Local Business

Sam Burke, sales associate at Goodfellas Cigar Shop, holds a carton of Dominion cigars. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Victoria cigar shops handle increased demand amid supply limitations

COVID-19 restricting imports, duty-free purchases but bolstering local sales

Sam Burke, sales associate at Goodfellas Cigar Shop, holds a carton of Dominion cigars. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Redlen Technologies, based in this complex near the Keating Industrial district in Central Saanich, has been wholly purchased by minority shareholder Canon for $341 million. (Google Streetview)

Canon purchases Central Saanich company for $341 million

Redlen gaining a reputation for manufacturing advanced medical imaging equipment

Redlen Technologies, based in this complex near the Keating Industrial district in Central Saanich, has been wholly purchased by minority shareholder Canon for $341 million. (Google Streetview)
Domestic students pursuing a degree in dentistry in Canada, including at the University of Victoria, pay on average the highest undergraduate tuition fees, while future teachers pay the lowest. (Black Press Media File)

Dentistry students drill down the most for tuition fees in Canada

Full-time domestic undergrads average $6,693 in fees for 2021-22 school year

Domestic students pursuing a degree in dentistry in Canada, including at the University of Victoria, pay on average the highest undergraduate tuition fees, while future teachers pay the lowest. (Black Press Media File)
Business is booming in Langford, where more condos are being developed and now more retail space proposed. (Black Press Media file photo)

21,000 square-feet in 4 buildings: Big retail proposal for Langford’s Happy Valley

Development would sit on Happy Valley and Latoria roads near the Metchosin-Langford border

  • Sep 7, 2021
Business is booming in Langford, where more condos are being developed and now more retail space proposed. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, enjoys a piece of sugar kelp, earlier in 2020. The company is part of the Oceans 2050 Seaweed Project, which won a 2021 Keeling Curve Prize. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney company part of award-winning climate change project

Cascadia Seaweed part of Oceans 2050 project that won Keeling Curve Prize

Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, enjoys a piece of sugar kelp, earlier in 2020. The company is part of the Oceans 2050 Seaweed Project, which won a 2021 Keeling Curve Prize. (Black Press Media file photo)
Markus Spodzieja (centre) with his crew members at the Bikery bakery. (Kiernan Green / News Staff)

The Bikery opens Island’s first kosher bakery in Victoria’s Public Market

Baker Markus Spodzieja and business partner Kimanda Jarzebiak filling a local niche

Markus Spodzieja (centre) with his crew members at the Bikery bakery. (Kiernan Green / News Staff)
John Rocher, chief experience officer at the Six Mile Pub and Eatery is masked up and ready to pour. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Greater Victoria’s oldest pub survived flu pandemic; in good shape to survive COVID

Six Mile Pub and Eatery planned ahead to be ready to serve patrons – if you’re vaccinated

John Rocher, chief experience officer at the Six Mile Pub and Eatery is masked up and ready to pour. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Popular Victoria music shop Lyle’s Place closed the end of August to prepare for Wednesday, Sept. 1 at noon, when everything becomes half off the lowest marked price. The store is closing for good afterward. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Staff expect lineups as Victoria music shop closes after 4 decades

Sales start Sept. 1 for those looking for deals, or to say goodbye

Popular Victoria music shop Lyle’s Place closed the end of August to prepare for Wednesday, Sept. 1 at noon, when everything becomes half off the lowest marked price. The store is closing for good afterward. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Victoria Police Department say the search for a Victoria senior reported missing Saturday afternoon was successful. (Courtesy VicPD)

83-year-old Victoria woman is safe after reported being missing

Police reported the woman missing Saturday afternoon

Victoria Police Department say the search for a Victoria senior reported missing Saturday afternoon was successful. (Courtesy VicPD)
Garry Groth, sales manager at Barnes Harley-Davidson, shows off one of the prized bikes in Harley’s collection. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Bikers galore: Barnes Harley-Davidson hosts its sixth Show and Shine in Langford

Bikers from across the region brought their prized bikes out for show

Garry Groth, sales manager at Barnes Harley-Davidson, shows off one of the prized bikes in Harley’s collection. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
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Survey says: 1 in 3 Canadians are looking to cash in on a side hustle

24% of respondents consider direct selling a realistic option to make more money

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Blighty’s Bistro, pictured here from the inside, ready to open on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 14. Under new management for the last year and a half, Blighty’s was still able to generate considerable revenue despite having to temporarily reduce its seating to 50 per cent capacity. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

New management keeps Oak Bay bistro alive during pandemic

Blighty’s makes a name for itself as a perfect date and fine dining spot

Blighty’s Bistro, pictured here from the inside, ready to open on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 14. Under new management for the last year and a half, Blighty’s was still able to generate considerable revenue despite having to temporarily reduce its seating to 50 per cent capacity. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
A new indoor mini-golf course set inside a haunted Victorian manor is coming to Victoria this fall. Haunted Manor will offer mini-golf, ping pong, food and alcohol. (@hauntedmanorvictoria/Instagram)

Haunted mini-golf, ping pong lounge coming to Victoria

Haunted Manor slated to open on Yates Street in mid-October

A new indoor mini-golf course set inside a haunted Victorian manor is coming to Victoria this fall. Haunted Manor will offer mini-golf, ping pong, food and alcohol. (@hauntedmanorvictoria/Instagram)
The City of Colwood conducted a Business Retention and Expansion survey, which gathered feedback on the needs and interests of the local business community. (Black Press Media file photo)

Survey takes the pulse of Colwood business

City will work with data, consulting firm to understand local business interests

The City of Colwood conducted a Business Retention and Expansion survey, which gathered feedback on the needs and interests of the local business community. (Black Press Media file photo)
Mayor Stew Young presented a plan in May for Station Avenue in Langford’s downtown core. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Vendor applications now open for Langford Station

Unofficial parking lot to be transformed into small business corridor

Mayor Stew Young presented a plan in May for Station Avenue in Langford’s downtown core. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Superflux Beer Company of Vancouver plans to open a Victoria location on Broughton Street this fall. (Instagram/Superfluxbeer)

Vancouver beer company taking over downtown Victoria space

Superflux {Cabana} looks to open on Broughton Street this fall, job postings going live soon

Superflux Beer Company of Vancouver plans to open a Victoria location on Broughton Street this fall. (Instagram/Superfluxbeer)
Toothbrushes, toothpaste containers and dental floss need not go to the landfill. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Toothbrushes, toothpaste containers and dental floss need not go to the landfill. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Paul Rivas developed a line of half-meat, half-veggie products to help cut meat consumption. (Contributed/Holy Cow!)

Turn up the meat – er, beet

New half-beef, half-veggie options help cut meat consumption

Paul Rivas developed a line of half-meat, half-veggie products to help cut meat consumption. (Contributed/Holy Cow!)
A woodsy backdrop sets the Local Folk Fair Summer Market at Sea Cider in Central Saanich apart from street markets. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Central Saanich market offers shopping, snacking in the woods

Local vendors range from food and farm fare to a variety of artisans

A woodsy backdrop sets the Local Folk Fair Summer Market at Sea Cider in Central Saanich apart from street markets. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Bocce courts, seen in the left corner of a rendering, are part of renovation plans for Canoe Brewpub as it transforms into Victoria’s first Craft Beer Market location. The plans received council approval earlier this month. (Courtesy of FORT Architecture)

Bocce courts, games room approved for Victoria’s Canoe Brewpub takeover renovations

Canadian brewpub chain Craft Beer Market purchased the pub in January

Bocce courts, seen in the left corner of a rendering, are part of renovation plans for Canoe Brewpub as it transforms into Victoria’s first Craft Beer Market location. The plans received council approval earlier this month. (Courtesy of FORT Architecture)