DeHart: Coating a fresh look on popular paint store

The Benjamin Moore paint store, located at 1768 Springfield Rd. in Kelowna, is undergoing several changes.

Rob and Gaia Mueller are the new owners of the Benjamin Moore paint store in Kelowna.

Rob and Gaia Mueller are the new owners of the Benjamin Moore paint store in Kelowna.

The Benjamin Moore paint store, located at 1768 Springfield Rd. in Kelowna, is undergoing several changes.

It starts with the store’s new owners, Rob and Gaia Mueller. The couple have relocated to the Okanagan from Calgary, where Rob owned two Benjamin Moore stores. The Benjamin Moore brand offers interior and exterior paints for all budgets and projects, from their finest consumer paint Aura to the high-volume commercial paint Coronado and the brand new Arborcoat uniquely water-based exterior stain. And the store has all the latest brands and styles of wallpapers. Hunter Douglas and other blinds offer shop-at-home service, with staff to help design, colour and calculate the cost and volume requirements for all window products. The Kelowna store has also just acquired a new machine that custom fills spray cans for all projects. Benjamin Moore is hosting a designer and architect event at the Laurel Packinghouse, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9. Interested parties can call or drop in to the store to reserve, with the event kicking off with colour insights from experts. Call 250-763-5333.

After 16 years at the Capital News, including the last 10 years as the classified department manager, Amber Gerding has left the newspaper to start her own business, called The Original Basket Boutique. Gerding’s new business venture specializes in custom gift baskets for all occasions—holidays, corporate, baby, golf tournaments or real estate to name just a few. She can create a wonderful gift basket for any type of occasion, with the added personal touch of being able to provide gift basket ribbon branded with your company logo. Call 250-878-1669;;

Well known sales gal Cindy Draper is back at the Capital News in the advertising department. Draper says it feels like “coming home,” after having been with the community newspaper for 16 years, and we are glad she is back. She will be working with local retailers and companies for all their print advertising needs. Call her at 250-864-0338.

Alex Draper (Cindy’s husband) has started a sports memorabilia company, called Shut Out Sports Collectibles. Alex provides all the incredibly  sought after autographed sports items from sports legends of the past as well as today’s superstars. Hockey, baseball, football—he has it all. Alex currently has a large selection of Canuck items, just in time for the Stanley Cup, as well as his legendary Bruins. It may be more difficult to get him to part with his Boston Bruins items. Alex also gives back to charities in the community. If you have an event and are looking to do some fundraising, contact him at 250-575-2400;

Chef Stefan Pimenta will lead the culinary team at CedarCreek Winery as their new executive chef. Having worked for  some of the finest restaurants in Vancouver, Whistler and the Cayman Islands, his menu will feature local producers, some growing exclusively for CedarCreek with a farm to table philosophy. The Vineyard Terrace Restaurant is open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., from June 10 to Sept. 18, with reservations highly recommended. Call 250-764-8866, ext. 107.

The Central Okanagan Hospice Association has moved to a new head office, but not too far. The association will now be located on the street level main floor of their present location, 104-1456 St. Paul St. Susan Steen is the executive director. Call 250-763-5511.

Terry Heinrich (Distinctive Homes) is the new general manager of Kelowna Grand Prix, owned by the Prowse family. Located at 911 Stremel Rd. (off Highway 97 North), Heinrich plans to  implement some new and exciting plans for the park. Keep tuned. Call 250-765-1434.

Lots happening at Orchard Park. Here’s the scoop from Norbert Gelowitz, the shopping centre general manager. New stores opening are: Best Buy (November, 2011), offering consumers the latest technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure, non-commissioned, sales environment; Laura (September, 2011), one of my favourite stores, it’s the destination for contemporary women’s fashion options at moderate price points, specializing in quality career wear; Sephora (October, 2011), a leading beauty retailer offering cosmetics, skin care, make-up, fragrance, perfume, hair, beauty products and makeup tips; Cassis (July, 2011), features free and easy going urban and casual career wear that reflects the personality of their customer—confident and youthful; Telephone Booth (September, 2011), offers an extensive selection of cellular, cordless and corded phones, along with a wide variety of accessories. The following Orchard Park stores are either in the process or will soon be undergoing store renovations: Your Gym Bag (renovating soon); Tip Top (ongoing renovation); Quilts, Etc. (renovation complete); Bell (renovation complete); and Off the Wall—Now the Boathouse (renovation complete).  Store relocations with new and exciting premises are Esprit, Chatters Hair Salon, Torino, Bellissima, Spare Parts, Lush and EB Games.

There is only one Blockbuster video outlet in the Okanagan Valley closing due to receivership for now, the store in Kelowna located at  Harvey Avenue and Burtch Road. The Lakeshore Road, Highway 33, Westbank and Vernon stores will remain open.

Experienced grief counsellor and chaplain Clair Jantzen, of Springfield Funeral Home, has published a book on grief and loss. Tears in a Bottle (Stories of life and loss) are gathered in one-of-a-kind stories of loss to bring grievers together, helping them to find a connection in the stories of others. It is a compilation of vignettes from real people who have shared their stories of loss and the challenges of adjusting to life without their loved ones. Every griever has a unique and personal story. Through the telling of these stories, we may begin the healing process and also realize we are not alone in our grief. Available at Mosaic Books, Bell Tower Books, Springfield Funeral Home or Call Clair at 250-860-1998.

Congrats to Kathy Stevenson, senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Interior Savings Credit Union, on becoming the new 2011-2012 United Way Campaign chair.  Seving on the board with Stevenson will be: Bob Brown, chair (Canadian Western Bank); Alison Moscrop, vice-chair (CAP Mortgages); Stephen Ahrendt, treasurer (KPMG); Carole Gordon, 2nd vice-president (Central Okanagan Teachers); Laura Myles (Farris Lawyers); Jared Bourne (Meyers Norris Penny); Brigid Kemp (Labour Council); Bruce Olsen (BMO); Karen Erickson (Investors ); Dr. Sandy Hilton (UBCO); Debra Critchely (BCGEU); James Paterson (Pushor Mitchell); Kevin Craig (Kelowna city councillor); Nick Arkle (Gorman Bros.) and Siobhan McManus (BMO).

Fabio Santana has started a new business called Let’s Go! Transportation. Now you can travel at your own pace, going where you want to go with pickup and drop off service. You can travel in your own private car, or see the entire Okanagan with drivers, offering competitive rates. Their transportation includes delivery to golf courses, the airport, ski resorts or winery tours boasting two new vehicles. Call 778-821-0101.

The New Moon Gallery, owned by Linda Lavisa, is a unique, welcoming and relaxing art gallery at 2525 Dobbin Rd. in West Kelowna. New Moon offers a working studio with a classroom/studio attached. This set-up is very interactive with customers, as they can witness a painting being worked on by Lavisa or demonstration during her classes, with questions welcome. The main gallery has a variety of work, including original paintings from local artists, fused glass, wood burned bowls, pottery, sculptures in stone and bronze, weaving, photography, jewelry and original art cards. Solo shows are also held and at present, her students have a show going on at the Westbank Library called “Learning from the Masters” which is a must see. Lavisa’s class structure adheres to homework and the student’s success is due to their hard work. Call 250-768-6618;

The inaugural RCMP Foundation Swing Into Spring Auction, held in Spruce Grove, Alta., was a success. The RCMP Foundation is a registered charitable organization committed to supporting voluntary community-based efforts by local RCMP members and community partners raising funds for Canada’s youth at risk, providing funds for programs that address the many challenges facing youth today—bullying, drug and alcohol dependency, gangs, lack of recreational resources and family violence. To date, The RCMP Foundation has donated over $3 million to nearly 670 initiatives to benefit youth across Canada. On May 14, at this prestigious event, The Morton and Susan Downey Fund was established to honour board director and local businessman Mort Downey, founder and owner of TAC Mobility, and his wife Susan for their dedication, support and enthusiasm of the foundation. Proceeds from this year’s event and all future Swing Into Spring events and all other Western Canada events will be directed solely toward Western Canada community initiatives.

The Okanagan Mission Rotary Club will host a fun and unique event called Trivia Night on Friday, June 17, at Okanagan Mission Hall, 4409 Lakeshore Rd. You can create your own table of eight, or you can be grouped together with other trivia players. Only 140 tickets are available at $30. There will be free pizza and beverages will be available.  Sponsors are Astral Media, Menzies Graphics and Bernard Callebaut Chocolate. For info or tickets call Lois Serwa at 250-862-9048.

Sitar Maestro Purbayan Chatterjee, an internationally acclaimed sitar player and equally renowned tabla player (Indian drum) Anubrata Chatterjee are performing at a fundraiser for the East Meets West Orphans Foundation at Volcanic Hills Winery in West Kelowna on June 18. The charity raises money to help abandoned children suffering from severe medical issues in Kolkata, India. Tickets are only $50 which includes a glass of wine, sumptuous appetizers and the concert. For tickets call Mohini Singh, foundation president, at 250-878-6271 or Scott Matthies at 250-864-5087.

The 14th annual Okanagan Jewish Community Golf Tournament takes place July 17 at the Harvest Golf Club. The tournament is always a sell-out because of its popularity, incredible prizes, fun, sponsorship, super unusual auction items, and value for the day, which includes food and beverages on the course and also both brunch and dinner. It’s a whole day event. To register or inquire about sponsorship call David Spevakow at 250-317-5283;

The Kelowna Family Centre is celebrating their 25th anniversary. The centre is in need of new board members. If you are interested call their office at 250-860-3181 or check out

Building from last year’s successful summer Career Fair and BBQ Networking, CBD Network is bringing it back on Friday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2033 Gordon Dr. CBD is inviting you to exhibit at the career fair for only $25 with limited space. To reserve your table call Karen Beaubier at 250-717-1821.

The hole-in-ones have started at Black Mountain Golf Club. Congrats to early bird hole-in-one golfers David Armond (#4-180 yards) and Kenan Yesilcimen (#7-169 yards).

Birthdays of the week: Happy 70th Robert Moore (airport ambassador) June 1; Happy 55th Ron Mattiussi, City of Kelowna (May 25); Kate Martin, Re/Max Kelowna (June 1); (Dirtman) Dan McFarlane, Power 104 & Q103 (June 1); Dr. Alex Canning (June 1); Bruce Telford (June 2); Bill Winters (June 4).

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


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