Fresh twist offered for home furnishings

This week’s column

Zander Cook has opened a new Ethan Allen design studio franchise in Kelowna’s Pandosy shopping area.

This week’s column

is dedicated to Bob

Sanderson who passed away Jan. 24. I always enjoyed my conversations with Bob and his buddies on Sunday mornings. We always shared a good laugh. My personal condolences to his family and many friends .

Zander Cook, the authorized Ethan Allen retailer in Kelowna, has opened a stunning 5,000 square-foot design studio in the South Pandosy commercial district.

Located at 2900 Pandosy St., Ethan Allen is synonymous with fashion-forward, quality-made home furnishings and accessories. The studio will be outfitted with Ethan Allen’s exciting new touch screens, a fun and interactive design tool and resource where clients can explore products or change options like fabrics or finishes and can see them in an instant. Ethan Allen makes comfortable, stylish living easy and attainable, enjoying the lasting value of well-made home furnishings, along with getting the valuable services of their design professionals at no charge. Call 250-860-8868; 

Sabrina Fedorak is the new branch manager of the Kelowna SPCA.

Had the opportunity to try the new Powerplant organic raw plant food bar, made by Canadian company Fresh Fields Whole Foods Inc. (Nature’s Natural Foods), owned by local businessman Martin McDermott. The food bars are delicious and rather addictive I must say. They come in either two fruit or two veggie servings per bar and are vegan and gluten free, offering ingredients of cacao paste, plant based proteins, chia, raw pumpkin seeds, hemp, fish omegas, have absolutely no fillers with lots of other great ingredients, raising the bar, so to speak, making this a superior food and energy bar. The list of benefits is far too long to list. The company also offers the products Health Nut Spreads and Smoothie Greens. The bars are available at Nature’s Fare and Natural Rezources on Bernard. For orders or general inquiries call 778-478-7491;

Nova Tourney has joined the team at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre as a front desk agent.

True Blue Picture Framing and Gallery, owned by John Pearson, is a new business in West Kelowna specializing in all types of framing done in-house. Located at 3-1515 Westgate Rd., Pearson formerly owned and operated a framing shop in Squamish for seven years before moving to Kelowna. The new shop has more than 400 frame styles on display and he uses only the best materials available. Originally from Australia, along with being an award winning framer there, Pearson is also a qualified interior designer. The gallery shows prints, mirrors, oil paintings and water colours and they now have two local artists on display—Marina Leisen and Charlotte Lafleur. Open Monday to Saturday, call 250-769-7900.  

Tom Budd is the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award, receiving it for all the charities and local organizations that he so generously supports each year. His reputation as a philanthropist is well known to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter, Crossroads, Ballet Kelowna, Angel Program, Evergreen and the Maxine DeHart Drive-Thru Breakfast, just to name a few.

Stuart Leatherdale, CHRP is the new human resources director, for the City of Kelowna. Call 250-469-8525.

Eric Leung, the office manager at Stepping Stones, has completed his Shiatsu practitioner training and is now booking Shiatsu sessions. Contact him at 250-469-4268; Melanie Maure, the somatic practitioner, will host a free information session Feb. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Stepping Stones location, 1369 Richter St. Stepping Stones will also host an open house on Feb. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. RSVP to

After many years, The Husky service station at the corner of Highway 97 and Pandosy Street will be closing on Feb. 10.

Claudio Fornasiera is the new operations manager of K-Town Contracting, #4-1905 Evergreen Crt. K-Town focuses on all types and sizes of renovations, including commercial, residential and foundations with quality ahead of quantity. Call 250-448-9192.

Tree Brewing has brought back the limited edition Hop Head Double India Pale Ale, which last year won a gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards. It is billed as an “occasional rarity” for the marketplace by brew master Stefan Buhl, who makes it available to the public when he feels all the conditions are correct to release it. The beer uses twice the hops as most Tree Brewing beer brands. You can purchase it at liquor stores throughout B.C.

Andrew Petre, a CA, has joined the team at Hecht & Associates. He practices in accounting and tax for individuals, owner-managed corporations and trusts with emphasis in income tax matters. Call 250-868-3700.

Katelyn Boutellier, with RauDZ Regional Table on Water Street, and Jenna Angle, with the Wild Apple Grill at Manteo Resort, have won the Okanagan Chef Association’s Junior Chefs of the Year awards. The award is based on a contest in which they were given a black box of ingredients with three hours to make a gourmet meal. The ingredients included live lobsters, entire squabs, whole sea bass, quail eggs, peppers and a bottle of Ravens Ridge sparkling apple cider. The two chefs will now compete in the provincial cook-off in March. 

Gary Parmar, a CA, has joined the firm Meyers Norris Penny LLP, specializing in advisory services in tax planning and business advisory needs. Call 250-763-8919.

Chef and sommelier, Mark Filatow, of Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar, recently won the Southbrook Canadian Wine Award, competing against some 130 chefs as part of Canada’s Food Day.

The former manager of iQuest, Kim Froom, and several of the former iQuest staff have joined forces to create Phoenix Health & Fitness, offering mobile training and specialty fitness classes for people suffering from chronic health conditions. Call 250-212-7335;  

Moseyed through the indoor market at the Parkinson Recreation Centre last Saturday and ran into James Mullan, who calls himself The Allergic Chef. Tried some of his cookies and they were delicious. His glutenfree shortbread and ginger cookies were so good I could not tell the difference between gluten-free and regular cookies. The indoor market takes place every Saturday during the winter months at Parkinson. Call James at 250-860-2965.

Russell & Associates (Employee Benefits Consultants Division) has changed its name and branding initiative to Encompass Benefits & HR Solutions Inc., located at 100-215 Lawrence Ave. Partners Bret Loge, Randy Schueler and Bob Richardson focus on employee benefit plans, group retirement savings plans, human resources consulting and health and wellness initiatives. Call 250-763-6464;

The Regimental Ball for the South East District Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with the proceeds to benefit the Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation, is Saturday, March 12, at the Coast Capri Hotel. This memorable evening will feature time-honoured RCMP traditions including the piping in of the head table and the Grand March preceding the first dance. Katie and the Boyz will bring the dance floor alive with classic songs that everyone loves and the silent and live auctions will offer exciting opportunities. For tickets call 1-800-500-4543;

All the new bake shows on TV use fondant.”f Now you can attend fondant classes

for ages 13 to 99 at

CupCasions. Registration is required. Call 250-860-3690.

The AGM of the Kelowna Kasugai Sister City Association is Monday, Feb. 14, from 8 to 9 p.m., at the Water Street Seniors Centre. There will be opportunities to volunteer as a committee member or serve as a director. Call Cathy Jennens at 250-862-2801;

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Okanagan have partnered with the Campbell’s Soup Company to launch Let’s Can Hunger, a joint hunger relief initiative. SIFE will host a large fundraiser Charity Gala 2011 for the Kelowna Community Food Bank and Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre on Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., at the Okanagan College Centre for Learning Building. The keynote speaker is Mark Childs, vice-president of marketing for the Campbell Company of Canada. The evening will also offer hor d’ouvers by Cabana Grille, entertainment by Cheeky Monkeys & Jeff Piattelli with a live and silent auction and dancing. Tickets $75. SIFE is a non-profit student organization operated out of the Okanagan College campuses in the valley. Call Brandi Callaghan at 250-88-4710 or 

There will be a charity Valentines Dance on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Ellison Community Hall for 9-year-old Caleb Lanz who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The funds will be used to offset the cost of treatments and medications. For tickets ($25/person) call Rhea Taylor at 250-765-3466.

Huge thanks to Rich Woodhouse of iSight Optometry on “fixing up my glasses” that I have not worn in public for about 30 years, having worn contacts for all that time. Thank goodness the glasses, that I keep on-hand for emergencies, are still pretty modern. Hopefully, I will only have to wear them for a month or so until my eye surgery, so no more “you look smarter with glasses on” remarks in the meantime from anyone (ha!). By the way, what did I look like without glasses?

Birthdays of the week: Happy 60th Mike Huntley (Jan. 31); Rob Belanger, Arby’s (Feb. 4); Ross Fitzpatrick (Feb. 4); Susan Wort, Fashion Foundations (Feb. 5); Sergio Cunial, Ramada Hotel (Feb. 7); Bob Brown, Sunset Ranch (Feb. 8); Jim Juba (Feb. 7). 

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

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