DeHart: Stick Fix grand opening this Saturday

Kelowna hotelier Maxine DeHart takes a look at the local business scene

Stick Fix Okanagan at #109 – 1677 Commerce Avenue is a franchise that is a fully certified carbon fiber repair business. Owned and operated by Ken Worthing, the company repairs products made from carbon fiber, composite, plastic or wood. The repair will be as strong or stronger than the original product. Ken is able to repair any break in a hockey stick whether it be in the shaft or the blade, without changing the length of the stick or the integrity of it. Along with hockey sticks, he repairs and sharpens skates, bike frames, kayaks, ski poles, paddles and wake boards, snowmobile parts, ATV accessories and RV parts. They sell reconditioned sticks, tape, skate blades, laces, guards, jersey frames as well as their own Stick Fix Sabre carbon fiber sticks. These new sticks are one piece made from 100 per cent carbon fiber. The grand opening of Stick Fix is Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy 15 per cent off, including skate sharpening with a draw for a brand new Sabre stick of your choice. Call 250-808-3911

Congratulations to West Kelowna Warriors owner Mark Cheyne, who was the recipient of this year’s Geoffrey Paynter Citizen of the Year Award presented at The Greater Westside Board of Trade 2017 Key Business Awards.

Bill and Terri Traverse, owners of Bloomers Floral Designs and Gifts have moved their business back to Kelowna. They have opened the flower shop in a warehouse just off Spall Road at #110 – 1979 Windsor Road, between Ramco Flooring and Okanagan Grocery. The Flower Warehouse will operate under Bloomers Floral Designs and Gifts and will continue to offer fresh flowers and green and blooming plants. In addition, they will have fruit and gourmet baskets, floral supplies and bulk flower orders. The Flower Warehouse will provide delivery service from Peachland to Lake Country. Bloomers Florist has served the Kelowna area for over 40 years. Bill and Terri purchased the business 17 years ago. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 250-763-3627

CIBC (Orchard Park) financial advisor Jason Doucet has won the prestigious CIBC Annual Achiever Award for 2017. This is not Jason’s first trip to the podium. He has won this title seven times over his 24 year banking career. What is even more exceptional is that out of 45,000 employees, only 200 top performers received this honour. Call 250-470-1650 (446) or

Formerly at Wild Play Element Park, Amber Hall has a new position as senior regional market manager with TELUS on the broadband network team (Pure fiber network). Call 250-215-5364 or

Out with the old and in with the new is a common phrase used when redecorating or refreshing up a space. Olympia Greek Taverna at 145 Highway 33W closed its doors for a few days so they could do a little facelift. They have now reopened their doors and ready to serve you once again. Drop in and see what they have done to get ready for the holiday season. Call 250-765-0484 for reservations.

Big White Ski Resort has a new communications manager. After seasons in Revelstoke, Sun Peaks, Whitewater and most recently Whistler, Mason Buettner has put down roots at Big White. Graduating from Thompson Rivers University in journalism, he gained valuable experience in tourism and communications working for Whistler Blackcomb.

No Doubt Hair Salon has opened at #13 – 1771 Cooper Road, on Enterprise and Cooper, beside Hardcore Archery. Owned and operated by 15-year hair stylist, Zarema Ingham, who was formerly with Bobby’s Salon on Sutherland Avenue for three years, the salon offers all hair services plus barbering. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-317-7024.

The Munkey’s Fist is a new restaurant at 271 Bernard Avenue. Owned and operated by three young entrepreneurs originally from Bombay, India; Himanshu Dubey, Ankit Mehra and Bhavesh Shinoe successfully completed three years in culinary college before working in well-known brand hotels and restaurants in Bombay. They relocated to Edmonton, lived in Surrey and now reside in Kelowna. The restaurant is fully licensed with multi cuisine. Popular dishes on the menu are boneless chicken wings, Cantonese steam fish, Bombay toasties, stuffed eggplant parmesan, Shaolin noodles and Jhal muri. From appetizers and pastas, to burgers and entrees, they offer an extensive, unique and varied menu. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and late night on weekends. Call 250-860-8844

It’s Christmas baking time and the Pioneer Country Market bakers on Benvoulin Road are busy whipping up their miracles in the kitchen. They offer wonderful products of short breads, Christmas cookies, mincemeat tarts and pies, both dark and light Christmas cakes, their own Christmas pudding along with other goodies. Stop in or order at 250-762-2544.

Congratulations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26. The final number for the 2017 Poppy Campaign was $184.209.65 which is approximately $10,000 more than last year and a new record for the Branch. Kudos to all the veterans and volunteers who helped them reach this significant amount.

Gary Johnston of Strong Voice Media has added some Ho Ho Ho to his services, being a Santa for the past few years. Nothing brightens up a children’s Christmas party like a visit from the big guy. Adults love Santa too! Book now before his calendar is full. Call 250-801-3089 or Visit

Artist Evelyne MacMillan has relocated her studio named Pepper Alley Arts to the Spall Business Centre at #28 – 1873 Spall Road. The grand opening is Dec. 7 to 9. Pick-up a savings coupon to purchase Evelyne’s original artwork, which would make a lovely Christmas gift or gift certificates for art classes in 2018. To arrange an appointment at another time or for more information call 250-317-2500. Purses With a Purpose (Kelowna) is partnering with the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and Mama’s for Mama’s to help women in our community. By assembling simple small necessities that so many of us take for granted, they are hoping to provide a small respite for women in need. Along with donating a gently used purse, they would ask that you fill it with some essential items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, snacks, gloves, shampoo or other items. They also accept cash donations to buy items. Drop off at Perc’s Place (Orchard Plaza) or call Michelle at 250-317-2628. Downtown Kelowna Light-Up presented by FORTISBC is Dec. 2. The event has a few new and exciting additions this year including an inaugural Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market.

A Christmas Benefit Concert by the Kelowna International Choir is Sunday Dec. 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Delta Grand Hotel. Neal Facey is the new director of the choir. Admission is by food or monetary donation. This concert is a tradition for the past 22 years that has raised $65,000 for local charities. Contact Shirley Keller at Congratulations to Frank Antoine, the new chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA). Frank is the cultural coordinator of Quaaout Lodge in Chase. Directors are: Michael J. Ballingall, vice-chair (Big White); Bryan Pilbeam, past chair (Hotel 540, Kamloops); Christine Latimer, secretary-treasurer (Best Western, Valemount); Andy Schwaiger (Kanata Adventure, Clearwater); Brad Pelletier (Predator Ridge); Don Brogan (Walnut Beach Resort, Osoyoos); Erik Fisher (Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Monte Creek); George Hansen (Seven Stones Winery, Cawston); Glenn Grant (BD Wildlife Park, Kamloops); Kathrin von Andrian (Myra Canyon Ranch B & B, Kelowna); Kevin Howlett (Air Canada); Lyndie Hill (Hoodoo Adventure, Penticton); Steve Rice (Gold Country Communities Society, Spences Bridge); Thom Tischik (Travel Penticton).

A Little Christleton Christmas…105 years young… is Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 423 Christleton Avenue with hostess Dina Kotler at her home, Christleton Manor. Featured artists are Alex Fong, Glenna Turnbull, Divine Expressions, Carolity Finery and Eric Blais. Refreshments provided by Nighthawk Vineyards and 50th Parallel Estate Winery, along with Canoe Coffee and Karat Chocolates. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child. Proceeds to KGH Foundation. Call Dina at 250-470-0298 or Alex at 250-878-7054. Taste of Japan is Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Parkinson Rec Centre. Admission $2 per person or $5 per family. Fun for the entire family with Japanese cuisine and goods, tea ceremony, gift basket raffle, cosplay competition, sumo wrestling and lots more.

The Okanagan Masters Swim Club elected their new board for 2017/2018. They are Sharon Spring (president), Greg Harris (vice-president), Brenda Balderson (treasurer), Patrice Bazzana, (secretary), Sandra Ballan-Brown, Cailla Patterson, Norma Lachance, Carol Taylor and Debra Parker.

Birthdays of the Week – Happy 96th Victoria Beahun, aka Queen Victoria (Nov. 30); Happy 70th Chris Rochfort (Nov. 27); Dr. Mike Shepherd (Nov. 29); Bryan Feagan (Nov. 29); Don Holzer (Dec. 2); Lou Goncalves (Nov.30); Jana Hardy (Nov. 30); Dan Willms (Nov. 30); Meryle Corbett (Nov. 30); Vern Martindale (Dec. 1); Dan Albas (Dec. 1); Krystyna Werbowy (Dec. 3); Hal Puder (Dec. 3); Sherry Cote (Dec. 3); Heather Zais (Dec. 4); Dave McLean (Dec. 5); Anne Schneider (Dec. 6).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail or

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