Straight From DeHart – Jan. 1, 2020

In one year and out the other. Happy New Year.

The new Kelowna Pur & Simple franchise, based out of Montreal is the first BC location and the first of five restaurants that will open in the next few years, all owned and operated by Ken Kleindienst and Ryan Henley. Ryan left the RCMP to go into the business and Ken already was a successful entrepreneur. Located at #100 – 1575 Banks Road (by Walmart) the menu is geared towards breakfast lovers, along with lunch. The Pur & Simple concept has been an instant success, with ten restaurants opening in its first three years of operation and 15 new restaurants already slated for 2020. The restaurant offers their famous combo plates like the Gourmet, featuring two eggs with choice of bacon, sausage, ham or turkey bacon and half waffle with bananas and chocolate chips topped with English cream and Nutella. They offer healthy delights of avocado toast, Keto plate, power wraps and bowls and their lunch menu features fresh salads, burgers and artisanal sandwiches. Pur & Simple serve gluten sensitive and vegan dishes. Open 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Aphrodite in Me Spa, owned and operated by Dawn Thiessen has relocated and is now open for business at 153 Asher Road. Dawn has joined the team at Dimensions Hair Design Ltd. and she is now located right next door to where she used to be. To checkout her new digs or to book an appointment call 778-753-6004.

Also in Rutland, Ski Outlet Canada has opened just in time for the winter ski season at 115 Hwy. 33. Owned and operated by Mike Clarke, this is the newest shop in the Rutland area and will be servicing people on the way up to Big White and locals as well. Ski Outlet has full rental fleet of skis and snowboards for people heading up to the mountain, or pick up your gear the night before. They also offer discounted skis, boards and accessories for sale and a full tune-up shop with Wintersteiger machines. The store is open seven days a week. or 250-212-2639.

Smitty’s Restaurant opening soon at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre is now hiring. They offer flexible hours, competitive wages and working with a great team. Email: [email protected]

Eric Ledding of Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP has been appointed by the Executive Committee of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBABC) to the Professional Issues Committee. The committee has recently been established to monitor, develop policy and make recommendations with respect to the CBABC response on legal profession issues arising within BC. Eric has also been appointed as a member of the sub-committee on alternative legal service providers.

If you are looking for some accessories for your new cellular phone or other device that you received at Christmas of if your existing cellular phone needs repair, EK Cell Repair owned and operated by JW Lee at 2079 Enterprise Way is definitely the place to go. Some of the services offered are screen repair, battery replacement, unlocking and water damage. They also specialize in soldering and have a full line of up to date accessories with the latest trends and protection to make sure your phone is protected and stylist.

After the holidays, many believe it’s the right time to get on track and get back into shape. Tracy Steen is the owner of Move Daily Fitness. She believes the blend of knowing the mind and the body has allowed her to help her clients in a more meaningful way, as you cannot compartmentalize fitness and nutrition and only think you have to work on those two elements to change the body for good. For sustainable change long term, she believes people must also do the deep work of building self-awareness in other critical areas of life. Her goal with clients is to not only look at the what of fitness and nutrition, but also uncover the why. Why do we say we are going to exercise and then do not? Why do we turn to food and when we are not hungry? She believes she can help people increase their awareness around these issues and then encourage them on the criticalness of moving daily, even if it’s the smallest of steps. Tracy then feels she has done her job in helping people live their healthiest lives. To join her online programs, visit or to follow any of Tracy’s free advanced and beginner workouts, subscribe on You Tube.

The BC Hotel Association has a new 2020 Board of Directors with board members from around the Province. In our area, Ingrid Jarrett of The Royal Kelowna in Kelowna holds the position of executive committee director on the board. Incoming board chair is Bryan Pilbeam, who is currently vice-president of Invictus Properties Inc. and general manager of the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops. The board’s first order of business is to commence search for a new leader to replace longtime President and CEO James Chase who recently announced his retirement.

Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken in Spall Plaza has been in operation going on three years. Owned and operated by Parminder (Parm) Gondara, the restaurant will be hosting comedian Tim Mutt on January 17th and after that they will have live music entertainment every weekend. The 110 seat restaurant offers counter service and all the chicken is grilled, healthy and you may also select your basting flavours. Barcelos also offers sandwiches, pita, wraps, family meals, veggie options, salads, chicken stir fry, lots of sides and a Peri sirloin burger, so there is variety for everyone.

Congratulations to grandparents Mike and Sia Koutsantonis and great grandmother Meli Koutsantonis of Olympia Greek Taverna who welcome twin granddaughters Saleen and Eva to their family with proud parents Kyle and Kazi Oscar.

Kudos to Kelowna First Transit/Amalgamated Union Transit Ambassadors on raising a whopping $37,163.95 representing cash, gifts and food through their popular 2019 Santa Sleigh Bus events program throughout the Kelowna Regional Transit area. The total seventeen years collection now amounts to $518,505.14 supporting The Salvation Army.

The nomination period for the Civic &Community Award nominations is officially open. The annual awards recognize outstanding Kelowna residents and businesses who positively contributed to the City in 2019. Nominations are due Friday, February 14th. Nomination forms and award category criteria can be found online at Young Citizen of the Year finalists will receive funding towards their post-secondary education through the Dillon Thomas Budd and Payton Leigh Budd Youth Scholarship, sponsored by the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation. This year’s finalists will be celebrated at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 29/2020 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Tickets will go on sale in March, 2020. For more information contact Mariko Siggers at 250-469-8818 or [email protected]a.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 100th birthday Eugen Helm (Jan. 6); Wayne Pierce (Jan. 1); David Russell (Jan. 1); Donna Martin (Jan. 1); James Kay (Jan. 1); Rosemary Paterson (Jan. 1); Christine Juba (Jan. 2); Mitch Carefoot (Jan. 2); Kim Williams (Jan. 3); Sam Shakura (Jan. 3); Cheryl McNaughton (Jan. 34); Cliff Shillington (Jan. 4); Ed Wickenheiser (Jan. 4); Brenda Geen (Jan. 5); Carlie Moore (Jan. 5); Mike Borg (Jan. 5); Jeff Hay (Jan. 5); Colin Moorman (Jan. 5); Kelly Olson (Jan. 6); Barb Douglas (Jan. 6);  Paul McIntyre (Jan. 7).

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 web-site