Wizard Lake Marine has taken over the Malibu Marine boat franchise and opened at 856 McCurdy Place.
Owned and operated by Don and Ronalda Quistberg, Wizard Lake Marine has been selling Malibu tournament boats for the past 20 years in Alberta, during that time have risen to become the number one selling Malibu tournament boat dealer in the world. Malibu Surf Gates and the Nautique NSS Systems are the industry leaders for surfing behind your tow boat. If a pontoon is more your style, Wizard Lake Marine offers Premier Pontoons, along with full service, parts and accessories plus a large selection of watersports gear. Other familiar brand names include Ronix, CWB, CTRL, Liquid Force, Inland Surfer, Radar, Connelly, Oakley, Reef, O’Neill to name a few. The grand opening is Saturday, April 20, sow watch for many in-store specials. Call 778-484-0035; www.wizardlakemarine.com.
The Bay has opened its new outdoor patio shop in the former restaurant location that closed and wow, is the department great looking. Along with barbecues, the department offers ideas for jut about anything you would want for your patio, from patio tables and chairs, to accessories and dishware. Take a look as they also have some very new and interesting items, some of which I had never seen before The Bay is also hosting the Bay Gala in the cosmetics department on April 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. Of course, it’s a spring theme with many baskets draws, food, vendors and lots of fun. Tickets available for $10 at The Bay with $2 going back to the Look Good Feel Better program and $8 towards your purchase. Darla Strutt is the manager of The Bay. Call 250-860-2483.
Long-time local realtors Gerry Fraser and George Patridge, formerly with the Fraser Patridge Group, are joining the team at Re/Max Kelowna. Formerly with Macdonald Realty since 1999, and partners for the past 10 years, Fraser was well known for marketing the properties at Gallagher’s Canyon when the community was first established almost 20 years ago in August 1993. As for Patridge, he has lived in the valley since 1980. Both have won many awards for their real estate capabilities and are community oriented giving their time and resources to many charities. Call 250-868-1594 (Gerry Fraser) or 250-868-5000 (George Patridge).
Dr. Specs Optical in Orchard Plaza (next to Save-On-Foods) has been sold by Catherine Goheen to new owner Dean Thomas, the long-time store manager. The store will be carrying new lines of fashionable, reasonably priced frames, such as RayBan, Fysh and Takumi and will also undergo a major renovation. The staff team consists of Dr. Parekh (optometrist), Debbie Bergman (frame consultant), Ellyse Barlow (licensed optician and contact lens fitter) and Donald Keetley (lab technician). Call 250-861-5458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are thinking cheese, think about visiting Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan at 170 Timberline Rd. Owned and operated by Ofer and Ofri Barmor, the couple celebrate their 10th anniversary in business this year. Ofri tells me that they have a “whole bunch of little baby goats running around who are so cute to watch.” Their cheese shop is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and after May 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Carmelis has outgrown its present location as the Barmors are looking for a new larger property to move their farm and business, a reflection of the increasing demand for their cheese and goat milk products. Call 250-870-3117;www.carmelisgoatcheese.com.
Hampton Xeri-Nursery, located at 2589 Benvoulin Rd., owned and operated by Tim Valerioti, will host a grand opening today (Thursday). This boutique nursery provides a variety of plants, grasses and trees that work well in the natural desert climate of the Okanagan. With water use becoming more of an issue, Hampton has been working to develop a lower water use nursery to grow and sell plants to the valley. From hearty flowers to water-wise trees and much more, Hampton provides a good selection of specialty plants and trees. From tall ornamental grasses to artificial turf, Hampton will supply a wide variety of products to help homeowners. As a member of the Regional Xeri organization, Hampton’s on-staff horticulturists will provide customers with some insight to xeriscaping, a method of gardening that does not sacrifice beauty to conserve water. Homeowners can still have beautiful flowers and shrubs. They key is using the water wisely as the principals of xeriscaping can be applied to any landscape style and can be as plain or elaborate as desired. Call 250-860-3196; www.hamptonliving.ca
Michael Hansen has joined the team of Benson Law Lawyers LLP as an associate lawyer. His preferred areas of practice are strata/condo law including collections, insurance and warranty claims. He also has experience in general commercial litigation including foreclosures, asset realization, construction disputes, builder’s liens and lease disputes. Call 491-0206; email@example.com.
Also joining Benson Law is Jaime Boyle specializing in litigation, employment law, family law and personal injury. She is involved in the Canadian Bar Association and is chair of the Young Lawyers’—Okanagan. Call 250-491-0206; firstname.lastname@example.org.
After years of offering hanging baskets, bedding plants, palm trees, citrus trees and all things green and beautiful, Barry Kuypers, owner/operator of the Kelowna Flower Farm at 3683 Berard Rd., is expanding to offer California Classics to the marketplace. California Classics is a specialty horticultural service dedicated to delivering the very best palm, citrus and other exotic plants to consumers throughout the valley. An increasing demand for a time-proven formula in selecting hardy and weather-proven varieties of these exotics is the catalyst for this exciting new venture. Each tree, ranging in height from three to 10 feet, is delivered to the consumer or business in the spring and then, in the fall they are returned to the Flower Farm greenhouse. The following spring, they are returned to the customers. Call 250-762-0434; www.exoticplantcompany.com.
Poppadoms Indian Restaurant, at 948 McCurdy Rd., will launch its second instalment of Indian-inspired cocktails on April 24 created by bartender and owner Harry Dosanj. The idea is to bring some Indian flair to classic cocktails by using spices and ingredients found in the Poppadoms kitchen. The new cocktail menu will feature 10 Indian-inspired cocktails ranging from $7 to $10 infusing Indian flavours with local fruits, herbs and spirits, wherever possible. Many of the drinks feature Dosanj’s homemade syrups and infusions, including peppercorn infused vodka, garam masala syrup (homemade spice blend) and masala spiced tea. Call 250-870-3649; www.poppadoms.ca
Joyce Wegner, editor-in-chief for Wineries Refined of British Columbia, has moved on and is now editor of Spectacular Wineries of British Columbia, one of a series of elegant coffee table books published by Panache Publishing. Suzan Hardy, with Wineries Refined of British Columbia, is assembling a new team to continue producing this publication.
Financial advisor Colleen Pfannenschmidt, formerly of Raymond James, has joined Benewealth Strategies & Investment Planning Council at 203-1658 Commerce Avenue. Contact her at 778-478-0267; email@example.com.
Devon McCubbin and Nicole Kelly will present their first local artist showcase on Saturday, April 20, at Alexis Art Gallery and Custom Framing, showcasing Lake Country artist Bobby Vandenhoorn who will revealing four new originals and working on a piece throughout the day. Located at 3466 Carrington Rd. in West Kelowna, Nicole and Devon purchased the inventory and equipment of Alexis Arts originally located in the Westridge Mall in downtown West Kelowna in 2011. They moved to Vintage View Centre and changed the name to Alexis Art Gallery and Custom Framing Shop, opening their doors in November of 2011. Call 250-707-0088; www.alexisarts.com.
Westbank Country Opry, the Okanagan’s longest running live music show, has announced that Karen Halvorsen, one of the local Opry’s popular artists, has been named a runner-up in the prestigious world-wide Songwriter of the Year competition. One of her original songs, Blame It on a Full Moon, is also featured on the new CD From the Heart—Women in Country. The Westbank Country Opry presents concerts Sundays at the Westbank Community Hall, 2466 Main St. The next Opry show is Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.
Wouldn’t it be empowering for women to know just a little bit more about a few car basics. Did you know that your car has TPMS? Or an EVAP? Or, what causes that shudder and why does it shake? So, when it does comes time for anything from an oil change to a tune-up you can be a part of the decision making process for your vehicles care. Integra Tire Auto Centre, at 2160 Enterprises Way, will host Kelowna Ladies Nite on Tuesday, April 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to help with all of the above. There will be free draws and giveaways. To register, call 250-868-3155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch for the Kelowna Yacht Club Boat Show Saturday/Sunday, April 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but bring a canned food item for the food bank. There will be music, great food, prizes and hundreds of boats.
Dairy Farmers of Canada and Cabana Bar and Grille will host Gourmet & Grapes on Sunday, May 5. This year Ned Bell, partner of Cabana (and also executive chef of the Four Seasons Vancouver) and Ray Bear, executive chef of Rush Restaurant and Nova Scotia Chef of the Year, will go cleaver to cleaver with Iron Chef Okanagan. There will be many food and wine stations. This is one event you will not want to miss. Call for tickets at 250-763-1955.
Senior to Senior Total Home Services will host a Spring Fair for seniors on Wednesday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Okanagan Mission Community Hall, located at the corner of DeHart and Lakeshore. Come see various local vendors and seniors groups as well as speakers at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Topics include seniors’ safety and social activities. Free admission. Call 250-826-4100 for more info. www.deniortosenior.ca.
Festivals Kelowna is looking to fill three two-year appointments to its board of directors. Application forms are available on www.festivalskelowna.com by Friday, April 26. Call 250-868-3326.
Birthdays of the week: Peter Burleigh (April 18); Lance Kayfish (April 18); Nick Pisio (April 18); Shel Jacobsen (April 18); John Goncalves (April 19); Sue Martin (April 9); Cleoffe Curalato (April 19); Bill Winter (April 21); Kevin Cutting (April 22); Peter Weeks, Kettle Valley Graphics (April 22); Chris Koutsantonis (April 22); Ellen Walker-Matthews (April 23); Jim Stuart (April 23); and Mary Krupa (April 23).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier and a City of Kelowna councillor. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email email@example.com.