DeHart: New Laura store opens in Orchard Park Mall

Triple concept store Laura Petite, Laura and Laura Plus has opened in Orchard Park Shopping Centre, located in the Sky Court area. When travelling, I always search to find a Laura shop, and could not be happier to have one right here in our own city. Laura is the destination for contemporary women’s fashion options at moderate price points. Specializing in quality career wear, it offers an impressive selection of modern edge suiting as well as updated classics for business, business casual, casual separates, accessories, purses, coordinates and are well-known for their excellent selection of dresses. The shop is bright, modern and accessorized beautifully with customer experience paramount to Laura associates. It even offers a personal shopping service, after hours, if necessary. The Laura Privilege Program is offered to all customers with great benefits in joining in all their stores. Laura offers sizes 6 to 16; Laura Petites for women 5’4” and under in sizes 2 to 14 and Laura Plus in sizes 14 to 24, all featuring the exclusive Laura private label collections. Lori Sawyer is the shop manager and Kim Bergstrom the assistant manager. Call 250-868-2038.

Well-known local massage therapist, Lyle Bellamy of the Bellamy Clinic of Massage Therapy, located at 1812 Ivans Ave. in the Glenmore area, is celebrating 30 years as a registered massage therapist. As one of Kelowna’s longest practicing RMTs, his education in complementary health care is very extensive, completing over 40 specialized courses. It was Lyle’s birthday Aug. 22. To book an appointment call 250-763-3034  or and receive a free far infrared sauna treatment or visit

At the recent The Source annual conference in Toronto, district sales manager Robert (Bob) Martindale received the prestigious leader’s club award that rewards the top districts and district sales managers in Canada. Six store managers in the district also received Leaders Club status for their efforts in sales, profits and providing the complete one-to-one shopping experience for their customers. Two local award winning managers were Perry Rasmusens from The Source in Orchard Park and three-time award winner, Brad Lowenberg at The Source in Mission Park. These awards are given to the top achievers in the country and is the highest honour given by The Source, which has specialized in wireless and retail electronics for home and office for over 40 years in Canada. Call Robert at 778-991-0405.

Tolko Industries has two new executives on their team. Hardy Wentzel, former vice-president at Weyerhaeser is the new vice-president of sales and marketing and Bob Fleet, formerly with Grant Forest Products and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is the new vice-president, Environment and Forestry. Jonathan Rogers in marketing and sales and Randy Chan have left Tolko.

Jeff Ricketts, formerly with the Bank of Montreal, has joined the advisory team at Sun Life Financial, as a financial planner. Call 250-860-6403 or

Perkins Restaurant in the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre is hosting magician Amazing Michael every Monday and Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., starting Sept. 6 and running to December. Kids eat free for ages 12 and under with the purchase of an adult entrée. Call 250-717-1550. Sarah Foss is the manager of Perkins, who is also a sponsor of the Maxine DeHart, Ramada Hotel – United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast taking place Oct. 6.

I forgot to tell everyone last week that the  Pink Glove Dance Kelowna 2011 video was filmed and produced entirely by Jerry Mason of In-Focus Videography. He volunteered his time and his creative talent (as you can see) to put the incredible video together. Just Google Pink Glove Dance Kelowna 2011. Call 250-864-5077

Habitat, located at 248 Leon Ave., now has a liquor primary license, transitioning from a food primary license to an event-driven liquor primary license. Owned and operated by Quinn Best, the venue is now focusing on providing Kelowna with a one-of-a-kind space that caters to the arts and culture community through live music and special events. Hours of operation have increased to 1 a.m. and increased capacity from 133 to 225.  Call 250-763-9674.

There is a new feature film shooting in Kelowna from Sept. 6 to 30. Movie extras are wanted and the company is looking for all ages and ethnicities, with an open casting call this Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at the Ramada Hotel in the Walnut Room of the conference area. You can also e-mail a picture and contact info to

Transform your landscape from ordinary to extraordinary with Kelowna curbing specialist Accent Kurb Appeal, owned and operated for the past three years by the Brown family. It offers 12 different styles and 40 different colours to choose from, to create a custom edging product that’s uniquely yours. Concrete curbing can add to your landscape with many benefits, including increased resale value, separating your lawn from your garden, low maintenance, quick installation and saves you bundles of time each year on edging, trimming and weeding. I love their slogan, “We put curbs in all the right places.” Call Kay Brown at 250-469-2521.

Dancing is hot now with all the television dance shows. If you want to learn the salsa, Sizzling Salsa Dance with Ritmo Caliente is Aug. 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Tickets are $5 each at the door and include a salsa lesson at 7 p.m.

The Westbank Museum and Arts and Crafts Society have a new facility at 2376 Dobbin Road (behind the new RCMP building.) You can tour the new facility, listen to pioneer stories and allow their historic displays to take you back in time. Access is from Old Okanagan Highway, through the Mattress Mattress and M & M Meat Shop’s parking lot. 250-768-0110

Don’t leave home without this. Identity theft happens everywhere—even in your wallet. The Smart Card Defender Sleeve protects your personal information by providing a shield barrier against portable scanners that can steal your personal identity from credit, debit and identification cards that have chips and magnetic strips, even when they are in your wallet or back pocket. The product contains Tyvek paper material which is fused with a special mult-ply laminate with a conductive layer. The conductive layer creates a barrier which impedes communication between the reader and the card to reduce the chance that sensitive information contained on the card’s RFID chip is transmitted to a portable scanner, such as those used by criminals wanting to steal your identity. The Kelowna Crime Prevention Association are offering the sleeves for only $10  for three. They will be available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at Mission Community Policing Office (4065 Lakeshore), Aug. 31 at the West Kelowna Community Policing Office (2390 Dobbin) and Sept. 7 at the Glenmore Community Policing Office (105-1014 Glenmore Dr.). Available at Spy vs. Spy at 1850 Kirschner Road.

Situated in Canada’s hot spot of Lillooet, one of the last unchartered wine regions in the province, Fort Berens Estate Winery, located at Mile 0 of the Cariboo Trail and the rallying point for the Cariboo Gold Rush of 1858, is the first winery in the area. Proprietors Rolf de Bruin and Heleen Pannekoek have appointed Bill Pierson of the Vintage Consulting Group as their new winemaker who will oversee all winemaking operations with consulting advice from veteran winemaker Tom DiBello. Call 250-256-7788

Speaking of B.C. wineries, did you know there are 9,866.52 acres (3,946 hectares) of wine grapes in B.C. Of that, 48 per cent are white grapes, 52 per cent are red grapes, 95.7 per cent are vinifera grapes and 4.3 per cent are hybrids. The most planted varieties are, in order of acres, (1) Merlot; (2) Pinot Gris; (3) Chardonnay; (4) Pinot Noir; (5) Cabernet Sauvignon; (6) Gewurztraminer; (7) Syrah; (8) Cabernet Franc; (9) Riesling (10) Sauvignon Blanc. There are 210 licensed grape wineries in B.C. and 24 additional growers indicated they will start a winery in the future. There are 864 vineyards in B.C. and 61.7 per cent of wine grape acreage are winery owned or controlled and 38.3 per cent are owned by independent grape growers. The average winery vineyard holding is 28.97 acres and the average independent grower vineyard size is 6.6 acres. (From the B.C. Wine Institute).

The United Way Kick-Off Breakfast is Sept. 15 at 7 a.m. at the Cost Capri Hotel with Andy and TJ from 101-5 EZE Rock broadcasting live. For tickets call 250-860-3173 or

Local photographers Stu Dale, Monica Kayer, Peter Lepold, Brenda Nisse, Chad Perry and Penny Smith are hosting Focal Point, a photographer show at Little Straw Winery from Aug. 29 to Sept.11.

Don’t miss the 10th and last Celebrity Tennis Classic and Bocce Ball Tournament presented by the KGH Foundation at Centre Court, 2302 Abbott St., Sept. 16 to18. All proceeds are dedicated to essential, life-saving cardiac diagnostic equipment. This year, the honourees are Kelowna legends, former B.C. premier Bill Bennett, B.C. Sports Hall of Famer, Herb Capozzi and international entrepreneur David Ritchie. For more info call Walley and Marietta Lightbody at 250-762-2783 or

The Okanagan’s Indo-Canadian community is hosting its 2011 annual sports tournament Aug. 27 and 28 at the Mission Sports Field, with organizers Phillip Patara and Karmjit Gill at the helm.  A total of 2,000 competitors from across Canada and India will compete, with approximately 3,000 spectators at the two-day event. There will be booths setup up for games for children as well as free food during the event. The highlight wil be an ancient Indian game called Kabaddi. Contact Phil Patara 250-717-7844.

The Rutland Park Society has a new website at For a calendar of events, pictures and booking information.

The Chatsworth Retirement Suits and Bungalows is hosting its first walk for The Canadian Diabetes Association on Aug. 30 a 1:30 p.m. at 1831 Parkview Crescent. Call 250-860-1064.

Just a reminder, if you are sending me material for the column, please make sure there is a phone number included with the information.

Birthdays of the week—Happy 60th Jackie Pidskalny (Aug. 24); Happy 40th Laura Graham, Wendy’s on Harvey (Aug. 27); Teena Kristolowich (Aug. 20); Bernard Gauthier, Kozy Shack Pudding (Aug. 19); Ken Bernath (Aug. 20); Marg Hobson (Aug. 24); Bud Magrath (Aug. 24); Pierre Morazain (Aug. 26); Doris Vester (Aug. 26); Dr. Fred Froese (Aug. 24); Gavin Young (Aug. 24); Jennifer Leask-Trask, Air Canada (Aug. 25); Yvonne Belanger (Aug. 29); Garry Appleton, UBCO (Aug. 29).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.


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