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QThreadz co-founder Mady Harber runs a pop-up shop of their normally online upcycled, gender-inclusive clothing store in Royal Athletic Park. (Courtesy of Mady Harber)

Sliding-scale, upcycled and gender-inclusive: Victoria shop creates accessible retail space

There are no gender or sexuality expectations at QThreadz

Riders with Bikers Against Child Abuse chose to visit the Peninsula on Sunday because of the Sidney Street Market and its food trucks. The market is operating out of a temporary location in the parking lot of the Mary Winspear Centre. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Tourists starting to roll back into Sidney

Sidney Street Market organizers, vendors observing more out-of-towners

Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Cindy Pendergast, left, of Sidney’s Truth and Alibi cannabis shop heads out to make what was believed to be the first delivery of cannabis in British Columbia, following that service’s legalization July 15. (Photo courtesy Truth and Alibi)

Sidney said to be site of first legal cannabis delivery in British Columbia

Truth and Alibi delivered to a Sidney couple at 9 a.m. sharp July 15 when deliveries became legal

Cindy Pendergast, left, of Sidney’s Truth and Alibi cannabis shop heads out to make what was believed to be the first delivery of cannabis in British Columbia, following that service’s legalization July 15. (Photo courtesy Truth and Alibi)
The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has established a Business Hall of Fame to honour individuals’ contributions to the region’s economy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Business Hall of Fame established to honour contributions to Greater Victoria economy

Selected individuals will be inducted this fall, with a ceremony set for February 2022

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has established a Business Hall of Fame to honour individuals’ contributions to the region’s economy. (Black Press Media file photo)
Andrew and Vanessa Johnson have opened Bicycle Pizza, subscription-based frozen pizza delivery and takeout service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Bicycle Pizza offers fresh or frozen options in Brentwood

Central Saanich operation uses collaborative, supportive and sustainable model

Andrew and Vanessa Johnson have opened Bicycle Pizza, subscription-based frozen pizza delivery and takeout service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
René Gauthier, founder of ecologyst, encourages other companies to move toward sustainable manufacturing practices. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Sustainable fashion brand ecologyst unveils new facility in Victoria

Consumers can see how clothing is made, watch seamstresses work in the open

René Gauthier, founder of ecologyst, encourages other companies to move toward sustainable manufacturing practices. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A high-profile property currently home to a parking lot in James Bay just off Victoria harbour has been purchased for potential use for a mixed-use development. (Courtesy of Mike Geric Construction)

Victoria company hopes to create paradise out of James Bay parking lot

Mike Geric Construction eyes mixed-use project for one of last undeveloped sites in neighbourhood

A high-profile property currently home to a parking lot in James Bay just off Victoria harbour has been purchased for potential use for a mixed-use development. (Courtesy of Mike Geric Construction)
The MV Coho plies the waters in Port Angeles Harbor during a maintenance sailing. (Black Press Media file photo)

Coho ferry headed out for a spin in Victoria

Black Ball Ferry Line conducting routine drills Tuesday

The MV Coho plies the waters in Port Angeles Harbor during a maintenance sailing. (Black Press Media file photo)
Design District Access on Pembroke and Government streets has been purchased by commercial designer Ann Squires Ferguson. (Google Maps)

Victoria commercial designer acquires fellow local firm, downtown showroom

Western Interior Design to ramp up its residential offerings

Design District Access on Pembroke and Government streets has been purchased by commercial designer Ann Squires Ferguson. (Google Maps)
“Poppy” is Platinum Floral Design’s new mobile flower truck. (Becca Carroll / Rivkah Photography)

“Poppy” the flower truck making the rounds in Greater Victoria

Pandemic prompts Sooke-based floral design company to add mobile flower truck

“Poppy” is Platinum Floral Design’s new mobile flower truck. (Becca Carroll / Rivkah Photography)
A local food tourism company opens its kiosk in the Steamship Terminal Building on July 17. (Google Maps)
A local food tourism company opens its kiosk in the Steamship Terminal Building on July 17. (Google Maps)
Gonzales Coffee owner Doug Pelton, left, and manager Sam Benson enjoy a coffee outside their store in Fairfield Plaza. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Gonzales Coffee has filled caffeine gap at Victoria’s Fairfield Plaza

Owner aims to connect community, offer unique goods in place of coffee giant

Gonzales Coffee owner Doug Pelton, left, and manager Sam Benson enjoy a coffee outside their store in Fairfield Plaza. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
The interior of the Songhees Nation’s new Seed & Stone cannabis location at 901 Gordon St. (Photo by Jay Wallace)

Songhees Nation co-owned cannabis store opens in downtown Victoria

First Nation plans to take educational approach to cannabis retailing

The interior of the Songhees Nation’s new Seed & Stone cannabis location at 901 Gordon St. (Photo by Jay Wallace)
The region’s first and only fully electric taxi fleet is ceasing operations June 28, citing the effects of the pandemic on business. (Current Taxi/Facebook)

Electric taxi service pulls the plug on Greater Victoria

Current Taxi will maintain Victoria licence, plans to return when economy rebounds

The region’s first and only fully electric taxi fleet is ceasing operations June 28, citing the effects of the pandemic on business. (Current Taxi/Facebook)
A rendering of One Bear Mountain, a 209-unit condo building expected to begin construction in Langford in early 2022. (Courtesy of 360 Pacifica and Terracap corporations)

18-storey condos with 15th floor pool to soar on Langford mountaintop

One Bear Mountain expected to begin construction in early 2022

A rendering of One Bear Mountain, a 209-unit condo building expected to begin construction in Langford in early 2022. (Courtesy of 360 Pacifica and Terracap corporations)
Owner Brun Dahlquist is pleased with the character and the space as Pluto’s fits into its new location at Quadra and Hillside. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Owner Brun Dahlquist is pleased with the character and the space as Pluto’s fits into its new location at Quadra and Hillside. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Mieran Loira, who works at Moxie’s restaurant on Yates Street, was named a winner in the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association’s #StandUpForService campaign. (Courtesy Town Hall Brands)
Mieran Loira, who works at Moxie’s restaurant on Yates Street, was named a winner in the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association’s #StandUpForService campaign. (Courtesy Town Hall Brands)
Two volunteers work to sieve a sample of sand and ocean water through a filter, capturing any potential microplastics. (Courtesy of Ocean Diagnostics)

Victoria startup making waves in microplastics research

New products from Ocean Diagnostics will make research faster, more affordable

Two volunteers work to sieve a sample of sand and ocean water through a filter, capturing any potential microplastics. (Courtesy of Ocean Diagnostics)
Steve Mann and Tim Hackett consider Marigold Lands their finest development. (Rendering courtesy Marigold Lands)

Marigold residences grow more townhouses and condos in Central Saanich

50 condos, 14 townhouses up next for project adjacent to Pat Bay Highway

Steve Mann and Tim Hackett consider Marigold Lands their finest development. (Rendering courtesy Marigold Lands)