Local Business

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

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

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

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)
Taliesin the dog and O’Henry the mule are happy to pose for a photo with Zoe MacBean. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Wingnut dogs need love and training, too

Challenge has long motivated Chemainus trainer

Taliesin the dog and O’Henry the mule are happy to pose for a photo with Zoe MacBean. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Nick McMaster working on a painting at Cinder and Sea. (Photo by Cole Schisler)

McMaster combines his passions for tattoos and art at Cinder and Sea

Tattoo and fine art studio located on Willow Street in Chemainus

Nick McMaster working on a painting at Cinder and Sea. (Photo by Cole Schisler)
A seaweed farm installation in Klahoose First Nations Territory by Cortes Island. (Cascadia Seaweed photo)

Seaweed farming opens world of opportunity for coastal B.C.

“It’s projects like this that can show what true reconciliation is about.”

A seaweed farm installation in Klahoose First Nations Territory by Cortes Island. (Cascadia Seaweed photo)
Cruise ship arrives at Victoria Harbour, a prime source of international tourism that has been suspended in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria small businesses hoping to survive extended cruise ship ban

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority supports extension, but says losses will follow

Cruise ship arrives at Victoria Harbour, a prime source of international tourism that has been suspended in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Carol Hodgins with some of the abundant clothing she carries in Little Angels Children’s Boutique. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island search concludes with children’s clothing store opening in Chemainus

Little Angels will look unique and fashionable in stylish brands

Carol Hodgins with some of the abundant clothing she carries in Little Angels Children’s Boutique. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Drisht Preet (DP) Singh was excited to be opening the first Canco Supermarket in Saltair. (Photo by Emily Weeks)

Canco’s first supermarket opens in Saltair

Reasonable prices being matched with exceptional customer service

Drisht Preet (DP) Singh was excited to be opening the first Canco Supermarket in Saltair. (Photo by Emily Weeks)
Patricia Berry with Jeff Knadle from Magpies. The relationship with the vendors at the Chemainus Public Market is one of the key components of Patricia Berry’s job. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Berry brings marketing experience to the market

Co-owner putting her stamp on the Chemainus business

Patricia Berry with Jeff Knadle from Magpies. The relationship with the vendors at the Chemainus Public Market is one of the key components of Patricia Berry’s job. (Photo by Don Bodger)