DeHart: Celebrating 60 years in business

The first Kal Tire store opened June 12, 1953, in Vernon.

Kal Tire celebrates 60 years in business this year.

Founded by Tom Ford and named after Kalamalka Lake, the first Kal Tire store opened June 12, 1953, in Vernon. Sixty years later, the company has grown to more than 240 stores from B.C. to Ontario, has a mining division operating in 19 countries, employs over 5,300 team members and still remains based in our  valley. In B.C., Kal Tire is showing their appreciation by helping to fund six recreational resurfacing projects that use recycled tire products, one for every decade they have been in business. Since 2007, in B.C. alone Kal Tire has diverted over 55,000 tons of scrap tires from the environment into the recycling stream, equating to 2.9 million tires. Kal Tire Mining Tire Group operates on more than 150 mine sites in 19 countries. They own and operate 10 Bandag retread facilities plus an additional four OTR retreading facilities in Canada, United Kingdom, Ghana and West Africa. On Saturday, June 15, many stores will be holding celebration events. The Kelowna event will be at Kal Tire, 2233 Leckie Rd., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with presentations at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

How time flies! On June 15 Katja Oldendorf will celebrate her fifth anniversary as manager of Mickie’s Pub and the Short Stop Beer, Wine & Liquor Store, located at The Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre.

Congrats to 10 new local chartered accountants: Rebecca Randall and Candace Surette (MacKay); Erin Williamson, Jenica Isman and Matthew Gustavson (Meyers Norris Penny); Janelle Luini and Mia Bent (Grant Thornton); Stuart Grant and Alicia Brown (BDO); and Jennifer Mendes (White Kennedy).

DADD (Dial A Designated Driver) has come to Kelowna. Already going strong in the Lower Mainland DADD will get you and your car home safe and sound. The company has drivers (two per call) that are licensed and insured with a fleet of four vehicles. There are no hidden fees or surcharges, and the service is available 365 days of the year offering reasonable rates throughout the entire valley from Vernon to Penticton. Their hours of business are 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. (weekdays) and 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.  (weekends). DADD has been operational in Vancouver for two years. Rates are $17 pickup fee and $1.60 per kilometre.  Andy Uitvlugt is the local manager and John Bentley is the driver services manager. Traci Bonin is the president of the company, which has recently relocated here from the Lower Mainland.  Call 778-484-3233 or 1-855-672-3233, or check out the website

Congrats to chef Rod Butters, owner of RauDZ Regional Table, and chef Willi Franz, of the Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Winery, who both have joined the ranks of an elite group of Canadian culinary leaders. The two are now members of the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) Honour Society. The honour society was created to recognize leadership, professional excellence, lifetime commitment and significant contributions to the profession and the CCFCC. It’s unusual to have two chefs from the same association inducted in the same year, but both have made overwhelming contributions to their field. Chef Bernard Casavant, with the Okanagan Chefs Association, was inducted in 2012.

You won’t want to miss Iain Black, president and CEO Vancouver Board of Trade, at the Westbank and District Chamber Luncheon June 20, 11:30 a.m., at the Holiday Inn West Kelowna. He will discuss the value and benefits of a board of trade. This is very timely as the chamber is awaiting approval from Industry Canada to formalize its name change to Greater Westside Board of Trade. For tickets, $20/person, call Karen Beaubier at 250-768-3378.

Wink-i-Wear, located at7-605 KLO Rd. (Mission Park between T/D and CIBC Banks) has brought the MOSCOT brand of eyewear from New York City to its store.  MOSCOT is handmade with 100 years of eyewear expertise, renowned worldwide for unparalleled craftsmanship. MOSCOT Sun is known for its bold, eclectic designs, whether oversized and dramatic or sleek and modern. The collection features CR-39 lenses for 100 per cent UVA and UVB sun coverage. Call Laura Draycott at 250-862-9465, look online at

Speaking of eyewear, UV Groovy Day will be  hosted by Tutt Street Optometry (Sunglass Cove) on June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., giving away free sunglasses to children ages eight and under. There will be a BBQ, face painting and inflatable obstacle course, all supporting the Canadian Mental Health Association branch in Kelowna. As children are outside on average three times more than adults, they get more UV exposure to the back of their eyes. It is important to protect your child’s eyes early in life to ensure that they have the best chance for healthy eyes throughout their lifetimes. Scott Lanigan is the general manager of Tutt Street Optometry.  Call 250-762-3309.

Even if you don’t particularly care for cheesecake, you will go head-over-heels for this product, offering the yummiest mini-cheesecakes ever. Petite Sweets Bakery is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Judy Basha and Robert Brown, and is a “delivery only” bakery at this time. The couple operate from a commercial kitchen only when they need to bake their cheesecakes and with a second space where they store their product, 1880 Baron Rd. – Entrance “B.” They deliver their cheesecakes for free within a zone which is posted on their website If  outside of that zone, customers are welcome to pick-up as long as you call ahead to make sure they can accommodate you. Their products are made from scratch with the finest ingredients and no added preservatives. It is a very silky style of cheesecake which is baked and then frozen on the same day.So in essence, the freezer is their preservative. Their cheesecakes are great for unexpected guests or a treat at short notice. The cheesecakes are single serving size and perfect for homes, offices, board meetings, cocktail parties, birthdays or any special event. There are 13 flavours to choose from, and believe me, they are scrumptious. Petite Sweets Bakery are also going to be one of the Wedding Café’s new vendors so you can drop in and sample the different flavours. Call 250-317-3499.

Alleycat Fashion Outlet, located at the back of Tigerlily Fashions, 575 Bernard Ave., is about to mark its first year in business. An outlet store with exclusive fashions at incredible prices, you will find overstocks, season’s samples, designer labels, ends of lines or manufactures clearances. Everything in the store is under $29.99 and they even have a clearance corner where everything is $10. New stock arrives weekly with specials throughout the month of June.

If you are looking for a unique and refreshing experience with your wedding or event, Defining Décor is now in the Okanagan with a very distinctive look. Recently relocating from Calgary, the business is owned and operated by Tyler O’Hara and Brian Lewis, ready to assist you with all your design essentials and rentals for absolutely any event, indoor or outdoor. The company has brought in the latest linen and décor trends items that you would have to source out direct from Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto. If you are looking for those one-of-a-kind floral items (bouquets, head table, centerpieces) these are the people to call. Artistic director and head designer,  O’Hara has a very different way of looking at you and your colours, putting together something that you will not see elsewhere. He brings drama back to your space, in a simple, yet sophisticated manner. After all, that is what you want to have for your functions; something that no one has seen before. Defining Décor decorated the Sparkling Hills Resort Ballroom for the Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball. It was extraordinary and everyone who attended was talking about the décor. Not only do they do events, but they carry over 300 handmade floral arrangements for the Christmas season. Each year barriers are broken and boundaries are pushed leading them into a category that define what décor is all about. Call 250-306-1643 or 250-379-2612, email

The Let’s Dance Kelowna Club will sponsor the Kelowna Family Centre in their Marilyn Monroe Contest and Dance on Saturday, July 5, at The German Canadian Club, 1696 Cary Rd. The fundraiser is to support their programs and counseling services. Prizes for the best Marilyn Monroe look-alike and for the funniest Marilyn Monroe. Call 250-860-3181 for more details.

Enjoy Father’s Day with Club Wine Tours on June 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 2 to 5 p.m.. Visit Urban Distilleries for a tasting of vodka, gin, rum and whiskey, stop at Tree Brewery for your favourite ale and then enjoy a wide variety of award winning wines at Calona Estate Winery. Gourmet appetizers will be served at a wonderful restaurant chosen by your wine guide and enter for a draw for a massage treatment and a few other treats. Call 250-762-9951;

Doug Snowsell, a member of a pioneer Kelowna family, is now the author of two books. The launching of his second book takes place Saturday, June 15, at the Eldorado Hotel, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. My Life As A Church Planter is the personal story of life away from Kelowna in less fortunate, but interesting parts of the world, bringing churches to the lives of people. Bringing good to the world often brought fear and peril to Snowsell and his family. They are now back in Kelowna and the book is a fascinating read. Snowsell’s high school chum at KSS, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, will be at the book signing. He had the honour of writing the forward for the book. Preston Manning did the same for Snowsell’s first book.

Yes, Anna Jacyszyn and the Jazz Café at the Black Box did say goodbye in March, but is open for business on Tuesday, June 25, with Montreal based band, Trifolia, who are exceptional musicians coming to Kelowna after their performance at the Victoria Jazz Festival. Tickets are $25 and the door goes to the band. Email Anna at to reserve.

Summer Jazz Camp is Aug. 5 to 9 at Mission Creek Alliance church. The camp is for players with one or two years of experience, for senior students and adults. The camp has exceptional directors—Sheila French, Lonnie Burma, Brian McMahon and Pat Magibbon, who started at the camp when he was in Grade 8. He went every year after and then continued on in school to get his music degree. He now teaches in Naskusp and is looking forward to returning to the summer camp. For more info call Fred Gass at 250-763-7845; email

Join the FAB Five Wineries June 15 with Blue City Trio for dancing and wine at the East Kelowna Community Hall. Tickets $15 at the wineries or $20 at the door. Bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank. Call Angela McManus at The View Winery, 250-470-8785.

Birthdays of the week:  Happy 60th Mark Dickie, MacKay LLP (June 15); happy 65th John Nixon (June 17); happy 65th Brian Tapp, Jamieson Vitamins (June 18); Donna Hannah, Wealthlink Financial (June 11); Gerry Mitzel, Insta Print (June 13); Steve Hardy, High Point Realty (June 14); Carol Chapell (June 18); Jaime Briggs (June 17); Tony French (June 17); Sheldon Paulger, (June 17); Dr. Ian Leitch (June 18); retired RCMP Bill McKinnon (June 19); Vern Burnell (June 19); Henk Van Gurp (June 19).

PS to John Nixon and Brian Tapp, the Old Boys Club sent me a message for you, but I certainly could not print it.

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