DeHart: Birthday cake specialist carries on family tradition

PJ’s Party Cakes, owned and operated by Kelowna’s very own “cake boss” Daren Williams, celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.

Darren Williams

Darren Williams

This week’s column is dedicated to two friends who passed away last week. Cheryl Brown, with The Bay, and Doreen Jorde. Personal condolences to all their family and friends.

PJ’s Party Cakes, owned and operated by Kelowna’s very own “cake boss” Daren Williams, celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.

Just about everyone I know has purchased an amazing specialized edible cake from Williams over the years. He creates his cakes under the pretense of “anything goes” from any picture you take into him. Every single one is definitely a work of art. He does an incredible job with rolled fondant, topsy-turvy and mad hatter types of cakes. Located at 2571 Richter St., the creative cake decorating genes go way back in the Williams family. Daren’s great uncle opened the first cake decorating store in London, England, in 1886 called the Big Cake Shoppe. There is an amazing black and white photo on display at PJ’s of his uncle and one of his decorated cakes and newspaper ads. Daren’s mother also spent 50 years baking and decorating cakes and actually worked with him in past years. If you are looking for something extremely unique that also tastes great call 250-763-1144;

Jock and Carmen Hildebrand have opened  The Hildebrand Sculpture Gallery, at 1302 St. Paul St. (Cawston and St. Paul) with many sculptures for you to enjoy. As well, you can tour The Factory, a wonderful new building which houses the gallery. Call 250-470-9586; or

Angie Bricker, former owner of Natural Belly and Baby, has opened a new adult women’s clothing store, called Earth Whimsy—Artisans Market, at 1331 Ellis St. Her love for fashions, especially vintage, is a huge influence in the shop as she is sourcing one-of-a-kind vintage garments from several eras for the store. She also stocks “altered couture,” garments that have been made from used or repurposed fabrics to add to their appeal and lifespan. Earth Whimsy also carries local jewelry, designed by Sarah Byrnes of SIMS and Earth Lab Cosmetics, locally manufactured by Jennifer and Scott MacDougall.  Bricker invites local original artists to showcase their work in the store as well as local handcrafters, artisans and designers. Earth Whimsy has also retained all the wonderful organic and natural baby products that Belly and Baby is known for and will continue to stock a generous selection of unique baby products. Call 250-860-0307.

After a minor renovation, Teriyaki 2 Go, owned and operated by Morgan Davies and Ken Chung in the new Skogie’s Auto Spa at Harvey and Underhill, is underway again. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the kiosk serves wonderful, reasonably priced “to go” dishes featuring their signature Teriyaki (chicken, beef wild salmon and vegetarian with tofu) with veggies and teriyaki sauce atop steamed rice—a one-meal deal. Call 250-859-4356;

Cascade Mobile Property Services is a new business started by Mike McGuire. He offers professional pressure washing services for both commercial and residential cleaning. McGuire pressure cleans just about anything: exterior siding and buildings; driveways, storefronts and sidewalks; gutter cleaning and repair, windows; swimming pools and surrounding area; roof moss and mildew; decks, patios and fences; RVs, boats, loading bays, disposal areas, construction clean-up, awnings, gas stations and even graffiti removal. He also offers hot or cold water pressure wash services and uses only 100 per cent nontoxic and biodegradable cleaning agents, removing anything from dirt and grime to gum and oil. No job is too small. For a free quote call 250-300-0717 or

Congratulations to Kelowna International Airport commissionaire Kathryn O’Neil, the recipient of both the Commandants’ Award and the Award of Excellence at the Annual Commissionaires B.C. Commandant’s Awards. It is rare to have a member receive both awards in one year, but O’Niel showcases exceptional dedication to her position and exceptional service to the airport tenants as well as passengers.

Kimberley Samterre has joined the law firm of Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP as an associate. The company practices exclusively in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial disputes. Call 250-868-2313.

A local web site development company, (Manon and Matthijs Stoneville), has recently started a new web site called Campgrounds of Canada. The web site site is highly optimized to make sure that people will find what they are looking for. Their domain name, the technical implementation, the navigation and social media are all working together to make this the best campgrounds site of Canada. Check out

Ed Henkel is the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for the many years he spent with the Advisory Planning Commission, the agricultural advisory committee and the Citizens Patrol. Ed and his wife Evelyn also raise funds for Hope for the Nations, collecting cans and bottles and encouraging others to do the same.

After 40 years on Rutland Road, Rutland Optical has moved to the Willow Park Shopping Centre on Highway 33 next to the pet store. Bobbi Story has owned the business for the past 17 years, with Heather Odermatt as the store manager. The bright new premises, which doubled in size, offers more inventory and many new lines. All the staff are licensed opticians, including optician Nancy Branch, specializing in fitting infants and small children. They are offering a back-to-school promotion this month. Call 250-765-8580.

Mickie’s Pub at the Ramada Hotel will host Dinner and A Show on Thursdays after 4 p.m. It’s a great deal for only $21.95 (including tax) which includes a choice of three entrees and a ticket to the Orchard Plaza Cineplex. Call 979-4548.

Congratulations to the following Kelowna airport ambassadors on reaching significant milestones: Wes Boulding, Chuck and Ruth Knight; Ian and Rena Steel; Harold and Frieda Howery (10 years); Claudia Kasian and Judy West (five years).

The web site is a new group buying site with deals on just about everything imaginable—dining, sports, entertainment, events and even renovations and home services. They web site also offers merchant accounts so merchants can post their own deals with free sign-up for consumers. It also has a credit referral program where you get free deals for referring people. When you join you are entered in their free draw for a prize. For more info call Graham Waites at 250-768-8331 or 250-681-8001.

The World Beat Family Golf Centre, at 625 Old Vernon Rd., will host some super family golf lessons during August. The centre will feature four one-hour golf lessons for $49 per family member. That’s a steal at only $12.50 a lesson. To book call 250-765-7010;

Congratulations to Gary and Shari Harrington (retired Hallmark Cards-Capri) on their 50th anniversary (Aug. 5).

Back by popular demand, Bone Appetit, at 2696 Pandosy St., will offer a free vet clinic on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Dr. Gail Jewell a holistic veterinarian. Call 250-868-0212.

Canada’s most famous hockey dad, Walter Gretzky, is coming back to Kelowna to host the second annual Walter Gretzky CNIB Golf Classic at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club. You can also place your auction bid on K96.3 on Sunday, Aug. 7, for you and two friends to have the chance to enjoy brunch with Walter at the Hotel Eldorado and then play a round of golf with him at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club. All bids may be sent to the following link—

The KGHF 10th annual & Final Celebrity Tennis Classic and Bocce Ball Tournament is Sept. 16 to 18 at Centre Court, 2302 Abbott St. The event this year will honour three well-known Kelowna natives—Bill Bennett (former B.C. premier) Herb Capozzi (B.C. Sports Hall of Fame inductee) and David Ritchie (international entrepreneur). In their early days, the trio individually were behind local businesses Bennett’s Hardware, Capozzi’s Grocery and Ritchie’s Used Furniture and Antiques. All proceeds to this popular event are dedicated to essential, lifesaving cardiac diagnostic equipment for Kelowna General Hospital. This fundraiser in its history has so far raised more than $400,000. This year, the focus is on raising funds for the purchase of two state-of-the-art diagnostic cardiographs for the delivery of high quality clinical reports, at a cost of $25,000 each. This equipment is a must for the delivery of outstanding clinical care. For more info call Walley and Marietta Lightbody at 250-762-2783;

Hemochromatosis is one of Canada’s most common genetic disorders, affecting one in 300 Canadians. It is an inherited condition that causes your body to overload in dietary iron, storing the excess iron in vital organs and tissues. The iron builds up over time and if left undiagnosed and untreated, can cause irreversible damage and even early death. It is extremely prevalent in people of European and Celtic descent. Local residents are invited to learn more about hereditary hemochromatosis at a free information session at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. Advanced registration is required. To register call 604-279-7135 or e-mail

Open to the public is a “sneak peak” of the Father Pandosy Mission 150th anniversary commemorative sculpture  on Wednesday, Aug. 10,  from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The life-sized, bronze sculpture will become part of Kelowna’s Public Art Collection and will be installed in Mission Recreation Park in March 2012.  You can meet artist Crystal Przybille and view the work in progress at Alternator Studio III at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Birthdays of the week: I know none of you will believe this, but I’m turning the big “60” on Aug. 6; happy 75th Frances (Fran) Klassen (Aug. 1); happy 65th Roger Sellick (Aug.7); happy 50th Alex Draper, Shut Out Sports Collectibles (Aug. 2); Dave Roseberry (Aug. 2); John Gilbert (Aug. 2); Randy Cairns (Aug. 2); Art Jewell, Mickie’s Pub (Aug. 3); Steve Francis (Aug. 2); happy 93rd Marion Bews, retired CKOV (Aug.12); Mohini Singh (Aug. 6); Robert Letvinchuk, World Beat Golf (July 24); Armand Charles (July 29).

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


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