Saanich resident Leanna Wong

Saanich resident Leanna Wong

BUSINESS BEAT: Victoria salon hosting SPCA fundraiser

Shop closed for regular business, but still cutting hair for special event

Fadi Murr and his team of stylists at Gemi Hair are going all out on Saturday, Sept. 14 for a fundraiser benefiting the Victoria SPCA.

The shop, at 1329 Cook St., will be closed for regular business, with all hairstyling on the day offered by donation.

The corner will be hopping with a DJ churning out tunes, chicken and beef kebabs and specialty coffees available for purchase and a dog wash ongoing. All proceeds from the day go to the cause.

Industry professionals will talk about haircare products and samples will be available. Things get going around 11 a.m. and run until about 4 p.m., but the shop will stay open until 7 p.m.

Pharmacy offers value added

Longtime Victoria natives and lifelong friends Don Swainson and Jonathan Cox have teamed up to open Vital Health Pharmacy at 1825 Fort St. The outlet not only provides traditional prescription services, it has an onsite intravenous and IV infusion clinic, where clients receive injection medications and be monitored by nurses from Bayshore Home Health, a partner in the operation. More information can be found at

M&M promotes family dinners

With national figures indicating family members are sitting down to dinner together less frequently than in past, M&M Meat Shops are encouraging busy families to set aside Sept. 19 to get back in the habit. As part of its ninth National Family Dinner Night, the company is also asking people to submit favourite recipes made with M&M products for a chance to win prizes. Go to or stop by one of the three shops in Greater Victoria for more information.

Who’s making waves in Greater Victoria business

Mount St. Mary Hospital Foundation has two new directors on its board, Rick Connolly and Heather Kohler.

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