The convenience of having an oil change while your vehicle is parked at work or at home has created a business opportunity for David Howat.
Howat has started On the Spot Mobile Oil Change, a mobile vehicle oil change service. He will spread a tarp under the vehicle to ensure no oil drops on the ground, and checks all lights, inspects the tires, greases and inspects the undercarriage, checks and tops off under hood fluids and changes the oil and filter as part of his service. Each customer is also given a reminder for when their vehicle’s next oil change is due. He also services boats, RVs and small equipment. Call 250-215-9940; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Carter, formerly with the Volvo dealership on Leathead Road, has joined the team at Kelowna Mercedes-Benz, 2580 Enterprise Way, as a sales consultant. Call 250-712-0505.
Lawyer Garry Benson has rebranded his practice. It is now called Benson Law LLP. The firm also has a new partner, Perry McAffrey, who is relocating from Vernon. He specializes in litigation. The firm now has nine lawyers and two offices—270 Highway 33 West in Rutland and 102A-1979 Old Okanagan Highway in West Kelowna. Call 250-491-0206; email@example.com
Amy Newport is the new associate owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in West Kelowna. Relocating from the UK, Newport received her Masters of Pharmacy Degree at Manchester University and moved to West Kelowna in 2009. The store is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 250-707-0891
After one month of closure due to renovations and repairs, Café Marmello has reopened at 107-3330 Richter St. (Richter Street Medical Building near Lakeshore Road). Call 778-478-0969.
Chris Wendell has become a partner in the firm of Porter Ramsay Lawyers LLP, 200-1465 Ellis St. Wendell has been with the firm for four years as an associate and practices law in the areas of wills and estates, corporate and company transactions, real estate and family law. Call 250-763-7646.
Everyone loves a good deal. OMGbuying now joins the ranks of Twongo and Groupon in the Okanagan. OMGbuying.ca, a group buying site, has officially launched in Kelowna with plans to expand to Penticton and Vernon. Owners Tim and Ann Hunter believe that supporting local businesses builds vibrant economies by keeping money circulating within the region. OMGbuying will also donate a portion of the proceeds to local charities featured on their website. Subscribe today at www.omgbuying.ca and receive their deals delivered right to your inbox and also be enter up to March 4 to win a two-night stay at Spirit Ridge.
Gurvinder Momi has opened a new business, Kelowna Banquet & Conference Centre, situated at 1685 Pandosy St., a facility capable of servicing a group of 50 up to 350 people. Call 250-863-4809.
All the teachers and students of the ECO Club at KLO Middle School are the recipients of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for their vision of restoring the Fascieux Creek that runs along the edge of their school grounds.
Candice Munro, an Avon independent sales representative, has become a new unit leader in the Avon industry, which means she now has a team working with her. You can meet her at “Babies in Bloom baby fair on April 2 and 3 at the Okanagan College Centre for Learning. If you are looking for some extra income, call Candice at 250-764-3671; firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website is www.interavon.ca/candice.munro.
UBC Okanagan fine arts student Laura Widmer has won the Muskat Studios Materials Award at the Boston Printmakers 2011 North American Print Biennial. The award consists of one week printing at Muskat Studios in Boston with Tamarind Institute Master Printer Carolyn Muskat.
Partners Debbie Larry and Barb Montgomery have started Prestige Senior Services LLP. Not offering medical care but also “not” limiting their services just to seniors, they offer services such as shopping for clients; assist clients with their appointments; offer a drop- off and pick-up service; accompany clients on walks, meals out, sporting events or parties; prepare light meals; and check in on seniors. The company will also provide referrals for minor repairs, lawn care and other things that need attending around the house. Call 250-863-8093; www.prestigeseniorservicesbc.ca
Local company Modern Purair, located at Highway 97 and Commercial Drive, owned and operated by Lane Martin and his father Don Martin, has become a franchise leader in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning cleaning service. Their “PurCURx” contact cleaning scrub system that scrubs all four sides of the ductwork, the Martins can offer many services to clients—furnace and air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, a filter maintenance program and indoor air quality testing for residential and commercial properties. This can help reduce allergies, asthma, mold, bacteria and dust. Jeffrey Webster is the company’s indoor air quality guru. Call 250-765-6828; www.modernpurair.com
Packing The House Productions is a new company created by business partners Greg Murphy, formerly with the City of Kelowna, and Colleen Jerczynski. In partnership with The Kelowna Community Theatre, where the productions are being held, they have an impressive lineup for the remainder of this winter and upcoming spring—The Red Stick Ramblers (Feb. 22); The Manhattan Transfer (Feb. 27); Buddy Guy, Fernando Varela and Johnny Clegg. Check out www.packingthehouseproductions.com
The Rutland Residents Association has elected a new board for 2011. Mary-Ann Graham is back for her fifth term as president. Other board members are John Vielvoye, vice-president; Evelyn Vielvoye, treasurer; Chris Brown, secretary; and Peter Harshenin, Mary Luttmerding, Paul Pierron, Jill Siebert, Ron Vanden Brink and Dan Van Norman, directors.
Registered nurse Sheida Dashtgoli, working out of The Core Centre of Health, 102-1441 Ellis St., has started a new health care business, Pulse Electromagnetic Frequency Therapy, which deals with persons suffering from such chronic pain as arthritis, fibromyalgia and migraines. Studies show that PEMF therapy encourages the cells to behave normally, therefore restoring health by decreasing inflammation, improving circulation and removing waste products from the body which is 100 per cent natural without use of medication. Call 250-864-0472.
The SPCA will host the annual spring fundraiser at the Kelowna Yacht Club on March 10 in loving memory of a pet dog named Douglas. It’s going to be a great evening for only $35, including one complimentary beverage, dinner by executive chef Dean Hossack, live entertainment by Anna Jacyszyn and the Jazz Café Trio along with a silent and live auction. For tickets, call Chris Racette at 250-861-6420; the SPCA at 250-861-7722; or Kelowna Yacht Club at 250-762-3310.
Blossoms Fresh Fruit Arrangements,105-1289 Ellis St., owned and operated by the Gail and Craig Sandford, offers a new blossom called the “Wish Upon a Star Blossom,” available in conjunction with the Children’s Wish Foundation. The Sandfords will donate $5 to the foundation from every arrangement and the company will be taking part all across Canada. This is a perfect gift for any star with shaped pineapples, grapes, strawberries, honeydew melon and cantaloupe with some of the strawberries dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles. To see it go to www.kelownablossomsfruitarrangements.com. Call 778-478-0848
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, The Kelowna Family Centre is hosting a dance at the German Canadian Club this Saturday with a silent auction, raffle and door prizes. Tickets $20 in advance. Call 250-860-3181.
Bone Appetit, 2696 Pandosy St., will host a free “Ask Your Vet Clinic” on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon., with Dr. Gail Jewel, of Heartland Veterinarian.
If learning to ride is one of your goals this year or if you have been wondering if motorcycles are for you, the Kelowna & District Safety Council will host an open house Thursday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., at 395 Hartman Rd. Other dates scheduled for this year are March 21, April 19, May 3 and June 1. Call 250-765-3163 to register.
Birthdays of the week: Jim Laing (Feb. 13); Don Favell, L&D Meats (Feb.19); Rod Warnock, my brother-in-law (Feb.17); Randy Quigley, RJ Quigley Financial (Feb.19); Murli Pendharkar (Feb. 19); Carmen Prive, WestJet (Feb. 22).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email email@example.com.