DeHart: Motor sports apparel and supplies store locates at Kelowna Crossing

The father and son team of Bob Ban and Corey Ban at their Kmotion Motor Sports Apparel and  Supplies shop in Kelowna. - Doug Farrow/Contributor
The father and son team of Bob Ban and Corey Ban at their Kmotion Motor Sports Apparel and Supplies shop in Kelowna.
— image credit: Doug Farrow/Contributor

The new Kmotion Motor Sports Apparel and Supplies has opened at 140-2463 Highway 97 North in the Kelowna Crossing industrial park.

Owned by Bob Ban and managed by his son Corey Ban, the store offers the newest niche concept in lifestyle apparel. Their in-store brand line-up—which includes Troy Lee Design, Grenade (USA), Brass Knuckle Therapy, Sled Necks, Roland Sands (only dealer in Canada), Unit, which is an Australian brand and Reevu Helmets—may well change the game in local retail lifestyle stores.  Look for a great selection of jackets, t-shirts, gloves, caps, hats and even helmets with rear-view mirrors. Call 778-478-9935.

Donna Markin is the new general manager of Orchard Park Shopping Centre. Martin has  relocated from Kamloops where she was the general manager of Aberdeen Mall for the past 11 years. She has been in the retail/shopping centre industry for more than 20 years (she started very young!). Call 250-869-4601.

M&M’s Window Cleaning is owned and operated by Marcel Leblanc. I met Marcel and a friend of his who helps him out in the business under rather odd circumstances, but I was impressed on how polite and entrepreneurial these two young men were. Marcel has been in business for over three years and specializes in window cleaning, gutter cleaning and pressure washing. He is licensed and insured,  offers a senior’s discount and gives free estimates. Call 250-859-9679;

Barb Douglas is the new director of sales of The Cove Lakeside Resort, 4205 Gellatly Rd.,  in West Kelowna. Mike Dempster is the general manager of The Cove. Call 250-707-1800

Tom and Mary-Ann Graham have sold their business, Maggie’s Café in Rutland’s Plaza 33. Kevin Klassen, with the Best Western Inn, is new owner. Temporarily, the Grahams are retiring, until the call of a paycheque says otherwwise, says Mary-Ann. Incidentally it is also Tom’s 60th birthday on April 16. Mary-Ann says that selling the restaurant was Tom’s birthday present.

Play Golf Kelowna  is a program virtually identical to last year’s program with no green fee price increases. It offers three value cards to choose from, offering savings of up to 46 per cent on green fees and also offers access to five courses—elowna Springs, Shadow Ridge, Shannon Lake, Sunset Ranch and Two Eagles—plus four practice facilities—The Range, World Beat, Urban Links and Two Eagles. A five course unlimited play junior membership is $299. Take a Kid to the Course Night has several options each week at all partner courses, playing up to nine holes with adults for only $15 and kids for $10. Full details at

Kelowna Spring Golf Course has a brand new Pro Shop for 2012, which was designed and supplied by Procraft Golf, the same company that has completed the pro shops in about 70 of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S.  The course has also undergone another dramatic pond renovation on its signature 17th hole. Ian Robertson is the general manager/owner of Kelowna Springs Golf Club. Call 250-765-4653

With the ever-increasing interest and demand in eBooks, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) has added over 1,400 new titles to its digital book collection free to all library members in the region. The ORL had been part of a consortium of B.C. libraries that shared in a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks called “Library to Go” but changes to the software distributor’s contract required the ORL to start its own collection called “ORL eBooks.” Access to both collections of digital books can be found on the ORL’s homepage by clicking on the “Library To Go” or “ORL e-books” buttons. The new ORL eBooks collection includes 1,380 titles of digital eBooks that can be read on compatible computers, eReader devices and mobile smartphones and 47 eAudiobooks that can be listed to through an mp3 player. New content is being added each week. Since the service went live a month ago, members in the ORL region have already checked out items over 2,000 times. Call 250-860-4033

Connie Denesiuk has been appointed to the Okanagan College’s board of governors by the province for a term ending Sept. 30, 2013. She recently finished a three-year term as president of the B.C. School Trustees Association and has served on the Okanagan Skaha school board for 19 years, nine of which were in the role of board chair.

It’s time to start your spring cleaning and getting rid all those outdated documents after tax time. Protect yourself from identity theft by professionally destroying your outdated bank statements, credit card statements, cancelled cheques and documents with sensitive personal information. Get your shredding ready for the Community Document Shredding Event sponsored by the Kelowna Crime Prevention Association on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crown Packaging Parking Lot (2092 Enterprise Way). It is only $5 to shred a maximum of three banker boxes. Shredding will be performed immediately and on-site by Okanagan Paper Shredding. All funds raised will go towards crime prevention programs that focus on youth in our community. For more info contact Jill Hotchkiss at

And, speaking of the Kelowna Crime Prevention Association, the Smart Card Defender Sleeves will be on sale at the Mission Community Policing Station (4065 Lakeshore Rd.) on Friday, April 13, and the Rutland Community Policing Station on Monday, April 16,  from 9 a.m.  to  1 p.m. I have purchased the sleeves for myself and my family and even some friends. They are very reasonably priced and a small price to pay to have your credit cards protected against identity theft. I always feel safer with them in my wallet.

Happy 58th anniversary to the Klingspons on April 10.

If you enjoy the music of Dave Matthews and David Gray, you will love this band. If you like Eddie Vedder’s voice, you will love this band. If you like a band that is full of unexpected surprises such as the lead singer picking up the fiddle or bagpipes in the middle of a rock show, you will love this band. The Calum Hughes Collective is a vibrant display of drums, electric, bass and acoustic guitar and is the first entertainer for the Rutland May Days that has been announced. Stay tuned for more. Contact Chris Brown with the Rutland Park Society at 250-826-7510;

Savour Magazine has just launched the Savour Magazine App now available on the App Store and iTunes store. The interactive digital magazine is loaded with amazing features including HD quality video, audio, slide shows, links and specialty advertising options available for the iPad, iPhone and soon available on other mobile devices, tablets and Kindle readers. The first three days of launch generated over 900 downloads of the publication. The Apple Newsstand come pre-loaded on your iPad and iPhone devices. Craig and Chytra Brown are the publishers/owners of Savour Magazine. Call 250-862-6722

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School is expanding with the opening of the Okanagan’s newest high school to meet the growing needs of their expanding student base. The new high school is part of the existing 19-acre Aberdeen Hall campus in north Kelowna. Admissions are ongoing and weekly tours occur on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Contact Susanne Raye at 250-491-1270;

Bounty Cellars Winery is now offering a monthly in-store promotion every first Thursday of the month. “Thank Goodness it’s Thursday” is its way to thank its existing clientele and attract new traffic to its wine shop at 7-364 Lougheed Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free tastings and tours will also be offered. Call 250-765-9200;

The Peachland Chamber of Commerce 19th annual business Expo 2012 is April 14 at the Peachland Community Centre (6th Street and Beach Avenue) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 50 local and area businesses as well as community groups will be displaying their products and services. Once again, the expo will feature  an antiques roadshow with resale vintage and Western Star auction. So you can bring your antiques and collectibles in for a professional appraisal by two certified appraisers for a small fee. Dogwood Nurseries will be doing morning and afternoon presentations on new trends in plant styles, irrigation and gardening. It’s a fun event with a silent auction featuring local artists, demos, food concessions and door prices. Free admission (donation for food bank only).

Birthdays of the week: Happy 60th Rienhold (Tiny) Gerl, Century Restorations (April 8); in memory of Alex Hunt (April 6); Jack Gourlie (April 1); Garth Johnstone (April 6); Ross Gorman (April 7); Rose Klingspon (Apr.8); Ed Loeppky (April 10); Lesia Achtymchuk (April  10); Jeff Kumagai (April 9).

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


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