DeHart: Sears celebrates its history at Orchard Park mall

One of the first tenants to move into Orchard Park Shopping Centre, Sears celebrates its 40th anniversary in Kelowna this month.

Going back 40 years, Karns White was the store manager; Carl Herbert, merchandise manager; Bob Petty, credit manager and Roger Percival, store superintendent. The store has evolved over the years, with furniture and appliances now in the Sears Home outlet located within a separate store in the mall. You can still get a famous Sears Catalogue with 24/7 shopping, while Sears parts, product and repair service is still going strong. The store is having a birthday party celebration on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with surprise draws and, of course, cake and lots of 40 per cent off specials. Everyone is welcome. Brian Tull is the current store manager. Nick Austin, Kim Cameron and Terry Meeres are the assistant managers. Call 250-860-3682.

Tom Orchard, owner/operator of the Ridge Rocket Café at Big White Ski Resort, has opened the World Eats restaurant at the World Beat Family Golf Centre, 625 Old Vernon Rd. The restaurant is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., for breakfast and lunch until the end of October. The restaurant serves great food, from an unbelievable Italian omelet made with Orchard’s own famous bolognese sauce, to his homemade oven-baked deep fried—yes, deep fried—cheesecake. There is a good variety of lunch menu items with 35 seats inside and 36 outside. Call 778-753-5521.

Contrary to rumours about Fabricland Kelowna being sold, it’s not true. The local Fabricland is a corporate store owned by Warren Kimmell, of Toronto. The franchises that were sold are the Penticton and Vernon stores, both of which will re-open shortly under new ownership. Lillian Tracanelli is the manager of the Kelowna store and Marg Wensley is the assistant manager. Call 860-2455.

Couple of new faces at Astral Media. James Moore, who came from  The Juice, is joining AM 1150 as their weekend news anchor/reporter. He will be working the news desk on the weekends and will be reporting during the week as well as covering off for vacation relief in the newsroom.  Dustin Collins, who hails from the Astral radio station in Calgary, has moved here to take on the roles of brand director for AM 1150 and music director for 99.9 SUN FM.

Dr. Jack DeGruchy is pleased to have Dr. Lance Huber now working at the Westside Dental Centre. Keeping it all in the family, Dr. Huber is DeGruchy’s son–in-law. If you are looking for a dentist on the Westside, they are taking new patients. Call 250-707-0248.

Oloffs Excavating is a new business that provides sustainable site services to builders, developers and owners who are implementing green initiatives in their projects. The excavating firm can reduce the carbon footprint of equipment by 25 to 35 per cent through use of bio-fuels to run their equipment at no additional cost to the customers. Owned and operated by Jon Oloffs, the company offers a wide variety of services: clearing, site preparation, demolition, excavating, drainage, de-watering, site reclamation and backfill for both commercial and residential sites. Being a smaller company (Jon’s dad Henrik helps him out) allows them to be flexible, creative and operate with a low overhead providing competitive rates and good service. Call 250-215-8656;;

Barbara Hohner, a former nurse for 20 years, has joined Sun Life Financial as a financial advisor. Call 250-860-6403;

Kelowna’s longest running private exercise facility has expanded to a new, larger, 6,000 square-foot location. OneLife Health and Wellness, formerly of Evergreen Court, has relocated to 1-360 Spedding Crt. (former home of Red Line Sports). Owned and operated by Sean and Joanne Hawthorne, One Life has added expert trainers and complete liens of strength and cardio equipment, all designed to help their members meet their goals. Their experience is in weight loss and general health through nutrition and exercise, sport specific conditioning, bodybuilding, figure and fitness, hockey, soccer and mixed martial arts (official trainers of Team Toshido). Call 250-869-1427.

The bouquet that doubles as dessert—Edible Arrangements is a new company that makes unique fresh fruit bouquets for any occasion, with all types of premium fruit arranged in a variety of stunning displays. Each bouquet can be complemented with chocolate dipped fruit. Located in Mission Park Shopping Centre next to the liquor store, these bouquets are not only special occasion-based, they would be super to take along as a hostess gift with the bottle of wine that you bought next door. Owned and operated by Lee-Ann Johnson, the company has the ability to cater to large events with upwards of 150 to 200 pieces of fruit in each arrangement. I like the arrangement that is overflowing with white chocolate dipped daisies and oranges covered in coconut. Not only do these arrangements look awesome, they also taste great. The company also services Lake Country, Penticton, Summerland and Peachland. The web site shows all the new and existing arrangements. Call 250-979-0044 to order.

Local swimmer and our neighbour, Kierra Smith, will be part of the Canadian Team headed to the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Oct. 15 to 22. Kierra earned her spot on the team because of her success at the Canadian Summer Nationals last week, returning from Montreal after 11 days of racing. The first week she competed in the Canadian senior Long Course Championships in Pointe Claire and her best result was a silver medal in the 100m breast stroke. The following week at the Canadian Age Group Championships, she won three gold medals and one bronze. Next up for her is the Western Canada Games in Kamloops, Aug. 11 to 15.

Whether it’s bubbly on the beach or just a cold beverage, nothing will chill your drink faster or with more style than the new “Bevy Bag.” Created by local physics professor Peter Schultz, these wonderful bags will cool a bottle of wine to a perfect drinking temperature in just 12 minutes, as opposed to an hour in the freezer or many more than that in the refrigerator. These bags are stylish and can be put on any casual table, holding one bottle as a cooler. All you do is put a few inches of ice into the Bevy Bag, fill it to just above the ice with cold water and push the beverage bottle into the mix. They have a super carrying handle so you can transport your beverages wherever you go. Bevy Bags can be ordered with a plain front or a company logo or picture. My favourite is the “signature series” art bags with Alex Fong originals on the front. Perfect for a personal or corporate gift. Purchase them at the Short Stop Beer, Wine & Liquor Store at the Ramada Hotel or Call 250-764-7866.

With all the weddings being conducted at the Benvoulin Heritage Church and the tourists in town, The Evans-Fisher Gallery, on Lawrence Avenue, has many small original watercolour paintings of the Benvoulin Heritage Church. It would make a beautiful and appropriate gift for the bridal couple or anyone in Kelowna as a keepsake of the beautifully restored church. Call 250-861-4422.

Clancy’s Meat Co. in the Mission Park Mall,  owned and operated by Miles and Andrea Widing, will have a grand opening for the store on Saturday, Aug. 13. Clancy’s will host a barbecue, door prizes, appies and lots of great sales, while 101-5 EZ Rock will broadcast on location. Call 778-478-0744.

Happy 35th anniversary Janice and Ken McLaughlin, with Re/Max Kelowna on July 31.

The Kelowna City Band’s Sweet Corn Sale takes place Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh Chilliwack corn will be available from various locations including Canadian Tire, Liquor Store in Mission Shopping Centre, Trinity Baptist Church (back parking lot) and on Rutland and Old Vernon Road (southeast corner). Buy some corn and support your local musicians.


BrainTrust Canada has a national online contest for youth 13+ called Sponsor My Head, with the objective being to put helmets on heads and prevent brain injuries. Five hundred people can enter and submit a video wearing their helmet while skateboarding, BMXing, mountain biking or in-line

skating, with the emphasis on creativity and originality. The top three winners will receive $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000, a Go Pro Helmet Cam and more. For more information see or call Magda Kapp at 250-762-3233.


A local web site development company exit170, owned by Manon and Matthijs Schonewille, has recently started a new web site with the goal to provide the ultimate list of all campgrounds and RV parks in Canada. The site is highly optimized to make sure that people will find what they are looking for. Their domain name, the technical implementation, the navigation and social media are all working together to make this the best campgrounds site of Canada. See

This is one event you will not want to miss. In support of the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund, join Kelowna’s Professional Firefighters, fashion designer Jason Matlo and pop sensation Rosette Luve for the inaugural annual Fire & Fashion fundraiser Sept.16 at the Laurel Packinghouse. Guests will enjoy Summerhill sparkling, micro brewed beers, local wines, specialty cocktails and chef-inspired creations throughout the evening.  A New York style runway fashion show, VIP/celebrity meet and greet and an exclusive performance by Rosette will enhance this unique evening. Enjoy the Monte Carlo-style casino or have fun bidding on fabulous items in the “something for everyone” silent auction. Fire trucks, photographers and red carpet cocktails all for $175, including a safe ride home. Contact Dena at Details Design PR/Events at 250-317-7096 ( or Brianne at 250-864-1436 for tickets.

The inaugural Sparking Hill Resort Charitable Evening of Wine takes place Aug. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. It is an intimate and exclusive wine tasting that will showcase some of the finest international and B.C. offerings. The event is in support of One Corner Compassion Projects. Call 1-877-275-1556 for tickets.

Birthdays of the week:  Happy 65th Ross Grimmer (Aug. 5); happy 60th Carlie Erhardt, Erhardt Painting (Aug. 11); happy 45th Ross Marrington, B.C. Golf Guide (Aug. 8); Hugh Feagan (Aug. 8); Cathy Slade (Aug. 12); Kali Howden, At Your Fingertips (Aug. 13); Darlene Ramsay (Aug.13).



Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173 or email


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