Business notes: Farm Girl Treasures long time in the making

Highlights from the Cowichan business community

Anyone driving by 2350 Calais Rd. in Duncan might want to check out the Farm Girl Treasures store that has opened there.

The store, owned by Jody Kerrone, is filled with locally sourced antiques, artisan goodies, wooden signs, locally made jewelry, refurbished décor and even homemade dog treats.

Kayla Kerrone, Jody’s daughter, said Farm Girl Treasures started out as a vision her mom had that took a long course of courage to create.

She said that when growing up, her Saturdays were often spent with her mother attending garage and other sales.

“Fast forward 20 years and mom has finally followed her antique finger and listened to her peers,” Kayla said.

“She opened her own little farm store on our property with the help of my dad. Their summer Sundays were spent building this vision together and slowly filling it with her hand-picked treasures for people passing by to enjoy. It might have taken mom 51 years to realize her gifts, but she finally took the plunge into the unknown. I’ve never been more proud of her.”

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AB Storage in Duncan is adding 3.5 acres of new storage space for boats and RVs.

Owner Rick Steinson said work on the extension is expected to be complete by Sept. 15, and the target market is boat and RV owners who will be looking for a space to park their units for the winter.

He said the facility will be attractive to residents from Victoria through to Ladysmith as they can leave their boats and RVs in AB Storage’s secure facility, and not have to store them in their yards.

“Business has always been good here and we have to keep on building extensions on our storage facilities,” Steinson said.

“We’ve received quite a few calls from people looking to store their units here and we have started a waiting list.”

For more information, call Bonnie at 250-715-5246.

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The annual Craft Cider Harvest Festival that was scheduled to take place at Merridale Cidery & Distillery in Cobble Hill on Sept. 29 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, at least 15 cideries were scheduled to be at the site for the popular event, which is lauded among the cider aficionados of the Island.

Celeste Herbert, the brand manager at Merridale, said the cidery is considering different options for its events during the ongoing pandemic.

“We’re looking at cool things to do, like what the Cowichan Valley Wine Festival did this summer,” she said.

“Instead of everyone gathering in one place this year, the wine festival was organized so that people visited the individual wineries that were participating and that helped encourage social distancing. Maybe we will do things like that.”

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With the end date of Canada Emergency Response Benefits approaching, WorkBC Cowichan encourages people who are unemployed, on EI, or precariously employed to register and capitalize on the employment resources, tools, and services available to help them find sustainable employment.

WorkBC Cowichan offers a wide range of free virtual and in-person services to aid job seekers on their path to employment.

“Our goal is to help people get job ready and acquire sustainable employment, whether they’re starting out in the work force, looking to change their career path, or struggling to find employment,” said Tina McArthur, the new manager of WorkBC Cowichan.

“We help people identify what personal supports and services they are eligible to receive and assist them on their journey to employment.”

WorkBC Cowichan services are available virtually and can be accessed by clients across B.C.

In-person appointments are also available and can be booked through WorkBC Cowichan Centres with COVID-19 protocols in place.

Contact WorkBC Cowichan to find out how to register and get on the path to sustainable employment.

For more information, go to workbc.ethoscmg.com.

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