DeHart: Making glasses a fashion statement

Gone are the days when eyeglasses were only functional. Today, eyeglasses are your most visible fashion accessory.

Lise Bowman

Lise Bowman

Gone are the days when eyeglasses were only functional. Today, eyeglasses are your most visible fashion accessory.

For fashion conscious people of all ages, eyeglass frames are now colourful and designed to enhance the features you were born with. One new business in Kelowna that offers that service is Venus Eye Boutique, at 560 West Ave. Owned by award winning designer Mike Christiansen and his wife Brandi, who are from Edmonton, the shop is beautifully displayed with revolutionary eyewear designs. This year’s styles are all about lively and bright colours, such as tangerine, lemon and citrus. The store’s petite ladies and children’s selection is unparalleled, having won 28 product awards. The exclusive Venus Eye fashion eyewear is sold in 3,300 locations across Canada. The Kelowna shop is fun, modern and bright and they offer a full line of limited edition sunglasses, reasonably priced. All the unique designs are comfy and “perfectly fit the human face.” Lise Bowman is Venus’ licensed optician/contact lens fitter. Call 250-763-1351 or

Congratulations to Nick Arkle, woodlands manager of Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., on his being elected chair of the Council of Forest Industries.

A well-known face in the local commercial printing circles is back in familiar surroundings at Menzies Graphics Group,   325 Bay Ave. Colleen Brown, a print consultant, has joined Menzies which purchased Ehmann Printworx, where Brown had worked for 10 years as a sales representative. With her vast experience, she is able to coordinate projects from conception to completion, from brochures and stationery, to posters, publications and high-end signage. Call 250-762-3213 or

Ever After Scrapbooking & Papercrafts, a destination stamping, crafting, scrapbooking and card making store, has moved to new premises at 339 Banks Rd. Owned and operated by Amanda Kazakoff and husband Chris Allan, in addition to selling the latest crafting products, the scrapbooking business also offers several classes each month, free product demos and monthly crops. You can sign up for the Ever After monthly newsletter and link to their blog at Call 250-762-5223;

Happy 50th aanniversary Peter and Bernice Sebastian (April 15).

Valentina Ufimzeff, with Val’s Alterations and Fashion Consulting, has operated her alteration shop for 12 years, but she is expanding to now fill what she says is a huge need for fashion consulting. Now, along with her alteration business, she makes private appointments to visit customer’s closets and let them know what’s current and how to put outfits together. She will also escort you when shopping, fashioning her business like the What Not to Wear show. It’s an all-in-one service. Call 250-717-6519.

Cindy Cornale, former manager of Magi Cuts on Harvey Ave., has joined the team at Hair by Dennis, 1525B Gordon Dr. Call 250-861-3215.

Aztec Sun Tanning Studio, owned by Jeremiah Jensen is located at 145-2463 Highway 97 (across from Joey’s). The salon started out as a Fabutan and was changed to Aztec when Jensen purchased it in 2008. They offer four 10-minute max stand-up booths, two 15-minute max laydown beds and three 20-minute max laydown beds with optional extra face tanning bulbs. Drop-ins are welcome with no sign-up fees or contracts for either weekly or monthly options, with both minutes and unlimited packages. The minute packages are shareable and never expire, with a $5 Friday special for both existing and new clients. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 250-979-1690.

Michele Layton, a 15-year nail technician, has opened her own business, Above All Nails, in the hair shop of Dewey Cuttem & Howe, 140-1876 Cooper Rd. Layton does both gel nails and toes, manicures, mini pedi’s and also 15-minute hand, arm, lower leg and foot massages for $10. Call 250-801-9897.

Did you know that whey protein is one of the highest quality of protein that you should use when trying to live a healthy lifestyle? It’s worth knowing more about this product, which helps build and repair muscle tissue, promotes a healthy immune system, stabilizes blood sugar levels, helps fight osteoporosis and is good for all ages.  Beyond Nutrition, 130-2463 Highway 97 (by Joey’s), owned and operated by brothers Navee and Banee Sandhu, are just the people to see. The brothers are very knowledgeable about their products and their shop carries a large supply of whey protein. You can even try some before you buy (as it is sold in large sizes) in either vanilla or chocolate (I took both!). Tastes great as a shake with fresh fruit and worth looking into. Open Monday to Sunday. Call 778-478-0440 or

By the way, I had my cataract surgery done by Dr. Baldassare last week and it was a perfect “text book surgery” as he put it. So, all of you who told me I looked smarter with glasses, guess what? I’m back to normal with no need anymore for glasses (ha!).

Craig and Dianne Garries have opened PostNet, 2417 Main St., in West Kelowna. With Dianne having over 20 years of experience in the print business and Craig’s background in sales and marketing, the couple  can do just about any marketing need, from a business ad mail campaign’s conceptualization and design, to print to mailing with Canada Post. Other services offered are digital printing in black and white and colour—from photo copies and brochures to banners and signs; graphic designs; courier/shipping services through FedEx, Canada Post and Purolator; a hold and pickup agent for Purolator and FedEx; private mailbox rentals; binding and finishing services; shredding of documents; packing services and supplies; faxing and scanning. Call 778-754-5888;

Victoria Fabling has launched her latest book and CD, both called The World is Your Success  with the emphasis on “Your.” Being passionate about self-empowerment, Fabling wants to illustrate in her new book how to interpret what you sense and trust, as opposed to following logic. You can listen to her favourite chapter, called Keep Right Company, by going to the seminars page on her new website, or buy direct from victoria@fablingsfables for $13. Call 250-869-1518.

Mike Morter’s Wrap Daddy mobile concession is back on the road for the season. Now with two concession sale mobile trailers, Wrap Daddy is available for all types of events, car functions, sporting events, music festivals or just about anywhere a great food concession is needed. Offering Southwest, Greek, Mediterranean and curry wraps, Wrap Daddy is   fast, delicious and affordable. You might have seen them at Canada Day, Centre of Gravity or the Dragon Boat Festival.  Track them on Facebook or contact them at either 250-212-3291 or to book an event.

This week, there were multiple winners for the Spirit of Kelowna Award. Congrats to all the following for the fundraising organized to help our friends in Japan: Masami Kostiuk (International Education, Okanagan College); Jock Tyre (Kelowna Curling Club); Cathy Jennens (Kasugai Sister City Association); Rev. Yasuhiro Miyakawa (Kelowna Buddhist Temple); Martha Kendal (Rick’s Garden World); Carrie Harper and the Students’ Okanagan, Local 3 UBCO.

Speaking of Japan, kudos to Fezziwigs Bakery Café in Mission Park Shopping Centre. Their small company, owned by Colin and Ann Broomfield, has raised $2,000 in just 12 days for the Red Cross Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. The staff gave their tips (customers were very generous) and they donated 10 cents from every cup of coffee sold during the fundraiser.

Two Harleys are better than one— the Kelowna & District Safety Council’s most popular raffle fundraiser is now underway. The winner this year wins two 2011 Harley Davidson Sportsters as well as a 32-hour Learn to Ride course, a prize package totaling $25,869. Call 250-765-3163 or tickets are for sale at the safey council’s location, 395 Hartman Rd. in Rutland.

While furniture prices are going up, Fanny’s Furniture, owned by Ed Huber at 1794 Baron Rd., has dropped their Maple furniture pricing by a minimum of 25 per cent. The reason for the decrease is the lack of new home construction in North American with Maple being the wood of choice for most kitchen cabinets. Fanny’s manufacture their furniture in their own factory in Vernon. Call 250-868-8444;

Kelowna’s #62 Order of the Eastern Star will host a Style Boutique Fashion Show on Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m., at St. George’s Hall, 1564 Pandosy St. Tickets are only $10 with refreshments and door prizes and the event is always sold-out. Money raised goes towards purchasing the components of cancer dressings which their members assemble monthly and give to cancer patients free of charge at the Cancer Clinic. Tickets are available at Style Boutique, 519 Bernard Ave., and I will be the commentator. For more info call Eva Sanders at 250-861-7118.

Dilworth Safeway will host a flea market/bake sale/BBQ this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to raise funds for Special Olympics B.C. Everything must go and is priced to sell. Safeway’s Judy Nightingale has donated a beautiful quilt she made which will be a raffle prize.

The Kelowna Yacht Club’s 16th annual Boat Show is April 30 and May 1. This year, they are also offering a new service—for a fee space will be provided for people wanting to sell their used boats. To register call Chris at 250-762-3310.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 95th Roy Adams, Fernbrae Manor (April 15); Happy 90th Ross Gorman (April 7); Happy 75th Nick Pisio (April 18); Happy 75th Jack Gourlie (April 1); Dave Langton, Competition Glass (April 13); Bob Brummitt, Menzies Graphics (April 14); Ken Thompson, Sleep Country (April 14); Mike Guzzi (April 17); MJ Bennett (April 17); Steve Nicoll (April 18); in memory of our mom, Helen Abram (April13).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email




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