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Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Under the management of GSL Holdings, the arena’s staff will soon use third-party facial verification to gain access to several areas. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria arena moving to facial verification security for staff

City facility partners with Vancouver-based surveillance technology firm on project

Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Under the management of GSL Holdings, the arena’s staff will soon use third-party facial verification to gain access to several areas. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Maison Birks on Government Street will close its jewelry store March 26, after operating for 74 years in downtown Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Birks departure from Victoria marks shift of downtown makeup: business association

Montreal-based jeweller to close Government Street shop on March 26 after 74 years in city

Maison Birks on Government Street will close its jewelry store March 26, after operating for 74 years in downtown Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Demand for electric vehicles in Greater Victoria is surging alongside gas prices, according to car dealerships. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)

‘Ridiculous increases’: Greater Victoria car dealerships see surge in EV interest

Electric vehicle sales on rise for years, but recent gas prices pushing more drivers to convert

Demand for electric vehicles in Greater Victoria is surging alongside gas prices, according to car dealerships. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
Fabricland and Black Sheep Quilt Shop have opened a new store in the Millstream Village in Langford. (Limara Yakemchuk/Black Press Media)

Customers serging to new fabric store location in Langford

Fabricland and Black Sheep Quilt Shop open new store in Millstream Village

Fabricland and Black Sheep Quilt Shop have opened a new store in the Millstream Village in Langford. (Limara Yakemchuk/Black Press Media)
A rendering of a proposed floating sauna for Victoria’s Inner Harbour. (Courtesy Havn Experiences Ltd.)

Floating Nordic-style spa proposed for Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Features would include saunas, hot and cold pools, green space

A rendering of a proposed floating sauna for Victoria’s Inner Harbour. (Courtesy Havn Experiences Ltd.)
Missy MacKintosh, founder of MisMacK Clean Cosmetics with stores in Salmon Arm and Victoria, is taking another shot at appearing on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. (Photo contributed)

Cosmetics entrepreneur opens Victoria shop, sharpens pitch for second stab at Dragons

Salmon Arm resident Missy MacKintosh now boasts two stores, expanded line

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Missy MacKintosh, founder of MisMacK Clean Cosmetics with stores in Salmon Arm and Victoria, is taking another shot at appearing on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. (Photo contributed)
Standing in the middle of her deli kitchen, Adriana Ramirez shows some of the products sold through her business, Adriana’s The Whole Enchildada, in Central Saanich. The business is playing an increasingly important role in the local food and agri-industry. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Authenticity, commitment served at Adriana’s The Whole Enchilada in Central Saanich

Multifaceted Keating Cross Road business deeply rooted on Saanich Peninsula

Standing in the middle of her deli kitchen, Adriana Ramirez shows some of the products sold through her business, Adriana’s The Whole Enchildada, in Central Saanich. The business is playing an increasingly important role in the local food and agri-industry. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Mom Market Collective has run a number of markets on Vancouver Island. It will host a series of Thursday night events in Langford in July. (Courtesy of Mom Market Collective)

New summer night market coming to Langford

Mom Market Collective to descend on Veteran’s Memorial Park on Thursdays in July

The Mom Market Collective has run a number of markets on Vancouver Island. It will host a series of Thursday night events in Langford in July. (Courtesy of Mom Market Collective)
Firefighters respond to a house fire on Church Road on Wednesday afternoon. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Six people flee Sooke house fire

Residents heard a loud bang, saw smoke

Firefighters respond to a house fire on Church Road on Wednesday afternoon. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sam Soliman, president and chief executive officer of Island Blue Print, says the business plans to grow in Sidney after Rolex Plastics and Printing Ltd. acquired the business in January. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney printing business looks to press on with growth after purchase

CEO clarifies sale of Island Blue Print after some misunderstanding

Sam Soliman, president and chief executive officer of Island Blue Print, says the business plans to grow in Sidney after Rolex Plastics and Printing Ltd. acquired the business in January. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Delisa Lewis works at her Green Fire Farm stand at the Esquimalt Farmers Market during a previous season. The farmers market will run twice weekly starting April 4. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt Farmers Market adding second night to weekly offerings

Organizers add Monday night market at Gorge Park Esquimalt starting April 4

Delisa Lewis works at her Green Fire Farm stand at the Esquimalt Farmers Market during a previous season. The farmers market will run twice weekly starting April 4. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tesla will anounce its new Langford service centre March 3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Tesla to reveal details of Langford service centre Thursday

Centre to be located between Costco and Home Depot, Mayor Stew Young says

Tesla will anounce its new Langford service centre March 3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Late morning view southward over the top of Victoria city hall, as seen from the top of the Fisgard Street parkade. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Business associations propose solutions to property tax squeezing small business

Taxation on redevelopment potential and unused airspace hurting small business: Downtown Victoria BA

Late morning view southward over the top of Victoria city hall, as seen from the top of the Fisgard Street parkade. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
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Owen Klassen polishes up a car as part of his new auto detailing small business in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Owen Klassen)

15-year-old Reynolds student begins auto-detailing business in Saanich

Owen Klassen goes to residents’ homes to make the process more convenient

Owen Klassen polishes up a car as part of his new auto detailing small business in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Owen Klassen)
Janice, left, and Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe receive congratulations from Karen Mason and Maya Maja Tait during a trophy presentation of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on Thursday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

PHOTOS: Mayor, chamber personally deliver business awards

Business Excellence Awards announced online by chamber last December.

Janice, left, and Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe receive congratulations from Karen Mason and Maya Maja Tait during a trophy presentation of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on Thursday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Foo Fighters will be at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre on Oct. 3. (Photo by Brantley Gutierrez)

Foo Fighters include Victoria in addition of 10 new tour locations

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre hosting hall of famers Oct. 3; tickets available as of Feb. 18

The Foo Fighters will be at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre on Oct. 3. (Photo by Brantley Gutierrez)
The District of Metchosin is currently seeking public feedback from residents near the old Metchosin school building on a proposed nano-brewery for the site. Letters were sent out to people in the area, who can submit feedback until Feb. 18. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin nano-brewery owners envision English-style taproom

Council is taking feedback from residents until Feb. 18

The District of Metchosin is currently seeking public feedback from residents near the old Metchosin school building on a proposed nano-brewery for the site. Letters were sent out to people in the area, who can submit feedback until Feb. 18. (Black Press Media file photo)
21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)

University of Victoria student turns class project idea into full-blown fashion business

Website aims to help art and design students find platform to share, sell their fashion pieces

21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)
Jasmine Family Restaurant owner Judy Wong said the restaurant is closing its doors in March after more than 20 years on the West Shore. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘A lot of sadness’: Jasmine Family Restaurant closing its doors in Colwood

After more than 20 years, local staple to close in March to make way for new development

Jasmine Family Restaurant owner Judy Wong said the restaurant is closing its doors in March after more than 20 years on the West Shore. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
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