PowerHouse Raw Food in Duncan

PowerHouse Raw Food and Juice Bar has opened their fourth Vancouver Island location in Duncan.

PowerHouse Raw Food and Juice Bar has opened their fourth Vancouver Island location in Duncan.

The Island-based restaurant chain, which currently has two locations in Nanaimo and one in Victoria, is known for its delicious and nutritious foods that use only the freshest and most natural ingredients possible in their creation.

Owner Toni Jeffries said she has received numerous requests from people in the Cowichan Valley, and from travellers between Nanaimo and Victoria, to establish a new location in Duncan.

She said she already buys most of the fruits and vegetables that her restaurants use in their recipes from farmers in the Cowichan Valley, and with a store in Duncan, she will have the opportunity to make personal connections with them.

Jeffries said the store in Duncan is located in the newly constructed building at 177 Kenneth St. “We’re really excited about our new location in Duncan,” she said.

Coast Capital serving lunch to Alexander Elementary students

Staff at the Coast Capital Savings branch in Duncan will be holding their annual Winter Festival Lunch at Alexander Elementary School on Dec. 14.

Colleen Norton-Jones, assistant manager of member services at the branch, said staff members plan on cooking enough turkeys, potatoes and other fixings to feed everyone at the school, including teachers, support staff and administrators.

She said Santa and members of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment will also assist with the meal.

“It’s a way to spread the holiday cheer,” Norton-Jones said.

“We picked Alexander Elementary School because it’s close to our branch and we felt that more community involvement with the school would be good for the students. It should be a great day.”

New Cowichan Cycles in Duncan promises discounts

A new bicycle shop, called Cowichan Cycles, has opened at 2-2628 Beverly St. in Duncan.

Owner Grant Lestock-Kay said the shop sells and repairs a wide variety of bikes, and deals with all kinds of biking merchandise.

He said Cowichan Cycles operated under different ownership at Duncan Village and the move to Beverly Street under his ownership has seen a “rebranding” of the store.

“This is my first store as the owner, although I worked for Cowichan Cycles for five years before I bought it,” Lestock-Kay said. “We’re having big sales through December with all items discounted.”

Chemainus Best Western takes three awards for service

The Best Western Hotel in Chemainus has received three awards for excellence at a recent awards ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona.

They include the M.K. Guertin Award, which recognizes customer service and guest satisfaction, the Champion RevPAR Award, which recognized net revenue, and the Champion Customer Care Award, which recognizes Best Western hotels in the region that best exemplify exceptional levels of service and care.

Peter Watts, the general manager of the Best Western Hotel in Chemainus and a multiple-award winner already, said it’s “quite rare” for one hotel to win three awards at one awards ceremony.

“It’s quite an achievement,” he said.

“We have a great staff here and we work hard to ensure that the hotel is always clean and the customer care we give is genuine and not fake.”

Save-On-Foods gives $15M to BC Children’s Hospital

Save-On-Foods, which has a location in Duncan, has committed $15 million to establish Canada’s first storefront immunization clinic at BC Children’s Hospital and consultation services to physicians across the country.

The initiatives are intended to improve immunization rates for all children, including those with complex medical conditions, and will also fund urgently needed medical equipment.

“The Save-On-Foods family has already donated over $30 million in funding innovative programs that profoundly affect the health and well being of B.C. Children,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“This commitment brings their all-time giving to $45 million, making Save-On-Foods our biggest donor of all time.”