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ICON Okanagan The Premier Lifestyle Magazine Volume 3, Issue 3

Don Jack (1949 - 2013)

As we move into our third summer issue, the team here at ICON does so with heavy hearts. We have lost an integral part of our team and it is with deep regret and great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Don Jack. As our head salesman Don was not only a cornerstone of the development and the growth of our business over the past year and a half, he was also a dear friend and mentor to us.

PUBLISHERS Olaf Robrecht Julian Snarski Julian Snarski

ADVERTISING SALES Don Jack †, Deborah LampittMcConnechie, Jim Duncan

Don was always a very positive and helpful individual and an incredible asset to our business, every day he came into the office with a smile on his face no matter how he was feeling. His unique approach to life, his candour and his positivity was infectious and we look back fondly on the time we spent working with him. Our sincerest condolences go out to Don’s family and his friends. We will be forever grateful for Don’s achievements during his time with ICON Okanagan Magazine!


Don, we will miss you. Thank you for all of your hard work, your dedication and teaching us all that you did. Rest in peace dear friend.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Christian Brix, Rick Maddison, Steve Harvey, Deborah Lampitt, Lori Bamber ... FOOD EDITOR Michael Lyon

Julian Snarski


EDITORIAL ADVISORS Deborah Lampitt-McConnechie, Angelika Jaeger ICON PHOTOGRAPHY Ali Young, Sonia Photography, O. Robrecht

Olaf Robrecht

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FOR ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES ph: (250) 826 0400 Email: ICON Okanagan Published four times each year.

Printed in Canada All rights reserved. No part of ICON Okanagan Magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any editorial or advertising material. The views expressed in ICON Okanagan are those of the respective contributors and not necessarily those of the publisher or staff. Although all reasonable attempts are made to ensure accuracy, the publishers do not assume any liability for errors or omissions anywhere in the publication or on the website. ICON Okanagan reserves the rights to ads produced for advertisers.

ISSN 1925-2390

© Marzio Manderioli


THE GOLD STANDARD Where driving pleasure is concerned, we are the people to talk to in the Okanagan Valley and B.C. Interior. Whether it is a new or pre-owned BMW, looking for accessoires or wish to arrange a service appointment - We’re able to look after your servicing needs

“When a customer takes delivery of a new BMW, we like to ask them why they chose the brand. One customer in particular said that although he was looking for a luxury performance vehicle, he had purposely steered away from BMW, as he thought it was out of his budget. After an exhausting search that led him through many showrooms, he eventually found his way to Kelowna BMW.

“Everywhere I went, all the salespeople kept comparing their products to BMW,” the customer said. “When everyone was positioning BMW as the gold standard, I decided I wanted the gold standard for myself.” The team at Kelowna BMW invites you down to experience for yourself the sheer decadence and driving pleasure you’ll find in a BMW. Find out for yourself why our customers and competition feel BMW is the “gold standard” of the luxury performance market. However, be careful, with offers as good as this, you too might find one in your driveway.” Gord Hayes Managing Director / General Manager Kelowna BMW / MINI Kelowna

Kelowna BMW 2530 Enterprise Way Kelowna, British Columbia Toll Free: 1-866-577-1BMW (269) Tel.: 250-860-1BMW (269)


OUR FEATURES Paradise Manor


The Power of M


Win A MINOX DCC 14.0!


Cool Contemporary


Luxurious Lakefront Living


Okanagan Icons


A Luxurious Lakefront Estate

ICON Okanagan drives the BMW M6

Interior Design Trends

Your Mansion on the Lake

Senator D. Ross Fitzpatrick


OUR PROFILES Witty Ink Caricaturist Marzio Manderioli


Enjoy, Relax, Repeat! 28 Become a resident at Predator Ridge, Vernon

The Need for Speed


Allie Henderson


A Passion for Perfection


Top Gear Karting Centre, Penticton If it’s not fun I’m not doing it!

Poplar Grove Winery & Vanilla Pod Restaurant, Penticton

L’Adore Celladora


The Elements of Creation & Beauty


SynFully Green


Face It!


The Kelowna Yacht Club


Your Kelowna Swimwear Boutique Fire-Ice Image Studio; Kelowna


SynLawn Okanagan

The Art of Charla Maarschalk

Vantage Goes Vintage 64 Vantage West Realty, Kelowna

OUR REGULARS ICONIC APPAREL 8 The stuff you really want

SMILE! 10 The Controlled Book Release Party

Book Review




Inferno - Dan Brown; The Controlled - Becky Komant Fire-Ice Image Studio Grand Opening


An Okanagan Minute


The Gentleman


Trend Reports 2013


Ask Gayle!


They should have taught you this in school ... Hot Fashion Trends for the Summer



Are you Prepared to ...


Beauty & Aesthetics

Fat Treatment: The thick & the thin of it

SMILE! Rock’n Rococo Affair

... exit your business?

The Chef’s Corner 68 Culinary Creativity

Chef Lee Humphries; Local Lounge Grille Summerland




The Tasting Note


Your Guide to Okanagan Wineries


02. THE BABY VOLUME CONTROL PACIFIER Keep the noise down. This pacifier gives the baby the comfort it craves while providing the parents with the quiet they really really need. PVC-free, BPA-free and conforms to all child safety standards. 01. THE iPHONE ECO-AMP Go Green! The eco-amp, made out of a renewable 100% post consumer fiber paper, is a passive amplifier that slides onto the end of your iPhone 4, 4S, or 5 to increase the sound volume and clarity without any external power. Available in 24 different patterned options printed with soy-based ink. 03. THE CREDIT CARD WALLET Gentlemen - you need this! Super cool and made right here in the Okanagan. Anodized scratch resistant aluminum. Anti-Scan Theft Protection. Available in several colours.

04. THE iPAD TOILET PAPER HOLDER No, it’s not a joke ... for those of you who can’t do without your iPad, here’s a must for that private time in the bathroom. Or, as the manufacturer promotes it “add luxury and convenience to your décor.”



05. THE BAGGY WINECOAT If you are looking for a casual but stylish look for the popular Bag in Box wines look no further - we found the perfect solution! It can even cool your vino if needed!

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07. THE CAR POOL TABLE You love your classic cars and a good round of pool? Why not combine both and get one of these fancy tournament size regulation slate pooltables? Comes with working lights, real chrome bumpers and genuine full-size steel rims with white wall tires and chrome wheel covers. You can get a Mustang, too!

06. THE INFECTION WATCH DON’T ASK ... but apparently the time on this watch is 3:56. No idea if that is am or pm, but if you have enough time to calculate the time, this is the watch for you!

09. THE VINO2GO For the true wine aficionado! Finally you can take your favourite vintage wherever you may go, without getting worried that you may spill it. All thanks to this sippy cup with the inside shaped just like a wine glass.

08. THE GOOGLE GLASS We hear you can buy them very soonoffering “the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away”. It is pretty much a wearable computer with a head-mounted display giving information in a smartphone-like hands-free format with natural language voice recognition.

10. THE BUBBA HOVER CRAFT Woohoo! Now this is the coolest thing to hit a golf course for ages! And you’ll never want to walk a course again! Bubba Watson teamed up with Thinkmodo and Neoteric Hovercraft Inc. to develop the world’s first hovercraft golf cart, which can soar over both sand traps and water hazards and doesn’t damage grass.

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ICON Okanagan on Tour Book Release Party

Social 242, Kelowna April 26, 2013

Tonya, Wes

Mick, Halina, Cody

Mel, Curtis AJ, Adam


Tara, Tammy Wendy, Tammy, Louise

Heather, Kacy

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With all of the talented, successful women in town it is becoming hard to keep up, but we try to do our best! We were very happy to join Becky Komant at her book launch party at Social 242 restaurant and couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy of The Controlled. Loads of fabulous locals came to celebrate with Becky, enjoy some delicious treats, sip back some incredible wine and sample some cocktails. Everyone had the opportunity to hear the beautiful mother of 4 and author of The Controlled recite a personal reading from a steamy section of her erotic suspense thriller and even have her sign their copies. And if you are thinking Becky looks a bit familiar…well then just flip back to the cover. We had the great privilege of working with Becky as one of our awesome cover models, on a sunny day in Kelowna’s City Park! Thanks again for having us at your book launch and we wish you all the success in the world!

Dan, Brent

Anita, Deborah

Stan, Dave

Suzie, Andrea

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aving had the opportunity to view and enjoy many, many beautiful homes, one sometimes begins to take it for granted and unfortunately you can begin to gain a dismissive mentality, you might say: “If you have seen one nice place you’ve seen them all!”

Paradise Manor


hat really isn’t the case at all, but too much of a good thing can sometimes become a little mundane… so, without a doubt we have been yearning to see something completely out of the box, something awe inspiring, something we can all dream of one day attaining…something completely spectacular. In this case, we have undoubtedly found something beyond spectacular! When you think of lakeside living in the Okanagan, privacy isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind,



the beauty of the lake…wait no, the obnoxiously high taxes, then the beauty of the lake and finally the neighbours you will be sharing the beach with or talking to over the fence while you barbecue. The reality is most often, when you are on the lake in the Okanagan you are almost always sandwiched in between two houses or able to peer directly into your neighbours’ kitchen window as they prepare dinner. What if you could step just outside the bounds of Kelowna or Vernon and delve into your own completely private lakeside oasis, you may even choose to call it a beachside resort of your own. Summer 2013

Just off of Okanagan Centre Road, we were able to locate exactly such a place. An 8 acre property encompassing beautiful manicured gardens, immaculate landscaping, orchards full of delicious fruit and all of amazing varieties of birds our stunning valley is home to. As we pull into a long winding driveway we enter the orchards and approach a cluster of old growth trees which have grown together to create a picturesque natural tunnel , something you would only expect to encounter in a romantic film, perhaps as an enamoured couple motors along through Tuscany in their vintage convertible. To the immediate left is the pièce de rÊsistance nearly 500 feet of incredible uninterrupted lake frontage without any irritating city lights to look upon. Such a serene environment is not to be left unused and so, under a magnificent trellis enveloped in romantic creeping foliage, the entire family can sit and enjoy the views lakeside. Maybe having a barbecue or relaxing by the fire as it crackles in the awe inspiring outdoor fireplace. And not to worry, the little ones can even enjoy a lovely lakeside home of their own under the watchful eyes of their parents in the adjoining playhouse.

inset hot tub, full kitchen and not one but three bedrooms and two bathrooms leaves little to be desired, and we have not even made our way to main house.

Just beyond lays a fantastic guest cottage nestled right on the lake front with an amazing wrap around patio,

Around the front of the home we enter through a massive solid wood double door directly into great

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Through the back door of the cottage we exit into a small European inspired garden and move up the meticulously maintained lawns towards the main estate. Here we find a large scale flower garden that provides a stunning view from the kitchen as well as an abundance of fresh cut flowers for the entire home throughout the spring and summer months.



of gorgeous antique stained glass doors. The office is adjacent to yet another powder room fitted with a stunning antique vanity. Directly behind lays the master bedroom which seems to be one with the nature outside. Massive windows peer out over the lake and the immaculately manicured lawns. The same goes for the adjoining master en-suite where one can soak in the tub or enjoy the massive custom shower complete with a multitude of showerheads and spray nozzles for all of your bathing needs. Adorned with opulent granites and marble this space is truly fit for a sheik. room where an elegant grand piano stands tucked in the corner and an imposing fireplace is the center piece, a beautiful example of superior craftsmanship. Ahead we find the sun room, fitted with a massive nana wall system that opens directly out onto a large patio which looks over the front yard and allows for a lovely lake breeze, a way to invite nature indoors, and a theme that is evident throughout the entire home. On the right we find a small dining nook flanked by the formal dining room, which leads into an incredible kitchen. Loaded with all of the expected amenities; a professional grade gas oven, massive Sub-Zero re-



frigerator and even a statuesque forno wood oven for when the family gets together for a pizza night, there isn’t much more one could possibly desire to have in their kitchen! To the left we find another small family nook where the children can hang out while mom or dad is busy making dinner. While just beyond the kitchen is another fully equipped butler’s kitchen where all of messy prep work can be done before a large family meal or party and if you are so inclined your catering company could even make use of it. Making our way back to the foyer we pass by an enormous laundry room, a powder room, and access to the attached garage. Then dead ahead we find the main floor office into which we enter through a set

Up the stairs and onto the second floor we find a massive office overlooking the lake, the perfect place to sit, relax and get no work done at all as you gaze over the mesmerizing vistas before your eyes. Moving along we find another a complete his and his bathroom, flanked by two lovely guest suites which then lead to the games room directly above the garage. This is the perfect place for the guys to get together, play some pool, have a few beers and hang out away from the rest of the inhabitants of the home in relative peace. With that, we find ourselves back where we had started, making our way outside through the enormous wooden doors through which we

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came, we are once again at the front of the home where there is one final surprise. Alongside the already large multi stall garage is an additional shop for the hands on man. The size of another two car garage and sporting an overhead crane for helping out with those heavy lifting tasks, any gearhead would absolutely lose their mind in this shop! Not to mention an additional space that is located behind and is designed to store

any mowers, tractors, atv’s and toys you may have in your collection! We have truly been blown away by this incredible estate, from the beautiful gardens, to the immaculate lawns, and the formidable views it is truly a place of peace, tranquility and privacy just moments away from town. Now…to kick off our shoes, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the sunset from the beach… ahhh.

FEATURES AT A GLANCE: 12056 Okanagan Centre Road; Lake Country

Detached Cottage: Lot size: 8.08 acres, 760 ft. x 643 ft. with 470 ft. of water frontage 3 bedrooms, 2 full bath. Hot tub on deck. Age: Built in 2004 Wood burning fireplace. Full kitchen and Finished Area: 5504 sq. ft. laundry facilities. Main: 4073 sq. ft Exceptional Features: Coldwell Banker Above Main: 1431 sq. ft. Jane Hoffman Group Level lake access property, farm status. Bedrooms: 5 (or 4 + office) #14 1470 Harvey Avenue Irrigation, water license for orchard irrigation. Bathrooms: 4, 2 full and 4 two-piece bathrooms Kelowna, BC Fully landscaped by Nature Works Office: 250-860-7500 Heating/ Cooling: Geothermal, in floor water Landscaping and Design. Email: heat; Central Air conditioning Custom Cabinetry by Deb Berard Design. Fireplaces: 3 gas and wood burning Alarmed throughout. Roof: Concrete Tile PLEASE NOTE: Although the information herein is believed to be from reliable sources, prospective buyers should satisfy themselves as to its Garage: 5 car garage accuracy. All measurements are approximate. Summer 2013





Vista Financial Group at ScotiaMcLeod 600 - 1620 Dickson Ave Kelowna, BC 250-868-5534 1-800-663-2609

David Novak & George Tozer interview Dennis McCafferty, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager at Manulife Asset Management (U.S.). Dennis focuses on High Yield Fixed Income Strategies. Previous to Manulife, Dennis was a principal and senior analyst at Pardus Capital Management in New York City. Earlier in his career Dennis served as a senior equity analyst at Griffen-Rose, W.R Huff Asset Management and Ford Motor Credit Company.


What are floating rate loans and why is it a good time to be investing in them? Floating rate loans are typically issued to below investment-grade borrowers and represent a portion of the borrowers’ total debt (i.e. not their entire debt). The loans are called “floatingrate” because the interest paid on the loans adjusts periodically. These securities provide higher interest income when rates rise and the loan becomes more attractive. As such, floating rate loans will typically outperform traditional fixed income securities in rising rate environments. Traditional bonds do not typically offer this protection from rising interest rates. Quantitative easing is keeping interest rates extremely low, with government rates in both Canada and the U.S. well below their long term averages. Although rates are low right now, we’re concerned with interest rates rising, specifically in government and investment grade corporate bonds which will reduce returns of currently held issues. These investments have a fair amount of interest rate risk, and if GDP beats expectations as we’re

projecting for 2013, then interest rates are likely to rise. As we’ve seen recently, traditional fixed income securities can experience negative returns as interest rates rise. Exposure to floating rate loans through the Manulife Floating Rate Income Fund can help protect a fixed income portfolio from this interest rate risk.


What’s an example of a company’s senior loan held in the Manulife Floating Rate Income Fund? Clear Channel Communications, our top holding in the fund, is a media conglomerate with U.S. radio and global outdoor billboard assets. Advertising spending typically performs well during periods of economic recovery and we are encouraged by the company’s liquidity profile and growth opportunities. We believe companies like Clear Channel Communications offer attractive return profiles with downside protection .


Why should our clients feel confident about having Manulife Asset Management manage their bond and fixed income investments? Manulife Financial is known mainly as an insurance company. Manulife Asset Management has over

® Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used by ScotiaMcLeod. Scotia McLeod is a division of Scotia Capital Inc. (“SCI”). SCI is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.



10 years of experience managing this asset class, and we manage over $1.5 billion in floating rate loans across multiple fixed income mandates. The Manulife Floating Rate Income Fund is managed by an experienced team of three portfolio managers and ten investment analysts based in Boston. Our portfolio managers have, on average, 17 years of work experience and a track record of success with other funds. Paid for in part by:

Manulife Funds are managed by Manulife Mutual Funds. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

About Vista Financial Group Vista Financial Group is a high net worth boutique within ScotiaMcleod. Partners David Novak and George Tozer, each with over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, specialize in providing clients with investment, financial planning, tax minimization, and estate planning strategies. Visit us at Summer 2013

WAYNE S WORD Guys Start With The Basics!

by Wayne MacDermott

Every guy needs a few essentials that are versatile and functional. A black suit, white dress shirt, black belt and a black pair of shoes are a must!




1 of our ‘Build Your Wardrobe’ Series

Dressing up ?


Get yourself a black suit to cover formal functions, weddings and even Vegas. It looks great with a white dress shirt and a sharp tie, then you’re set! Finish it off with a black belt and a pair of polished black shoes.




Looking for business casual?

That suit jacket now becomes your black blazer and you can wear the same shirt, just lose the tie and undue a button or two. Switch to a pair of casual pants and you are ready for business in the Okanagan.


A night out?

A pair of dark denim jeans that fit well and don’t forget to flip the cuff up. A plain v-neck tee is perfect here, then finish it off with your black blazer. The same belt and shoes complete all 3 looks.




The Power of M “The goal of BMW M is to seed in everyone’s hearts the commitment to perfection and high performance experience taken from the racetracks around the world for more than a quarter of a century. BMW M history is the infallible proof for the big words mentioned above. Many people that had the chance to drive an M model say that the uncompromised driving satisfaction and performance given by these cars is addictive for life.“

The first M-badged car that was officially for sale to the public was introduced at the 1978 Paris Motor Show. It was the breathtaking M1 (code E26), which was more of a race car in domestic trim so BMW Motorsport could make use of it in the racing circuit. It was this car that would pen history for M, setting the stage for some of the most powerful and beautiful BMWs ever built. The first “real M” production car was then introduced in 1979. It was the high performance version of BMW’s popular 5 series sedan, called the M535i. At present, M has offered modified versions of almost all of BMWs models, except for the 7 Series and the X1 and X3 SUVs, although

we have heard rumours that an M7 may soon be in the works. However, due to the popularity of the styling features of the real M-cars, BMW offers several models with a “M-Sport Package.” These cars, although modified by the “M” division, are not full M models and only feature an “M” badge and not the “M” followed by the model number (M3,M5,M6 etc.). The M-Sport Package usually includes an aerodynamic package, M rims, and an upgraded interior, but does not include the M modifications to the drivetrain or suspension. ICON Okanagan had the amazing opportunity to test-drive the latest in Munich’s vaunted collection, the third-generation M6 convertible. It is also the top model in the M-line. Needless to say – we had a blast!

1978 BMW M1


MW M division (also known as “M-Technik or just “M” for Motorsport), probably the best known and the most successful high performance division of any large automaker worldwide, turned 40 last year. It was initially created to facilitate BMW’s racing program, which was very successful in the 1960s and 1970s but began to offer modified versions of nearly every car on the BMW production line in 1978.

will it feature a very cool looking two tone leather but some have contrast stitching available as well!

Life couldn’t get much better. We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Look at the lake, all the wineries and orchards, our ski resorts, golf courses ... now, this is pretty much all you can ask for. But then BMW hands you the keys to the M6 convertible and things get exhilarating ...

The lines ...

You don’t have to touch it, you don’t have to open its doors or start the engine ... you will be sold the moment this sleek German street rocket is sitting in front of you. Forget the odd angles of the previous generation – this bad boy is all-new! Just look at the huge air intakes with matte-black honeycomb grille inserts, the flared front and rear fenders that stretch over the M6’s big wheels with their enormous calipers or the sexy twin chromed exhaust tailpipes. Design at its best, testosterone fueled! And when you finally open the door, you will find that it is no less special than the exterior.

The interior ...

The first thing we noticed (other than the intoxicating scent of the leather) was the very cool high gloss carbon



fibre trim. You can select multiple trim options (wood, for example) but the carbon fibre in this car is outstanding. You have to see it! Next is the thick leather wrapped M steering wheel with beautiful stitching in the M colours, the extremely comfortable and supportive M bucket seats as well as an entertainment and iDrive system with a massive 10.2” screen facing the driver. In this BMW everything is set up for the drivers’ convenience and pleasure. One thing you should check out are the two tone interior options that BMW offers for this car. They truly make it extra special - not only

As for the sound (and we don’t mean the unbelievable eruption of noise that comes from the exhaust), we can only recommend to opt for the Bang & Olufsen 1000 Watt 12 speaker surround sound system. WOW! Some other goodies we fell in love with include: the rear view cameras with surround view, lane departure warning and the heads-up display! Yes, the M has a very cool display that projects all relevant data right onto the windshield so you can keep your eyes on the road.

M Power ... let’s start the engine!

The M6 is labelled as “The Ultimate Driving Machine” ... and that comes across loud and clear. It ditches the naturally aspirated V10 of previous years in favour of the all new twinturbo 4.4-liter V8 that does double duty as the M5’s powerplant and produces 560 hp with 500 lb-ft of torque. It also has a brand new seven-speed twin-clutch transmission with Drivelogic which the driver can personalize from comfort to extreme sport. And extreme it can be! Thanks to launch control mode the M6 pushes you firmly into its bucket seats for a little more than 4 seconds before it reaches 100 km/hr. It provides the M6 with the just the right amount of power to the rear wheels for the best acceleration from a standing start to top speed.

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Oh, right - You can either flip through the gears with the paddles just behind the steering wheel or put the car in fully automatic mode which is by no means a less impressive experience. And should speed impress you, you will love to hear that it takes less than 20 seconds to open and only a few seconds more to close the top – and both can be done at up to 40 km/h.

To Sum it up ...

market for a luxurious yet high-performance drop top should definitely consider the M6. If you need an even more personalized ride than the M6 already is, just ask! BMW Individual offers an amazing selection of extras, from exclusive paints to leathers and trims that reflect your own personality!

Magnificent! Those with the good fortune to be in the Performance: Top speed (km/h) 250; Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h (in s) 4.3; Fuel consumption: City, man/auto (L/100 km) 13.2; Highway, man/auto (L/100 km) 8.6; Combined, man/auto (L/100km) 11.1; Tank capacity in L (approx.) 80; Engine: Cylinders/valves 8 / 4; Displacement (ccm) 4 395; Power (SAE hp @ rpm) 560 / 6,000-7,000; Torque (lb-ft / rpm) 500 / 1,500-5,750; Price: from $128,900 +

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Meet the Family 3 Introducing the completely redesigned M3 Coupe and Convertible. It looks fast, because it is. But sculpted good looks only just scratch the surface. Dig deeper and find F-1 inspiration, powered by the first-ever production V-8 that harnesses 414 hp and redlines at a category leading 8,400 RPM.


When it comes to performance, the all-new M5 doesn’t just pass the competition—it laps it. In fact, it boasts the most powerful engine ever fitted in an M5. And when you pair that with the high-torque 7-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission, you’ll go soaring from 0-60 mph in an astounding 4.3 seconds.


After a two-year hiatus, the third generation of the M6 is back and making quite an impression on the street. It boasts the most powerful engine ever outfitted in a BMW paired with the high-torque 7-speed M-Double Clutch transmission, and just like its predecessor, its roof is molded from natural Carbon Fiber Composite for a more athletic stance.


The all-new M6 Gran Coupe was born from painstaking attention to both inner and outer beauty. Behind the sophisticated lines lives a V-8 with 560 horses just waiting to be put to work.

X5 M continues being the most powerful letter in the world with the BMW X5 M. Featuring the M Power V-8 Turbo, 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, this powerful vehicle comes fully equipped with M Dynamic Performance Control for impressive handling. The power of M meets the agility of the Sports Activity Vehicle.®


The power of BMW M meets the all-wheel-drive capabilities of a BMW Sports Activity Coupe® in this revolutionary vehicle. Under the hood, the BMW X6 M features the M Power V-8 Turbo and boasts 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. M Dynamic Performance Control maximizes agility and provides extreme cornering performance. It’s M as you’ve never seen it before.

Kelowna BMW

2530 Enterprise Way Kelowna 22


Toll Free: 1-866-577-1BMW (269) Tel.: 250-860-1BMW (269) Summer 2013

must reads ...

INFERNO by Dan Brown “AS CLOSE AS A BOOK CAN COME TO A SUMMERTIME CINEMATIC BLOCKBUSTER…Brown builds up Langdon’s supporting cast, which is the strongest yet.” - USA Today He is back! Bestselling author Dan Brown’s new novel “Inferno”, the 4th instalment in the Robert Langdon series, has soared to the top of the book charts, sparking a Dante Fever in Florence having tourists flocking to the Tuscan capital! This time around, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, accompanied by a mysterious woman, Sienna Brooks, is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces – Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust before the world is irrevocably altered. As expected, another classic Dan Brown novel and a great read with a lot of twists and turns that will capture you not wanting to stop reading. If you like Brown’s other books, you will love this one.

ARCADIA Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Hyperion Books ISBN-10: 140134190X ISBN-13: 978-1401341909

THE CONTROLLED by Becky Komant “This book is such an entertaining read. It sucks you in, and you get caught up in this whirlwind of a story. The characters in the book are fascinating and so mysterious. There are plot twists and whodunnits that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I read it in one sitting! It is thoroughly entertaining, and the end is a gripper!” - Gary Fong, Author of The Accidental Millionaire Who controls your life? What if every move and decision you made was manipulated by someone you never met? What if your direction, your actions, and your future were cradled in the hands of a stranger? What if that person was hell-bent on devouring you? Fitness model and mother of 5 Sarah Ruiz thinks her future is as bright as the Miami sun. Until her world suddenly explodes into a nightmare of blackmail, violence, and sexual domination. She must draw every ounce of her strength to untangle the twisted lies and find truth. The Controlled, the first novel by the Okanagan’s very own Becky Komant, is packed with action, passion, and intrigue that will make your head spin as you, along with Sarah, try and figure out just who is pulling the strings. If you are ready for a fast-paced, hot ride that traverses Miami, New York, and Las Vegas, with a glimpse into the dark side of human nature, The Controlled is your book! (The Controlled is an adult dramatic thriller for mature readers who have a thirst for a mystery laced with sexual tension and suspense.) Summer 2013

WAITING FOR SUNRISE Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Harper Collins ISBN-10: 0061876771 ISBN-13: 978-0061876776






t all started with a subminiature camera. Conceived in 1922 and finally invented and produced in 1936 by German-Latvian Walter Zapp, it was the first camera to carry the MINOX (pronunced:Mee-nox) name. After World War II, the camera was redesigned and production was moved from Latvia to Germany.

In 1974 MINOX introduced another camera which should find her place in history - the Minox 35. Inspired by the famous Rollei 35 these cameras are still the smallest cameras for the standard 35mm film format.

The Digital Revolution With the new Digital Classic Camera 14.0, MINOX now presents a 14 megapixel edition of this classic. Designed in fascinating detail and with a sophisticated stylish format the new Digital Classic Camera MINOX DCC 14.0 is a true example of first-class German engineering from the fifties. Devotees of timeless elegance and precision mechanics will find it hard to resist the amazing look and feel of the camera. This small ingenious masterpiece in a scale of 1:3 is no ordinary digital camera and quietly reflects its owner’s confidence in style. You can even upgrade it to your liking - from a Wide Angle Converter, Tele Converter all the way to a classic Soft Leather Bag or the ultimate Classic Camera Flash.

Technical Data Don’t let the size fool you, the MINOX DCC 14.0 is packed with the finest in current technology. • • • • • • •

14.0 megapixel CMOS sensor 5-element lens with IR filter glass Video mode in AVI format SD cards up to 32 GB Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery 4x digital zoom Also available in silver

WIN!! WIN!! WIN!! WIN!! WOW! This time you can win a MINOX DCC 14.0 KIT! How do you take part? It’s simple - just go to our website Good luck! PRIZE: ONE (1) MINOX DCC 14.0, provided by MINOX. SELECTION OF WINNER: Winner will be selected on Sept 27, 2013, in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The drawing will be conducted by ICON Okanagan Magazine, whose decisions and interpretations on all matters relating to the Draw and these Official Rules are final and binding in all respects. ICON Okanagan reserves the right to disqualify any participant or winner and may refuse to award any prize to a person who is ineligible or has violated any rule, gained unfair advantage in participating in the Draw, or obtained winner status using fraudulent means. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Potential winners will be notified by Email and must meet all ICON Okanagan eligibility requirements. Return of a prize or prize notification as undeliverable, or inability of ICON Okanagan Magazine to contact a potential winner within seventy-two (72) hours of selection, may result in disqualification of such potential winner, and an alternate winner may be selected by random drawing at ICON Okanagan’s discretion. In the event a winner declines a prize, ICON Okanagan may, at its discretion, select an alternate winner by random drawing.

The Art of Marzio Manderioli


So we have heard you are all really enjoying the cartoons that have been popping up in ICON over the past few issues and we have decided that it is about time you knew a little bit about the mastermind behind these witty works of art. A very influential individual, actually, the reason one of the co-publishers of our magazine ventured into the world of writing. Marzio Manderioli, or as he was known back in the day in his English class at one of our local high schools, Mr. Manderioli is the talented doodler responsible and he is just…

at festivals. Through the convenience of the internet, today Marzio works full time literally as a freelance cartoonist throughout the globe.

“I just love the magic that a line can create on a piece of paper,” Marzio states. “It is simple art but when done well it is very expressive and it can provoke many reactions.”

Mad about cartooning… At approximately age 8, Marzio started a life-long obsession with doodling on all the paper he could find. Inspired by satirical magazines like Mad and Cracked, and in particular, by the art of famed caricaturist Mort Drucker, he then decided to become a professional cartoonist. During the past 30 years, Marzio has published editorial cartoons in newspapers, produced illustrations for books and worked as a caricaturist in shopping centres and

Like all artists, Marzio draws inspiration from several sources, but he cites a few cartoonists as his major influences. “For expressiveness characters coupled with unique wit, I like Adrian Raeside of the Victoria Times Colonist and Gary Larson of the Far Side Cartoons. For excellent draftsmanship, Andy Donato’s work with the Toronto Sun is just superb. But for sheer artistic talent and for his power of observation, Mort Drucker of MAD fame is the undisputed kahuna in the galaxy.” Marzio resides with his wife, son and dog in Kelowna, B.C. If you need any type of cartooning or illustration check out his web site at or contact him directly at Summer 2013



ICON Okanagan on Tour Grand Opening

Fire-Ice Image Studio, Kelowna April 26, 2013


t was the perfect day for the Grand Opening of Kelowna’s newest hair salon, Fire-Ice Image Studio. Located in the lower Mission area on the corner of Lanfranco and Richter, this design-laden place combines several services under one roof. From hair-styling to nail designs, massages and even professional photo shoots Fire-Ice Image Studio offers it all.

With Sun-FM and Power 104 radio as well as the Kelowna Fire Department on location, the Grand Opening was a huge success. Not only did Fire-Ice make it a “free blow dry and style” day with live model photo shoots, food and drinks, they also made a donation of $15 for every hair cut! In the end a $1,000 check was written to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Thanks for having us - and all the best for Fire-Ice Image Studio!



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he sun is shining, the two world-class golf courses offer just the right amount of challenge, the spa beckons and every person you meet is smiling. Everything you need for perfect relaxation is right here. In fact, there’s only one problem with a vacation at Predator Ridge Resort – the thought that it will have to come to an end. But what if it didn’t have to?

Ready for life’s next chapter?

Enjoy, Relax - Repeat! M By Lori Bamber (The Globe and Mail)

any people who have settled as residents at Predator Ridge first came to the resort as guests, says property specialist Claire Radford.

For those with children still at home or an office to go to, The Tips offers an easy way to begin experiencing the next chapter: fractional ownership in luxury townhomes that come fully equipped, with full resort membership and all the amenities, including an outdoor pool and the use of a golf cart during the season. Each townhome is shared by 12 owners, who enjoy at least four weeks at the resort per year, with the option of applying



their investment in The Tips toward the value of a new Predator Ridge home within five years of purchase. And for those who are ready to start living the rewards of a lifetime of hard work, Predator Ridge offers a selection of “resortready” homes. With breathtaking views from almost every window, it takes some discipline to focus on the award-winning design and craftsmanship. Once you do, it’s hard to believe the value built into each home, especially if you’re coming from Vancouver or Summer 2013

Calgary, like many Predator Ridge homeowners. Resort-ready homes on Longspoon Ridge, for example, start at $558,000. Ready for you to move in today, the Hardin offers four bedrooms plus den and three bathrooms – a total of 2,708 square feet of indoor living space under 10-foot ceilings, with spacious outdoor living areas that look out over Coldstream Valley and the Monashee Mountains. The finishes and extras are dazzling: granite counters, KitchenAid stainless steel appliances, heated floors in the ensuite and deep window casings throughout contribute to an experience of comfortable, practical indulgence. Further up the hill, the executive homes at Birdie Lake Place start at $897,000. The Monte, a more modern-style dream home with 3,230 square feet of indoor living space and a 360-squarefoot deck overlooking the Ridge Course and tranquil Birdie Lake, is also move-in ready.

“Many people initially tell me they’re looking for a condo. But when I tell them about our resort concierge services, they realize they can have the same kind of freedom with any of our homes,” says Radford.

Predator Ridge won the Okanagan Builder of the Year Award in 2012, attesting to craftsmanship and design excellence that is keenly attuned to the needs of homeowners. “People tell us what they want, and our resort-ready homes are built with their responses in mind,” says Radford.

But while Predator Ridge visitors generally come first for the resort and the climate, and they are impressed with the tremendous value and natural splendor, it’s the sense of community that finally confirms their decision to buy a home, adds Radford.

With miles of extensive walking and snowshoeing trails as well as an impressively equipped fitness centre, and with downhill skiing and snowboarding just a short drive away, Predator Ridge offers an active outdoor lifestyle that is also carefree.

“It’s so different than buying a home in a subdivision somewhere, where you might never meet your neighbours,” she says. “The resort does a terrific job of bringing residents together so that everyone gets to know each other. Each neighbourhood is truly a neighbourhood – people are really there for each other.”

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The Need For Speed

The Need For Speed Top Gear Karting Centre, Penticton


f you’re a gear head, have a need for speed or just want to get out in the sun for some good old fashion high octane fun, what better way is there than to jump into a high speed race kart and experience some serious G-forces in one of Top Gear Karting Centre’s amazing machines! We did, and let us just say we left with nothing but smiles! Top Gear Karting Centre in Penticton provides fast, sharp handling race karts on a 6 turn hybrid road course that features a high-banked “Speedway” corner, two “chicanes” and their now infamous “turn 2 complex”!

Top Gear’s machinery, facilities and staff are geared towards providing the enthusiast with a real adrenalin filled racing experience. Racing compound tires, blue-printed motors and race-type kart chassis provide great sensations of speed and cornering G’s that cannot be experienced in even in todays’ most exotic road going sports cars! With many years of racing experience among them the staff are happy to help you learn how to get the most out of these incredible little machines and learn the quick and safe way around the challenging 6 turn race track! Top Gear’s state of the art lap timing system and closely maintained machinery mean that you can really work on your driving skills and compete closely with your friends for “braggin’ rights” lap after lap and race after race.

The staff will make sure you have an adrenalin filled racing experience

Fortunate enough to be situated at the historic Penticton Speedway, the 8 minute drive up to Top Gear from downtown Penticton offers stunning views of the Okanagan all along the way and non-stop thrills upon arrival. The Penticton Speedway features spectacular stock car races and drift car events from May through October ( Racers and spectators are always welcome. When the big cars are not on the track Top Gear takes over and everyone gets a chance to experience the thrill of wheel-towheel racing action. “For the race karts, the track is reconfigured from the banked oval used by stock and sprint cars into a demanding hybrid road course that stretches nearly 7/10ths of a kilometer, much



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like a miniature version of the track used during the legendary 24 hrs of Daytona Sports Car race.” Like at Daytona, the track uses 2/3rds of the speedway (including the highly banked “turn 1”), a technical infield road course with challenging corners of various speeds and a series of “esses” that will get your adrenalin pumping lap after exhilarating lap. Top Gear includes a full service kart shop and Racing Academy featuring world cham-

pion Intrepid Race Karts and power plants from Honda, Rotax and Briggs and Stratton. Serious speed freaks can attend driving clinics and take private lessons while younger karters can get started with a “Junior Racer” certification or enroll in the “Rookie Racer” camp for more in depth and advanced training. The facility is available for parties and special events as well as “Drop-In” kart rentals and racing most days of the week. So - Book your group in today or just check the calendar and head up for an amazing time filled with the smell of high octane and of course, a little burnt rubber!


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A Touch of Hollywood On the set of A Sister’s Nightmare Wow, what a day! An amazing sunny Okanagan afternoon in Summerland was the backdrop for our visit to the set of A Sister’s Nightmare.

Actors Natasha Henstridge, Peyton List and Matthew Settle having fun reading ICON Okanagan.

It wasn’t all glitz and glam though as our shuttle took us from the casts trailer area and into the woods where some of the final scenes of the film were being shot.

“No, no Jane, drop the weapon!” We heard this line so many times that day .. we actually dreamed about it!

A quick sit down with cast members Peyton List, Natasha Henstridge and Matthew Settle really was the highlight of our visit. They made us feel at home and soon we were happily flipping through the last edition of ICON Okanagan and discussing items for our next ICONic Apparel section. Let’s just say, Matthew had some really awesome ideas!

With an amazing cast and the passionate and diverse filmmaker Vic Sarin, this film is poised to be an instant hit! We are very excited to see how the scenes that we witnessed being shot turn out in the finished product; you may even catch one of us giggling in the background as we enjoyed our day on set.



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The Gentleman

by Dr. Christian Brix

They should have taught you this in school....

Fishing With Confidence The dating world is one that for most single people can slide by the moment in any direction along the scale between playground and nightmare. It is essentially impossible to simplify it to a science, but there is an attitude or way of thinking that can guide a gentleman along the path to meeting/keeping a great girl. That “girl” we are referring to is the classy, confident, cool, and fun girl we usually hope to meet. If that isn’t your kind of girl, then you might be holding the wrong magazine. This may seem shocking to you, but she wants to know that you like her. For this girl, playing it cool and pretending you don’t really care is just annoying. It shows that you don’t have the confidence to go after what you want. Of course we aren’t talking about being overbearing or creepy. It is about showing people that you know who you are, you know exactly what you want, and you aren’t too insecure to show it. If you are playing it cool, you are just playing games, and a great girl will either think you are a wuss, or that you may not even like her. That confidence needs to carry through all your encounters. If you want to meet the girl you see across the room, go introduce yourself. If you want to ask the girl you have known for a while to take your relationship to the next level, then do it! Go after what you want, and if you can’t have it, move on. Seriously though...move on. For some reason men have decided that the end of the first date or two represents the beginning of the “game.” Who will text first? Do I seem too anxious? Who will initiate the next date? Does she like me? Should I have worn a different shirt? It is truly the saddest display of mental jousting in a coliseum of insecurity. If she likes you, she will respond to your invitation

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(because the previous paragraph inspired you to ask her out again...right?). If she doesn’t like you, she will likely make excuses. It is that simple. If she wants to play the games, then perhaps she isn’t ready for the sophisticated and confident gentleman that you now are. Lastly, regardless of what your friends or society tells you, meeting someone online can be a great way to connect when we are busy, new, and/or unwilling to hang out in bars. The philosophy online is the same as in real life. Don’t be a liar. By that I mean don’t have pictures from high school when you were 50 pounds lighter and had way more hair. As well, if you do meet someone great that way, don’t lie about it to everyone for fear of judgment. If you found love, be proud of yourself! If you didn’t find love yet, try not being so cheap, and join a site that isn’t free and full of creepers. It might be better. A fulfilling relationship can only be found if you are confident in who you are, sure of what you want, and if you carry that confidence, respect, and honesty into the proverbial “sea”. What do you have to lose by taking a risk and being who you are? Joan Crawford said “Love is a fire, but whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” So why not just go all-in and see what happens? We usually regret things we did a lot less than the things we never tried.

Dr. Christian Brix Dr. Christian Brix is a writer, a gentleman, and a Chiropractor living in and loving Kelowna B.C.




hen contemplating moving to Kelowna, one of my biggest fears was the possibility of having to furnish my house from The Brick.

“People are now more focused on contemporary, they’re searching for it. You used to have to go to Vancouver or Calgary,” says Kandola. “Then pay for transit here, which is not the easiest thing.”

Don’t get me wrong, The Brick does what it does well, and they are certainly big enough – and successful enough – for me to have a little fun at their expense. But I’m a bit of a style aficionado and dearly love ‘contemporary’ rather than ’traditional’ interior design. Happily, I have discovered I’m not alone in this.

People are sometimes scared by the concept of contemporary interiors, confusing it with the stark, coldness of minimalism. While minimalism resides under the umbrella of contemporary, the latter also embraces a number of other trends – hence the name ‘contemporary’, or ‘of the time’. A contemporary room today may boast severe white walls, concrete surrounds and a minimalist Philippe Starck sofa, but can also be mixed with warm wood

“I have a lot of contemporary clients in Kelowna,” says Nicole BegrandFast, Begrand Fast Design Inc. “It’s

some further advice. “Start with a sofa or sectional,” suggests Kandola. “It’s easier to start with the big piece, and then work around it.” “You just have to pick a room,” Simpson advises. “Is it going to be the kitchen, tables, chairs, stools, or the living room? I would say start in the bedroom because that’s where you spend so much time.” “Even if you have a traditional setting and a more classic interior, very contemporary lighting seems to be standing out. Bocci, Kartell and Moooi are some of the brands that do very contemporary lighting that we’ve used in even more classic settings, that gives a really nice mix of those

COOL CONTEMPORARY everyone from young families who like the clean simple lines and know some of the brands of iconic furniture, to retired people who come here in the summertime and like the casual luxury of contemporary design and furnishings.”


Indeed, it appears that a decent portion of Kelowna’s customers are becoming a design-savvy bunch. Zed Home’s Terry Simpson categorises her customers as “design educated”, while La Bonne Vie’s Tracey Wikenheiser describes her clients as “forward thinking and interested in being original, and unique”.


“Our customers really want something different,” agrees Justin Kandola, DK Modern Furniture. “They want to design their house so it’s not like you would see everywhere else. They want quality – something that lasts, but looks good and is comfortable.” Yes, Kelowna is brimming with great interiors stores and consultancies that can supply my (and everyone else’s) modernity fix. Add to the above-mentioned names shops like Scan Designs, Momentum Interiors, Treehouse, Olive & Elle. Even North American contemporary mainstay Urban Barn has opened in Kelowna. ICON OKANAGAN

floors, maximalist textured cushions and brightly-coloured geometricpatterned rugs. “When we started, we really had to educate people about modern design, but after two years our customers are starting to understand it a bit more. Kelowna is still very traditional, but is getting more knowledgeable about contemporary design,” says Kandola. “Pinterest, Houzz and online magazines have really made design something easily accessable and as a result people are more educated and aware of styles, eras, designers, trends, etc,” agrees Wikenheiser. So what draws people to contemporary interior design? According to Wikenheiser, “I think the client is not interested in having what his parents, grandparents had – I think with contemporary design you can colour outside the lines far easier than with traditional design. It’s more about expression of one’s self and if you still desire a few traditional elements a mix can be done quite easily.” For those wanting to dip their toe in the water of contemporary, Kandola, Simpson and Begrand-Fast offer

two combinations,” says BegrandFast. Of course, being ‘of the moment’ also means keeping one keen eye on the trends. “The biggest trend right now seems to be reclaimed wood,” reports Kandola. “And industrial. A lot of stainless steel and cast iron.” “Gloss, lacquer, brass (especially in lighting), animal prints and fabrics such as zebra and ostrich on larger key pieces,” adds Wikenheiser. “We have a pearlized ostrich faux leather that I am dying to use on chairs or a sofa!” “There are a lot of more natural wood finishes, so floors without sheen on them, in lighter colours, and very contemporary lighting,” says Begrand-Fast. “The beauty of wood is you can incorporate it into a more traditional home much easier than a glass or chrome look,” explains Kandola. “It helps you transition into contemporary. You want it modern, but you still want it to be homey.” by Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie Summer 2013


Question: When is a chandelier something a whole lot more modern? Answer: when it’s ‘Muriel’ ($3780) from La Bonne Vie, 2942 Pandosy Street, Kelowna. This gorgeous grouping of globes will update any interior instantly, and fabulously.

‘App’ from Italsofa ($2999) comes with contrasting piped edging, adjustable headrests and an on-board docking system and speakers. Yes, your new couch from DK Modern Furniture, 310 Banks Road, Kelowna, can be your stereo as well. How cool is that?

Sofa beds no longer have to conjure up images of your grandparent’s spare room. This sleek leather dropdown ($648) from Scan Design, 1850 Springfield Road, Kelowna, will look just as good in the living room and accommodate overnight guests in style.

For a clean, contemporary (and organic) twist to your interior design, bring nature right to your door with these river rock mats ($59) from Sun Country Furniture, #160, 2463 Hwy 97, Kelowna.

This wonderful, curvy sofa table ($541) from Treehouse Interiors, 1901 Windsor Road, Kelowna, gives a modern ‘twist’ to the classic wood and glass combo.

Patio furniture doesn’t have to be all wicker and wood, as this chair from Zed Home, 1615 Water Street, Kelowna, so beautifully illustrates. ‘Scoop’ ($339) boasts a resincovered aluminium frame, is stackable, and comes in 10 different colours.

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And The Winners are ....

Part 2

Congratulations Ladies Dr Iampen of Sensei Laser & Vein would like to extend great admiration for all the contestants who entered the Sen-sational Makeover contest, stating , it took great courage to enter and risk disappointment if they wernt chosen as the winners of this contest, she said they certainly deserve to be winners, all of them, however only two could be chosen as finalists. We consider all of them beautiful ladies and the reason we weren’t one of the judges was so we didn’t have to be involved in the process of elimination. So, thank you ladies, for being such good sports, and for entering this amazing contest. June, 67


June Swenson of West Kelowna was born in St. Catherines Ontario in 1946, she was raised in Calgary, and 47 years ago she married her wonderful husband, Ray. June and Ray moved to the Okanagan in 1970. June has 3 children and 6 grandchildren who she adores. Four of her grandchildren live in Australia and two live here in the Okanagan. Junes works diligently for Quality Ink. Her interests are Hockey and football, BC Lions and the Canucks, (she laughingly says next best are the Flames and Stampeders). June glows with life and faces most challenges head on, She is a very active member in West Kelowna community and loves to read and sew, Stating she always sees her glass as half full.

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Ginette was born in Victoria, BC, raised in Rock Creek until she was 2 yrs old by her Grandmother in Hazelton, BC she was then adopted by a loving family. Ginette didn’t know where her biological parents were until her adoped mother helped her find her mother at the age of 17 and her father at the age of 19. Ginette is an amazing singer and entertainer and soon found the genes were from her biological father who she now performs with at several different events in the interior. Ginette and her husband of 20 years have 2 teenage daughters and a 7 yr old son. Ginette is an amazing, high energy, bubbly lady who works in a senior care home in West Kelowna and states she totally loves spending her days pampering seniors and is excited to be the one now to take time for her in a whole new make-over. She also volunteers for PAC at one of the schools in West Kelowna

We encourage you to follow us on facebook, twitter and our blog at www.senseilaser. org to see the changes in the two lucky candidates as well as purchase tickets to the sit down fashion show and silent auction being held at the Cove in West Kelowna on November 16th 2013 where a live unveiling of the makeover will take place with a video of the process showing before and after coverage. All proceeds from ticket sales and the auction going to the womens shelter on the 16th of November. This event will sell out fast so don’t miss your opportunity. (Tickets include wine,odvours and an amazing fashion show by Esteem Lingerie, Jigsaw Clothing, Bella Vita Boutique, guest speakers and more…) SenSei Laser & Vein is your one stop medical cosmetic clinic specializing in non surgical cosmetic procedures. SenSei is owned and operated by Dr. Corrina Iampen, a well known and respected Calgary Doctor who has a large medical cosmetic facility located in downtown Calgary. Medical cosmetic procedures include varicose veins, Fillers, Botox, mole removal, laser hair removal, sun damaged skin care, acne treatments, Co2 laser resurfacing, permanent make-up and more. Summer 2013



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ur little town is home to some pretty amazing and talented women, so having caught wind of this, we knew we had to dig a little deeper and find out more…MEET Allie Henderson! When we think of freestyle motocross, not to be stereotypical but, an attractive young woman is not the first thing that comes to mind. As one of the very few women involved in the sport on a professional level Allie is a trailblazer, and a brave one at that. An intimidating sport to break into, to say the least, freestyle motocross is dominated by men, men who are frequently flying through the air doing backflips and a multitude of other gravity defying stunts. But broken bones, scrapes, scratches and the myriads of talented and more experienced riders around haven’t deterred her one bit, in fact they have motivated her to get up and try again and again, and fight through some pretty serious pain.


Having started her journey just over one year ago, this determined young lady ventured South on her own, with no idea where she would end up. Fortunately she found herself in Union Point, Georgia at a resort called Durhamtown Plantation. Down South Allie trained diligently and as a way to give back to the sport she has become so passionate about she created “Ladies Ride Day” to break down some of the barriers of entry and where she was able to work with, train and inspire women that were interested in riding. Recently, Allie has been spending lots of time training in Oliver, BC, has taken part in a show or two, is throwing down some increasingly impressive tricks and can even jump a full gap…(75 feet!!!)

Congratulations Allie, were really proud of you! We’ll be following your progress closely. To find out more about Allie Henderson visit 38


Poplar Grove Winery & Vanilla Pod Restaurant Penticton, BC

Great wines are born from the courage to see what is possible. Over the past 19 years, the team at Poplar Grove has worked with the vineyards to nurture their potential into each bottle. Poplar Grove’s vision has remained the same: to make world-class wines that reflect the spirit of the Okanagan Valley. Each year, the wine making team handcrafts the Poplar Grove wines with care, being true to their mandate to guide the winemaking process with little or no interruption of the natural process.

The Beginning…


One of the original 5 wineries on the Naramata Bench just outside Penticton, Poplar Grove was founded in 1993 when Ian Sutherland dedicated 2.5 acres of land to the planting of Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes.

In 2007, Tony Holler became Poplar Grove’s majority owner and President.

The first vintage was released in the fall of 1995, with the Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc receiving top honours at the Okanagan International Wine Festival.

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The Holler family brought with them 110 acres of prime vineyard sites located throughout the Southern Okanagan Valley, appropriately named Holler Estate Vineyards. The addition of the new vineyards allows Poplar Grove wines to be made from 100% estate grown fruit. The viticulture team supports the estate vineyards by practicing a sustainable farming program that works with



to allow the true expression of the fruit to shine through. Poplar Grove is focused on six core wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and a signature blend called The Legacy.

the complexity and variability of the individual vineyards resulting in grapes that are the optimum expression of the Okanagan Valley. When asked to share his vision for the Okanagan Valley Tony Holler replied, “The Valley has attracted so much talent, all with an incredible amount of commitment to the land and to continuous improvement to the winemaking processes. I see wineries creating interactive experiences for wine lovers who are looking to connect with the art and science of making wines in a memorable way. I also see a growing integration of local culinary knowhow. Nothing beats taking in the valley view while sipping an outstanding Okanagan wine paired with a locally sourced culinary creation.”

The wines… Ian Sutherland continues as the Executive Winemaker at Poplar Grove. In 2008, Stefan Arnason took on the position of Winemaker and in 2011, Nadine Allander was named Assistant Winemaker. Together the wine making team hand-crafts wines from the quality fruit harvested from each of the estate vineyards with the goal of guiding the process 40


To make truly great wines, every aspect of the Poplar Grove estate vineyards must be nurtured. It takes a courageous team to make the right choices in the vineyards and collective patience to wait for nature to fully develop the grapes. The grapes are hand picked and hand sorted to guarantee that only the finest fruit makes it into the ferment. Poplar Grove white wines are released the year following harvest to preserve the primary fruit flavours. The red wines are kept in the cellar for at least 3 years before being released to ensure they are ready to drink – at Poplar Grove you can taste in the bottle the winemaking team doesn’t rush the process. Each year, in addition to the 6 core wines, Poplar Grove’s wine making team makes a small amount of exclusive wine crafted for Poplar Grove’s Wine Club members, and for diners at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant. These exclusive wines include the CSM (a Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot blend), the Syrah-Viognier, a Reserve Chardonnay, the Munson Mountain Pinot Gris and a Poplar Grove Blanc de Noirs Rosé. The limited release wines offer the wine making team an opportunity to create single vineyard and small lot wines that exhibit the vibrant characteristics of the vintage.

The club… July 2010 was an exciting month for Poplar Grove as it marked the official launch of the Poplar Grove Wine Club. The spirit behind the wine club is to ensure that fans receive a guaranteed selection of Poplar Grove’s most sought after wines each year. Summer 2013

Members receive the benefit of access to Poplar Grove’s limited release & member’s only wines, a 10% discount off all Poplar Grove wines purchased direct from the winery, early access to new release & library wines, and inspired wine recipes with each shipment.

The winery… The doors to Poplar Grove’s beautiful new, 9500 sq.ft. winery opened on July 1st, 2011. Designed to appreciate the natural landscape and topography, the new winery space is home to a working winery, a showcase barrel hall, and an expansive tasting room. The winery’s contemporary design features wall-towall panoramic windows that create a tasting room experience where visitors have the chance to sip award wining wines while enjoying one of the finest views the Okanagan Valley has to offer.

Owners (l-r) Ian Sutherland, Tony Holler and Barrie Sali

cal flora into the winery landscaping. Within the new Munson Mountain estate vineyard, Poplar Grove included foundation plants to harmonize with sustainable farming principals, including hard fescue, red clover and bluegrass. The vineyard edges are lined with crested wheatgrass, wild mustard and annual rye.

Poplar trees, lavender, iris and Russian sage have been planted on the property to incorporate the lo-

Vanilla Pod Restaurant


une 21, 2012 marked the official re-opening of The Vanilla Pod Restaurant. Originally based in Summerland the owners decided to make it a year-round destination restaurant at Poplar Grove Winery that features cuisine inspired by fresh and seasonal local ingredients and, of course, Poplar Grove’s award winning wines. Key ingredients include fresh herbs which in the summer months are picked by Executive Chef Bruno Terroso from the herb garden next to the restaurant. Bruno Terroso brings both a passion for the local cuisine and a natural Summer 2013



creativity in the preparation of innovative spectacular dishes. Tapas style dishes of international and mediterranean flavours combined with fresh Okanagan ingredients make for a delightful exploration of contemporary cuisine. Visual presentation is as important as innovation in flavour with judicious use of spices and other seasonings being central to the dishes created by Executive Chef Bruno Terroso. Restaurant owners, Paul and Sheila Jones, have been doing business together for seven years - with clearly defined roles. Paul, originally from London and who has long been a restaurateur, loves the excitement of meeting new people and ensuring their dining experience exceeds their expectations while Sheila focuses on the behind the scenes aspect of the Vanilla Pod. Paul and Sheila look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy an inspired meal while taking in one of the most breathtaking views in the Okanagan Valley.

The future… Over the years, Poplar Grove winery has gained a reputation for producing quality, award-winning wines. Poplar Grove’s Syrah 2008 was the only Canadian winery awarded a Gold medal at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards. The Cabernet Franc 2007 won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines and the Poplar Grove Merlot 2006 won Double Gold at the All Canadian Wine Championships. The Cabernet Franc 2009 was awarded a Silver (Outstanding) Medal at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards. Most Recently, the Poplar Grove Syrah 2010 was on the podium at the 2013 Decanter Awards show with a Silver Medal. Poplar Grove’s star is on the rise. With the new state-of-the art winery & signature restaurant, 100% premium estate grown fruit, and a clear vision for the future, Poplar Grove Winery looks forward to welcoming wine lovers to their corner of the wine world.

Vanilla Pod Restaurant 425 Middle Bench Road North Penticton, BC T. (250) 493-WINE (9463)



Reservations recommended. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. T. (250) 493-9463 E.

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Summer is here! If you don’t know what the hotthe Summer then you’re in the rounded up the trends, and it’s colour and vibrant style.

test trends are for right place! We’ve all all about vivid

Summer Fragrance! There are some gorgeous new scents out for the season. How about these editor-approved perfumes? “Plum Blossom Cologne” by Jo Malone. A fruity and floral daytime fragrance. “Lovestruck” - sexy, sensual, unstoppable. By Vera Wang.

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Sparkling! Give your eyes a Caribbean touch. “Burn It Blue” by NARS. And for a shimmering warm skin-tone “Show Stopper” Water-Resistant Bronzer by Jemma Kidd.

Trendy Eyewear! Catch shade in the Season’s best sunglasses. (left to right) Rag & Bone Monroe; Moscow Cat Eye by PRISM; Harvest by Karen Walker.

Colour it Up! Colour is a must-have this summer, so why not chic-ify your look with a vibrant bag or clutch? Just look at these nice samples that we found: Patchwork leather and twill shoulder bag by Kenzo; Clutch by Chanel (left to right)

Swoonworthy! Take a walk on the wild side! We talk strappy styles, loud colours or Bohemian flavours. And for some elgance in the evening, some lacy accents. Here are the shoes to choose ... “Bandit” by Betsey Johnson; “Maylen” by Jimmy Choo; Sandals by Chloe; Multi Coloured Lace-Up Sandal by Zara.

Umbrella Stripes! Boldly striped and colourful with a casual appeal Dolce & Gabbana added some refreshing readyto-wear pieces to their otherwise print-laden and Sicily inspired Summer collection. by Dolce & Gabbana model: Jacquelyn Jablonski

Beach Topper! Nothing says ‘lady who lunches’ quite like an oversized sunhat. A striped brim is punctuated with a pop of color on this Eugenia Kim sunhat. Summer 2013



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... is wearing a tropical print from the Maria Bonita by Phax collection (Columbia, SA)

Starleigh Taylor

... is wearing Festival by Seafolly (Australia)


... is wearing Tulum from the Vitamin A Gold Collection (California) Jewelry: R.J. Graziano, New York Photo: Sonia Photography

J’Adore Celladora

“I’ve talked to women who have upwards of 20 bathing suits in their closet, because it’s a fashion statement.”


ummertime in Kelowna? Think beaches and wineries. New swimwear boutique Celladora is (obviously) anchored firmly in the first category, but has a surprising connection with the second as well. According to Gerri Woznesensky, who co-owns the shop with her daughter Brianna, its name is a play on the words ‘cellar door’, in homage to the local area’s industry. Celladora opened in February, and is already making inroads at being Kelowna’s ‘must-stop’ shop for beachwear, offering interesting – and in some cases exclusive – swimwear lines, including Maria Bonita, Seafolly, Vitamin A and ‘ultra fashion line’ Beach Bunny for women, and Fred Perry and Penguin for men.

paying for a fabric that is extremely durable – it’s going to last you more than one season. You’re paying for the construction of the suit,” explains Woznesensky. “You’ve got extra support on the sides and underneath, you’ve got a sweat band on the inside under the bust. There are a lot of added features to that $200 suit.”

“Maria Bonita is brand new, and we are exclusive to Kelowna,” says Woznesensky. Designed and manufactured in Columbia, the line offers European style at a more reasonable price than swimsuits imported from France or Italy.

This season, men are looking at a shorter swim short, and for women ‘boy shorts’ are still popular, and we will also see the ‘butterfly’ bottom, which boasts a ruched seam up the middle of the back. “It gives you a heart shaped rear, which is very flattering, and also prevents sagging when you come out of the water.”

Californian label Vitamin A also has some interesting unique selling points. “It’s made from recyclable materials, and is absolutely soft as can be. It’s also reversible so you get two suits out of one.”

However, according to Woznesensky, biggest buzz word is ‘retro’.

Swimsuits at Celladora range from $70 for Roxie or Billabong labels, up to $150 for Maria Bonita or $200 for Sea Folly, and they are worth it.

‘We’re going to have a vintage pant which is a little higher to the waist, which is really flattering and covers the belly, and a bustier top – which is a little bit longer on the torso.

“You’re paying for a design that is very, very flattering. You’re

You’ll look more like Marilyn Monroe – curvy but covered.’ Located at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna (250) 861-6032 Open daily 10am to 6pm

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by Gayle Faigan

ICON on the Street

Ask Gayle!


Hannah writes….My friend Dana has broken up with her boyfriend. I ran into him at Starbucks and we hung out. He’s so nice and cute. I think I want to date my friend’s ex. Is this wrong ?


Debbie, (36) Party girl “My friends would never date my ex. He is an ex for a reason and they know it! If I dumped him then maybe, after all my parents taught me to give my used toys to the less fortunate!”

Travis, (32) Banker “Well if we break up and its really over then I don’t think I would mind. If we are just on a break then swooping in is not on. Timing is everything!” Stuart, (43) Businessman “I think if we have both moved on I wouldn’t mind. Sometimes you date someone and it just isn’t right but it might be right for your friend. Just no details please!”

Ceedee, (51) Administrator “Not wrong, but I don’t think a good friend should date an ex. It would be too awkward on many levels, i.e. picturing them in bed and wondering if your friend is a better lover?“

David, (22) Painter “Whatever! I mean if we aren’t together why would I care? Been there right? If they want a shot at that I’m cool.”

Jenna, (28) Hairstylist “Date my ex ... are you kidding! No way! My friends are MY friends, I wouldn’t date his friend either!”

Go ahead ... and ASK GAYLE…

Ask Gayle!

Speaking of planetary action…. Venus and Mars all over again with this one! So the voice on the female street is clear, there’s a privacy sign on the trash can! BFF’s ... you just cant go digging around in there looking for your next sweet thing. Why? One reason is that often women seem to carry the over-sharing gene. That’s right, when it’s good we tell and oh BTW when its bad we also tell. So the whole idea of your bestie and your ex just feels wrong, like sharing a toothbrush kind of wrong. Seems like the bro code is alive and well but wearing heels. Women put their relationships with their friends first. He may be cute and all but sister rules stamp his hide off limits! Men…? Well lets just say they seem to be driven a little more by the merchandise. That sharing gene looks more like the Greycup which means….if its an official pass its okay. After all sharing is caring right? More important is where you are in the lineup! At the end of the day, dating your friend’s ex is definitely risky business. There are some things to think

about before you leap. First why are you attracted to this person? Did you get to know him while he was with your friend or is it a more superficial attraction? Important to think about because your decision to date him may mean you risk your friendship with your galpal. Is he going to be worth that? Also how close are you and your friend? For some, the closer the friend the more off limits the ex. How did their relationship end, was it amicable, is it truly over…..has she moved on? Did he? You don’t want to fall for this guy and find he’s only into you to get back at her or back with her! Try to find a time to talk to your friend and just straight up ask her how she would feel about it. She might tell you that he would be perfect for you and give you a free hall pass! But don’t ask if you aren’t prepared to hear. There is a chance she will say no way and then ...? Focus Hannah, do you really feel this is the guy for you or are you lusting after forbidden fruit? Give this idea some time to simmer and see if you still want to take a sip in a few months.

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by Drs Bentley & Wong

Fat Treatment: The THICK and the THIN of it


he demand for non-invasive treatments to reduce fat and cellulite has increased dramatically in the past few years. We expect effective treatments that deliver excellent clinical results – and that are comfortable and safe.

Some studies show a positive response. There are no dangerous side effects to this treatment, but many treatment are required (like 15 – 18) and then monthly maintenance. Each treatment session takes roughly an hour and costs >$100.

But what really works? Here’s a quick overview of how to separate the tabloid claims from what there is evidence of success.

MESOTHERAPY: This involves the injection of a cocktail of homeopathic medications that supposedly break down fat. But there is no FDA approval, no standardized solutions, and frankly, there is insufficient evidence towards the safety and efficacy. Down side may include swelling, bruising, pain, as yet unknown long term effects of the treatment… and high treatment cost.




EXERCISE AND DIET: Following a healthy diet and regular exercise is beneficial for almost every aspect of healthy living. “Just do it.” CREAMS: A great number of creams claim to treat cellulite and fat, but are modest at best – and certainly not permanent. The best ones seem to be those with caffeine or theophylline – though the studies are not all in agreement. Note: expensive ones don’t seem to be more effective. HERBAL MEDICATIONS: There is no herb or vitamin that has shown to be effective on cellulite or fat reduction. Before trying any supplements, one should always check with their family doctor for drug interactions. ENDERMOLOGIE: This treatment uses a device that suctions and “kneads” the skin.

LIPOSUCTION: Liposuction is done on the fat in the deeper reserve layers of the skin and not in the subcutaneous layer. It can effectively contour the body, one should not expect it to vastly improve the appearance of cellulite. Effective, but due to cost – not to mention surgery and risk – it is less popular than the non-surgical treatments. NEW TYPES OF TREATMENT: NO NEEDLES, NO SURGERY Radio Frequency (RF) itself is not new – but its use in non-invasive skin tightening, cellulite reduction and circumferential fat reduction are exciting. (A few common devices are VenusFreeze or BodyTite.) RF

energy penetrates the skin and underlying fatty tissue quickly and safely – and heats it up. The super-heated fat cells are then naturally purged over the next 3 to 6 weeks. Treatments are quick (it can be done over a lunch), and patients feel a comfortable-yet-hot sensation. 4 to 6 treatments are typically required, and a typical package for 6 treatments is ~$1500. Another interesting treatment/device is marketed as CoolSculpting. This targets a larger section of fat (compared to RF above), and gently cools the unwanted fat cells to induce a controlled elimination of fat cells. This reduces bulges in treated areas of the body without harming surrounding tissue. At least several treatments are required, but results are often visible after 3 to 6 weeks. A typical “bye bye belly” package (3 treatments) starts at ~$2250. Patients are usually very happy with the reduction in their “spare tire” or other unwanted bulges!

Here’s The Skinny: A review of scientific literature, supported by our experience, conclude that none of the treatments have been shown to be a “cure” for cellulite. However, there are several effective non-surgical fat therapies that, after several treatments, and within several weeks, show good results.

Author: Dr. Janna Bentley is a cosmetic medical doctor and co-founder,with Dr. Mandy Wong, of Lakeshore Vein & Aesthetics Clinic. 3293 Lakeshore Rd Kelowna ph: 250.860.9919 Summer 2013



ICON Okanagan on Tour Rock’n Rococo Affair

St. Michael and All Angels Church, Kelowna June 8, 2013 Jessy, Tom, Kyla

Leon, Jaime

Lady Mary, Rhonda

Gerald, Terry

Geby, Janyse

Melissa, Nicole, Gene, Stacy

Ashley, Jodi Kip Jessie, Tanya Taylor, Sam

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Bob, Dana

Photography: ICON; Karla Rosalin Photography (2)

On June 8, 2013, Kip Jon Productions, in conjunction with multiple local sponsors, staged the premier couture fashion show, Rock ‘n Rococo Affair in Kelowna at St.Michael’s and All Angels Church on Sutherland Road. This incredible 18th century themed event showcased local designer Sam Shakura, of Kelowna’s Rock House Style as well as fashions from Vernon’s 104 Grey Clothing. Dressed to the nines in their 18th century attire, event staff and volunteers really made an impression as you walked the red carpet to the reception area. With the unique setting, great music, incredible production, modern and lust-worthy fashions, great wine from The Vibrant Vine and some fantastic drinks provided by Okanagan Spirits Distillery, event-goers were all smiles as they watched the models strut their stuff down the center aisle just as you would expect in any New York fashion show. We can’t wait for next year’s event!

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Are you Prepared to EXIT Your BUSINESS by Steve Harvey

Buying or selling a business is a huge decision for those on either side of the transaction. Whether your company is the size of Jim Pattison Group or a small Mom and Pop, be sure you weigh the pros and cons carefully before moving forward. Did you know that research indicates that over 40% of business owners plan to leave their businesses within the next 5 years, and over 70% within the next 10 years. The number of businesses sold in Canada is expected to double each year for the next ten years. This will create more business selling competition than ever before.

How will you stand out from the crowd? About 80-90% of the businesses on the market will not sell. Of the businesses that ultimately do sell, about 20% sell to a family member, 15% sell to an insider – a partner or manager, and 50% sell to a third party. The remainder is made up of a variety of other business exit strategies: merging with another company, implementing an employee share ownership plan, or going public. When a business doesn’t sell, operating the business indefinitely or simply closing the doors may be the only options available. Hardly the exit plan that any owner would desire. 50


Despite the absolute certainty that every business owner is going to leave his or her business at some point in time – voluntarily or otherwise – less than 30% of owners have a written exit plan for leaving their business.

Most businesses take 1-2 years to sell. No matter how desperate you want to sell, there are no buyers who will speed through a closing just to get you the cash you want. • If you are considering Exiting your business start preparing NOW!!! • If you are considering Exiting your business start preparing your financials for selling NOW!!! • If you are considering Exiting your business start talking to your accountant, lawyer and Business Broker NOW!!! Without the benefit of an exit plan containing deliberate, adaptable, and customized business exit strategies, how likely is it going to be that owners will be able to leave their businesses on their own terms and schedule?

Our New Offices! Business Finders Canada has recently moved from Landmark Tower 2 due to needed expansion. We are now located at 1652 Pandosy Street (corner of Pandosy and Leon). We are officially Kelowna’s newest Commercial Real Estate office specializing in the Sale of Businesses, Investment and Commercial Property. We help Summer 2013

business owners sell their business in a Confidential manner to a pre-qualified Buyer. Raymond Maaske is the new Managing Broker from Summerland, BC. We have over 1000 Qualified Buyers looking for Businesses in the Okanagan and BC. Commitment to providing unsurpassed service, the highest degree of integrity and the utmost Confidentiality, while achieving the greatest percentage of successful sale transactions.

About Steve Harvey Steve Harvey is a Certified Business Broker and owner of “Business Finders.� He brings over 20 years of sales industry related experience to the market place. His expertise crosses many fields in several industries. Having owned and managed businesses, Steve was on both sides of the franchise system. Business Finders now provides professional services to the business buyers, sellers, and investors of business. Steve Harvey

Fire-Ice Image Studio “The Elements Of Creation and Beauty”

Having opened this past April in the lower Mission, Fire-Ice is Kelowna’s newest image studio. From simple hair-cuts to fabulous colours and exotic styles, they have a team of stylists and estheticians creating the wow factor their guests are looking for. Fire-Ice was conceived by David Soanes in October of 2012. Just a few months later the dark multi room space was transformed to the bright open concept design that it is today. Aluminum beams, air craft cable, granite surfaces, 20ft ceilings, a design like no other.

salon experience should be.

With comfortable top of the line styling chairs and full length mirrors, guests feel an energy of beauty and abundance that the

Fire-Ice Image Studio offers a wide range of services. While getting your hair touched up and coloured, you will have the opportunity to have your hands and feet dipped in a paraffin wax and polished for a fresh new look. Or you may desire to have a full body relaxation massage and wake up refreshed and vibrant. Whether you have an hour or an entire day, Fire-Ice will treat you with all the excessive indulgences you are after and you will be sure to leave gratified and refreshed. Fire-Ice Image Studio also offers hair treatments using the finest hair colour and professional hair products including Dikson Coiffeur, creative hair styles, as well as professional makeup application, waxing, manicures, pedicures, gel nails, facials as well as massage. All of their estheticians have extensive knowledge and experience in creating a healthy way to make your body glow and only the finest of skin care products are used including the Matis line made in France.  Fire-Ice Image Studio wants your vibrant new look to last forever and as David is an experienced photographer, he has incorporated a photo studio to capture that fabulous new expression of you just like a supermodel would. Weddings, graduations, bachelorette parties or just a ladies day out, Fire–Ice Image studio will accommodate any function with hair, makeup, manicures and pedicures and will even offer packages to photograph the memory. Stop by and experience the Fire-Ice culture! Fire-Ice Image Studio / Salon 105-3320 Richter St. Kelowna (778) 484-1414



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SYNFully Green


Your Dream Lawn WITHOUT the Maintenance he phrase artificial turf or artificial grass may raise a multitude of thoughts or feelings, but when it comes to artificial lawns and putting greens, SYNLawn synthetic grass is at the head of its class in technology, texture, appearance, and performance.

While the SYNLawn name and product has been used for commercial and residential applications for a decade; their family of grass products have been distributed under the AstroTurf® name to professional and collegiate organizations around the globe since 1965. The SYNLawn brand includes over 25 different synthetic versions of grass for both commercial and residential applications. SYNLawn Okanagan offers synthetic grass solutions for landscapes, pet areas, playgrounds, rooftops, patio decks and customized golf greens - all with the look and feel of natural grass. Golf in your own backyard? Why not! Whether you are serious about your golf game or just looking for recreational putting at home, a SYNLawn golf green is the solution for you. SYNLawn golf materials offer consistent ball speed, minimal off-line deviation, and natural impact performance. “Having the proper material is only part of the recipe,” says Rene Bourgault of SYNLawn Okanagan, “the quality of the



installation is just as important as the quality of the products used.” Artificial putting greens will only perform as well as the base underneath. A proper base must be perfectly smooth, maintain a proper slope, and can include various elevations. It is through the combination of these elements that SYNLawn creates a versatile putting surface that can be used for practice and play. “We have fun collaborating with customers, building something functional as well as beautiful for their property” says Rene. With regards to playgrounds as well as pet and high traffic areas, Rene says, “We have materials specifically designed for high traffic applications. In fact, we have a playground specific system. For something like this, we would use a recycled foam material on top of the crush gravel base, followed by the grass. The system is both CSA approved and extremely ‘green’ in nature. We’ve completed a number of projects for licensed child care facilities in Kelowna, all of whom could attest to the resilience and low maintenance of using SYNLawn in their facilities.” SYNLawn is the perfect choice for these high traffic locations – and no mud means cleaner pets and children. ‘Green all over’ – beyond the colour of their products, SYNLawn goes a long way towards better environmental sustainability which makes it truly “green”. SYNLawn products utilize a soy

backing using over 60% renewable resources by weight. This backing helps prevent any unwanted growth (weeds) and is equipped with drainage for any snow melt, rainwater and other fluids. SYNLawn landscapes reduce not only water consumption, carbon emissions and fuel consumption from lawn equipment but noise pollution as well. What about the heat? With California being SYNLawn’s largest market the need for the grass to withstand heat is imperative and the solution is HeatBlock Technology. This technology is one of many innovations separating SYNLawn from its competitors, this key benefit reduces surface temperatures up to 20% compared to competing products.

When asked what sets SYNLawn apart from the competition, Rene Bourgault says, “SYNLawn is a vertically integrated manufacturer and produces the best synthetic grass in the industry. What that means is that we can control quality from ‘yarn’ to ‘yard’; from the initial research and manufacturing to on-site consultation and final install, something no one else in the industry is able to offer.” Completed SYNLawn projects transform a previously high maintenance, costly lawn into an easy to maintain, water-saving show piece. If you’re wondering about wear, colour and warranty, they’ve got all that covered too. There is only a “5-8% loss in original colour over the warranty period.” And what is the warranty period? “We have a manufacturer warranty on the material that depending on the material used can range from 7-12 years. This warranty covers any staining from pets, chlorine, as well as product failure.”

“Synthetic grass solutions for any application; SYNLawn is the most advanced and realistic synthetic grass system available.” – Rene Bourgault

So how can we sum up SYNLawn Okanagan? Showroom: McCurdy Corner, Kelowna call 250.765.4032




When Art can Change Your world! “Portraits are the oldest known form of Art. They have been found etched into cave walls. Etched into the faces I paint is the joy found only in the presence of another human being. No matter how strange the soil under your feet may feel the faces you see, are at their core, bearing the same needs as you: love and acceptance. Because we all have the same needs you will always have something to offer other people and they will hold power to nourish your soul.”

The Art of Charla Maarschalk What can you expect for your life when you are born in Happy Adventure? No, we haven’t made this up, if you travel to the Eastport Peninsula in Newfoundland you may find a sign along the road welcoming visitors to “Newfoundland’s most peaceful community.” And this is where Charla Maarschalk began ... her adventures. There was no doubt Charla would pursue a career in the arts. Since she was a child her family would find her drawing and creating, and when she got older she made plans of becoming an architect. At university her path waned from painting to photography, but when her curriculum introduced her to multimedia she made a decision to follow a career in combined interactive multimedia and graphic design. With a Bachelor in Fine Arts Charla became a web designer with graphic design, print and marketing dominating her work life but her passion for photography never left her. She finally opened her own photography business and for the next 10 years became known for her portraits and wedding photography. But the adventure had yet to begin ... From Newfoundland her studies carried her to Calgary, Alberta, and Oakville, Ontario, and at one point her work introduced her to the Okanagan Valley. She fell in love with the area and the people in Kelowna, and although her work took her to other provinces she finally settled down here with her husband and her three boys. A resident of Kelowna with its thriving art community Charla decided to go back to her roots in the fine arts. “Painting was my first love,” she says, “and it felt good to have a paintbrush in my hands again.” ICON Okanagan: From Newfoundland to the Okanagan Valley ... what was it that attracted you to Kelowna and the area? Charla Maarschalk: The first time I came to Kelowna ever was visiting friends during university. It was definitely the beauty of the valley that won my everlasting love...and the amazing fresh fruit. Back home in Newfoundland it was hard to get fresh fruit at any time of the year. When I tasted peaches fresh off the tree I knew the Okanagan had me hook, 56


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line and sinker. The reason we brought our family back many years later was an equal mix between the valley and the people of Kelowna. ICON Okanagan: You actually lived here once before? Charla Maarschalk: Yes, for 3 years at the beginning of the Millenium. The company I worked for, Ministry Media (now Moving Pixel) is still a great place to meet your web design needs. My biggest claim to fame in those days was that I worked next to Lance, the future creator of Club Penguin. He was and is still a genius with a huge heart. There was no question asked that he couldn’t answer and I asked a lot. This success with Club Penguin couldn’t have happened to two more humble, giving and passionate people than Lance and Dave (who was my boss at the time). ICON Okanagan: Now, to leave a “real” job and pursue a career in arts must have been tough? Charla Maarschalk: My career has definitely been an evolution. Not long after I moved to Calgary Ryan and I married and had our first son. With the growing family and my wedding photography really taking off in Newfoundland we moved to St. John in 2007. It was perfect timing; the island only had a few contemporary wedding photographers and bridesto-be were crying out for more. I’ve had brides cry on the phone because I was already booked for their date! The wedding season was short in NL and I hated turning people down because there weren’t many others to choose from. Meanwhile my husband, who is from Zimbabwe, was longing for sunshine and I was really getting tired of shooting in the rain. But the photography market in the Okanagan was flooded and to be honest my heart was somewhere else. It took me a while to clear my head

and believe that painting was even a possibility. But faith is a big part of my life and I just had to trust that everything would work out and I would be led in the right direction for my career and my passions. ICON Okanagan: It seems that most if not all of your paintings are faces? Charla Maarschalk: Faces are definitely my ‘thing’. I always considered myself a people photographer. Capturing a tree in just the right light has never made me jump out of bed in the morning but capturing a face of any kind stirs up a passion I can’t deny. From the very first brushstroke of 2012 there was no way to deny the direction my work would take: faces! I believe that people make the world go round. Relationships are the most important part of our lives. They make or break us. More and more of us need to realize that by helping others, even when it’s uncomfortable, will bring great joy and satisfaction in life. I guess somewhere in all that mumbo jumbo I want my paintings to inspire people to love each other and to know that they, themselves, hold great worth. That, I believe, can change the world...your world!

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ICON Okanagan: Do you work on commission? So could someone send you a photo for you to paint? Charla Maarschalk: Yes, I do a lot of commissions. love commissions. It’s so great to work with people and give them original art! If they want me to paint a loved one I always work from a photograph and when possible I definitely prefer to photograph them myself. It would be a dream come true to photograph every client myself. I sometimes can take just a few quick reference photos but it’s also fun to do a full fledge photo shoot with make up and wardrobe! I’ll never tire of that. ICON Okanagan: The Okanagan has a thriving art community. What do you love about it, where would you like to see changes? Charla Maarschalk: Hmmm. The Kelowna art scene is the first art scene I’ve been personally involved with and I love it here! I think it is big and diverse. It seems that everyone I meet here is interested in art. It’s an exciting scene to be a part of with so many helpful people. My experience has shown that the artists in the Okanagan are caring and giving people. Right now the only I’d change is more of my art on peoples walls! ICON Okanagan: So how do you promote your art? We actually saw your paintings at Social 247. Charla Maarschalk: I have a website and I’m a big believer in the power of social media. I love to follow people who post about natural health, faith and art. It’s definetely one of the best ways to learn new things when you are connected to people who are like minded as you. Taking part in local art events where I meet art lovers and other people who are in the industry is also a great way to get connected. My people passion comes out in the marketing side of my art as well. I know there’s no bigger proponent for me then one person who believes in what I do. ICON Okanagan: Well said! So where can people see your artwork in the next few months? Charla Maarschalk: I’m represented by the M Gallery in Penticton. It’s a great shop to view and purchase local artists. The biggest show coming up will be Artwalk which is in Lake Country in early September. There will be so many great Okanagan artist there all with Original work to view and purchase. t’s an amazing weekend to be part of. My work will be showing again at Social Restaurant. You can also check my website for up to date places around town to view my work each month. Of course I can also take appointments to view work in my home studio. Charla Maarschalk c. 778.215.8800 Kelowna, BC 58


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“With construction about to start on our new clubhouse, it’s probably only a few months before our memberships will be at a premium.” Elton Ash, Commodore of the Kelowna Yacht Club, can’t help but smile a bit as he contemplates the future for his Club, which is looking very, very good.


sh explains, “Our clubhouse is going to be the shining new jewel of Kelowna’s downtown, a building that will complement one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. It will showcase everything the Okanagan Valley has to offer. We are building a unique opportunity where our members will enjoy unbelievable views coupled with excellent dining and meeting facilities. The benefit is not only for our members, but our community as well since there will be public access to some areas of our new facility. Finally, the design of the building itself was extremely important so that we could ensure compatibility and a blend that perfectly suits Stuart Park, one of the most beautiful areas on Kelowna’s lakeshore. ”


he Kelowna Yacht Club has many other things to boast about. It offers a lot of firsts for member boating clubs in Canada, from having the largest boat basin in Canada at 1006 slips, to running the only French immersion children’s learn-to-sail classes on the



continent in their Youth and Education program.


he Kelowna Yacht Club is also one of the most community-minded in Canada, sponsoring events like a fishing derby for the visually impaired, giving kids with disabilities and their families an outing on the water battling ‘pirates’ for booty, and maintaining over 30 free public mooring buoys in safe anchorages on the lake. In fact, because of these successes, the Canadian Yachting West magazine is featuring the club in their August issue.


hile the club is primarily a boating organization, Commodore Ash explains it is really a club with a long maritime tradition that has opened itself to welcome people who may not own or desire a boat, but wish to participate in the excitement of a “place to belong and feel welcome.”


ith that in mind, the club recently introduced two new membership

tiers: Social, for those who wish to enjoy access to the unique facilities in downtown Kelowna, and Corporate, for organizations that want to use the new clubhouse dining, lounge and meeting areas for business purposes. “Being a member of the Kelowna Yacht Club is so much more than simply being a boat-owner,” he says. “It means having a place to go where people know you, neighbours become friends to share laughter and fun, where you can relax in an environment that welcomes both you and your family, and where you can really enjoy all that life in the Okanagan has to offer.”

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ell, summer has arrived and as usual the Okanagan is experiencing its seasonal influx of tourists, vacationers and the like. With a population that can nearly double at many points throughout the summer season it is obvious that our little valley is a gem. A place many people desire to be. But not necessarily year round. The Okanagan is filled with beautiful sights, incredible vineyards, amazing hiking trails and of course Okanagan Lake. At over 100 kilometers long the

So how can an entire family enjoy luxury lakeside living whenever they like at a fraction of the cost? How about a yacht! Something like the Regal 52 Sport Coupe perhaps? With all the amenities you would expect in your beautiful lakefront home and the ability to travel anywhere you like along the lake, it is the perfect alternative to purchasing that lakefront vacation property. A/C, central vac, pressurized water, washer/dryer, full beam bedroom or a trash compactor are not something

you would typically associate with a boat but these opulent floating palaces really do come equipped with absolutely everything you could possibly need for an amazing weekend get away with the family or if you are so inclined a week hidden away at an isolated beach. Whatever your preference may be you will be doing it in decadence and style, surrounded by meticulously crafted high gloss cabinetry and top of the line finishes throughout the cabin. Whether relaxing indoors, cooling off and enjoying a film on the home theater system or sunbathing beneath the retractable roof of the cockpit these machines are designed to impress! So, if you are interested in that lakefront property and just have not yet been able to take the plunge...why not consider this unconventional option? It could could be the greatest decision you have ever made. View your new lake front home at:

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Senator D. Ross Fitzpatrick

“My greatest happiness has been the involvement with family and being able to make some kind of contribution to the community.�

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by Rick Maddison

BACK THEN WE FELT OURSELVES REALLY LUCKY if we got one listing of wine in a good restaurant, forget the really expensive restaurants.

A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE think that the Senate is an unnecessary appendage of the government system but it could be very effective.

IN THE WINE INDUSTRY I think you really have to believe in what you’re doing.

MY GREATEST HAPPINESS has been the involvement with family and being able to make some kind of contribution to the community.

THEY SAY YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE COUNTRY but not the country out of the boy, and I grew up on the orchards with my father and I thought the greatest calling that I could have was to come back and work in the industry. THEY WERE THERE (GRANTS) and members of parliament could pursue them or not, and to me the job was to get our share for the region and more. I MUST SAY I AM VERY UPSET with what I’ve seen going on these days because (The Senate) is an institution that has in the past done a lot of good. NOW ONE OF MY INTERESTS is to keep pressing for the establishment of a national park in the South Okanagan. WE WERE THERE TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE COUNTRY (during the Pearson Government) and I think all of us were somewhat proud and quite inspired by what was happening in the Kennedy era and what politics were all about in those days. JEAN (CHRÉTIEN) WAS VERY MUCH THE LITTLE GUY from Shawinigan, and Trudeau was very much the worldly intellectual, but they both sort of had the same understanding for what Quebec was and what its values were.

I REALLY IDENTIFIED with Lester Pearson. WHAT GIVES THE MOST CONCERN is if I haven’t been as considerate of the situation as I should have been. MY GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE is my boats. I love my boats. THE TALENT I WOULD MOST like to have, that I don’t currently have, is golf. I’M A BIT OF AN ORGANIZER. My wife would say that I even square up my mistakes. WHEN I WAS A KID GROWING UP, Lou Gehrig was my idol. THE NAME I REALLY KIND OF LIKE is my grandson’s name, Liam. I guess that’s my Irish heritage. I DON’T THINK IT’S THAT HARD to be courteous at least most of the time. I KIND OF KID that I can only hold a job for ten years because usually each one of my projects has been a ten year project. MY GREATEST FEAR. Failure, probably.

I HAVE BEEN A PROPONENT of having an elected senate. THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA has immense powers and I think that a reasonable representation or elected senate would, as long as it wasn’t overdone like it is in the US, would tend to have a positive impact on the government of the country. Summer 2013

Rick Maddison is proud father of Jack and Tess and has been married to his beautiful wife Joni for over 13 years. He runs a successful media company in Kelowna that creates memorable campaigns for his clients across Western Canada






ave you ever thought how it would be if someone just took away your smartphone for a day? If you weren’t connected constantly? If the only way you could get in touch with someone was by simply calling them or dropping by their house or office? Well…the young realtors at Vantage West Realty in Kelowna decided to find out the hard way and while they were at it raise some money for a great cause.

For the month of June, everyone at Vantage West went dark; they literally turned off all technology during the busiest month of the year for home sales. Opting for in-person service, Vantage went “Vintage”. For every single text message, tweet or email they were caught sending or responding to they pledged additional money towards the gospel mission. The whole concept for this experiment came about when Vantage West’s founder A. J. Hazzi took that extra step and personally delivered an offer sheet to a client in his fifties instead of faxing it or e-mailing it. He was shocked at the impact of doing it personally and not relying on the expediency of technology. “He couldn’t get over how nice it was that I took the time to deliver it personally and that is when the idea to go dark for June hit me.” says Hazzi. With last year’s June figures for residential properties sold in the Central Okanagan at $154.3 million for 391 units (Vantage West claiming a whopping $5 million of that!), any agency knows the time for sales is June and that goes without saying for Vantage, but they had enough faith in traditional communication methods, the telephone and meeting one on one, to take this 64


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experiment on in the hottest season for sales. “Are we taking a risk here?” asks Hazzi. “Sure we are. June is the largest month in real estate, we have a young, techsavvy team at Vantage West and we are seeing growing trends of web searching with homebuyers. But we are betting that personal service will win over; that when homebuyers are ready to talk to an agent, they want to do that in person. You are making one of the most important decisions in your life – where your home is.” The young realtors working at Vantage West are used to the “always-connected” lifestyle. Computers, mobile phones, the Internet, social media tools and other technologies have been a mainstay since childhood so there were bound to be many lessons learned in such a long period of time without access to all the convenient devices they have grown so accustomed to! reduced to. “Honestly, I do feel a little anxious; I’m never without my smartphone,” says Nick Hazzi, who at age 24 is the youngest agent working at Vantage. “This challenge forces us to focus on the personal relationship and that is the foundation of real estate selling. It’s also an opportunity to give back to our community and remind everyone that many don’t even have the basics in life – much less a smartphone.” With the end of the month fast approaching we decided it would be important to get some perspective on exactly how life in the dark really worked out for the agents at Vantage West Realty so we caught up with founder AJ Hazzi and were able to get his outlook on the whole project. We found that many things have changed around Vantage West, all in the name of customer service and ultimately a better client–agent relationship. Company mandate has changed as well; all offers at Vantage West Realty will be presented and negotiated in person from now on. Gone are the days of relying on a scanner back and forth which sadly, for the most part the industry has been

That is not to say that as an agency Vantage will not stay at the cutting edge of all technologies leveraging them to the fullest where either necessary or appropriate. However, “ [t] here are just some things that never change.” says AJ “There is an art to this business, negotiating the largest purchase for someone requires that you spend the extra time to present the offer face to face and read the situation.” What’s more, the agents at Vantage West have truly learned the value of a telephone call in place of text messaging as means of getting things done both with more efficiency and with fewer misunderstandings. When asked, AJ said that he has

found that: “As a society we have shifted to a place where you can carry on a chat thread that has spanned over two hours just to communicate something that a two minute call could have wrapped up. Also the amount of misunderstandings with texting is through the roof. Because most communication is not textual, people add all kinds of meaning and context to your messages…adding sarcasm or even hostility to a message that was intended to be nothing of the sort. A simple phone call fixes all of that. Better yet, connect for 5 minutes face to face, it may seem like it takes longer in the moment but it will go a long way to making sure things work out best for everyone. And believe it or not, it saves time in the end.” AJ Hazzi

AJ’s Final Thoughts:

“This was an interesting experiment to say the least. It really illuminated just how much the business world has evolved in the past decade. One thing for certain is that the professional community has no desire to return to a time without texting. This had to be the hardest one for us to accommodate. Many people become down right annoyed that you cannot just respond to them in their chosen medium. A phone call has become a highly archaic means of swapping information it would seem. On the flip side some valuable lessons on customer service were learned indeed. There are just some things that should never be replaced with technology and central among those is the art of negotiation. There is a lot of power in presenting offers in person. Personal service will always be in style, taking that extra time to go see someone is the difference between helping someone through a transaction or actually forming a lasting relationship with them. I thank everyone for humouring us through this challenging month, despite the trials and tribulations, having the opportunity to work with the gospel mission this month gave us all some much needed perspective, smart phone or not, we’ve all got it pretty good.” –AJ Hazzi

The Kelowna Gospel Mission is celebrating their 35th anniversary in transforming lives, offering food, shelter and support for those most in need. The public is also encouraged to donate in support of the campaign at

Vantage West Realty Inc 2-1329 Ellis Street, Kelowna BC, V1Y 9X5 P. 250.717.3133 T. 1-877-817-3133 E.

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“ Your body is not a temple It is an amusement park,

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COME AND EXPERIENCE OUR FULLY LICENSED RESTAURANT & PATIO ! • we serve local beer & wine! • live music on Friday nights & Saturdays! • brand-new licensed patio! • free Wi-Fi! • Sunday brunch! • all menu items are dine-in or take-out! • the carvery has nightly specials at great prices! • different themed buffet everyday! So next time you come by for your grocery shopping bring some extra time for a coffee, lunch or dinner!

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The Must Have Kitchen Essentials

The CRUSTACHE Cutter Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches never looked so good! Make three different ridiculous mustache sandwiches with this hip cutter!

Snow Cone Maker Great for your Summer Party! This machine will let you create your very own snow cones in under a minute, where it will result in perfect sized shaved ice that are able to soak up any juice or syrup that you want to add to it.

Pizza Boss Wheel Not just for carpenters! Great for pizza parties, this slicer is sure to get a round of laughs from everyone.

The Smart Toaster This toaster is not just equipped with some stylish looks, it also hosts of smart features for effortless toasting (like the exclusive Keep Warm function, which automatically keeps toast warm even if you’re not there.

Flameless Grill Smoker This is the only wood chip smoker box that generates flavor-enhancing smoke without producing flames, resulting in more concentrated, robust flavours.

MP3 BBQ Grill Thanks to a 10-watt speakern iPod or any other MP3 device connection and integrated AM/FM radio, this BBQ keeps you entertained while cooking the perfect steak!

The Nibbled Cheese Board This Cutting Board with mouse shaped knife creates a little extra fun for your next get together! The food safe silicone knife handle is disguised as a gray mouse and fits perfectly into the mouse hole at the bottom of the cheese board.

Casa Bugatti Kettle This uber-stylish, lightening fast hi-tech kettle has nothing to do with the supercar, but it will surely give you some extra attention the next time you boil water for your friends. 68


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riginally from southern England, Lee has spent his lifetime in the food trade. His epicurean journey began at a young age on the family farm in Cornwall. At age 13, Lee started his culinary apprenticeship in a neighbourhood restaurant, cooking his way up into some of the finest restaurants in London; including Michelin rated, luxury Westbury Mayfair Hotel on Bond Street.

After six incredible years Lee’s sense of adventure and passion for the sea brought him to Canada’s west coast. Landing at Vancouver’s prestigious West Restaurant as a Sous Chef, Lee mentored under celebrated Chef David Hawksworth and his discerning palate. Lee then honed his culinary skills in some of the city’s best restaurants including Chef de Cuisine at the Opus Hotel’s Elixir and Executive Chef at FigMint. A unique opportunity followed to lead the culinary program at the Heather Hospitality Group, where he opened Judas Goat, Fetch, and Everything Café designing their creative and approachable menus. Most recently, Lee was the Executive Chef of Vancouver’s foremost seafood restaurant - C. With a new addition to the family, Lee desired a return to the lifestyle of his roots and the healthy environment of an agriculture region. In the Okanagan, he’s found an extraordinary community of sustainably minded farmers, truly handcrafted microbrews, boutique wineries, and a breathtakingly beautiful valley with a more simple approach to life. “I want food we serve to be authentic yet sophisticated, with an emphasis on the bounty sourced from nearby farmers. Food should simply taste like it’s supposed to. That’s why Local Lounge • Grille is such a perfect fit as they’re all about taste,” said Chef Lee Humphries. “As a chef, the Okanagan is Nirvana. It’s an extraordinary community of sustainably minded farmers, truly handcrafted microbrews, boutique wineries, all in a breathtakingly beautiful Valley that has a laid back approach to life. It truly is farm to fork. Here Local is not just a name, but a way of living.” “We’re thrilled to have Chef Humphries lead our culinary team; his like-minded philosophy for feeding the body and soul fits with our belief that Local is about being in the moment, and experiencing the best with loved ones,” says Christa-Lee McWatters Bond of Local Lounge • Grille in Summerland. “His impeccable culinary pedigree furthers our desire for guests to come here and savour a dining experience that food lover’s dream of. MICHAEL LYON, Food Editor ICON Okanagan After studying at George Brown Culinary College in Toronto then Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa and finishing his schooling in Paris, France, Michael Lyon traveled throughout Europe and was fortunate to work with some of the most prestigious chefs in the world. He became the first chef to win back to back Gold Medal Plates, a nationwide culinary competition, and was asked to film a Food Network show for Food Network Canada. Chef Off was nominated for a Gemini Award for best reality series in 2011. Today Michael travels often and resides in Kelowna where he is actively involved with the wine and culinary scene of the Okanagan. Summer 2013



Twice cooked pork belly with avocado puree, quinoa salad, lime and cilantro Pork belly 1lb pork belly 100 grams salt 50 grams sugar 1 sprig rosemary (chopped)

2 4 5 2

sprigs thyme (chopped) cloves garlic (crushed) pcs star anise (crushed) litres veg oil

Method Mix all ingredients except veg oil. Sprinkle mixture on belly, both sides and refrigerate for 12 hours. Rinse pork belly. Place into pot and cover with veg oil. Cook at 275 for 3 hours until tender. Cool and remove from oil and set in fridge. Once cool portion into cubes, dip into tempura batter and fry until crispy

Avocado puree 2 x avocados 1 x lime Salt and pepper

Method Crush all ingredients with the back of a fork and season to Taste with salt and pepper

and bring to a simmer. 4 with 2 leftCook over)for : 1 minute. 1 gram agaroragar Refrigerate until sets into 1 gr agar sugar a jelly. Puree until smooth. Method Season with salt. Add agar to lime gel

Lime Gel

Ingredients (serves 6 .. Quinoa salad

100 grams quinoa ½ onion finely diced 2 cloves garlic minced 1 carrot finely diced 6 tbsp olive oil 100ml water

Method Cook onions, carrot and garlic in olive oil. Add quinoa. Add water and cook until boils. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove and cover withy seran wrap and allow to steep. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 5.

Situated on beautiful Lake Okanagan, Local Lounge • Grille features a relaxed atmosphere that offers an upscale casual dining menu with cuisine inspired by locally grown and sustainable ingredients. The culinary team sources the scenic Okanagan Valley farms and markets to source the freshest ingredients available for their seasonally inspired menu, which is all about TASTE. For the complete epicurean experience guests can select from more than one hundred BC VQA wines, numerous local craft beers, and an assortment of classic cocktails all from a diverse mix of Grille, waterside patio or Lounge seating options. We see ourselves as the hub of the food and wine community where winemakers dine with farmers, visitors and residents alike. Local is the place to come for honest fare crafted with sophistication washed down with a glass of the Valley’s finest. Savour the moment - at Local it’s not just our name it’s a way of living. Eat local. Drink local. Be local. 12817 Lakeshore Dr S Summerland, BC 250-494-8855

Roast chicken 4 chicken breasts frenched 4 tbsp canola oil Salt and pepper Method Heat canola oil. Season breast and sear until golden. Place in oven at 400 degrease & roast until cooked (about 8-10 min).Remove from heat and allow to rest.

Roasted chicken with corn, king oyster mushrooms, grilled green onions & chicken consommé

Corn puree 250 grams fresh corn kernels 1 medium onion diced 2 cloves garlic 250 ml whipping cream Salt and pepper Method Sweat onions and garlic. Add corn and cook for 2 minutes. Add cream and bring to a simmer. Cook until corn is tender. Season to taste. Puree & pass through fine mesh.

Chicken consommé 2 litres chicken stock 3 egg whites 1/3 of a white onion 3 cloves garlic crushed 2 sprigs thyme ½ medium carrot chopped fine 1 tsp cumin seeds whole Method Mix all ingredients in a stainless steel bowl. Add to chicken stock. Place in a stock pot and bring to the boil. As the stock heats the egg whites and vegetables will for a crust on the top of the chicken stock. Once crust is formed gently simmer stock for 30 minutes. Pass through a pcs of cheese cloth ensuring the crust isn’t broken, you will be left with a crystal clear consommé.

Mushrooms & grilled green onions 200 grams king oyster mushrooms 16 pcs green onion Summer 2013

8 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper Method Toss the mushrooms

and onions in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill on a hot grill until tender.

Wine pairing:

2011 HMC McWatters Collection Chardonnay



Smoky grilled foods aren’t hard to pair with wine! Welcome to ... an Okanagan Summer! Glorious weather, the thermometer in the 30s, a day on the beach or on the water, yes, that’s why we call this place our home! And in many ways it is the perfect season for wine. Is there anything better than spending time with friends and family, cooking some amazing food on the BBQ or lounging on the patio? Yes, it is about entertaining outdoors with great cuisine and incredible wine. We are blessed with an abundance of fantastic summer wines, so let’s see what our wine editor found for a sippin’ good time! Cheers for a glorious summer! Have fun and visit our amazing wineries!

Intrigue Wines Focus 2012 Riesling A “boutique winery making award winning wines in the Okanagan,” Intrigue Wines is one of the newer wineries in Lake Country and opened their wine shop in 2012. The story began when two couples, Jillian and Roger Wong, and Geri and Ross Davis, joined forces. Roger is the winemaker for Intrigue (and Gray Monk Winery) and joined the BC wine industry in 1995. Trained at several wineries and a VQA judge, you can see - or better yet taste - his passion in all of their wines. The “Focus” label, under which this 2012 Riesling is sold, is Roger’s certificate for a wine created with the best grape varietal for the region. Which, for the Okanagan region, he feels is RIESLING. The 2012 Riesling is a wonderful example that Canadian-made Riesling can easily compete with those from the old world. It’s subtle with the classic citrus and lime and some wonderful notes of tropical fruits. A fantastic wine for the summer, but hurry, they only produced 112 cases! At just under $20 this wine comes highly recommended and can be purchased at the winery, online and at several local Liquor Stores (please refer to their website.) Our food pairing ... how about a curry-dusted Pork Tenderloin with Mango Chutney?

Retail: $19.90

Alc./Vol.: 13.8%

Quinta Ferreira 2008 Obra Prima This wonderful red wine is a true winner! No, seriously - there’s not enough space here to list all the awards that Quinta Ferreira’s Obra Prima won. The Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery is located in the heart of Oliver, the Wine Capital of Canada, on more than 20 picturesque and sundrenched acres of vineyard on the Black Sage Bench. It is the best of two worlds, owners John and Maria Ferreira laugh, a “Canadian Wine with a Portuguese Twist.” The Ferreiras moved to Canada from their native Portugal at a young age and purchased the orchard in 1979. But the passion of wine made them convert the orchard into a vineyard, with the first grapes planted in 1999. The 2008 Obra Prima, Portuguese for “masterpiece”, is the winery’s flagship wine. A wonderful Bordeux blend it is the perfect companion to grilled meats. Its black cherry notes transition into more of coffee and sweet vanilla flavours with a nice long finish. Here’s a tip: We had the wine sit outside while we prepared the food, so the bottle warmed up a bit and we were impressed .. it definitely gets (even) better when it is a little warmer. The food we paired it with? Grilled lamb chops. Only 820 cases were made, so better get a case, enjoy a bottle or two now and cellar the rest for 3 or 4 years.

Retail: $34.90 Alc./Vol.: 13.4% 72


Howling Bluff 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon Howling Bluff Winery’s first vines were planted in 2004 at the Summa Quies Vineyard on the Naramata Bench. After giving up his career in the investment industry, Luke Smith, together with son Daniel, followed his passion producing small lots of fine wines. Since their first vintage in 2006 the father-son team and their wines have received many awards. These include two (2009 and 2011) Lieutenant Governor Awards for Excellence in BC Wine and the 2010 Wine Access Magazine Red Wine of the Year for their Summa Quies Pinot Noir. The 2012 Summa Quies Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon is sharp crisp, clean and sophisticated. “It’s taken me 5 years to get this wine back on track and I believe the wine will make new friends and old friends happy,” says Luke. It is an 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon blend from vines they planted on their Summa Quies vineyard in 2004, 2006 and 2009. 670 cases have been produced, and you should definitely get your bottles soon, we can see this one selling out fast. The wine’s flavours are best described as passion fruit with some honey and vanilla hints. It leaves this wonderfully fresh sweetness with a touch of citrus. Exotic, and simply amazing for a warm summer night. As for the food - we must admit we had it with fish and chips ... but some extremely good ones! Garlicky prawns and sharp cheeses will work well too. Howling Bluff makes only limited amounts of their wines, so to purchase this wine please refer to their website to find a Liquor or Wine Store near you.

Retail: $19.99

Alc./Vol.: 13.4%

Hainle Vineyards 2012 Grand Reserve Rosé The Deep Creek Wine Estate & Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery, located in Peachland, wrote history as being the first certified organic winery in Canada, and the birthplace of Ice Wine in North America. Their wines are traditionally handcrafted according to the Huber family wine purity law of 1856, which exceeds Canadian and International certified Organic winemaking standards. The 2012 Grand Reserve Rosé is part of the “Peachland Wild Fire Release” series. The devastating fire in 2012 had burned most of the vines on the 12 acre vineyard originally planted by former owner Walter Hainle. Another 25 acre vineyard, the Deep Creek Vineyards, was saved. It is this vineyard that the grapes for this blend of Baco Noir, Zweigelt and Gamay Noir rose’ come from. It has been lightly filtered and aged in stainless steel tanks for 6 months on the wine lees. It’s a lighter dry fruity rose’ wine which is comparable to a southern Bordeaux Rose’ with lots of youthful fruit and refreshingly balanced acidity. Although it is a great wine to drink whilst young it will age well. Oh, right, the food pairing. We must admit we had a hard time choosing the right dish here. But we found it! To be honest - we asked a Chef from Europe, and had him sample the wine. His recommendation? A creamy Polenta with roasted mushrooms! “But use milk for the polenta,” he said, “and don’t forget the Parmesan cheese!” The best way to get their wines is to drop by in their newly renovated tasting room on Trepanier Bench Road in Peachland. You can also get it at selected Liquor Stores throughout BC and Alberta, or order it online.

Retail: $24.99

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Alc./Vol.: 12.5%



Vernon Tourism Visitors Center 701 Hwy 97 S ph. (250) 545 5493

Lake Country Visitors Center #40-9522 Main Str ph. (250) 766 5670

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Okanagan Spirits Distillery

Vernon & Kelowna

Arrowleaf Cellars

1574 Camp Road

3 Ex Nihilo 1525 Camp Road 4 Gray Monk 1055 Camp Road 5

50th Parallel Estate Winery

17101 Terrace View Rd


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Ancient Hill Winery

4918 Anderson Rd

Calona Vineyards

1125 Richter St

10 Cedar Creek Estate 5445 Lakeshore Rd

11 St. Hubertus Estate Winery 5225 Lakeshore Rd.

12 Summerhill Pyramid Winery 4870 Chute Lake Rd.

13 Tantalus Vineyards 1670 Dehart Rd.

14 The View Winery 2287 Ward Rd..

15 House of Rose Winery 2270 Garner Road

16 Sperling Vineyards 1405 Pioneer Road


Okanagan Spirits Distillery

West Kelowna 20 Beaumont Family Estate Winery 2775 Boucherie Rd.

21 Kalala Estate Winery 3361 Glencoe Rd.

22 Little Straw Winery 2815 Ourtoland Rd.

23 Meadow Vista Honey Wines 24 Mission Hill Family Estate 1730 Mission Hill Rd.


Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery


Quails Gate Estate Winery


829 Douglas Rd.

3303 Boucherie Rd.

Rollingdale Winery

2306 Hayman Dr.

28 Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2845 Boucherie Rd.




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22 21

27 20 25 26

15 14 16







34 33 32

Peachland 32 Greata Ranch Est Winery

33 Hainle Vineyards 5355 Trepanier Bench

Highway 97S

Maps are for illustrative purposes only. Kelowna Tourism Visitors Center

34 Working Horse Winery

544 Harvey Ave ph. (250) 861 1515 TF:1-800 663 4345


36 8th Generation Vineyard

39 Hollywood&Wine Vyrd

37 Dirty Laundry Winery

40 Silkscarf Winery

6807 Highway 97S

9819 Lumsden Ave

7311 Fiske St

4917 Gartrell Rd.

38 Bonitas Winery 20623 McDougald Rd

5914 Gartrell Rd

41 Sonoran Estate Winery

42 Sumac Ridge Est Winery

Peachland Visitors Center

17403 Highway 97

5812 Beach Ave ph. (250) 767 2455

43 The Vinegar Works

10216 Gould Ave

TF: 1-866 955 2455

44 Thornhaven Est Winery

West Kelowna Visitors Center #4-2375 Pamela Rd. ph. (250) 768 3378 TF: 1-866 768 3378

Okanagan Connector Visitors Center 3960 Hwy 97 N

ph. (250) 767 6679

6816 Andrew Ave.

Penticton & Naramata 48 Black Widow Winery

1630 Naramata Rd.

49 D’Angelo Est Winery

979 Lochore Rd.

50 Hillside Est Winery

1350 Naramata Rd.

51 Kettle Valley Winery

2988 Hayman Rd.

52 La Frenz Winery

57 Poplar Grove Winery

1060 Poplar Grove Rd

58 Red Rooster Winery

891 Naramata Rd.

59 Ruby Blues Winery

917 Naramata Rd.

60 Bench 1775 1775 Naramata Rd.

61 Spiller Estate Winery

740 Naramata Rd.

475 Upper Bench Rd N

53 Lake Breeze 930 Sammet Rd.

170 Upper Bench Rd S

54 Lang Vineyards 2493 Gammon Rd.

940 Debeck Rd.

55 Laughing Stock

1548 Naramata Rd.

56 Mistral Est Winery

250 Upper Bench Rd.


62 Stonehill Estate Winery 63 Therapy Vineyards 64 Township 7 Vineyards

1450 McMillan Ave.

62 Stonehill Estate Winery

170 Upper Bench Rd S

63 Therapy Vineyards

940 Debeck Rd.

64 Township 7 Vineyards

1450 McMillan Ave.


Visit our feature Winery! (see pages 39-42)

65 Zero Balance Vineyards

1865 Naramata Rd.

66 Painted Rock Est Winery

400 Smythe Rd

67 Pentage Winery

4400 Lakeside Rd

68 Perseus Winery

134 Lower Bench Rd

69 Misconduct Wine Co.

375 Upper Bench Rd..

65 Zero Balance Vineyards

1865 Naramata Rd.


Summer 2013


Penticton Visitors Center

Okanagan Falls, Oliver & Osoyoos

Summerland Visitors Center 15600 Hwy 97

553 Railway Street ph. (250) 493 4055

ph. (250)494 2686

Oliver Visitors Center

Osoyoos Visitors Center

36205 93rd Street ph. (250) 498 6321 TF: 1-866 498 6321

Jct Hwy 97 & 3 ph. (250) 495 5070 TF: 1-888 676 9667

74 Meyer Family Vineyards 83 Fairview Cellars 4287 McLean Creek Rd.

13147-334th St.

75 Church & State Winery 84 Gehringer Bros Est Winery 93 La Stella Winery 31120 87th St.

13166-326 Ave (Road 8)

8123 148th Ave

76 Blasted Church Winery 85 Hester Creek Estate Winery 94 Nk’Mip Cellars 378 Parsons Rd

13163-326th Ave (Road 8)

77 Noble Ridge Vineyard 86 Inniskillin Vineyards 2320 Oliver Ranch Rd.

32074-123rd St. (Road 11)

78 See Ya Later Ranch 87 Jackson-Triggs 2575 Green Lake Rd.

38691 Highway 97N

79 Stag’s Hollow Winery 88 Le Vieux Pin


92 Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 32830 Tinhorn Creek Rd (Rd 7)

2237 Sun Valley Way

34070 - 73rd St.

1400 Rancher Creek Rd

95 Moon Curser Vineyards

3628 Highway 3 East

96 Eau Vivre Vineyards

716 Lowe Drive

97 Forbidden Fruit Winery

620 Sumac Road

80 Burrowing Owl Est Winery 89 Oliver Twist Estate Winery


98 Herder Winery & Vyds

100 Burrowing Owl Place

33013 Rd 9a

2582 Upper Bench Rd

13140 - 316 Ave (Road 13)

2686 Middle Bench Rd.

81 Cassini Cellars 90 Road 13 Vineyards 32056 Highway 97

91 Silver Sage Winery 82 Chandra Estates Winery 32032 - 87 Ave

33264-121 St

99 Robin Ridge Winery

100 Seven Stones Winery

1143 Highway 3

39 43


36 40


Maps are for illustrative purposes only.

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41 65 60 57 49

64 55 66


59 58 61 68


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68 64

62 56

82 92



85 86 81 90




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93 96, 97, 98, 99 ,100




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