DeHart: Reviving old-fashioned flair to the barber shop

Spina wants to re-invent the barber shop as he feels guys need a place to go and hang out and talk about “guy stuff.”

This week’s column is dedicated to our cousin, Margaret “Margie” DeHart, who passed away suddenly last week in Penticton (Naramata) where the family lived for many years. This quote was found in her notebook after she passed away: “Gratitude is like a cleansing healing agent for the soul. It moves us away from what we don’t have, to what we do have.” That says it all.

Tony Spina has been a licensed master barber/stylist for 33 years. He previously owned a successful unisex salon in Vancouver for 19 years and has now opened Swagger Modern Barber at 1B-1155 KLO Rd. (corner of KLO and Gordon).

Although old fashioned barber shops are dying off, Spina wants to re-invent the barber shop as he feels guys need a place to go and hang out and talk about “guy stuff.” His shop is small, has a masculine feel and he works alone. He has a varied clientele ranging from students and professionals to seniors. Spina offers old-fashioned barber cuts, modern haircuts, colours, including streaks and grey blending and even old-fashioned hot towel shaves, all at reasonable prices. Appointments only. Call 778-484-2902.

OK Estates Furniture and More have moved to a new location, 7-1960 Springfield Rd. (across from Terasan/Fortis). Formerly at 3299 Highway 97 N. for the past three years, owner Cal Manky will host a grand opening for the new store on Saturday. He offers high quality solid wood vintage and mid-century modern furniture and décor items. Call 250-868-8108 or

Marnie Millership is the new assistant manager at Safeway Dilworth, relocating from the Vernon Safeway.

Shannan Orr has joined Secret Hair Affair at 101-1289 Ellis St. (in the Cannery Loft building). Relocating from Nanaimo and a former salon owner, Orr is a master stylist/colour artist who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise into the hair world. She specializes in precision cuts and highlighting, using colour to emphasize shape, shadow, texture and depth. She offers a complimentary consultation. Call 250-860-0040.

Bin There Dump That is a residential friendly roll-off bin rental service. Owned and operated by Tanya and Dallas Storey, this company is franchised based out of Ontario. The Storeys purchased the territory from Kamloops to the border, with the exception of the Shuswap. Their main focus is Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Summerland. Residential customers will benefit from their service if they are cleaning out the garage, tidying the yard, renovating, downsizing or moving. Their commercial clientele are roofers, contractors and developers. Bin There Dump That offers five different sizes of bins—four, nine, 12 and 14 to 20 yard bins. They even sweep the driveway after they leave and have a passion for recycling with an average of 50 to 60 per cent recycling rate on each bin. Call 778-214-1699;

Jason Strauss has joined the team at Csek Creative. Strauss is a graphic designer, award-winning and published illustrator with extensive typography knowledge that extends beyond his doodling abilities. Call 250-862-8010;

Aspire Therapeutic Massage Clinic, 1405A Richter St., was opened this past January by Tina Van Steen, a registered massage therapist. Massage therapy can provide pain control and relief for a number of conditions such as tension headaches, tendonitis, stress, fibromyalgia, arthritis and lower back pain. Steen completed her training in 2012 at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. She customizes each treatment to the client’s needs through interview and assessment and shares her knowledge with clients by showing them practical tips for postural awareness, exercise and self-care to maximize and extend the benefits of massage therapy sessions. Steen also provides mobile massage therapy for individuals, corporate groups and retirement residences. She is registered with the B.C. Medical Services Plan and is also an ICBC Department of Veterans Affairs and RCMP service provider. Call 250-309-1145;

Jenn Wasman is the owner/operator of Jennuine Esthetics, which is a mobile esthetics business. Having completed her apprenticeship program to become a certified esthetician, she has taken numerous upgrading courses, including attending the North American School of Posology. Her specialty is advanced foot care, including treatments for ingrown toenails. She is also an instructor for group courses on manicures, pedicures, tinting and waxing. Call 250-864-1694;

The week of April 7 to 13 has been proclaimed Barbershop Harmony Week around the world. In Kelowna, The Barbershop Harmony Society (new name and logo) are also celebrating 75 years of song. The Kelowna society chapter, called Chordial Invitation, has been in existence since 1972 with the goal to further the society’s vision of building a better world through singing. They have assisted many local charities and regularly entertain at the many retirement resorts and communities in the area. Its members come from all walks of life and ringing chords in the four voice parts which together create the unique close knit A Capella harmony that characterizes barbershop music is the only common bond. Men of all ages are welcome to join in the camaraderie and music to enjoy another 75 years. Mike Bullock is the president of the Kelowna chapter. Call 250-769-1246

The team from Loyal Hair Therapy (Loyal Wooldridge, CEO) is one of the finalists in the L’Oreal Professional’s Colour Trophy contest set for June in Toronto after winning the provincial style contest in Vancouver on March 5. Congratulations to Nicole Pidherny (colour technician), Melanie Stipdonk (cut and styling) and Amrit Johnson (make-up artist). Each team submitted before and after images of their model inspired by L’Oreal’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection. The team, now representing B.C., will be given four hours to complete a new look inspired by the L’Oreal Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.  Call 250-762-4145.

Pioneer Market, now open on Benvoulin Road for the 2013 season, offers a lovely lunch with fresh sandwiches and homemade soup every day, along with fresh baking, along with a gluten free menu. Their frozen pies, loaf cakes and entrees such as lasagna and shepherd’s pie are always popular as well as the many other items they make. Manager Collen Armeneau reminds everyone that Saturday is their famous homemade doughnut day. Get there early as they go fast. Phone-in orders are accepted at 250-762-2544.

Matt Crowell has reaunched his website for the 2013 golf season. The website has grown a lot,  now offering a restaurant and Staycation membership to go with their Golf Loop Membership. Website members also receive exclusive discounts at all of their premium partner’s establishments. Last year, many golfers told me that they felt the membership was a great value and they would rejoin this year. Take a look. What have you got to lose, but some great discounts on local golf?

Speaking of golf, The Kelowna Golf and Country Club has a new and enhanced Junior Golf and Tennis Program. For a membership cost of $400 for non-members and $345 for children of regular members, it boasts six group lessons; mentorship program for all first and second year junior members; four group tennis lessons and membership; six leadership sessions with Big Break style competitions and two dedicated junior girls’ clinic and mentorship sessions. The drop-in Monday program features a different format every week; play with your club professional; food specials and skills clinics, with several junior club tournaments. Call Marci Eising at 250-762-2531 or Peter Siemers is the KGCC junior development director.

The Sons of Italy, Galileo Lodge Okanagan  presents A Taste from Italy’s Heel on Sunday, April 7, at the Theatre Room in Okanagan College, 3 p.m. The public is invited to discover the tastes, (food sampling to follow) sights and sounds from the Region of Puglia, Italy. The group Tarantula Garganica from Puglia will be performing in Kelowna, currently on tour across Canada. The band name is originated by the style of music they write and play and by their homeland; it is a name that symbolizes the musical traditions of Puglia. Partial proceeds are going to the breakfast program at A.S. Matheson Elementary School. For tickets call Felicia at 250-864-1207 or Terri at 250-764-3039.

Corrine Gustafson, of Valleyview Chiropractic Clinic, is looking for donations of school supplies (pencils, crayons, scribblers, erasers, coloured paper, safety scissors, rulers, etc. and/or wrapped hard candy, soccer balls and skipping ropes) for a World Outreach Ministries trip to South Sudan on April 6. These supplies will be used for the Alpha Primary School. There is also a fundraiser planned for Thursday, March 28, at Two Eagles Golf Course (19 Bar and Grille). Just drop off the supplies or call Corrine at 250-765-7070.

The Real Home Show is April 5 to 7. Have you booked your booth? You won’t find any mops here (although mops are OK), but what you will find is great home ideas and products, so turn your dreams into reality. Don Burnett will be broadcasting his 30th anniversary show live at the show on Saturday morning. Its only $5 to get in with free parking at the curling club. The first 100 people each day are free courtesy of Westwood Fine Cabinetry and Gienow Windows. Hours are Friday 4 to  8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. See

With March being National Mobility Awareness Month, Can Am Mobility, 158 Old Vernon Rd., is signing up contestants for a North America contest to win one of three wheelchair accessible vans. Those eligible to win are distinguished as local heroes who are encouraged to submit either written or videotaped stories of how they are triumphing over their mobility issues. Caregivers, friends and family members are also welcome to submit entries by May 10, 2013. To enter visit or call Can Am at 250-491-0003.

Birthdays of the week: Frank and Dilys Singer (both on same day, March 21); Sarah Sabo, Aries Accounting (March 21); Ivy Cutting (March 23); Jim Ross (March 23); Natalie Frappe, Mickie’s Pub (March 23); Pat Moxness (March. 26); and a belated birthday wish to Penny Ivens-Baker (March5).

Kelowna Capital News