Local Business

Sequoia Coffee’s manager Alan Rainey (left) and baristas Annalise Steadman and Hannah Robertson are one week into the opening of the first coffee shop in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood. The coffee shop has a drive-thru and is made from shipping containers. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Royal Bay’s newest coffee shop made of shipping containers completes first week

Sequoia Coffee has temporary-use permit for three years for drive-thru, take-away

Sequoia Coffee’s manager Alan Rainey (left) and baristas Annalise Steadman and Hannah Robertson are one week into the opening of the first coffee shop in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood. The coffee shop has a drive-thru and is made from shipping containers. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) along with other Canada airports has received accreditation from a program assessing health measures. (Black Press Media File)

Victoria airport earns accreditation from program assessing health measures

Victoria International Airport launched its TravelSafe YYJ program July 1

Victoria International Airport (YYJ) along with other Canada airports has received accreditation from a program assessing health measures. (Black Press Media File)
Olive Olio’s Bistro and Espresso has sat tucked in the corner of Penrhyn Street and Cadboro Bay Road for 25 years. (Photo courtesy William Hall)

Starbucks closure brings boost to Cadboro Bay bistro

Olive Olio’s has been a fixture in Cadboro Bay for 25 years, offering ‘old-school’ experience

Olive Olio’s Bistro and Espresso has sat tucked in the corner of Penrhyn Street and Cadboro Bay Road for 25 years. (Photo courtesy William Hall)
Rebecca Burrows and Donna Anderson have moved Hughes Clothing into Athlone Court in Oak Bay Village. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Hughes Clothing comes home to Oak Bay

Owner grateful for community’s warm welcome

Rebecca Burrows and Donna Anderson have moved Hughes Clothing into Athlone Court in Oak Bay Village. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
After running the Phipps Road COBS Bread for 10 years, Andrew Anglin said he is ready to take on a new adventure. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Langford bakery owner isn’t retiring – he’s ready for a new adventure

Andrew Anglin spent 10 years delighting customers with his gregarious personality

After running the Phipps Road COBS Bread for 10 years, Andrew Anglin said he is ready to take on a new adventure. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Deep Cove elementary school is among four schools in School District 63 (Saanich) that offer French immersion. Just over 10 per cent of the district's student population have registered in the district's French immersion program. Black Press File.
Deep Cove elementary school is among four schools in School District 63 (Saanich) that offer French immersion. Just over 10 per cent of the district's student population have registered in the district's French immersion program. Black Press File.
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Wuikinuxv First Nation evacuation to Port Hardy extended to seven days

Rains have not slacked off, keeping landslides a present threat

Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Cole Byers and Jasmine Grant are taking a leap of faith and opening The Rack Westcoast Bistro in Langford, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Langford residents making “all-in move” opening restaurant amid COVID-19 pandemic

Although The Rack Westcoast Bistro isn’t officially open yet, it’s serving anyone who wanders in

Cole Byers and Jasmine Grant are taking a leap of faith and opening The Rack Westcoast Bistro in Langford, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Best of the WestShore 2020
Best of the WestShore 2020
Vancouver Island-based Wilson’s Transportation has expanded to fill some of the routes left unserviced by Greyhound as of Nov. 1, 2018. (Black Press files)

B.C. bus companies say they need help to survive COVID-19

Like airlines, motor coaches have lost most of their revenue

Vancouver Island-based Wilson’s Transportation has expanded to fill some of the routes left unserviced by Greyhound as of Nov. 1, 2018. (Black Press files)
A notice on the door of the Starbucks at 3849 Cadboro Bay Rd. says it closes permanently on Sunday, Oct. 25. (Google Maps)

Cadboro Bay Starbucks location to close permanently after 16 years

Residents association seeks reason for closure set for Oct. 25

A notice on the door of the Starbucks at 3849 Cadboro Bay Rd. says it closes permanently on Sunday, Oct. 25. (Google Maps)
Gillian Turner’s Clay Box Gallery and Studio opens in Esquimalt this month. (Courtesy of Gillian Turner)

Esquimalt welcomes two new art spaces

Pottery studio, community arts hub opening this month

Gillian Turner’s Clay Box Gallery and Studio opens in Esquimalt this month. (Courtesy of Gillian Turner)
Chocolatier Bob Attwell is in the former Casey’s Market at the intersection of St. Patrick Street and Central Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Lifelong chocolatier quietly opens in old Casey’s Market in Oak Bay

Bob Attwell adds housemade chocolates, sandwiches to ice cream shop

Chocolatier Bob Attwell is in the former Casey’s Market at the intersection of St. Patrick Street and Central Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ocean potential takes the spotlight at the 2020 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s annual summit goes digital for 2020

Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
La Tarte, from Ile Sauvage Brewing Co, is a brown based sour beer. (Ile Sauvage Brewing Co/Facebook)

Victoria brewery releases sour pumpkin spice beer ahead of Thanksgiving weekend

La Tarte, from Ile Sauvage Brewing Co, is a brown based sour beer

La Tarte, from Ile Sauvage Brewing Co, is a brown based sour beer. (Ile Sauvage Brewing Co/Facebook)
Two Saanich businesswomen are taking over what was previously Dig This gardening store in Broadmead Village Shopping Centre, and turning it into a hub for local food and community. (Google Maps)

New restaurant, grocery hybrid brings local food and community to Saanich

Niche Grocerant is partnering with restaurants and producers to bring local food to the suburbs

Two Saanich businesswomen are taking over what was previously Dig This gardening store in Broadmead Village Shopping Centre, and turning it into a hub for local food and community. (Google Maps)
Island Outfitters staffer Megan White stocks the fishing lures section of the new store in View Royal. The outdoors retailer opens its new store this week, nine months after its previous store in Saanich was destroyed by fire. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)

Outdoors store operators happy in new West Shore home

Island Outfitters opens the doors this week on Island Highway in View Royal

Island Outfitters staffer Megan White stocks the fishing lures section of the new store in View Royal. The outdoors retailer opens its new store this week, nine months after its previous store in Saanich was destroyed by fire. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
The City of Langford is launching a new “Taste of Langford” campaign to help support local eateries. It’s an extension of the city’s “I am Langford” initiative. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford launches new campaign to support local eateries

Participating eateries will introduce a new dish and a discount

The City of Langford is launching a new “Taste of Langford” campaign to help support local eateries. It’s an extension of the city’s “I am Langford” initiative. (Black Press Media file photo)
The owners of Sheringham Distillery Jason and Alayne MacIsaac. Sheringham Distillery won the coveted gold award for Product of the Year at the B.C. Food and Beverage Awards on Sept. 24. (Don Denton – Black Press Media)

Sooke’s Sheringham Distillery wins gold award

Local business wins Product of Year at B.C. Food and Beverage Awards

The owners of Sheringham Distillery Jason and Alayne MacIsaac. Sheringham Distillery won the coveted gold award for Product of the Year at the B.C. Food and Beverage Awards on Sept. 24. (Don Denton – Black Press Media)
Kennedy Nikel, applied marine biologist at Cascadia Seaweed, shows off bull kelp (in her left hand) and rock weed. The company is not only developing seaweed-based food products, but also other applications. Nikel, for example, is studying the use of seaweed to cut methane gas emissions from cows. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Cascadia Seaweed hopes to float to the top of a growing industry

Food products based on seaweed could hit local shelves in spring 2021

Kennedy Nikel, applied marine biologist at Cascadia Seaweed, shows off bull kelp (in her left hand) and rock weed. The company is not only developing seaweed-based food products, but also other applications. Nikel, for example, is studying the use of seaweed to cut methane gas emissions from cows. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)