Local Business

Owners Josh Goyert (left) and Chris Jones (right) outside their new location on Goldstream Avenue. (Courtesy of Chris Jones)

Langford location of Jones BBQ long time coming

Co-owner Chris Jones grew up in Langford and had been planning a location in the city for years

The new Amazon facility in Sidney is expected to open in early-to-mid October. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Amazon facility in Sidney expected to open this month

Contractor, as well as Amazon itself, continue to hire

Design Build Services is celebrating the official opening of its Tallwood 1 building in the District 56 development in Langford. (Black Press Media)

B.C.’s second-largest encapsulated mass timber building welcomes tenants in Langford

Tallwood 1 a component of District 56 development

  • Sep 27, 2022
Design Build Services is celebrating the official opening of its Tallwood 1 building in the District 56 development in Langford. (Black Press Media)
Salt Legacy business partners Tisha Becker (left) and Meaghan McDonald with some of their backpacks made from sailcloth. (Courtesy of Salt Legacy)

Victoria’s Salt Legacy sews history, upcycling together with sailcloth product line

Backpacks look to tell the stories of the old sails while diverting waste

Salt Legacy business partners Tisha Becker (left) and Meaghan McDonald with some of their backpacks made from sailcloth. (Courtesy of Salt Legacy)
Curtis Vertefeuille (right), owner, and Andrew Harris, manager of the new Langford Moes store. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Month-end opening for Moe’s Home Langford store

‘It’s going to have a much different look than our downtown store,’ says franchise owner

  • Sep 4, 2022
Curtis Vertefeuille (right), owner, and Andrew Harris, manager of the new Langford Moes store. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Summer beers brewed in Victoria benefit a variety of causes in B.C. and Alberta. (Vancouver Island Brewery/Facebook)

Victoria beer makers brew up charitable flavours

Beaches, salmon stocks and more benefit from breweries giving back

Summer beers brewed in Victoria benefit a variety of causes in B.C. and Alberta. (Vancouver Island Brewery/Facebook)
Laska Pare, founder and CEO of Flipside Plastics, with the Victoria company’s first soap dish model, made from coffee lids that were discarded at local cafes. (Courtesy of Flipside Plastics)

Global plastic waste leads to Victoria company’s upcycled soap dish

Flipside Plastics is gearing up to release its new and improved model this fall

Laska Pare, founder and CEO of Flipside Plastics, with the Victoria company’s first soap dish model, made from coffee lids that were discarded at local cafes. (Courtesy of Flipside Plastics)
The Victoria International Airport has been named the most efficient airport in North America in the under 5 million passengers category. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria airport named most efficient of its size in North America

The recognition comes from the 2022 Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Report

The Victoria International Airport has been named the most efficient airport in North America in the under 5 million passengers category. (Black Press Media file photo)
Recycled textiles that go into the production of Anian’s clothes. (Courtesy of Anian)

Victoria company goes circular with recycled, long-lasting clothing line

Anian transitioned to sourcing post-industrial and post-consumer textiles in 2018

Recycled textiles that go into the production of Anian’s clothes. (Courtesy of Anian)
Jared VanderMeer shares tips in creative photography while sharing iconic scenes of Victoria such as Fisherman’s Wharf. (Jared VanderMeer/Instagram)

Vancouver Island inspires North Saanich creator to go pro on TikTok

Jared VanderMeer hopes to hit 1M followers by month’s end

Jared VanderMeer shares tips in creative photography while sharing iconic scenes of Victoria such as Fisherman’s Wharf. (Jared VanderMeer/Instagram)
Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill on Fifth Street has closed its doors. Owner Andrew Hansen cited expenses and staff shortages for the closure. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill closes after 35 years

Owner Andrew Hansen cites staff shortages for closure

Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill on Fifth Street has closed its doors. Owner Andrew Hansen cited expenses and staff shortages for the closure. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Long-time owner of Sassy’s Restaurant Cory Porter (second from right) and his daughter Jen Porter (right) watch during the closing ceremony for the restaurant Sunday afternoon. The restaurant closed after 43 years. (Courtesy of Shonie Cooper)

Central Saanich says goodbye to Sassy’s Restaurant

More than 100 people mark closure of famed family restaurant after 43 years

Long-time owner of Sassy’s Restaurant Cory Porter (second from right) and his daughter Jen Porter (right) watch during the closing ceremony for the restaurant Sunday afternoon. The restaurant closed after 43 years. (Courtesy of Shonie Cooper)
Fox & Monocle in North Saanich is among the top new restaurants in Canada, named by enRoute magazine, a few months after opening this spring. (Fox & Monocle/Facebook)

Spring startup in North Saanich makes top 30 list of Canadian new restaurants

Fresh-faced bakery/restaurant finds itself on the enRoute long list of best new restaurants

Fox & Monocle in North Saanich is among the top new restaurants in Canada, named by enRoute magazine, a few months after opening this spring. (Fox & Monocle/Facebook)
Erika Nelson, manager of manages Bosley’s By Pet Valu in Sidney, says she is proud of the way her business has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Several Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs used COVID-19 as a pivot point

Long-established businesses proved resilient, even flourishing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Erika Nelson, manager of manages Bosley’s By Pet Valu in Sidney, says she is proud of the way her business has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
From left: Maureen, Emily, Jamie, Daniel and Wayne Ralph. The Ralph family, including daughter Kirstie (not pictured), has worked together to create Victoria Cider Co. (Nicole Crescenzi)

Saanich Peninsula welcomes new family-run cidery

Victoria Cider Co. offers nine estate-grown ciders

  • Aug 20, 2022
From left: Maureen, Emily, Jamie, Daniel and Wayne Ralph. The Ralph family, including daughter Kirstie (not pictured), has worked together to create Victoria Cider Co. (Nicole Crescenzi)
Chrissy Olsen, second from left, says she is not sure yet what she will do after Sassy’s Restaurant closes this Saturday, but she will miss owner Cory Porter (left) as well as Barry McGarvy and Rich Nelson, who have also worked decades at the restaurant. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Staff says goodbye to Sassy’s Restaurant in Central Saanich

Chrissy Olsen will miss her colleagues and the Porters as the iconic restaurant closes this Saturday

Chrissy Olsen, second from left, says she is not sure yet what she will do after Sassy’s Restaurant closes this Saturday, but she will miss owner Cory Porter (left) as well as Barry McGarvy and Rich Nelson, who have also worked decades at the restaurant. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Totchos opens this fall at Westshore Town Centre. (Courtesy Westshore Town Centre)

Tater tots dominate menu at new West Shore eatery

Totchos opens this fall at Westshore Town Centre

Totchos opens this fall at Westshore Town Centre. (Courtesy Westshore Town Centre)
Saravanan “Sammy” Periyasamy, 45, takes a break from his work in Yumbrosia Fine Foods He and his family were set to reopen the business Monday (Aug. 15) after its closure last December following the sudden death of owner Ihsan Askar. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Yumbrosia reopening in Oak Bay after months of closure

Southern Indian family works to preserve late owner’s legacy and business model

Saravanan “Sammy” Periyasamy, 45, takes a break from his work in Yumbrosia Fine Foods He and his family were set to reopen the business Monday (Aug. 15) after its closure last December following the sudden death of owner Ihsan Askar. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Unbuilders removes the brick walls of a building on Fort Street in Victoria. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
Unbuilders removes the brick walls of a building on Fort Street in Victoria. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
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