Good Girl Gone Bad

The Okanagan Tattoo Show begins this evening and will run for the entire weekend.  

115 tattoo artists from across Canada and some from Mexico will all gather at the Kelowna Curling Club. 

There are six famous artists being featured, one of them being Damian Robertson from Calgary who is also raising funds and awareness for the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

A new Brewfest will also be featuring nine breweries from B.C., so you can enjoy a beer while you listen to music. 

Simps Syrups will be there also and you know them from my article a couple weeks ago. They will be having their new Caesar mix with a Back Porch Dill Pickle Vodka.  

Click the link for all the details


The Good Girl Gone Bad Pin Up Pageant that all the boys and girls have been waiting for is finally here and happening Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Tattoo Show.   

There will be eight ladies competing for this year’s title. With names like Foxy Momma, Cherry Bomb and Lady Chardonnay, I’m sure it will be a great show.  

If you don’t know pin ups, know that there is a lot of work that goes into this underground culture.


Simon Shaw will be launching Bean Counter 2.0 this Thursday at the Kelowna Yacht Club.

Bean Cruncher is custom accounting software that can create unique solutions for businesses that need to track work in the field, inventory, sales and the usual day-to-day accounting tasks.

Simon is a chartered accountant who has been programming since 1982. He has been building business software for a long time.

Any business big enough to have an accountant on staff will benefit from Bean Cruncher


On Wednesday at 3 p.m., Wild Rebel Rose Spa will be having their grand opening of their new spa location.

Erin is so excited to share this long awaited moment with everyone. She has organized wine, shopping, door prizes and exclusive package deals for you.

Even though she is known for her quick brazillian and brozillian waxes, I am told that the hot bamboo massage is the best.


On Saturday, the Kelowna Crafters Market is having their annual Cherry Festival at the Dilworth and Springfield location.  

You will be able to participate in games such as the famous cherry spitting, name the cherries, or guess how many cherries in the cherry jar and win some market dollars.

There will be a kids zone too with a colouring booth, bouncy castle, face painting and great music for all to enjoy.

I will see you there right after I come from the downtown market. I love having those streets blocked off.


Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson of Kelowna knows that there is no better way to spend a hot, summer day then watching freestyle rider Ryan Hawco and his team putting on a show.

There will also be music, barbecue, bike wash and beverages (if you know what I mean). Plus the wicked burnout competition will be in the back parking lot. You gotta see that.


Thank you to all of you for making comments about missing my video blog and it has only been gone for a week. You really know how to make a guy feel special.

It is not over; I am just taking a break for the summer. I will be back with more financial education and a lot more Okanagan adventures.

Make it a great week!


CrAsian Anniversary

Happy fourth season anniversary to CrAsian Food Truck owners Meiko and Courtney. You have had some amazing eats over the past couple years.

The CrAsian story is a short one. It all began when Courtney wanted a change of pace and Meiko was on her way to Germany.

Daydreams became plans. Plans became reality. Then a lot of hard work happened and we're living happily ever after now.

Tonight, they will be celebrating at Kettle River Brewing during the release of their new Spruce Willis White IPA release.  As always it’s a limited release so get there quick.  

On that note, congratulations to Kettle River Brewing Co. because on Sunday they will be turning one year old. 

The birthday barrel they have chosen to tap and celebrate with will be their Blonde Beer. They will be pouring samples of this from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Brightside Wedding DJs and Oranj Fitness Kelowna are bringing you the ninth annual Largest Outdoor Yoga Class this Sunday at 9 a.m. 

They will have Wes Please and Warner Jerome spinning some awesome tunes, the crew of Shine Kids Fitness Kelowna hanging with your little ones, and their friends from Glow Juicery Kelowna and Saje Wellness onsite with some free samples and high fives.

Click here for the list of instructors and DJs.

Cheers to Ben Pallet of Kitchen Sync Catering because his company turned two this week. 

Ben had a great write up talking about a wild couple of years, heaps of success that was made sweeter because of some challenging moments. 

He then thanked his family, friends and all of his guests because he knows it wouldn’t have been possible without all of you.

Give him a call for your next catering gig. You won’t be disappointed. 

Rockin the Beach happens tomorrow night at Waterfront Park. This is the first of what they hope will become an annual event and after you click here for all the details. I’m sure it will become an annual event.

Rockin the Beach is a classic rock extravaganza. There will be eight unique musical performances to raise funds for the SPCA. 

Tom Petty and Bruce Springstein tribute bands are the headliners but more classic rock artists will be showcased.  

Monday night the Kelowna Scotch and Fine Spirits Society is hosting Time Flies When Your Drinking Rum.  

This is great timing with summer upon us so if this interests you, buy your ticket and head on over to Okanagan Spirits on Bernard Monday night.

This week in my video blog I talk about being 50ish years old with the kids leaving for school or travelling and how to efficiently focus on your retirement. It’s a pretty funny video to end the season, so I hope you enjoy it.  

Make it a great week!

The Caesar, Canada's drink

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Gerry Jobe and Dave (Simps) Simpsons for creating the Simp's Serious Caesar Mix.

The two award-winning bartenders are passionate about their craft products. They are even more passionate about Canada’s national drink, the Caesar.

The mix is made with all Canadian ingredients. It is MSG free, gluten free, fish free and vegan. This comes at a perfect time when there is a major push behind purchasing local products.

Check out all their online products.  

Congratulations to Chris Priebe for celebrating the fifth anniversary of Two Hat Security. 

Two Hat Security believes that everyone should have the power to share online without fear of harassment or abuse. They make software to protect social apps and games, which all parents should be thankful for.  

Follow them on Facebook to find out how they got started and what their vision is going forward. I promise you will be impressed.  

The 2017 Sugar Plum Ball tickets are on sale and they are going fast.  

This event made international headlines last year and did not disappoint.

This year, there will be similarities. Drew Vincent of Okanagan Young Professionals has stepped it up another notch but you need to follow the posts to know what they are.  

Speaking of events almost sold out. The Rene Bourgault Legacy Golf Tournament is down to its last few tickets.

This event is Friday, July 21 and is only nine holes starting at 2 p.m. It is really more of a party then golf.

This is a great way to get out and support young professionals but you don’t need to be young to come out and play. 

You may know Shanelle Connell as the owner of Shan Design or from her blog Enjoy Life Eat Cake, but did you know she is a finalist in the 2017 Miss Universe Contest?

Shanelle is hosting the swankiest charity event of the summer. At the Kelowna Yacht Clube on July 14 from 6:30-9 p.m., you will be able to sip wine and participate in a silent auction. The proceeds will go to Operation Smiles.

It doesn’t happen to often that you’re invited to a party like this. Well, at least for me; I never get these kinds of invites. 

My social media lit up last night with excitement over the grand opening of the satellite farmers market.  

The Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market will be on downtown by The Sails from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.  

There will be hourly prizes, giveaways, and as always, local fruit, veggies, crafts and food. 
See you there.

This week in my video blog I talk about Winning by NOT Losing.

 Do you know how long it will take your investment s to recover from a correction in the market? Most people are shocked with the numbers. 

Make it a great week!


Canada's million-dollar bus

Get on the Million Dollar Bus with Ryan Lancaster. 

Today, Ryan is launching the crowd-funding campaign to sell off the entire outside of his bus. The Million Dollar Bus is an awesome national PR and fundraising initiative.

Donate to get your name, logo, picture or stamp on the Million Dollar Bus.

He has created a powerful social movement to affect change in communities all over Canada by helping dream projects come to life.

If you would like to donate or follow the story go to milliondollarbus.com.

You may only know Ryan Donn as our great city councillor, but did you know he was famous for his singing before he became city councillor. 

If you don’t believe me, you need come watch him and Lonny Eagleton on the Knowles Park stage for Parks Alive this Tuesday. 

Ingrid Dilschneider is launching Matrix Marketing Saturday in Kelowna.  

Ingrid is a leader who is dedicated and committed to her work. She has over 20 years of experience running multi-national marketing campaigns across many different industries.

This is the place where small business can afford to maintain their passion for their product, while she navigates the mystery of marketing.   

If you want to learn more, email her at [email protected] or call 250-307-7963

Owner Kathleen Treadgold has opened up the second Glow Juicery in the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation building downtown.  

This juicery has been dominating with their organic, cold-press juices. 

Go and see them for all your food needs. 

Congratulations to more award winners Rob Bauml and Caroline Radics of the Okanagan Golden Triangle Chapter. 

They were tied for first place for the 2017 Advocis Totem Pole Award.

Advocis is the Canadian Association for Financial Advisors and the premier provider of education programs for advisors. 

If you don’t know them now, you will soon because they are doing some great things.  

The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission (COEDC) has launched their Connector Program this week. 

This program is a formalized community integration program that connects newcomers, spouses and partners as well recent graduates with highly networked individuals, so they can connect to our workforce and settle successfully in the community. 

This was an award-winning program in Halifax, so it will be great to it in action here where we need these newcomers.

If you’re interested in being a Connector or you want to be connected visit their website

There are way too many cool Canada Day activities to get them all in here, so make sure to visit Castanet’s event page to find out the one that will be best for you. 

This week in my video blog I prove knowledge is power. Saving 10 per cent of your pay cheque for retirement might not be the best thing for you. 

I hope you like it and my dog.  

Make it a great Long Weekend!

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About the Author

Kevin Lavigne is a local advisor with Reid & Associates Financial Solutions creating comprehensive financial plans for individuals and small businesses.  Kevin enjoys meeting and learning about people.  He is known for his abilities to connect both people and businesses as he tries to help everyone to succeed.

Kevin graduated from the University of Guelph in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce.  He has since completed his Insurance Licence and is in the process of completing his Certified Financial Planning Designation.  He has been involved in multiple businesses and investments including tech start ups.

Kevin married his wife Amy in 2009 and they currently have 2 young daughters.  They moved from Ontario with a few stops along the way and have lived in Kelowna since 2008.   Kevin and his family enjoy the outdoors and have a great passion for Food & Wine. 

Kevin was nominated in 2014 for Kelowna’s Top 40 Under 40 because of his successful business and the financial education he provides in the community.  He is also the 2016 President of Junior Chamber International, he works with multiple non profits as well he is a mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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