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Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet distilleries step up with hand sanitizer

Mass supply delivered to emergency operation centres in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.

Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)
The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce says the loss of an entire tourism season in Victoria due to COVID-19 means the loss of majority of revenues for businesses that depend on tourism. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce asks feds, province for more support for businesses

Chamber says current measures not enough for businesses to survive

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce says the loss of an entire tourism season in Victoria due to COVID-19 means the loss of majority of revenues for businesses that depend on tourism. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria health care worker sends plea to closed business to donate unused masks, gloves

Victoria health care worker sends plea to closed business to donate unused masks, gloves

Downtown street nurse Corey Ranger says salons, pubs, and restaurants can help even if they’re closed

Victoria health care worker sends plea to closed business to donate unused masks, gloves
Sweetpal Chauhan, operator of several Shell Gas stations in Greater Victoria, is donating 130 blankets and a full lunch to Our Place to help the homeless in a time of extreme struggle. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Greater Victoria business owner pays for lunches, blankets at Our Place in dire times

Shell operator Sweetpal Chauhan hopes to inspire others to help amidst COVID-19 worries

Sweetpal Chauhan, operator of several Shell Gas stations in Greater Victoria, is donating 130 blankets and a full lunch to Our Place to help the homeless in a time of extreme struggle. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Fernwood Inn at 1302 Gladstone Ave. is closing due to COVID-19. (Facebook/Fernwood Inn)
The Fernwood Inn at 1302 Gladstone Ave. is closing due to COVID-19. (Facebook/Fernwood Inn)
The development at 324/328 Cook Street and 1044, 1048, 1052/1054 Pendergast Street comes before committee of the whole on Thursday. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

Victoria considers four-storey building for former Pic-A- Flic site

Victoria city councillors to discuss development on Thursday

The development at 324/328 Cook Street and 1044, 1048, 1052/1054 Pendergast Street comes before committee of the whole on Thursday. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
The building which houses Cherry Bomb Toys at 1410 Broad Street is for sale (Google Maps)

Cherry Bomb Toys, which houses the National Toy Museum of Canada, has had a rough year

The property that’s home to Cherry Bomb Toys is listed at $2.6 million

The building which houses Cherry Bomb Toys at 1410 Broad Street is for sale (Google Maps)
Karen Mason is the new president of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce. (Contributed Photo)

Sooke Chamber of Commerce turning a corner, says new president

New executive works to regain relevance in the community

Karen Mason is the new president of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce. (Contributed Photo)
Local businesses on Lower Johsnon Street are looking to up the area’s security. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria security company sees jump in clients in lower downtown after influx of thefts

Themis Security has signed several new contracts for businesses in lower Yates, Johnson streets area

Local businesses on Lower Johsnon Street are looking to up the area’s security. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery is closing due to changing markets. (Island Bakery Facebook page)

Island Bakery in Cobble Hill to close

Cobble Hill store in business since 1982

Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery is closing due to changing markets. (Island Bakery Facebook page)
Local businesses on Lower Johsnon Street are looking to up the area’s security. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria businesses band together to hire private security company following rise in thefts

Lower Johnson Street businesses have had little to no response from VicPD

Local businesses on Lower Johsnon Street are looking to up the area’s security. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Linda and Patrick Plunkett both work for 9-10 Club Soup Kitchen. They were able to stock up on some much needed supplies at Wellburn’s Market, which was giving away all leftover food before the store is boarded up. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria charities invited to take all remaining food at Wellburn’s Market

The long-standing local grocery store was forced into an early permanent closure after flooding

Linda and Patrick Plunkett both work for 9-10 Club Soup Kitchen. They were able to stock up on some much needed supplies at Wellburn’s Market, which was giving away all leftover food before the store is boarded up. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A sewing needle was found in food purchased from the Oak Bay Red Barn Market. It was in one of these four items, though it is not certain which one. (File contributed/ Josh Stevens)

Oak Bay woman finds sewing needle in food

Kim Stevens says she found the needle in food purchase from local grocery store

A sewing needle was found in food purchased from the Oak Bay Red Barn Market. It was in one of these four items, though it is not certain which one. (File contributed/ Josh Stevens)
Heidi Sherwood, owner of Sattva Spa, has decided to close down her business after months of efforts to combat the damages felt from a fire that occurred next door on May 6, 2019. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria spa permanently closes its doors eight months after devastating fire

Sattva Spa will no longer reopen after the building was destroyed by neighbouring fire

Heidi Sherwood, owner of Sattva Spa, has decided to close down her business after months of efforts to combat the damages felt from a fire that occurred next door on May 6, 2019. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Scott Thompson took over W&J Wilson Clothiers from his parents. The shop has been in his family for generations, and is the oldest running family business in its original location in North America. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria’s longest-running, original location business is older than Canada

W&J Wilson Clothiers is also the oldest family-run clothing business in North America

Scott Thompson took over W&J Wilson Clothiers from his parents. The shop has been in his family for generations, and is the oldest running family business in its original location in North America. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Greg Sherwell, owner of the Esquimalt Roasting Company, stands in front of his coffee roaster, which allows him to have freshly-roasted coffee beans in 10 minutes. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Esquimalt welcomes first coffee roastery

The Esquimalt Roasting Company offers fresh coffee in micro batches

Greg Sherwell, owner of the Esquimalt Roasting Company, stands in front of his coffee roaster, which allows him to have freshly-roasted coffee beans in 10 minutes. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Van Isle Jewellers wasn’t your average “off-the-shelf” kind of shop store manager Cathy Scott said. The family-owned business will close in December after 70 years in Victoria. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Van Isle Jewellers closing its doors

Untimely death of owner followed string of financially tough years

Van Isle Jewellers wasn’t your average “off-the-shelf” kind of shop store manager Cathy Scott said. The family-owned business will close in December after 70 years in Victoria. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS