This week’s column is dedicated to two special people we lost this week. Ron Campbell passed away Nov. 30. I first met Ron way back when he was with McGavin’s Bakery. Condolences to Rita, his family and friends. And Rick Jackson passed away Dec. 6. We were colleagues when I worked for Scotiabank. My personal condolences also to Fran, his family and friends.
Crescendo is an incredible store now open at the Mission Park Shopping Centre on Lakeshore Road.
The first Crescendo in Canada was opened by husband and wife Daniel Weber and Elvira Brunner in Revelstoke, with Kelowna now their second location. Crescendo brands itself as the world’s foremost retail purveyor of the finest, premium, artisanal European products, sampled and savoured directly from the cask. The store offers more than 50 exclusive cask-aged vinegars, award-winning fruit vinegars and exquisite oils. Products are sold in a variety of quantities and dispensed into traditional and elegant bottles. The bottles can even be returned for a refill. Their collection of over 60 exquisite herbs and spices including gourmet salts and peppers, chilis, fine herbs and seasonings are chosen from all over the world. Gifts are beautifully presented and the tops of all their bottles are wax dipped for shipping. The Revelstoke shop won the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award in 2010 from the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce. Call 250-868-8628; www.crescendocanada.com; www.crescendo-world.com.
Former long-time Rona manager and certified inspector Brian Boechler has started a new business, Clear View Home Inspections. Boechler has been in the construction/retail industry since 1993, starting way back with West Fraser, then Revelstoke and most recently Revy/Rona (all the same organization). He left Rona in February 2007. He is a member of the B.C. Institute of Property Inspectors. Call 250-317-2144 or email email@example.com.
If you have holiday shopping left to do and need some ideas, here is a suggestion—visit Lakehouse A Home Store, a new gourmet kitchen and home decor store located at 510 Bernard Ave. Owned by Sue and Ben Boschman, this store has just about everything you can imagine from pancake flippers to Nespresso coffee machines and furniture. Along with everything for your kitchen, the store has a huge selection of wine accessories, games, vintage items, European soda makers (Soda Stream) small appliances and electrics (Breville and Vitamix), lamps, chandeliers, gadgets, art work and tons of small gift items. The wood furniture is all crafted from recycled wood, and you should check out the coolest recycled newspaper table lamp on display for sale. Along with all this, look also for a variety of condiments, cookbooks, paper tablecloths and napkins (recyclable). You can purchase any of the furniture on the floor that day and they carry “Fatboy” modern-day bean bag chairs that are really comfortable and fun for adults, children and even pets. Lakehouse is offering cooking classes with Chef Edison and offers a design centre with home décor specialist Char Milligan and interior designer Dianne Lorinczi. One piece of advice. Have a long time to browse, as this is not the type of store that you run in and out of quickly. Call 250-763-9500.
The United Way has relocated their offices to new premises at 202-1456 St. Paul St. Their phone number remains the same, 250-860-2356.
Congratulations to The Okanagan Chef’s Association Award winners; Lisa Kolar, GFS (Associate Member of the Year); Chef Geoffrey Couper, OCA president (Member of the Year); Nicole Pridie, OC secretary (Junior of the Year); Chef Mark Filatow, Waterfront Wines (President’s Award in Honour of Bruno Stass) and Chef Bernard Casavant, Manteo Resort (Chef of the Year). The association donated $960 to the food bank as well as helping to fill empty shelves in the Christmas Toy Room.
If you are looking for fresh seafood or have a craving for fish and chips, drop into Hooked on Seafood, at 1951 Harvey Ave. (next to Choices Market). It is one busy shop! The store is chocked full of just about any type of fresh seafood you can image, along with a wide variety of condiments and other deli seafood items such as seaweed salad, jap squid salad, fresh pacific herring and sockeye salmon jerky, a brand new product. Manager, Dominique Couton, the former chef at Bouchon’s, and long-time employee Christina O’Connor can give you any information on any type of fish in the store. Other interesting items you might want to pick up are real crab cakes (my favourite) or seafood manicotti, all made fresh in-house. Ken Olson is their “smoked seafood” expert, with smoked products made right on their own premises. You can also pre-order your holiday party sea-treats and they only require 24 hours’ notice (before noon) to bring in live east coast lobster and west coast Dungeness crab. The restaurant menu consists of many types of fish and chips, including cajun catfish, haddock, cod, salmon, prawns or scallops and they also offer take-out. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-860-2541.
White House Mortgages ran a contest from May 22 to Sept. 22. Everyone that received a mortgage from the company was entered into a draw. The contest winner is George Wannop, with his prize being payment of his mortgage (to a maximum of $1,000 per month) for December, January and February.
The Kelowna-Lake Country riding association for the Conservative Party has elected a new board of directors. The executive consists of Ron Cannan, Shari Matvieshen (president), Mark Thompson, Ernie Weber and Lee-Anne Tiede (vice-presidents); Peter McFadden (financial agent); Ruth Fukumoto (secretary) and Cairine Powell (membership). Directors are Robert Donick, Kirsten Hamilton, Trudy Hiebert, Kjell Sundin, Bob Chisholm, Ian Disbery, Geoff Millar, Leighton Meyer, Tonya Kuchma, Jody Wielgosz, Christy Lovig, Barb MacCarl, Peter Neville, Chris Gorman, Henry Van Tol, Melonie Dodaro, Twyla Kendall, Thomas Schneider, Robert Oleksyn, Irving Goldenberg, Kelly White and Bob Dhanwant.
Six First Nations students at UBC Okanagan received grants from the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society. Congrats to West Kelowna locals Meagan Carrier, and Starleigh Grass, who were among 117 B.C. Aboriginal students who will share $311,500 in grants.
If you would like to have some fun, join some carolers and spread a little cheer, Aura Beauty presents the Holly Jolly Food Bank Folly. Carolers will be in Black Mountain and North Glenmore collecting donations of non-perishable food items and new toys for the Kelowna Food Bank on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Watch for the decorated bus and carolers coming through your neighbourhood. I am pleased to be invited to join them, although my singing is not quite up to par. To join in that day, or for more information on the event, call Lindsay Geortzen at 250-863-0533 or visit www.aurabeauty.ca/FoodBank.
You still have time to pre-order your Christmas specialties from Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate, at 1865 Dilworth Dr. Sandrine has a delicious selection of yule logs, (chocolate-pistachio, raspberry, lemon-nuts or Neapolitan iced), Tourtieres or figurines and chocolate Christmas trees (first come first served). Call 250-860-1202.
Home Instead Senior Care has again launched its annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” campaign. The popular campaign delivers more than 500 gifts to local seniors as they struggle to keep pace with the rising cost of living. Here’s how it works. While you are in London Drugs, pick an ornament from the Home Instead Christmas Tree and purchase a gift(s) for the senior from the gift ideas listed on the ornament. The gifts and ornament will be gathered and held for pickup. Home Instead Senior Care will regularly collect gifts and refresh tree ornaments as needed and then wrap the gifts and deliver to seniors before Christmas Day. Call Don Henke at 250-860-4113.
It’s the 20th anniversary this month for the Mom & Me flower shop now located in Guisachan Village on Gordon Drive in Kelowna. Edithe Ross and her daughter Patti Custaloe initially started the company as a home-based business in 1990. It was originally located on the family’s East Kelowna homestead. Mom & Me became an award winning flower shop after moving into its present location on Dec. 1, 1990. Mom & Me has been voted best florist in Kelowna by Okanagan Life’s People’s Choice Awards for the past 15 years, and was included in the top 200 flower shops for North America by FTD. The business now employs 15 staff and had to expand to a secondary work area to accommodate the demand for its services. The business has also been active in charitable support for such groups as The Actors Studio, Kelowna Women In Business, Kelowna Symphony, Canadian Cancer Society and the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary. Call 250-860-8165; www.momandmeflowers.com.
The 4th annual Gala presented by Aquarius Mortgages-The Mortgage Group in support of the SPCA raised $122,000. Those funds have been used to add a new garage roof and upgrade the heating/cooling system at the SPCA animal shelter on Casorso Road. As well, a new commercial washer/dryer and additional kennel fencing are now on order.
Musician, teacher and best-selling author Trevor Salloum has just completed his fourth bongo book and his 10th publication with international publisher Mel Bay Publications Inc. Destined to become a classic, School of Bongo is the first book to seriously explore a variety of bongo drumming patterns in contemporary music. The book/CD is available in stores and online. Call Trevor at 250-763-3951 or email Salloum@shaw.ca www.melbay.com.
Christmas Clearance World, in its ninth season, now has two locations with 40 to 90 per cent off retail prices on hundreds of gifts, cookbooks, stocking stuffers, gadgets and educational toys. Open seven days week in Willow Park Plaza and Spall Plaza.
The Kelowna Elks, based out of the Invue complex on Springfield Road, will host a New Year’s Eve Gala with a prime rib buffet, live entertainment by Gary Gilbertson and courtesy shuttle service home, all for $50. Reservations required at 250-860-5841.
Birthdays of the week: Gerry Fraser, Macdonald Realty (Dec. 11); Anna Stuart (Dec. 15); Grant Fletcher, Valley First Credit Union (Dec. 15); Jim Janzen (Dec. 15); Lesley Pierce, Creative Mortgage (Dec. 17); Dave Willms (Dec. 17); Katja Oldendorf, Mickie’s Pub (Dec. 18); Deb Doig, Baxter’s Pub (Dec. 18); Gary Schnackenberg, Kelowna Toyota (Dec. 19); Joan McCormack (Dec. 20); Rennie Wutke, Valley First Credit Union (Dec. 20).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email firstname.lastname@example.org.