Sales and sweaters mark end of a season

As you walk the waterfront grab a photo at the Welcome to Gracepoint sign, as it won’t be here much longer

With the heavy rain last week we were reminded that fall weather is just around the corner.

That means it’s time to start thinking about fall fashion and especially sweaters, scarves and jackets. Citizen in Estevan Village has some great brands to choose from for men and women, as does W&J Wilson, located across from Windsor Park and around the corner from Reflections Hair Design and Accessory Consignment. …

Before we are fully engulfed in the fall rain, I suggest heading down to Pedego Electric Bicycles to take a tour on the amazing electric assist bicycles.

After riding one you will only have two questions to ask yourself: What colour would I look best on? And: To pedal or not to pedal?

These bikes are a great way to get out and stay active with a little help. Pop in and see owner Charles Turner, he will be happy to answer all your questions. …

This past week found me down at the Oak Bay Marina Restaurant’s Sushi Bar for some amazing sushi crafted by David Nakayama. My recommendation is the Pacific roll it’s the perfect blend of salmon skin and crab. You can finish the meal off with a wonderful coffee and dessert from the restaurant side and take a walk along the water. …

As you walk the waterfront grab a photo at the Welcome to Gracepoint sign, as it won’t be here much longer. …

Saturday morning found me in the wonderful Estevan Village.

I was on a quest for a birthday gift for my three-year-old niece and Buddies Toys had just what I was looking for. With so many great, quality brands from all over the world, Buddies always has what I am looking for. …

I popped in next door to Bungalow for a gift bag and the perfect card and my birthday gift shopping was done!  Then it was time for a coffee and a cupcake at Crumsby’s. …

Moving on to Oak Bay Ave. on Saturday afternoon, I was enjoying the sun while shopping at both Nicholas Randall and Finn and Izzy’s annual week-after-labour-day sidewalk sale.

There were so many wonderful deals to be had. Both stores are making room for all the amazing new fall products.

While browsing I also had the opportunity to catch up with my fabulous realtor, Jordy Harris as he was heading into Starbucks.

Jordy, who works for Newport Realty, is Oak Bay raised like myself, and knows his market. He made my home buying experience last year painless and with the great result of an amazing home. Plus, I made a great friend. …

Another true sign of fall is that the last Oak Bay Village Night Market of the 2014 season is upon us. Tonight (Sept. 10) is the final market, and I suggest heading down to pick up some great produce or the best piece of fudge. …

Sadly, this is my last Sidewalk Superintendent column as I am moving on to new career adventures.

I will truly miss working with the many great Oak Bay business owners and employees I have come to know.

It has been a wonderful experience and I have learned so much. But fear not, Ginger and I won’t be going far. We will still be living in Oak Bay, frequenting Pharmasave, Jennings Florist, The Penny Farthing (well I will, but Ginger is too furry to dine there), De’lish, Bungalow (Ginger’s favourite – they have the best cookies and cuddles) and Ivy’s Bookshop.

And we are very much looking forward to Pumpkin Art and the most wonderful event of the year The Oak Bay Ave Light-Up.

Dianne’s Tidbits and Tips

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the Gracepoint Premier event brought to you by the Oak Bay News and the businesses of Oak Bay Village. Save the date for Oct. 2. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Oak Bay Fire Department.

Oak Bay Archives & Heritage Present Jean Sparks: Tales of A Seaside Village c1890-1920 on Wednesday Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Windsor Park Pavilion.

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