DeHart: New business combines spa and salon services

Orah is a unique, professional space with an urban flare, designed with sustainability in mind.

Orah Spa and Salon director Julie Zamorano (left) and owner Debi Nicoletti.

A new full-service salon and spa, Orah Spa + Salon, has opened in Kelowna at 2790 Richter St. (corner of Richter and Raymer).

Owned and operated by Debi Nicoletti, formerly a partner at Mirror Mirror, Orah is a unique, professional space with an urban flare, designed with sustainability in mind. Orah uses high quality products which are respectful to the environment. Spa director Julie Zamorano is joined by her staff—Katy Holmes, Taylor Peterson, Rachel Nojonen, Marie Frick and Richell Nicoletti. Orah offers facial and body therapies, anti-aging, nutri-cosmeceutical, facial and body enhancements, body therapies, manicures, group booking pedicures, waxing, sugaring, lash extensions and tinting. They even have a man space. The salon service is led by Debi along with stylists Katie Hantula, Dani Mackriss, Kylee Fournier and Andrea Thumm. The grand opening celebration is Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. Call 250-878-1128.

Although there is construction on Pandosy Street at the corner of Leon and Pandosy, City Pizza is still open. Located at 1675 Pandosy St. and owned and operated by Katrina Mendl and Tarun Bhatti, their pizza is wonderful with pick-up and delivery service available. There is lots of parking right across the street. City Pizza caters to a late night crowd so try and support them through this road  construction process. Call 250-860-8878.

Ashbury Bridal, owned and operated by Shilo Verhaegan at 1619 Ellis St., will celebrate its second anniversary in business this month. Ashbury is an eco-friendly, full service bridal boutique that specializes in designer, wedding, grad and formal gowns. All of their beautiful accessories are locally designed and created with the opportunity of custom work available. It is recommended that an appointment be booked when you are ready to say “yes” to the dress. If you have a gown that you would like to “Love it Forward,” call Shilo for more information at 250-469-2371 or email

Several Kelowna Certified Management Accountant  students recently received their designation from the CMA-BC Society (CMABC). Congratulations to Laura Bot, Wynn Griffith, Kathleen Marshall, Allison McEachern, James Schisler, Justin Sharko, Alanna Snitynsky, and Richard Wager. I have sat on the board of CMABC for the past four years.

Dr. Guy Fradet, cardiac surgeon and IHA medical director, and Carol Laberge, program cardiac director of KGH Cardiac, have been awarded the Leadership in Quality Award by the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council. Interior Health’s Cardiac Surgery Program team has completed 1,000 open heart surgeries at KGH since the program’s inception in 2012. The program will move to the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre when it opens next year at KGH.

Andreen's Medicine Centre

Andreen’s Medicine Centre, 881Anders Rd. in West Kelowna (Lakeview Heights Plaza), was started as a family business in 1975. With new ownership taking over the centre in June, the long-standing tradition of personalized customer service continues. Recent remodeling has made room for a designated space for both a nursing services clinic and a home health products area. Nursing services offered by registered nurse Peggy Spahn provides foot care with a medical focus, diabetic foot assessments, recommendations for pressure relieving foot devices, immunization updates, physician prescribed medication administration by injection, referrals to community nurses and updates to physicians for client related medical management. Pharmacy manager Elizabeth McIntyre and staff pharmacists Heather Oliver and Nick Lazarowich provide medication dispensing, blister packaging. Consultations, medication reviews and immunization administration. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 250-769-2014.

Sean Coward is the new director of operations at the Eldorado Hotel. Edan Fay is the marina operations manager and Eric Pless is the executive chef. Keep tuned for new happening events.

Dustin Serviss has launched Serviss Wealth Management, 103-1353 Ellis St. He is formerly a senior associate with the Peacock Sheridan Group. The new business officially opens Dec. 1. Call 250-215-3533; email

Eleven Kelowna Certified General Accountants students have received their designations. Congratulations to Junrong Wu, Janelle Weiss, Carly Reise, Shauna Odermatt, Susan Moran, Catherine Lecours, Lisa  Houghton, Min He, Seen Echterbecker, Heather Eccles and Elizabeth Demer.

Independent designer associate Laurie Brasnett is a kitchen and bath design specialist with The Spectrum Cabinet Gallery, 3-1980 Bredin Rd. (behind Cloverdale Paint). The gallery offers a unique, appointment only showroom for the personal touch. Steve Webb has assembled a dedicated team and is the authorized dealer for Montalco and Columbia Cabinetry made in B.C. Laurie has worked in the industry for many years on projects from hospitality to custom built homes. Call 250-212-0363;  online

Congratulations to Alex and Gai Michie of Re/Max on their 20th anniversary, celebrated  Nov. 25.

As the first new multiple-family residential project to be completed downtown in the past few years, Kensington Terrace, 625 Fuller Ave. in Kelowna, is now complete with only two townhomes remaining to be sold. At 2,200 square feet in size, the townhomes offer individual private rooftop terraces, pre-plumbed and wired for outdoor kitchens and garages. They are unique in design and great for people who want to downsize. Kensington was modelled after the row homes in Europe with your own private front door. Show home open, noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Call Steve Hyndman at 250-878-3608 for a private viewing.

Congrats to Sophia Russo, recognized by the Central Okanagan Board of Education for achieving Top Junior Debater honours for the Okanagan region and being chosen to attend the National Debate Seminar in New Brunswick.

Megan Butchart, Angel Yu, Samuel Cho, Katie Webb and Megan Soderlund—all Grade 12 students of Kelowna Secondary School—were also recognized by the board of education as $1,000 winners for the History Now category of the Government of Canada History Awards, along with their teacher Graeme Stacey.

The Spirit of Christmas in the Village is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by the Pandosy Village Business Association. Participating businesses will offer in-store discounts and the street will be filled with carolers. This also kicks off their toy drive. For every toy donated, shoppers will be entered into a grand prize draw for a basket of merchant goodies worth $1,000. Drop off toys until Dec. 19 at any of the participating businesses. The Moonlight Open House event is Thursday, Dec. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

The Black Tie Christmas Concert for Kate is Sunday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m., at Evangel Church. This event is calling the community together for a great need. Kate, 26,  has been battling Wilson’s disease for over a year. She has been living in a seniors’ care facility and longs to have her own apartment to call home on her long road to recovery. The concert will feature The Dreamland Band, Raquel Warchol, Mission Dance Centre, Kelowna Vocal Ensemble, Uptown Hornz and many more. Tickets are available at ($60). For more information call 250-808-5653 or 250-808-5654.

The inaugural Christmas Open House at the new Sandhill Winery space, 1125 Richter St., takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation to the Kelowna Food Bank. Stop by and enjoy some holiday cheer, taste some great wines and enjoy great savings. Featured tastings from 1 to 5 p.m. with master winemaker Howard Soon and his amazing winemaking team of Stephanie Stanley and Sandy Leier. Call 250-979-4225.

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, the Living Positive Resource Centre presents the 2014 World Aids Day Art Gala at the Laurel Packinghouse in downtown Kelowna on Saturday, 7 p.m.  Original art by Alex Fong and his wife Cheryl McNaughton, Marissa Brown, Ian and Christy (Sun FM), Toby Tannas Wittman, Colin Basran and Loyal Woodridge will be auctioned off. Tickets at door or World AIDS Day is Dec. 1.

The inaugural KLO Middle School (Gordon and KLO) Celebration of Crafts is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join 50 crafters, the KLO Choir, pictures with Frosty the Snowman for a toonie, and fresh baking. Wear Christmas colours and be entered in a free draw. Call Cheryl at 250-863-4883.

The ninth annual Scrooge Breakfast at Sandalwood Retirement Resort, 580 Yates Rd. in Glenmore, takes place  from 7 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec.3. Help decorate their Charlie Brown Christmas tree while purchasing a gift card for teenagers of families in need. All proceeds go to the Salvation Army. Call Melinda Crowell at 250-717-1884.

The Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake pageant is now  in its 85th year,   one of the longest running organizations in Kelowna. Pageant organizers are now busy recruiting candidates for  2015. Training of speech, etiquette, self-defense, auto maintenance, financial, historical, and modelling runs from January to July when the pageant occurs. Contact Linda Swanson at 778-754-2966.  –

Register now for The Salvation Army 24th annual Santa Shuffle in national partnership with the Running Room on Saturday.  This event benefits the hamper program and the racers will participate in the new venue downtown at 10 a.m. at Prospera Place. Holiday attire is encouraged to stroll, walk or run the 5k route around our beautiful lake front. If you catch a Running Room Pace Elf, you will earn an extra ticket for door prizes. To register or more info visit or call race director Susie Docherty at 250-860-2329.


Birthdays of the week: Happy 65th Dr. Mike Shepherd (Nov. 29); Barry Gerding, managing editor, Kelowna Capital News (Nov. 21); Hugh Fitzpatrick (Nov. 26); Reg Henry, Kelly O’s (Nov. 27); Gary Filafilo (Nov. 28); Victoria Beahun, 93 (Nov. 30); Lou Goncalves (Nov. 30); Jana Hardy (Nov. 30); Dan Willms (Nov. 30); Jane Fletcher (Nov. 30); Bryan Feagan (Nov. 29); Vern Martindale (Dec. 1);Vern Willms (Dec. 2);

Don Holzer (Dec. 2). In memory of Dave Hobson (Dec. 1).

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