Local Business

People purchase ice cream from one of Meedo Falou’s Rainbow Ice Cream trucks, in Tsawwassen, B.C., on Monday, August 1, 2022. Much of Canada has been sweltering, but that’s cold comfort for ice cream truck vendors like Falou, who says inflation and high fuel costs are melting away his profits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VIDEO: B.C. ice cream truck operator says inflation is chilling business, despite summer swelter

Rainbow Ice Cream owner says cost of sweet treat has gone up 60 per cent

 

Corey Bradder, left, and Aaron Colyn show off Twin City Brewing’s national awards, while Robin Miles and Andy Richards hold up their hardware from the recent Canadian Brewing Awards. (Courtesy of Twin City Brewing)

From lagers to IPAs, Island beers take top honours at Canadian Brewing Awards

9 Island breweries bring home prizes from 2022 Canadian Brewing Awards

 

Nanaimo author Josh Gillingham has created the Vancouver Island Coffee Tour website that includes a map with directions to a growing list of more than 50 independent coffee roasters across the Island and Gulf Islands that tourists and residents can follow to find the region’s best brews. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo author’s online ‘coffee tour’ an added perk for visiting Vancouver Island

Residents and visitors can follow guide to more than 50 Island-region coffee roasters

 

Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon
 was chided by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dennis in a Friday, March 18 letter, for making what Dennis termed a ‘misleading’ statement about provincial government benefits for business during the pandemic. (file)

B.C. minister chided for ‘misleading’ statement about pandemic benefits for business

‘Our members have not been filling their pockets with free public money’

Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon
 was chided by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dennis in a Friday, March 18 letter, for making what Dennis termed a ‘misleading’ statement about provincial government benefits for business during the pandemic. (file)
The Malahat Skywalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Vancouver Island’s Malahat Skywalk wins prestigious tourism innovation award

$15-million project, a partnership between the Malahat Nation and A.Spire by Nature

The Malahat Skywalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
A Pipe Eye vacuum truck at work in Port Alice in 2021. (Debra Lynn photo)

Pipe Eye Video Inspections: the phone rings every day

Ken Peligren started out his working life in logging and the trades

  • Jan 19, 2022
A Pipe Eye vacuum truck at work in Port Alice in 2021. (Debra Lynn photo)
Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce logo

Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce awarded a grant under the shop local initiative

Funded by the Government of Canada and delivered through provincial and territorial…

Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce logo
The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. shop sources bounty of answers to the ugly holiday sweater dilemma

Despite pandemic challenges, Victoria’s The Patch on Yates continues its annual tradition

The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Jeremy Conolly in his Conolly Contracting van. (Debra Lynn photo)

Village of Port Alice a great fit for Connolly Contracting

WRITTEN BY DEBRA LYNN Jeremy Connolly of Connolly Contracting did not initially…

  • Dec 8, 2021
Jeremy Conolly in his Conolly Contracting van. (Debra Lynn photo)
Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey

Kootenay props master’s work featured in Netflix Christmas rom-com Love Hard

Props Master Paul Wagner wants to see more movie business come through the Kootenay

Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey
Crofton mill be shutting down for two weeks in November. (File photo by Don Bodger)

2-week shutdown coming to Crofton mill in November

Both the paper and pulp operations at the mill will be curtailed from Nov. 9 until about Nov. 24

Crofton mill be shutting down for two weeks in November. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Tammy Lee and her daughter Amanda at Port Alice Pizza. (Debra Lynn photo)

‘Port Alice Pizza’ reopens with new owners

COVID-19 boredom prompted Lee to consider taking on the pizzeria

  • Oct 12, 2021
Tammy Lee and her daughter Amanda at Port Alice Pizza. (Debra Lynn photo)
The Copper & Kelp Market building in Fort Rupert. (Copper & Kelp Market Facebook photo)

Copper & Kelp Market aiming to open by the fall

‘Building this business during the Covid-19 pandemic has given us the opportunity to refocus’

The Copper & Kelp Market building in Fort Rupert. (Copper & Kelp Market Facebook photo)
The Atli Chip Limited Partnership team achieved an important milestone when they loaded their first barge of slash chips which will be delivered to a Paper Excellence mill. (Submitted photo)
The Atli Chip Limited Partnership team achieved an important milestone when they loaded their first barge of slash chips which will be delivered to a Paper Excellence mill. (Submitted photo)
Registered nurse Jessica Hawley-MacLeod and Dr. Molly Marin are currently offering botox and dermal fillers at the Port Hardy medical clinic. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Pair determined to smooth out the wrinkles in Port Hardy with botox and dermal fillers

‘Our true goal is just to help people feel good about themselves’

Registered nurse Jessica Hawley-MacLeod and Dr. Molly Marin are currently offering botox and dermal fillers at the Port Hardy medical clinic. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
The Scott’s jewelry boxes and whales’ tails pedestal bowls. (Debra Lynn photo)

Port Alice woodworking business flourishes with word-of-mouth promotion

The Scotts have depended on local promotion and word-of-mouth connections to expand their business

  • May 5, 2021
The Scott’s jewelry boxes and whales’ tails pedestal bowls. (Debra Lynn photo)
Renovations are underway at the Old Schoolhouse as Cafe Guido gets ready to turn it into the Copper & Kelp Market. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Cafe Guido purchases ‘dying’ Old Schoolhouse store to save it from extinction

After purchasing it they decided to give it a new name, coming up with ‘The Copper & Kelp Market’

Renovations are underway at the Old Schoolhouse as Cafe Guido gets ready to turn it into the Copper & Kelp Market. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
The Women’s Auxiliary Thrift Store has abruptly closed for one month. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Women’s Auxiliary Thrift Store has abruptly closed for one month

“Do NOT LEAVE any donations at the front or back door.”

The Women’s Auxiliary Thrift Store has abruptly closed for one month. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Galatea Turner’s COVID safe lemonade stand. (Chelsey-Lynn Parker photo)

Port McNeill youth sells lemonade over sunny weekend

“she loved how many smiles she created in this community”

Galatea Turner’s COVID safe lemonade stand. (Chelsey-Lynn Parker photo)
Beacon Tattoo

Port Hardy tattoo shop celebrates three years in business

Patrick Berube has been tattooing for roughly 20 years now.

Beacon Tattoo