Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc. is celebrating 14 years in business. The company was started in March, 2005 by young local born entrepreneur Lucas Griffin when he discovered a growing need for mobile storage in the city.
I remember meeting and writing an article for Lucas when he started. He began in a home office with a computer, cell phone, business plan and big dreams. Shortly thereafter, five containers were purchased; he rented a tiny yard for storage and contracted out the deliveries. Now the company boasts four locations in B.C. and Alberta, eight custom tilt-trucks delivering thousands of containers each year, a well-equipped contained modification facility, 22 employees and an exciting vision for the future. This past year, the company added two new delivery trucks, enhanced their modification shop with cutting-edge tools and added seven new team members. They also donated their time, products and funds to many local charities. Sea-can containers are used by everyone from farmers to travel junkies. Rebecca King-Jones is the marketing coordinator for the company. www.secure-rite.com.
Celebrating ten years in business this year, Business Finders Canada, owned by Steve Harvey, has moved locations in downtown Kelowna to 1685 Pandosy Street, just across from where they previously were located. The company connects buyers and sellers of businesses and commercial property. Stephen Rowswell has joined the sales team in Kelowna and they have also just opened their first franchise location in Edmonton, Business Finders Edmonton to Regan Brown and Ron Finch. Call 250-491-1111. www.businessfinderscanada.com.
The Bunkhouse Bar & Grill is now known as The Bunkhouse Bar & Grill and King’s Kitchen at 2777 KLO Road. When two worlds collide, you get the best of both worlds. Owned and operated by Chef’s Clem and Cindy Yung, you can still get your Bunkhouse favorite menu items and now you can also enjoy fabulous Chinese cuisine. Long-time chef, Alan Nyberg who has been at the Bunkhouse for 11 years is still cooking and enjoying every minute of it. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with a Chinese buffet on Sunday evenings from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Prime Rib on Friday and Saturdays for $19.99. Both menus are extensive whether you crave a steak sandwich, burger or Bunkhouse schnitzel to a full menu of Chinese house specialists, traditional favorites or a dinner combo. View both full menus online at www.bunkhousebar.ca. Call 250-862-8536.
Well-known local Chef, Stuart Klassen has joined the team at Kelly O’Bryan’s and is now the corporate executive training chef for all of Kelly O’Bryan’s Restaurants based out of their Kelowna corporate office. Stuart was formerly an instructor in the Okanagan College Culinary Arts program. Kelly O’Bryan’s is growing fast, with nine restaurants in B.C. Their newest location just opened in Courtenay. Kelly O’Bryan’s is owned and operated by partners Reg Henry and Jeff Blower. The popular restaurant has been a landmark in downtown Kelowna at 262 Bernard Avenue for over 30 years and absolutely has the best tuna salad with wasabi dressing in town.
Tourism Kelowna has a new executive committee for the Board Directors for 2019. Congratulations to Thom Killingsworth (Chair), Patricia Leslie (Vice-chair), Stan Martindale (Past chair), Joseph Clohessy (Treasurer) and Debbie Dupasquier (Secretary).
As if being the title sponsor to represent The Great Okanagan Beer Festival (GOBF) was not enough to put them straight on their tracks right now, Train Station Pub also promoted April Roy from Chef to operations manager, which brought on the hire of well-known Chef Kevin Negoro formerly of FSH to join the team as Chef. Train Station Pub is participating in Dine Around Kelowna which is happening until Feb. 3. David Lindsay is the Conductor of the Train Station Pub. email@example.com
Sarah Hoffman is a new front desk agent at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre. Sarah comes to the Ramada from Mark’s Warehouse and before that relocated from Williams Lake. www.rpbhotels.com
Are you interested in shared office space, especially if you could get it for free? A downtown business is allocating a portion of their lease-able space to tax-exempt charitable organizations operating as a non-profit in downtown Kelowna. This modern office space offers a shared boardroom and lobby, full kitchenette, WPA encrypted Wi-Fi for each office and all the furnishings. The space is just beautiful. If you meet the criteria do not miss this amazing opportunity to grab an office space downtown. For more information contact Jay Blackford at 250-575-2070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New for 2019
Swinging with the Stars
Birthdays of the week
John Christie (Jan. 29); Rick Potter (Jan. 31); Linda Decosta (Feb. 1); Vince Lemke (Feb. 1); Rod Romanow (Feb. 2); Jenny Krahn (Feb. 3); Rob Belanger (Feb. 4); Ross Fitzpatrick (Feb. 4); Ted Farr (Feb. 4); Pim Meere (Feb. 4); Jake Imrich (Feb. 5).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail email@example.com.