Business Briefs: Bubbles joins charity water effort

The Bubbles car wash franchise in Kelowna has signed on to support a new movement to give away what it knows best—water.

Rachel Davis treats Kristi Wareham with a little touch up at the Sephora Grand store

Rachel Davis treats Kristi Wareham with a little touch up at the Sephora Grand store

The Bubbles car wash franchise in Kelowna has signed on to support a new movement to give away what it knows best—water.

Bubbles Car Wash & Detail Centres in Edmonton and Calgary along with Kelowna are participating in this campaign, joining more than 100 other supportive car wash outlets across North America.

The idea is to bring clean drinking water to one billion people worldwide in Guatemala, Kenya and India by Dec. 31.

The initiative is simple—one cent from each car washed gives one day of water to one thirsty person.

Instead of sending crates of drinking water from the U.S. or Canada, the Wash Away Thirst campaign has partnered with Wasrag, a Rotary group that builds wells and provides filters to harvest rainwater.

Campaign founder Jim Dudley started with an idea based on a single question: “If all I had was a successful car wash business, is that what I wanted to be remembered for?”

Now, he has rallied car washes all across the U.S. and us in Canada to make a significant impact worldwide, and Kelowna’s local Bubbles outlet has heeded the call.

Visit for more information on you can donate or join this initiative.

Child needs help

Monique’s Society for Miracles is raising funds to help Torie Foort, a four-year-old who is battling a tumor called glioblastoma multiforme.

Corinne Crockett, a member of the society’s board who is with the UBC Okanagan School of Nursing, says the society recently raised money to assist Torie’s family with the costs of traveling to Ontario, where Torie is part of the Blue Balloon Health Services Program, an intense therapy that is not done in B.C.

None of the costs are covered by MSP or any other program at this time.  Torie showed improvement from her first sessions with Blue Balloon Health and the family needs to return to Ontario with her for more treatment.

Crockett says the sociey has set up a trust fund at Interior Savings Credit Union on Rutland Road to support Torie and her family, and other fundraisers are in the works.

Playing a fine tune

Being involved in anything for 45 years is a feat not commonly shared by many in this day in age, but Wentworth Music has done just that.

What started as a lighting store called Capri House of Lights nearly a half century ago by cofounders Walt, Vera and Dale Wentworth, Wentworth Music has transformed into the household name many of us know today for musical instrument sales and lessons.

“I often wonder what it would be like if we had a Wentworth Music alumni reunion with all the thousands of people we have taught over the years. What a get-together that would be,” said Noel Wentworth, vice-president of education and media for Wentworth Music.

Now in its third generation of operators, Wentworth Music is still going strong, with two locations in Kelowna and Vernon.

The team of Dale, Noel, Neil and Nori Wentworth and their nearly 40 employees all play integral roles in making things happen day to day.

“We all got involved in this industry because of our love of music and we are very lucky to be able to have a business like ours in this wonderful community,” said Noel.

Through Wentworth’s bi-annual rock productions, help from local sponsors and students they have helped raise over $52,000 for the Kelowna General Hospital’s children’s ward in the last four years alone.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Wentworth Music will host its second annual Spooktacular Halloween sale at both store locations in Kelowna and Vernon to help celebrate the anniversary.

It’s going to be a lot of fun with the staff dressed up, demonstration corners and activities all over the store.

New store

Bed Bath & Beyond will open a new 30,000 square-foot store in Kelowna featuring quality lifestyle merchandise and home furnishings.

Located at 1540 Keehn Rd., the store will be open Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The new Kelowna store is the chain’s 27th Canadian location.

Bed Bath & Beyond’s shopping environment offers customers a fun and exciting shopping experience. Its extensive line of merchandise includes bed linens, framed art, bath accessories, window treatments, kitchen linens, as well as cookware, dinnerware, glassware, lifestyle accessories, closet and storage items and juvenile items.

In addition to the large assortment, customers can also take advantage of enjoy Bed, Bath & Beyond’s bridal and gift registry, available online at

New restaurant

A popular Canadian breakfast spot will open its first Okanagan location this December in Kelowna.

Cora Breakfast and Lunch, a national restaurant chain, will hire up to 60 employees, including kitchen manager, servers, cooks, busers and “fruiters.”

“Cora is a fun place to work because there’s a lot of wow in what we do,” said co-owner Pam MacPhee.

“We even hire ‘fruiters’ who create intricate fruit presentations. It’s part of what makes the Cora experience unique. Plus, our team will love that we close at 3 or 4 p.m., so they can have quality evening time. That’s unusual in our industry.”

The 150-seat restaurant is being built in the former Rogers Video location at Burtch Plaza, 1470 Harvey Ave.

Interested candidates can send their resumes to as hiring will begin in November.

There are currently 125 Chez Cora restaurants and Cora Breakfast and Lunch restaurants across Canada, including the most recent in Kamloops and Coquitlam which both opened earlier this spring.

Drive-thru winner

The winner of a grand prize of two WestJet tickets from the Maxine DeHart, United Way Drive-thru Breakfast on Oct.6 was Susan Herle, who works at Kelowna General Hospital as a hospital registration clerk.

Lion honoured

At the Oct. 12 Central Okanagan Board of Education meeting, Lions Club member Tom Sawtell was recognized by the trustees for his work coordinating the Lions-Quest drug awareness and life skills programs over the last 18 years.

The Lions-Quest programs were sponsored by the Lions and Lioness clubs in School District 23. During this time, the Lions and Lioness clubs donated over $150,000 to the programs.

Four principals were trained to be Lions-Quest affiliate trainers, and about 1,200 teachers, principals, student teachers, RCMP officers, and others were trained to use the programs.

Award for manager

Gayle Hunter, who works in Kelowna, has been awarded the McDonald’s Canada 2011 Outstanding Manager of the Year Award.

This award is presented to restaurant managers across Canada who have made a tremendous contribution to McDonald’s in the areas of customer service, staff training and development, coordinating local marketing programs and sales building.

Each award winner receives a commemorative plaque and shares of McDonald’s stock.

“I’m thrilled to receive this honour from McDonald’s,” said Hunter, who works at the McDonald’s at Harvey Avenue.

“I love my job and it’s great to be recognized for my efforts and successes at my restaurant.”

Hunter started her 10-year career with McDonald’s as a swing manager at the Harvey location.

She says working at McDonald’s has given her the confidence to tackle activities with a “can-do” approach, helping her to accomplish personal and professional goals.

“Gayle has certainly earned this incredible recognition,” said Tim Pink, Kelowna McDonald’s franchisee. “Her commitment to the success of the company and to her employees has been extraordinary.”

New Sage member

Sage Massage Therapy welcomes their newest team member, Janine Siddall, to the clinic location at 998 Laurier Ave. in Kelowna.

Sage Massage’s team also includes owner Matthew Cipes and Luke Cockwell. Some of the Sage specialties include craniosacral, deep tissue, fascial work and muscle energy techniques.

For more information or to book an appointment, call 250-868-3225.

Treat trail

The popular Halloween Treat Trail hosted by the Mission Park Shopping Centre will return this year on Saturday, Oct. 29, noon to 3 p.m.

Each year, the Capital News also runs the fun games booth in association with the Treat Trail, as hundreds of kids can take part in the fun activities and receive candy prizes.

Wedding network

Last year, the inaugural Okanagan wedding industry information fair was held in Kelowna.

The event had a great turnout, with about 90 wedding businesses taking part.

This year, the event returns under the stewardship of a formal company called the Okanagan Wedding Network, with the support of 12 sponsors.

The purpose of the group is to organize the wedding industry in the Okanagan and help everyone get to know each other. It will be the largest event of it’s kind that the valley has ever seen.

It is open to anyone in the Okanagan who has a wedding business.

We expect about 300 guests this year. I think this is an especially unique story,” said organizer Bob Graham.

“My business, Airwaves Music is organizing the event and the Okanagan Wedding Network is another company I founded and am a joint partner in.”

The event takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Laurel Building, 1304 Ellis St., on Nov 16.

The event sponsors include Avalon Event Rentals, Deli City Bunches Bistro, The Hungry Chef, Guisichan House Restaurant, Culinary Adventures, A Paper Clip Collective, The Laurel Building, TTM Events, Gwynn’s Fine Cakes and Pastries, and 1984 Productions Videography.


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