A former apartment and office building owned by Abstract Development Inc. lies in a pile of rubble at the corner of Oak Bay Avenue and Foul Bay Road

A former apartment and office building owned by Abstract Development Inc. lies in a pile of rubble at the corner of Oak Bay Avenue and Foul Bay Road

BUSINESS BEAT: Healthy Hearing Expo benefits Victoria food bank

Attendees can talk to industry experts at Victoria Conference Centre about the latest in hearing improvements

The fourth annual Healthy Hearing Expo happens Tuesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Victoria Conference Centre.

This year, attendees can support a food drive for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. People donating non-perishable food items receive entry into a draw for a set of hearing instruments. Hearing aid manufacturer reps will be on hand to talk about new developments in the industry.

Admission is free and door prizes will be drawn for. For more information call Broadmead Hearing Clinic at 250-479-2969.

Plus-size fashionistas hosting fundraiser

Curvalicious Boutique is hosting its annual Seasonal Fashion Show and Clothing Swap April 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ambrosia Catering and Event Centre, 638 Fisgard St. The event, which sees participants update their wardrobe while enjoying entertainment, has a charity aspect to it this time around. Attendees who bring new crafts or school supplies for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Victoria’s in-school mentor program receive $5 off the $20 ticket price. For more details, call 250-590-2799 or visit Curvalicious Boutique on Facebook.

Oyster Bar owner teams up on tapas bar at Magnolia

Tom Ferris, owner of downtown Victoria’s popular Ferris’ Oyster Bar, has joined Dave Craggs and chef Aaron Lawrence in opening the Catalano Restaurant and Cicchetti Bar in the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel and Spa, 619 Courtney St. The eatery, open for lunch and dinner, features Mediterranean fare and Venetian tapas known as cicchettis. Call 250-480-1824 for reservations or visit magnoliahotel.com/dining for full menus.

Restaurants event supports AIDS group

More than 50 restaurants in Greater Victoria have jumped on board to support AIDS Vancouver Island through Dining Out for Life, an Island-wide program aiming to raise more than $40,000 for the health and service organization. On April 25, these eateries and about 30 more up Island will donate 25 per cent of their proceeds from the day’s sales to the cause. For a list of participating restaurants, visit bit.ly/12FB4Se.

Names in the news around Greater Victoria

Former Victoria Salmon Kings goaltender David Brumby has joined Cushman and Wakefield as a commercial sales and leasing rep specializing in investment and apartment sales … Michelle and Justin Wilcox have started Wise Choice designated driver service (250-589-9473), operating from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. in Victoria … Luv-a-Rug is moving to a new home at 445 Beta St., next to Schenk’s Furniture RefinishingJohn and Jan Krottner have opened Pilgrim Coffee House at Colwood Corners in the former Serious Coffee space at 105-1910 Sooke Rd.

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