DeHart: Fitness centre relocating to Stewart Centre

Opening on Jan. 4, TWP Fitness (The Women’s Place) has relocated to new Stewart Centre premises in Kelowna at 109-1851 Kirschner Rd.

Owned and operated by Cassandra Tompkins, The Women’s Place Fitness Centre has operated in the same location for the past 34 years at 123-1889 Springfield Rd. With a fresh new logo and design, the new facility is like none other in the area and will be a great place for women to get fit, with more than 25 full- and part-time staff ready to assist you.  Call 250-762-7255;

In addition to his detail shop, Auto Trim Line, Buck LaRoche has started TZ Auto Sale & Lease at the same location as Auto Trim Line, 264 Leon Ave., in downtown Kelowna. .LaRoche sells cars, trucks, vans and SUVs and also offers on-site financing. Go to or call 250-215-7220. His Auto Trim Line phone number is 250-899-5833. LaRoche says he is very thankful to have a landlord like Brian August, saying with his support LaRoche has been able to pursue this opportunity to expand his business.

Angela McManus, with McManus Marketing & Communications, has taken on the role of contributing editor and communications manager for  The Okanagan Mission Review Magazine issued by The Okanagan Mission Residents’  Association. The spring 2014 issue will be filled with the people, stories and businesses within the Okanagan Mission and its neighbouring communities. For editorial enquiries contact Angela at For advertising call 778-477-5776.

Well-known Chutney Cuisine of India restaurant, owned and operated by Gurvinder Momi at 3011 Pandosy St. in Kelowna, has been completely renovated from floor to ceiling. The new look is modern with neutral brown tones, booths, tables, a new bar area and contemporary lighting. The wood brings out a very warm atmosphere and it looks like a completely new restaurant. With the new look comes new tableware, along with some optional menu items which will be served in a different and innovative style. Chutney also has its same ever-popular regular menu items. There are many vegan dishes, vegetarian dishes and 90 per cent of their menu is gluten free. Whether you would like to try out one of their new serving style choices or stay with the regular items that you are familiar with, they now have many choices for their customers. Open seven days a week. Call 250-762-9300 for dine-in or take-out.

Stu Crouse is the new general manager for Q103.1 and Power 104, Jim Pattison owned radio stations in Kelowna. Crouse is relocating from Island Radio and is not new to Kelowna having worked in sales for the radio stations in the early 2000s.

Congratulations to Capital News columnist Jennifer Schell on winning a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for her book The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker: An Okanagan Cookbook. The award is specifically for the category of best local cuisine cookbook in Canada. Schell’s book is now entered with the winners from 150 other countries for the Gourmand Best in the World Awards in May.

Wendy Wright, co-founder of the Okanagan Greens Society and the annual Organic Okanagan Festival, is now working with the Heart and Stroke Foundation locally as their special event coordinator for the Okanagan/Kootenay/BC & Yukon.  She is now embodying “red and green” lifestyles with her main fundraising program for 2014 being The Big Bike Ride for the Foundation. Call 250-860-6275 or

Congratulations to three Okanagan contest winners in the Rotary Get to Know Contest. They are Simone Schuster (age 15, West Kelowna) photography winner for “The Tiny”; Cailin Correia (age 14, Vernon) video winner for “Insects of B.C.” and William Rowbottom (age 16, Malakwa) video winner for “A Walk in Nature.” The contest is designed to foster a deeper understanding of wildlife and the environment by encouraging youth to get outdoors and share their experience in nature through art, writing, photography, video and music.

A new business, Trucks Plus, has opened at 2211 Louie Dr. in West Kelowna. This company is from Alberta, one of the largest and leading dealers in Alberta, delivering maximum quality, service and parts. Trucks Plus  offers MT, all terrain and seasonal tires, including a huge selection of rims in the latest styles. If you want to get your truck or jeep off-road-ready with lifts, bumpers, tires and accessories, or want to add style and high performance to your car with new rims, tires and accessories, Trucks Plus has it all. Their staff is experienced, knowledgeable and committed to giving you a great experience. They service cars, trucks, jeeps, SUVs and vans. Bruce Osland is the manager of Truck Plus. Call 778-754-1755.

Anne Stack and Sheryl Sargent will be offering a nine session education and support program on Understanding and Healing Shame on Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., from Jan. 15 to March 12. This program is based on Brene Brown’s (PhD) Shame Resilience Theory. It is for those wanting to move through some of the tough issues that affect self-esteem, confidence and relationships. Cost is $245 including the textbook titled, I Thought It Was Just Me. This is a personal workshop series that would benefit those who are on a self-discovery journey. Stack is a registered social worker in private practice. The main focus of her practice is psychotherapy with adult clients. Sargent is a registered social worker with over 15 years experience providing education and support groups. To register call 250-878-8204 or email

A member of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club for 46 years, Dennis Andow, has served on the board of directors for 12 years, has been a member of the golf course long range planning committee, junior bursary and scholarship committee and the handicap committee. He has chaired many major club tournaments and was the Men’s Club Captain for five years. Andow also coordinated and conducted the junior orientation and etiquette sessions for the last five years. The list goes on and on as Andow has always been ready to step up and volunteers for any task. On behalf of the membership and the board of directors of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, Andow has been honoured with a life membership at the club as a small way of thanking him for all he has done. What an inspiration Dennis has been for all of us.

I would like to thank two gals for their exceptional service and help this past week after I lost a glove at Quails’ Gate Winery last week. I called and Shannon Ward found it outside the restaurant and then offered to deliver it to me at the Ramada on her way home from work. Ashley Alexander is a new employee at Stokes in the Orchard Park Mall. Even though she was new, Ashley helped me immensely and I’m sure I bought more than I had intended to.

Clint Williams, with 10 years experience in residential care and a health care aide, has joined Surg-Med Ltd. as a sales representative for the Kelowna area. Specializing in mobility and daily living products to assist individuals in maintaining their independence/life style in the comfort of their own homes, Surg-Med carries a broad range of products from mosey cups to stair lifts and everything in between. The Surg-Med showroom in Vernon displays a variety of products as well as a large warehouse that stocks popular items to ensure stock is readily available. Combined with brand name products of the highest quality, qualified and experience staff Surg-Med has become one of the leaders in health care products. Call Clint at either 250-681-3304 (cell) or 50-549-7288,  or email

SOPA Square on Pandosy in the Mission has invested over $4 million over the past three months to complete its retail and commercial space by early 2014. The residential and commercial development has made advancements including new sidewalks, preparation of the spacious interior market courtyard, design and construction of the 16-foot high SOPA entrance gate and celebration of the opening of Silent Noise, a local jewelry store and inaugural retailer. SOPA’s street level space consists of 15 strata lots over 40,000 square feet, while the second floor commercial sites add up to over 14,000 square feet. Tru Yogurt will open in the New Year with building infrastructure completion, hard and soft landscaping and civil work and paving being done. Okanagan Valley Asset Management Corp. are the asset managers of SOPA Square; Colliers Centre Group is responsible for securing several leases now being finalized; Greyback Construction is the general contractor; and Epic Real Estate Solutions Inc. is managing the residential sales and marketing for the project.

The Okanagan community of non-profits and charities are working together to form the Okanagan chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals to foster development and growth of fundraising professionals and promote high ethical standards in the fundraising profession and to enhance communication between the non-profits in our community. If you are interested in joining or finding out more information about  the AFP, contact president Chantelle Funk at 250-979-6652 or email

Flight Lottery tickets are for sale at Style Boutique, 519 Bernard Ave. in downtown Kelowna, from Monday to Saturday supporting Kelowna #62 Order of the Eastern Star Cancer Dressings and Research Fund. You could win a $2,500 Travel Voucher from Uniglobe Travel on Pandosy Street. Tickets $10 with only 500 sold. Draw date is Jan. 15, 7 p.m., at St. George’s Hall, 1564 Pandosy St. The #62 Order of the Eastern Star assemble cancer bandages for the use of cancer patients at our local cancer clinic. Call Eva at 250-861-7118.

Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate, 1865 Dilworth Dr. in Kelowna, is now selling the best quality of finely ground almond powder for the Macaroon addicts, an extra dark cocoa powder as well as milk and dark chocolate in bulk. This came about from her baking classes.  Sandrine is now working on a new project of pastry classes in  French for people with an intermediate level of French wishing to practice French. So, how about learning how to bake French specialties in French? Don’t worry, she will be speaking slowly and will make sure that everybody understands properly. Products available to purchase in-store include jams, pate de fruit, chocolates, chocolate figurines and gift certificates for pastry classes. Visit Call 250-860-1202.

Birthdays of the week: George Van Wilde Rode (Jan. 2); Stephen Fleming, City of Kelowna (Jan. 4); Barb Douglas (Jan. 6).

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