BUSINESS BEAT: Free morning java, courtesy downtown Victoria cafés

Downtown workers, who come from around the Capital Region, invited to have a free coffee

The Downtown Victoria Business Association is teaming up with more than two dozen downtown cafés for the fifth annual Wake Up Victoria event this Friday (Sept. 28).

Aimed as a thank-you to people who work downtown and frequent many of these coffee stops – and perhaps commute to town – the event sees customers receive a free regular coffee from opening to 10 a.m.

There’s one small catch: you have to bring your own mug to get a free drink.

Each café is offering draw prizes for customers. To find a list of participating locations, visit downtownvictoria.ca and click on Wake Up!

Grand reopening party for Quadra bookstore

Camas Books and Infoshop, a not-for-profit, collectively-run bookstore and cultural hub in Quadra Village, is moving just up the street to 2620 Quadra St. as of Oct. 1. To celebrate the move, the store is hosting a party Oct. 12 with special guests including Victoria’s poet laureate Janet Rogers, Paper Cut Pony shadow puppets, Klezmer music by Without a Net, and readings by poets Comrade Black and Serina Zapf. For more information on offerings at the store, visit camas.ca.

Hearing problems focus of upcoming talks

Dr. Erin Wright of Oak Bay Hearing Clinic and Broadmead Hearing Clinic is hosting a pair of discussions on hearing issues next month at the Coast Harbourside Hotel, 146 Kingston St. in James Bay. A session on the causes and treatment options for tinnitus, commonly known as ringing in the ears, happens Tuesday, Oct. 2 at both 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. A second event, spotlighting the new Lyric2 invisible hearing aid, goes Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visit broadmeadhearing.com for more information.

Langford play place expands operation

Tumblebums Play Centre and Toy Shop has introduced a new division aimed at helping young parents with various issues affecting households. Tumblebums Solutions offers consulting on childrens’ sleep patterns, financial planning for families, and Tumblecamp for short-term care of children aged three to five. To find out more, visit tumblebumssolutions.com or stop by Tumblebums at 133-735 Goldstream Ave.

Longtime RV dealer voted dealer of the year

Sylvia Thistle-Miller’s Triangle RV in Sidney captured the 2012 award for RV dealer of the year by the Recreation Vehicle Dealer’s Association of B.C. In business for more than 50 years, the sales-parts-and-service operation won the honour based on having high ethical standards, excellence in customer service, and positive promotion of the RV lifestyle. To learn more, visit trianglerv.com or call 250-656-1122.

Sprott Shaw updates its image, facility

A 109-year-old educational facility has rebranded itself with a new name, an upgraded website and a fresh look for its advertising. Sprott Shaw College has also adopted the slogan ‘Learning with Purpose since 1903.’ The motto points to a continued focus on providing relevant and flexible educational solutions for students looking to upgrade work skills or post-secondary requirements. Check it out at sprottshaw.com.

Revamped spa open at Grand Pacific

The Sora Spa in the Hotel Grand Pacific, formerly the Spa at the Grand, has been brought in line with the rest of the facility. Its new Far East flair now more closely matches the Belleville Street hotel’s many Asian influences. Managed by Carrie Rees, Sora – it means ‘sky’ in Japanese – offers teas from Victoria’s Silk Road and professional facial and massage products by Pevonia. The spa is open daily. To book a treatment or find more information, visit hotelgrandpacific.com/sora or call 250-380-7862.

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