New and different, innovative but traditional is how to describe Kaya Japanese Fusion Sushi & Grill, which has just opened at 101 – 1730 Pier Mac Way in Airport Village. Owned and operated by Roy Eum, the full-service restaurant has an extensive menu for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Kaya specializes in fresh fish and monthly seasonal exotic fish dishes which are hard to find. A large variety of the fish comes from Japan, which includes Blue Fin and Seabream. Executive chef Tetsuo Tawara is not new to the industry as he has owned his own restaurant in Tokyo, Japan for many years. Specialty. The restaurant is a must try. Claire Cho is the front-end manager. Call 778-753-7090. www.kayasushiandgrill.ca.
Cora Kelowna in Orchard Park Mall has a new patio for guests to enjoy their breakfast outside under colourful yellow umbrellas. They have also implemented an early bird menu for those who come in before 8 a.m. You can enjoy the early bird menu with fulsome and healthy offerings and a free coffee for under $10. Cora’s new owners are Douglas Chan and husband and wife team Wendy Cheung and Kenneth Chau. Cora is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
CJR Acupuncture is Kelowna’s only community Acupuncture studio located in the Glenvalley Plaza at #203 – 437 Glenmore Road. Owned and operated by lead acupuncturist Christopher Russell, CJR offers accessible treatments ($35) from a registered acupuncturist in a serene setting with comfortable reclining chairs and tea service. Christopher also practices in other Chinese therapies. Reserving is convenient with on-line bookings and direct billing to MSP is offered along with all other major insurance providers. If you do not have extended medical benefits, but qualify for MSP premium assistance, you can receive a community acupuncture treatment for only $12. For more information call 236-420-1711 or check out www.cjracupuncture.com.
Well-known wine guy Bill Wightman is the new director of hospitality at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Bill will be reporting directly to owner/operator Stephen Cipes. He will be helping with special projects and also assisting to build the winery business. Bill will be looking after contacts in the wine world and will be working with more groups coming to the winery and Kelowna. Call 250-863-1862 or email@example.com.
Gypsy Soul Malas, owned and operated by Krista Gray is celebrating its one year anniversary. Krista started the business with her love of jewellery, gemstones and art. She has been designing her own gemstone jewellery for 20 years and loves to share her creations through her company. Every gemstone used has unique properties and every piece of jewellery sold comes with the stones meaning. She creates only one-of-a-kind jewellery and never duplicates unless requested of for multiple orders. Mala is a Sanskrit word for garland. On a personal note, I received one of Krista’s creations as a Christmas gift and it is truly beautiful and a treasured piece. Visit www.gypsysoulmalas.com or www.facebook.com/gypsysoulmalas.
Hooligans Hot Dogs has opened a second location at 304 – 1500 Banks Road behind Montana’s Restaurant. Their first location was opened at 101 – 555 Montgomery Road in Rutland and they also operate a food truck. Owned and operated by Jordon Schwebius and Ben Cramb, Hooligans do not serve ordinary hot dogs. Ben and Jordon buy fresh local ingredients and make their own in-house sauces. Their dogs are all beef with no additives or preservatives and there are also gluten free and vegetarian options. Their best seller is the Master Perog with garlic, smashed potatoes, Armstrong cheddar cheese, garlic pepper bacon, sour cream and chives.. Open seven days a week. www.hooliganshotdogs.com
Esteem Lingerie has relocated to 23 – 2484 Main Street in Westridge Mall at the corner of Elliott & Hwy. 97S in West Kelowna, only a couple of blocks from their previous location. Owned and operated by Angela O’Brien and Florenda Pickett, the new store is spacious with more change rooms and lots of parking. They carry bras, underwear, lingerie and swimwear, professionally fitting women of all sizes. They will be celebrating their grand opening from June 19 to July 1 with promotions and discounts. Call 250-768-0171.
A Local author is making some waves in the original concept writing world. Kenneth R. Loomis has published a new short story series blending future technology and time travel into current events with powerful political consequences. Titled, Time Protector’s it promises to be entertaining and thought provoking. The books can be purchased on-line in paperback or e-book through Amazon, Goodreads or Crete Space, etc. You are welcome to email Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Kelowna District Genealogical Society is hosting a Family History Forum, researching English ancestors on Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street. Free to anyone interested in tracing their family history.
On Monday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at Olympia Greek Taverna there will be a Brandy Bistricky Memorial Dinner Party. All proceeds will go towards Brandy’s memorial site and monument hoping to raise $4,800. Only 110 tickets available at $30. Olympia will be closed that evening in hour of this special lady. No tickets at the door. Call Derek Bistricky at 250-864-5069 for info and tickets. Brandy passed away April 11 from brain cancer at the age of 43.
Birthdays of the week – Happy 50th Grant Stobbe (June 21); Gail Given (June 21); Marlene Proctor (June 22); Dick Gunoff (June 22); Meghan MacDonald (June 23); Dr. Fred Froese (June 24); Doug Gossoo (June 23); Dennis Campbell (June 25); Janet Wourms (June 25); Evans Premachuk (June 25); Kent Wedewer (June 25); Greg Carter (June 26); Jeffery Foisy (June 27); Roger Powley (June 27); Eileen Cordingley (June 27).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail email@example.com.