DeHart: Relaxology treatments offer a great way to unwind

Footbar relaxology offers a zen-like experience, inspired by traditional reflexology and massage techniques.

Footbar has opened in the rear of the shop of Cream Hair & Makeup Lounge, 2-1771 Cooper Rd. in Kelowna.


Owned and operated by Mel Schmidt and Curtis Adams, Alisa Speed is the Footbar manager. Footbar relaxology offers a zen-like experience, inspired by traditional reflexology and massage techniques. Natural products for rejuvenation are used such as a detoxifying sea salt soak, lush organic sugar scrub and hydrating body butter—all vegan products made of essential oils and nourishing ingredients such as coconut oil, Shea butter and natural components. Footbar offers a tranquil, warm, modern atmosphere and is the perfect setting for those looking to unwind and simply relax. Call 250-868-4889 for appointment.

After 23 years, Caroline Ann-Alter has retired from The Bay. Caroline worked in many of the store’s departments, including 14 years in receiving and marketing, seven in jewelry and the last two years in shoes. She will be missed but all her colleagues and friends wish her a great retirement.

The Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary has opened the new Royal Bistro, formerly known as The Generals’ Snackery, in the Royal Lobby at KGH. The Snackery first opened 22 years ago, selling dainty sandwiches without crusts and tea served in china cups. While the business has grown into a viable entity, it needed a facelift to go along with the many other changes at KGH. The auxiliary raises funds that assist with the purchase of medical equipment for KGH. In the past 82 years the auxiliary has raised in excess of $10 million. Donations either material or services to complete the Royal Bistro update came from Heather Fowler (Fowler Interior Design) and PCL Constructors Westcoast. Local suppliers are Cherry Hill Coffee, The Bread Co., Valley Produce and Extreme Pita.

Elmer Epp, of Kamloops, has been re-elected as chair of the Interior Savings Credit Union board of directors. He is an associate at the law firm of Epp Cates Olen and now begins his 13th year as board chair. Other board directors elected for three-year terms include incumbent Rolli Cacchioni, nominee Rick Weger (Central/North Okanagan Region) and nominee Liza Curran (Thompson/South Okanagan Region). All were elected for a three year term.

Congratulations to Jordan Rowe, Evan Hilts and Capital News gardening columnist Don Burnett in reaching their long-standing goal to achieve their 1st Degree Black belt in the Honourable Fraternity of Black belts. Making the presentation to the trio were Master instruc tor Dan Zaleski (8th degree Black belt and president of Tae Kwon-Do International Canada); Master Robert Gill (6th Degree Black belt of Thompson Valley Tae Kwon-Do in Kamloops) and Chris Rowe (4th Degree Black belt and chief instructor of Quest Martial Arts Academy and President of Tae Kwon-Do International B.C). Jordon is Chris Rowe’s son. Also promoted were Cameron Johnson to 2nd Degree Black belt and Donald Godon to 3rd Degree Black belt.

Bogie & Bacall

This year marks the 30th anniversary for the Bogie & Bacall Hair Design salon, all those years at the same location in Orchard Park Shopping Centre. Originally started by the husband and wife team of Rod and Donna Robinson, today the entire family is involved in the operation with stylist and colour specialist, daughter Tracy Guido and son Jeff Robinson, who is now the manager of the shop. Daughter-in-law Whitney Robinson is also a stylist. Bogie and Bacall now have 14 stylists on staff and offer many brands of product. They cater to absolutely everyone and every age group. 250-860-3765

Ross Johnson is now an associate insurance advisor with The Co-Operators at 120-1640 Leckie Rd. Call 250-861-3777; email

Happy 50th anniversary Ken and Donna Good (May 9).

Springfield Auto Body, owned by long-time businessman Garry Grigg, has received the prestigious 2013 AutocheX Premier Achiever Award for outstanding customer service. AutocheX is a third party company that measures customer satisfaction levels for body shops through surveys.

Congratulations to Kelowna city councillor Robert Hobson and his wife Adair, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 11, which also happened to be Mother’s Day and Adair’s birthday.

The Bay will host a spring BBQ Patio Party on Saturday at the store’s Harvey Avenue entrance, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the United Way. There will be hot dogs, chips and a drink for a minimum $3 donation. Enter to win a deluxe chaise lounge with the ballot box located in The Bay’s outdoor living shop.

For all you cookie or chocoholic addicted people, K Town Cookies take pride in providing their customers with an unforgettable and enjoyable experience if you’re t  craving  for some scrumptious, delectable treats. K Town Cookies is owned and operated by Janice Hayward. K-Town caters to corporate gifts, weddings, golf functions or even the simplest of occasions. Call 250-470-7460

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is Thursday, May 22, hosted by Prospera Credit Union at 2106 Harvey Ave., 5 to 7 p.m.  Parking is available at the Park Boulevard Mall behind Prospera and at Orchard Park Mall. Pre-registration is not required ($10 for members and $20 for future members). Also the Chamber’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament is Friday, May 23rd at Sunset Ranch Golf Club. Register as a team of four or you can team up with someone. Lots of fun, Texas Scramble, over $50,000 in prizes and dinner. Call 250-861-3627.

Not sure if anyone knew, but John O’Brien is a primary physical education teacher at St. Josephs School with his claim to fame being he’s the only male teacher at that school. What are the chances of that? Good luck John and glad to have met you!

Birthdays of the week: Lynn Hamilton (May 13); Stan Martindale, Ramada Hotel (May 16) Judy Syrnyk (May 17); Dean Clarke (May 17); Graham Bell (May 17); Jerry Reiber (May 17); Rae Stewart (May 18); Art Born (May 18); Bruce Wilson (May 18); Margaret Bernath (May 19); Martha Laser (May 19); Carrie Metzger, BC Sheriff Service (May 20); Beryl Itani (May 21); in memory of our dad Edward Abram (May 16).

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