Gord Piercey, owner of Integral Hockey Stick Repair - Cowichan Valley, fixes hockey sticks in his Duncan workshop. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Gord Piercey, owner of Integral Hockey Stick Repair - Cowichan Valley, fixes hockey sticks in his Duncan workshop. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Valley company specializes in repairing hockey sticks

Piercey has saved hundreds of local hockey players thousands of dollars

Need a beloved and/or expensive hockey stick repaired?

Professional services are being offered by Gord Piercey at Integral Hockey Stick Repair – Cowichan Valley to mend hollow carbon-filtre sticks.

In the seven years in operating his home-based business, Piercey has saved hundreds of local hockey players thousands of dollars in offering affordable state-of-the-art hockey stick repair as an alternative to spending hundreds on a new stick.

He has also done extensive stick work for the Cowichan Valley Capitals and the Nanaimo Clippers hockey organizations.

Pierce repairs sticks to like-new condition with no noticeable difference in weight, flex, kickpoint, or balance.

Full shaft and blade breaks are easily repaired for 80 per cent less than the cost of purchasing another new stick, and comes with a lifetime warranty at the repair zone for no additional cost.

Piercey said he was trained to repair hockey sticks by Randy Langille at the first Integral Hockey Stick Repair location in Port Alberni.

“I really love hockey and met Randy when my wife was working on his website,” he said.

“We built a relationship and began the first franchise in the company’s history.”

For more information, call Piercey at 250-710-5895, or check out Integral Hockey Cowichan Valley on Facebook

Cowichan realtor launching The Agency

Cowichan Valley realtor Brian Danyliw is launching Canada’s first franchise of The Agency on Vancouver Island.

The Agency, which was founded in Los Angeles in 2011, is one of the fastest growing luxury real estate brands in North America.

The Agency has closed more than $12 billion in real estate transactions since it first began in the industry.

Danyliw, who has worked as a realtor in the Valley since 2008, is partnering with Victoria’s Jason Binab, one of the top realtors in the capital city, to bring The Agency here.

“We really liked the culture of The Agency and the fact that it’s a well known brand,” Danyliw said.

“We have an office in Victoria that is being run by Jason, another office in Nanaimo and we’re currently working on establishing an office in Duncan. We have the right to sell The Agency franchises across B.C., and we’re getting calls from across B.C. and the country.”

Old Firehouse chef leaving

Ian Blom, the executive chef at The Old Firehouse Wine Bar on Ingram Street in Duncan for the last four years, is moving on to other endeavours.

An announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page said Blom and his family will be opening their own restaurant, The Ainslie, on Kenneth Street in downtown Duncan in November.

The Old Firehouse Wine Bar’s owner Jeff Downie said he’s so excited for Blom and his family.

“He has made incredible food and has helped immeasurably in establishing the culture, team approach and family of the Old Firehouse,” he said.

“(Ian) is my friend and someone I respect and trust who I know will continue to add immense value to our community at his new restaurant.”

Ten Old Books first corporate sponsor of Starfish Pack

The Rotary Club of Chemainus is looking for business partners to participate in its Starfish Pack program.

Derek Hardacker, co-chairman of the program, said that, with the participation of School District 79, the Rotary Club and its partners distributed 50 grocery packs for school children to take home on the weekends during the last school year, feeding about 87 children.

He said the club is starting this school year with 50 packs again and is fundraising to get a second school on the program.

“The cost per pack for a school year is about $525 each,” Hardacker said.

“October is our first month of a Sponsor of the Month fundraising campaign in Duncan. The monthly sponsor will donate a portion of all sales that month to the Starfish Pack program. Our first sponsor will be Ten Old Books.”

For more information or to volunteer to be a sponsor, contact Hardacker at 250-246-4463, or go to Dhisland@telus.net, or contact Corrine Thompson at 250-709-1903, or go to Cheesieman@icloud.com.