Duncan salon is celebrating first anniversary

My Secret Salon Hair & Esthetics is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

My Secret Salon Hair & Esthetics is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

The shop, located on Station Street in Duncan, is a full-service hair and esthetics salon.

The owner, Naomi, brought 23 years of experience in the industry to her salon, her first effort at her own business, last summer.

“It’s been a great year for us, and we’re really pleased with the business that we’ve built up in downtown Duncan,” Naomi said. She asked that her last name not be used.

“We had sales to celebrate our first anniversary and they were really well received by our customers.”

Naomi was born in Victoria but has spent most of her life in the Cowichan Valley.

Naomi and her staff of two specialize in colour, cuts, highlights, styling, smoothing treatments, ear piercing, manicure, shellac, pedicure, and waxing.

Raw Food and Juice Bar to open in October

The new PowerHouse Raw Food and Juice Bar in Duncan is scheduled to open in the first week of October.

The Island-based restaurant chain, which currently has two locations in Nanaimo and one in Victoria, was supposed to have the new location open by mid-summer.

But owner Toni Jeffries said she decided to delay its opening until the fall to allow time to “do it properly.”

“We want to make sure we have all our ducks in a row,” she said.

“We’re super excited about expanding into the Cowichan Valley. In the meantime, I’m hoping to set up a stall at the Duncan Farmers Market every Saturday this summer to allow people to try out our products before the Bar opens.”

The PowerHouse Raw Food and Juice Bar is known for its delicious and nutritious foods that use only the freshest and most natural ingredients possible in their creation.

The new store in Duncan will be located in the newly constructed building at 177 Kenneth St.

New owner brings Hong Kong experience

Jenny Gilbert brings her own special recipes to Duncan’s Gourmet Gardens Restaurant.

Gilbert took over operations at the restaurant, which was formerly known as Bistro 161, eight months ago and developed her own menu, based on the culinary skills she developed in Hong Kong and every cooking job she has had ever since.

Gilbert’s menu covers a range of tastes, including seafood, salads, pastas and curried foods.

She said she also only buys the freshest foods available for her customers. Gilbert said that, along with the restaurant’s great food, patrons will enjoy the location’s ambience, including the outside patio with its water fountain and overhanging foliage.

“Many of our customers really love to dine on the deck,” she said while preparing meals during a busy lunchtime. “Business has been great so far. This is my first restaurant as owner and it’s been really fun and exciting.”

robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com