DeHart: South Pandosy boutique expands with second store

Bella Plus Clothing Boutique is bright, beautifully laid out and has a great variety of casual, career and dress clothes.

Bella Plus Clothing Boutique manager Marie Hall (left) and store owner Sarah Williams.

Bella Plus Clothing Boutique manager Marie Hall (left) and store owner Sarah Williams.

Sarah Williams, owner of Bella Clothing Boutique, has opened a new store location.

The owner of popular Pandosy Street boutique has a new shop just around the corner in Tutt Street Square called Bella Plus Clothing Boutique. It will cater to women’s sizes 14 to 26, offering fabulous fashions, personalized service and good fashion advice to women of all sizes. The new shop is bright, beautifully laid out and has a great variety of casual, career and dress clothes along with Shapeez body shapers and some lovely scarves. On April 11 and 12, Bella Clothing and Andre Cosar’s Dandy Diva’s (two great shops in one location) will be celebrating their 9th anniversary in conjunction with the grand opening of the new Bella Plus shop. A Great Outfit Giveaway contest will outfit 10 lucky ladies with prizes of clothing and jewelry. Marie Hall is the new store manager of Bella Plus. Call 250-868-0224 (Bella Plus) and 250-868-0220 (Bella Clothing Boutique).

After 14 years in downtown Kelowna at 1276 Ellis St, Monte’s Golf Shop has moved to The Golf Centre, 2650 Benvoulin Rd. Owner Monte Harris, a CPGA golf professional, will offer the same services he always has, a retail (mix of new and pre-owned golf clubs), club repair, instruction and consignment of golf clubs. He will make a perfect partner for The Golf Centre, which is one of Kelowna’s longest-standing golf facilities. Bill Taylor is working with Monte, along with his other golf professionals Irv Taylor, Don Brayden and Wes Danyluk. Call 250-762-5347; email

YLW AmbassadorsThis week is National Volunteer Week. At the Kelowna International Airport, there are currently 82 ambassador volunteers and 11 junior ambassador volunteers. This year marks their 15th anniversary with 10 volunteers having put in 15 years of service. The ambassadors assist the traveling public to make their transition though YLW a pleasant experience. They also assist the airport and its tenants in any way that they can without taking away from their jobs or interfering with their operations. The ambassadors cover 12 hours per day, seven days per week. Ken Dewerson is the ambassador coordinator. Contact him at if yuo want to be an airport ambassador volunteer.

Happy 60th Rose and Art Klingspon (April 10).

The 883 (Kelowna) RCAF Wing Air Force Association of Canada celebrated its 30th anniversary aviation and awards dinner. Douglas Stanley is the president of the association which gave out some prestigious awards and bursaries. Congratulations to Wing Member of the Year Ian Neilson (883-Kelowna RCAF Wing); Flight Sgt. Robin Xie received the 883 Wing Air Cadet Bursary and Cole Janostin and Liam O’Flynn both received James Bowes Memorial Scholarships. Xie, Janostin and O’Flynn are all from the 243 (Ogopogo) Royal Canadian Air Force Cadets Squadron. Capt. Faye Shore is the commander of the 243 Cadet Squadron. Martin Cronin, with Helios Global Technologies, was the awards dinner guest speaker. He was formerly with the British government, specializing in international diplomacy, and his talk was on the Middle East. Frank Harvey-Smith was the master of ceremonies.

Happy 40th Ron and Brenda Erickson, both who work for School District 23 (April 5).

There is a new Indian cookbook on the market in Kelowna and it’s incredible. Indian Inspired Cuisine from Meena’s Indian Kitchen (Meena Cleland) is easy to read, has wonderful full page coloured photos (all taken on their home balcony by Brian Sprout) and was designed and laid out by Parool Joshi. The most important part is that Cleland dedicated it to her husband, Paul Cleland. The recipes are a combination of Meena’s students’ favourites, her family’s contributions and also from her own collection which she has enjoyed creating and perfecting over the years. Her dishes are Indian inspired, her cuisine being  a blend of East and West. She has added a wine pairing and over 65 gluten-free recipes are featured. The cookbook is full of Meena’s masala recipes, appetizers, snacks, salads, chutneys, salads, soups, chicken, beef, lamb, pork, seafood, vegetables, rice, breads, desserts, beverages and one pot meals. There is even a “what you need to know before you start” section. If you enjoy Indian food and would like to try your hand at cooking this cuisine, this is the book to purchase for $24.95 at

Kelowna Community Resources is currently providing employment programs for persons who are age 55 plus, interested in looking for work and are in a job search. It is called the Urban Older Worker Program. There are five weeks of job search skills classroom training, followed by six weeks of job search work experience support; short term training in first aid,  food safe and the potential for other funded short term certificate courses; basic computer skills training and a weekly training allowance is provided. The  next session starts April 22. This program is funded through the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement. If you are interested call Luc Bergeron at 250-763-8008 (ext. 122) or email

Congratulations to swimmer Kierra Smith, of Kelowna, who made Canada’s national swim team contingent competing in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland this July and the Pan Am Games in Australia in August. Smith is ranked 12th in the world for the 200 breast stroke. She is with  the Liquid Lightening Swim Club (Canada) and her coach is Emil Dimitrov. Smith Kierra also swims for the University of Minnesota.

Dawn Williams is the new owner of Ousia Day Spa at Quail Ridge, located in the Borgata Lodge beside Quail Ridge Golf Course. Sandra D. Pados is the new manager and Lorella Reshke is the head esthetician, both with over 10 years  experience in the industry. The spa has been completely renovated with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Call 778-753-5717.

Congratulations to The Kelowna Dragon Boat Club, invited to compete at the International Festival in Hong Kong. The team is made up of paddlers from 10 Kelowna teams. They have been training since January, getting ready to represent not only Kelowna, but also B.C. and Canada, in the largest Dragon Boat Festival in the world from June 6 to 8. The team consists of Ivan Carothers, Becky Mars, Reeny Chew, Bev Sharpe, Trish Smith, Chris Mack, Eve Layman, Meggan Gibson, Heather Macdonald, Roxanne Pederson, Amanda Nichol, Riley Porritt, Rosemary Sales, Susan Volk, Jana Hay, Cindy Atkinson, Paulette Facca, Tracey Hawthorn, Len Brandolini, Mike Ayotte, Doug Nelmes, Ron Nelmes, Kelly Kubik, Darlene Laplante, Scott Pierce, Wendy McLeod, Lori Pierson, Tia-Toni Wilson, Hazel Christy and Doug Reimer-Steerer.

Big thanks to Sean Kingston in the deli/meat department of Lakeview Market on Pandosy and KLO for his exceptional service.

The Order of the Eastern Star will host a Spring 2014 Fashion Show on Saturday, May 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $20 which includes refreshments and door prizes from Style Boutique, Ten Bridal Fashions, Okanagan Diamond Gallery, Inspired Eyes and Metallic Hair Salon. The event includes a Diamond Dig as one lucky lady will pick a marked stone to exchange for a real diamond. The Order of the Eastern Star supports cancer projects and I am delighted to be the MC for the event. Call Eva Sanders at 250-861-7118 to get your tickets as this is a popular event.

Richard Gauthier, aboriginal advocate at Kelowna Secondary and Okanagan Mission Secondary, is a volunteer coach for racquetball who has received the Volunteer Award, part of the Community Sport Hero Awards. Central School  was presented the Central Okanagan Heritage Society 2014 Award.

Tickets are on sale now for The Bay’s Sail Away Cosmetic, Beauty and Fragrance Gala on Saturday, April 26, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. There will be prizes, gifts, entertainment, refreshments, vendors, demonstration and a fashion show. Tickets include a donation to Look Good/Feel Better. Purchase before April 20 and enter to win an amazing Deluxe Basket. Call 250-860-2483 (313, 317 or 320).

Golf tournaments are starting up again. The 12th annual Hole-in-One Tournament in support of the Kelowna Morningside Rotary Club, sponsored by Purolator and Kelowna Flightcraft, takes place  Friday, May 23, at Kelowna Springs. There is a chance to win $20,000 with two Holes-in-One each and 16 holes with $300 cash per hole for closest to the pin. Lots of other prizes, with dinner a silent auction and all for $125. Register by calling Graham Allcock at 250-470-4145 or email

Joe Iafrancesco got his first hole-in-one at Black Mountain Golf Course, 149 yards, 13th hole. His friend, Brian Schjodt, says there is a first time for everything.

Last Thursday on my usual on-air radio show with Andy and TJ of 101.5 EZRock, we were talking about the pro wrestling event Kelowna Invasion 2-Straight Outta Rutland on Friday, May 2, at the Rutland Centennial Hall. TJ decided to look up our wrestling names and are they ever hilarious. Mine is Magnanimous Boom (not boobs as one listener thought) Andy is Crazy Rush and TJ is Prince Chronos. I think that Tamara’s should be “Princess” Chronos. See you there.

Birthdays of the week: Hilda Nielsen, Chatsworth (April 8); Ed Loeppky (April 10); Lesia Achtymchuk (April 10); Mary Browne (April 11); Kimberly Wallis (April 10); Dave Langton, Competition Glass (April 13); Linda Kerry, Macdonald Realty (April 14); Ken Thompson, Sleep Country (April 14); Walley Lightbody (April 14); Chris Brown (April 15); Dave Rush, lawyer (April 15); in memory of our mom, Helen Abram (April 13).

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