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Eat Clean in Kelowna

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Shane Scott and his family learned the hard way there are things in life that you cannot control.

Losing their house in the Fort McMurray, Alta., wildfires three years ago is a prime example of that.

What you can control, however, is what you put in your body, which is why Scott and his family have opened up a new restaurant called Eat Clean Kelowna, located at 1455 Harvey Ave. The restaurant serves up only healthy food, and it has a wide range of good eats that cater to every member of society.

“The reason why I started to get this going is because most communities don’t have an eating establishment that caters to many different walks of eating cultures,” Scott says. “Most places paint you with the same brush. We have a vast menu that includes keto, vegan vegetarian, Paleo, free athletic, body build and weight loss.

“The reason why we do that is because we want to be able to feed everybody. We realize that not everybody’s the same. You have athletes right to palliative care and everyone in between.”

A large part of Eat Clean Kelowna’s business is meal preparation. Clients are encouraged, of course, to come in and try the food in the restaurant, and then they can choose what they want for their prepared meals. All the restaurant needs is a day’s notice to prepare the order, which must be for a minimum of 10 days.

Athletes and busy parents are big consumers of their prepared meals.

“We give you the option of what you want,” Scott says. “So you would come in and pick your protein, vegetable and carbohydrate all by weight, based on what your specific lifestyle, fitness goal or medical condition is.”

Its beef is grass fed, its chicken has no hormones or antibiotics, and the produce is organic.

“We do not have a deep fryer in our establishment,” Scott says. “We bake, steam and grill everything in olive oil, and it’s all made by hand with regards to our sweet potatoes and patties. The only salt you’re going to see is on the tables out front.”

One thing that Scott loves to do is bring skeptics into his restaurant and show them that healthy food can be delicious, too, noting Eat Clean Kelowna’s steak tastes just like factory-farmed beef.

“Don’t peg it as a normal, healthy shop where it’s very bland,” Scott says. “We’ve actually had a few other people converting over from other meal-prep companies for the simple fact that they were lacking in flavour. With us, it’s literally delicious. I ate for two and a half years up north, and I would continue doing it for the rest of my life.”

The restaurant is putting together a rewards program, and customers will soon be able to order their prepared meals online. Scott has also reached an agreement with Skip the Dishes so clients can get the food delivered right to their door.

Scott is loving life right now, and he hopes the Okanagan will see the benefit in eating healthy while at the same time supporting a family-run business.

“Me and my family have been through quite a bit since the Fort Mac fire, and we absolutely believe in this concept, and this community has been asking for this kind of a service for many years,” he says. “It’s been well received, and I just want to let them know that my family and I certainly appreciate the support that they can provide for us.

“We’re just here to improve things within the community, keep the health trend and the healthy culture going within the community. It’s absolutely beautiful.”



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ONE Water Street gets artsy

When ONE Water Street developers were going through the process of getting their building permits, one thing the City of Kelowna asked of them was to make the streetscape interesting.

So the developers pulled the fronts back on Sunset Drive to make way for landscaping and patios, but they are now going the extra mile in honour of where the towers are located downtown.

North American Development Group and Kerkhoff Industries are offering $195,000 to an artist to create an elaborate art piece along Sunset Drive at the base of the massive project. They received 29 submissions of interest from artists across North America and have narrowed the group to a final five.

The winner will be unveiled in July.

“It’s pretty comparable to some of the larger projects the city’s been involved with over the years,” NADG development partner Russ Watson says. “We think we are going to be able to really add some interest to that portion of Sunset Drive and really anchor the north end of the Cultural District, because that’s really what we are.”

The five finalists—three from B.C. and two from other provinces—each received a stipend to create a proposal for the final vote. Watson, who is part of the selection committee, said the finalists’ projects are all unique. One use wood, another incorporates light and a third is an interactive piece.

“We could end up having two artists involved,” Watson says. “We could have a wall mural and a street piece. We don’t know.”

The selection committee includes representatives from the city, the development group and a community member with an art background. Watson, who says he isn’t an art expert, is having a blast choosing the winning bid.

“The process is fun,” Watson says. “I got to review 29 North American artists and their work. No way I would’ve ever had that experience if it wasn’t for this project.

“We’re just waiting for these five submissions. We’re quite excited to see them, and it’ll be fun with our committee hopefully picking one that the city will really embrace.”

ONE Water Street will consist of two towers full of two- and three-bedroom lake-view condominiums, elevated townhomes, sub-penthouses and a live-work collection. Perhaps the highlight of the project is The Bench, a 1.3-acre, landscaped, fourth-floor podium that will feature outdoor swimming pools, fire pit enclaves, a health club, a yoga and Pilates studio, and an entertainment room.



Say Cheers for the Years

Funerals aren’t going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean celebrations of life isn’t a growing business.

More people are wanting to have a party after the funerals of their loved ones and friends. In fact, a Kelowna couple is banking on that.

Allen and Christine Ransome are the husband-and-wife team behind Cheers for the Years, a new business that helps anyone throw a party for their recently deceased friends or family members.

“The traditional funeral will always be there, and we’re just trying to talk about the best parts of a life,” Allen Ransome says. “You get the eulogy at the funeral, and everybody’s really sad. It’s time for final closure.

“A celebration of life, even though it’s about a deceased loved one, is for the living. It’s for the people that are left behind who really want to talk about great things.”

The Ransomes came up with Cheers for the Years after watching one of their close friends pass away in March 2018. The man’s wife hosted a celebration of life a few months later, and the Ransomes realized there was nothing like it in the Okanagan.

“It had such a profound effect on us,” Allen says.

The retired investment manager put together a business plan, conducted some focus groups and eventually launched his new venture.

Anyone wishing to throw a celebration of life will sit down with the Ransomes and go through a proprietary questionnaire in an effort to customize the event right down to the last detail. Cheers for the Years will take care of everything, including securing the venue, videographer and photographer, along with creating pamphlets, favours and picture collages.

Think of it as a wedding without the stress.

“A celebration of life is a lot less (money),” Allen says, “and I don’t think the memories ever go away.”

Allen also realizes the population is aging at a remarkable pace, especially in B.C., and more people want to celebrate their loved ones instead of saying goodbye throughout the staid, depressing and stressful funeral process.

“We’re trying to separate ourselves from the funeral industry,” Allen says. “We don’t really want to deal with the mourning part. We really want to deal with the happiness and the happy memories.”

More people are pre-planning their own celebration of life as they would want their friends and family to remember them by. Cheers for the Years offers pre-planning events as well to accommodate them.



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RV Wars comes to Kelowna

Three of the Okanagan’s biggest RV companies are going to war in Kelowna this weekend, but the winner will definitely be the customers who show up to watch the battle.

RV Wars is a four-day event in which three RV companies bring some of the best tent trailers, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels and motorhomes to the Orchard Park Shopping Centre parking lot, and attempt to outsell each other.

“By doing it this way, it’s allowed us to save money by hosting our own show and passing the savings along to our customers,” Traveland RV general manager Tyler Steel says.

Traveland RV, which is in West Kelowna, is being joined by Kelowna’s Country RV and Vernon’s Mike Rosman RV. The businesses have invited all the factory reps to attend the event so they can answer any questions potential buyers might have. There will be on-site financing to make the process even easier for consumers.

“It is more convenient for our customers to have us all in one place rather than driving from one end of the valley to the other in order to see the inventory in person,” Steel says.

The event started on Thursday and will continue until Sunday. The gates will be open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Wars are being held on the part of the Orchard Park Shopping Centre parking lot that is on the northwest corner of Springfield and Dilworth—directly across the street from the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market.

“This is geared for the customers’ benefit,” Steel says. “We have a food truck here. The manufacturers have helped out with rebates that allows us to have some of the most aggressive pricing of the year.

“Customers are going to be able to get a deal through the manufacturer that they wouldn’t normally be able to get.”

The dealers have brought more than 100 units to RV Wars, and they range in price from $14,000 to $350,000, which means there is something for everyone—from those who want to do family camping on the weekend to those who want to live full-time in a motorhome.

There is no cost to get into RV Wars.



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