Local Business

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

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

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 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.
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)