A grenade pouch on a military replica motorcycle repurposed to carry an iPhone.

What a genuius idea.

Brent Giesbrecht, the owner of new Kelowna motorcycle customizing shop, Motovida, is full of such innovations.

For instance, his customization of a Kawasaki W650 for photographer Darren Hall includes a monochromatic paint job to mimic camera film.

The project has been profiled on motorcycle buff website, silodrome.com.

The custom job on a 2011 Royal Enfield caught the eye of another online mag, pipeburn.com and the refurbished 1969 Norton British bike in the showroom is getting lots of admiring examinations.

Up until last month, Giesbrecht owned and operated Sun Country Boat & RV Storage and customized motorcycles on the side in his garage.

He sold the storage business and opened Motovida at 1254 Ellis St. (in the brick building beside Flashbacks) to follow his passion.

The space has service and maintenance in the back and an apparel and accessories shop in the front.

For a myriad of charity work and community service, ranging from finding homes for abandoned dogs to raising money for a young paraplegic, Kelowna’s Darryl Reuter of Royal LePage has won the 2014 Realtors Care Award.

“Darryl is a worthy recipient of this award,” said Anita Clegg, Central Okanagan executive for the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board.

“He is being recognized by his peers and acknowledged by residents of this

community for his energeti and ongoing support for worthwhile causes in the Kelowna area.”

Reuter helps Homes for Hounds, the Longhaul Adventure Race to raise money for those with addictions, Food Fight to collect food for the Kelowna Food Bank, fundraisers that saw $130,000 go to a young paraplegic and assist a paralyzed athlete, online auction for an ALS sufferer, Motionball for Special Olympics funding, and Santa Pub Crawl to sponsor needy families.

Reuter was also a recent finalist for the City of Kelowna’s Fred Macklin Memorial Award for man of the year.

The Realtors Care program also recognized three other Central Okanagan realtors for outstanding community involvement: Jane Hoffman from Coldwell Banker, Brent Pay of Century 21 and Jerry Redman from ReMax.

“Congratulations for being good public citizens and caring about your local and global communities,” said Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board president Darcy Griffiths.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is coming out against the B.C. Federation of Labour’s call for a $15-an hour-minimum wage in the province.

Currently, the minimum is $10.25.

“Calls for a $15 minimum wage represents an almost 50 per cent increase in labour costs for businesses,” said chamber president Curtis Darmohray, who is also a lawyer with Pushor Mitchell.

“Simply put, this can threaten the very viability of many small businesses particularly in the service sector.”

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson supports the federation’s push for a higher minimum wage.

Steve MacNaull is a business reporter and columnist with The Okanagan Saturday. Reach him at steve.macnaull@ok.bc.ca.

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