DeHart: Bakery sets up shop in mall food court

Tasty Treasures Baking Company has opened a storefront location in the Orchard Park Mall food court.

Tasty Treasures Baking Company, owned and operated by Debbie Donahue, has opened a storefront location in the Orchard Park Mall food court.

The new location has allowed Tasty Treasures to offer more choices of their wonderful homemade baking, along with favourite specialty drinks, coffees and teas from Cherry Hill Coffee. Check it out for truffles, almond roca, lemon tart bars, cranberry tarts, and sugar cookies are just some of the goodies you will be treated to. Also available are hostess gift boxes, mini-biscotti gift bags and other stocking stuffers. The Okanagan Cookbook; The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker can be purchased, along with a special feature—Grandma’s Very Own Chocolate Chip Zucchini Loaf. Call 250-860-6129;

Larry Marzinzik is the new regional coroner with the B.C. Coroners Service based out of  Kelowna. He was formerly an RCMP member for 33 years in B.C. and Alberta, starting his career in Edson, Alta., and retiring from the force at his last posting in Okotoks.

Ten Thousand Villages have moved to a temporary location at 1771 Harvey Ave. (Harvey and Spall) after the recent fire at Burtch Plaza. The store offers wonderful products for Christmas and all occasions and continue their mission of promoting fair trade and serving their artisans. You can even enjoy a cup of fair trade coffee while browsing around the store. Open seven days week.

Kevin Klassen has opened a new restaurant, Casual Cravings Café (formerly Maggie’s Café), in Rutland’s Plaza 33 mall. Klassen did his apprenticeship in Alberta, then moved to Kelowna, and has since worked in catering at the Delta Grand, Coast Capri and Best Western hotels. Now his commitment has paid off with his own restaurant. Casual Cravings offers a classic menu made with the highest quality ingredients and very reasonable prices—clubhouse, beef dip, burgers, fish and chips, hand cut fries, homemade soup and breakfast all day. All produce is brought in daily and locally grown where possible. Klassen will feature a chicken stir fry express lunch, free Wi Fi, specialty Espresso coffees and a complete bacon, sausage or ham and eggs, special for only $5.80 before 10 a.m. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Call 250-448-1629.

Abby Sones, founder and coordinator of the Red Coat Ambassador program at the Kelowna International Airport, has stepped aside after 13 years of running this very successful program. Don’t worry, he will still be there volunteering along with meeting and greeting the skiers.

Wrote about Anna Jamkowy and Dusting Divas last week in the column. Since then, I have found out that Carol Bacon is the owner of the company. She is from Edmonton, runs Dusting Divas and is an on-call firefighter in West Kelowna. Incorporated four months ago, the company has expanded into Vancouver and Edmonton. Call Carol at 250-469-2353.

If you are looking for a great product to boost your immunity throughout the year, Dr. David Wikenheiser, located at 308-1500 Hardy St. (former Telus building), has a wonderful product which is a liquid premium Echinacea. It’s easy to use; just put some in your water, juice or any liquid. A special price is being offered during this cold spell until the end of December of only $14.97 for the 40 ml size, a savings of 32 per cent. Try it. What have you got to loose, but perhaps a bad cold or the flu. Dr. Wikenheiser also offers a limited number of no charge sessions for magnetic bio stimulation for improving circulation and boosting healing. Call 250-762-8900, check out

Sgt. Patty Cook has joined the Kelowna RCMP detachment  as client services manager. With the RCMP for 16 years, she started her career in Kamloops and relocated from Whistler to take the Kelowna position.

Sleepy’s Bedroom Furniture & Sleep Shop (formerly McLeary’s Furniture), located at 3-1725 Baron Rd. has been at the same location for the past 22 years, changing the business name three years ago. Owned and operated by Geoff McLeary, Sleepy’s now has the new “Ironman” Recovery Mattress, with McLeary’s store being the only Okanagan distributor. One of the only health mattresses available on the market, with Celliant and Cellitex latex, it boasts revolutionary new technologies that harness the body’s natural energy as well as infrared light, sunlight and other lights through the use of optically responsive minerals and fibres. It has been clinically proven to increase blood flow, blood oxygen levels in the tissue and help balance body temperature while sleeping. The material is hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust mite resistant. It’s worth a look and a chat with Geoff. Call 250-868-2337;

The Okanagan Regional Library has appointed Stephanie Hall as the new executive director. Hall will succeed Lesley Dieno, who is retiring at the end of December.

Award winning chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao, co-owners of RauDZ, are opening a new restaurant called Micro Bar and Bites in March 2013. Located at 1500 Water St., just steps from RauDZ,  the small 900-sq.ft. space will be designed by internationally acclaimed architect Timothy Bullinger, with Arca3 Design. Respectful to the time period of the historic block of Water Street, the room will feature a combination of stone, glass and handcrafted wood. They will follow a simple formula of 10 cocktails, 10 beer and 10 bites with both the food and liquid menu having a global influence.

The Short Stop Beer, Wine and Liquor Store at the Ramada Hotel has been completely renovated. The store is full service and privately owned, offering customers a unique experience with exceptional service and competitive pricing. The staff thrive to offer a variety of products that other small liquor stores might not offer, with many below government pricing. Look for more than 100 local VQA and import wines and a unique selection of local craft and import single beers. The store also carries gift baskets, wine glasses, decanters and a selection of wine accessories. Katja Oldendorf is the store manager. Call 250-979-4549.

Kyle Robinson has joined KPMG after successfully completing the final exam required to achieve his professional CA designation. Call 250-979-7159

Congratulations to Valerie Scott, this year’s regional winner of Okanagan College’s Three-Hour Short Story Contest. Scott, who is enrolled in Okanagan College’s writing and publishing diploma program, won the Central Okanagan regional contest award for her story “Ruby Tuesday.”

Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, at 113A-2365 Gordon Dr. (Guishachan Village),  owned and operated by Duane Peters and Tracy Hansen, has some wonderful products for gifts or just to treat yourself. Among the unique items are organic cherries (from Zebroff’s Organic Farm in Cawston, soaked in brandy and dipped in dark chocolate); pumpkin caramel (pumpkin puree caramel, apricot brandy, lemon, cloves ginger cinnamon and nutmeg); peanut butter and jelly (milk chocolate mixed with peanut butter and topped with a layer of handmade raspberry jelly); Butter Ganache gingerbread (flavoured ganache with blackstrap molasses, pernod, clovers, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg) and Christmas pralines (hazelnut pralines in festive shapes enrobed in either milk or dark). Call 250-862-2752.

The newly appointed executives of the Global Nursing Citizens are Jodie Stevens (chair); Kristen Raquel Bos (vice-chair); Svea Brousseau (secretary); Victoria Cluett (treasurer); and Randi Milligan (deputy).

Kelowna Tourism has a new board of directors headed by chairman Brad Sieben (Eldorado Hotel). Joining him on the board are Stan Martindale, Ramada Hotel (vice-chair); Ian Robertson, Kelowna Springs Golf Club (treasurer); Steve Stinson, Keg/Train Station (secretary); Roger Sellick (past chair); and directors Michael J. Ballingall (Big White); Daniel Bibby (Delta Grand); Andre Blanleil (City of Kelowna); Nathan Flavel (Kelowna Actors Studio); David McFadden, (Okanagan Lavender &  Herb Farm); Gavin Perry (Coast Capri); Rosemary Paterson (Kelowna Hotel/Motel Assoc.); Rita Pluta (Abbott Villa); Sam Samaddar (Kelowna International Airport); Tony Stewart (Quails’ Gate Winery) and Kelly Watt (Sandman Hotel). A District of Lake Country representative is still to be appointed.

Bounty Cellars, located at 7-364 Lougheed Rd., will host an open house from Dec.17 to 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day,  with appies, wine tasting, tours and 15 per cent discounts. Call 250-765-9200

Two teams from Okanagan College’s School of Business have made it into the final round of the prestigious Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) to be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., in early January.

Melanie Lyne Women’s Clothing, at 1950 Harvey Ave.(Spall Plaza), recently held a charity fashion show for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. The store raised a whopping $1,000 as more than 60 ladies were in  attendance. The sponsors included Loyal Hair, Gaby Diamond Gallery, Fashion Foundations, Cream Hair and Makeup, Second Cup, Tropical Beaches Tanning, Grateful Fed Pub, Valoroso Foods, Streaming Café, Angie at Shapers, Tasty Treasure Baking, Jen Swenson of Avon, Theresa of Party Lite and Cascade Shoes. Krista Pallos is the store manager.

The Kelowna Actors Studio has several dance classes coming up in the New Year. Classes embrace all ages and ability levels. Call 250-862-2867.

Just a couple of weeks left to pick up your Pin Up Hotties 2013 Calendar for KGH at the KGH Mercantile shop or at any Regency Retirement Resort. Remember all proceeds from the $10 calendar stay right here in our community.

Birthdays of the week: Anne Schneider (Dec. 6); Ken Firkins (Dec. 13); Melena Cunial (Dec. 14); Tim Allan, (Dec. 14); Anna Stuart (Dec. 15); Grant Fletcher, Valley First (Dec. 15); Lesley Pierce, Creative Mortgage (Dec. 17); Dave Willms (Dec. 17); Katja Oldendorf, Mickie’s Pub/Short Stop (Dec. 18); Deb Doig, Baxter’s Pub (Dec. 18); Gary Schnackenberg (Dec. 19).

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