Plant-based comfort food is not an oxymoron.

Connie Marples, who used to live in Kelowna and Penticton and now owns Boosh Food in Vancouver, proves this with five fresh-frozen, heat-and-serve, meatless entrees that are now available at all Safeway grocery stores in B.C.

"People are looking for plant-based options that are delicious and convenient," said Marples, who graduated from Penticton Secondary School some 40 years ago and owned and operated the Vintropolis Wine Bar in downtown Kelowna in the 2000s.

"You don't need to be on a vegan or vegetarian diet to want to include more plant-based foods in your life. Many of our most devoted fans are meat eaters. Our goal is to provide healthy, delicious meals, available fast, creating the opportunity to eat more plants and less meat and dairy."

Boosh, which is a play on the French word bouche for mouth, started as a home-delivery meal service, but quickly morphed into a frozen retail concept when Marples realized she was onto something.

The deal with Sobeys is a big one and puts Boosh entrees in the frozen-food section of all its Safeway and Thrifty stores provincewide.

All dishes are created from Marple's tried-and-true recipes.

The single-serve options are bowl-style and include coconut curry cauliflower and vegetable bolognese with Beyond Meat.

The entrees that serve two all feature Beyond Meat and include penne alfredo bolognese, Middle East feast and shepherd's pie.

Beyond Meat, of course, isn't animal meat at all, but a pea, rice and bean protein that looks, cooks and satisfies like real meat.

"When I has my first taste of a Beyond Meat Burger, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for," said Marples.

"I wanted to include some comfort classic foods like shepherd's pie and thick, rich sauces for pasta."

"With the plant-based food sensation continuing to grow, we believe in Boosh Food's tremendous potential and we look forward to sharing their healthy plant-based options with our customers," said Sobeys local development manager Travis Shaw.


As the name indicates, Happipad wants you to be happy in your pad.

So, the Kelowna-based company has launched an online roommate matchmaking service that makes it safe and easy for homeowner with a spare room to find compatible renters.

Like a dating site, Happipad's serve helps people establish connections to assess their compatibility before moving in together.

The service helps homeowners earn extra income and renters save on rent, all the while providing both parties with peace of mind.

Happipad supports both homeowners and renters through the entire process by providing background screening, automated legal contracts, rent collection and payment and conflict support.

Happipad is now available to anyone in B.C. who has a spare room or is looking for affordable accommodation.

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More than a business, Happipad prides itself as an innovator encouraging home-sharing solutions to address housing affordability and social isolation.

Homeowners and renters can request to share with someone of a similar age or a different generation, who is compatible in terms of culture, language, personality, lifestyle and living habits.


Usually, no one buys and sells real estate over the summer at Big White Ski Resort.

However, this July, 14 homes changed hands, making it the busiest July for real estate in 15 years.

"Previously, buyers would shop in the fall and during the (winter) season," said Royal LePage agent Gary Turner.

"Now, in order to get the right property, buyers are acting as soon as property comes on the market."

What's changed is that Big White is more of a year-round resort with mountain biking, hiking, festivals and hotels and restaurants open in the summer in addition to the traditional winter high season for skiing and snowboarding.

As well, potential buyers are looking for vacation homes online all the time.

Currently, there are 107 properties for sale at Big White — 25 plots of land and 82 homes ranging from condominiums and townhouses to chalets big and small.

A dozen of the listings, mostly condos, are in the $450,000 to $500,000 price range and 12 are over $1 million, mostly chalets.

The most expensive listing at the resort, $5.3 million, is White Spirit Lodge, which is billed as Canada's most luxurious log cabin.


Over nine weeks this summer, Pizza Hut customers and workers bought symbolic paper sneakers to take part in the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes.

In all, the 51 restaurants in the chain in B.C. raised $104,912.

The contribution from the three Central Okanagan Pizza Huts in Kelowna, Rutland and West Kelowna amounted to $4,169.

All the money benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which has a mission of preventing, treating and finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, the version of the disease that affects youth and is treated with insulin injections and a healthy lifestyle.

Last year, the foundation recognized Pizza Hut for consistently achieving higher fundraising goals year after year.

In the 12 years Pizza Hut has partnered with the foundation, the restaurants have raised almost half-a-million dollars.

About 300,000 Canadians are affected by Type 1 Diabetes, in which the body produces little or no insulin, resulting in difficulty regulating blood sugar.


London Drugs doesn't just recycle, it traces all the materials to make sure they are recycled properly, responsibly and locally, whenever possible.

London Drugs' What's the Green Deal recycling program has been going for a decade now with the store recycling packaging materials the products are shipped in and accepting packaging from customers from the goods they buy.

Soft and flexible plastics that London Drugs collects goes to RecycleBC to be made into new plastics.

Cardboard goes to Cascades Recovery in Kelowna to be turned into consumer-use paper products.

Batteries go to Call2Recycle and styrofoam is sent to Foam Only.

Recycling electronics is more complicated.

Computers, phones and other devices have their hard drives destroyed and data erased so information doesn't end up in the wrong hands.

And then electronics go to eCycle and GEEP for recycling or repurposing.


Steve MacNaull is a reporter at The Daily Courier. Email: