DeHart: Your chance to look like a ‘sharp dressed man’

There is a new men’s clothing store in downtown Kelowna at 1561 Pandosy St.— It Suits You Menswear.

It Suits You Meanswear shop owner Charles Miller (right) with store sales representative Austin Reid.

It Suits You Meanswear shop owner Charles Miller (right) with store sales representative Austin Reid.

There is a new men’s clothing store in downtown Kelowna at 1561 Pandosy St.— It Suits You Menswear.

Owned and operated by Charles Miller, this small, but well-appointed shop offers a good selection of Italian-designed men’s suits at reasonable prices, along with shirts, ties, belts and dress socks. It Suits You also offers a Sharp Dressed Man special package,  which includes three suits, three shirts, three ties, three belts and three pairs of dress socks for one price of under $900. They also have a selection of cuff links, tie bars and some shoes. Call 250-861-SUIT (7848).

You won’t want to miss this new movie review column. Starting in this Thursday’s Capital News, in the entertainment section of the newspaper, Behind The Screen will makes its debut, written by Susan Steen. She will review one or two movies each week. Having known Susan for more than  15 years, I can attest to her love of film and her ability to watch more movies in a weekend than most of us see in a few months. I went to the first movie Susan will be reviewing this week, Super 8, so I’ll be interested to see how many “reels” ranking she gives it.

Some great news for so many people that have been asking me this question: “When are Ronic and Annie Kwong going to open another Wok-Inn Restaurant?” Formerly on Lakeshore Road, the popular small Cantonese, Peking and Szechuan restaurant closed due to rezoning for a parking lot for Gyro Beach. Finally, the Kwongs have found a new location and are set to open in September. Unable to find a new location in the Mission area, the Kwongs have secured a new lease in Rutland at 183 Highway 33 East. The restaurant will be brand new, offering eat-in and take-out, featuring a new chef from Calgary. Doesn’t matter where they are, we find them. Stayed tuned for the opening date.

Well-known travel consultant Tom Polacco has joined the team at Marlin Travel, 110-437 Glenmore Rd., owned and operated by Deanna and Terry Florence. Formerly with Tri Star Travel and BCAA, Tom has lived in Britain and travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Orient and many other parts of the world. Call 250-868-2540.

Believe it or not, with the apparent popularity of tattoos, there are some people who actually want their tattoos removed. Specializing in tattoo removal, Mark Beaulieu has started a new business venture called Flashpoint Lazer Clinic, at 157D Rutland Road South.  With 10 years of experience in the tattoo industry, Beaulieu’s new clinic makes for a unique place where people can be assured their tattoo removal needs are made a priority with proper removal techniques. Call 778-753-5555;

Judy Funnell has left her 22 year employment with Grant Thornton LLP and is now working with Adams Heymen Owen at 203-1664 Richter St. Funnell is also a volunteer for the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary. Call 250-763-9315;

Formerly with West Kelowna Fire Rescue, Debbie Dupasquier is the new owner of Distinctly Kelowna Tours, at 1310 Water St. Previously owned by Patricia Albright, the company was started in 2003 and offers memorable experiences, whether you are enjoying a fully guided winery tour, a custom tour, or transportation services. Call 250-979-1211;;

Dick Gunoff is the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for the many years of service that he has given and continues to give to the Kelowna Veendam Sister City Association.

Built 22 years ago, Lakeshore Place is something of a Kelowna landmark. Located at 3200 Lakeshore Rd., the facility provides its residents with an intimate family atmosphere that is cozy, yet elegant. After completing interior renovations and upgrading of the façade, Lakeshore Place is now completing the final phase of landscaping. To celebrate the completion of this project, they are inviting the public to attend an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 23. Visitors are welcome to take a stroll through the gardens and view their new display suite. Lakeshore will serve refreshments and have a draw for a 32-inch flat screen TV. Carole Felton is the facility manager. Call 250-860-3223;

Brent Peacock, Grant Sheridan and Dustin Serviss have been busy growing the  Peacock Sheridan Group, located at 205-1180 Sunset Dr. Greg Carter, former regional manager of group benefits with Great West Life, has joined them to expand the group benefit division of the company. Doug Deschner comes from a very diverse corporate background, working as an executive for Procter and Gamble, J. Walter Thompson and Pepsi Canada. Deschner is complimenting the existing investment division of the company.  Marc Gaucher is a past senior manager with KPMG, BearingPoint and Ernst & Young and is leading the company’s business advisory group. Call 250-869-1451;

Susan Brown has been appointed vice-president, tertiary services for Interior Health, effective Sept. 6. In this role, she will work closely with physicians and staff at both Royal Inland Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital to deliver a seamless tertiary service at the two medical facilities.

K-9 professional Kristi Williamson and group fitness instruction Sheryl Brassard have started Ruff n’ Tough Adventures, a cardio-based workout that incorporates weight training and flexibility for the human, with exercise and basic obedience training for their dog at the same time. It is a fun and challenging workout with knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging instructors. The duo offer outdoor classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the foot of Knox Mountain. You can attend one, two or all three of the classes and your first class is free to try them out. Call 778-478-1191;

Debbie da Silva, a CA, has joined the management team at KPMG. Call 250-979-7150.

This can be an adventure you will never forget. Zip Zone Adventure Park  has opened in Peachland, just 8 km up Princeton Avenue, off Highway 97. Owned and operated by Kevin Bennett with Josh Sears as the operations manager and 15 staff, this new and popular sport has six, breathtaking, high, cross canyon ziplines, which are 350 feet in the air and one of the highest in North America. If you dare, you can even do the “dangle” and fly upside down. Guests must be seven years or older and if under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum guest weight is 275 pounds. Space is limited so reservations are recommended at 1-855-Zipzone (947-9663) or check-out For all you adrenaline junkies, there is a combination Zip and Rip which includes ziplinging and quadding at Okanagan ATV Tours, owned and operated by Richard Lamontagne, which is on the way to Zip Zone. Call 250-717-0733.

The Centre Culturel Francophone de l’Okanagan, at 702 Bernard Ave., has a new board of directors for 2011. Congrats to Bruno Cloutier, Karine Lawrence, Christine Maloney and Mireille Beck.

There are a few recent additions to the media services team at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Paul Marck is the new media relations coordinator and Darren Handschuh will be with them until May 2012, filling in on a maternity leave. Mark has worked as an editor and reporter for several publications, including the Vancouver Sun and The Province. Handschuh has a worked in the media industry for over 20 years and was formerly with The Daily Courier. Bud Mortenson, the primary media contact on the campus for the past six years, is now focusing on communications and marketing projects for various UBC departments. Joining him is Chris Bowerman as communications and marketing strategist.

Keith Culver is the new director of the Okanagan Sustainability Institute, concurrent with an appointment to the Faculty of Education at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus. Culver has worked in a variety of roles including research and development collaborations with major international firms in the energy, transport and construction sectors.

Wesley Pue has been appointed provost and vice-principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus. A distinguished scholar with a diverse background and a broad range of international academic and administrative experience, he was selected for the position after an extensive global search.

The 10th annual Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast hosted by Mediative (formerly Enquiro) takes place  Friday, July 8, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Rona parking lot on Springfield Road. All proceeds go to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.

If you haven’t been to Earl’s for a while, you will be pleasantly surprised with their menu. If you have watched the realty TV show The Best Thing I Ever Ate, one of the best salads I ever ate was Earl’s West Coast Prawn Salad (strawberries, avocado, quinoa, feta, organic greens, spinach and cilantro, julienne carrots, candied pecans, citrus honey vinaigrette and warm sautéed prawns). I really liked the quinoa which made the entire salad for me. Quinoa is a grain, which requires cooking. It is rich in protein, iron, potassium and other vitamins and minerals and is considered a super food. It was once considered the mother seed of the Incas. Brad Attwood is the manager of Earl’s. Call 250-763-2777.

Happy 40th anniversary Mike and Jackie Schleppe (June 26).

For fun and low cost entertainment, Capri Valley Lanes owned and operated by Ruby and Bryan Sargeant, will offer two free games every day until Sept. 4 for kids (under 15 years of age) and their families. Just go to to sign up your family for the free bowling. Coupons for two free games are then e-mailed to you. You only pay for shoe rental. Call 250-979-2777.

How do I become a Shriner? That’s a question Noble Ray Keen, president of the Kelowna Shrine Club, keeps getting asked. The Kelowna Shrine have three divisions within their club—the Okanagan Klowns, the Motor Patrol with their Snake and Cooler Carts, and the Arabian Band, which attends many parades in the Valley. Shriners Care Cruiser Program transports children from around the province to children’s hospitals in Vancouver, Spokane and Portland at no cost to the patient. Fundraising is through the Shriners Draw for Kids, Gizeh Shriners Cash Calendars and philanthropy. Contact Noble Ray at 250-712-0709;

Birthdays of the week:  Marlene Proctor (June 22); Helen Thomas (June 23); Mel Kotler (June 24); Al (Feener) Feenstra (June 24); Dr. Fred Froese (June 24); Dennis Campbell (June 25); Daryl Hauer, Ramada Hotel (June 26); Greg Carter, Kelowna Flightcraft (June 26); David Prystay, Penticton Lakeside (June 27).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email


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