Business notes: One year in, store houses eclectic international mix

Bernie Kramski offers some of the most unique and eclectic items to be seen in the Cowichan Valley at his Duncan store

Bernie Kramski offers some of the most unique and eclectic items to be seen in the Cowichan Valley at his Duncan store, and encourages everyone to come and have a look.

Kramski, owner of Soulful Memories at 20 Station St., which has been in business for just over a year, has exotic, unusual and one-of-a-kind gifts and collectibles in his store.

They include 20,000 vinyl records from innumerable artists, old and collectible comic books, hand-made jewelry from all over the world, an assortment of knives, swords and medieval armour.

The back of the store even has Bastet’s Lair, which supplies outfits and other material for bellydancing and is run by Kramski’s wife Dallis.

“Dallis and I have always liked to travel the world and collect unique things, and when we found that we had seven storage lockers filled with all these items from all over the globe, we felt it was time to share,” Kramski said.

London Drugs helping seniors brighten holiday

The London Drugs branch in Duncan will be supporting seniors this holiday season.

The store is working with Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum and a number of other seniors’ homes in the region on the “Santa for seniors” program.

Manager Allen Peabody said a tree has been placed in front of the store in Duncan that has gift tags with the first names of seniors who wanted to participate and a wish list of what presents they would like for Christmas.

He said people can buy the items from the wish list at London Drugs or any other store, drop it off at London Drugs and staff will wrap it and make sure it gets to its intended recipients in time for Christmas.

“This program began in our locations in Edmonton in recent years and it has become so successful, we thought we’d try it here this year,” Peabody said.

“We’re always interested in trying different things like this, especially projects that are community related.”

Eight directors acclaimed at Chamber

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce acclaimed eight new and returning directors to its board at its recent AGM, held on Nov. 22.

They include Karen Bittner from Royal LePage, Brenda Burch from Social Media is Simple, Chris Duncan from MNP LLP, Ruth Hartmann from Hartmann Interior Design, Moira Hauk from the Coastal Community Credit Union, Gary Osborne from Worthy Developments, Julie Scurr from Queen Margaret’s School and Marsh Todd from Unique Home Health Care.

The chamber’s executive for 2016/17 will be elected at the next board of directors meeting.