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Have you driven on the highway past downtown and seen the Hyper Hippo in bright blue letters on the side of a new building?  Just like me you must have wondered what that is. 

Well this week Hyper Hippo was highlighted this week by Accelerate Okanagan.  

Hyper Hippo is a game design studio right here in Kelowna. Their games are played by millions around the world. Hyper Hippo uses a lean approach to game design. 

They have a creative and experienced team that releases a new game every month. Their Adventure Capitalist is an award winning and record breaking game. 

Hyper Hippo is the leading independent game studio thanks to its endless pursuit of fun and innovation.
 

Things happen in threes, so you shouldn’t be surprised that Deb Dunnigan and Karyn Mackenzie have opened the third Dunnenzie’s Pizza at Airport Landing.

Dunnenzie’s Pizza is known for great pizza and calzones, but yesterday I was told I needed to try their white pizzas. After reading their menu they are absolutely right, I need to try their white pizzas and so should you!

Their new location is eat in or take out and offers different lunch combo’s every day. See you there.
 

Motovida Cycle is turning three tomorrow and they are celebrating all day. 

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., they will have special pricing, food and beverages plus test rides on their Motto Guzzis and Aprilias. They will also be introducing their REV’IT motorcycle clothing and gear. 

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. join them for the birthday party with Devon Coyote playing live music in the back. Go and share this experience with others that love a life on two wheels. 
 

The third three is the announcement of the third annual Brewphoria at the Tree Beer Institute. 

Twelve breweries and 12 casks under one roof happening next Thursday from 5 p.m. to close.

Cross your fingers there are still tickets left.


Cineplex is celebrating Community Day on Saturday. You can enjoy free movies and $2.50 snacks with all the proceeds going to WE. 

WE believes that every person, everyday can better the world. They are a worldwide organization that has provided millions of volunteer hours, helped millions of people and they have built over a thousand schools overseas.

The WE movement isn’t complete without YOU.  Visit them at WE.org.
 

Congratulations to Christina Marcano because she has just launched I Dress Myself http://www.idressmyself.com/.  

I Dress Myself is a unique kids clothing company that provides all kinds of styles for kids. I wish they had the Rock and Roar Tee in my size.

Christina has been on Dragon’s Den twice and it seems like entrepreneurship runs in the family because her mom started a clothing company called Silver Icing when she was small. 

I Dress Myself has stylists right across Canada and they are always looking for more people who like to be their own boss too. Visit their website to find out more.
 

Make it a great week!



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Global leaders coming here

The Global Leadership Summit tickets have gone on sale this week.  

If you’re interested in bettering yourself our being a better leader for work or personal reasons, this is the event for you. You will get a unique blend of vision, inspiration, and practical skills you can use immediately. 

Everyone has influence, so if this is an area you would like to focus, don’t let cost get in the way. Please contact the organizers to make it happen.

Leverage the summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community. 

Visit their website for a list of speakers, and to purchase tickets. 
 

CREW Marketing Partners is heading to Ontario. 

Congratulations to Josh Cairns and Braden Douglas for growing their company even further.

CREW Marketing Partners is a professional marketing services firm that is serving consumer goods, real estate, manufacturing and the professional services market. 

Their mission is simple — Help Organizations WIN with marketing. Visit their website to see if they are a fit for your company. 
 

Three Wishes Clothing Boutique has returned to Kelowna’s Pandosy retail corridor after a 10-year hiatus.

Owner Pat Currie has two other locations in Penticton and decided to close the store because it was so difficult travelling from Penticton, due to the construction in Summerland and Peachland back in 2007. 

It was her customer’s constant requests for her to re-open in Kelowna and the opportunity to thrive on Pandosy that made her jump at the chance to bring casual, career and special occasion fashion back to Kelowna.

Three Wishes has been run by Pat for 23 years, so go visit her and she was what she has to offer.


The Harvest Classic Hunter/Jumper Show has started and will be running all weekend at the Kelowna Riding Club. 

This is the last show of 2017 at the Kelowna Riding Club and they have revamped the entire line up of classes and events to make it extra special this year. 

Go and check it out


Maxine DeHart's United Way Drive Thru Breakfast is happening Thursday. 

I’m sure you know that you can drive, bike or run through, make your donation and pick up your breakfast bag filled with goodies and surprises. 


The 30th Annual Business Excellence Awards will be happening this coming Thursday. 

This is the Chamber's biggest event of the year and one you don’t want to miss. 

Good luck to all nominees! This has been a long road for you. 


Land Rover Kelowna is launching the Range Rover Velar this Thursday evening at Tantalus Vineyards in East Kelowna. 

Be one of the first to see the newest Range Rover while enjoying some great wines and appies. 

Visit their Facebook page to see the prizes you can win, and also to RSVP. 


There is not too many events planned this Sunday and Monday, so make sure to take in all the friends, family and turkey as you can.

Make it a great week!



Kelowna's local successes

Congratulations to Ryan Lee the president and CEO of Three Point Capital as the company is now accepting investors. 

This was started back in February, so we can only imagine the hard work your team has put into building this.

Three Point Capital is strong, stable mortgage investment fund right here in Kelowna. Their primary investment objective is to provide a strong and stable dividend secured by their careful investments in mortgage loans.

Visit their website to see their team and the all the resources they provide. 

 

Congratulations to Alex Miller, CEO of Visland Media Inc., because the first episode of Sellers Market appeared last night on Chek TV. 

Castanet has already posted the link to watch it. 

Visland Media Inc. is a development and distribution company for a new age of television and film. Really, they are transforming the conventional development and distribution of high quality media content. 

Get to know this company because they are booming. 

 

Canadian Business Magazine just published Canada’s Top Growth Companies and three Kelowna companies made the list. 

No. 1 was Strawhouse Inc, 5 Point Operations came in 12th and Refresh Financial finished 19th on the list.

Visit Accelerate Okanagan's Blog to read more about each local company and to see the entire list.  

Why your searching through their blog, read the Bananatag start-up story as I am sure they will be top of this list soon as well.

 

Surf Side California Food Truck owners Ian and Heidi are hosting a food truck and craft beer event next Thursday, Oct. 5.   

This rally is being hosted in the North End, so you can expect to see Little Tokyo, Artisto, CrAsian, TNT and obviously Surf Side California. 

Red Bird Brewing, Kettle River Brewing and Tree Brewing will be showcasing their beers. 

 

Tomorrow is opening day for the corn maze and pumpkin patch at McMillan Farms

McMillan Farms was started in 1950, but the pumpkin patch was started in 2004 by grandkids Ron and Colleen. That year, they only had 100 pumpkins and today they produced several thousand.

If you haven’t been here, make sure to add this to your Halloween activities and book your hay ride as soon as you get there so you don’t miss out.

 

The second annual Tree Brewing Oktoberfest is Saturday from open to close.  

You will get to try the Oktoberfest Beer that has been barrel aging since March. They will have German inspired food, games, prizes and German music. 

I’m also told that one of the Beer Geeks will be in lederhosen two sizes to small. They probably lost a fantasy football bet. 

Get your Oktoberfest hat and dust off your alpenhorn and join them sometime on Saturday.

 

Since it is mushroom season, Start Fresh Kitchen has started the Okanagan Mushroom Festival.

They are celebrating with a mushroom foraging trip. They will also be hosting educational talks and showing you how to grow your own mushrooms. To top it all off they will be welcoming you into their kitchen for an amazing fungi-inspired meal.

Each event has limited amounts of tickets so get yours early. 

 

If you’re looking for a place to party after work today, DJ Invizible is at the Perch Cafe from 4-7 p.m. 

This way you can start your weekend off right with some music, drinks, snacks and literally dancing on the roof top. 

Make it a great week!



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Socializing and memories

Congratulations to Jason Boyer as he is the new the owner of Xchange Kelowna. 

Xchange is small and lively lounge. Everything Jason does is to encourage socializing and creating memories for friends and family.  

If you haven’t been to Xchange yet, know that it is different because the kitchen is in the heart of the restaurant and they will smoke anything, even their drinks. 

It is their smoked wings that has made their Monday night football events the place to be. Your vegan won’t need to worry because they smoke cauliflower and prepare it the same way they do their wings. 

I think the cauliflower is better than their wings, but you can decide for yourself next Monday. 

Xchange is the recipient of the 2017 certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor, so make a reservation before heading in.   

They cater, accept large groups and host events throughout the year, so check out their website.  
 

Mel Breitkreutz and Chelsea Harrison of HIITit.ca are changing things up and bringing the HIITit community all together for a night of fun.

These successful working moms have been featured on Castanet many times, they have been on TV and so many other publications for their commitment to health and fitness. 


Scenic Road Cider Co is excited to be hosting Appleooza again this Saturday. 

This is where B.C.’s cideries come together and allow us to taste all their great creations over the year.  

Visit their Facebook page to see who’s coming. Food trucks will be on site serving food pairings, too.
 

I don’t know how I missed this one, but it sounds fun.

The Freaken Farmer Obstacle Adventure Race is this Saturday morning at Covert Farms. 

They say that there is a Freaken Farmer in all of us, so visit their Facebook page to see all their options for people of all ages to compete. 

There will be a farm to table organic feast with Okanagan beer and wine. The after party will also have live music too.
 

John Skinner of Painted Rock Winery will be hosting their Harvest Dinner Oct. 7. 

He has welcomed Ben Pallet of Kitchen Sync Catering to prepare a delicious and hardy fall meal paired with their best wines.

You’ve seen me rave of Ben before and it is because his philosophy is to achieve balance and synchronization in his food by growing and harvesting many of his own ingredients. 

Event transportation is available as well, so visit their website to find out how to purchase tickets.


The fourth Annual Strong Community Family Fest is being held at the Parkinson Recreation Centre tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be face painters, rock-climbing wall, photo booth, balloon twisters, clowns, classic games, swimming pool access passes, crafts, and a free barbecue.

Go on down and join the fun and bring your friends.
 

If you're still looking for something to do this weekend, you can go and cheer on the participants of The Marathon of Sport in City Park this Saturday, attend HopScotch which has a craft brewing section this year or head over to the Rockets home opener.

Lastly remember the Change of Command Parade happens this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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.



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