, and designed by Bryan Carlton. Pam wrote the book for everyone to be aware of the beauty that is all around us and to appreciate the many insights of the wonders of creation. A Little Bit of Heaven is when you see a joy, a blessing, an insight into what happens when you pause to look at something beautiful that is right in front of you.  It reminds her of an energy that moves her towards a spiritual experience. It reminds me to stop and smell the flowers, so to speak. Have it in your pocket, look at it during your coffee break or take it with you on transit. It’s a joy to read. Pam gave me one as I gift when speaking at one of her classes. Available from Pam at 778-478-9368 or [email protected]

Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary Andy and T.J. of 101-5 EZ Rock (May 16).

KSS Class of 1969, 60th Reunion will be held Wednesday, September 11th, 2019. They are looking for people who wish to attend. Contact Ernie Poitras at [email protected] or Roberta Withers at [email protected]a or 250-763-7542.

The City of Kelowna Float along with Lady of the Lake Olivia Solano and Princess Jennifer Werner along with Float Ambassador Clarence Johnson will be at the May Day Parade in Rutland On May 20th. See you there.

Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club is a non-profit club run by members and a volunteer board located in City Park. They have companies in the community who support them through sponsorship and they rent out their facility for some events. This year, the City of Kelowna is hosting the B.C. 55+ Games and lawn bowling will be included although this is a sport for all ages. They have members ranging from12 to over 80. Their season starts in May and ends in September and they offer three free training and beginner game days on a Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. after which time an annual membership can be purchased. To join or for more information contact Isabella Tidsbury at 778—214-1620 or [email protected]

Birthdays of the week –Happy 60th Kathy Conway (May 18); John Davina (May 15); Carmelo Mauro (May 15); Stan Martindale (May 16); Michael Dorsel (May 16); Graham Bell (May 17); Judy Syrnyk (May 17); Jerry Reiber (May 17); Wendy Soon (May 18); Rae Stewart (May 18); Marg Bernath (May 19); Ken Derer (May 19); Martha Laser (May 19); Carrie Metzger (May 20); Beryl Itani (May 21). In memory of our dad Edward Abram (May 16);

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