DeHart: Anniversary coincides with online expansion

It’s a 25th anniversary celebration this week for Cherry Hill Coffee, located in Kelowna at1404 Hunter Crt.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cherry Hill Coffee in Kelowna are David Biglow

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cherry Hill Coffee in Kelowna are David Biglow

It is with overwhelming sadness that I dedicate this week’s column to Rev. Albert Baldeo. Albert was a personal treasured friend and will be missed by all his many family, friends and colleagues. Along with his wisdom, I will miss his wit, smile, poems, treasured gifts and regular column in the Capital News. Roses are red, I am very blue, now that Albert, is sitting in a different pew! As Albert always said, “We will one day all be United!”

It’s a 25th anniversary celebration this week for Cherry Hill Coffee, located in Kelowna at1404 Hunter Crt.

Started by Sandy and Lou Ciccelli in 1986 on Doyle Avenue, Don Biglow and Frances Solmundson purchased the company in 1994, and ten  David and Jeff Biglow took it over in 2004. The business was certified organic in 2005. Cherry Hill  distribute coffee across Western Canada, roasting more than 200,000 pounds of coffee beans a year. Now, with the launch of a new online store last week, Cherry Hill now can ship product from coast to coast. Starting Friday, May 13, Cherry Hill will start a “Brew School,” which is public coffee cuppings (similar to wine tastings) at their roastery at 2 p.m. These free cuppings are a chance to learn some new brew methods, try some coffee and learn more about your favourite blends. Space is limited. Reserve at or 250-861-4733.

Suzie Docherty, the world host customer service trainer for Tourism Kelowna, is the new full-time volunteer coordinator for the Salvation Army, working out of the Sutherland Avenue location. Call 250-860-2329 (ext. 33).

Dressed To Impress, a high-end women’s and men’s consignment store, has opened at 1956 Kirschner Rd. (next to the OK Corral). Owned by Mike Gajdos, the shop offers a good selection of women’s business suits, cruise wear, special occasion dresses and some casual wear. Just in time for grad season, Dressed To Impress carry a very affordable selection of grad dresses from $45 to $100 and nice quality grad suits for men ranging from $60 to $200. Also for men, the store has a huge stock of business suits, more than 500 dress shirts and ties, and 500 pairs of shoes. They accept gently used, designer and good quality clothing (no jeans) on a daily basis during store hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. They also offer complete alteration services. Call 778-478-0609.

This is a new twist to an existing business. Dan King, owner of Dan’s Deluxe Detailing, 1660 High Rd., will pick up your vehicle upon your arrival at the airport, have it fully detailed while you are away, so you are greeted on your return by a new shiny, cleaned vehicle to drive home. As an added bonus, you also save on the parking fee. It’s a great way to end a holiday or business trip. King maintains a full line of specialized car care services designed to clean, polish, protect and help maintain your cars appearance, using high-performance products, including full hand wash and vacuum, fabric protection, interior shampoo and detailing, leather treatment, paint protection, high speed polishing and engine shampooing. He also provides chauffeur service to and from work, or will pick up your vehicle at your place of work, detail it and return it that same day. Call 250-317-3555;

Celebrating another 25th anniversary is the  Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club. One of six Rotary clubs in Kelowna, it was the first breakfast meeting version established in the area. Charter president Dave Kilcup (retired from RCMP) is now in Ontario. Charter members still with the club today include  Bruce Brown, Wayne Duchart, Andy Griffin, John McAfee, Jack Martin and Paul Mulvihill. The current membership is 70. The 2010-2011 club executive are Paul Mulvihill (president); Jim Belshaw (president-elect); Craig Garries (vice-president); Pat Bentley (past-president); Wayne Evans (secretary) and Ken Spence (treasurer).

Gary Graham, formerly of Lakeside/Oce Canada, has joined the team at TOPS (Total Office Product Solutions) locally owned and operated by Brian Fair and Wade McManus for over 28 years at 104-1905 Baron Rd.  TOPS service the line of Konica Minolta products. Based on the outstanding performance of its colour and monochrome, Konica Minolta Business Technologies Inc. has been chosen as the winner of the Buyers Lab  2011 Multi-Functional Product Line of the Year Award.  Call 250-979-6708.

After 35 years as senior accountant with the regional district—he says  it is “the only real job” he’s ever had—Dom Rampone has retired.

VO2Max Personal Training has expanded to a newer, bigger and better studio location at 18-1515 Westgate Rd. in West Kelowna. V02Max offers boot camps, personal training, nutrition program, spin classes, yoga classes, Zumba, TRX suspension training, competition and prep programs. The new location grand opening is May 14 with free mini-classes, BBQ and door prizes. Look for more info online at

Over the past eight months, a new type of homeowner-contractor service has evolved in our city. Nine members of Business Network International, who focus their efforts in the home building industry, have come together to create Foundation To Finish. The group is made up of Okanagan Hardwood, MS Budd Construction, Strugnell Electric, Vision Mechanical. Quality Time Concierge, Advantage Blinds, C$U Inspection Services, Coast Wholesale and Home Image Interiors. These companies have a vision of making it easier for builders and homeowners to quickly locate experienced support businesses and to unite a quality focused group of sub-trades into a cohesive team from foundation to finish. Call Tom Crocker at Okanagan Hardwood, 250-765-2610 or 250-878-4907.

Intellibed Sleep and Spa, 317 Louie Dr. in West Kelowna, is now a supplier of Samson Soaps. Intellibed has a complete line of pool and spa chemicals and are able to test water from your pool or hot tub. They also sell Intellibed mattresses and have a diverse selection of pillows, along with hand-crafted Amish furniture and Dimension Hot Tubs. Call 250-863-0227;

Something new for dog owners. Wayne Dorman, owner of Dogzies, is a huge fan of keeping you and your dog fit along with the bonding and nurturing angle. He has partnered with Dimensions Fitness, operated by Greg and Mitsi Schulte,  to offer training sessions to do just that. Interacting with your pet, while you are both exercising physically and challenging each other mentally, will prove to be a rewarding experience for both. Dimensions is a circuit workout for men, but women are welcome to take part in the “R U Dog Fit?” classes beginning May 7. The hydraulic machines are suitable for all fitness levels, age and genders, with instructions from Wayne and the Dimensions trainers. Call 250-862-3649;

Don’t be confused if you think that Predator Ridge golf course has changed their name to “Canucks Ridge”—they have, but only temporarily while the Canucks battle Nashville Predators in the NHL playoffs. The golf course operators bowed to public pressure after a petition of hundreds to change the courses name from those who did not want to see the word “Predator” advertised. The grounds crew is even cutting the Canucks logo into the 18th fairway and the official staff uniforms are Canucks jerseys. Kudos to “Canucks Ridge” for showing support for the home team.

Mark’s Work Warehouse will team up with the Soles4Souls campaign on Thursday to collect as many shoes as they can between the three store locations in the Central Okanagan. It’s all part of an objective for Mark’s Work Warehouse to contribute to the million shoe mission, offering a 20 per cent discount on everything in the store on Thursday. If you bring in a pair of shoes to donate you will be eligible for an extra five per cent  off. McDonald’s and Soles4Souls will also be on board from 2 to 5 p.m. collecting shoes and providing coffee for a donation. Danielle Dorwart is the store operator. Call 250-861-7751

Breast cancer affects people of all ages. There is something you can do to show your support and let them know they won’t dance alone. On Monday, May 9, filming begins on Kelowna’s first Pink Glove Dance, a video that features people of all ages dancing to the song You Won’t Dance Alone, by A Brand New Day, while wearing pink surgical gloves. Everyone is invited to the filming at Parkinson Rec Centre on May 9 between 7 and 9 p.m. You don’t have to have any dance skills as Rob from Dance Dimensions will be there to teach a simple line dance. Otherwise, just move your body to the music and have fun. There’s no cost. Just show up and you will be given pink gloves, some info on the CIBC Run for the Cure, a pink ribbon and a chance to win a great door prize.  To see videos in other communities visit

The annual plant sale fundraiser in support of  BrainTrust Canada will take place Saturday in the Prospera Place parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Interior Savings and organized by Judy Watmough, who grows the majority of the plants for the event, there will be a wide variety of individually priced plants to choose from, including perennials, succulents, ground covers and vegetable plants.

The annual Blossom Time Fair is set for Friday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Cottonwoods, 2255 Ethel St. The blossom fair includes everything from baking, plants and garden accessories to a BBQ, 50/50 draws and raffle ticket prizes.

The annual SPCA fundraiser called Pride Within Cat Art Exhibition and Sale, hosted by local artist Samara Carrier, takes place May 7 and 8 at the Delta Grand. Admission is by donation. Call 250-861-7722.

Birthdays of the week: Lorina Dick (Today, May 4); Chris Cowan, Kelowna Flightcraft (Today, May 4); Terry Rempel (May 8); Brenda Bell (May 7); Wally Giebelhaus (May 7); Allan McPhee (May 10).



Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email


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