Cowichan Woodwork Ltd. doing big expansion

A major expansion has begun at Cowichan Woodwork Ltd., located on Thain Road in Cobble Hill.

A major expansion has begun at Cowichan Woodwork Ltd., located on Thain Road in Cobble Hill.

Owner Gordon Smith said the expansion, which is expected to cost approximately $450,000, will see 4,400 extra square feet added to the business, bringing the total square footage to 11,400.

He said the construction project is expected to take the whole summer, but the shop, which specializes in cabinetry making and millwork, will remain open during its regular business hours.

“This is the just the latest renovation and addition I’ve done to the shop since I bought it in 2008,” Smith said.

“We do a lot of high-end cabinets and millwork and our products are distributed across North America, and we’ve been tripping over each other for some time, so we’re really looking forward to this addition. One big aspect of the project is that we’ll have a big and beautiful new showroom when it’s complete.”


Island Savings customers have shot at big Sunfest prize, meeting star

If you bank with Island Savings, your summer-fun plans could be heating up soon.

In partnership with Wide Glide Entertainment, Island Savings is offering discounted pricing on full-event passes to Sunfest and the chance to win a VIP package that includes a meet-and-greet with either Carrie Underwood or Dierks Bentley (as chosen by the winner).

Using an exclusive discount code, members who bank with Island Savings can save $25 on full-event passes.

Discount codes and ballots for the headliner VIP Experience contest will be available at all Island Savings branches until July 30.

“We’re proud to again be partnering with Sunfest organizers in this transformational year for the festival,” says Graeme Service, branch manager at Island Savings’ Lake Cowichan branch.

“Sunfest has given local businesses in the Cowichan Valley economy a big boost for years and I can’t wait to see what this will mean for our beautiful town.”


Crowe & Appel carrying on tradition in Cowichan Bay with new business

David Krieger and his family knew a good business opportunity when they saw one.

When the owners of the popular Cowichan Bay Seafood restaurant decided to close up shop and focus their energies on their remaining restaurant in Victoria, Krieger jumped at the opportunity and opened Crowe & Appel Fine Foods at the location last month.

Kreiger’s daughter, Serafina Appel, is the manager of the new business, which includes a restaurant, deli and cafe.

She said the Crowe & Appel, located at 1751 Cowichan Bay Rd., will continue Cowichan Bay Seafood’s practice of supplying local seafoods and meats, and most other foods and ingredients are local as well.

“It was an easy switchover, and business has been great since we opened,” Appel said.

“It’s spot prawn season now and that’s bringing in lots of customers. We’ll continue to have seafood food available during harvesting seasons.”