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Late morning view southward over the top of Victoria city hall, as seen from the top of the Fisgard Street parkade. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Business associations propose solutions to property tax squeezing small business

Taxation on redevelopment potential and unused airspace hurting small business: Downtown Victoria BA

Late morning view southward over the top of Victoria city hall, as seen from the top of the Fisgard Street parkade. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
Cruise ship buses will stop two blocks further north on Government Street starting April 6, to circumnavigate a pedestrian-priority section. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria councillors reject in-season opening of Government Street to cruise ship buses

Alternate route to Government stop upheld, city planning other measures to guide tourists to harbour

Cruise ship buses will stop two blocks further north on Government Street starting April 6, to circumnavigate a pedestrian-priority section. (Black Press Media file photo)
Artina’s Jewellery owner Valeriya Zakreski fears moving the city’s downtown stop for cruise ship passengers two blocks north will seriously negatively impact her Government Street business. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Government Street shop owners worry they’ll miss the boat on Victoria cruise passenger business

Shuttle bus stop moving closer to Yates Street to circumnavigate pedestrian-priority area

Artina’s Jewellery owner Valeriya Zakreski fears moving the city’s downtown stop for cruise ship passengers two blocks north will seriously negatively impact her Government Street business. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
While BC Transit will be running buses on Dec. 25, other businesses and services will be closed for the holiday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
While BC Transit will be running buses on Dec. 25, other businesses and services will be closed for the holiday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Victoria shop sources answers to the ugly holiday sweater dilemma

Despite pandemic challenges, The Patch on Yates continues its annual tradition

The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Goldstream Food Bank volunteers, pictured, rely on charitable initiatives like Love Local BC for their monthly food hamper program. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Greater Victoria businesses, food bank included in provincial fundraiser

Goldstream Food Bank one of the recipients of BCLC initiative

Goldstream Food Bank volunteers, pictured, rely on charitable initiatives like Love Local BC for their monthly food hamper program. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Winter version of StoryWalk lines Sooke storefront windows

Eleven businesses taking part in the project that runs Dec. 11-18

Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey

Kootenay props master’s work featured in Netflix Christmas rom-com Love Hard

Props Master Paul Wagner wants to see more movie business come through the Kootenay

Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey
Crofton mill be shutting down for two weeks in November. (File photo by Don Bodger)

2-week shutdown coming to Crofton mill in November

Both the paper and pulp operations at the mill will be curtailed from Nov. 9 until about Nov. 24

Crofton mill be shutting down for two weeks in November. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Root Cellar owners Daisy and Adam Orser stand in front of their new Cook Street location on its opening day Oct. 20. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Root Cellar opens on Cook Street to warm welcome

Old Oxford Foods space transformed with modern renovation

Root Cellar owners Daisy and Adam Orser stand in front of their new Cook Street location on its opening day Oct. 20. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
City of Victoria council voted Oct. 7 to revoke the businesses license of I-Tow Group towing company based on numerous counts of founded and alleged malpractice. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

16 years of bylaw violations end with business revocation for Victoria tow company

Victoria council voted to revoke I-Tow Group’s license Oct. 7

City of Victoria council voted Oct. 7 to revoke the businesses license of I-Tow Group towing company based on numerous counts of founded and alleged malpractice. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
City of Victoria council will vote Oct. 7 on whether to permanently revoke the businesses license of I-Tow Group towing company based on numerous counts of malpractice. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Victoria tow truck company may lose business license over malpractice

I-Tow found to be misleading, overcharging public with tow practises

City of Victoria council will vote Oct. 7 on whether to permanently revoke the businesses license of I-Tow Group towing company based on numerous counts of malpractice. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Five of the top business leaders in Greater Victoria will be inducted into the Chamber Business Hall of Fame in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

First inductees of Greater Victoria’s new business hall of fame announced

Five inductees recognized as role models in region’s economic growth, prosperity

Five of the top business leaders in Greater Victoria will be inducted into the Chamber Business Hall of Fame in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce has published results of an online survey of local business owners and consumers on their thoughts on the use and implementation of the province’s vaccine passport system. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Sooke chamber gets mixed opinions in survey on vaccine passports

Online poll finds businesses, consumers see issue of implementation slightly differently

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce has published results of an online survey of local business owners and consumers on their thoughts on the use and implementation of the province’s vaccine passport system. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
Rose and Craig Little of Arbutus RV are celebrating 33 years serving Vancouver Island, from their first location in Mill Bay to their Island-wide service in Sidney, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Courtenay.

Craig and Rose LITTLE celebrate a BIG 33-year adventure — that not even 2020 could slow down!

From a family business in Mill Bay to a network of family-friendly RV stores across Vancouver Island

  • Aug 30, 2021
Rose and Craig Little of Arbutus RV are celebrating 33 years serving Vancouver Island, from their first location in Mill Bay to their Island-wide service in Sidney, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Courtenay.
Blighty’s Bistro, pictured here from the inside, ready to open on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 14. Under new management for the last year and a half, Blighty’s was still able to generate considerable revenue despite having to temporarily reduce its seating to 50 per cent capacity. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

New management keeps Oak Bay bistro alive during pandemic

Blighty’s makes a name for itself as a perfect date and fine dining spot

Blighty’s Bistro, pictured here from the inside, ready to open on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 14. Under new management for the last year and a half, Blighty’s was still able to generate considerable revenue despite having to temporarily reduce its seating to 50 per cent capacity. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
A new indoor mini-golf course set inside a haunted Victorian manor is coming to Victoria this fall. Haunted Manor will offer mini-golf, ping pong, food and alcohol. (@hauntedmanorvictoria/Instagram)

Haunted mini-golf, ping pong lounge coming to Victoria

Haunted Manor slated to open on Yates Street in mid-October

A new indoor mini-golf course set inside a haunted Victorian manor is coming to Victoria this fall. Haunted Manor will offer mini-golf, ping pong, food and alcohol. (@hauntedmanorvictoria/Instagram)
A new federal focus on Greater Victoria’s economic development is expected in the coming years after the Government of Canada announced a new B.C.-focused agency Aug. 5, with one of its regional offices in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

New economic development agency promises federal focus on Victoria

PacifiCan replacing Western Economic Diversification Canada in B.C. with nine offices

A new federal focus on Greater Victoria’s economic development is expected in the coming years after the Government of Canada announced a new B.C.-focused agency Aug. 5, with one of its regional offices in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Downtown Victoria Business Association is offering first-come, first-serve security grants to downtown businesses to help address safety concerns expressed by owners. (Black Press Media file photo)

Security grants made available to downtown Victoria businesses

Downtown Victoria Business Association grant covers 50% cost on upgrades up to $500

The Downtown Victoria Business Association is offering first-come, first-serve security grants to downtown businesses to help address safety concerns expressed by owners. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Bowker Creek Brush Up Art Show and Sale will attract hundreds of visitors as over 30 local artists show off their works and creative processes. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bowker Creek Brush-Up returns to Oak Bay Sunday

Visitors can see and buy local artwork, enjoy live music and barbecued snacks

The Bowker Creek Brush Up Art Show and Sale will attract hundreds of visitors as over 30 local artists show off their works and creative processes. (Black Press Media file photo)