BUSINESS BEAT: Developer takes an electric step forward

Bosa Properties getting new residents plugged in to clean energy

Bosa Properties marketing and development associate Rob Elliott plugs in a BosaVolt charger to a vehicle at the Promontory Bayview Place building site in Vic West.

Unique amenities can be a selling feature for real estate properties, a fact Burnaby-based Bosa Properties is taking to heart for its Promontory at Bayview Place development.

Purchasers of the yet-to-be-built condominium project in Vic West have the option of having an electric vehicle charging station installed in their underground parking space before they move in.

The program, known as BosaVolt, is being instituted in all of the company’s new projects in British Columbia, a first for North America.

“Despite local and provincial governments’ push towards environmental sustainability, and despite the fact that British Columbian companies are emerging as leaders in green innovation, without the accompanying infrastructure to support green initiatives it is impossible for individuals to embrace the new technologies,” said Bosa senior vice-president Daryl Simpson.

The company, which is looking at installing 220-volt chargers – they take four to six hours to fully charge a vehicle – hopes to spur other developers into following suit.

For information on Promontory or BosaVolt, visit

Designers tackle custom chair project

Eleven local furniture designers are putting their best creative feet forward to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s B.C.-Yukon division.

Lûxe Home Interiors initiated the Pink Chair-ity fundraiser, in which designers create a unique chair in honour of someone who has had breast cancer. The chairs will ultimately be placed on display in the Lûxe showroom at 2655 Douglas St. throughout October.

On Oct. 26 the chairs will be auctioned off at a gala event with all funds going to the cause. For more information and a list of the participating designers, visit or call 250-386-7632.

Highland Pacific hosts summer fundraiser

Applications for the first Golf to Conquer Cancer cross-Canada day of golf are being accepted at Highland Pacific Golf. The 2013 event, slated for next July 25, will see thousands of golfers play in four-person teams, using a maximum of four clubs each, for four hours under a Texas scramble format. Players are required to raise at least $360 for the cause. For more information, drop by Highland Pacific at 450 Creed Rd. (250-478-4653) near Victoria General Hospital, or visit

Coffee sales benefit Tour de Rock campaign

Serious Coffee locations are raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society through their Tour de Rock Bean Drive, in which pictures of the 2012 Tour riders are printed on bags of coffee beans.

Now until Oct. 5, $1 from every 300-gram bag of Coal Miners (dark roast) and Three Amigos (medium) beans will go to Tour de Rock. If you’ve got a favourite rider, visit to see which outlet is paired with that rider and carries beans with their picture on the bags.

Business goings-on around and about town

Sylvia Main, operator of the Fairholme Manor Inn in Rockland, has released her second cookbook, Easy Elegance from Fabulous Fairholme. The book, with breakfast, lunch and dinner suggestions, runs $29.95 and can be found in local bookstores … Dr. Malcolm Walker opened Biosundara at Uptown next to Urban Barn, in the same building as Future Shop. The medi-spa offers leading-edge cosmetic treatments and is open seven days per week. For more information visit … Stephen Whipp Financial at Manulife Securities Incorporated has moved into a bigger space, at 734 Goldstream Ave. The expanded space will help accommodate advisors Stephen Whipp and Annette Quan and their staff. For information visit … Ruffell and Brown Interiors is celebrating 25 years in business this year. The blinds and draperies specialist, selected first in the News’ 2012 Best of the City reader poll, is located at 2745 Bridge St., or visit … The Oak Bay Beach Hotel added former Hotel Grand Pacific chef Brock Bowes as executive chef to its staff ahead of its October opening.

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