DeHart: Lengthy tenure for Mission grocery store

Lakeview Market, located at the corner of Pandosy and KLO in the Mission, is celebrating 66 years in business.

I was very sad to hear about long-time friend Denise Martin, who resided in Saskatoon, had passed away at the age of 59 from cancer. Denise and I shared many good times in Kelowna way back in the 1970s prior to her moving to Saskatoon. Personal condolences to her family in Kelowna, Georges and Liliane Colpron.

Lakeview Market, located at the corner of Pandosy and KLO in the Mission, is celebrating 66 years in business by offering fabulous anniversary specials from now to June 10.

The store has a great bakery, exceptional meat department, produce department which is supported by local growers, and many local confectionary products. Lakeview Market has been in its present location for more than 30 years. The current store was built right next to the original building location, which is now the parking lot site. I still remember my mother-in-law Mary DeHart for years signing a charge card for her groceries. We kept that account in her honour for several years after she passed away, remembering how much she enjoyed shopping at Lakeview. The store is still owned by original owner Barbara Jones (her husband Bill Jones is deceased) and is managed by general manager Ed Desjardins, who has been with Lakeview Market for over 32 years, and assistant store manager Chris MacKelden. Lakeview Market has a history of long-time employees including Ed’s mother Shirley Desjardins (32 years), Barb Farris (32 years) and Doris Just (24 years), along with baker Rory Taylor and butcher Brad Sackville.

Jumbo Pizza, located at 112-2189 Springfield Rd. (next to the Shell Station), will open Saturday, June 2. Owned and operated by Tejpal Randhawa and Inderjit Chima, this is the third successive Jumbo Pizza to open in B.C., the other locations being in Chilliwack and Surrey. Jumbo’s pizza crust is homemade on premise and the menu also offers tandoori chicken, wings and samosas. Chima has worked in the pizza industry for more than 10 years. You can eat in, take out or have your order delivered. The Kelowna store will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday to Thursday and later on Friday and Saturday. Call 250-860-2030.

Mike McGuire has started his own new business, Cascade Mobile Pressure Washing. He will provide pressure washing and exterior cleaning services in the Okanagan. Cascade will service residential, commercial, real estate, restaurants, gas stations, retail shopping centres and strata-based properties. The pressure washing services are utilized to maintain properties from dirt, grime, mildew, moss, algae, oxidation, loose debris, oil, grease, gum and graffiti. McGuire uses top quality commercial grade hot and cold water pressure washers and uses only 100 per cent non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning agents. All work is performed during hours that causes the least disruption. McGuire is licensed, insured and WCB covered with more than 14 years experience in the industry. Call 250-300-0717;

Kevin Kothlow is the new owner/operator of MarketPlace IGA in Glenmore, Kothlow also owns both the Lake Country MarketPlace IGA and the Enderby MarketPlace IGA stores. He was selected as the B.C. IGA Retailer of the Year for 2009 and then went on to be selected as International Retailer of the Year for 2009. With the Glenmore store, he has already added an

“olive bar,” a large selection of gluten-free and organic products as well as a large line of in-store baked rustic breads. Kothow is also happy to provide grocery delivery service to those who can’t get into the store to see the new and exciting changes planned for the Glenmore store. Call 250-868-3009.

Thousands turned out to watch the Cloverdale Rodeo Parade, an annual spectacle involving floats, other entries and plenty of horses. Congrats to Kelowna on winning the 2012 parade award category for floats entered by non-profit groups.

Many people are still asking me, “Where is the new Wok Inn Restaurant?” Formerly on Lakeshore Road, Ronic and Annie Kwong have opened the new Wok Inn at 183 Highway 33 East in Rutland. The restaurant is larger, brighter and has great parking. The food, as always, is fantastic. They serve Cantonese, Peking and Szechuan cuisine with zero trans-fat and no hydrogenated oil. Delivery is free with a minimum of $30 order within a five kilometre range. Open 11:30 a.m. until late evening (closed Tuesdays). Call 250-765-8829.

Talk about huge toys, and lots of inventory, Western RV Country has opened at 2576 Highway 97 North, the former location for the Parklane RV dealership. Western RV is owned by Alberta businessman Bruce Urban, who also owns the Edmonton Rush lacrosse team. The new dealership manager is Marvin Anderson and Sherri Anderson is the company’s business manager. The Western RV lot is full of all kinds of motorhomes and trailers featuring such industry brand names as

Sabre, Puma Torque and Flagstaff. Now with eight locations, the company has access to an enormous inventory of more than 2,000 units, the Kelowna dealership being the first in B.C.  Western RV also offers a huge selection of the one-of-a-kindIron Horse and Von Dutch Choppers. Western RV is very cognizant of the former Parklane customers, offering the same sales and service treatment they have been used to in the past. If you have some browse time, drop by the lot and take a look at the fabulous toys, including a monster truck that seats 12, the largest motorcycle in the world and a monster truck that is fit with a fifth wheel, which Marvin Anderson built. Marvin formerly raced monster trucks for a living, so if you are a bit on the wild side, drop in and have a chat with him. Call 250-860-8800.

Happy 60th anniversary Frank and Dilys Singer (May 31). Well-known Kelowna residents Louise and Ted Thorpe (since deceased) stood up for them.

Louise and Craig Gonsalves are the new owners of Jacquie’s Kitchen Lake Country Store at Holiday Park

Resort in Lake Country. Jacquie’s is open for breakie, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with specials nightly, homemade pizza and are licensed. The restaurant cooks all their own meats, including turkey and beef, for their sandwiches. The store offers confectionary items and food, lottery tickets, soft and hard ice cream, RV supplies, movie rentals and a kids section of toys. It has seating for 28 inside and two outdoor patios. Jacquie’s is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and starting June 15 will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 250-766-3340.

Happy 62nd anniversary to Nick and Rose Kardynal (May 28).

The Central Okanagan United Way has a new 2012 board of directors. Sitting on the executive committee is Alison Moscrop, chair (CAP Mortgages); Bruce Olsen, vice-chair (BMO-Bank of Montreal); Jared Bourne, treasurer (MNP): and Bob Brown, past chair (Canadian Western Bank). Returning directors are Karen Erickson (Investors Group); James Paterson (Pushor Mitchell LLP); Carole Gordon (School District 23); Laura Myles (Farris Vaughn Wills LLP); Kevin Craig (student); Siobhan McManus (BMO- GenNext rep); and Greg McGowan (SOBLC Penticton). Newly appointed directors are Laura Thurnheer (Okanagan College); Brad Haugli (Penticton RCMP); Janet Lawrence, Salvation Army) and Andrew Pritchard (Coast Capri).

Wentworth Music is hoping to open doors to the future of music education in Canada. On June 2, 12 instructors from Wentworth at the Kelowna and Vernon business locations will be recognized for new qualifications never before offered in Canada. Previously, the only way students could get certification or grades was through classical exam boards. But no longer. A new program called “Rockschool to Canada” allows students to study rock, funk, fusion, Latin and heavy metal music in a structured way and receive the same qualifications as classical music students.  It just took someone to put all the information together so it can be related the same way as the traditional methods. The Rockschool exam board has been in operation internationally for 20 years conducting studies and exams in drums, electric guitar and bass, synthesizer as well as piano and voice. Noel Wentworth is the vice-president of education at Wentworth Music. Call 250-860-2251 or

Are you a post or pre-transplant liver patient or a caregiver? If so, you are welcome to stop by Perkins Restaurant at the Ramada Hotel on Tuesday, June 5, 10:30 a.m., for an informal get-together to meet others in similar situations. Call John at 250-862-2049.

Congrats to Rob Reid and Stacy Hadden on their May 26 marriage.

“A Healthier U” Expo will take place Saturday, June 2, at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trade show has more than 50 products and services. Special guest speakers on the subject of diabetes will be Dr. Andrew Farquhar and Lisa Koski, with the Canadian Diabetes Association annual meeting at 2 p.m. Call 250-9447 for more information or check out

The Ride for Dad is June 10, bringing awareness for the fight against prostate cancer from Banner Recreation. You can register at The first 300 riders to register receive a free meal ticket and gift. Poker ride for prizes and try your luck to win the major prize of a WestJet flight. Everyone is welcome. Call Ron Wittenberg for more info at 250-769-2044.

If you like all things Italian, the inaugural dinner and dance of the Sons of Italy—Galileo Lodge will be Saturday, June 9, at the Kelowna & District Fish & Game Club, 4041 Casorso Rd. The Order of Sons of Italy will open its 31st lodge in Kelowna, to be known as Galileo Lodge Okanagan. The fraternal organization will be making contributions to charities in our community. The lodge participates in programs combating discrimination, racism and social injustice and promotes the Italian language and culture. The national president from Hamilton will participate in the inaugural opening with an Italian dinner ($40). Tickets available at Mediterranean Market, Valoroso Foods, Zia’s Fine Foods or call Terri Calligaro at 250-764-1021 or Felicia Mauro at 250-864-1207.

Birthdays of the week: Kate Martin, Re/Max (June 1); Dirtman Dan McFarlane, Power 104/Q103 (June 1); Dr. Alex Canning (June 1); Donna Willms (June 3); Bruce Telford, Rotel Mgt. (June 4); TJ, morning gal 101.5 EZ Rock (June 4); 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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