Believe it or not, with the apparent popularity of tattoos, there are some people who want them removed.
A specialist in tattoo removal, Mark Beaulieu, owner of Flashpoint Lazer Clinic at 157D Rutland Rd. South, has a decade if experience in the tattoo industry, and boasts considerable knowledge about both sides of tattoos. His new clinic is a unique place where people can be assured their tattoo removal needs are made a priority with proper removal techniques. At Flashpoint, tattoo removal is a safe and effective specialized service. Their certified laser technicians can help you to rethink the idea of having a permanent tattoo, should you want to removed, renewed or transformed. Call 778-753-5555; www.kelownatattooremoval.com
Prospera Credit Union has sold Prospera Insurance Agencies to the Westland Insurance Group, one of Western Canada’s leading insurance brokers. Westland has now opened in Mission Park Mall, next to Pharmasave to provide personalized insurance services for home, auto, business and travel. Unique to the industry, the new Westland location will be open seven days a week with Sunday hours being 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so shopping for insurance just got easier. The company was established in 1980 with its head office in Surrey, B.C. and 36 locations throughout the province. Wendy Weller is the local manager of the new Westland location and Philip Tapley is the senior vice-president of operations and the CIO. Call 250-979-6420
Don Cocar and Doug Patterson have opened their fourth retail Dyck’s Pharmacists at 3039 Pandosy St., in the Mission beside Lakeview Market. At the new location, the pharmacists have partnered with Dayton Sobool as the managing partner. Sobool was formerly the pharmacy manager of Paragon Mission dating back to 2003. The new Dyck’s location on Pandosy now offers a large selection of pharmaceutical services, ranging from the basics of filling your prescription to vaccination and influenza injections. The pharmacy also has a nurse on staff offering foot care, wound care and compression stocking fittings, being a full service pharmacy and more. Call 778-478-0360; www.dyckspharmacists.com
After working for 58 years—yes, 58 years—as a dentist, Dr. Joe Roseland, has retired at the age of 84. He practiced in Alberta for 26 years before coming to Kelowna, practicing here for the past 32 years. Dr. Roseland started working with Dr. Strilchuk back in 1979 and has been with Dr. Degruchy for the past several years. He has also been a volunteer dentist at Cottonwoods for many years. His wife Rose told me that she could not previously get him to retire. The only reason he did now was because he was scheduled for hip surgery. Rose and Joe also celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 9.
The Range driving range, located at 3810 Casorso Rd., owned and operated by president and CEO Bob Anderson, has been completely overhauled, now offering a new 18 hole championship mini golf course. Professionally designed, the 18-hole layout provides fun and challenge for everyone. The facility has a driving range that is 300 yards long and almost as wide. The Range also offers a 4,700 square-foot bent grass putting green, pro shop, club repairs, lessons, club fitting and a Callaway Fitting Centre. Call 250-763-6181;www.kelownadrivingrange.com
Jodi Smith is the new owner/operator of Scruples Hair Design, at 1566 Pandosy St. Along with Lynn Weiser and Kylie Larson, four new hair stylists from Chatters on the Westside have joined the team—Ashley Anderson, Shannon Armstrong, Melanie Joe and Shalina Shiloff—along with new nail technician Bonnie Daniels. The long-time shop was originally started 25 years ago by well-known stylist Emilio Padula, who still works in the shop part-time. Call 250-861-3848.
After 25 years as a certified dental assistant with Dr. Tom Martin, Sandy Stodgily has retired. She was very instrumental in helping with the sponsorship through Dr. Martin for the Maxine DeHart, United Way -Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast.
Karen Christiansen, a partner at Meyers Norris Penny, has been elected second vice-president of the B.C. Institute of Chartered Accountants. Christiansen also won the Early Achievement Award in 2002.
If you’re not sure what to do with your cans of unused paint, Rona is now accepting them at its stores in Western Canada, including Kelowna. Rona now has recycling for cans of latex, alkyd and stain paints, regardless of brand or where you purchased them. The drop-off service is free. Not included are plastic, car, industrial, aluminum, road sign or granular dye paints, varnish, solvents, tar adhesives or preservatives. Rona in Eastern Canada and Quebec has had similar programs in place for many years. The old paint is recycled into new paint.
Helen Hut is celebrating her 25th anniversary volunteering with The Kelowna Hostesses. At that time, Frankie Molzahn was the chairperson of the hostesses.
Gary Gelinas, former owner of the Westside Warriors, has been appointed president of Consolidated Sports (USA) Inc., based in Scottsdale, Ariz. He will be president of the company’s four hockey teams, including the Everett Silvertips of he WHL, along with Peoria Pines Golf Course in Phoenix, and a software firm and facilities management company. Call 480-455-7726; email@example.com.
It’s finally cherry time so if you are looking for some fabulous cherries, then Pinnacle Farms, owned and operated by Joyce and Dick Prowse at 3020 McCulloch Rd., is one place to check out. I understand Joyce hand picks every one! That’s an added bonus. Drop in or pre-order by phone at 250-861-8344.
Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar has opened at 2728 Pandosy St.
Albertson is also the owner/operator of the Original Joe’s in West Kelowna. The restaurant offers 125 seats inside and 44 on the patio. They are open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to midnight. Try the lettuce wraps—they’re great!
The summer edition of the upscale magazine Niche, published by Craig and Chytra Brown, has a lovely article on the historic DeHart/Bennett Home in the latest issue. The home, originally called Brookside Manor, was owned by my husband Chris DeHart’s uncle, Frank DeHart, and later sold to the Bennett family. It’s still an elegant home and a big part of Kelowna’s heritage.
In partnership with Interior Health, Phoenix Health & Fitness (Kim Froom, CPT) is launching a new program for those suffering with chronic disease and is suitable for people with all types of chronic disease including diabetes, high blood pressure and COPD. Funding to support this program has been provided through the Interior Health Authority Integrated Health Network Community Capacity Fund for the Central Okanagan. For more info call Kim Froom at 250-212-7335; check-out www.phoenixfitnesskelowna.ca
Get in the loop. Matt Crowell has started a local text-based golf marketing program called Golf Loop. Here’s how it works. Membership is $29.99 annually and once you are enrolled, members automatically get notified of deals at local courses via text message on their cellular phones. These Golf Loop deals are exclusive to members only. There are no coupons to print off. All you do is show your text at the golf course to get your deal. Golf Loop is the first program in B.C. to create an entire text-based membership program. A two-for-one pass at The Harvest Golf Club comes with every membership, saving approximately $85 right off the “tee” when you join. To sign up or for more info go to www.getintheloop.ca.
Habitat, at 248 Leon Ave., owned by Quinn Best, will celebrate their sixth anniversary in business. In six years, the venue has seen many ups and downs while hosting some 400 concerts and other events. Habitat invites the public to a special anniversary celebration on July 16 with DJ Toddy Rockwell, who has been a main-stay at Habitat since the beginning, spinning along with DJ Grizz Lee. Doors open at 9 p.m. and admission is by donation. Call 250-763-9647.
Teresa Johnston is the new general manager of Booster Juice, a healthy alternative to fast foods, at the KLO location. Three Booster Juice locations in Kelowna (the others are at Capri Mall and in West Kelowna) have been purchased by a company in Abbotsford. That company now owns 14 Booster Juice franchises and are looking to have a total of 30 within the next few years.
Grant Waldman, formerly in the engineering and residential construction field, has joined Realty Executives Kelowna office. 250-859-1747.
As part of its sponsorship of Formula One and the Indy Car series, Bridgestone Canada is bringing some of the world’s fastest and hottest race cars to Integra Tire & Auto, owned by Bruce Stranaghan at 2160 Enterprise Way, on Aug. 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two exotic open-wheel racecars will be on display in conjunction with a traveling exhibit sponsored by Bridgestone Canada. Open to the public and free of charge, there will also be a racing simulator on site allowing participants to experience the feeling of driving an open-wheel race car. Call 250-860-3155.
The Sizzling Sounds of Jazz is the only jazz camp outside of Vancouver, now in its 14th year. Taking place Aug. 1 to 5 at Mission Creek Alliance Church, all students who play flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums are welcome. The camp instructors are Sheila French, Neil Wong, Brian McMahan, Craig Thomson, Lonnie Burma and Sergei Ryga, a who’s who of the music world in the valley. There will be a free showcase concert for the public on Saturday, Aug. 6. Call 250-763-7845; firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was pleasantly surprised by Canada Post. While waiting for mail from Ottawa, I figured perhaps I would receive it in about two weeks or so because of all the back-log. Lo and behold I received it last week. Speaking with one of the mail delivery people, they are working very hard to get caught up.
Birthdays of the week: Happy 50th Denise O’Rourke, O’Rourke’s Market (July 17); happy belated 40th Steve Hardy, Highline Realty (I think he hoped I would miss it!); Doreen Ross (July 12); Magda Kapp, BrainTrust Canada (July 13); twins Henry and Bert Willms, (July 13); Gerry Moller (July 13); Misty Rae, Maple Leaf Directories (July 13); Cathy Comben (July 13); Moni Schiller (July 13); Lil Moller (July 16); Luanne Chore, BDC (July 14); Karen Wiggins, Brown Bag Bistro (July 17); Linda Yandel (July 17).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email email@example.com.