local business

The Valley’s award-winning Rocky Creek Winery is pleased to be part of the Island Good marketing campaign, which help shoppers easily identify local products from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Pictured is the winery’s wine maker Mark Holford and his daughter Robin, who is also a wine maker. (File photo)

Island Good celebrating 3 years of helping local businesses

Program helping brand Vancouver Island producers and bring them together as a community

 

The City of Duncan will again allow businesses to use their outdoor spaces to deal with social distancing concerns after new health protocols were implemented on March 29. (File photo)

Duncan easing rules for businesses to use outdoors as COVID rules tighten

City will assist businesses with social-distancing requirements

  • Apr 3, 2021

 

Lifetime Achievement 2018 Black Tie Award winner Norm Jackson, left, poses with Bruce Williams after joking that the two have often been mistaken for one another and must be secret twins. (Mark Margerison/Highlight Studio)

Duncan area to honour its top businesses online this year

Black tie awards coming in May from the Chemainus Theatre

 

Richard and Maureen Ellis, owners of Sports Traders Duncan that closed last year, are reminding people that they are still operating their other company, Cowichan Athletic Sales, online. (File photo)

Cowichan Athletic Sales still operating from its website

Duncan area sports shop’s online shop still functioning without its store front

Richard and Maureen Ellis, owners of Sports Traders Duncan that closed last year, are reminding people that they are still operating their other company, Cowichan Athletic Sales, online. (File photo)
Alicia Puusepp and Chris Pouget are the new owners of Riverbend Cafe & Store on River Road. They have been busy renovating the store over the winter. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni’s Riverbend Cafe makes a comeback

Extensive renovations happening with a nod to the past

Alicia Puusepp and Chris Pouget are the new owners of Riverbend Cafe & Store on River Road. They have been busy renovating the store over the winter. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Renee Cann, owner of Duncan’s Peacock Photo and Restoration, plans to close the store and retire on March 31. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Renee Cann, owner of Duncan’s Peacock Photo and Restoration, plans to close the store and retire on March 31. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cameron Ezzy has his ducks trained as pest control officers. Through his business, Slugs N’ Bugs for Lunch, he will come to your home and rid your garden of slugs. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: Comox Valley entrepreneur opens pest control business with ducks as employees

Slugs n’ Bugs For Lunch will take care of your garden pests naturally

Cameron Ezzy has his ducks trained as pest control officers. Through his business, Slugs N’ Bugs for Lunch, he will come to your home and rid your garden of slugs. Photo by Terry Farrell
The Richmond family, owners of the 49th Parallel grocery store chain in the mid-Island, were on hand for the opening of the company’s fifth location at Berkey’s Corner on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Peter, the company’s CEO, his mother Harmina, sister Kathy and father Wayne in front of the new store. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

49th Parallel opens new location in the Duncan area

New spot in the Berkey’s Corner area in addition to existing Duncan store

The Richmond family, owners of the 49th Parallel grocery store chain in the mid-Island, were on hand for the opening of the company’s fifth location at Berkey’s Corner on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Peter, the company’s CEO, his mother Harmina, sister Kathy and father Wayne in front of the new store. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
These storefronts on Trunk Road have been informed by the City of Duncan that they must change their addresses to Festubert Street. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan business owners upset about being forced to change address

Owners say City of Duncan’s plan will hurt their business

These storefronts on Trunk Road have been informed by the City of Duncan that they must change their addresses to Festubert Street. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The Schacht family, including, from left, Stephen, Jessica and Jeremy, are the brains and muscle behind the Cowichan Valley’s award-winning Ampersand Distillery. (File photo)

Cowichan’s Ampersand Distillery takes Spirit of the Year in national competition

Nocino! a limited-edition bittersweet green walnut liqueur saluted

The Schacht family, including, from left, Stephen, Jessica and Jeremy, are the brains and muscle behind the Cowichan Valley’s award-winning Ampersand Distillery. (File photo)
Nanaimo city council has voted to give the city’s liquor-primary establishments a break on business licence fees for 2021. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo’s pubs and bars hit by COVID-19 will get a break on business licence fees

Annual business licence fee for liquor-primary establishments drops from $1,100 to $165 for 2021

Nanaimo city council has voted to give the city’s liquor-primary establishments a break on business licence fees for 2021. (Stock photo)
Hughes Clothing owner Rebecca Burrows. (Courtesy of Rebecca Burrows)

Island woman wants accountability after Instagram hacked, naked photos demanded

Hughes Clothing owner creating non-profit to lobby internet giant for better response

Hughes Clothing owner Rebecca Burrows. (Courtesy of Rebecca Burrows)
Victoria police say break and enters in Victoria and Esquimalt have been on the rise. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria businesses see second highest number of break-ins on record in 2020

Sophisticated break and enters wreaking havoc on businesses

Victoria police say break and enters in Victoria and Esquimalt have been on the rise. (Black Press Media file photo)
Island Health has reported a possible COVID-19 exposure at Bard and Banker on Jan. 23 between 6 and 10 p.m. (Google Streetview)

Island Health reports possible COVID-19 exposure at Victoria pub

Possible exposure at Bard and Banker Jan. 23 between 6 and 10 p.m.

Island Health has reported a possible COVID-19 exposure at Bard and Banker on Jan. 23 between 6 and 10 p.m. (Google Streetview)
Langford and Vancouver Island Economic Alliance are partnering to provide local businesses with one-year Island Good memberships. (Courtesy of Vancouver Island Economic Alliance)

Langford offering local businesses free Island Good membership

Island Good label helps consumers identify local products

Langford and Vancouver Island Economic Alliance are partnering to provide local businesses with one-year Island Good memberships. (Courtesy of Vancouver Island Economic Alliance)
Costa Canna is one of three cannabis retail stores co-owned by Cowichan Tribes. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Cowichan Tribes’ Costa Canna cannabis store opens in Colwood

Cowichan Tribes has one-year deal to grow, sell cannabis

Costa Canna is one of three cannabis retail stores co-owned by Cowichan Tribes. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Victoria’s Canoe Brewpub will soon be the eighth Craft Beer Market location in Canada. (Google Maps)

Craft Beer Market buys Victoria’s Canoe Brewpub

Craft Beer Market operates nine locations across Canada

Victoria’s Canoe Brewpub will soon be the eighth Craft Beer Market location in Canada. (Google Maps)
Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island egg producer cries foul over ‘Island’ label

Egg farmer frustrated with regulations allowing mainland-laid eggs to be labelled ‘Island’

Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)
Laurie Arbuthnot, owner of Wild Coast Perfumery in Cowichan Bay, poses with some of her products. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Opening Wild Coast Perfumery a dream come true for Cowichan Bay owner

Only business of its kind on the Island outside Victoria makes natural, plant-based perfumes

Laurie Arbuthnot, owner of Wild Coast Perfumery in Cowichan Bay, poses with some of her products. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Victoria police are investigating a series of break and enters where thieves are using specialized tools and sophisticated methods. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Victoria police are investigating a series of break and enters where thieves are using specialized tools and sophisticated methods. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)