Business notes: Cafe owner opens new downtown flower shop

A new floral business has opened its doors in Duncan.

A new floral business has opened its doors in Duncan.

The Willow & Orchid Boutique and Floral Design opened for business at 101 Station St. on Jan. 16.

The boutique specializes mainly in gift baskets and flower arrangements, using flowers and materials from B.C. and Canada.

The business is owned and operated by Ashley Stevenson, the owner of The Twisted Mug Cafe across the street.

Stevenson said she’s excited to expand her business operations to include a floral shop.

“I’m already used to being very busy and I’m excited about this new shop’s potential,” she said.

Veritas Counseling Solutions opens in downtown Duncan

Veritas Counseling Solutions is now offering services at 2610 Beverly St. in Duncan.

Veritas is owned and operated by Glyn Easson, a registered professional counsellor and master practitioner in clinical counselling.

Easson, who is from Duncan, said Veritas specializes in individual and couple therapy, as well as helping people deal with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and also offers spiritual counselling.

“There’s definitely a niche to fill in Duncan and the surrounding area for these types of service,” he said.

For more information, call 250-597-8654.

Yarn and Needlework shop saying goodbye after 16 years

After 16 years of operation, Duncan’s Ingrid’s Yarn and Needlework store will be closing for good at the end of January.

Owner Ingrid Ball is retiring, and she said the shop will be offering sales and giveaways until she finally closes for the last time on Jan. 28.

“Meeting so many wonderful people and becoming involved in community activities has been the best part of the yarn shop experience,” Ball said.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their friendship and support over the years.”

Chamber launching Dine Cowichan next month

The Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is launching its first ever “Dine Cowichan” event from Feb. 24 to March 12.

Modelled after similar events in larger cities and regions, Dine Cowichan encourages dining out locally during what is, traditionally, a slower season.

Participating restaurants will be offering distinctive menus at great prices.

Any restaurants looking to participate in Dine Cowichan can contact Elizabeth Croft at the chamber office at 250-748-1111.