Local Business

Happy Buddha Cannabis plans to re-submit its application for its proposed Beacon Avenue store with this storefront design as approved by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCRB) and after a court had ruled in the business’ favour. (Happy Buddha Cannabis/Submitted)

Happy Buddha Cannabis hopes to be before Sidney council ‘soon’

Promise comes after a court ruled in favour of the business

Happy Buddha Cannabis plans to re-submit its application for its proposed Beacon Avenue store with this storefront design as approved by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCRB) and after a court had ruled in the business’ favour. (Happy Buddha Cannabis/Submitted)
Cannabis flowers on display at Pacificanna give customers chance to peruse their options before purchasing.                                 (Nina Grossman/News staff)

Fairfield cannabis store gains footing after opening mid-pandemic

Victoria shop modeled after standard retail stores, displays

Cannabis flowers on display at Pacificanna give customers chance to peruse their options before purchasing.                                 (Nina Grossman/News staff)
Get a chance to meet the horses of Victoria Carriage Tours up close and personal in Brentwood. The company is offering trolley rides by donation on Sundays through Aug. 2. (Facebook/Victoria Carriage Tours)

Victoria carriage operator trots horse-drawn trolley tours into Brentwood Bay

By-donation, socially distanced rides offered as a thank you to community

Get a chance to meet the horses of Victoria Carriage Tours up close and personal in Brentwood. The company is offering trolley rides by donation on Sundays through Aug. 2. (Facebook/Victoria Carriage Tours)
Tracey McCullough and her husband Brent sit behind their four children Jordan, Lauren, Conner and Kaylee in North Saanich’s In the Garden Childcare Centre. It recently moved to the former Royal Canadian Legion building on Mills Road. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich daycare moves with pandemic

COVID-19 created challenges, but also opportunities for business

Tracey McCullough and her husband Brent sit behind their four children Jordan, Lauren, Conner and Kaylee in North Saanich’s In the Garden Childcare Centre. It recently moved to the former Royal Canadian Legion building on Mills Road. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Beer drinkers in B.C. had the chance to fill their growlers at restaurants so that the restaurants could sell off the beer from opened kegs before they spoiled. (Joe Wiebe Photo)

B.C. ends short experiment with growler fills at restaurants

Province extends take-out sales of six-packs, wine

Beer drinkers in B.C. had the chance to fill their growlers at restaurants so that the restaurants could sell off the beer from opened kegs before they spoiled. (Joe Wiebe Photo)
Sandy Oliver, owner of Sidney’s Star Cinema, stands outside the theatre’s temporary location at 9824 Fifth St. The theatre reopened on July 3 after having closed its doors because of COVID-19 in mid-March. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Star Cinema looks to reel in audience with reopening

It’s lights, camera, action — again — for Sidney’s Star Cinema in…

Sandy Oliver, owner of Sidney’s Star Cinema, stands outside the theatre’s temporary location at 9824 Fifth St. The theatre reopened on July 3 after having closed its doors because of COVID-19 in mid-March. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A virtual career fair is offering people the chance to chat with experts in the film industry. (Photo by Penny Rogers/Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission)

Virtual film industry career fair offers chance to talk with the experts

Experts in 11 different departments, three film union representative will be in attendance

A virtual career fair is offering people the chance to chat with experts in the film industry. (Photo by Penny Rogers/Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission)
Nancy James, owner of the Maresa Boutique, Bunny Doyle, owner of Shabby Rabbit clothing, and Dale Shaw, owner of the Oak Bay Gallery, said their businesses are struggling despite reopening after COVID-19 closures and now face additional hardship due to the parking turned into patio space in Oak Bay Village. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Owners say loss of parking pushes businesses to the brink

New Penny Farthing patio ‘will be like New Orleans, or Las Vegas’

Nancy James, owner of the Maresa Boutique, Bunny Doyle, owner of Shabby Rabbit clothing, and Dale Shaw, owner of the Oak Bay Gallery, said their businesses are struggling despite reopening after COVID-19 closures and now face additional hardship due to the parking turned into patio space in Oak Bay Village. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Colin Holt, manager at Bolen Books, has noticed an increase in demand for books on anti-racism. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Book stores in Victoria notice uptick in sales for anti-racism titles

White Fragility, How to be an Antiracist are among the best selling titles

Colin Holt, manager at Bolen Books, has noticed an increase in demand for books on anti-racism. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Nadia Mugeni dealt with various racial jokes from coworkers at her former job in Canada. “That was one of the first times I became conscious of my black skin,” she said. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Black business owners in Victoria share first-hand experiences with racism

‘The moment they saw my black skin and heard my thick accent they put me in a box’

Nadia Mugeni dealt with various racial jokes from coworkers at her former job in Canada. “That was one of the first times I became conscious of my black skin,” she said. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Lloyd English, who co-owns and operates Peninsula Academy of Music Arts with his wife Diane, fears for the future of the music industry. (Don Bodger/Submitted)

Curtain falls on traditional model of teaching at North Saanich music studio

Saanich Peninsula music teacher strikes flat note about future of music industry

Lloyd English, who co-owns and operates Peninsula Academy of Music Arts with his wife Diane, fears for the future of the music industry. (Don Bodger/Submitted)
Mo:Lé Restaurant, a popular Greater Victoria eatery, has shut its two locations indefinitely, as owner Josh Miller confirmed on Facebook. (Facebook/Mo:Lé Restaurant)

Popular Greater Victoria eatery Mo:Lé Restaurant shuts its doors permanently

Owner says decision ‘wasn’t an easy one to make, but it was the right one’

Mo:Lé Restaurant, a popular Greater Victoria eatery, has shut its two locations indefinitely, as owner Josh Miller confirmed on Facebook. (Facebook/Mo:Lé Restaurant)
Very Good Butchers pitch plant-based vegan meat alternatives to Dragons’ Den. (Courtesy Very Good Butchers)

Victoria vegan butcher goes public on stock market

The Very Good Butchers are on the Canadian Securities Exchange

Very Good Butchers pitch plant-based vegan meat alternatives to Dragons’ Den. (Courtesy Very Good Butchers)
Amatista Spa at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa officially opens its doors for the first time on June 16 with high safety standards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of Jennifer Burgin)
Amatista Spa at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa officially opens its doors for the first time on June 16 with high safety standards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of Jennifer Burgin)
The number of passengers flying in and out of Victoria International Airport dropped significantly in April 2020. This West Jet flight leaving Victoria International in April had only six passengers. (Courtesy of Kate Korte).

Pandemic nearly grounds passenger count at Victoria International Airport

Passenger volume down 98 per cent at Victoria International Airport in April

The number of passengers flying in and out of Victoria International Airport dropped significantly in April 2020. This West Jet flight leaving Victoria International in April had only six passengers. (Courtesy of Kate Korte).
Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Marine activities open with COVID-19 measures

“I’m just happy to get back on the water.”

Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
CITTA Construction began building the mass timber warehouse in Langford at the end of May. (Courtesy of Studio 321 Architects)

New mass timber building popping up in Langford

Construction to house one of Canada’s largest plumbing supply companies

CITTA Construction began building the mass timber warehouse in Langford at the end of May. (Courtesy of Studio 321 Architects)
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Lakes Restaurant assistant manager Renee Barone (left) and general manager Holly Langlais are looking forward to opening the pool deck turned patio to restaurant guests. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Pool deck turns patio as Saanich restaurant cooks up creative outdoor seating options

District supports local businesses such as The Lakes Restaurant in creating seating

The Lakes Restaurant assistant manager Renee Barone (left) and general manager Holly Langlais are looking forward to opening the pool deck turned patio to restaurant guests. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Colwood will be organizing a roundtable discussion to give business owners a chance to talk about their re-opening plans amid COVID-19 on Friday, May 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Colwood hosts pandemic recovery roundtable discussion

Attendees must RSVP for virtual meeting on May 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Colwood will be organizing a roundtable discussion to give business owners a chance to talk about their re-opening plans amid COVID-19 on Friday, May 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Black Press Media File Photo)