OUT AND ABOUT: Election campaign winding down, local businesses ramping up

Final all-candidates meetings set for West Shore, new businesses opening up

We are in the home stretch of the election campaign, with only 12 days until we decide who will be our Members of Parliament for the West Shore. It’s a friendly reminder to everyone to make sure you have your electoral cards and are prepared to vote.

Speaking of voting; the ballots are being tallied for the first-ever Best of the Westshore. Keep your eyes on the Gazette as we announce the category winners on Oct. 30.

There are some new businesses opening their doors on the West Shore and this is great news for our five communities. Make sure to stop by and welcome them to the neighbourhood.

Many people may have noticed that Rexall pharmacy has opened its doors in a new building on the Old Island Highway at Goldstream Avenue; we’re waiting with anticipation for the new Royal Bank branch there to follow suit.

Langford Best Buy, converted from a Future Shop earlier this year at 779 McCallum Rd., hosts its grand opening on Oct. 9. The store offers home theatre products, electronics, computers and so much more; watch the Gazette for details on upcoming events.

Coming soon will be the opening of the new McDonald’s Restaurant beside Rona on Langford Parkway. The ribbon- and cake-cutting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, so be sure to mark that date on your calendars.

Orange Theory Fitness is the newest tenant in Westshore Town Centre and will be located close to Fairway Market. The new gym is offering some great pre-opening rates; get in touch with them to find out how affordably you can fit fitness into your day to day.

A new fitness and supplement store is opening on Goldstream Avenue. House of Grains will offer supplements and nutrition products, feature a smoothie bar and a full clothing line at the front of the store, with the rear of the space dedicated to fitness instruction and classes geared to all fitness levels.

Tomorrow evening (Oct. 8), an all-candidates’ debate for the riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke takes place at Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Ave. in Colwood. This event starts at 7 p.m. This is a great chance to see and hear from your candidates.

On Oct. 13, a candidates’ debate for the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding happens at the Royal Canadian Legion, 761 Station Ave. in Langford. And, voters in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke have what may be a final chance to hear the views of their MP hopefuls, when the Metchosin Community Association hosts a forum the following night (Oct. 14), 7 p.m. at the Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Rd. at Happy Valley Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Goldstream Station Market hosts its final farm market of the season Oct. 17; mark this one on your calendar as a wrap up for the season and a chance to make connections with your favourite vendors.

And, the Westshore Chamber of Commerce hosts its Chamber mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Darcy’s Pub, 737 Goldstream Ave. The pub is offering two-for-one drink specials and members are welcome to stay to hear Rifflandia performers Steph MacPherson and Christian Down.

Do you have business news about the West Shore? Send an email with the details to Christine at cscott@goldstreamgazette, or to Shelley at swestwood@goldstreamgazette.com.