This year marks the 35th anniversary in Kelowna for Amy’s Gifts, located in Towne Centre Mall on Bernard Avenue.
Owned and operated by Amy Nevery, Amy’s Gifts offers collectables, rare perfumes, music boxes, jewelry, tapestry, exotic fragrance, pure essential oils, unique gifts from around the world, along with being a Bradford Exchange shop. To celebrate the store’s anniversary, you can enter to win a Thomas Kinkade Painting or try your luck on the slot machine to increase your discount from 10 per cent minimum to up to 35 per cent from April 20 to 25.Call 250-712-9442.
Clarissa Pruden is the new general manager of Lake City Casino, 1300 Water St. in downtown Kelowna. Pruden has been with Gateway for 16 years after starting her career with the company at the Royal Towers in New Westminster in the cash cage. Since then she has worked at all the positions in the casino industry, most recently as assistant general manager of the Grand Villa Hotel and Casino in Burnaby.
Congratulations to Laurel Douglas, CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre, who is the recipient of the inaugural Wendy McDonald Award in the community catalyst category. These awards were created by the Women’s Leadership Circle of the Vancouver Board of Trade in 2015 in memory of McDonald, who was the former president of BC Bearing Engineers Ltd. and also the organization’s first female chair in 1990. Douglas was selected for the award based on the contributions she has made in her role as the CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre over the last decade.
Savoy Equipment, owned and operated by David and Blossom Turner, has consolidated their West Kelowna and Kelowna operations and moved to 1929 Windsor Rd., beside Tree House Interiors. As one of the Okanagan’s top dealers and service centres for outdoor power equipment, Savoy Equipment has served the region for 50 years, starting in Vernon. The new 15,000 square foot building showcases more products with top brand names such as Stihl, Husqvarna, Echo, Shindiawa, Toro and Exmark. The new location also offers better parking, a larger showroom and will soon have a drive-through for customers with trailers. Savoy also has a full service centre for all brands of outdoor equipment. Savoy is not only a men’s shop, it is very friendly to all women gardeners. During the month of April, Savoy will be hosting grand opening events giving customers a chance to win prizes, speak with brand representatives, see product demonstrations, enjoy a BBQ and take advantage of amazing deals. The Turners previously owned and operated the Towne Ticket Centre. Call 250-868-1010.
After being closed for several weeks for renovations, Urban Barn, 504-1500 Banks Rd. (beside Pier 1), has now re-opened. The store, managed by Deborah Tycho, has been completely transformed from top to bottom, now full of everything that you would ever want for your home from furniture, bedding, pillows, patio accessories, lamps, beds and tables to area carpets, pictures, dishes, kitchen accessories, wall hangings and silk flowers. The store is bright and inviting with the latest décor and home fashion, featuring all the new colours for spring and summer. Call 250-868-8007; online urbanbarn.com
Bella Clothing Boutique, 3005 Pandosy St. in Kelowna, owned by Sarah Williams, is celebrating 10 years in business this month. From April 17 to 19, you can enter into draws with over $1,000 in merchandise being given away. Anyone who comes into the store wearing something that has been purchased at Bella over the years can enter into a bonus draw for a $100 gift card. Williams closed her Tutt Street location last year and has consolidated both stores and now offers sizes XS-3XL at Bella. Call 250-868-0220.
Sun City Treasures & Imports has relocated to 105-2900 Pandosy St. (formerly Ethan Allen). Owned and operated by Lyn and Mia Chorney, the store offers a huge, unique selection of large and small home décor items imported from Indonesia, Thailand and North Vietnam. From glass tables to large elephant and Buddha fountains, you are sure to find that distinctive, one-of-a-kind piece to make a wow impression in your home. There is lots to purchase including, decorative bowls, wall scones, wood carvings, vases, rain drums, wall hangings, West Coast native art, mirrors, rice containers, jewelry, wine racks, teak portable bars, small jewelry boxes and shelving units that made out of boats that are really cool. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 250-861-6161.
It’s all about timing and unfortunately by the time this column was in print, Vance Evans was no longer working for TSI Print Solutions. If any of you called him, he was sorry for the inconvenience.
Lori Placide has started a new business, Fun Bugs Indoor Playground, located at 1855 Spall Rd., next to Tree House Interiors. Fun Bugs is for children age six and under and is designed so that parents stay and play with their kids in a large space that is safe with an open environment. It’s filled with fun things to play with and the activities are devoted to the physical, emotional and social development of the children. Fun Bugs offers large, full scale play structures for children, a smaller play structure for toddlers and a crawl area for the babies. The store even has a Bouncy Castle. Nominal vending, snacks and beverages are also provided. Check out funbugsplayground.com or call 250-979-2847.
The Towne Centre Mall has recently undergone a facelift. The exterior of the building was modernized with new façade, signage and lighting, while the interior received new flooring and fresh paint. The mall has many boutique shops and professional services, hosting a sale event April 23 and 24 along with the Downtown Kelowna Association’s Small Shops Saturday event April 25. Also take note, for Small Shop Saturday there will be free on-street parking downtown.
Congratulations to Okanagan College business students Erika Swanson, Brandi Antonucci and Kirsten Schmid who took first place at the TRU Hum Resources Management Case Competition in a high-pressure challenge that put their business knowledge to the test. The students are pursuing Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, all specializing in human resources management.
Laura Martini has been running Vino & Vineyards (wine and yoga) retreats for the past four years. She has just launched six new retreats starting the end of May—three at Predator Ridge and three at Summerland Waterfront Resort. The retreats include two nights accommodation, five gourmet meals, a chauffeured wine tour and three yoga classes. The retreats are a luxurious way to spend a carefree and indulgent weekend with friends or a partner. Call 250-859-8724; online martiniyoga.ca.
Happy 50th anniversary Don and Amy Kirschner (April 19).
The Royal Canadian Legion in Kelowna is looking for some donated gardening tools. If you have any items that you are not using, the Legion would very much appreciate having them. They are in need of two pair of hand pruners, two small garden spades, two small garden rakes, one large (wide) garden rake, and one large garden spade. If you can help them out, please drop off your items at the Legion branch 26 office, 1380 Bertram St., or call 250-762-4117 to arrange for pick-up.
Swing into Spring, the Hudson Bay Kelowna’s beauty event is Saturday, April 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 plus tax with $8 off any cosmetic or fragrance purchase before taxes during the event. Two dollars from every ticket sold will benefit Beauty Gives Back. There will be refreshments, deluxe gift with purchases, silent auction items, grand prize draws, and local vendors. Call 250-860-2483 (local 360) for more info.
There are still a few tickets left for the La Belle Boutique/Mystere Lingerie Spring Extravaganza Fashion Show on Thursday, April 23, at the Ramada Hotel, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are only $20 which includes a beverage, appies and many door prizes. Join the fun and see all the new spring fashions and colour. Call 250-860-6038 or pick up tickets at La Belle Boutique in the Towne Centre Mall.
The Central Okanagan Hospice Association is looking for 15 volunteers to help at Hospice House, 2035 Ethel St., on April 25 for three hours, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help is needed to lay mulch in the garden, with skills being the use of shovels and wheelbarrows. Call Nicole Brown (COHA) at 250-862-4126, ext. 3639.
The KSS Me to We Club will host a drive-thru breakfast on Thursday, April 23, from 6:15 to 9 a.m., in the RONA parking lot on Springfield Road. A selection of bagels, scones, yogurt, coffee and juice will be served for donation. All money raised goes towards building a school in Ghana through the charity Free the Children.
The Royal Canadian Legion 26, 1380 Bertram St., will host Rock with Elvis, featuring multi Elvis impersonator award winner Steve Elliott. All three eras of Elvis in one fabulous night on Saturday, April 25. Tickets are $27 per person which includes dinner. Tickets available at the Legion office or call 250-762-4117.
The KGH Foundation will hold a volunteer recruitment fair on Saturday, April 18, in the Centennial building lobby of Kelowna General Hospital. Parking will be free. The foundation is looking to sign up new volunteers for such hospital services as the Perking Lot, Royal Bistro and Centennial Mercantile, along with the Rutland Auxiliary Thrift Store and Cottonwoods Gift Shop. Call Nancy Wells at 2560-862-4300 (7497).
Birthdays of the week: Happy 98th Phil Moubray (Apr. 19); happy 93rd Gug Fraser (Apr. 15); happy 65th Dave Langton, Competition Glass (Apr. 13); happy 60th Gregg Moubray (Apr. 20); Gerry Zimmermann (Apr. 14); Wendy Waller (Apr. 14); Dave Rush (Apr. 15); Maria Johnson (Apr. 17); Mike Guzzi (Apr.17); MJ Bennett (Apr. 17); Kendra Casey (Apr.8); Pearse Walsh (Apr. 18); Lance Kayfish (Apr. 18); Nick Pisio (Apr.8); Shel Jacobson (Apr.18); John Goncalves (Apr.19); Sue Martin (Apr.19); Bill Winters (Apr. 21).