DeHart: New restaurant adds gourmet flare to burgers

Made-to-order gourmet burgers with a local flare at a new restaurant at the foot of Bernard in Kelowna.

Darren Bates is the entrepreneur behind the new Sliderz Community House Restaurant in downtown Kelowna.

Darren Bates is the entrepreneur behind the new Sliderz Community House Restaurant in downtown Kelowna.

This week’s column is dedicated to long-time friend Barry Longeway who passed away suddenly. Our friendship goes back to Calgary and the Vanguard Trailer days. We both moved to

Kelowna around the same time, the early 1970s.

Personal condolences to Jolaine, his family and many friends.


Sliderz Community House Restaurant has opened at 235 Bernard Ave. Owned and operated by young entrepreneur Darren Bates, this restaurant is a true Kelowna original, serving made-to-order gourmet burgers with a local flare. Bates will offer also offer appies, salads, soups and breakfast. His vision is to provide local, fresh and great quality fare in an

environment that reflects his Kelowna hometown. Sliderz will also offer online ordering and catering services for in-store pick up. Sliderz is a place where you can go and share your day and dinner at a reasonable price (sharing made easy—you get two of all entrees). It is open from 9 a.m. for breakfast until 4 a.m. on weekends for late night eats. The grand-opening is this Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. with guests receiving a free poutine and half of all purchases going to the United Way. 99.9 SunFM will be on location. There will also be a prize draw to win a Gourmet Burger Party. Call 250-763-3304;

Okanagan Lake has a new landmark with the newly commissioned Joe Bulach Pump Station just north of McKinley Road. The pump station was named after Joe Bulach, a long-time resident of the Glenmore Valley and a tireless advocate of the water industry in the valley. Bulach has been a trustee of the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) for over 40 years and the chairman of the board of trustees for more than 20 of those years. A pump station on the lake has been Bulach’s dream and that of his fellow GEID trustees for many years. Together they worked through many challenges and roadblocks to build a station to replace the older creek system supplying water from Postill Lake, built nearly 100 years ago by the early settlers of Glenmore and Ellison. The new station will supply pumped Okanagan Lake water to the majority of the district’s 15,000 residents.

Jeff Robinson, associate lawyer with Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP, has joined the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce board for the remaining portion of Sally Ginter’s term after she moved away from Kelowna. Robinson has been involved with the Kelowna Chamber as an integral member of their policy committees, volunteering a significant number of hours in assisting with researching and drafting their policy submissions to the provincial and national chamber meetings and assisting with the presentation of their policy submissions at the recent Canadian Chamber AGM.

After 30 years in downtown Westbank, the Mad Hatter Bookstore, 5-Plaza 97 South (2483 Main St.) owned and operated by Doug and Donna Campbell, is closing in mid-December. The Campbells invite all their customers and readers to come in and take advantage of the great discounts on all stock between now and closing. Call 250-768-2231.

Lawyer Glen Johnson is bringing a new type of legal service to the Johnson Law Office in Kelowna. To make legal services more affordable and control costs, Johnson will handle most matters on an unbundled basis. Clients decide what help they need on portions of their matter. For example, someone who wishes to sue for personal injuries will schedule a time slot and get advice on how to draft the pleading, how to serve the document and the steps involved in the course of the action. They will leave the office and handle their own file until they need further advice on how to prepare for the next step in the proceeding or if they would like representation at court, or a settlement conference. If the client is faced with a family law dispute, they may need help to bring or contest a child custody applicant in court. They would come in for advice on the process and documents that need to be prepared and they would also be given reference to court form websites. Clients are billed only for the time they are assisted. Due to the low overhead Johnson will charge less than half the usual billing rate.  He feels the high cost of fees create a barrier to access justice for an increasing number of people. With the provincial government funding for legal aid and family duty counsel being eroded, many people fall through the gap. Call 250-826-8822;

Go in and get your party look with Sears, Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and $8 can be redeemed toward your cosmetics or fragrance purchases. $2 from every ticket sold will benefit “Look Good…Feel Better.” Join them for an evening filled with exclusive offers, complimentary personalized beauty consultations, refreshments and fun. There will be a fashion show, with lots of draws for gifts and prizes throughout the evening. Also, when you present your ticket at any cosmetics or fragrances counter, you will receive a beautiful compact mirror for free. Tickets in the cosmetics department. Call 250-860-3682.

More grand prize winners have come forward from the Maxine DeHart/Ramada United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast. Congratulations to Sherry Schreiner, Kelowna Ford Lincoln (Creative Mortgage $500 travel voucher); Connie Lemieux, (Sun Valley Window Cleaners $150 gift certificate) and Gerl (Tiny) Rienhold, (Princess Auto $100 gift certificate).

Are you feeling physical or emotional challenges in your life? Experiences of emotional and physical stress leave imprints in our being that often times interfere with future healings. Cleaning these imprints allow us to heal more effectively.  Learn about this  latest research with the Gold Standard of Energetic Diagnostics, and the GDV camera, at a free presentation on Sunday, Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m., at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave. This free presentation demonstrates how health is affected by thought, supplements and activities.  For more info call Pamela Lynch at 250-768-0045.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Commercial Building Awards—Waters Edge Condominium, Truswell Road, Kelowna (Multi-Family); Kal Tire Head Office, Vernon; (Business and Personal Services); Delta Grand Okanagan Resort (Commercial Renovations); Golden Civic Centre (Community); Mica Heli-Ski Lodge, Revelstoke (Hospitality); Canem Auto Gallery, McCurdy Place, Kelowna (Industrial); North Shore Health Science Centre, Kamloops; (Mixed-Use); Kelowna Mountain Welcome Centre (Wine Industry); Landmark Office Building (Office) and Flooring Canada, Banks Road, Kelowna (Retail).

Matt Cherrille, former broadcaster and Capital News sports columnist, recorded his first ever hole-in-one at Black Mountain Golf Course, playing in the Ironman tournament. Using a five wood, he aced the 230 yard drive off the tee, one of the longest hole-in-ones recorded at that course. The sweet swinging Cherrille is now a designated real estate appraiser working with North Country Appraisals, 250-868-9244.

Cabana Grille is hosting a unique Halloween Party on Friday, Nov.1, that you will not want to miss. Cirque Berzerk (Circus of the Damned) offers fire performers, stilt walkers and acrobats coming from the Cabana ceiling. There is a circus tent with cool side show performances and music mixed by DJ’s Wolfhous and Romo. Prizes for the best dressed. There are also side show curiosities and performances. Tickets only $40 at Cabana Grille or Calowna Costumes. Check out their website

Benjamin Moore is hosting their latest colour trends along with colour stories, a whole new chapter in paint colour technology with an unprecedented array of truly unique hues. They will also reveal their 2014 colour trend palette. Colour Trends, with Janice Fedak, colour and design specialist is Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Space is limited so purchase your tickets ($5 with proceeds to the Food Bank) in advance at Benjamin Moore, 1768 Springfield Road or call 250-763-5333. Rob and Gaia Mueller are the owners of Kelowna Benjamin Moore.

No one likes getting cold feet. Here is a chance to help make a difference in a very simple way. Donate any gently used or new adult socks to the MCC Thrift Store at 125 Roxby Rd. in Rutland. The goal is to collect 1,000 pairs. Hours Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 250-765-7838.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 65th Bill Slade (Oct. 18) ; happy 35th Anneke Dunn (Oct. 21); Carey Kapp (Oct. 24); Vicki (Lorraine) Campbell (Oct. 24); Robin Letvinchuk (Oct. 24); Jim Milne (Oct. 25); Terry Wardrop, Wealthlink Financial (Oct. 27); Peter Murphy (Oct. 27); Darran Light (Oct. 28); Mark Beaulieu, Flash Point Lazer Tattoo (Oct. 29); Loyal Wooldridge (Oct. 29); Laurie Baird (Oct. 30).

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