DeHart: New owners and a special anniversary for Scallywags

Along with new owners, Scallywags, the unique children’s boutique located at 101-2903 Pandosy St., is celebrating the store’s 25th anniversary.

Scallywags’ new owners, Lori and Paul Lesko, purchased the store from original owners Roy and Anne Hulse, who also built the building that houses the business, called The Junction. The Hulses have retired. Scallywags carry children’s clothing from size 0-12 as well as footwear, toys and many treasurers (some even for mom). They have also secured some lines that are exclusive to them such as Geox shoes and boots from Italy, and a high quality fully washable line from Vancouver for boys and girls called Redfish Kids Clothing. Keep up-to-date with all they have at or call 250-861-1312.

As for my column, I’m back and it feels great! Thanks to everyone who supported me in the recent civic election and to the many people that made it all possible. I am grateful to have received your support and excited to have the opportunity to represent the citizens of Kelowna as a city councillor. A little housekeeping—if anyone still has any of my signs, just give me a call at 250-979-4546 and we will pick them up or you can drop them off at the Ramada.

Speaking of Scallywags, right beside that store is Serendipity Clothing Co., 2903 Pandosy St. New owner Kim Peterson also purchased this lovely shop from former owners Roy and Anne Hulse this past September. Peterson will continue to carry their very popular shoe line, Alegria as well as clothing lines of April Cornel, Renuar, Rebel, Papillion, Parkhurst and Pure sweaters, just to mention a few. They also offer ladies accessories including handbags, jewelry, scarves and hats—something for everyone. Call 250-861-4166.

Imagine a career that spans “50” years in the financial services business. Well-known financial managing general agent Terry Wardrop, with Wealthlink Financial (formerly I.A. Pacific Life), celebrated his 50th anniversary in the business on Nov. 27. He started his career with Manulife in Vancouver, in the old stock exchange building on Howe Street, as a branch administrator. Throughout the years, Wardrop has held many senior management positions with that firm  His career has taken him to Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton and then back to Vancouver. He relocated to Kelowna in September 1988, operating out of his office in the Towne Centre Mall since that date. Call 250-862-7293 or 250-762-2421.

Robin Hansen has started Maids Gone Green for residential homes and commercial offices. The business offers eco-friendly cleaning, is insured and pet friendly. Call 250-899-1750;

Shanti Handley and Marni Avery have opened a new decor consignment shop at 8-3045 Tutt Street Square to re-use, recycle and restyle. The Home Again Consignment Boutique provides a wide variety of gently used high-end housewares and select furniture, beautifully displayed with a desire to inspire. Consigning is the perfect way to gain from recycling your once loved items, whether you are moving, down-sizing, staging or redecorating. So, whether you are selling or buying, give them a call at 778-484-5888.

After leaving Kelowna in 2002, Jefferson Ho is now back in Kelowna and working with the team at Big Surf Beer Co. on Jim Bailey Crescent in Lake Country. Call 250-869-7170.

Tucked away in the back of Mission Park Shopping Centre on KLO Road (facing Richter Street) is the Mission Park Barber Shop, celebrating its 15th anniversary in business this month. Owned and operated by Roberto Norori and his wife Angela, who Roberto says gives him moral support, the shop definitely reminds you of the nostalgia of an old time, barber shop. Call 250-762-5620.

The Medicine Shoppe has opened at #102A-1110 Lawrence Ave. (Gordon Drive). Owned and operated by pharmacist Michelle de Guzman and her partners Tracy and Paolo Sales, the Medicine Shoppe is strictly a pharmacy (no cosmetics or food) located in smaller stores in their neighbourhoods. Call 250-763-5312.

Harri Manninen, formerly of Petro Canada on Lakeshore Road in Keowna, is now at the Super Save on Highway 33 (behind Costco).

Another 50th anniversary celebrant this month is Andrew Peller Limited, a leading producer and marketer of quality wines in Canada. The company’s award winning premium and ultra-premium wine brands include Peller Estes, Trius, Hillebrand, Thirty Bench, Sandhill, Calona Vineyards. Andrew Peller saw the wine industry potential when he arrived in the Okanagan in 1958 and planted his first vineyard just a year later. The majority of the Peller Estate vineyards are located around the Oliver-Osoyoos area and Similkameen Valley. As the awards continue to mount up, for many it is a case of discovering or perhaps rediscovering a brand that has risen to the challenge to meet consumer tastes during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. It was when Howard Soon and Stephanie Leinemann took over the Kelowna winemaking duties at Peller Estates that the quality started to gain wider recognition.

New to Kelowna is Sandra Rentiers, who is a baby sign language instructor. Her program My Smart Hands offers fun and interactive classes for babies and toddlers along with their caregivers. Parents and babes are introduced to over 100 American Sign Language signs that they can incorporate into their everyday life. Baby sign language is an excellent way to communicate with a baby before they can talk or even with a frustrated toddler. Rentiers has two upcoming eight-week sessions starting in January. Parents can register at 250-469-8800 or on the website starting Dec. 6. Gift certificates available by contacting or call 250-863-7302.

Rae Stonehouse has assumed the role of chairman for the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society. He replaces Colin Parker .

Abby’s Spice and Tea Store, owned by Abby Matvieshen at 135-1855 Kirschner Rd. (Stewart Centre), is marking its first anniversary in business this month. Abby’s  offers a wide selection of gourmet spices and spice blends from around the world, along with premium loose-leaf teas and tea blends. Abby’s has also started serving panini sandwiches with one selection per day and cooking classes starting shortly. For cooking class times, check out’sspice&teastore or call 250-763-8833.

Local artist, Paul Butvila has opened his own home-based studio called Infinite Design Solutions, located on the Westside. He works in oils and airbrush (acrylics), modern and retro pinup as well as graphics and design with portraits and pinups being his specialty. Pinup art is making a comeback and is being introduced in all areas of advertising worldwide. It makes a great gift for someone special or perhaps just for you. He also paints motorcycles, car parts, musical instruments, bar fridges and even fine art pieces created on canvas. He is accepting students for a beginner’s introduction to airbrushing with private or group lessons available.; 250-215-4066.

Crime Stoppers has been the recipients of three awards presented at the International Conference. Jacqui Benson and Jordan Choo, recent graduates from Rutland Senior Secondary, were co-winners of the Students of the Year award. Along with their teacher Brent Applegath, they produced three videos on the topics of graffiti, cyber bullying and drug trafficking. Both Benson and Choo were also the recipients of the B.C. Solicitor General’s Crime Prevention and Community Safety Award for Youth Leadership. CHBC-TV was the recipient of the TV Media Award for producing a crime re-enactment of the Christopher Hetu homicide. And Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers was the recipient of the Productivity Award for the substantial increase in number of arrests, drugs seized and stolen property recovered as a result of Crime Stoppers tips.

Newly opened Venus Eye Boutique, at 560 West Avenue, invites you to meet Mike Christiansen, a Canadian eyeglass designer whose designs and vision are exclusive to Venus on Monday, Dec. 5. To celebrate they are offering a special one day sale with any frame in the store at only $75. You can also book an eye exam that day. Call 250-763-1351;

Big thanks to both Elizabeth Izquierdo, of Sears, and Amber Ewasiuk, with Staples, for their exceptional customer service.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 100th Marjorie Rumball (Dec. 15); happy 65th David Hobson (Dec. 1); happy 70th Barry Brandon (Nov. 24); happy 60th Gary Wahowski (Nov. 25); Cindy Draper, Capital News (Nov. 26); Julia Jumeau-Honke (Dec. 1); Vern Martindale (Dec. 1); Vern Willms (Dec. 2); Marilyn Willms (Dec. 3); Beth Myers (Dec. 3); Sonja Rosco (Dec. 3); Anne Schneider (Dec. 6).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.



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