Local Business

Amy Hughes behind the counter of her new location of Bound To Be Different on Willow Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Bound To Be Different undergoes a face lift in new location

Customers like what they see from Amy Hughes’ revamped business

Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Lori Littlejohn offers a variety of essential oils and other products, with more in store, at her Oak Street business location. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cosmo opens up a whole new world for Littlejohn

Yoga teacher already familiar with essential oils and other products

Bound To Be Different current location on Chemainus Road. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Two Chemainus businesses changing spaces

Doc The Barber relocates a few doors down, Bound To Be Different on the move soon

Bound To Be Different current location on Chemainus Road. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Morgan McLeod outside Govinda’s Thrift Store on Oak Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New thrift store bridges the gap on Old Town block

Govinda’s owner McLeod returns a portion of proceeds to charity

Morgan McLeod outside Govinda’s Thrift Store on Oak Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Free marketing boost for Cowichan businesses selling local products

One-year Island Good licence being offered

  • May 22, 2021
Cowichan Valley Regional District.
Sterling Aurel with lavender mask spray and Kristie Anne holds bug spray that are among the numerous lavender products they have available. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Product line keeps growing from lavender gardens

Creative couple’s developing business leads to opening of retail location

Sterling Aurel with lavender mask spray and Kristie Anne holds bug spray that are among the numerous lavender products they have available. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Yellow Sub Machine has been open for business for nearly two months. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Pandemic pivot leads to the creation of the Yellow Sub Machine for gourmet sub grub

Former Odika owners stake their claim in the food truck business

The Yellow Sub Machine has been open for business for nearly two months. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A selection of frozen foods are being offered from the Playbill Dining Room. (Photo submitted)

Freezer foods available to support the theatre

Select items available for pick-up at the gallery gift shop

A selection of frozen foods are being offered from the Playbill Dining Room. (Photo submitted)
The doors finally swing open to the public Friday for Violet Wild Cannabis owners Terra Maibach, left, and Sonja Riddle. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Opening day for Violet Wild becomes a reality on 4/30

Sisters happy to finally be serving the public at Chemainus business

The doors finally swing open to the public Friday for Violet Wild Cannabis owners Terra Maibach, left, and Sonja Riddle. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Bonnie Liu, left, and Marijke Dubinsky outside the Bonnie Martin restaurant with take-out food. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Restaurants and pubs require takeout and patio dining support more than ever

Chemainus establishments coping with restrictions in different ways

Bonnie Liu, left, and Marijke Dubinsky outside the Bonnie Martin restaurant with take-out food. (Photo by Don Bodger)
An awning was added to the Chemainus Library as a final part of construction. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Two Chemainus buildings finalists for commercial awards

Cottages on Willow and Chemainus Library on VIREB list

An awning was added to the Chemainus Library as a final part of construction. (File photo by Don Bodger)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Chemainus Business Improvement Association president Chris Istace. (Photo by Don Bodger)

CBIA’s vital role in the community set to be renewed for another three years

Many facets of the organization fly under the radar, but pandemic made its support more prominent

Chemainus Business Improvement Association president Chris Istace. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce president Stephanie Ballantyne. (Photo submitted)

Chamber navigates change and looks to the future

Significant developments during the last several months recapped at annual general meeting

Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce president Stephanie Ballantyne. (Photo submitted)
The Osborne Bay Pub patio is a beautiful place to sit on a sunny day. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Local restaurants scramble to meet new regulations

Indoor dining off the table for the next three weeks at least

The Osborne Bay Pub patio is a beautiful place to sit on a sunny day. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus’ Christa Howard alongside the abundant party supplies in the new Great Canadian Dollar Store Chemainus location. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Doors finally swing open on Great Canadian Dollar Store in Chemainus

Planning for the Village Square location two years in the making

Chemainus’ Christa Howard alongside the abundant party supplies in the new Great Canadian Dollar Store Chemainus location. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The new Clean Cart technology makes sure carts are well-sanitized for customer use. (Michael Briones photo)

Quality Foods opens new flagship store in Parksville

Mayor: ‘City is obviously growing out this way so it’s going to be a big help to all the residents’

The new Clean Cart technology makes sure carts are well-sanitized for customer use. (Michael Briones photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Julie Stevens is looking forward to opening Canteen on the Green at the Mount Brenton Golf Club. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Canteen on the Green rejuvenates Stevens’ spirits

New venture and partnership cooked up with the Mount Brenton Golf Club

Julie Stevens is looking forward to opening Canteen on the Green at the Mount Brenton Golf Club. (Photo by Don Bodger)