New consignment shop in city’s downtown core

Clean out your closet and make room for new items. S Clothing Ltd. has opened at 1551 Ellis St.

Stephanie Holmz displays some of the fashionable clothing items in her new consignment shop

Clean out your closet and make room for new items. S Clothing Ltd. has opened at 1551 Ellis St.

Owned and operated by Stephanie Holmz, the consignment shop allows you to consign or drop off at any time, with no appointments necessary. Holmz accepts clothing that is in style, clean, neatly folded and in bags. You can consign with cash back or an in-store credit for yourself. Your account never expires. It’s a cool, fun little shop with all lines of clothing. shoes and accessories. Call 778-478-9665. 

While you are at S Clothing Ltd. go right next door and pick up a pizza at DunnEnzies Pizza Co. Owners Karyn McKenzie and Deb Dunnigan serve the traditional New York style pizza, soft inside and crunchy outside. Everything is home-made from scratch with fresh and local ingredients. The Fugh-Gedda-Bout-It and the Skinny Vinny are my favourites. Open Monday to Saturday (until late). Call 250-763-2420; 

St. Andrews Anglican Church on Lakeshore Road will celebrate 100 years of worship at the church this month. The Tudor revival-style church was built on land from J.H. Bailey, built by W. Shand (who incidentally lost an arm in the construction) and completed by his son with 47 individuals funding the project of $2,000. The first Anglican minister to hold a service in the church was Thomas Green (Daddy Greene). People travelled by horse and buggy to attend. Funeral services for both my in-laws, Victor and Mary DeHart, were held in the “little church,” as I call it. I believe that Mary DeHart’s funeral was one of the last ones that took place at St. Andrews. There are only four original pews left with room for about 60 people for any event. The new church was built in the 1980s and has 110 households that are currently members. Rev. Catherine Hall is the current minister.    

My personal congratulations to United Way Campaign chair Dennis Gablehouse along with all the United Way management and staff, directors, volunteers, community partners, workplace coordinators, media, in-kind contributors, special events individuals, businesses and every donor in the community who contributed to the final total of $1,356,875. It was a record-high total for this annual fundraising campaign.

A new specialty fresh and frozen food franchise, Clancy’s Meat Co., has opened at 2-605 KLO Road (Mission Park Shopping Centre) providing premium meat products, prepared meals and desserts. Since 2008, Clancy’s has undergone a rebranding and expansion program and this store, owned and operated by Miles Widing, is one of the company’s new models. With 21 freezer doors and a 16-foot long fresh case, they offer such foods as certified Angus beef chili, ice cream, Chicken Tandoori Samosa’s and chocolate lava cake. Some popular dry goods are Dulcet Tangy Peppery Moroccan Sauce, Stone Wall Kitchen Sesame Ginger Teriyaki Sauce, Dulcet Indian Curry Ketchup and lots of House of Q Slow Smoke BBQ sauces. Clancy’s also carries a good selection of Canadian AAA and CAB beef, chicken, pork and all sorts of other products. Call 778-478-0744;     

Leah Thordarson, former executive director of the Westbank & District Chamber of Commerce, and her daughter Lenetta are the new owners of Curves Westside, a fitness facility specially designed for women located at 109-2565 Main St. Offering a complete body workout in 30 minutes with their hydraulic equipment, there are no weights to change and the workout is designed for all women aged eight to 88 with a workout that is fast, fun and comfortable. The Thordarsons have also introduced a new twist called “Curves circuit with Zumba, which combines the cardio of Zumba with the proven strength training technique of Curves. Call 250-768-2254.  

Congrats to Urban Systems for winning the Deputy Minister’s Award for Consulting Engineers. The company was cited for its work on the Highway 97 Westside Road interchange. The project is slated to be open later this year and designed to provide better traffic flow on Westside Road and Highway 97 leading to and coming from the Bennett Bridge.

Patio Buffet Restaurant, owned and operated by Jeanne and Torsten Kaminski, has opened in the Comfort Inn on the Westside at 1655 Westgate Rd. This is the Kaminskis second location, their first one being in Vernon. The restaurant serves mainly “comfort food” and many of the recipes are made using Jeanne’s mother’s old southern style recipes. They are open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for breakfast and lunch ($9.99) and dinner ($14.95) with brunch on Sundays ($12.95) and a seafood buffet every Friday ($16.95). They also offer a limited menu. All buffets change daily. Call 778-755-5665.     

Pioneer Country Market is now open for the season. Stop by for lunch or take home a frozen entrée including their wonderful frozen pies. They are now the home for Sperlings Vineyards. Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VQ Capital Inc., a Canadian venture capital corporation, has recently merged with Optimum Business Strategies, a multi faceted business consulting, accounting and tax strategies firm. In announcing this merger, they have engaged local entrepreneur Joel Young, of EagleRidge Developments and a Capital News entrepreneur columnist, as their investment advisor/manager for the Okanagan region. Young is the founding chair of the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society and also the Okanagan broker manager for Stoneset Equities, Calgary. Call 250-859-4153;

A new gift and silver design shop called Divine Expressions is open at the Ramada Hotel on Harvey Avenue, owned by silversmith Lisa Brown. She is currently offering beautiful hand-wrapped sterling silver Venetian “Hearts” or personalized hand-stamped “Heart” pendants for Valentine’s Day. Brown would gladly help any of you guys out there to choose the perfect piece and will also customize the gift with a 25 per cent discount for that special day. Call 250-317-134;  

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, this is kind of cool. For $20, a group of singers (Singing Valentines) will serenade your Valentine at a time and place of your choice and present a small gift as a memento. This can happen at work, home, a restaurant or wherever you like. Booking on a first-served basis, every attempt will be made to accommodate your time and place selection. Call Margaret Brunsden at 250-764-8808

FlowDog Fitness Pool & Spa, owned and operated by certified educator and trainer Melissa MacFarlane, will present “A Weekend with Brad Pattison,” a two-day event that offers dog owners the opportunity to gain valuable education, insight and awareness on their furry companions through an interactive seminar on Feb. 12 and 13. Pattison is the host of the TV show “At the End of my Leash” and upcoming series “Puppy SOS”. Call 778-753-5933;   

The new Kelowna Hotel Motel board for 2011 is: Rosemary Patterson, Best Western Inn (president); Stan Martindale, Ramada Hotel (past president); Glen Standon, Okanagan Seasons (vice-president); Kelly Watt, Sandman (secretary); Heather Schaub, Casa Loma (treasurer); and board directors Daniel Bibby, Delta Grand; Brad Sieben, Eldorado, Don Culic, Holiday Park Resort, and Heather Schroeter Manteo Resort.  

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission has elected a new advisory board for 2011. The executive consists of Mike Gilmore, chair (BDO Dunwoody LLP); Scot Speiser, past chair (BDC); Renee Wasylyk, vice-chair (Troika Dev.); Allison Yesilcimen (MediaCooler Inc.); Laurel Douglas (Women’s Enterprise Centre) and Jim Paterson (City of Kelowna). New to the board are Charlette Broadoway (Peachland Councilor); William Clark (Lake Country Chamber); Phillippe Daigle (Westbank Chamber); Sheldon Gardiner (Axel Partners); John Perrott (District of West Kelowna); Sara Shaak (Arrowleaf Entertainment); Wesley Shields (Kelowna Chamber) and Victor Narynskyyi ( Centro Consulting). There are also 23 additional returning directors.

LA Weight Loss will host an open house event from Feb. 14 to 19. L.A. Weight Loss offers clients a personalized menu plan and one-on-one counseling through their exclusive three phase program. They also carry an exclusive line of high quality weight loss products that work as part of the success system. I get the bars (peanut butter is my favourite) and they have saved me several times, either during the day as a snack or in the evenings when I get that “I have to have something” urge. They help people not only to lose the weight, but also keep it off. I’m living proof. Melissa Burrows is the manager of the local L.A. Weight Loss Centre. Call 250-862-2606.

The Golden Age of Hollywood will be presented by First Lutheran Church School on Friday, Feb.11, at Manteo Resort with a gourmet dinner, wine, dancing, silent auction, photo booth and door prizes. For tickets calls call 250-764-3111.

Big thanks to Ronnie McClain for her exceptional customer service and help in finding exactly what I was shopping for at the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, 816 Clement Ave. If you have never visited or not been in the store for a long time, it has a fabulous selection of fresh fruit (the Fuji and Ambrosia apples are fantastic), jams, jellies, large fruit pies, gift baskets, juices and cider. The staff even let you try a piece of any apple to make sure you are buying exactly what you like. I had several (ha!). Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 250-763-8872. 

Birthdays of the week: Happy 40th Sherri Miller, Mickie’s Pub (Feb. 25), Sherri is going to be away for her big one; Cathy Wahoski, Rona (Feb. 9); Kasha Lanyon (Feb. 11).  

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

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