DeHart: Masking backdrop units added to Kelowna bowling alley

Business columnist Maxine DeHart keeps you up to date on what's happening around town in the business community.

McCurdy Bowling Centre and Freddy’s Brewpub have made some changes to their building.

The entire look and feel of the Kelowna bowling centre has been changed with new and unique reversible masking units, which are large backdrops behind the bowling alley. The masking units are brand new to the Okanagan and actually make the lanes look shorter. (This does not affect your bowling!). Also look for new signage in the pub. McCurdy Bowling Centre has senior, mixed and men’s leagues along with public bowling. Freddy’s is one of the only brew pubs in Kelowna with its own brew master, Jack Clark, who formerly worked for Labatt Breweries. The pub now features its  new Okanagan Life Lager brewed to a 2.8 per cent alcohol, not diluted, with 40 per cent fewer calories and lightly hopped with German select hops. Merlin Bunnage is the general manager; Michael Mitchell the food and beverage manager; Chris Bunnage the operations manager; and Dean Norris has been their chef for the past 10 years.

Andrew Bruce is the new president of the Urban Development Institute’s Okanagan chapter. Bruce is presently the development manager at Melcor’s Blue Sky development around the Black Mountain Golf Course. Bruce was formerly with the City of Kelowna in the planning department for 14 years. The institute represents all facets of businesses in development from planners to construction workers.

Lee Riggs is the new national president of the telecommunications Workers Union. A local Kelownian, Riggs worked for B.C. Tel (Telus) for 32 years and will continue to work for in his new union position out of  Kelowna. The union has 13,000 members in Canada, mainly with Telus employee members and some smaller companies.

Congratulations to the two winners of the St. Hubertus Estate Winery design contest, who designed labels for their commemorative forest fire wines. Logan Miller was the winner of the Fireman’s Red Label and Ian Hoyte was the winner of the Glowing Amber Label. Along with $250 cheques, they will receive a bottle of the Fireman’s Red and Glowing Amber 10th anniversary edition on the Aug. 23 release day. That marks the day 10 years ago that the winery was destroyed by the Okanagan Mountain Fire. For every bottle sold, $5 will be returned to the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society.

Julie Krause has opened a rather unique piano teaching studio at 1889 Springfield Rd. called Julia’s Piano Studio. What’s unique is that Krause specializes in teaching adults and seniors who want to learn to play for fun (one of those bucket list types of things). She has four pianos in the studio and will do one-on-one lessons, groups or even married couples. There are no time constraints, meaning that she works around your schedule and does not make it imperative to have say, one of two lessons per week on a particular day. She also teaches kids and teenagers in the summer at her summer piano school. I took piano lessons for many years and sometimes am sorry that I did not continue on. I only have a small repertoire of songs I know by memory, so if you are thinking of doing it, do not put it off.  Call 250-762-5244.

Carrie Mayhew is the editor of a new Okanagan publication called Adore Wedding and Lifestyle Magazine. The magazine is geared to help inspire and guide brides as well as bring together a place to point them in the right direction for their special day.  The magazine showcases the talent, passion and art of all vendors that makes that special moment in time unforgettable. Contact 778-215-0155;

CareSmart Seniors Consulting is a new business started by Marjorie Horne. With a background in nursing, coaching and seniors’ housing management, Horne  offers support to seniors and their families navigating through the transitions and service requirements that are often presented as aging progresses. The company provides ongoing elder care management and caregiver support, transitioning assistance during a move to seniors housing and acts as an on-call advocate to be present for a senior when a family member if not available in an emergency situation at a medical appointment or during a transitional move or hospitalization. CareSmart also offers an innovative new technology system  called CareLink Advantage. CareSmart is one of the first elderly care operators in Canada to utilize this emerging new trend of remote monitoring to help off-set the stressful demands and safety concerns encountered by family caregivers caring for older seniors still living independently in their own homes. Contact, 250-863-9577 or for an introductory consultation.

Three new female entrepreneurs have joined the board of directors of the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society. The society is a non-profit, regionally based provincial society designed to build and grow enterprises and leaders in the community. Congrats to Ashley Ramsay, a partner in Yeti Farm Creative, an Okanagan animation studio; Andrea Lindal, vice-chair communications who is self-employed and owner of Lexabi Communications, a regional social media, online marketing entity; and Elizabeth Densmore, vice-chair, on-line promotions who is self-employed with Office2Office Productivity Solutions for Small Business. Capital news entrepreneur columnist Joel Young is the founder ( and Rae Stonehouse is the chair (

The new kid on the block downtown is Fusion North Boutique, located at 1603 Pandosy St. (formerly Dry Dock & Lee Clothing). Owned and operated by Charlene Hall, who incidentally still has a Fusion North store at Sun Peaks that’s been there for 13 years. Hall is a designer and makes all the jewelry and most of the clothing in the shop. The clothing is of cotton and silk blends featuring dresses, tops and tunics. She designs and sells casual, comfortable, affordable and easy care fashion forward clothing for the women’s age group of 40 and over with clothing sizes from small to extra-large. The shop also features B.C. designers and offers accessories of jewelry, purses, scarves and hats. The grand opening for her new Kelowna store is Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To celebrate, will pay the tax on sales for the day. Contact 250-868-8497;

The Westbank Farmers’ Market will start its fourth season Saturday, June 29, at the Westbank Community Centre, 2466 Main St. The market will run  Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with produce and crafts from around the area, along with free entertainment and a variety of food vendors. There will be a pancake breakfast for opening day hosted by the Westbank Rotary Club and Westbank Lions Club,  starting at 8 a.m. On Saturday, Aug.27, the market plays host to the Gala Westbank 110th birthday party celebration starting at 8 a.m. and culminating with a roast beef dinner and dance. For more information check out

Okanagan College’s celebrated Culinary Arts program is launching its first pastry arts certificate program this fall. Tradition will form the backbone of the 40-week program, says chef instructor Perry Bentley, who has worked as a pastry specialist in large European hotels before coming to the college. Students will be tutored in the art of creating delicate pastries like the croissant, slow fermenting breads or Pain au Levain, known more commonly as sourdough. The program will use local grains, wild yeasts and connect with orchardists, bringing in local products, mostly fruits but also vegetables and meats for their savour pastries. Applications are now being accepted for the pastry arts certificate, which is part of the comprehensive program the college is providing as it advances its ties to the wine, culinary, tourism and hospitality sectors.

Okanagan Hearing Centre celebrates one year in business this month at Guisachan Village Mall, 115-2365 Gordon Dr. Owned and operated by Dr. Joyce Chen, a registered audiologist with a doctoral degree for audiology, her clinic provides comprehensive audiological evaluations, personalized hearing and consultation, demonstrations and dispensing, and a wide variety of hearing aid repair services and products. Before Dr. Chen opening her business, she worked for the audiology clinic of Interior Health and Expert Hearing. Contact 778-484-7237;

If you are looking for an off-site caterer and something a little different and very delicious, take a look at Lydia Cicko and Marie Kacic have started the new catering company with the main big attraction being the “Pig Out Roaster.” It’s great for roasting a whole lamb, suckling pig from 20 pounds to a large hog of 200 pounds. The roaster is easy to convert into a large BBQ or griddle. It has four rotisserie baskets that could grill 40 chickens in a couple of hours. They are also adding a concession trailer that is equipped for food preparation and on-site serving. From 30 to 300 guests, they can help you. They also have a large assortment of custom made gift baskets that are suitable for any occasion as on off-shoot of their catering business. Contact Lydia at 250-575-6263 or 250-860-4499, or

This might be another bucket list item to cross off your list. Learn Spanish in three days July 12 to 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Re/Max Kelowna office boardroom, 1553 Harvey Ave. It’s fun, simple, no stress and it works. Instructors Suzanne and Shawn Bandick, while living in Mexico, have spent 10 years struggling to learn Spanish, often feeling overwhelmed and inadequate in the memorization of the hundreds of verbs and the many conjugations. After taking the Learn Spanish in three days course, everything changed for them. Not only could they easily utilize what they learned, but they decided to become instructors because of their desire to empower others and hopefully help them avoid the struggles they went through. For more info or to register email or

The Kelowna & District Safety Council has a new Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) for new drivers, now approved by ICBC. The curriculum meets the newest and highest standards for both curriculum and teaching methods set by ICBC. The course is student-based designed to adapt to individual learning styles and needs. Contact 250-765-3163;

Birthdays of the week:   Rose Topham, (June 20); Kelowna city councillor  Gail Given (June 20); Marlene Proctor (June 22); Berna Shoemaker (June 22); Doug Gossoo, Prosign (June 23), Al (Feener) Feenstra (June 24); Dr. Fred Froese ( June 24); Sheila MacKay (June 25); Daryl Hauer, Ramada Hotel (June 26); Dennis Campbell, Sandalwood Retirement Resort (June 25); Greg Carter, Kelowna Flightcraft (June 26); in memory of Mel Kotler (June 24).

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


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