Straight From DeHart – Aug. 21, 2019

Purdys Chocolatier in the Orchard Park Mall has completely renovated its premises from top to bottom and the chocolate shop is beautiful. Purdys has added a large cravings unit; a feature wall of chocolate from their chocolate kitchen where all the new and seasonal items are located; a ten foot long chocolate case with every type of individual chocolates you can imagine along with a themed feature table which changes with the seasons. At this time, the themed feature table is All Canadian. Purdy’s also has their world famous Canadian dairy ice cream bars and ice cream which they offer all year round. Purdy’s chocolate is made with 100% sustainable cocoa  with sustainable living and farming. They also offer no sugar added chocolates and now have a new vegan bar. Donna Blackmore is the Area Manager – BC Interior. Sara Silver is the Manager and Shay Wade the Assistant Manager of Purdy’s Chocolatier in Orchard Park.

Okanagan Pet Cremation held their first Pet Loss Grief Forum for pet professionals this past March. It was well attended and a way to introduce local grief support counselors to Veterinarian industry staff. Now they are taking it a step further to help those facing the loss of their pet by offering monthly peer-run Pet Loss Grief Support Groups facilitated by Cammie Ouellette. Anyone having difficulty with the loss of their pet is welcome to attend. Sessions are free but you must register as space is limited. For more information and future dates visit or

Okanagan Market 2019 will be at the Laurel Packing House on September 22 from10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For the vendors there will be a pre-market networking breakfast and workshop entitled Managing cultural diversity to build a competitive advantage by Lionel Laroche.  You can participate in the market and promote your business or services by registering and paying online before August 31st to become an exhibitor.  The market can increase your visibility; you can meet new clients, promote your bilingual asset, draw net talents, develop your network and partnerships and work with your local workforce.  For more information or to register visit or Call Bruno Baumgartner at SDE at 250-860-1584

Congratulations to good friend and well-known founder/owner of Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Stephen Cipes, who is being honoured and inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. Stephen is being inducted as a local champion for providing holistic hospitality in his winery and his restaurant. Ever since 1986 when Stephen arrived in the Okanagan, his determination to champion sustainability and organic agriculture has helped him forge a unique path to success. He is also being recognized for his leadership as an advocate of the land and for bringing sustainable wines and flavours to the restaurant table. [email protected].


Happy 50th Anniversary Ernie and Ruth Peninga. (Aug. 24).

The Okanagan British Car Club is hosting their Annual Rally in the Valley from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Heritage Park in Peachland. Admission is free with members show n’ shine their BRITISH cars. Guests wishing to display their cars are asked for a $20.00 donation. Dennis Campbell is the president at [email protected].

Happipad, a BC based start-up company has launched an online roommate matchmaking and support service that makes it safe and easy for homeowners with empty spare rooms to find people compatible to live with. Like a dating site, Happipad’s service helps people establish connections with others to assess their compatibility before moving in together, including culture, language, personality, lifestyle and living habits.

Jeep Okanagan is hosting the 2nd Annual Rally Through the Valley, hoping to have 200 Jeeps starting in Penticton and ending in Vernon on September 1st. They would like to raise $10,000 for Can Praxis, an organization that helps veterans and first responders and their families suffering from PTSD. Gold sponsor is Kelowna Chrysler/Vernon Dodge. Contact Jeep Okanagan Group on Facebook.

Carlie Moore is following the anti-plastic lifestyle and has created eco-friendly beeswax food wraps under the company name Bee Moore Kind. Carlie originally saw the Beeswax wraps in Australia which are Beeswax covered fabric used to wrap leftovers, cover cheeses and so much more. The food wraps are made from 100% cotton, Okanagan Beeswax, tree resin and Jojoba oil. They are used as an alternative to plastic wraps and plastic baggies.  The wraps become pliable with the warmth of your hands and washed in cold water they can be reused for up to one year. You can use them to cover bowls, wrap ;cheeses vegetables or herbs, breads and sandwiches or even use as gift wrap. Larger wraps can be folded into baggies. These wraps keep food fresher while storing for longer than plastic as beeswax wraps are slightly breathable. Carlie offers gift baskets and custom orders.  Shipping is available as well as local Kelowna drop off. To order Instagram and Facebook @beemoorekind.


Plant based butter and cheese brand, Miyoko’s Creamery, has launched in Canada effective August 19 and the product will be available in 1,000 grocery stores in Canada including Save-On-Foods. The company is known for their cultured vegan butter and cheese brands. Founded by the best- selling vegan cookbook author and environmentalist Miyoko Schinner, the recipes use only real, whole food organic ingredients, partnering with Dutch supplier Tradin Organics. Instagram @miyokoscreamery

Road 13 Vineyards’ 2017 Marianne is now recognized in the top 1% of wine in Canada with the Platinum award in the category of Other Single White Varieties. The wine pairs perfectly with seafood, shellfish, spicy Asian food and lighter meats.

The 2-day hands-on Enhanced Skills Course for experienced riders workshop focuses on increasing motorcycle handling skills in a variety of areas is August 31 and September 1. Enrollment is limited. Call 250-765-3163 to confirm registration and payment.

The first complimentary sunscreen dispenser in BC is now located through a partnership between the Save Your Skin Foundation and Morgan’s Mole Patrol and support from the City of Kelowna at the Kelowna Visitor Centre (sponsored by Moxie’s Bar & Grill Kelowna).

Transfer to Digital, owned and operated by Michael Gyori has moved into the Film Factory building at 1126 Richter Street. They are a business that specializes in transferring precious memories stored on tapes, reels, cassettes, photos and slides to DVD and digital file formats for preservation and ease of sharing with family and friends. Transfer to Digital recently invested in a world class film scanner from Germany that can transfer 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm film to 2k resolution video files. They also upgraded their slide scanning equipment and can convert slide collections to easily shareable digital files with quicker turn around. Combined with their numerous VHS, Beta, Hi8 and MiniDV machines, Transfer to Digital can transfer nearly any medial format you might have. They can provide you with DVD’s digital files on USB sick, and/or upload your transfers to the cloud, making sharing your memories easy.  It’s a great time to dig out those old film reels and get them digitally transferred before they degrade further. Open Monday to Friday. Call 778-699-3377.


Do you remember Bedrock City? Snowfest? Wild Waters? Kelowna’s Amusing Past is August 17th to November 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday at the Okanagan Heritage Museum. Reminisce and have fun at this exhibition dedicated to Kelowna’s bygone amusement centres and festivals. By donation.

Bring shoes to the Interior Savings Kelowna Sunrise Rotary three – day RibFest is this coming weekend, August 23-25 in City Park. Bring a donation of shoes and receive a free pair of Stumbles, The Flat Foldable Shoes that fit in your purse for those nights you head out dancing and don’t want to dance in heels. The Shoe Bank will also be unveiling their newest project the Mobile Shoe Bank. This is a 28 foot van that was donated by CINTAS the uniform people that when completed in September, they will be travelling the BC Interior putting shoes onto people’s feet from Osoyoos to Kamloops and beyond. For all the entertainment and information go to

Birthdays of the week – Happy 103rd Rein Busch (Aug. 22); Ted Rhind (Aug. 21); Angela McManus (Aug. 23); Marg Hobson (Aug. 24); Gavin Young (Aug. 24); Bud Magrath (Aug. 24); Gerry Wourms (Aug. 25); Jennifer LeaskTrask (Aug. 25); Doris Vester (Aug. 26); Bill Everden (Aug. 26); Richard Rafton (Aug. 26); Kim Dorcas (Aug.27).

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