DeHart: Former pub gets a renovation makeover

Mission Tap House chef Jeremy Luypet (known as the chef who bikes) specializes in the farm to table program

After five months of renovations, The Mission Tap House and Grill has opened at 3110 Lakeshore Rd. (formerly Pheasant and Quail Pub). Owned and operated by Steven Stinson and managed by Tanner Dillon, the restaurant has seating for 200 including an outside patio. There are still two raised levels and the former beer and wine store has been converted into seating. Chef Jeremy Luypet (known as the chef who bikes) specializes in the farm to table program with feature menus that change periodically to use local produce. I sampled the rosemary lamb burger with a garden fresh salad and it was delicious. Plenty to eat as well. They offer 20 craft beers on tap with Tree Brewing as their major craft brewery. There is live local music sponsored by Tree Brewing Fridays and Saturdays and they are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. daily.

It is with great sadness that I learned this week our very own “weatherman” Mike Roberts is retiring. After an illustrious 40-year career, Roberts will give his last weather update for Global Okanagan on Friday, Sept. 6. You can read more about Mike in today’s Capital News on page A5, but we wish him all the best in his new adventures as he steps into retirement and the chance to play a lot more golf, which he loves.

Treehouse Interiors, owned and operated by Rob and Karen Horner moved to their present location, at the corner of Spall and Windsor, three   years ago. That move gave Treehouse four times the display space. This new expansion means the addition of a 7,000 square-foot loft area in the store. The extra space will allow for the  showcasing of a large selection of custom Italian leather sofas, showing unique fashion forward designs yo won’t find elsewhere. And Treehouse now also offers a great selection of recliner chairs. You can visit the store, select the model you like, choose the colour of leather and take it home right away or have it delivered. Reclining sofas and home theatre seating is also in stock. The selection options for the home decor, bed, bath and kitchen departments have also beene xpanded. Call 250-860-2338;

Flooring Canada is located at 325 Banks Rd. in Kelowna. The store was completely rebuilt in the same location after the building was damaged in a fire. Formerly called Carpet Mart, the new Flooring Canada came into existence in 2005. Owned and orated by Perry and Yvonne Hildebrandt since 1994, the store has a huge selection of hardwood (every style imaginable from rustic country to urban and modern), laminate (in bold upscale patterns with special features such as resistance to indentation and waxed edges that ensure extra protection against moisture), carpet (the recent trend toward “cut loop” patterns), tile (current natural stone, ceramic and porcelain) and vinyl (fibreglass constructed vinyl’s offering numerous benefits). The Flooring Canada team includes Erin Gartner (retail sales associate, sales team lead), Cheryl Schlapbach (RSA, Designer), Michelle Hotzon (RSA), James “Doc” Halliday (director marketing, sales and improvement) and Len Uhrich and Tony Brbot) (insurance sales). Call 250-763-1234;

Commissioned as a notary public May 2, 2013, Brendon Rothwell has just started his own practice at 102-546 Leon Ave. , in the same building as Sprott Shaw College. Starting in the accounting field, Rothwell articled with BDO Dunwoody and then worked as a controller in the construction field. In 2011, he was accepted into the education program through the Society of Notaries Public of B.C., concurrent with being accepted into the Masters of Arts in Applied Legal Studies Program at SFU (criminology). Call 250-861-4452.

Dona Miller, a Telus community ambassador has received a well-deserved prestigious Telus Legend Award in recognition of her community volunteer work and inspiration to others through the Telus community ambassador program.  I would like to thank Dona for volunteering with the Maxine DeHart—United Way. Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast. She has been a volunteer since its inception, 15 years ago, and is still helping us out today. It would not be the same without her. Incidentally, the Telus  Legend Award has only been given out to two recipients in Kelowna, the other being Anne Miller.

And more Telus news— after 37 years, Ann Keir has retired. Now, Ann and her husband Dennis won’t have to worry about the alarm clock anymore.

For those of you who can’t easily make it downtown to drop off your shoe repairs at Roy’s Shoes on Ellis Street in downtown Kelowna, you can now use their convenient drop-off location at Torino’s Clothing (by Sears Home store) in Orchard Park Mall. Vic Spolia, Torino’s owner, has started this partnership with Jim Belshaw, owner of Roy’s Shoes, to fill a need for his and the mall’s customers. Vic is also supporting the Soles4Souls Canada shoe campaign goal to put shoes onto those who need them locally and globally by donating $1 for every shoe repair job dropped at his store to Soles4Souls, where $1 will provide one additional pair of shoes to someone in need.

Americana Vintage Guitars is a new family business managed by Dale and Tracy Cook, their son Jackson and daughter Madison. Located at 130-1295 Cannery Lane (beside Prospera), they specialize in selling rare and vintage guitars including Gibson, Fender, Martin along with other quality names, ranging from the 1930s to new. Their guitar selection appeals to collectors, players and anyone for a love of music. Past residents of Kelowna, the family recently relocated from the Los Angeles where they opened their first store. The Cooks found there was a need in Canada for good quality vintage guitars. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 250-778-484-1838;

Wesley Forgione has joined Pushor Mitchell LLP Lawyers as an associate lawyer. He will be developing a general litigation practice. Call 250-869-1226; email

Certified yoga instructor Barb Vermassen has started Yoga for Golf, which will offer several benefits to golfers—increased flexibility and range of motion, increase strength with bulk, improved core strength, enhanced balance and stability, better posture, heightened breath awareness, improved focus and concentration and superior overall fitness. How could you turn all this down?  The program is offered at three locations:  Shadow Ridge golf course (Monday 10 to 11 a.m.); Urban Links (Mondays, 8 to 9 a.m.); and the Kelowna Golf and Country Club (Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.). Just drop in or contact Barb at 250-212-3641; email; or online at

Wild Play Element Parks has opened at 5983 Highway 33. Operated by manager Mark McCann, the park offers primal fun and games on nature-based aerial adventures. The elements to choose from are Monkido Aerial Adventure (Traverse suspended games, fly on sip lines, swing from Tarzan ropes and climb across obstacles), Dragonfly Zip Lines and Primal Swing (experience a 17-metre drop to the breath-taking, free falling 33-metre pendulum). Offering kids, buddy and classic courses for ages 12 and older (based on weight requirements). Call 250-765-4533 or 1-855-495-2251;

If you have some spare time to volunteer, you might look at this great organization. The committee for Walk for Memories (Alzheimer’s Society) has begun their monthly meetings to organize the annual walk on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at KSS. The committee invites new people who would like to volunteer to join their group. A background in media and/or publicity would be a benefit as would experience in organizing charity events. Call Pearse Walsh at 250-718-1958 or email

A Kelowna Beauty Spot (Communities in Bloom) was presented to Ian Bates and Ian Jackson who live at 763 Rowcliffe Ave. They bought the house in 1995 with the house and yard both in severe disrepair. Little by little, by trial and error, they puttered away to restore the house and create a beautiful yard. They scrounged plants from abandoned lots, split perennials, planted seeds, were given plants from friends and turned their property into a beauty spot to be admired.

Practicing as a geriatric care manager since 2010, Kris Stewart has been accepted as an associate member of The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Management.  She provides guidance and advocacy for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults.

Donavin Kustren is the new owner of Papito’s Pizza at 146 Rutland Road South (by Lordco and 7-Eleven). Formerly with Panago Pizza for the past three years, Kustren has changed many facets of the new Papito operation. Just found out that this small business donated $25 each to the people at both condo buildings that were badly damaged by fires earlier this month. Call 250-491-0002.

This is super cool. Husband and wife Bruce and Monica Rauch both recorded a hole-in-one at The Harvest golf course on the same day—Friday, July 12. Bruce got his hole-in-one on #11, one hour before Monica teed off. Fifteen minutes later, Monica got her first hole-in-one on #6. According to the 2005 Golf Digest, the odds of a couple getting a hole-in-one on the a dame day are 15 million to 1.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 65th Gary August (July 31); Helen Kleyn (July 30); Kim Calloway (July 30); Ray Keen (Aug. 1); Dave Roseberry (Aug.2); John Gilbert (Aug. 2); Steve Francis (Aug. 2); Herb Assman (Aug. 2); Mike Christian (Aug. 4); Roger Sellick (Aug. 7); Sandi Apostolidis (Aug. 7); Norma Brooks (Aug. 2); Hugh Feagan (Aug. 8); and lastly, it’s also my birthday on Aug. 6. We Leos are definitely a different breed, but lots of fun (ha!).

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