DeHart: Not your ordinary gelato shop

Kelowna hotelier Maxine DeHart talks business in her weekly column

By Maxine DeHart

This week’s column is dedicated to Steve Muenz who passed away July 14. Steve was an engineer with the City of Kelowna for 25 years and also gave much back to his community with his involvement in the Jaycees and Lions Club. He will be missed by his family, colleagues and friends. Personal condolences to Sandi and his entire family.

QB Gelato (Quanto Basta, meaning As much as you need. No more. No less.) has opened at 1884 Dayton Street in Landmark 6. Owned and operated by Victor Laderoute and Kevin Bojda, this is not your ordinary gelato and sorbet shop. Both Victor and Kevin attended the Italy Gelato University and use traditional “pozzetti’s” from Italy to preserve the temperature, light and quality of their product. With pozzetti’s, the product is also displayed differently. They offer a tasting bar with customer engagement and an exceptional experience. QB use local dairy products and incorporates local ingredients into their inventive flavours. All products are made in-house from scratch fresh daily in an open-style kitchen. The #1 best seller is Holy Cacao which is a vegan sorbet. Other popular flavours are green goddess, chocolate seduction, coco-mango, carrot cake, salted caramel, orange blossom and purple dream, and that’s just a few. There were so many to try, all were incredible and they change daily. Madeleine Saikaley is the head gelato maker. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 250-861-6622 www.qbgelato.com.

Surej Dhillon, BBA, MA has opened a new notary firm, Dhillon Notary Public in the Main Street Centre, 102 – 2041 Harvey Avenue. His area of practice includes real estate, wills, personal planning, notarizations and travel documents. Surej has lived in Kelowna for the past 26 years and previously worked for the TD Bank for 10 years. He is the only Punjabi-speaking notary in Kelowna. The office is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evenings and weekends by appointment. Call 778-478-8499. www.dhillonnotary.com.

Marty Berman, owner of Amber Millwork at 110 – 842 McCurdy Place and a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Okanagan was one of the Wood Industry’s 40 Under 40 Award Winners. He was given the award in Las Vegas for excellence in product, profitability, social good locally and globally, ingenuity and innovation. Call 236-420-2770 www.ambermillwork.com.

Not only did Summerhill Pyramid Winery win Best Chardonnay Wine in the World in France a few months ago, they just won an astonishing unheard of 100 points in San Francisco. France honoured the 2014 Chardonnay Icewine and San Francisco’s award was for the 2013 Semillion Icewine. These are two of the top awards in the wine world. It is a triumph for the truth that organic grape growing and organic wine making is not only the best for our health and for the earth, but also the best tasting, says Summerhill proprietor Steve Cipes. Stephen@summerhill.bc.ca; www.summerhill.bc.ca.

Jesse Clipperton is the new manager of London Drugs. Jesse started with the company as casual help in 2001 and was officially hired on as a stock person in 2002. He worked in various roles over the next five years before moving to Kelowna in 2007 where he worked in various departments. He transferred to Kamloops in 2009 and then to West Kelowna in 2012. In 2014 he took on the role of assistant store manager of Kelowna and this past June was promoted to the role of store manager. As of July 20, London Drugs has collected $55,000 for Red Cross Wildfire Relief and donated $58,000 in product to the various evacuation centers in B.C. including the registration center in Kelowna. London Drugs has also been a major sponsor of the Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast for many years. Call 250-860-2232 or jclipperton@londondrugs.com.

Just launched, Happipad.com is a new rental website made in Kelowna for Kelowna. The team behind Happipad.com is Kenneth Chau and Cailan Libby. They started working on Happipad.com over a year ago when it was decided that they wanted to make the process of securing long-term rentals faster and more efficient. Happipad.com is more than a listing service. Everyone is verified (as a real person), you can sign agreements on line and it’s a place where landlords post and tenants browse. The website allows renters and landlords to advertise, search, screen, sign and review, all in a few clicks. Tenants can browse and then accept applications and a landlord can offer multiple roommates one contract. Their downtown office is located in the CoLab, a shared work space for social entrepreneurs at 1405 St. Paul Street. Visit www.happipad.com or call Ken Chau at 250-899-5846.

Arrowleaf Academics and Outdoor Education is a learning centre in Kelowna that started in January, 2017 offering outdoor education opportunities to students from Grades 2 to 6. They have now expanded their offering to kindergarten and Grade 1 starting in September along with Grades 2 to 6. The kindergarten and Grade 1 group will be meeting at DeHart House, the little red house beside the Fire Hall on DeHart and Lakeshore. They feel they are building the stewards of tomorrow with their community driven, outdoor focused education. Call Jenny Newell at 250-870-8466 or www.arrowleaf.ca.

Congratulations to Alexa Rood, Miss Lady of the Lake 2017 who was sponsored by the Canadian Home Builders Association and to Bethany Kover, Kelowna’s Princess who was sponsored by the Uptown Rutland Business Association.

The City of Kelowna’s Spirit of the Lake parade float has been doing great this year, starting in Vernon on a snowy day. The float has continued its winning streak as it has won an award in every judged parade so far including winning 1st places in two of the larger parades being Victoria and Calgary. The float has travelled 4,300 km to 12 different parades which were Vernon (1st place), Rutland Vasahki (not judged), Rutland May Days (not judged), Nanaimo (1st place); Victoria (1st place), New Westminster (President’s Award – 2nd place), Kelowna Fat Cat (not judged); Marysville, WA (Special Award – Berryville Award for decoration), West Kelowna (1st place), Peachland (1st place), Calgary Children’s Hospital (not judged) and Calgary Stampede (Best Municipal Float). The next parades will be in White Rock on August 6 and Penticton on August 12 with the two new Lady of the Lake and Princess Ambassadors.

Floral Designs by Lee owned and operated by Lee Barber has opened at 180 Asher Road with the main entrance from the alleyway. Delivery available Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Kelowna and to surrounding areas. The studio is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Call 250-718-1155. www.floraldesignsbylee.com.

The URBA Business After Hours is Wednesday, August 2 from 5. to 7 p.m. at Valleyview Funeral Home, 165 Valleyview Road.

LifeWorks Family Chiropractic at 204 – 1740 Gordon Drive is celebrating their 10th Anniversary on Saturday, July 29 with a community party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a BBQ, live music, family entertainment and mini nerve scans (opportunity to do a $10 Wellness Check Up). All proceeds from the BBQ and check-ups will go to the food bank. Call 250-868-4880 for a scan appointment. www.lifeworkschiropractic.ca.

The new 2017 board of directors of the Kelowna Arts Gallery are Dylana Bloor, Mary Butterfield, Clayton Gall, Greg Garrard, Joanne McKechnie, Paul Mitchell, Q.C., Candace Surette, Stoke Tonne, Susan van Unen and Joanna Wrzesniewski.

MTL Montreal Food is owned by partners chef Mathew Morazain and Bernie Mahapatra. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. serving both breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday and brunch on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Chef Morazain calls his restaurant a classic scratch diner. Wine and craft beers are available and they have a lovely covered patio. All menu items are house-made from scratch. I attended a reception that was catered by chef Morazain and the food items were different, beautifully displayed and delicious. A few days later I attended another function that just happened to be at the restaurant and, like the catered event, was delicious. I had the buttermilk biscuits with breakfast and wow, they were tasty. A great alternative to toast. Call 778-484-3888 or www.mtlrealfood.com.

The YMCA of Okanagan is hosting a job fair on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kelowna Family Y at 375 Hartman Road. With over 14 programs and service sites, the YMCA is looking to fill a variety of positions from entry level to management. www.ymcaokanagan.ca.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 75th Gayle Stevenson (July 28); Jennifer Schell (July 26); Kevin Rothwell (July 26); Tom Light (July 27); Doug Murray (July 27); Dennis Derer (July 28); Iris Bodnar (July 28); Betty Cleland (July 28); Larry Gray (July 28); Gerry Geen (July 29); Stuart Klassen (July 30); Shauna Burnell (July 30); Will Gow (July 30); Mark Fredrickson (July 31); Al Huva (July 31); Kristina Little (July 31); Ben Stewart (July 31); Dom Vinci (Aug. 1); Barb Himmler (Aug. 1).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail maxdehart@telus.net.

 

Happipad.com owner-developers Kenneth Chau (left) and Cailan Libby.