DeHart: Picking a new tune at second store location

Bering Music Centre’s Drew Graham strums a tune on a Washburn Rover, a travel guitar. - Sean Connor/Capital News
Bering Music Centre’s Drew Graham strums a tune on a Washburn Rover, a travel guitar.
— image credit: Sean Connor/Capital News

Bering Music Centre, owned by Drew Graham, has opened a new location at 1546 Harvey Ave. that will meet all of your musical needs.

Distributors of Taye and Maplex drums along with acoustic guitars crafted in Quebec by Godin Guitars, Bering music is also the exclusive dealers for Blackstar guitar amps, a hot new line from the original designers of Marshall Amplification based in England. The store also offers amazing value equipped HT Delay, HT Reverb and HT Modulation effects pedals. Bering Music’s repair expert, Jeff Ziebart, can also make your old guitar sound and play better than new. Bering offers lessons in guitar, drums and voice with Tom Stinson, Steve Bifford and Terilyn Spooner as teaching associates. The Drum Room will also open at the rear of the store, with owner Scott Grant relocating to that spot with his enthusiastic music students. Bering’s second location is in West Kelowna, 2525 Dobbin Rd. Call 250-862-5171;

After 37 years with Speedy Glass, Scott Newall has retired. Newall now joins his son Chris Newall in a new business, Enterprise Glass, located at 1017 Richter St. (near Recreation Avenue) as manager. Enterprise Glass provides full auto glass repair and replacement and residential glass service. Call 778-478-0598;

Ryan Lahay celebrates 10 years with Csek Creative and Dot Com Media in 2011. During this time, Lahay has completed high school and is nearing completion of his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at UBCO and has become a significant shareholder in the company. Lahay’s secret to his success is not really a secret at all, it is the result of hard work along with recognizing opportunity. Email him at

Katrine Dzakic has joined the financial firm of R.J. Quigley Insurance and Financial Service, 310-1632 Dickson Ave., in the position of office administrator and customer service. Call 250-861-1210.

Returning from Calgary, Barb Douglas is the new director of sales and marketing for Lake Okanagan Resort. Douglas was formerly with the Best Western Inn and Greyhound Canada before relocating to Calgary. Edan Fay is the resort manager. Call 250-769-3511.

After many decades located next to the Paramount Theatre on Bernard Avenue, Windward Travel, owned by Arlene Henderson has gone “home-based.” A mainstay in Kelowna, the original travel agency was opened in 1957 at 255 Bernard Ave., with the first employee being Mari Mori. The company then moved to 249 Bernard Ave. and then again to 243 Bernard Ave. with owners Russ Light, Max Turner and Mike Hawkins under Kelowna Travel Service. In 1962, the name changed to Light’s Travel and then to Windward Travel. Henderson worked in the business through the 1980s, bought into the business in 1997 and then purchased it outright in 2002. Call 250-769-4787;

RCMP Insp. Calvin (Cal) Demerais, who relocated from Edmonton, is the new operations officer at the Kelowna detachment. Demerais replaces Paul Driscoll, who is going to Afghanistan.

Diamond Parking Ltd. is one of the oldest and largest family-owned and operated companies in North America. In business since 1922, Diamond Parking recently expanded operations to Kelowna with Peter Grewal hired as the company’s city manager for the  Okanagan Valley. The company provides site-specific solutions on any project related to parking, from design and equipment to leasing and management. From hotel and airport parking to special parking programs, Diamond Parking offers much more than just parking enforcement as the company’s services include innovative techniques to creating new revenue streams for property owners, valet parking services and managing pay parking facilities. Call 250-718-1194;;

Congratulations to Walter Kristalowich on receiving the prestigious  Pat Whiteway Dedicated Service Award, in recognition of his long-term, outstanding commitment and service to the Kelowna Snowmobile Club. He has been a member of the club for over 30 years and during that time has volunteered in many positions within the club. Walter has been a snowmobiler for over 40 years and our good friend for 37 years.

After more than 40 years with the RCMP, Glen Penner, who was in charge of the Commercial Crime Section for South East District (since 1992), is retiring today.

Scott Simpson, formerly of Interior Savings Credit Union and Info Tel, has joined Pareto Systems and Pareto Platform as their communications and credit union relationship manager. Pareto Systems provides coaching and consulting services to investment advisors, wealth management firms and credit unions. The Pareto Platform is a turn-key web-based business development and relationship manager integrated with time-tested best practices. Call 778-478-9969;

Local lawyer Tom Smithwick, with the Porter Ramsay law firm, is the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for his commitment and tireless work with Freedom’s Door.

Long-time travel consultant Audrey Boyle, of Tri Star Travel, is moved on to  Sears Travel Kelowna. Call 250-860-3676;

Nathan Flavel, owner of the Greenroom Restaurant and general manager of the Kelowna Actors Studio, has sold the restaurant. Kevin O’Brien is the new owner. With the sale, the Greenroom will no longer be catering for the Actors Studio. The Kelowna Actors Studio is undergoing a large renovation, taking place in three phases, ultimately making the Actors Studio an entire experience, a bit more Vegas style with built-in booths, table service and three-course dinners instead of the buffet that’s currently being served. Call Nathan at 250-979-8310.

Kathleen Stang has joined the team at Kelowna BMW as a sales consultant. Call 250-860-1269.

The City of Kelowna—Community Forum: Women—Voices for Action takes place Friday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre. The advisory committee on community and women’s issues wants to hear from women and the broader community about the barriers to participation in the community, and to explore the topics of leadership volunteerism and diversity. Lunch and childcare will be provided to participants. I am honoured to be one of the leadership speakers and believe me, my talk won’t be boring! It’s free to attend but pre-register  by April 8 at or call 250-762-2355.

This is cool, but not really up my alley. Hal Puder, with The Tickle Trunk, will host a “Zombie” make-up class ($10) on Saturday, April 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to coincide with the world-wide phenomenon Zombie Crawl on April 16 starting from City Park. Tickle Trunk has a huge selection of Zombie make-up, prosthetics and latex. Call 250-868-8254. One piece of trivia. Several years ago, Tickle Trunk did my makeup and costume for a Halloween event (yes, it was a witch) and it was absolutely unbelievable. I still have people comment on the make-up and costume from that year.

Big thanks to Jason Richard of East Side Mario’s for his exceptional customer service.

Lots of changes at Kelowna Spring Golf Course. Legends Classic Grill has received a complete refreshing as has the foyer and administration offices. Outside, the finishing touches are being applied to the clubhouse exterior. Five cultured stone pillars will be completed in the next month plus new paint and trim detail features. Plans to upgrade the interior next year will include the  pro shop being gutted and the remaining washrooms and common areas also being updated.

Along with thanking the community, Marie-Yvonne Cleaver, of La Belle Boutique, would like to let you know that the proceeds from her Frank Lyman sale at the Ramada Hotel last fall have gone to help families in her native country of Haiti. With those funds, three children will have their schooling paid for a year, receive proper medical care and four families also received food supplies for two months. Call 250-860-6038.

The Canadian Home Builders will host their annual Real Home Show this coming weekend April 8 to 10 at the Kelowna Curling Club. I will be judging along with Mayor Sharon Shepherd and MP Ron Cannan. The board of directors of the CHBA CO are Kevin Bounds, president (Edgecombe Builders); Rob Voros, 1st vice-president (AcuTruss Industries); Paul Guerette, treasurer (Grant Thornton) and directors Alf Leimert (OK College); Chuck Cullen (Team Construction); Lou Gauthier (Mara Lumber); Paul Donaldson (Kentland Homes); Mike Ohman (Beyond Audio); Brett Innis (Wilson M. Beck Insurance); Rob Siddon (Coast Wholesale Appliances); Shaun Weimer (Gienow Windows & Doors) and Terry Heinrich (Distinct Developments). Call 250-861-3988.

World renowned equestrian horse judge and trainer Geoff Teall will teach a clinic for local riders at Cattail Creek Farms April 11 to 13. Teall is best known as a U.S. equestrian federal judge, lending his services to some of the largest shows in North American. Contact Katinka Marks at 250-878-6309;

After a tremendous run of 18 years, Touchpoint at 202-1352 Ellis St., will close their office effective April 15. First with Moore & Associates Advertising & Design, later as Madhouse Creative and finally as Touchpoint Agency, current CEO Tammy Moore is pursuing other opportunities.

Kudos to Perkins Restaurant and Bakery at the Ramada Hotel for raising more than  $1,500 from the inaugural Free Pancake Day fundraiser on March 21.

The first Kelowna Vaisakhi Parade is Saturday,  11 a.m., presented by the Okanagan Sikh Temple & Cultural Society, 1111 Rutland Rd.

The Kelowna Tenpin Bowling Association has a new website—

Birthdays of the week: Happy 94th Alex Hunt (April 6); Garth Johnstone (April 6); Rose Klingspon (April 8); Ed Loeppky (April 10); Lesia Achtymchuk (April 10); Rienhold Gerl, Elks president (April 8); Jeff Kumagai (April 9); Victoria Fabling (April 2).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.



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