DeHart: Avalon expands into new line of rental business

Brad Buchanan, president and owner of Avalon Event Rentals, the Okanagan’s largest event rental company, has purchased a new business.

Brad Buchanan, president and owner of Avalon Event Rentals, the Okanagan’s largest event rental company, has purchased a new business.

Buchanan has acquired Effective Portable Sign Rentals from Dan Geisbrecht, one of the valley’s largest portable sign rental companies. The company will be renamed Okanagan Portable Sign Rentals to better reflect the scope of the business, offering over 200 signs, providing same-day service to customers in the valley. The portable sign company has been a sponsor of the Maxine DeHart, United Way-Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast for many years, a commitment that Buchanan plans to continue. Call 250-861-1575;

La Belle Boutique, a ladies clothing store owned and operated by Marie Yvonne Cleaver located in downtownKelowna’s Towne Centre Mall, plans to move to larger and brighter premises—but not far. La Belle will move right next door into the former Tri-Star Travel location. The store is currently holding a moving sale, offering up to 70 per cent off all their beautiful summer and fall lines, including casual, formal and cruise wear, along with accessories, hats and handbags. When in the new premises, starting August long weekend, La Belle will be open all Sundays and holidays with access into the store through the Lawrence Street entrance. Free parking off Lawrence Avenue. Call 250-860-6038.

Kelowna Springs Golf Club has introduced a new service for  golfers called The Club Detailer. It’s a new state-of-the-art, stand-alone vending system for golf club cleaning. This  machine was invented by local entrepreneur Randall Quinn and his company, Club Detailer Ltd.  It can ultrasonically clean an entire set of 14 clubs  in just three minutes, both the heads and the grips, removing dirt and skin oils, restoring the tackiness to your grips and inevitably extending your club life. The Club Detailer service is available to the public for only $10. Contact Randall Quinn at

The Organic Cupboard  is a new specialty goods store located at 4- 3045 Tutt St.  Owned and operated by Patrick and Sandra Schryburt, the shop specializes in offering products that are organically or sustainably produced. If you believe the old axiom “let food be your medicine,” then take a peek inside this store. It offers olive oil, balsamics, flour, cheeses, ancient grains, some gluten free products, fresh eggs, juices, cookbooks and some skin care products. The Organic Cupboard has no frozen goods, but everything in the store proposes their customers to get “back to the basics.”  Open Monday to Saturday. Senior discounts available. Call 778-478-0938;

The family-owned B.C. based hotel chain  Accent Inns is celebrating their 25th anniversary in business. Founded by chairman Terry Farmer, Accent Inn opened their first property in Victoria in 1986 with the head office still in that city. They expanded to five properties with the Kelowna hotel, located at 1141 Harvey Ave., being their fourth property opened 21 years ago. Mandy Farmer, Terry’s daughter, became president and CEO of the company in 2008. To commemorate this quarter century milestone, the staff at Accent Inns has planted 25 trees, one at each property with the rest going to Madrona Farm in Victoria.

Speaking of hotels, Prestige Hotels and Resorts, based out of Kelowna, has opened a new  Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke on Vancouver Island. The CEO is  Joseph Huber and the president is  Terry Schneider. The resort has already been featured in the Victoria International Guide. The hotel offers beautiful views of Sooke Harbour and the Olympic Mountains, a modern spa and several dining options including Sal’s Prime Steakhouse and Rick’s Bistro. If you are going that way call 1-877-737-8443

Dave Lafontaine was the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for spearheading the annual Dr. Knox Middle School fundraiser for the B.C. Children’s Hospital for the past six years.

The Uptown Rutland Business Association will host  Uptown After Hours on Wednesday, July 6, at  My Neighbourhood Restaurant, 260 Highway 33, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Experiencing limited storage space in your home? Do you have a set of stairs? If so, Bert Duchesne has a solution for you with his sturdy “Space-Saver Shelves,” which are installed under your staircase in that “never know what to do with space.” It’s quite a slick idea, with the shelves made to measure, reasonably priced and painted or unpainted. After installation, they make an excellent cool-storage pantry for canned goods, glass jar canning or perhaps wine. For more info, to view or a free estimate call 250-860-0744;

Furniture Medic, the prescription for damaged furniture, is under new ownership. Now owned and operated by Steve Wright and Valerie Dee, this company provides services such as on-site touch-ups for scratches, scuffs, gouges and dents; chair and bar stool regluing, refinish and upholstery service; moving damage estimates and repairs; new foam and/or stuffing installations for furniture; mechanism repairs/replacements and countertop resurfacing. Furniture Medic provide on-site repairs whenever possible. Call 250-860-5514;

News from Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP—Mark Baron has been appointed as managing partner; Matthews Blow has joined the team as an associate lawyer;  and Keri Grenier has joined the firm focusing on personal injury and employment law.

Little Shops of Treasures, located at 11B-565 Bernard Ave., is a décor shop for home and body. Owned by Athena Markusson, the shop is chocked-full of international home accent items, inspirational gifts, semiprecious stones, funky jewelry and eco-body products. If you are looking for a reasonable priced gift or perhaps an accessory for your home it’s worth a visit.

If you’re wondering how to trace your family back through the generations, Karen Franklin, co-chair of the board of governors for the and past chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums, will discuss that topic during her free public presentation Sunday, July 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Okanagan Jewish Community Centre, 102 Snowsell Rd. North.

June prize winners from Integra Tire Auto Centre/Okanagan Car Care, located at 2160 Enterprise Way, were Patty Rosenworth (free alignment, $100); Loni Bar (Bridgestone golf balls) and Jeff Gates (DVD-NHL Greatest Moments). Bruce Stranaghan is the owner/operator of Integra Tire. Call 250-860-3155.

Jim Belshaw, owner of Roy’s Shoes in Kelowna,  is the new 2011-12 president of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club. The club’s theme this year is “Doing Good Stuff—Having Fun.” To go along with that new slogan, the Rotorians of Kelowna-Sunrise have introduced a new theme song for the club, the old 1960s hit Louie Louie. New members are Jaime Boyle (Porter Ramsay), Michael Crowley (MacKay LLP), Susie Czinger (Baywest Management), Ruth Jackson (J&M Construction), Max and Sarah Mosley (both retired), Sandy Rehaume (On Side Restoration), Thomas Swaczyna (Auto Mobile), Dr. Robert Wageman (dentist) and Doreen Welsh (UBC). Sunrise Rotary was responsible for the Soles4Souls shoe drive that collected more than 65,000 pairs of shoes.

Big thanks to Chris Cass of the Canadian Heritage Office on Queensway for her help and exceptional service.

A favourite part of Canada Day for us was attending the Kelowna Canada Day Concerts Society presented by the Kelowna Pops Orchestra under the direction of well-known maestro Leonard Camplin. It’s a fabulous, donation-only event at Prospera Place, featuring a spectacular two-hour concert showcasing classical and popular music for all ages, bringing together dedicated professionals and volunteer musicians from all over B.C. Guest artists were soprano Katherine van Kampen; James Mendenhall (bassoon); Rebecca Ruthven and Annalysa Tylor (2011 Winners —Young Musicians Competition) and guest conductor Nicholas Urquhart, assistant conductor of the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. If you have never attended this event, mark it on your calendar for next year on July 1—you won’t be disappointed.  Call 250-7687824;

Brent Rentiers, who relocated from Calgary, has joined the firm of Farris LLP in the litigation group. Call 250-869-3862

If you are planning a trip to the South Okanagan, two new restaurants have opened. Firehall Brewery, housed in the old firehall at 34881 Highway 97 in Oliver,  will serve as the town’s first brewery, complimenting the in-house restaurant and colourful downtown core. Located in the cellar of the historic building, the microbrewery will work together with Bill and Dawn Reid, operators of the Firehall Bistro on the main floor.

Meanwhile, Hester Creek Estate Winery in Oliver welcomes the owners of Terrafina Restaurant, executive chef Jeremy Luypen and operating manager April Goldade. Terrafina at Hester Creek is located in the former tasting room that has been redesigned to provide an intimate setting for the 47-seat restaurant plus seating for 24 more people on the patio. Open for lunch and dinner. Call 250-468-2229.

Two upcoming great golf tournaments still have room for golfers: The Swingers Open for Hospice is July 16 at Shannon Lake, call 250-763-5511; and the 14th annual Okanagan Jewish Community Tournament at Harvest is July 17, call David Spevakow at 250-317-5283.

With school out for the summer, the Kelowna & District Safety Council has scheduled a series of babysitting training courses to help prepare pre-teens for a summer of babysitting. Course dates are July 12-13 and Aug. 9-10 at 395 Hartman Rd., with a Westside course on July 19-20. All courses normally sell out quickly. Call Tania Meyer at 250-765-3163.

Kudos to Bonnie Casavant for her first hole-in-one on ladies night at the Two Eagles course in West Kelowna on June 23.

The annual Bats for a Cause wood bat mixed slow-pitch softball tourney is July 23 and 24 with all proceeds going to B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation. Call Jane Fletcher at 250-807-8462;

The 2011 Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon, Aug. 19 to 21, is looking for 1,200 volunteers to help stage the event this year. Go to for more information about how to sign up.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 80th Herb Jeffrey (July 7); Derrik Johanneson, TAC Mobility (July 2); Ann Ellchuck (July 2); Finbar O’Sullivan (July 4); Don McArthur (July 4); Garth Roy (July 4); Robert Caley (July 4); Gladys McCulloch (July 5); Cam Dick (July 5); Jack Schneider (July 8); Donna Good (July 10); Don Richmond (July 8); Sherry Huva, my niece (July 10); Shirley Hutt (July 10).



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


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