Chemainus is changing to a younger demographic

This little town is busting at the seams and changing quickly.

Chemainus is changing to a younger demographic

Re: “Can the end of Chemainus be far off?” (Citizen, July 11)

I know this article is primarily about the controversy around the strata that has made the news for banning children playing on the street, but I needed to respond to the opinion that Chemainus is a 55-plus dying town.

I heartily dissagree. I moved here three and a half years ago with my husband and four school aged children. I believe the writer’s opionion was true then but not at all now. This town has undergone a radical change in these few short years.

The main street, which I consider to be the Willow Street blocks, is full, with new businesses moving in all the time. Wiffle games, the new eastern clothing shop next to the realty space. The health food store doubled their square footage. Several businesses were sold and are under new managment but doing just fine. The auction house expanded, the British pub store opened.

There have been some things that had to go to make way for the new, but there is more new than not. The introduction of Riot Brewing and the Sawmill Taphouse restaurant and its catered event space, have radically changed the 49th Parallel area. There are live bands, and events every weekend.

The Catholic school may have dying enrollment but the public school enrollment is way up. I think the town is changing from the 55-plus demographic to a younger demographic, and it is time to move the farmers market to a Saturday from Wednesday afternoons. No one I know can make a Wednesday afternoon market, we have jobs and kids and mortgages.

The local owner-operated shops and lack of big chain stores bring such a different experience to living and shopping here and I believe it draws a lot of people to this little town. There is opportunity here for a small business owner when you are not in as close, direct competition with the Walmart. If I can find it local I save myself the drive. I shop at the 49th Parallel, their prices are good, produce fresh.

This little town is busting at the seams and changing quickly. Come for a visit on a Saturday night, have dinner at the Sawmill, a beer at Riot, check their Facebook page for events, you will see.

Zoe Nedelec

Chemainus

Just Posted

VIDEO: See CBC Radio’s hit show ‘This is That’ on its farewell tour

Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring send up the earnest current affairs program in this unique performance

VIDEO: ‘Teddy’s Trial’ adjourned until Dec. 4 to give Joe time to get new lawyer

Lawyer leaving for personal reasons led to postponement of pre-trial conference in Duncan

VIDEO: Lake Cowichan’s new town council sworn in at impressive ceremony Nov. 6

Mayor Rod Peters addresses the community for the first time in his new position

Just one fresh face for Cowichan Valley school board

Cathy Schmidt, who opted not to run again, has been replaced by… Continue reading

Business notes: Sidewalk celebration deemed a success

Approximately 26 stores in the downtown core took part

People flocking to Cowichan Bay to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over the floating breakwater

Roy Clark, country singer, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died

Guitar virtuoso died because of complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 85.

Lack of funding, culture on campus biggest barriers for Indigenous students: report

Report based on nearly 300 responses found lack of support at post-secondary schools a big concern

Tinder sex assault suspect charged; additional alleged victims sought

Vincent Noseworthy of Alberta is accused of aggravated sexual assault, unlawful confinement and more

Drug-related deaths double for B.C. youth in care, advocate says

Teens say positive connections with adults key to recovery

Children’s strawberry-flavoured medicines recalled due to faulty safety cap

Three different acetaminophen syrups part of nationwide recall

Around the BCHL: Junior A cities to host World Junior tuneup games

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

International students hit hard by B.C. tuition fee hikes

Campaign seeks regulatory controls be imposed on post-secondary institutions

Trudeau pushes for more Saudi accountability in Khashoggi killing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is still seeking clear answers from Saudi Arabia about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi

Most Read