DeHart: Milestone celebration for Orchard Park Shopping Centre

Shopping mall to mark its 40th anniversary in Kelowna.

Being “40” never looked so good  for Orchard Park Shopping Centre.

Opened on Sept. 28, 1971, at a cost of $10 million with 21 retailers, the shopping centre’s anchor store was Simpsons-Sears while The Bay was still under construction. Today, it is the largest enclosed shopping centre between Calgary and Vancouver, with more than170 retailers. Some of the original stores still around include Sears, Shoppers Drug Mart, Peoples Jewellers, Jack Fraser, Reitmans and Purdy’s Chocolates. Birthday celebrations will take place throughout this week starting on Wednesday to Sunday. Watch for a display of pictures, advertising and lease plans from 1971, a giveaway of 1,000 commemorative shopping totes as well as limited offers and new product demonstrations from several retailers. Norbert Gelowitz is the general manager of Orchard Park. Call 250-860-3742.

Congratulations to Barry Meckler, president and CEO of Interior Savings Credit Union, who is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Business Leader of the Year Award. This award is sponsored by UBC Faculty of Management and recognizes his leadership and outstanding contribution to the local business community.

Popular cosmetics store Sephora will open on Friday, Sept. 30, at Orchard Park Shopping Centre. The large store is a virtual paradise of endless beauty options with more than 9,000 products representing some 200 cosmetic brands, including Sephora’s own collection of makeup, skin care, tools, accessories and bath and body products. Sephora’s is the first beauty retailer to employ the unique open-sell philosophy, allowing clients to shop a myriad of brands and encouraging them to try, test and play with everything from lip glosses to blushes and skin care to fragrances. The store’s  prestige cosmetic lines are showcased in gorgeous open displays for clients to have the freedom to explore and sample at their leisure. Sheryl Pachal is the store director.

The Jay Ess Music School will celebrate 35 years of music teaching this month. Owners Robert and Lynda Jay originally opened the school along with a retail store called Jay Somans Music World  on Lawrence Avenue. They expanded to Bernard Avenue and then moved back to Lawrence, shrinking the retail element, while continuing to teach voice, piano and guitar. At that time, Lynda at that time was also the coordinator of the Kiwanis Music Festival while Robert began a five year stint conducting the Okanagan Symphony Choir. They formed an alliance with Gary Lipsett, owner of Paramount Music, and together they moved to Spall Plaza. This fruitful period lasted until 2006 and cemented the music school’s reputation as one of the most respected music teaching establishments in the valley. One last move for the couple took place to Enterprise Way before they decided to incorporate their teaching studio into their own home, where they felt everyone could learn in a relaxed environment. Call 250-762-5757;

Mitch Michel, formerly with Napa, is the new store leader for Princess Auto, a unique world of tools, equipment and more. The company is 100 per cent Canadian owned, with 33 stores in Canada and the 34th about to open at Victoria in November. Located at 1920 Spall Rd., the popular local store is much more than just an auto parts retail outlet, offering items for your home, shop and industrial markets, providing a unique blend of quality products, services and value-based solutions. Princess Auto is also now offering a new band of tools called Pro-Point that is ideal for the semi-professional. Started in1942 by Harvey Tallman, Princess Auto began in the heart of Winnipeg. Call 250-860-6191

Deanna Stone has joined the firm of Montgomery Miles, located at 410-1708 Dolphin Rd., as an associate lawyer. She will be practicing in the same areas as Richard Montgomery and Dave Miles which is real estate, business law, wills, trusts and estates. Stone’s practice also includes First Nations law, employment law and strata property law. Call 250-980-3362 or view

Marble Slab Creamery, owned and operated by Kay Wells, at 31-2070 Highway 97 (behind Wendy’s), now has ice cream cupcakes in assorted flavours, available in boxes of six. Their delicious seasonal pumpkin ice cream and egg nog ice creams are coming available, just in time for Thanksgiving, as well as their popular pumpkin ice cream pies for the holidays. They also cater for business and private holiday parties. Call 250-801-6348

Professional skier and motivational speaker Josh Dueck has been appointed to the Telus Thompson Okanagan Community Board.

Partners Laurie Bruce and Valerie Andersen have opened a unique mobile business called Bloom In-Home Wig Service, bringing their collection of wigs, hats, scarves, swim caps and other wig care accessories to their clients’ homes for people suffering from medical related hair loss; be it from chemo cancer treatments, diabetes  or thinning hair due to other medication. Servicing the entire valley, Bloom-In Home sell high quality wigs from respected names in the business such as Jon Reneau and Henry Margu, along with real hair eyebrow wigs and eyelashes. Taking into account our hot climate and having worked with their suppliers, the gals have chosen a selection of light-weight wigs, soft scarves and hats for our sultry summer days. To set up an in-home appointment call Laurie at 250-488-9714 or email

Pharmasave is celebrating 30 years in business in B.C.. To mark that occasion, the Glenmore store location, owned and operated by Kelowna natives Craig and Elena Tostenson for the past eight years, will host their own 30th anniversary in-store event on Thursday, Sept. 29. The Glenmore Pharmasave, located at 105-437 Glenmore Rd., specializes as a full-service dispensary, including a prescription delivery service, foot care by a registered RN, diabetes and asthma consultation, drug counseling, flu shots, travel medicine injections, support stocking fittings and home health care services. The anniversary event will include in-store specials, double stamps on their club cards, prizes and cake between 10:30  and 11:30 a.m. Call 250-861-4443

Const. Denise Bendfeld, of the Kelowna RCMP, is the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for the work she has done with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets on a volunteer basis, in addition to her role as an RCMP officer dealing with child abuse.

Congratulations to Brandon Pridie, from the Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Winery, on winning the battle of the Okanagan Chefs Association Farm to Fork Global Scholarship at Sunshine Farms. His dishes were grilled salmon loin with scallop and cured park belly ravioli; a pan seared chicken breast with boar bacon gnocchi, and coronation grape bread pudding with apricot and thyme salad.

Moro Automotive, located at 735 Baillie Ave., has changed its name to Pro Stop Auto Centre. The company offers auto repair and servicing, express detailing, window tinting, windshields, tires, exhaust, batteries, wheel alignments and just about anything your vehicle needs, servicing any vehicle, any year, and any make and model. Call 250-763-4911.

Local well-known artist Geert Maas has created a sculptural donor structure to recognize donors to the Kelowna YMCA-YWCA Capital Expansion Campaign. The monument, located in the main lobby of the Kelowna Family YMCA in Rutland, is a stainless steel 12-foot high piece of artwork with the structure being decorated with mirror finished stainless steel imagery of running youth and faces as well as the logos and core values of the Y—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Maxine DeHart —United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast is fast approaching, set for Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 a.m. at The Ramada Hotel on Harvey Avenue. Things are shaping up fast as everything is coming together to make this year’s event the best ever. Along with our supportive sponsors, I would like to thank the Kelowna Hostesses for their support over the past 14 years, volunteering for both the Wednesday night bagging and also in the morning to help as early as 4 a.m. The Okanagan Mission Lions Club has been a major help throughout the years, helping with the traffic and just about anything else we ask them to do. And, of course there are the Telus Community Connections volunteers who have worked tirelessly for this breakfast, also for the past 14 years. Big thanks to Erwin Egret at Carts Plus for always donating a beautiful golf cart for me to drive around in. It’s a long way from one end of the hotel lot (Enterprise) to the other end (Harvey Avenue) so that  cart has been a life-saver. We are looking forward to seeing all of you. The bags this year total well over $120 with the Big White/Silver Star Ski Pass and major prizes total over $12,000. So drive, walk, blade or bike into the Ramada and support the United Way.

Looking for a fun, new, affordable sport for you and your child this fall? Check out the Sunplex Arena on Ethel Street. Late registration is on now for adult and youth ball hockey leagues. Sunplex also offers futsal, football, volleyball and roller derby. See

Senior advisor Twyla Kendall, with Thom and Associates Financial Planners, along with other professionals, is participating in a Divorce and Separation seminar titled What You Need To Know  on Oct. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Elks Hall in the Invue building. Kendall is an accredited as a registered disability savings plan specialist. To register for this free seminar call 250-470-0079.

The Kelowna Fire Department is opening their doors to the public Sunday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. as well lots of other fun stuff for kids to do and learn about. Procceds will benefit the B.C. Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund.

Dust off your runners and lace up for the CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. at City Park. To register, donate or volunteer, visit

Birthdays of the Week: Don Harrison, retired RCMP chief superintendent (Sept. 27); Penny Caley (Sept. 28); Barry Gibbs, Phoenix, Az. (Sept. 28); Dorothy Donaldson, retired HSBC (Sept. 28); Irene Wilkinson, The Mortgage Centre (Sept. 29); Ruth Hill (Oct. 1); Mary-Ann Graham, Maggie’s Cafe (Oct. 1); Susie Docherty (Oct. 1); Marlene Saumure (Oct. 2).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546.


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