DeHart: Perogy lady celebrates 9th anniversary

Barb’s Delights is celebrating its 7th anniversary in business in the same location

Barb Dumbovic - owner/operator Barb’s Delights.

Barb Dumbovic - owner/operator Barb’s Delights.

Known as the perogy lady, Barb Dumbovic of Barb’s Delights is celebrating her 7th anniversary in business in the same location at #88 2789 Highway 97 N. in the Blue Heights Centre. Barb was not new to the restaurant and food industry when she opened Barb’s Delights. She originally started her food career operating the first food truck in Kelowna in 2002 and selling it in 2009. The quaint restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from Monday to Saturday, offering a menu of home-made full breakfasts, wraps, perogies, cabbage rolls, smokies, burgers, soups, sandwiches and salads.

Favourites on the menu are the Ukrainian breakfast, Barb’s mega breakfast and her famous asparagus omelette. Barb’s combo includes four perogies, two cabbage rolls and a smokie served with fried onions and sour cream. She also has daily specials. Barb has a huge section of frozen perogies, cabbage rolls and other delights that you can take home. You can choose from cheddar cheese with bacon or jalapeno, sauerkraut, cottage cheese or many more. Cabbage rolls come plain or with beef. Outside catering of sandwich trays is also offered. You can even special order lasagna and borscht to take home. Call 778-478-9921.

Two designers with two locations: Interior designer Debbie Moore of Dream Interiors has been a 20-year Hunter Douglas Priority Dealer since the mid 1980’s. Debbie has now partnered with her sister Karen Johnston who is also a long-time interior designer in Cranbrook. They are launching Hunter Douglas products together working in two cities. Dream Interiors sells all Hunter Douglas window products for residential, commercial and corporate clients throughout the Okanagan. This year’s hot window covering items are still horizontal blinds and sun screens with silhouettes as popular as ever. Call 250-878-3344 or

Lane Merrifield, a co-founder of Club Penguin and CEO of FreshGrade has been appointed to the Premier’s Technology council. The 15 member board advises the on how to make B C. one of the best technology centers in the world. The council is co-chaired by the Premier and Don Mattrick, former president of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment. Passionate Blooms Floral Co. has opened in West Kelowna at #13 1515 Westgate Road. Owned and operated by floral designer Shauna Grobowsky, this is not your average flower shop. Shauna brings a big city punch to a small town floral shop and her unique designs, specialty flower arrangements, creativity and passion for the business shines through her work. Drop in and see her new design studio where there is not an arrangement too big or small for Shauna to create. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Send some love with their little love boxes and beautifully hand tied bouquets. Shauna offers wine and floral workshops or just floral workshops. The next workshop coming up is about terrariums on March 1.

You can check-out all the upcoming workshops on her website. Pre-order with daily delivery service offered throughout the Kelowna/West Kelowna area. Call 250-808-1282.

NAI Commercial Okanagan, a member of the international network of owner operated commercial real estate brokerage firms of NAI Global has opened an office in Kelowna at 105-347 Leon Avenue. This full service commercial real estate brokerage firm sees an opportunity to fill a niche in the Okanagan commercial real estate market. The office is focused on commercial sales, leasing and property management services throughout the Okanagan Valley and B.C. Interior. Tim Down, principal and managing broker, and principals Mike Geddes, Tony Parmar and Philip Hare feel they have something unique to offer their community. All are long-time Okanagan residents with diverse and multi-faceted real estate backgrounds. NAI Global has 375 member firms and over 7,600 local market experts. Call 250-864-9140 and online at www.naiokanagan.c.

Connie Denesiuk has been re-elected as the chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors. Chris Derickson has also been re-elected to the position of vice chair. Denesiuk has served on the board since 2012 and Derickson since 2014.

The new champion of the Canadian Culinary Championships held this past weekend in Kelowna is Chef Jinhee Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary. She won against eleven competing chef’s with her finale dish being “Cha Ca La Vong” featuring turmeric fish mosaic with dill and was paired with the Bartier Brothers 2014 Gewurztraminer. Chef Eric Hanson from Prairie Noodle Shop in Edmonton took the bronze and the silver was awarded to Chef Joe Thottungal from Coconut Lagoon in Ottawa.

Congratulations to long-time Okanagan basketball coach Dino Gini who will be the head coach of the men’s Okanagan College Coyotes team as well as an assistant on the women’s team.

A partnership between Okanagan College and the Kelowna College Basketball Society will now see the college offer women’s and men’s collegiate teams this year. Doug Sperling will be an assistant with the men’s program and Chris Oddy will be responsible for recruiting and development along with Jamie Boreham and Gene Wolverton.

The 6th Annual Kelowna Fire Department Chief Officer’s Awards and Recognition Ceremony was held Feb. 3.

Congratulations to the following KFD members: Jason Picklyk (Community Service Award); City of Kelowna Service Awards, Adam Benson, Tom Szabadi (10 years), Doug Shaw, John Baillie (15 years), Brian Moore, Candace Friesen (20 years), Dennis Miller, Robert Schleppe, Steve Wallick ((25 years), Neil Barth (30 years); Paid on Call Service Pins, Dustin Blair, Derek Enns, Jonathan Jenion, Sabrina Mattson, Mark Pinda, Neil Taylor (54 years), Jeffrey Prowal, Scott Porritt, Darren Daviduck (10 years), Daniel Glasscock (25 years). Departures and Retirements were Pamela Johnston, Eric Simpson, Sandy Scott, Richard Ziegler, Sabrina Mattson, and David Shuh. Many Federal Exemplary Service and British Columbia Long Service Medals were also given out.

The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society has a new partnership with West Coast organization, Haida Wild Seafood’s, a subsidiary of the Haida Enterprise Corporation to bring a relationship with wine and seafood full-circle. This provides the Wine Festival with an excellent opportunity to show-case how well wild seafood can be paired with Okanagan wines. Blair Baldwin is the general manager of the society.

Keeping it Social, a social media marketing company has been started by Anita Sthankiya.

Anita provides social media management for all types of businesses on social media platforms, including media content videos, photography and written content. or 250-899-2662.

Heritage Week is Feb. 13 to 19, 2017 with many events in our community. Along with the Heritage Week Opening Celebration at Benvoulin Heritage Church on Feb. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m., there is also the COHS 33rd Annual Heritage Awards Luncheon in partnership with the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society on Feb. 15.

For a full list of events visit

With a funding grant of $5,000.00 from Interior Savings, Project Literacy Kelowna Society will have the opportunity to improve the resources available to its more than 400 learners and 125 volunteer tutors this year. The program matches community volunteer tutors with adult learners who want to improve some area of literacy. The funds will be used for resource material including workbooks, textbooks and readers that learners utilize while working with their tutor. Kathy Conway is the president of Interior Savings Credit Union and Christine McWillis is the executive director of Project Literacy.

The White Sails A Cappella Chorus are again offering Singing Valentines and not just on Tuesday, Feb. 14, but also on Sunday, Feb. 12.

This is truly a unique way to show your loved one how much you care. For just $35.00 a small group of singers from the Chorus will serenade your sweetie and present a card and flower on your behalf. They sing anywhere you like. Call or text Margaret Brunsden at 250-717-7969 or email

Dirty Dancing, Grease, Singing in the Rain are a few of the movie-themed dances to be performed at the 9th Annual Swinging with the Stars on March 18. A few tickets remain for this event in support of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, which is their largest fundraiser.

Dancers this year are Wilbur Turner and Albert Ascona, Vincent Jones and Valaura Vedan, Lisa and Dave Stephenson, Maria Graziano, Reg Sahay and Alex Lambert. For tickets call 250-864-0533.

The Son’s of Norway are hosting a Let Me Call You Sweetheart dinner and dance on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:15 p.m. at Club 17, 1353 Richter Street. Music by the Old Time Fiddlers. Tickets in advance $15.00 or $25.00 per couple. All welcome. Prizes, fun and good food. For tickets call 778-821-4095 before February 11.

Birthdays of the week –Happy 70th Laurence Gaymer (Feb. 13); Happy 70th Bernice Williams (Feb. 8); Pim Meere (Feb. 4); Shannon MacNamara (Feb. 8); Tracy Gray (Feb. 8); Judie Barta (Feb. 9); Nikki Csek (Feb. 12); Dale McKenzie (Feb. 14); Jim Stuart, Appliance Installer (Feb. 11); Tim Light (Feb. 11); Jim Laing (Feb. 13); Todd Cashin (Feb. 13); Kasha Lanyon (Feb. 13); Buck LaRoche (Feb. 13).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, 250,862-7662, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail

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