Local Business

Debbie Simmonds outside the exp Realty office on Willow Street in Chemainus. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus realtor urges those needing to sell their houses to act fast

Market conditions changing rapidly with interest rate hikes

A bobby separates the outgoing and the incoming of the famous Magpies business in Chemainus, Jeff Knadle and Liz Fincham on the left and Cath and Steve Scanlan on the right. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Magpies business absorbed into the Blue Orchard

Scanlan expands her space within The Public Market in Chemainus with purchase

Emily Weeks, left, is the outgoing Chemainus + District Chamber of Commerce managing director. Melody Smythies, centre, takes over as membership and events manager, with Joanne Stokes, right, as Visitor Centre coordinator. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New faces with the Chamber and at Visitor Centre

Changes prompted by managing director assuming a new position in Qualicum Beach

Workouts conducted by Samantha Fincham offer a variety of benefits. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Fitness classes at The Hive Collective all-encompassing

New location proves ideal for rebuilding business following COVID hiatus

Workouts conducted by Samantha Fincham offer a variety of benefits. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Chemainus Town Laundry building on Croft Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Laundry business closing at the end of March

Owners plan to retire and do some travelling

The Chemainus Town Laundry building on Croft Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)
21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)

University of Victoria student turns class project idea into full-blown fashion business

Website aims to help art and design students find platform to share, sell their fashion pieces

21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)
Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island cybersecurity firm ahead of global curve in arming against Log4j bug

aDolus Technology Inc. generates first vulnerability reports to thwart hackers

Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)
The Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn is once again the winner of the M.K. Guertin Award. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn receives prestigious honour

Hotel maintains track record of continually receiving award

The Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn is once again the winner of the M.K. Guertin Award. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)

Nature’s Path acquires majority interest in Chilliwack organic food business

Largest organic cereal and snack maker buys into Anita’s Organic Mill

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)
The Sandpiper Gardens & Glass entry is looking more like a home entrance again. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sandpiper gardens reverting back to a household garden

Borges keeping the glass section of the business going

The Sandpiper Gardens & Glass entry is looking more like a home entrance again. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Central Vancouver Island Rotarians will hold a sale of authentic hand woven Guatemalan scarves and clothing to raise money for access to education in Guatemala villages this month. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Beltgens/Rotary Club of Ladysmith)

Central Vancouver Island Rotaries raise funds for access to education in Guatemalan villages

Rotarians will sell authentic hand woven Guatemalan scarves and clothing to raise funds

The Central Vancouver Island Rotarians will hold a sale of authentic hand woven Guatemalan scarves and clothing to raise money for access to education in Guatemala villages this month. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Beltgens/Rotary Club of Ladysmith)
A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)
Sandpiper Gardens & Glass is an iconic Chemainus business. (Photo by Don Bodger)

End of October the end of the line for garden portion of Sandpiper Gardens & Glass

Gunnell Borge decides to slow down, but family keeping property

Sandpiper Gardens & Glass is an iconic Chemainus business. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Julie Stevens pouring beer as part of her abundant duties at the Canteen on the Green at Mount Brenton Golf Course. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Shortage of workers has Chemainus business owners scrambling

Students returning to school soon likely to compound the problem of filling jobs

Julie Stevens pouring beer as part of her abundant duties at the Canteen on the Green at Mount Brenton Golf Course. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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

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

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)
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

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)
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.