DeHart: New restaurant, new jobs for local business people

Montreal smoked meat plus baby back ribs, beef ribs, pulled chicken and pork sandwiches, fries, poutine, baked beans and coleslaw.

Michel Tremblay owner of Michel’s Montreal Smoked Meat

Michel Tremblay owner of Michel’s Montreal Smoked Meat

Michel’s Montreal Smoked Meat has opened at 101-1851 Kirschner Road in the Stewart Centre. Owned and operated by Michel Tremblay, the restaurant has seating for 50 inside and an additional seasonal patio for 50 and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Michel brines, spices, cooks and steams all the smoked meat in-house in his large state-of-the-art equipment. He also offers baby back ribs, beef ribs, pulled chicken and pork sandwiches, fries, poutine, baked beans and coleslaw. You can add smoked meat to any poutine. Along with soft drinks he offers beer and wine by the bottle or glass. Call 250-712-0532.

Douglas Morgan art

All the major prize winners of the Maxine DeHart, United Way – Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast have now come forward. Congratulations to Jerod Smith, (Westjet flight for two); Greg Irons (London Drugs 43” LG Flat Screen TV); Rob Belanger (Creative Mortgage $500 Travel Voucher); Deanne Gore (Douglas Morgan Canvas: Wood Lake Blossoms, framed by Picture Perfect and Perpetual Blooms); Diana Manfred (IGA – $500 shopping spree).

Diamond ring winner

Len Basrana won the Michelle Urbanovitch, Party Rocks Jewelry, Have a Heart diamond ring $1,732). Other major prize winners were listed in the Oct. 7 column. Once again, thank you Kelowna for being part of the hugely successful 18th Annual Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast. It is only with the support of the sponsors, volunteers and you, the public that we are able to give wholeheartedly back to this wonderful community we call home. Luv you all!

If anyone received the Children’s Activity & Colouring Book of Love discount coupon in the Drive-Thru, Gloria-Jean will honour the discount that was misprinted until Dec. 25, 2015. Call 250-763-6495.

After 55 years, yes 55 years, Maddy Driscoll is retiring from The Hudson’s Bay on Saturday, Oct. 31. Maddy’s pride, passion, integrity and mostly her commitment to customer service during her years in the store in so many departments will truly be missed. Personally, I know I will miss her friendship and smiling face. Stop by and wish her the best that day with cake and refreshments being served at 2 p.m. Darla Strutt is the manager of The Hudson’s Bay.

Jenelle Hynes, business development and community relations administrator at the Kelowna Airport for the past 10 years, is on a new flight path. She has accepted a position with Pacific Coastal Airlines as their new business development and customer service manager for the Okanagan–Kootenay Region. Jenelle joins the company just ahead of its launch of non-stop service between Kelowna and Victoria on Nov. 23.

Speaking of the airport, kudos to the Kelowna International Airport which received the BC Aviation Council’s 2015 Williams Templeton Award for outstanding initiative and achievement in the continuous and successful development of a community airport. Sam Samaddar is the Kelowna airport director.

Ryan Donn is the new cultural development coordinator for the District of Lake Country. This new position will be responsible for the coordination of the community Creekside Theatre, open air performances, public art supervision, cultural and heritage events and working with various community organizations. Present contracted theatre manager for the past 16 years, Horst Jassman, is retiring at the end of the year. The Open Air Performance Society founders had a vision for providing free music in the community parks with the coordination for the concerts to eventually become a District of Lake Country function.

Anna Motkoski is a local tailor who received her tailoring certificate in Europe. She has been in Kelowna for four years and has started her own mobile alterations service for both men and women. Anna picks up and delivers your items anywhere, home or office and returns them within two days. She performs all types of alterations. Call 250-718-2313.

Debbie Robert has joined the Okanagan College Foundation board as a new director. She is currently serving as Northern Project Sector Chair for the Foundation’s Bright Horizons, Building for Skills fundraising campaign which is seeking to raise $7 million for the new Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus.

Paul Tonita has joined the team at Pushor Mitchell LLP Lawyers as an associate lawyer. He will be practicing primarily in the areas of business law, real estate development as well as wills, estates and trusts. Call 250-869-1226 or

Avril Paice, director of community investment for the United Way for the past six years is transitioning out of her job at the United Way in order to focus on other interests. She will continue on with the United Way as a volunteer in an advisory capacity, as new staff is introduced to partners in the region. She will be available at the United Way until Nov. 17. Avril has been an integral part of the United Way and has helped tremendously during the Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfasts. I will certainly miss her but wish her best. Call 250-860-2356.

Premier Jewellery and Loans at #4 – 1980 Bredin Rd., has been selected as the first pawn shop in Canada to be featured in Business Elite Canada Magazine. BEC features companies who shape, innovate and redefine their business types. Owned and operated by father and son team, Ernst and Martin Strasser and celebrating their 20th anniversary in December, Premier has upgraded the image of pawn shops from seedy to upscale. Public interest in pawn shops has been surging with top rated reality shows like Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn. Recovering from a stunningly violent armed holdup in 2011, Premier has overcome both adversity and industry stereotypes. They step outside of the common image of pawn shops by dealing extensively in jewelry and luxury products. Rolex watches, Louie Vuitton purses and one carat diamonds are often bought, sold and pledged in pawn. Call 250-717-0234.

The Kelowna Yacht Club was the Judges’ Choice Best Overall entry winner in the 7th Annual Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Commercial Building Awards. The project was also the Excellence Award winner in the Hospitality category. Other local Excellence Award winners were: Sandhill Estate Winery (Renovation); Queensway Transit Exchange (Community Institutional); Skyview Terraces (Multi Family); Cadence at the Lakes, Lake Country (Recreation/Resort); Upper Avenue Professional Building (Office); Arrowleaf Cellars, Lake Country (Winery) and West Kelowna’s Mar Jok Elementary (Green Category). Local Merit Awards went to Kelowna YMCA (Renovation); SOLE (Multi Family); Kelowna BCAA (Industrial) and Orchard Ford (Retail). Bill Everitt is the COO of SICA.

DirectBuy winners

Local couple, Jason and Karen Mongrain have won $7,500 US in the “Why I DirectBuy” Sweepstakes hosted by DirectBuy, the membership-based buying club that allows consumers to purchase lifestyle products from manufacturers and suppliers without hidden retail markup. The sweepstakes gave members across the US and Canada the opportunity to win the cash prize by sharing how DirectBuy has positively impacted their home and lifestyle. The Mongrains plan to utilize the prize package to improve their home they built earlier this year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. They are: Cottage Quilting Ltd. (Rising Star Award); CareSmart Seniors Consulting (Micro Business Award); Bellamy Homes (Small Business Award); SK Form & Finish Inc. (Mid-Size Business Award); Habitat for Humanity (Social Enterprise Award); AJ Hazzi (Young Entrepreneur Award); Summerhill Pyramid Winery (Sustainability Award); Hotel Eldorado (Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism Award); martketer inc. (Marketer Award); TELUS (Technology/Innovation Award); Emil Anderson Construction (Large Business Award); Theresa Arsenault (Business Leader of the Year).

Lake City Casino is having a Small Business Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in their Gateway 21 Room. There will be a festive buffet dinner followed by a comedy show staring Darryl Lenox and dancing to a DJ. All this for $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. This is a perfect venue for all small businesses, letting Lake City take care of all the details for your Christmas party. Suzanne Chorney is the director of marketing. Tickets available at guest services 250-860-9467 or

Gwen Plitt is The Kelowna International Choir’s new music director for the 2015/16 season. Plitt is a local teacher at South Rutland Elementary School, who has been conducting choirs for more than 20 years and has played the lead role in many local musicals. She is preparing for the Choir’s 20th Christmas benefit concert on Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Delta Grand in support of the food bank.

The annual Sleep Country Canada Give a Kid a Coat Campaign runs from Oct. 12 to Nov. 15. Drop off gently used winter coats at Sleep Country Canada, 2031 Harvey Avenue or in West Kelowna at 302-3350 Carrington Road. If you do not have any coats to donate you can make a $5 donation and the money will go to purchase new coats.

URBA Uptown After Hours is Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. hosted by Interior Savings, 185 Rutland Road. Everyone welcome ($8). Winners of the Scarecrow contest are: Scarecrow – Premade, Murrell Family (Most Original); Specialty Bakery (Best Represents their Business or Organization). Scarecrow – On Site, Christal Mack (Most Original); Leah Powder and Family (Made by a Family) and Leah Powder and Family (People’s Choice).

Sears, Orchard Park is hosting a Fall Beauty Event on Nov. 3, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a fashion show, food, cosmetic demos and draws for lots of prizes. This fun event contributes to the Look Good Feel Better Program. Tickets at Sears. Laurie Juric is the new sales manager and Dyan Black a new sales associate for Sears. For more information call 250-860-3682.

If you are still looking for a Halloween event this weekend, the Mission Hall on DeHart Road in support of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association is hosting a great Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 30. Food, beverage, DJ, entertainment, door prizes, Westjet raffle and silent auction. Call 250-808-5602 or

Rutland United Church, 1370 Rutland Road N. is hosting their annual Fall Turkey Dinner on Nov. 7th at 6 p.m. Tickets available at the Church office, Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or by calling 250-765-5141. $15 for adults and $5 for children.

Birthdays of the week – Gary Topham (Oct. 28); Darran Light (Oct. 28); A’Lana Rains, Crowe McKay LLP (Oct. 28); Mark Beaulieu, Flash Point Lazer Tattoo (Oct. 29); Laurie Baird (Oct. 30); Don Gerein (Oct. 30); Gabe Cipes (Nov. 1); Nathan Flavel (Nov. 1); Mark Whittle (Nov. 1); George Colpron (Nov. 2); Glen Knuth (Nov. 2); Chrissie Leathley (Nov. 2); Doreen Gray (Nov. 3); Bob Callioux (Nov. 3). Happy Halloween everyone.

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