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Best of the WestShore Awards 2021 publication cover

Best of the WestShore 2021: The results are in

Find out which local businesses have won the hearts of local residents

Without an Island sales and service centre, Tesla owners have to make a trip to Vancouver to make repairs impossible at a traditional auto shop. (Vancouver Island Tesla Owners)

Vancouver Island’s first Tesla sales, service centre rumoured for Langford

“Reputable source” of Victoria Tesla driver says temporary service centre coming to Victoria

As part of small business week (Oct. 18 to 22), Sidney BIA is offering various discounted programs to help small local businesses succeed online. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Sidney BIA helping local small businesses succeed online

Business group offers discounted programs during small business week

Root Cellar owners Daisy and Adam Orser stand in front of their new Cook Street location on its opening day Oct. 20. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Root Cellar opens on Cook Street to warm welcome

Old Oxford Foods space transformed with modern renovation

Root Cellar owners Daisy and Adam Orser stand in front of their new Cook Street location on its opening day Oct. 20. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Victoria’s Canoe Brewpub will soon be the ninth Craft Beer Market location in Canada. (Google maps)

Canoe closes its doors in Victoria to make way for new identity

Brewpub closes for extensive renovation as it takes on new Craft Beer Market brand

Victoria’s Canoe Brewpub will soon be the ninth Craft Beer Market location in Canada. (Google maps)
A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)
Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort on the Malahat was among seven eateries on the Island that made the opentable.com Top 100 best patios list. (OpenTable photo)

Seven Vancouver Island eateries crack national outdoor dining top 100 list

Diner-voted restaurants on Island range from Mill Bay to Oak Bay, Saanich to downtown Victoria

Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort on the Malahat was among seven eateries on the Island that made the opentable.com Top 100 best patios list. (OpenTable photo)
Companies are looking to suburban markets, including Langford, to find office space. (Black Press Media file photo)

Demand from Greater Victoria’s tech industry filling office supply

Businesses looking to suburban markets to find space

Companies are looking to suburban markets, including Langford, to find office space. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Fall Home Show returns to Greater Victoria Oct. 15 to 17 at West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre. (Courtesy Evergreen Exhibitions)

Fall Home Show returns to Greater Victoria

More than 100 booths set to fill West Shore venue

The Fall Home Show returns to Greater Victoria Oct. 15 to 17 at West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre. (Courtesy Evergreen Exhibitions)
Tom Michell of Michell’s Farm crouches amid piles of pumpkins in his Central Saanich field. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pumpkin patch family fun returns to Central Saanich farm

Channel your inner Charlie Brown at Michell’s Farm

Tom Michell of Michell’s Farm crouches amid piles of pumpkins in his Central Saanich field. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Nulla Project founders Nancy Prevost-Maurice, left, and Caroline Thibault. (Photo courtesy of The Nulla Project)

Victoria company’s reusable coffee mug program growing, despite pandemic

More people and shops are using The Nulla Project’s cups than ever before

The Nulla Project founders Nancy Prevost-Maurice, left, and Caroline Thibault. (Photo courtesy of The Nulla Project)
Representatives from Van Isle Windows celebrate a previous Torch Awards win at a gala hosted by the Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island. The 2021 finalists were recently announced. (Facebook/Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island)

Better Business Bureau Torch Awards double down with annual Vancouver Island celebration

2021 finalists come from two years of nominees; all to be recognized at November gala in Victoria

Representatives from Van Isle Windows celebrate a previous Torch Awards win at a gala hosted by the Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island. The 2021 finalists were recently announced. (Facebook/Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island)
Five of the top business leaders in Greater Victoria will be inducted into the Chamber Business Hall of Fame in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

First inductees of Greater Victoria’s new business hall of fame announced

Five inductees recognized as role models in region’s economic growth, prosperity

Five of the top business leaders in Greater Victoria will be inducted into the Chamber Business Hall of Fame in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says the recent sale of Central Saanich’s Redlen Technologies to Canon marks another chapter in the ongoing success stories for Peninsula-based tech companies. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says the recent sale of Central Saanich’s Redlen Technologies to Canon marks another chapter in the ongoing success stories for Peninsula-based tech companies. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)
Potts Pilsner, crafted by Victoria brewery Moon Under Water, scored gold at the 2021 Canadian Brewing Awards. (Courtesy Moon Under Water Brewery)
Potts Pilsner, crafted by Victoria brewery Moon Under Water, scored gold at the 2021 Canadian Brewing Awards. (Courtesy Moon Under Water Brewery)
8408 Lawrence Road sold for the record-breaking asking price of $22.75 million. Amenities include a full gym, tennis courts and a mechanical boat launch. (Engel & Volkers)

Sale of Saanich Peninsula estate breaks Greater Victoria price record

Agent says sale of the $22.75 million estate shows an increased demand in luxury properties

8408 Lawrence Road sold for the record-breaking asking price of $22.75 million. Amenities include a full gym, tennis courts and a mechanical boat launch. (Engel & Volkers)
Sara Hutchison, Brennan Woolley and Sarah Howarth of Peninsula Co-op. (Alec Wheeler photo)

5 cents for every litre of fuel purchased at Peninsula Co-op flows to charity

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, funds will go out to the Help Fill A Dream foundation

Sara Hutchison, Brennan Woolley and Sarah Howarth of Peninsula Co-op. (Alec Wheeler photo)
Dexter Macaisa, team lead for assembly process and development at Central Saanich’s Redlen Technologies, works on component of the company’s ground-breaking new CT technology. Canon recently paid $341 million to acquire the remaining 85 per cent of the company after having purchased 15 per cent earlier. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

CEO believes Central Saanich’s Redlen can hit $1 billion in revenue after purchase by Canon

Glenn Bindley also predicts that company will boost region’s high-tech reputation

Dexter Macaisa, team lead for assembly process and development at Central Saanich’s Redlen Technologies, works on component of the company’s ground-breaking new CT technology. Canon recently paid $341 million to acquire the remaining 85 per cent of the company after having purchased 15 per cent earlier. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kindred Apparel Inc. founder and owner Alexandra Bouchard is excited about the new direction her supplier in India is taking. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Kindred Apparel Inc. founder and owner Alexandra Bouchard is excited about the new direction her supplier in India is taking. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce has published results of an online survey of local business owners and consumers on their thoughts on the use and implementation of the province’s vaccine passport system. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Sooke chamber gets mixed opinions in survey on vaccine passports

Online poll finds businesses, consumers see issue of implementation slightly differently

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce has published results of an online survey of local business owners and consumers on their thoughts on the use and implementation of the province’s vaccine passport system. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)