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Business notes: The Guild Salon moves to Station Street in Duncan

The latest from Cowichan’s business community
The Guild Salon has moved into a new location on Station Street. Pictured is owner Stevie Lindquist, second from right, and hair stylists, from left, Lauren Dejong, Hanah Anderson and Lara Jurcic. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

The Guild Salon, which had been voted best hair salon in the Cowichan Valley, has moved from its long-time location at Berkey’s Corner.

Owner Stevie Lindquist, who first opened The Guild Salon at Berkey’s Corner in 2017, has moved her business to a much larger location at 68 Station St. in Downtown Duncan.

“Our new location is three times the size of our salon at Berkey’s Corner,” she said.

“We just outgrew our old location and needed a much bigger space.”

Lindquist, who has a staff of eight, said many of her old clients followed the salon to Station Street, and The Guild Salon has attracted a lot of new clients since it moved in May.

“This is a great location and there’s a lot of foot traffic downtown, so we get noticed more,” she said.

“Moving downtown was a great decision for us.”


The award-winning Rocky Creek Winery in Cowichan Bay is up for sale.

Rocky Creek’s wines have been embraced worldwide since it was founded in 2004, and they currently have 110 medals in competitions that included wineries from around the globe.

The original plan of Rocky Creek owners Linda and Mark Holford was to pass the business down to their children, but with both of their daughters embarking on their own paths, the couple has begun carving out a new one of their own; one without the winery.

“We took a long time to develop Rocky Creek so hopefully someone fills the boot and turns Rocky Creek into the vision that I was hoping to get with the next generation,” Linda said.

“We’ve been listed for awhile, but this year we are more obvious. My dream would be to see Rocky Creek turned into something different. It’s all about finding the right buyer, and wineries are not the easiest to sell. We would love to have someone with a vision to take this on and continue on with its journey.”


On Sept. 16 Best Western’s CVI Restaurant in Duncan will host its first beer & burger fundraiser since the pandemic began.

Owner Bonnie Park said the fundraiser, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., will be for members of the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club and their families to help them attend the Aloha Gymfest 2024 in Hawaii in January.

The cost will be $25 for a burger, with a side dish, and a beer.

Park said the newly renovated CVI Restaurant and staff are interested in helping organizations with fundraisers and other events so they can do their part to support the community and give back.

“They are also opportunities for people to come and see our newly refurbished establishment, meet our staff, and try out items on our new menu,” she said.


Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash made a presentation to the lumber industry’s International Order of Hoo-Hoo’s Vancouver chapter at the Cowichan Valley Best Western Inn, where the organization was hosting a convention, on Sept. 11.

The Hoo Hoos are one of the world’s oldest service organizations, having been organized in 1892, whose ultimate goal is the welfare and promotion of the lumber industry.

Brash has been speaking at a number of venues on Vancouver Island in recent weeks criticizing senior levels of government for not doing enough to assist the forest industry.


Another of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s popular Mix & Mingles events will be held on Sept. 20, but this one is for the ladies and their business partners only.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative invites you to join an evening of building connections with other like-minded and inspiring women in business from your community.

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Scotiabank’s Naomi and Kareen proudly support women in business and community engagement through the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce.

They are proud champions of The Scotiabank Women Initiative and believe in the value it can bring to women entrepreneurs.

Bring a friend and lots of business cards for a fun evening of networking, refreshments and door prizes.

The event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be held at 435 Trunk Rd.

The event is free for woman members of the chamber and their guests.

Register online at the chamber’s website, call 250-748-1111 or email


Join chamber members for a Lunch & Learn with The Inclusive Employers Hiring Hub (The HUB) at the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre on Oct. 5.

Members and their guests will dive into the first two of four key modules about inclusive hiring, sharing success stories, and offering insights on workplace inclusivity.

You’ll also learn strategies to boost retention and morale.

Plus, after the session, you’ll get access to The HUB’s toolkit, a job board for inclusive employers, and a chance to earn a certificate if you finish the final two modules online.

“In today’s dynamic world, adopting inclusive hiring isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s smart for business,” the chamber said.

“Join our session to equip yourself with the insights and tools needed to cultivate a truly inclusive workplace.”

The event will run from noon to 1 p.m., and is free for members and their guests.

Register online at the chamber’s website, call 250-748-1111 or email

Robert Barron

About the Author: Robert Barron

Since 2016, I've had had the pleasure of working with our dedicated staff and community in the Cowichan Valley.
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