This week’s column is dedicated to Peter Lawrence, who recently passed away. Peter worked at the Ramada Hotel for 18 years. His celebration of life is Nov. 17, 2 p.m., at the Ramada Hotel.
One Boardshop is the new home of Island Show and Deviate at 2330 Highway 97 (across from Boston Pizza and Staples).
I was blown away when I saw all the merchandise for snow, wake and skateboarding. Along with all the brands of boards, the store is chock full of related clothing and accessories for each type of boarding for men, women and children from toddlers to youth. Operated by partners Riley Darke (Island Show since 1999) and Jon Lea (Deviate since 1998), the new One Board Shop offers every brand of outerwear along with the SAXX line of eyewear, skate and lifestyle shoes and boots, toques, socks and underwear and My Package backpacks, helmets and goggles. The back of the store is a tuning shop for snowboards. You really must drop into the store to see everything it has to offer, which seems to me to be a one-stop-shop for every brand under the sun. Call 250-862-5874.
Podiatrist Dr. Randy Gerber and his staff have relocated the Podiatry Clinic into the Centuria Urban Village, across from Nesters Market at 1-1131 Lawson Ave. The office provides full service podiatry and foot care as well as their new laser treatment for nail fungus. Dr. Gerber is also accepting new patients. Call 250-762-6097.
If you are looking for a great Christmas gift or perfect stocking stuffer, the Regency Retirement Resorts Hotties for the Hospital 2013 fundraising calendar is now available. Residents of Regency Retirement Resort disrobed and posed to raise funds for the KGH Foundation and this year’s calendar is spicier than ever. Proceeds will be designated to the renovation of the patient and family room on 4 East of KGH. To show their continuing support, the owners of the Regency Resorts are stepping up and matching every dollar raised from calendar sales up to $25,000. Some of KGH’s favourite surgeons and staff are also involved in the calendar. Dr. Mike Ertel (chief of staff); Dr. Bill Nelems (thoracic surgeon) and Dr. Guy Fradet (head of cardiac surgery) all stripped down to help raise a few bucks. Also, getting into the act to help KGH was Mayor Walter Gray and I, who are featured on the cover of the calendar. We really had a lot of fun being involved in this fundraiser. You really have to see the calendar to believe it! Available at any Regency Resort, Chapters, KGH’s Centennial Mercantile Shop or in my office at the Ramada Hotel. Only $10 including tax. Guess what all my friends and family are getting for Christmas?
Brianne Rempel is the new store operator at Mark’s Work Wearhouse, 500-1500 Banks Rd. In Kelowna. Rempel was formerly the district training manager for Reitman’s for Alberta and B.C. for three years and was with the Gap for three years previous to that. Call 250-861-7751.
Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd. has donated a Boeing 727-100 aircraft to support Mohawk College’s growing aviation program at YHM airport in Hamilton. Flightcraft’s donation will provide the students with a commercial aircraft for “hands-on” practical experience, enhancing their training program. This aircraft is a huge leap forward for Mohawk’s aviation technician program as well educated and trained aircraft maintenance engineers are critical to the success of Flightcraft, said Barry Lapointe, president and CEO of Kelowna Flightcraft and an AME himself. Flightcraft has been in Hamilton for over 20 years and expects to be there for at least another 20.
Donna Hall has opened Okanagan Valley Video at 431 Highway 33 West. The store is full of games, videos, movies (DVDs and Blu-ray), confectionery items of pop, chips, candy and weekly specials. It’s your one-stop movie shop. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Call 778-753-6177.
Former Kelowna resident, now living in London, Onta., Kelsey Ramsden (nee Kitsch), president of Belvedere Place Development, a B.C. civil-construction company that builds roads and bridges, has been ranked No. 1 on the 2012 PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 list of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs. The W100 is a partnership between Chatelaine and Profit magazines that ranks the country’s top 100 female entrepreneurs, who, between them, contribute a remarkable $1.4 billion annually to the economy.
A new Mr. Lube has opened at 1850 Underhill St. (beside Skogie’s Auto Wash). Owned and operated by Darren Pierce, who has been with the company for 24 years, Mr. Lube offers all fluid changes and full tire services with no appointment necessary. Brady Bloomer is the general manager. Call 250-762-4488.
Fall Prevention Week for local seniors is Nov. 26 to 30. With the majority of accidental deaths amount seniors aged 75 and older resulting from falls, Nurse Next Door, a leading provider of home care is giving back to the community by offering free home safety inspections to local seniors. A striking fact is that the majority of senior falls are actually preventable. Nurse Next Door will send staff trained in fall prevention into local homes to conduct free home safety assessments with the aim to educate and help families make their homes safer for seniors, against common fall hazards. Their goal is to offer 100 seniors the free program. Call 250-450-9750 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
Cooking can be more than just making food for day-to-day meals. It can transform routine into a passion. Vacanza Destinations Travel, in conjunction with the Sons of Italy Galileo Lodge Okanagan is sponsoring cooking classes with world renowned celebrity chef Enrico Saccendo from Tuscany, Italy. This is Enrico’s third visit to Kelowna and the food prepared will wake up your palate and will be paired with a wine. The classes are being held at Zia’s Italian Fine Foods, 1913 Kent Rd., on Sunday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 21, 6:15 a.m. Tickets $45 available at Zia’s or call Terri Calligaro at 250-764-3039. Limited seating.
The local video production company HuStream Video will host a free seminar on How to Use Video for Your Business, aimed at helping local businesses understand how to effectively use video to help grow and evangelize their business. The seminar will be hosted by Peter Matejcek, founder and CEO along with HuStream’s creative director Jordy Starling, who both will be on hand to give attendees valuable info on business video and to answer any questions they may have about bringing video into their marketing mix. The seminar is Monday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre. Seating is limited so register at www.hustream.eventbright.com or call 250-717-5800.
The Rutland Park Society AGM is Monday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at the Rutland Centennial Hall.
The Short Stop Beer and Wine Shop at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave., will host a grand re-opening after completing major renovations to the store. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, enjoy free hot dogs from noon to 3 p.m., complimentary beer and wine tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. (Labatt’s and Mark Anthony Brands) and enter to win a Dale Earnhardt Budweiser racing jacket. Bring a donation for the food bank and receive a coupon for 10 free wings in Mickie’s Pub also in the Ramada Hotel.
Big thanks to Darcy Smith, Jessica Thompson and Cherlene Prakash at Staples for their exceptional customer service.
Kevin Wostradowski is the president of the local Okanagan chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise. It is Canada’s family business association and has been active in the valley for almost 20 years supporting and connecting families in business throughout the Okanagan. If you are under 40, working for the family business or a member of a family with a business, you might want to attend the CAFE’s event called The Next Generation on Thursday, Nov. 22, at The Elks Lodge, 205-2040 Springfield Rd. (The Invue complex) with a presentation at 7 p.m. (non-members $35). To register call Carolyn Reimer at 250-764-0638 or Okanagan@cafecanada.ca.
The Bay will put on a Cosmetics, Beauty and Fragrance Gala on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 with $8 redeemable on your first purchase and $2 going to the Canadian Women’s Foundation. There will be numerous deluxe gift baskets to win and gift-with-purchase specials. Call 250-860-2483 for more details and to reserve your tickets.
There are still a few spots left for the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society Conference at the Ramada Hotel on Nov. 22 and 23. The society was created to contribute to the development of entrepreneurial leaders in the Okanagan Valley. The conference is part of a multitude of initiatives that the society has created and will bring together entrepreneurs and professionals with a desire to improve how they do business and overcome the many obstacles a new business faces. Joel Young is the founding chair of the society. For tickets go to www.okanaganentrepreneurs.ca.
The RCMP Foundation, a registered nonprofit organization supporting programs for youth at risk across Canada, will hold the inaugural Golden Spur Virtual Gala Fundraiser throughout the month of November. The Virtual Gala will be conducted entirely online and will replace the foundation’s annual Golden Spur Gala, held annually in Toronto. The purpose of this online fundraising initiative is to reduce event related costs and encourage donors to give directly to the cause, rather than a lavish night out. All proceeds from the Golden Spur Virtual Gala will help fund local community programs in support of child safety, drug awareness, crime prevention, literacy, Internet safety, anti-bullying and many other youth related initiatives. For more information on how you can support this important cause, visit http://rcmp-f.ca/evkents/Virtualgala.php or call Kelly 613-741-7560 ext.203.
Can anyone help? There was a gal who had a sewing and leather repair shop on the corner of Lawrence and Ellis in downtown Kelowna. She repaired the inside of my briefcase and did a wonderful job. I know that she did work for some of the realtors at Re/Max including my sister Tracy, but the shop is no longer located there and no one seems to remember her last name. If anyone knows where and if she moved the shop, if she is still doing repair work, or her last name, please give me a call at 250-862-7662. I hope she is reading this!
The Holistic Market Speakers series takes place Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Okanagan Mission Community Hall. The guest speakers are Louise Derksen, Rocky Krogfoss and Tommi Hanley. Free Admission. Call 778-478-2171 or email@example.com.
Birthdays of the week: Happy 65th Lawrence Syrnyk, Kelowna Redi-Mix (Nov. 9); Jan Johnston, City of Kelowna (Nov. 12); happy 30th Brice MacDermott, MacDermotts and MacD’s Lakeside (Nov. 17); Doreen Giebelhaus (Nov. 17); Mike Krevesky (Nov. 21); Barry Gerding, managing editor, Capital News (Nov. 21); Dave Hamilton (Nov.21).