DeHart: Purple Nurple shop opens in Dilworth Centre

Purple Nurple Frozen Yogurt has opened at 1640 Leckie Rd. in Dilworth Centre next to Taco Time and across from Safeway.

Purple Nurple

Family-owned and operated by the Oliver brothers, Gord and Dallin, and their father, Gordon Oliver, this yogurt shop is not a franchise. All the yogurt is their own creation, made fresh in-house starting with probiotic frozen yogurt mix from PowerPro Active Cultures. They offer sugar free options with stevia and pure crystalline fructose (fruit) sweetened yogurts, along with protein, lactose and gluten free options. Choose from many delicious toppings, slushies, screamers, sorbet, ice creams, and even mini-donuts that they make fresh daily on premise. I sampled the chocolate yogurt sweetened with Stevia and it was delicious.

Physiotherapist Vanessa Milot has joined Okanagan Health & Performance, 104-1100 Lawrence Ave. Professional services offered by Milot include assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, joint and arthritis pain, trauma from motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, sport injuries and post-op rehabilitation. She is certified in acupuncture and has additional training in TMJ (jaw) pain and dysfunction. Call 250-860-6295 or email to book an appointment. Her hours are  Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Congratulations to Karen Needham, City of Kelowna deputy city clerk, for winning a Professional Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding contribution on the LGMA Election Committee from the Local Government Management Association (LGMA). The province has recently made the most significant changes to the local government elections legislation in more than two decades and Needham and her colleagues on the committee were instrumental in the development of the legislation, providing input throughout the process of drafting and regulations.

The Westbank Farmer’s Market starts the 2014 season on Saturday, June 28, at Westridge Mall (Main and Elliott), from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On hand will be your favourite vendors, along with some new additions, plus a selection of food vendors and free weekly entertainment.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is at the Best Western Hotel on July 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Arrive early to take part in the Speed Networking Session from 4:40 to 5 p.m.

Bluetail Sushi & Bistro has opened at 102-1675 Commerce Ave. (next to Helmut’s Sausage Kitchen), owned and operated by Jerom Chung. For a small, attractive restaurant, they offer an extensive menu of soup and Sunomono, salads, appetizers, tempura, nigiri, sashimi Blue Tail Basic Maki, specialty Maki, entrees and combinations for lunch and dinner. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 778-484-5900.

Matt Canzer has joined the firm of Pushor Mitchell LLP as an associate lawyer. He was previously with the department of Justice in Vancouver where he practiced with the tax litigation services group, representing the Canada Revenue Agency before the Tax Court of Canada and then the Public Safety, Defense and Immigration Group. He will be practicing in the areas of criminal law, civil litigation and tax litigation. Call 250-869-1122; email

Had an opportunity to have lunch at Bistro Fandango, 5-3045 Tutt St. (Tutt Street Square) in the Mission, owned and operated by chef Derek Benitz. This quant bistro, tucked away in the corner of the square offers a full fresh and house-made menu. We tried the roasted chicken, spring vegetable and mozzarella Quesadilla with house-made frites and the lobster and brie omelet with spring asparagus salad; along with fresh bread and tomato jam spread that was delicious. Call 250-870-1162; website

Uptown Rutland After Hours is July 2 from 5 to 7 p.m., hosted by Rutland Park Society and the Rutland Centennial Hall, 180 Rutland Road N. All welcome. ($8).

The Winners of the Chilli Cook-Off, sponsored by Melcor Developments and partnered by the Uptown Rutland Business Association at Blue Skye (Black Mountain), were Aphrodiate in Me Spa (1st place) and Habby Jacks, Don Urquhart (2nd place). Eleven teams entered and over $600 was raised. Melcor Developments matched that amount and the $1,200 was donated the YMCA Strong Kids Program

Michelle Bowlen has joined the firm of Doak Shirreff Lawyers LLP as an associate with the firm. She will be practicing in the areas of Canadian and U.S. immigration matters, corporate, commercial and employment law. She is fluent in Spanish and is available to provide advice regarding cross border issues for clients doing business or travelling in the U.S. Call 250-763-4323

TwinView Financial Ltd., located at 201-1561 Sutherland Ave., deals with non-stock-market private equity, investing into hard assets like real estate and resources, including oil, gas, and solar energy production. All is RRSP, TFSA and cash eligible. The model is one of Investor paid first, with the investor actually having direct ownership through limited partnerships of the actual assets.  Some of the partnership are the Hilton run hotels, Calgary Airport, commercial real estate throughout eastern Canada, farmland, existing oil and gas production, private REITs, solar energy and paper recycling. Ivo Damme,  is the owner/president and CEO of the company, with Kent Harris the vice-president equity specialist and Bill Spencer also a private equity specialist. Call 1-866-800-6566; website

If you have not been to Earl’s lately, make sure you give it try sooner than later. Had the opportunity to have dinner there recently and it was absolutely exceptional. The food and service was superb and the view is spectacular, whether you are in the restaurant or on the patio.  Brad Attwood has been the general manager of Earl’s for many years. Call 250-763-2777

Kudos to Springvalley Middle School for receiving Science World’s Provincial Environmental Action Award for $1,000.

Rob Ahlgren and Darren Stanfield, from the Yellow House Restaurant, along with help from Julie Masi (formerly with Agostino’s), will host a Winnipeg Patio Party on July 10. The party will include a three course dinner and are bringing in Winnipeg Gold Eye (pickerel) along with many other specialty foods that are popular with Winnipeg folk (perogies, Winnipeg rye, Jeannie’s cakes). There are a number of Winnipeg musicians in the valley who will come together for this fun filled evening. They are also trying to locate some Winnipeg comedians who might be in the valley at that time. If you are a Winnipeg comedian or know of any, please call 250-763-5136 or call for reservations.

Custom Laser Hair Removal

It has been a year since Kelowna long-time certified laser technician, electrologist and esthetician Deborah Stewart, Custom Laser Hair Removal (CLHR), moved into her new centrally located premises at 765 Rose Ave. (between Ethel and Richter). It’s not too late to get your pre-summer laser treatments. Imagine not shaving for the rest of your life. All types of skins types can be lasered (tanned or dark skinned) as Stewart uses the LightSheer Diode laser technology with state-of-the-art equipment in extremely sanitary conditions.  Her business is unisex, catering to both men and women for hair removal. I can speak from first-hand experience, as I have been receiving treatments (legs and underarms) since last December. I decided to try the treatments, as after my shoulder surgery I found it harder and harder to maneuver shaving. Laser is extremely effective, very tolerable and nothing you cannot handle. Stewart is sensitive to the client and pain levels (very tolerable for me) and you will absolutely love the results. Had I known how great the end result was, I would have looked into laser a lot earlier or certainly a lot earlier before or after my shoulder surgery. It would have made my life a lot easier at that time. Now, it’s just great to have the freedom of clean, smooth legs. For a woman, that means a lot. Custom Laser Hair Removal  is open Monday to Saturday, with a flexible appointments schedule  and lots of parking. She offers 25 per cent off the first lower leg, bikini or full back treatment and discounts on multiple target areas. Call 250-861-1141; website

If you love jazz, Live After 5 Jazz Jam, hosted by Craig Thomson or Stephen Buck, is every Thursday from 5 to7 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Admission by donation.

Inventory levels of blood are low going into the summer months and the Canadian Blood Services Agency, 1865 Dilworth Dr. (across from Orchard Park Shopping Centre) would like you to donate. The clinic will host What’s Your Blood Type at Prospera Place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where you can book an appointment. The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and every second Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (June 28, July 12 and July 26). Call 250-448-4022 for more information.

Debby Merkel will put on a painting and wine event at The Vibrant Vine, 3240 Pooley Rd., in Kelowna. Create your masterpiece at the vineyard with this four-hour workshop. Classes Mondays and Thursday, July 14 to Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration a must. Call 778-214-4107; email

Congratulations to a good friend and long-time hotelier colleague Frank Stewart, with  the Ramada Hotel in downtown Calgary. Frank recently received the Award of Distinction from the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association. The award winner must be a person who exemplifies the very best qualities of the people working the accommodation industry. Some of the criteria for the award included demonstrating professionalism and a commitment to excellence at their property, as well as the vitality of the tourism and hospitality industry locally and provincially. They must also have been a general manager or owner/operator for a minimum of 25 years. Knowing Frank, he has all these traits and more.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 85th Ann Ellchuk (July 2); happy 55th to Daryl Hauer, Ramada Hotel (June 26); Greg Carter, Kelowna Flightcraft, (June 26); Jacqueline Blaney (June 29); Linda Brandon (July 1); Marlene Trelenberg (July 1); Cathy Butler (July 2); Happy Birthday Canada (July1).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna city councillor and a local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662;  fax 250-860-3173; e-mail


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