Best wedding cake in B.C.

Did you see that the Whisk Cake Company has doubled in size? 

I’m not surprised. When you win the Best Wedding Cake in B.C., you just expect it.

Obviously, owner Tanya Garratt specializes in wedding cakes, but she is also known for her detailed, hand-sculpted, celebration cakes too. 

The bigger locations now has ice cream, waffle cones and she offers cake classes of all kinds.

Tanya is a member of the Canadian Cake Decorators Guild and the Baking Association of Canada. 

She is a Red Seal chef that took her around the world, but it was a job in a bakery that she realized her true calling. 

Read he entire bio on her website

You have to check out her Facebook page to see all her incredible creations and book her for your wedding or next big celebration.

Speaking of wonderful things, did you see that Freshii has opened up at the new Kelowna Airport Plaza? 

Philip Patara is bringing this franchise to Kelowna and they will be offering fresh food that is made in house every day.  

Freshii was created by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta because he loved the mom-and-pop shops with their fresh dishes, but they didn’t have the proper branding and service.

You need to check out their website to see the variety of wonderful food they will be offering. 

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Okanagan Centre (RASCOC) invites the public to join them to observe the Aug. 21 partial solar eclipse from the Kelowna Curling Club from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

RASCOC will have approved solar eclipse glasses and a number of special solar telescopes to allow safe observing of the sun, and to see sunspots on the solar surface and bright, red prominences around the edge.

I am going to be there because I have been told my whole life not to look at the sun, but who knew they had special glasses/ 

The new Porsche dealership owned by Wayne Wyant is almost complete. 

It's finished enough to host the 100 men who give a damn this past week though.

The Wyant Group operates 17 dealerships across Western B.C . They obviously know what they are doing.  

John Bokitch will be managing this impressive 20,000-square-foot building. Make your way over to see this new location and purchase your new car. 

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and the Kelowna Kasugai Agricultural Expo have teamed up to bring you Commerce Connex on Wednesday. 

This event is from 3-7 p.m. at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. 

Make sure to secure your tickets right away as this will be a great evening.  

BDO is pleased to announce the promotion of Allison Francis, CPA, CA to manager, assurance and accounting.

Allison recently moved to Kelowna from BDO’s Burlington, Ont., office and has over five years of experience.

BDO also welcomes Jason Granger, CPA, CA on board as a manager in its private enterprise group.

Jason and his family recently relocated from Vancouver. He has extensive experience as an accountant in private industry, and public practice where he worked closely with clients in a variety of sectors.

For your personal or business accounting needs, don’t hesitate to contact Allison, Jason, or any of BDO's professionals at their Kelowna office at 250-763-6700.

Don’t forget about the Starlight Movie in City Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and don’t forget to bring some money for donations and snacks. 

Make it a great week!


Hopeful Cafe, Oil Changes

Sun Valley Fellowship is hosting the second Annual Hopeful Cafe and Oil Change this Sunday. 

This event provides single moms, struggling families and the elderly with oil changes. They will also clean your car inside and out while you enjoy a beautiful breakfast.

How awesome!

Go out and support them.

Praise the lords Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria is opening today. 

They have teased us with their signs at Sopa Square for a long time now and I couldn’t be happier they are ready to go.  

Famoso is known for its crust and fresh ingredients. I don’t know how to explain the crust, but it soft and crispy all at the same time. 

Owners Liz Markulin and Seth Carlyle will be hand tossing this from 11 a.m. until midnight every day. 

Go and check them out.  

Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen is turning 16 this Saturday. 

Sue Miller is the owner and maitre’d and, if you know Sue, you know she is going to celebrate with a huge party.

Ricardo’s is tucked away on a quiet road just outside Kelowna, but it is known for it’s fabulous authentic dishes that echo the Italian countryside and the Mediterranean basin. 

It doesn’t get any fresher then Ricardo’s.

Sue is inviting all of you to join her for a night of dancing, dining, drinking and gifts for all.

Pihl Law Corporation has partnered with Brain Trust Canada for the Third Annual Paddle for Prevention happening this Sunday morning at Rotary Beach.

Whether you have a grudge match to settle or you're a first-time participant, the festivities are guaranteed to be memorable.  

The race is on to win the coveted gold paddle now hanging in the offices of True Dental.

Two Wolves Brewing is now in town.

This a new brewery out of Vancouver taking the Okanagan by storm. They have been actively supporting events and fundraisers and it  can now purchase it at both Bacaro and MTL.

Five cents of every Blonde and Black Ale goes to help wolf preservation efforts across Canada.

Meadow Vista Honey Wines is hosting Friday night markets during August.

Every Friday from 4-8 p.m., you will see multiple local vendors, local food, live music and of course some honey wines.

Visit their Facebook page to see each weeks vendor. 

Make it a great week!

Professionals giving back

A huge congratulations to Ty Summach and Alan Schuler because their company ProSmart just went public this week.  

It is the first Accelerate Okanagan client to hit the TSX as well.

ProSmart is a Kelowna-based media company focused solely on the sports software marketplace.

ProSmart supports coaches, managers, teams, players and families in over 1,500 registered governing bodies and associations spanning 100 different countries with a platform that blends player, coaching, and team development content supported by a diverse suite of team management tools.

You can read all the details on Accelerate Okanagan’s blog page.

Accelerate Okanagan also announced Nido Design Inc. to their new VAP (Venture Accelerate Program) this week.

Nido Design Inc. is one of the largest Net Zero (Passive House) design and consulting companies in North America and they are looking to revolutionize the construction sector.

The Kelowna-based startup (formerly known as Brett Sichello Design) is transitioning to provide a one-stop-shop including design, construction of prefabricated building envelopes, onsite construction management, and ongoing client care.   

You can also check that out on Accelerate Okanagan's blog page.  

Happy fifth anniversary to Pulp Fiction Coffee house.  

Max and Gloria Sloan, in my opinion, have created a unique coffee shop, so you must go see it for yourself.

I understand they have a new Nitro coffee that, when poured, looks like a pint of Guinness, so I assume it is for both coffee and beer connoisseurs.  

If coffee is not your thing, then kombucha and milk shakes are the next popular items.

If you need a break from business then come hang out with Kelowna Cruises Sunday night because Mike Wiald is hosting a party cruise. 

There will be two dance floors rocking the Boardroom from 7:45-11 p.m. 

The Okanagan Feast of Fields is next Sunday, Aug. 13, and only a few tickets remain.  

This is one of my favourite events of the year, so mark it on your calendar.

Feast of Fields is a three-hour, wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks.

With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, guests stroll across a farmer's field, travelling from tent to tent.

The 2017 Okanagan Dream Rally is this Sunday.  

The Okanagan Dream Rally hopes to provide special children and their families with an incredibly fun-filled experience of being in the hot seat of a dream car for a day. 

Spectators are welcome to join the excitement of the Okanagan Dream Rally starting at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 by the Sails on Bernard Ave in downtown Kelowna. 

Don’t forget about Coast Capital Savings Canada 150 Fireworks celebration happening Saturday night.

Make it a great week!


There's no place like home

Litia Wilson is shaking things up with her new home cleaning business Peachy Clean.  

You know how the old saying, "There's no place like home" right, but Litia believes it’s time for change, so the new saying will be, "There's no place like a clean home."

Peachy Clean understands that a clean home is much more than just a dust and mop.

They pride themselves on service and exceeding expectations. They understand it’s the small things that have the biggest impact, in that way they aim to leave no fruit unturned in making sure your home shines and is always Peachy Clean.

CBC just reported that a UBC and Harvard study found that time makes people happier than buying material things.  

I could have probably saved them a lot of money by sending them my first video, and maybe you should contact Peachy Clean so you can get some time back yourself.

Happy one-year anniversary to The Beauty and Shave Parlor.  

Courtnay Scott created this new upbeat salon on Yates Road after extensive training took her from New York to L.A..  

It is modern salon for today’s man and woman that offers a full range of classic barbering services.  

You need to check out the website because it is too much to list what Courtnay, Ashleigh and Nicole all specialize in but let me tell you they know what they are doing.

Go celebrate with their awesome staff at their retro shop Saturday evening.  

Congratulation to Dr. James Whillans and Dr. Nicole Barbary because they are celebrating 10 years of changing and saving lives through Wellness Chiropractic this Saturday.

LifeWorks Family Chiropractic focuses on improving the performance of your nervous system so that you can reach higher levels of health, vitality and joy. Not your average chiropractor, eh?

Come and join them this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2.p.m. They will be having an outdoor barbecue with live entertainment, fun activities for the kids and an opportunity for you to send in your friends and family for a check-up for only $10.  

It’s all coming up Koren this week.
The Kore Four dreams became reality this past month as Kennedy and I became owners alongside their parents Suzann and Tony Koren.  

The Koren family are so excited for this new venture that they are inviting all of us to celebrate with them at their grand opening this Saturday.

Champagne will start pouring at 4 p.m. near the Delta Grand.

Center of Gravity is back this weekend.  

If you recall, last year I needed to look up some of the headliners and that made me feel a little bit older than I wanted to, but this year I am all good because Snoop Dogg is performing Saturday night.  

COGFEST 2017 will still have all the fan favourite sports again this year; beach volleyball, basketball, freestyle motocross, skateboarding, and BMX, plus another lineup of today’s hottest artists performing across two stages, and much, much more. 

This is an amazing summer must do event.

Don’t forget about the Sugar Plum Ball this Saturday night.

It is circus themed so I am sure the pictures are going to be even more glorious then last year. 

Make it a great week!


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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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