DeHart: Aquascape knows how to provide a cool dip

Aquascape Custom Pools was started by Dave Holt, Darren Bateson and Bob Holt in March 2010 to do what the Holt brothers do best—build swimming pools and hot tubs.

Aquascape Custom Pools partners Darren Bateson

Aquascape Custom Pools partners Darren Bateson

This week’s column is dedicated to long-time resident Tom Hazell who passed away July 8. The Hazells have been long time friends of the DeHart family and I fondly remember the many years that Tom came to spray our fruit trees and then have coffee and a chat. Personal condolences to family and friends.

Aquascape Custom Pools was started by Dave Holt, Darren Bateson and Bob Holt in March 2010 to do what the Holt brothers do best—build swimming pools and hot tubs.

Focusing on its customers and offering exceptional service, the Holts have been in the industry for many years—Dave for eight years building a range of swimming pools and hot tubs from steel and vinyl pools to the most complex cast in place concrete pools, many with freeform sides and infinity edges; and Darren, with over 18 years in the industry, specializing in the design and installation of hydraulically balanced circulation systems and complete mechanical systems for both pools and hot tubs. His own company, Total Pool Services provides first class after-build service and maintenance. Kyle Syrnyk and Josh Chapman, who round out Aquascape, have been with the company since its inception, bringing their extensive experience in carpentry, forming and concrete work. Contact Aquascape at 250-491-9072;

Mike O’Rourke (O’Rourke’s Uptown Market) is a new sales rep with Edoko Food Importers for the B.C. Interior.  Edoko has been operating in Western Canada since 1957, providing a variety of import cheeses, European and ethnic foods, traditional delicacies and gourmet specialty foods. The company services major grocery stores, delis and independent retailers. Barry McKee, formerly with Russell Stover Candies, is the sales manager.

Jessica Samuels, well-known afternoon radio host/producer of Jacked In on AM1150 has accepted a new position at the Kelowna Gospel Mission as the 30KClub coordinator. Her final blog with the radio station was July 12. Her new position starts Aug. 2.

Bibles For Missions Thrift Store, in partnership with the Bible League of Canada, is certainly more than what you would call a “thrift store.” When I first walked into the 10,000 square-foot shop at 120-1889 Springfield Rd., I was pleasantly surprised by its extremely large size, brightness of the store, well organized display of articles (in specific departments) and the huge amount and type of pre-owned articles carried and displayed in a modern way. It reminded me of an old style department store, with just about everything you wanted under one roof. Ladies, you should see the shoe department! They have a great variety of ladies, men’s, children and baby wear; dishes; jewelry; furniture and accessories (saw the greatest high style bistro table and chairs); craft items; fabric, a book room; glassware, linen, sporting goods, small appliances and good used mattresses. Manager Susan Sopel is very proud of the store and points out they accept new inventory daily. The store is also seeking volunteers to work in the store for a minimum of four hour shifts per week. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 250-860-4791.

Kelowna’s newest social media management company, Top Dog Social Media, is owned and operated by social media guru Melonie Dodaro. The company provides complete done-for-you social media management, consulting, training and social media strategy planning. Contact Top Dog Social Media at or

After five years with the B.C./Yukon Heart and Stoke Foundation working out of Kelowna, area manager Suzanne Pugh is moving on to a new job this week, having accepted a position with the Kelowna branch of the SPCA. Call 250-860-6275

Laura Thurnheer, who currently teaches upper level courses in human resources, strategic management and tourism/hospitality at Okanagan College’s School of Business, has been appointed to the B.C. Wine Authority Board, the first board member to reside in the Okanagan. The wine authority is a non-profit society responsible for implementing the Wines of Marketed Quality Regulation policy.

The Rotary Club of Kelowna Okanagan Mission has a new board of directors for 2011-12. Congrats to new president Murray Bye of MacKay LLP. The other board directors are Monika Miller (past-president); Portia Dove (vice-president); Shad Shoranick, Interior Savings (secretary); Chris DeHart , TAC Mobility (Sergeant at Arms); Ken Firkins (treasurer); Dr. Warren Cunningham (membership); Bud McGrath/Lois Serwa (club public relations); Steve Wolfenden (Rotary Foundation) and Tosh Wind (club administration).

Tom Cornwall and Debbie Slade are the new proprietors of Union Jack’s Old English Restaurant at the Shannon Lake Golf Course in West Kelowna. Cornwall and Slade are the former owners of the well-known Two Chefs Restaurant in Peachland on Highway 97 for six years, which is now called The Red Lion. Union Jacks serve traditional English fare (great fish and chips with mushy peas, one of my favourites) along with a varied North American menu. The duo are in the process of renovating the restaurant. The view from the deck of the golf course and lake is beautiful. Open to the public, it is a great place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Call 250-768-4652.

Tigerlily Fashions, at 575 Bernard Ave., owned by Jan Johnson and Lori Burns, has been renovated with a total update to their wall racking, paint and general décor, looking very urban and hip, with a touch of luxury thrown in. Just back from a buying trip, Johnson and Burns also have new summer styles arriving daily, all at sale prices. The store is now open Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in July and August. Call 250-762-8384.

Congratulations to Monika Miller and Ross Grimmer on their upcoming marriage July 31.

The special Okanagan premiere of a new film called Pressed, directed by Justin Donnelly and starring Luke Goss and Michael Ecklund, takes place Thursday, July 21, 8 p.m., at the Paramount Theatre on Bernard. Donnelly, 24, who is also the screenwriter for Pressed, lives right here in Kelowna, where the film was made. This crime thriller has already had a successful debut at the Cannes Film Market in Europe and Donnelly has just signed with a very prestigious sales team in L.A. to find a North American distributor for the film. He arranged this special premiere for Kelowna as his way of thanking the community for their support. The cast of the film will be attendance with limited seats available for $10. The Red Carpet festivities start at 6:30 p.m., with film to be shown at 8 p.m.

If you are looking for a place to have a lovely lunch next time you are in the Summerland area, don’t miss stopping at that community’s newest winery restaurant, Bonitas Bistro located at the Bonita Winery, 20623 McDougald Rd. It is truly one of those perfect “hidden secrets.” Turn left at the large Welcome to Summerland sign, wind your way down the road and follow the signs to the bistro and winery. Owned and operated by chef Colin Rayner, who was formerly with the Minstral Café and Bermuda and managed by Steven Greekas, Bonitas Bistro offers an extraordinary patio with an exceptional view of the lake and inside seating with the same exceptional view. The restaurant has a good variety of menu items, from a shrimp bruschetta to a beet and orange salad. It is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be open for dinner soon. Dave and Lawrence Hopper are the owner/operators of the winery, which opened in 1994. Call 778-516-5596; or

So, here’s the rest of the story. After working for 58 years, yes “58 years” as a dentist, Dr. Joe Lukenchuk, not Dr. Joe Rosedale, has retired at the age of 84. There actually is no Dr. Joe Rosedale. Sorry for the confusion in my previous column and happy personal retirement wishes Dr. Lukenchuk.

The Old Train Station Public House, at the corner of Clement and Ellis and operated by co-owners Dan and Tracey Allen, is now open. Serving modern, urban, comfort food with a gastronomical twist, they source many of their products from local farmers, purveyors and culinary artisans. The renovations to the old train station are absolutely stunning with wide plank flooring, beautiful windows, high ceilings and the original brick walls. A huge bar is featured in the middle of the restaurant; a variety of seating with both booths and tables and chairs on two levels and an outdoor patio. There is a variety of seating (booths and tables and chairs) on two levels. Food items range from TS Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese), cheese burger (house ground Angus beef) and Ancient Grain Zucchini Fritters, to Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash and pork chops. The Old Train Station also has a selection of appies and salads. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Brave Heart Women at The Ramada Hotel on July 23 is a full day of inspiration, learning and entertainment. You will have a chance to meet and mingle with other women who are looking to step-up their game, increase their prosperity quotient and be a part of a community that will support, encourage and inspire you to fulfill your goals and dreams. Register at or call Cindy Sutton at 250-448-5013.

Kempf Orchards, at 1409 Teasdale Rd., owned by Shelley and Herb Kempf, now has many varieties of yellow and red cherries for sale for the next month or so.  They will also have apricots and peaches when ready. Call 250-765-1797;

Speaking of cherries, after two years the 16th Annual Cherry Fair is returning to the B.C. Orchard Industry Museum on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 or $5 per family.

Birthdays of the week:   Stacey Metcalf, Colonial Countertops (July 14);  Garret Tanner (July 22); Cheryl McCallion (July 25); Phil Parker, Canada Bread (July 19); Alistair Waters, Capital News (July 20).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.



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