Straight From DeHart – Aug. 7, 2019

A new neighbourhood wine bar from the founder/owner of the successful Rotten Grape that was formerly on Bernard Avenue has opened in the Mission area of the city. Rita Myers and Jason Monteleone have opened Tutt Street Tapas + Wine at #5 – 3045 Tutt Street in Tutt Street Square. The cozy but eclectic restaurant, with a patio, was the brain child of Rita and Jason after they threw in some inspiring trips to Italy and Rita working in an Osteria in Piemonte. They also missed their Rotten Grape family. Their menu is made daily, in-house using sustainable, local, organic ingredients whenever possible. Their food is good for sharing with a varied menu and a daily feature of their own house-made pasta. They offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Try a small plate of baked meat balls, seafood cakes or soup or a charcuterie, artisan cheese board or Tuscan bruschetta. Their artisan flat breads are made thin and crispy with organic whole wheat and spelt with all crust made in-house. Open Tuesday to Saturday 4:00 p.m. until close.

After three years, Tourism Kelowna’s Business Development Officer for Sports and Events, Harvey Hubball has left the organization and is relocating to Vancouver. Harvey will start a new position with UBC as the Development Officer for their Athletics Department. With Tourism Kelowna, Contact Jennifer Horsnell at [email protected] or 250-861-1515 (205) for information on the position.

Gord Friesen is the new owner of Driving Miss Daisy Seniors’ Services. The company provides transportation and a vast array of other needs for their clients including medical and dental appointments, Alzheimer’s companionship, grocery and personal shopping, community programs and activities, airport service through the gate, errands, meetings, social visits, adult day programs, vacation and social event accompaniment, accompaniment to weddings and funerals, liaison between family and medical staff and home support. The company is fully insured, offers first-aid/CPR trained individuals, has a fully accessible wheelchair van and offers reasonable rates. The area they cover is from Lake Country to Summerland. Driving Miss Daisy is hosting a contest called “Free Ride Coming to Your Neighbourhood”. By sending a picture to their Facebook Page contestants can enter for free service for themselves, a designated service (Cancer, Hospice, etc.) or a loved one for any of their services. Call 250-860-3272

Julia Norman has joined the firm of Pushor Mitchell LLP as an associate lawyer. Her practice includes estate planning, estate litigation, family law and civil litigation. [email protected].

Hollywood Shoes has closed its doors. Roy’s Shoes at 1627 Ellis Street has been chosen to sell some of their incredible inventory. The sale starts on Tuesday, August 6th (my birthday haha!) at 9:00 a.m. New inventory will arrive every Tuesday morning and will be priced 30-60% off. They do not know what will be coming each week, but brands that will be available are KEEN, Josef Siebel, Cambrian, Finn Comfort, Alegria, Lane, Wolky, Eject, Portofino and Shoe the Bear. Stop in every week to see what inventory has arrived for incredible savings.

Well-travelled tattoo artist Paola Rimoli from Turin, Italy has a unique spin which is a fusion between blackwork and watercolor style tattooing. In France and Spain she is best known for her graphic and abstract subjects. Whether it is wildlife or peoples requests for butterfly’s or landscapes, Paola’s own style shows through. This year she has been attending many tattoo conventions around the world and winning awards along the way. Paola is coming to Canada and making a stop in our city. Flashpoint Tattoo Company, started by tattoo artist Mark Beaulieu over eight years ago is hosting Paola September 5th to 11th at his shop. Anyone looking for an opportunity to get tattooed by this award winning artist can do so by contacting Flashpoint at 778-753-5555 or visit to book a consultation and appointment. More of her work can be viewed on Instagram at paola_rimoli.

The Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) has announced the appointment of two new board members. Taiya Ahola (Strawhouse) and Oktawian Kobryn (Cactus Club Café) have joined for a two-year term. The 2019/2020 board consists of Yarden Gershony, President (Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP), Brian Stephenson, Vice-President (Pushor, Mitchell LLP), Rob Collins, Treasurer (Grant Thornton LLP), Renata Mills, Secretary (Festivals Kelowna); Shane Austin, (Okanagan coLab), Caroline Bye (Kelowna Yacht Club); Steve Harvey (Business Finder), David Kemp (FH&P LLP), Brent Lobson (Impark), Kyle Spence (Downton Marina-Westcorp), Luke Turri (Mission Group), Charlie Hodge (Ex-Officio – City of Kelowna). To view the annual report visit

Happy 25th Anniversary Nick and Cindy Austin (Aug. 6).

A Live Music Tribute to Woodstock ’69 – 50th Anniversary is taking place at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Road on August 13th and 14th from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. featuring the music of Richie Havens, Grateful Dead, The Who, Joan Baez, Sweetwater, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joni MitchellBob Dylan, Santana, Jefferson Airplane and many more.  Tickets

Kelowna and District S.H.A.R.E. Society Thrift Store Summer Appreciation BBQ is Saturday, August 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 581 Gaston Avenue. Great food, door prizes, face painting, balloon sculpture, games and their own DJ. Everyone is invited to join in. Janine Makar is the Manager/Program Director.

The North Westside Fire Rescue Firefighters Society’s annual fundraising BBQ is Saturday, August 10th at La Casa Cottage Resort at 6808 Westside Road from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. It’s an action packed event with music, entertainment, live auction, an auction for children, 50-50 and plenty of door prizes. Purchase BBQ tickets in advance for $12.00 at 250-545-1195.


You still have time to catch The Little Mermaid at the Kelowna Community Theatre playing August 1st to 10th with tickets available at They are also taking registrations for summer theatre and fall classes for Disney’s Jungle Book Kids, Frozen Jr. and many more at

The Kelowna Float with Float Ambassador Clarence Johnson and Priyaali Kanti (Lady of the Lake) and Gracie Huber (Princess) will be attending the Penticton Peach Festival on August 10th.

Kudos to IG Wealth Management (Kayla Caruana) and Farris Barristers and Solicitors (Samantha Barker) for hosting fundraiser Swing Away for United Way at the Kelowna Driving Range, raising over $3,300.00 for the United Way.

It’s absolutely incredible that between June 11th and July 26th, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce received 262 Business Excellence Award nominations for 13 awards. Nominees will now spend six weeks completing their nomination applications and on October 3rd, the Chamber will announce three finalists in each of the 12 categories. The final award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on November 1st. Nikki Csek is the president of the chamber.

One of seven major home prizes of The Children’s Hospital Foundation Dream Lottery is a Predator Ridge home at 209 Ashcroft Place worth up to $2.8 million or $2.2 Million in cash. The home will be open for viewing starting on August 16th and tickets are on sale until October 11th.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 70th  Rupert Gruen (Aug. 13); Roger Sellick (Aug. 7); Hugh Feagan (Aug. 8); Brent Baker (Aug. 8); Peter Schultz (Aug. 8); Frank Richardson (Aug. 9); Stuart Broughton (Aug. 10); Christine Daley (Aug. 10); Cathy Slade (Aug. 12); Willy Burgess (Aug. 12); Craig Hostland (Aug. 12); Kali Howden (Aug. 13); Abby Sones (Aug. 13).

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