DeHart: Options galore at Barcelos

Kelowna hotelier Maxine DeHart takes a look at the local business scene in her weekly column

Chicken lovers and people who want to eat healthy will love Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken which has just opened at #110 – 1950 Harvey Avenue in Spall Plaza. Owned and operated by franchisee Parminder (Parm) Gondara who has relocated from Penticton, the 110 seat restaurant is warm and inviting with both booths and tables. They offer counter service only so you select your food at the counter and it is served to you when ready. All the chicken is grilled, healthy and you may also select your basting flavours choosing your level of spice of tangy lemon, mild peri, veri peri and a very hot supa peri. Barcelos also offers sandwiches, pita, wraps, family meals, veggie options, salads, chicken stir fry, chicken livers, lot of sides and a peri sirloin burger, so there is variety for everyone. This is the 6th Barcelos franchise location in B.C. Take-out service also. Call 778-478-9888 www.barceloscanada.ca.

Peter Gillis is the new general manager of the Delta Grand Hotel. Peter relocated from Toronto where he was the general manager of Delta Hotels Toronto. Previous to this, Peter’s Delta journey has taken him across Canada where he held general manager roles at Delta Ottawa City Centre, Delta Vancouver Suites and Tantalus Resort Lodge in Whistler. He also held interim positions for Delta Victoria Ocean Point as well as the Delta Grand Okanagan in the summer of 2008 when the Delta brand first came to Kelowna. Peter.gillis@deltahotels.com.

Canada Infinity Tour Services Inc. has opened in the Spall Business Centre at #18 – 1873 Spall Road. Owned by corporate sales manager Steven Cheung, who has been in the travel industry for 16 years, Canada Infinity is a travel service provider that specializes in bird-watching, nature exploration, geo-touring and cultural experience destinations. Steven has been leading eco-tours since 2006. He has a master’s degree in education and a special travel certification, along with being a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council which strives to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism. Steven also would like to educate the younger generation about eco-tourism and is willing to visit local schools to share his knowledge about the environment. The company is also offering free seminars in their office. For seminar information call 250-869-8682. Natalia Wysiekierski is the sales and customer services executive. www.myinfinitytravel.ca.

Downtown Eyewear at 547 Bernard Avenue has been completely remodeled with a fresh new look. Owned and operated by Licensed Optician Courtnay Poole for four years, she will host a grand opening on April 29 with 101-5 EZ Rock on location from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. Popular brands that Downtown Eyewear carry are Oakley, Ray-Ban, Silhouette, GX by Gwen Stefani, l.a. Eyeworks, Nat &Coco. Courtnay takes pride in making sure her clients know exactly what they are buying and are entirely satisfied, which shows her genuine passion. Call 250-763-2020. www.downtowneyewear.com.

Pharmasave has opened at 505 Doyle Avenue in the new IHA building. Owner/operators are Sean and Leanne Misfeldt, Gary and Joan McEwan and Brett Federko, B. SC. Pharm. and Meghan Longpre. Brett is the pharmacy manager and Leanne is the front store manager. Sean and Leanne previously owned and operated a Pharmasave in Smithers, B.C. Sean Misfeldt, CPA, CMA has Misfeldt Accounting. Pharmasave is a full service pharmacy also offering cosmetics, household items, confectionary and some food products. Call 250-860-0826 www.pharmasave.com.

Discover Kelowna Resort Accommodations and the new management company has moved from Sunset Drive to new premises at #100-1668 Ellis Street. Call 250-860-7388 www.DKRA.ca or email info@dkra.ca.

URBA’s Uptown After Hours is Wednesday May 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Plaza 33 at 301 Hwy. 33 inside the mall. $10 per person, pay at door.

Local software executive and veteran investor Grant Lawrence takes the reins of the Kelowna chapter of VA Angels bringing angel investors together with prescreened early-stage business proponents in the Okanagan Valley. R. Stewart (Randy) Thompson, CEO and founder of VA Angels and 2014 Startup Canada Inventor of the Year is the outgoing Kelowna chapter president. grant.lawrence@vaangels.com.

Evelyn MacMillan has officially launched her art business, Pepper Alley Arts at Vibrandt Art Gallery Studios, 1295 Cannery Lane. Call 250-317-2500.

It’s official. TSTM (Topshop TS – Topshop TM) is opening May 16 in The Bay with the grand opening planned for May 20. Topshop was founded in 1964 as a youth fashion brand within the Sheffield branch of Peter Robinson which was a British department store. The first independent Topshop was opened in 1970 and later that year a spin of brand was made called Topman, which is an alternative for male customers. As of January, 2017 there are 22 TSTM in Canada. Topshop has a very varied demographic due to the fact it appeals to a wide range of individuals in varied professions or points in their life. They offer a variety of products and services in order to accommodate the diverse audience they draw in. Assortment includes fashion, accessories, handbags and footwear.

The winning recipe selected by the people of the BC Ambrosia Apple Contest was Apple Fritter with Salted Caramel by chef Adair Scott from Watermark Beach Resort. www.ambrosiaapples.com/Canada.

The Kelowna Yacht Club 2017 Annual Boat Show presented by Valley First Credit Union, a Division of First West Credit Union is Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact Ron Wittenberg at ron.witt@hotmail.com.

The 24th McHappy Day is Wednesday, May 3. Since its inception the event has raised more than $50.8 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald Houses and hundreds of other local children’s charities, including the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club’s and Ronald McDonald House BC’s Gift a Night program. For more information contact Rena Krell at 250-860-1307 or rena.krell@post.mcdonalds.ca. Join me that morning at the McDonalds in Rutland with Andy and TJ of EZ Rock 101-5 FM.

The Legion will be holding a yard and bake on Sunday, April 30th from 8 a.m. to noon. More than 20 vendors will be on hand with treasures available at rock bottom prices. Tables will be located both inside and outside the branch at 1380 Bertram Street. Call 250-762-4117.

Paul McIntyre owner/stylist of DCH Hair Co. (Dewey Cuttem &Howe) is hosting his 2nd Annual Cut-A-Thon for Special Olympics Kelowna on Saturday, May 6th at #140 – 1876 Cooper Road in Orchard Plaza. 100 per cent of the day’s proceeds will be presented at the Special Olympic Golf Tournament on June 2. They are asking for a minimum donation of $20 and guests will receive a haircut and a quick blow-dry. There will be raffles for hair products for those who donate $20. They are also selling raffle tickets for a WestJet trip. Chopped Leaf is also partnering with numerous giveaways. Call 250-861-8442.

Don’t forget that United Way/KelownaNow/AuctionNow, online platform is from April 1 to May 15. You are able to place your bid at any time, from any device. Here’s how to contribute. To help raise money, I have donated a Waterways Houseboat Vacation for a four-day, mid-week stay on a 70-foot Genesis houseboat on Shuswap Lake. Comfortably sleeps 12 to a maximum of 16 guests. Retail Value $2,357.14. I won this trip and Waterways were gracious enough to extend the date. Please give generously. Contact Jeremy Lugowy at Jeremy@unitedwaycso.com or 250-860-2356 (106).

Society for Learning in Retirement’s May fair and garage sale is Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Martin Centre, 1434 Graham Street. Lots of tables with books, crafts and bake sale. Refreshments and a 50/50 draw with all proceeds going to SLR educational books, DVD’s and program supplies.

Like food? Okanagan Eats is the Okanagan’s very own Food Show on Friday, May 5 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kelowna Curling Club. Tickets $15 per day or $25 weekend pass. Tickets available at Kelowna Tickets or at the door. The event is dedicated solely to all things appetizing and delicious. Sip and nibble your way through hundreds of food and drink vendors as you explore new tastes and brands and learn a thing or two from our favourite local chefs during live food demos and competitions. Call Rhonda Tannahill at 250-469-4447.

Birthdays of the week – Lorna Gunn (Today, Apr. 26); Lois Serwa (Apr. 27); Chuck Dixon (Apr. 27); John McCormack (Apr. 30); Marianne Dahl (Apr. 30); Phyllis and Con Litz, both on same day and married (Apr. 27); Carol Glen (Apr. 27); Raghwa Gopal (Apr. 27); Ron Labossiere (Apr.28); Cleo Curatolo (Apr. 28); Dave McLean (Apr. 29); Karen Belshaw (Apr. 29); Debbie Scott (Apr. 29); Phillippe Leger (Apr. 29); Vicki Fajnor (Apr. 29); Sharleen McBlain (Apr. 30); Samantha Hill (May 1); Rosemarie Gottschlag (May1); Doug Soman (May 1);

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail maxdehart@telus.net. Find Maxine’s columns on the web at www.kelownacapnews.com under Business.

 

Pharmasave Downtown owners (from left): Gary McEwan, Sean Misfeldt, Leanne Misfeldt, Brett Federko, Meghan Federko, Joan McEwan.