Local Business

Hard-working employees Ingrid Vieira and Angela Bajich at the entrance to Sandpiper Gardens and Glass. (Photo by Don Bodger)

End of October the end of the line for garden portion of Sandpiper Gardens & Glass

Gunnell Borge decides to slow down, but family keeping property

Don Pigott, owner of Yellow Point Propagation, stands in front of a 1957 seed cleaner which sorts various species of seeds by size. The sorter is still in use at the Quennell Road business. (Duck Paterson photo)

Yellow Point company picks seeds for planting forests around the world

Yellow Point Propagation in the midst of seed-collecting season

  • Sep 1, 2021
Julie Stevens is makin’ bacon, lots of it, and cooking other things and pouring beer and serving and everything else at Canteen on the Green due to the labour shortage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Shortage of workers has Chemainus business owners scrambling

Students returning to school soon likely to compound the problem of filling jobs

Nanaimo Airport is starting to see business increase with COVID-19 travelling restrictions being eased, said Dave Devana, president and CEO. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo Airport ‘a lot busier,’ but passenger counts still far from pre-pandemic levels

An estimated 20,000 passengers travelled through YCD in July, says airport CEO

Nanaimo Airport is starting to see business increase with COVID-19 travelling restrictions being eased, said Dave Devana, president and CEO. (News Bulletin file)
Daisy & Vine is located at 32 High Street. (Daisy & Vine photo)

Daisy & Vine Vintage Design shows off a new look

Ladysmith’s latest home decor store had a grand re-opening on July 14

Daisy & Vine is located at 32 High Street. (Daisy & Vine photo)
Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)
There are some 800 to 1,000 boats at anchor in Ladysmith at any given time. (Cole Schisler photo)

Boaters frustrated by lack of gas dock in Ladysmith

Some 800 - 1,000 boats at anchor have no place to fuel up in Ladysmith

There are some 800 to 1,000 boats at anchor in Ladysmith at any given time. (Cole Schisler photo)
Sam Elkiw is the owner of Four One One, Ladysmith’s brand new men’s and women’s clothing store at 411B 1st Avenue. (Cole Schisler photo)
Sam Elkiw is the owner of Four One One, Ladysmith’s brand new men’s and women’s clothing store at 411B 1st Avenue. (Cole Schisler photo)
A conceptual rendering of the commercial plaza at 1130 Rocky Creek Road. (Town of Ladysmith/June 15 Council Agenda)

Rocky Creek commercial plaza passes public hearing

The proposed plaza at 1130 Rocky Creek Road would bring commercial activity to Ladysmith’s north end

A conceptual rendering of the commercial plaza at 1130 Rocky Creek Road. (Town of Ladysmith/June 15 Council Agenda)
Kate Cram and her team at Old Town Ice Cream are thrilled to be open for business. (Cole Schisler photo)

Old Town Ice Cream opens up right on time for summer

Located at 539 1st Avenue, Old Town Ice Cream is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Kate Cram and her team at Old Town Ice Cream are thrilled to be open for business. (Cole Schisler photo)
Fisherman Corey Thompson shows off bags of freshly caught spot prawns at Fisherman’s Wharf in Ladysmith. (Cole Schisler photo)

Spot prawns prove to be big business for local family

Corey Thompson and his family are hard at work selling spot prawns on Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman Corey Thompson shows off bags of freshly caught spot prawns at Fisherman’s Wharf in Ladysmith. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ladysmith & District Credit Union CEO John de Leeuw is celebrating 25 years with LDCU. (Submitted photo)
Ladysmith & District Credit Union CEO John de Leeuw is celebrating 25 years with LDCU. (Submitted photo)
Peter and Wayne Richmond and 49th Parallel Grocery won the award for Business Achievement 20+ Employees at the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Black Tie Awards on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Submitted)

Ladysmith businesses recognized at Black Tie Awards

Black Tie Awards are given annually by the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce

Peter and Wayne Richmond and 49th Parallel Grocery won the award for Business Achievement 20+ Employees at the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Black Tie Awards on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Submitted)
Ladysmith Save-On-Foods. (Cole Schisler photo)

$5.4 million in renovations coming for Ladysmith Save-On-Foods

Save-On-Foods would not say when the renovations will begin

Ladysmith Save-On-Foods. (Cole Schisler photo)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ladysmith’s In the Beantime Cafe has cleared the tables for their lobby following new public health orders that prohibit indoor dining. (Cole Schisler photo)

Restaurants blindsided by public health orders

‘It was definitely a circuit breaker’ local cafe owner says

Ladysmith’s In the Beantime Cafe has cleared the tables for their lobby following new public health orders that prohibit indoor dining. (Cole Schisler photo)
The new Clean Cart technology makes sure carts are well-sanitized for customer use. (Michael Briones photo)

Quality Foods opens new flagship store in Parksville

Mayor: ‘City is obviously growing out this way so it’s going to be a big help to all the residents’

The new Clean Cart technology makes sure carts are well-sanitized for customer use. (Michael Briones photo)
Indigenous Bloom’s Oyster Bay store is now open to the public. (Indigenous Bloom photo)
Indigenous Bloom’s Oyster Bay store is now open to the public. (Indigenous Bloom photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Plantitude’s ‘Stargazer Bubbles’. (Plantitude photo)

Plantitude offers ‘stargazer bubble’ dining experience

The 10 foot by seven foot bubbles can seat up to six people

Plantitude’s ‘Stargazer Bubbles’. (Plantitude photo)