DeHart: Original mall tenant adopts fashion makeover

The Tip Top Tailors store in Orchard Park Mall has been completely renovated with a grand re-opening set for June 10 to 12.

The Tip Top Tailors store in Orchard Park Mall has undergone a major renovation. The store staff includes store manager Bill Codere (left)

The Tip Top Tailors store in Orchard Park Mall has undergone a major renovation. The store staff includes store manager Bill Codere (left)

The Tip Top Tailors store in Orchard Park Mall has been  completely renovated with a grand re-opening set for June 10 to 12.

Located in the Centre Sky Court area, Tip Top Tailor is one of only a few original retailers in the mall still around. It’s a neat story. Bill Coderre, who has been the manager of the store for 27 years in that location, was the second manager of the store. The first manager was his father Bill Coderre Sr., who started in 1971, the same year the shopping center opened. Jeff Gyle, full-time sales associate, has also been with Tip Top for 27 years in the mall. For the re-opening there will be many special offers, along with new lines including the Stonehouse Collection (100 per cent wool Canadian made suits), DKNY, and the updating of their Calvin Klein line. Call 250-860-3876.

By the way, I will be away next week so I won’t have a column for the June 15 edition of the Capital News.

The Capital News plans to change its publications dates to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday starting the week of June 20, so my next Straight from DeHart column will actually appear in the new Tuesday edition of the Capital News. So I’ll see you on Tuesday, June 21.

Well-known chiropractor Dr. Dale Forsythe is celebrating 40 years in practice. Forsythe’s uncle practiced for 62 years, so he’s got a long way to go to catch up to him. To celebrate, Forsythe will roll back his fees to 1971 prices for existing, former and new patients at his practice, located at 225 Rutland Road South on June 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be fun to see how they are going to recreate the atmosphere of 1971. For an appointment call 250-765-1466;

Two well-known firemen with the Kelowna Fire Department are retiring. With over 35 years in the department, Capt. Gerry Richard started his career as a volunteer with the Kelowna Volunteer Fire Department in 1976 and served there until he was hired as a full-time firefighter in 1978. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2002 and then captain in 2005. He is an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and self-taught furniture builder, all of which he will enjoy in his retirement. And with more than 35 years in the department, Capt. Brian Pekrul was hired in 1977. In his early years, he enjoyed running the ambulance. He has worked on Marine Rescue 2 and can remember when the KFD obtained the department’s first diesel truck. He was appointed to acting lieutenant in 1997, promoted to lieutenant in 2001 and then captain in 2006. His retirement plans are to golf, go boating, skiing and snowboarding.

Speaking of promotions in the Kelowna Fire Department, congratulations to Larry Hollier and John Kelly, who both have been promoted to the rank of captain, and to Dan Chasca and Gord Darchuk, who are both now lieutenants.

The Kelowna area chapter of the Canadian Ski Patrol System has been honoured with the highest possible designation by Canada’s national ski patrol organization. Known as the Ogopogo Zone, the group was named the CSPS 2011 National Outstanding Zone. This prestigious award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of a zone and its members in promoting, expanding and supporting the programs and policies of the CSPS and was selected as the top patrol organization from 63 nationwide.  Ogopogo zone includes patrols at Big White, Crystal Mountain, Phoenix Mountain and Telemark Cross-Country. Justin Lane is the Ogopogo Zone president.

Chris Brown and Tom Graham, with the Rutland Park Society, are the recipients of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for the successful 52nd annual edition of Rutland May Days.

Kelowna Ford Lincoln Sales Ltd., 2540 Enterprise Way, has received the prestigious 2010 Diamond Club President’s Award, which honours the top dealers for demonstrating a superior level of customer care at every visit. The award nominees are measured not only for outstanding new vehicle sales, but also in excellent service as judged by customer comments and comprehensive surveys. Brad Airey is the partner/general manager of the dealership, with Norm Assam also a partner. Call 250-868-2330.

Bernard Casavant was singled out as the most promising graduate in the Vancouver Island University culinary arts program back in 1976. After 35 years since as a prominent executive chef who now works for Manteo Resort, Casavant has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the university. His first job was as a prep cook at the Greenwood Motor Hotel in Port Alberni, and since then he has created distinctive Western Canadian cuisine for British Royalty and Hollywood celebrities, including Prince Charles and Diana, the King of Dubai, John Travolta and Kenny Rogers.

Le Plateau’s Bistro, owned and operated by Michael Gauthier at 5-3045 Tutt St. (Tutt Street Square), is now open for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant also has two new well-known chefs—executive chef Karl Jarrett, formerly of Mission Hill Estate Winery, and sous chef Katelyn Boutiller, formerly with RauDZ.  The new menu items are nicoise salad, vegetarian cassoulet, pan roasted duck breast and Elk bavette. The bistro is lovely, serving simple, honest food and wine. I like to refer to it as a “wonderful hidden secret.”  To make reservations call 250-861-8618;

Dr. Randy Gerber has relocated his podiatry clinic to the Glenmore Medical Building, 1615 Gordon Dr., where he will be sharing office space with his colleague Dr. Richard Snowsell. Call 250-762-6097.

Eye-Spy Reflective Address Signs is a business that delivers and/or installs in a visible location, reflective civic address signs, which provide emergency response vehicles and others a highly visible means of locating your property fast and easy. It only makes sense to improve visibility of house numbers, especially at night or when it is raining. Owned by Paul Mathon, the signs are three-inch white reflective numbers positioned back-to-back onto an appropriate sized rust-resistant, green powder-coated metal plate, which is durable, chip resistant and long-lasting. The signs are reasonable to purchase and installation time is one week or less, supplied with or without posts. The new product comes with green reflective numbers on white triangle-shaped fiberglass,  are UV proof and ideal for chain link fences, cul-de-sacs or corner properties. Call 250-864-7607, 250-486-6607 ;

Charly Stratton is the new president of the B.C. Interior chapter for the Sunshine Foundation. The foundation is looking for new board members. To join call, 250-869-9252;

Mickie’s Pub, located at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave.,  has a new menu, which can also be enjoyed on their lovely patio. Some of the new items (and I have tried and enjoyed them all) are Spiked Sliders, Sesame Jack Pot Stickers and Mini Samosas (appetizers). New featured salads are the Tuscan Prawn Salad, Spicy Tuna Steak Salad and Ginger Beef Salad. Some really great new burgers are lamb, salmon, and my personal favourite, the turkey burger. A new feature sandwich is the BBQ pulled pork while a great tuna steak sandwich has also been added. Mickie’s is open seven days a week and serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Call 250-979-4548.

Speaking of the Ramada Hotel, if anyone is looking for a free TV, the Ramada has about 100 to give away. They are 27 inch RCAs (no remote controls, not flat screens). Just drop into the Ramada any day between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask for maintenance.

Carl’s Jr. Restaurant is now open at Harvey and Bertram, owned and operated by siblings Alisha, Chris and Michelle Dowling. The restaurant is open for breakfast and offers a drive-thru window service.

I must mention four individuals who truly deserve recognition for exceptional customer service. A big thanks to Jeff Jenns, of Mario’s Towing, Cole Chasca, of Lakeview Market, Jesse Heath, of Extra Foods (Capri) and Dalton Stark (watch technician) of On Time Service at The Bay.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has a new look on its website and has also joined the social media world on Facebook and Twitter. Check out To join call Sherri Paiement, membership coordinator at 250-469-7352.

Lori Pike-Raffan has joined the team of Vintage Consulting Group in public relations and new media communications.  Formerly with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, she also works with her husband at their boutique B.C. winery, Township 7 (

A lot of people have been stopping by my office to ask about the balloons. Yes, they have been there for over two weeks and are still as nice as ever. They came from the Tickle Trunk. I wrote about the company a couple of weeks ago, highlighting their new Mini-cake Balloon Bouquets. The cake was unbelievable and the balloons are still going strong.

Golf Fore Gals is a new business, started by Diane Fru, that is an online women’s golf club, with affordable golf club memberships for women. There are three types available with affiliation to several golf courses in the valley and expanding. Visit; call 1-866-967-9886.

Congrats to the following who aced hole-in-ones at Black Mountain Golf Club— Stewart Dewar, Linda Harrison, Ian Bjarnason.

The arrival of summer is bringing some “blooms” to the 200 block of Leon Avenue, courtesy of Communities in Bloom and some local artists. Today, artists and clients of Kelowna’s Gospel Mission along with members of the Communities in Bloom will be at the Gospel Mission making all-weather banners that will be installed along Leon’s 200-block. The eight banners will reflect the inspiration of the artists, but one of the banners will feature the Chinese Heritage of the area. Suzanne Anderton is the art workshop manager.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 70th Brian Burnell (June 14); Nova Tourney, Ramada Hotel (June 11);  Jan McArthur (June 9); Laura Doncom (June 9); Wayne Judiesch, Macdonald Realty (June 12); Gilles Dufort, Harvest Golf Club (June 9); Jim Haire (June 10); Jeanne Crandall (June 10); Al Horning (June 11); Don Makela (June 11); Martin McDermott, Sun Valley Window Cleaning (June 8); Gerry Mitzel, Insta Print (June 13); RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon (June 19); Vern Burnell (June 19); Brian Tapp, Jamieson Vitamins (June 18); Carol Chapell (June 18); Dr. Ian Leitch (June 18); Rose Topham (June 20); Marlene Proctor (June 22).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email


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