Staff at new Dairy Queen-Airport Centre. On the front lying on floor are Craig Misfeldt (left) and Kelly Leach.

DeHart: Chill with cold treats at DQ Airport Centre

Kelowna business lady extraordinaire Maxine DeHart talks local business in her weekly column

By Maxine DeHart

Kelly Leach and Craig Misfeldt have opened a brand new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill at 400 – 1756 Pier Mac Way (Airport Centre). This is their second location. They opened their first Dairy Queen franchise in Lake Country at 10074 Hwy. 97 this past January. You can enjoy all your favorite DQ treats at this full service DQ including the triple truffle blizzard with fudge, peanut butter and caramel, which is the blizzard feature of the month for July. New to DQ is the DQ Bakes Snack Menu of soft pretzel sticks with zesty queso, potato skins or snack melts. There is also the oven-hot DQ Bakes of triple chocolate brownie a la mode or BBQ pulled pork. Open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with a drive-thru. Visit to join the Blizzard Fan Club and Julius League. Call 778-753-7077.

Garrett Jones is the new regional sales leader, commercial lines for Valley First Insurance, a Division of First West Insurance Services Ltd., Rutland Branch at 101 – 110 Highway 33 W. Garrett has many years in the insurance industry, having opened and operated an Allstate Insurance Agency from 2014 to 2017, worked for RBC Insurance as a senior insurance advisor from 2010 to 2014 and holds a Certified Insurance Professional Designation (CIP). Call 250-980-8986 or

Marika Luczi is stepping into the role of acting execute officer of the Canadian Home Builders Association of the Central Okanagan. Marika has been with the association for over two years. The board of directors of the association for 2017/2018 are Justin O’Connor, Sotheby’s Realty (president); Les Bellamy, Bellamy Homes (vice president); Dave Pfuetzner, Align West Homes (past president); Kevin Santos, Grant Thornton LLP (treasurer); Russ Foster, Wilden/Blenk Developments; Erika Jarvis, Capri Insurance; Chuck Cullen, Team Construction; Marty Berman, Amber Millworks; Wade Benner, Fortis BC; Jaime Boyle, House of Floors; Ranvir Nahal, Sunterra Custom Homes and Jade Davidson, Hybrid Elevators. Call 250-861-3988

Glow Juicery Kelowna has opened their second location in the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation building at 103 – 470 Doyle Avenue. Owned and operated by Kathleen Treadgold, the juicery offers organic cold-pressed juices, juice cleanses, smoothies, almond mylks, elixirs, along with breakfast, raw salads, wraps, soups, pizzas and desserts. Their first location was opened in May at 1880 Dayton Street in the Landmark VI Tower. Call 250-861-2990.

After 17 years with Tourism Kelowna, president and CEO Nancy Cameron is relocating with her family to Nanaimo. Nancy was responsible for evolving Tourism Kelowna into the current non-for-profit organization. The board of directors will begin a search for her replacement in the weeks ahead.

A Kelowna Hostess is celebrating a milestone as a volunteer. Congratulations to Donna Majewski on serving with the Hostesses for 30 years. The Kelowna Hostesses have been volunteers of the Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast since its inception and they are all much appreciated. Brenda Scruton is the coordinator. Call 250-452-6719 to join.

Lydia’s European Dining, owned and operated by Lydia and Mike Cicko has opened at 3045 Tutt Street in Tutt Street Square. This boutique restaurant with a lovely patio features authentic German and Croatian food with home-made sausage (Kranjska Kobasa and Blood Sausage), several schnitzel’s (Wiener, Jaeger-Hunter and Zigeuner-Gypsy), along with and Sarma cabbage rolls. There is also a selection of salads, sandwiches and hamburger. Side dishes include Spätzle, red cabbage, fried sauerkraut, along with desserts. The restaurant is licensed with local varieties. Mike and Lydia also operate a European catering business on weekends from their commercial kitchen. Open Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 236-420-3445

After working with North Country Appraisals for the past 11 years, Matt Cherrille has started his own real estate appraisal company. Matt is a designated residential appraiser with the Appraisal Institute of Canada. As of July 1st, Matt will be operating as Cherrille Appraisals primarily serving Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country. Cherrille Appraisals specializes in market value appraisals for buyers and sellers, mortgage and re-finance purposes, new construction appraisals from blueprints, valuations for estate, tax and matrimonial settlement purposes and market rent valuations. Call 250-878-6401 or

The web-site for CJR Acupuncture owned and operated by Christopher Russell at 203 – 437 Glenmore Road is Call 236-420-1711.

Dr. Heather Banham, dean of the Okanagan School of Business will retire this summer after a 24 year career with Okanagan College. William Gillett, an esteemed post-secondary administrator who has a record of public and private sector experience will assume the new Dean of Business duties.

Secure-Rite Mobile Storage has purchased the storage assets of Storage World and has moved all of their operations to 123 Penno Road, between Sexsmith and Edwards Roads. This new location boasts nearly three acres of paved yard, accessible customer service offices, a large indoor modification shop and a larger inventory of products. The company provides secure, weatherproof mobile storage units ranging from six foot to 45 foot in length. Their new or used containers are available for purchase, lease or rent and they provide ideal storage solutions for home moves, renovations, onsite storage and job sites. Custom modified units are also available to provide solutions for mobile workshops, site offices, oilfield structures and self-storage facilities. Lucas Griffin is the president of the company. Call 250-861-3955.

The Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA) Uptown After Hours is Wednesday, July 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. hosted by Napa Autopro at 160 Highway 33 East. URBA would like to hire a summer student. Go to

Happy 68th Anniversary Sig and Mildred Ottenbreit (June 21).

Celebrating a one year anniversary in their new location, Celladora Swim on the Boardwalk would like to let everyone know that despite the boat launch and beaches being closed, that they are open for business seven days week. If you are down on the boardwalk, stop by and say to their new staff, Lora Robertson and Sharon Sharkey. Owned and operated by Gerri Woznesensky, Celladora Swim is located between Rose’s Pub and Tree Brewing and is attached to the Delta Fitness Centre.

The Hooded Merganser Bar & Grill and Executive Chef Chris Remmington at the Penticton Lakeside Hotel in Penticton is hosting Culinary Culmination—Guest Chef Series on Monday, July 3 at 8 p.m. Guest Chef is Weimer Gomez of Yew Seafood and Bar in downtown Vancouver with a collaborative food and wine event with five courses and Sommelier selected local wine pairings. A limited number of tickets are available for each series online at Call 1-800-663-9400. If you cannot make this event, stay tuned for the rest of the series.

Marie-Yvonne Cleaver, owner of La Belle Boutique Fashion & Accessories located in the Towne Centre Mall came to Canada from Haiti as a teenage and became a proud Canadian citizen. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, she is offering a 30 per cent off storewide sale from July 1 to 30. La Belle features the latest styles from two of Canada’s premiere clothing designers, Frank Lyman and Joseph Ribkoff as well as a selection from other Canadian designers. Enter in-store to win a $150 gift card. Call 250-860-6038

Happy 60th Anniversary Tony and Frances Knorr. (June 29).

Terry Hynes author of Stories that Rhyme and Sometimes Amuse is hosting a book signing on June 30th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Mosaic Books on Bernard Avenue. If you like reading the tales of people, places and adventure, you will like this book filled with an entertaining collection of true and no-so-true stories of everyday people. Placer miners, cowboys, preachers, loggers, fishermen, high-society ladies, tourists, war heroes, and everyday people all have their tales to tell in these stories. Terry is the winner of more than half a dozen writing competitions and awards. You will truly enjoy meeting him.

Shanelle Connell is a local girl who is studying psychology at UBCO and has been public speaking on the empowerment of women and personal relationships. She is currently a finalist in the Miss Universe Canada pageant and is using it as a platform to promote and raise awareness of the Okanagan Valley. She will compete in Toronto in September. Shanelle is holding a wine tasting charity fundraiser, Summer Sips for Smiles for Operation Smile on July 14th at Manhattan Point in Prospera Place. Tickets available through Eventbrite.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 150th Canada (July 1); Cami Hill (June 28); Ed Makarenko (June 28); Mike Isaac, Ramada Hotel (June 29); Paul Byrne (June 30); Sattu Mahapatra (June 30); Linda Brandon (July 1); Marlene Trelenberg (July 1); Anne Ellchuk (July 2); Cathy Butler (July 2); Stephen Halas (July 3); Herb Fallow (July 3); Ralf Rohrlack (July 3); Robert Caley (July 4); Don McArthur (July 4); Clarence Johnson (July 4); Dr. Iain Allan (July 4); Kristine Rodrigue (July 4); Steve Harvey (July 4); Karen Warner (July 4); Finbar O’Sullivan (July 4); Derrick Johannson (July 3).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; Fax 250-860-3173, e-mail


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