DeHart: Take a trip back to the ‘50s with your brew

The Pulp Fiction Coffee House is a delightfully 1950s-styled coffee house,antique book store and art deco shop.

The Pulp Fiction Coffee House, a delightfully 1950s style decorated coffee house, along with three other businesses on the same premises, has opened at 1598 Pandosy St., at the corner of Pandosy and Lawrence in downtown Kelowna.

Owned and operated by Max and Gloria Sloan, the couple also operate Robbie Rare Books (named after their standard poodle, Robbie), Britannia Antiques and Art Deco Nouveau. You really must visit this business to appreciate the extent of what they offer—a collection of 40 years of books and antiques, now all under one roof. They encourage students and young people to come in and use their two Internet computers and free Wi-Fi. The coffee house brews local Pioneer coffee, has a good selection of pastries and light fare. I tried a Chai tea latte and it was delicious. Their baristas are some of the best. From hundreds of books, (paper backs and hard cover), including extremely rare books, Antiquarian and out of print books, to hundreds of book ends, antiques, reprinted book covers, pocket books and Nouveau Art Deco, it’s a delight to walk through the entire store and just browse.

Lynn LaRocque, former Horizon Air customer service agent for over 11 years, has gone back to her roots, so to speak. Before joining Horizon Air, LaRocque was a travel consultant for 25 years. She has now joined Capri Travel Centre in the Capri Mall. If you were a former client or knew her at Horizon Air, drop in and say hi or call her at 250-860-3593.

Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change, locally owned and operated by Doug Wood at 1785 Harvey Ave. (Central Plaza near Andre’s Electronics) celebrates its 10th anniversary in business at the same location this week. Pennzoil offers oil changes and all other fluid needs for your vehicles. Wood also supports local sports teams, child development, cancer and diabetes research causes as well as other local small businesses. The business location is not hard to find on Harvey. Just look for Pennzoil’s two landmark yellow and red Corvettes in the front of their store. Matt Arvo is the general manager. Open seven days a week. Call 250-868-1155.

Rachel Mathew has opened Finger Foods Café and Catering at 1891 Parkinson Way (corner of Spall and Parkinson at the Recreation Inn Motel). Along with a menu of gourmet sandwiches and burgers (the Italian meatball sub was great), Finger Foods also is the official caterer of U Weight Loss pre-made healthy meals for $7 (400 calories). Hailing from Dubai, where Rachel’s passion is in international cooking, she has also been the Summer Arts Scene for Youth culinary instructor for the past two years. She has a modern approach to cooking, using seasonally fresh, local, organic and sustainable ingredients. The small café (12 seats inside) is open from noon to three p.m. Tuesday to Saturday for the public, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pick-up of the U Weight Loss pre-made meals. Ask about her extensive catering service. Contact Rachel at  250-899-3191;

Kevin Bird’s company, K West Equities Corp., has entered into a contract to purchase the remaining development lands at Tower Ranch Golf Community. The remaining property for development is zoned for 576 residential units. Of those, 246 are large single family lots, approximately 160 single detached adult community lots and the remaining is multi-family. He hopes to be building new homes by April 2013 with view lots starting in the low to mid-$150,000 range.

It’s the fifth anniversary for The Cabana Bar and Grille this month. Located at 3799 Lakeshore Rd., the popular restaurant is owned and operated by partners Jay Blackford, Mike Borg and Chef Ned Bell. To mark the anniversary, Cabana will offer a great variety of shareable appies for only $5. (The Szechuan beef and Hawaiian fish taco are delicious). The restaurant also has a new menu for the fall with a number of specials during the week, including  pizza and pasta Mondays for only $9.99; Ladies Night on Fridays with half-price shareables, special beverage prices and a DJ a 7 p.m. It’s the in-place to be. Visit

Gerald Levac, a Chartered Accountant, has been promoted to senior manager, audit of KPMG. Call 250-979-7150.

After 26 years, the Tickle Trunk Balloon & Party Store, the Okanagan’s original and only party store, is re-positioning itself in the Okanagan market for the future. Tickle Trunk owners Hal and Deb Puder started the venture on Dilworth Drive before there was Internet, dollar stores or temporary Halloween stores. In response, the Tickle Trunk has closed the well-known store on Dilworth and the infamous Tickle Trunk Halloween store is now open at 184-1855 Kirschner Rd. in the Stewart Centre. Tickle Trunk is offering “huge” discounts on décor, costumes, make up and wigs as they bow out of the Halloween business after this year for now. The balloon and party side of the business has now moved into their wedding and special events store, TTM Events at 1-1660 Powick Rd. The moniker which stands for Tickle Trunk & More is more fitting now than ever, as the two stores partner again to bring customers the very best in balloons, parties, special events and weddings. They have officially passed 2,600 weddings to date and thousands of balloon bouquets, which soon will be available on their new online store site. Call 250-868-8255, or visit either or

Naturopath Dr. Emily Pratt has joined Affinity Family Wellness at 2-1890 Ambrosi Rd. In addition to the registered massage therapy, physiotherapy and athletic therapy currently offered at Affinity, Dr. Pratt will provide naturopathic services, including, but not limited to neural phototherapy for injuries and chronic pain, IV therapies, injection therapies, HCG diet, hormone balancing and integrative cancer care.  Call 778-478-0548.

Tree Brewing has a new beer on the market, Redwood, which is aged in red wine barrels and packaged in what looks like a wine bottle. It’s a copper red in colour, unpasteurized and has no preservatives. You can purchase it at the brewery, 1063 Richter St., or government and private liquor stores.

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen was awarded the 2012 Minister’s Award for Innovations from the Ministry of Western Economic Diversification for its Economic Gardening Program, which really had nothing to do with gardening. The program has helped 70 small companies identify new markets and customers with sophisticated market research and strategies.

The City of Kelowna financial services department has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current budget from the government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the city and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principals of governmental budgeting.

A first of its kind, the Young Professionals Showcase Social is Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m., at the Kelowna Heritage Museum, with local musician Devon Coyote playing a special show. The event brings 14 active young professional groups in our community into one room, all talking about how to plug into the community. They will have one minute to tell you who they are and how you can get connected to them. Tickets only $15 with tasty bites and beverages provided. Presented in partnership with Urban Rec Okanagan and sponsors Accelerate Okanagan, Okanagan College Alumni Association, The Vibrant Vine, Tree Brewing, Le Plateau Bistro, Gennext Kelowna, Kelowna Jaycees, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and JCI Okanagan. or call Donnie Ungaro at EDC for more info at 778-363-2433.

Bella Dona is a celebration of life and art and a fundraiser for Dona Sturmanis and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. $25 includes a gourmet BBQ, auction, artisans, poetry and music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Holistic Markets plus Holistic Speakers Series is Sunday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OK Mission Community Hall, featuring over 20 holistic vendor displays (free admission) and tickets for the holistic speakers series at the door or online at

The Okanagan chaper of the Canadian Medical Association annual general meeting takes place Thursday, Oct. 25, at Moxie’s Restaurant. Networking starts at 5 p.m. with the meeting at 6 p.m.  RSVP to

The West Kelowna Business Expo is Sunday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Westbank Lions Community Centre on Main Street. Free admission, demos and prizes. Call Laura at 250-769-5552 or

Birthdays of the week: Happy 75th Nick Imthorn (Nov. 15); happy 60th Ina Kroschinsky (Oct. 23); happy 50th Jim Csek, Csek Creative (Oct. 18); happy 79th Doug Ablett (Oct. 22); Charlotte Springgate (Oct. 19); Ken Good (Oct. 20); Dennis Perley, Café Soleil (Oct. 20); Dieter Oldendorf (Oct. 20); Roxy Paul (Oct. 21); Bill Anderson (Oct. 21); Vicki (Lorraine) Campbell (Oct. 24); Diane Belanger, Calona Wines, (Oct. 24).


Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier and city councillor. Phone her at 250-979-4546, 250-862-7662, fax 250-860-3173, email

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