DeHart: New bakery in Orchard PArk Mall

Business columnist Maxine DeHart brings you up to speed on business happenings around town.

As of today, (Thursday) Lakeshore Bakery is open in the food court in Orchard Park Mall. It is part of a family company started in Saskatoon by Geoffrey Mack more than 25 years ago. Now, with 150 locations under the Flaming Wok group of companies, this is its first bakery and café with an emphasis on scratch homemade cooking. Supporting local businesses from local farmers to Cherry Hill Coffee and Okanagan Grocery Artisan Breads, it offers home-made soups daily, roasted meats, fresh scones, desserts and some gluten-free products, all at affordable prices.

After 14 years with TAC Mobility/Tom Harris, Shandelle Stobbe has moved on and is the new finance manager at Rayburn’s Marine World at 2330 Enterprise Way. Shandelle will be in charge of financing boats and selling warranty packages. Kevin Isabey is the owner of Rayburn’s. Call 250-860-4232.

Russ Latimer has been appointed the head professional at Black Mountain Golf Cub. Previously, he was golf operations manager, joining the team at Black Mountain in 2012 and previously was at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club. He also worked three seasons at Whitevale Golf Club in Toronto. Russ is the current commissioner of the Interior PGA Tour, which is a golf tour for professional golfers from around the Thompson-Okanagan. He finished fourth onthe IPGA Tour’s order of merit and money leaders board in 2012. Eric Thorsteinson is the general manager of the golf club. Call 250-765-6890 or

Femme Fatale Beauty Lounge has just opened at 2653 Pandosy Street (next to the Wedding Café). Owned and operated by certified master nail technician and makeup artist Linda Lylick, the business is a chic and edgy beauty lounge that is the next generation in offering premier, highly desirable beauty services. Linda, who relocated from Fort McMurray, has also provided professional makeup for models in private photo shoots, runway models, calendar models, grads and brides. She offers custom colour airbrush spray tan; lash extensions; airbrush makeup and nail enhancements. She also provides VIP packages, photographer packages, monthly draws for free services, opening specials and gift certificates for any occasion. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 250-868-9123.

Josh Fleming, former associate golf professional of Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club has moved to Fort McMurray and is now the head golf professional at the Miskanaw Golf Club. Contact him at 1-587-646-6477.

Willem Semmelink has joined Summerhill Pyramid Winery as its new vineyard manager. Willem is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, having lived in South African since childhood. He has made a career in organic and biodynamic agriculture, notably as the orchardist, agroforestry developer, house parent and financial manager of the a Camphill Community (a biodynamic farm and assisted living community for special needs adults) and as the farm manager of an 189-hectare poly-cultural organic farm with the Wellington District of South Africa’s premier wine growing coastal region. He came to Canada in 2008.

Arch Title, a division of Arch Insurance Canada Ltd. launched this year, is Canada’s newest title insurance company. The company was established by combining the entrepreneurial spirit of regional underwriting manager, Carey Tokash, a former local long-time real estate paralegal and her colleagues with the corporate strength and global prowess of Arch Insurance Canada Ltd. It is a market-leading specialty insurer, providing property, casualty and specialty insurance to corporations, professional firms and financial institutions in Canada. Its goal is to make the process of ordering title insurance easy, by providing knowledgeable, local and professional staff with the latest technology. Arch Title’s proprietary underwriting platform is user-friendly for all legal/notary support staff. Call 250-863-0327 or

The next Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA)—Uptown After Hours is Wednesday, April 3 at Interior Savings Credit Union and Insurance at 185 Rutland Road South from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Social Lounge and Grill has opened at 242 Lawrence Avenue (former Christopher’s location). Owned and operated by young entrepreneurs, Dan Mulgrew and Brent Reddicopp, the restaurant has been completely renovated, boasting new upscale décor, tall table seating, a huge bar, lots of booth seating and a very cool wall of wine dividing the restaurant and lounge. Chef Jordan Fraser offers a large selection of starters, soup, salads, pastas, burgers and entrees, all very reasonably priced for both lunch and dinner. All menu items are made fresh, in-house. I tried the fish and chips, which were made from pickerel, a different twist on the regular fish and chips. It was excellent. I also tried the duck confit Quesadilla, with a delicious side salad full of nuts, fruit, and feta cheese. It was also delicious. Social Lounge and Grill is open seven days a week with a DJ on site after 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 250-778-484-0242

A brand new digital game studio from two of the leading creative and business minds behind Disney’s Club Penguin has launched here. Hyper Hippo Productions will offer quirky, playful and clever properties for children of all ages, across several digital platforms. Lance Priebe, co-founder and creator of Club Penguin and Pascale Audette, former studio head and vice-president of global operations for Disney Online Studios are dedicated to creating a fantastic studio that will not only radically change how the industry perceives digital entertainment, but one that will positively impact children’s lives for years to come. Mech Mice, Hyper Hippo’s much anticipated first offering blends together a rich story with a tactical strategy experience for the young generation. It is scheduled for releasethis year and an open beta program will begin this summer.

Andrew Thomson, relocating from Vancouver is a new financial advisor at Raymond James at 500-1726 Dolphin Road. Call 250-979-2742.

Okanagan Spirits brought home 12 medals from the 2013 World Spirit awards in Klagenfurt, Austria. Among them were Distillery of the Year, first-class Distillery of the Year and Spirit of the Year for its black currant liqueur.Okanagan Spirits, with master distiller Peter von Hahn produces 25 kinds of liqueurs, brandies, aquavit, absinthe, grappa, whiskey, vodka and gin, all from B.C. fruits and grains,

Creative Trophies and Gifts, formerly at 108- 1755 Springfield Road, has moved to new premises at 1960 Springfield Road (Plaza 1). Call 250-860-1153

UBC Creative Writing associate professor Anne Fleming has been nominated for a prestigious Canadian literary award for Gay Dwarves of America. Fleming is among five finalists up for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in the 2013 B.C. Books Prizes, with the winners to be announced May 4 at the 29th annual Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Prizes gala in Victoria.

Help downloading your library e-Books and other library digital resources is now just a toll-free call away. In addition to support already provided by staff in all Okanagan Regional Library branches, you can now call 1-855-85ebook (1-855-853-2665) to speak to a library staff member about eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines. This service is available Monday to Sunday. (October to March). For more info call Fern Teleglow at 250-762-2800.

Congrat’s to John Ainsworth on his first hole-in-one at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club on hole 17 on Saturday, March 16.

Dilworth Safeway is hosting an Easter Seals fundraiser for Camp Winfield on Saturday, March 30  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a donation, you can enjoy a BBQ hot dog or smokie and drink. Between noon and 2 p.m., the Easter Bunny will have his picture taken with customers and children, also for a donation.Brian Cranton and Lisa Leckie are the charity organizers.

Esteem Lingerie at 38-2475 Dobbin Road in West Kelowna is hosting its Dead Bra donation program. It  collects dead bras, those that are in pristine shape get laundered and sized and sent to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter, Gospel Mission Women’s Shelter and a post-mastectomy clinic in rural Mexico. Bras that are in less than pristine condition get harvested for parts used in alternations. Very little hits the landfill. If you turn in three bras, you will receive 15 per cent  off your order and six gets you 25 per cent off your order. Call Angela O’Brien at 250-768-0171.

The British Columbia Historical Fedeation is looking for interested individuals to sit on its council. It is hoping to have some new people participate as directors-at-large, which means they would not be assigned a specific task or job to take responsibility for, but rather they would simply have to attend council meetings. This is a critical time for the BCHF, since many of its long-term members are retiring this year. For more info contact the president of the B.C. Historical Federation Barb Hynek at 1-604-535-9090 or Tracy Satin is the president of the local Kelowna Branch OHS (

If you have some time to spare this Saturday (March 30), volunteers are needed to help with the daffodil tables sales at seven locations around the city. If you can spare two to four hours, contact volunteer event lead, Jayne Rosskelly at

Entertainment Publications have filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy and closed their doors. This is sad, as they have been major sponsors of the Maxine DeHart, Ramada Hotel—United Way Drive Thru Breakfast for many years. Liz Savory, who has been with Entertainment for 13 years sent me the news and I was very surprised. As far as she knows, Entertainment Books that have already been purchased for his year should still be good.

The local diabetes support group meeting is the first Tuesday of each month, except July and August. The next meeting is April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Bay Bible Camp, 1441 Green Bay Road in West Kelowna. Call Sue MacDonald at778-484-0546.

The second annual charity wine tour for the BCSPCA, hosted by Distinctly Kelowna Tours, is Sunday, April 14 from 1 p.m.  to  4 p.m. Be transported on its 24-passenger bus, sample wines at five unique wineries on the Westside Wine Trail, receive a gift bag of surprises, enjoy a snack and enter to win the grand prize All for $95. Call 250-979-1211 or

Birthdays of the week: Happy 50th George King, City of Kelowna (Mar. 27); happy 50th Mike Rout, City of Kelowna (Mar. 30); Kerry Solinsky, RCMP services manager (Mar. 25); Mike Docherty, First Transit (Mar. 28); Wendy Giammartino (Mar. 28);  Hugh Cairns (Mar. 28); Liz Campbell (Mar. 28); Dick Dumond (Mar. 28); Don Jeffries, Ramada Hotel (Mar. 29); Steven Wallouch (Mar. 29); Cynthia Waldek-Peters (Apr. 2); Amber Firkins (Apr. 3); Ron Doig, Baxter’s (Apr. 3).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.


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