This week’s column is dedicated to Dee Rogers, who passed away earlier this month. It was always a pleasure to chat with Dee. Despite her many personal obstacles, she always had an up-beat attitude and was a pleasure to be around. She was an influential person on many committees and boards, including the Okanagan chapter of the MS Society and was a member of the Premier’s Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities. Personal condolences to her family and many friends.
Revolution Pharmacy has just opened at 115-Highway 33 West near the intersection with Rutland Road.
Owned and operated by local pharmacist Curtis Fieseler, Revolution is an independent, full service and retail pharmacy. Fieseler has been a pharmacist for 19 years, mostly for larger chains, most recently Paragon Pharmacy. Revolution’s dispensing fees are very reasonable and the pharmacy is operated differently than a typical pharmacy. The in-store products are priced comparatively in the marketplace, especially the generic products, which are under the Pharma Choice Banner which offers the Option Plus Brand, with greatly reduces pricing and offers savings that are passed on to the customers. The environment and atmosphere in the pharmacy is warm and appealing. Sit on a comfortable couch, watch TV, charge your phone or drink tea while waiting for your prescriptions. Revolution does not sell candy, cigarettes or sugared pop (sugar free and naturally sweetened only), promoting healthy choices for their customers. Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 250-491-4475.
Andrea Andrich is the new owner/operator of Tan On Studios (formerly Sherry’s Tanning) at 2009 Enterprise Way, next to Enterprise Flowers. The shop uses Aviva Organic Spray Tan, which is a product that is hypoallergenic and fragrance and oil free. Since there is no oil, it dries on your skin in seconds and if it gets on any clothes, it washes right out with no staining. The product also has an entire skin care line, including a shower gel, tan extending lotion and exfoliating scrub, all which gets your skin ready for the spray tan and helps extend the tan up to three days. All these products are paraben free and hypoallergenic. Along with the spray tans, Tan On Studios still have four lay-down tanning beds and one stand-up. Part of the team is hair stylist Laura Win, whose company is called Cedar Hair Studio. Andrich has updated their space by freshening it up with new paint and decor. Check out their Facebook Page or online attanonstudios.com. Call 250-763-5300 for an appointment. Andrichs also co-owner of Mint Esthetics with Jessica Young and Angela Boulton, located in the same building.
Greg Bickert has joined the team of strata manager professionals at Associated Property Management (2001) Ltd., 1 -1441 St. Paul St. He will assume the role as senior strata manager and associate broker. He has nine years experience as a managing broker of another local firm. Call 250-869-8838; online apmkelowna.com.
Lawyer Wes Forgione, formerly of Pushor Mitchell LLP, has joined the firm of Porrelli Law, located at 221-3011 Louie Dr., in Westbank. Forgione, who moved to Kelowna from Toronto, specializes in the field of business and real estate law, along with wills and estates. Call 250-768-0717; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After 36 years of teaching, George Andrejew is now a sales associate for Golf Town. He loves his new position and says it is like a labour of love. P.S. to Roger Sellick—the breakfast club says your eggs are getting cold!
Campfire In A Can, an innovative new product design and the first of its kind on the market, is the world’s first portable campfire capable of burning three separate fuels. It gives campers the ability to burn wood, charcoal or propane in the same unit. Invented by Leo Knight, the vertical burner system allows for maximum heat projection when burning wood and leaves nothing but fine ash behind. The canister top and base combination lets you snuff out a wood fire in seconds and if using the propane kit, you have instant control over the flame. The unit is valued by outdoor enthusiasts for its compact design, versatility and superior heat and flame. Even if there was a fire ban, Campfire In A Can could be used with the propane. Each unit is manufactured to the highest standard of craftsmanship and is backed by the companies 100 per cent Happy Camper Guarantee. Knight, a Kelowna resident, and his daughter Nicole Knight, president of the company, went to Kickstarter to presell and launch their product until the beginning of March. Go to campfireinacan.com and click on Kickstarter and it will take you directly to the project where you can receive 40 to 50 per cent savings. There is no shipping charge if you pick up at their office in Kelowna at 204-767 Harvey Ave. Call Leo at 1-888-768-7737 (local 103).
Never shave again—what a great thought. Deborah Stewart, certified laser technician, electrologist and esthetician, has a unique and specialized business in Kelowna about to celebrate its seventh anniversary—Customer Laser Hair Removal, located at 765 Rose Ave. Laser treatments are rapid and non-invasive. Stewart uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment, being LightSheer Diode XC and EC Laser technology. Appointments can take moments or just over an hour depending on the size of the target area. Treatments are well-tolerated, yet a topical anesthetic is available if needed. There is no down-time after a treatment and normal activities can resume immediately. Stewart offers safe, effective, permanent laser hair removal for both men and women of all ethnic backgrounds. She also offers custom requests to ensure that your needs are met to the highest standard. It’s one of the best investments that I have ever made personally for myself. Why wait any longer? You won’t be sorry. For a complimentary consultation call 250-861-1141; online customlaserhairremoval.com or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Kelowna RCMP Const. Rick Goodwin for being awarded a Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers Award for his support of the program.
For a list of the participating restaurants and menus in the Wine & Dine Thompson/Okanagan Sip, Savour and Save from Jan. 23 to Feb. 11, check out the website okwineanddine.ca.
Curious Beyond Words School of Writing was founded by veteran writer, editor and instructor Dona Sturmanis. This year, she is kicking off a series of workshops featuring guest speakers and instructors. The workshop topics include Plan and Progress Your Writing Project, The Art of Fine Food and Wine Writing with Jennifer Schell; Wild at Heart Poetry Primer with Cherie Hanson; and Keys to Creating Books Children Want to Read with Karen Autio. Other seminars which take place through April address writing topics such as memoirs, travel, screen plays, articles, fiction and humour. Visit the website curiousbeyondwords.com for course descriptions and how to register or contact Dona at 778-214-6318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Knights of Columbus Fr. DeLestre Council No. 6233 invites members and their wives of all service and fraternal clubs to their 41st annual Service Club Banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 4, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Rutland Centennial Hall, 180A Rutland Road North. Tickets $15. RSVP by calling Vic Ukrainetz at 250-860-7612 or Garry Zarr at 250-764-7717.
This year’s seventh annual Swinging With The Stars takes place Saturday, March 7, at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. The event pairs professional dance instructors with local stars to support the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. The local dancers this year will be Val Cocar, Lakeshore Dental Center; Bill Mulgrew, Okanagan Orthodontists; Gillianne Richards, freelance media artist; Quinn Best, The Habitat Live Music Venue; Melissa Schmidt, Cream Hair & Makeup Lounge; Lonni Van Diest, Moxie’s Grill & Bar; and Carey Small, Smalls Tile and Flooring. The Bollywood ensemble includes Anita Clegg, realtor; Brenda Valnicek, artist; Laurie Koss, yoga instructor; Louise Koch, CIBC; Rose Sexsmith, Rose’s Pub; and Jan Woolsey, coordinator. Tickets $200. Call 250-763-5511.
The Kelowna Canadian Italian Club will host its 38th annual St. Valentine’s Day Gala Dinner and Dance at ICC Hall, 839 Sutherland Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 14. Dinner and dance with music by Melodia from Vancouver. Tickets $40 at Pharmasave Glenmore, Mediterranean Market, Valoroso Foods, Ferrara Italian Market and Il Tavolino Italian Bistro or call Emilio at 250-763-7078. Joe Iafrancesco is the president of the club.
Club Wine tours will host a Valentine’s Day tour called Total Decadence on Feb.14. Join them to enjoy wine tastings from award winning wineries, along with special treats. Call Bill Jack at 250-826-8623 or 250-762-995 to book a tour seat.
Turn Down the Heat is a cool campaign. Business Improvement Areas of BC (BIABC) along with the Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) would like to invite everyone to participate in the third annual Turn Down the Heat Week. Businesses across the province will be promoting energy conservation and encouraging customers to turn down their heat at home and work, wear a sweater and donate sweaters for people in need. Gather as many gently used sweaters during the camping week of Feb. 1 to 7. Hats, gloves, mittens, sleeping bags or any other items that keep people warm can also be donated in support of Kelowna Gospel Mission clients.
Carmen Hildebrand sent me a note to let everyone know that the 10th edition of their Sculpture Pacific Magazine has just come out. Go to sculpturespacific.com.
The Women’s Winter Revival trade show Mind Body and Soul takes place Jan. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Main Street Centre, 2041 Harvey Ave. Kwikfit4u whole body vibration trainers will be there for try outs, along with guest speakers and lots of other local vendors. Call 250-899-4559 for more info.
Birthdays of the week: Happy 65th Rick Potter, Rutland United Church (Jan. 31); happy 65th Sharon Shepherd (Jan. 25); happy 60th Steve Wright (Jan. 26); happy 55th Rod Romanow (Feb. 2); happy belated 60th Ross Gilley (Jan. 17); Darren Mohl, (Jan. 28); Lorne White (Jan. 29); Mike Huntley (Jan. 31); Linda Decosta (Feb. 1); Jennifer Long (Feb. 3).