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Russell Markel, (far right) owner of Outer Shores Expeditions, and two guests at the bow of the sailing vessel Passing Cloud. (Submitted photo)

Business notes: Mill Bay’s Outer Shores Expeditions to run day tours in Salish Sea this year

Outer Shores Expeditions readjusts operations this summer to account for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russell Markel, (far right) owner of Outer Shores Expeditions, and two guests at the bow of the sailing vessel Passing Cloud. (Submitted photo)
Elizabeth Trenholm, owner of Shawnigan Lake’s Epona’s Whisper Therapeutic Donkeys Ltd., poses with her donkeys Coco and Winnie. (Submitted photo)

Business notes: New therapeutic business featuring donkeys opens in Shawnigan Lake

A taste of what’s happening in the Cowichan Valley business community

Elizabeth Trenholm, owner of Shawnigan Lake’s Epona’s Whisper Therapeutic Donkeys Ltd., poses with her donkeys Coco and Winnie. (Submitted photo)
Amanda Vance, executive director of the Downtown Duncan BIA, stands in front of the new open-air food court that will be set up in Station Park for eight weeks. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Downtown Duncan open-air food court opens

What’s happening in Cowichan’s business community

Amanda Vance, executive director of the Downtown Duncan BIA, stands in front of the new open-air food court that will be set up in Station Park for eight weeks. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The realtors from RE/MAX of Duncan-Mill Bay held a bottle drive and donated the $10,000 in proceeds to Nourish Cowichan. Pictured holding the cheque and surrounded by RE/MAX agents are, from left, Rod Allen, president of Nourish Cowichan, Corrine Thompson, co-chairwoman of Starfish Cowichan Valley and Fatima Da Silva, executive director of Nourish Cowichan. (Submitted photo)

Business notes: Realtors raise $10,000 for Nourish Cowichan

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

The realtors from RE/MAX of Duncan-Mill Bay held a bottle drive and donated the $10,000 in proceeds to Nourish Cowichan. Pictured holding the cheque and surrounded by RE/MAX agents are, from left, Rod Allen, president of Nourish Cowichan, Corrine Thompson, co-chairwoman of Starfish Cowichan Valley and Fatima Da Silva, executive director of Nourish Cowichan. (Submitted photo)
The Cowichan Valley Co-Operative Marketplace is getting about $100,000 in provincial funding to set up a contactless delivery service. (Cow-op.ca screenshot)

Cow-op gets $100K to develop contactless fresh food delivery

“The past few months have highlighted the importance of food security”

The Cowichan Valley Co-Operative Marketplace is getting about $100,000 in provincial funding to set up a contactless delivery service. (Cow-op.ca screenshot)
Emily Lavender, right, owner of The Fort cafe on Queens Road, wears an astronaut suit in the cafe to ensure the health and safety of her customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured on the left is friend and customer Amanda Kuehl. (Submitted photo)

Business notes: Cafe owner dons astronaut suit to ensure customers’ safety during pandemic

A selection of news going on in the bustling Cowichan business community

Emily Lavender, right, owner of The Fort cafe on Queens Road, wears an astronaut suit in the cafe to ensure the health and safety of her customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured on the left is friend and customer Amanda Kuehl. (Submitted photo)
Laura Cornale of Laura’s Coffee Corner currently has six employees, down from 16, because most would prefer to stay home and collect CERB, she said. (File photo)

Turning down work: CERB causing issues for some B.C. restaurants

‘It’s the most frustrating thing I’ve encountered, ever, in my life.’

Laura Cornale of Laura’s Coffee Corner currently has six employees, down from 16, because most would prefer to stay home and collect CERB, she said. (File photo)
Chocolate Pearl has been named the Business of the Year for 2019 by the DDBIA to the delight of owners Cheryl and Nigel Yonge. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Duncan’s Chocolate Pearl wins Best Business of the Year award

Chocolate Pearl, Costa Canna, Black M, Chemainus Public Market

Chocolate Pearl has been named the Business of the Year for 2019 by the DDBIA to the delight of owners Cheryl and Nigel Yonge. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Mike and Sue Hallatt plan to open up the new Black M restaurant at the old gas station site on Cowichan Lake Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Mike and Sue Hallatt plan to open up the new Black M restaurant at the old gas station site on Cowichan Lake Road. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
While other distillers are bottling individual sizes of sanitizer, focusing on larger-size products lets Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point serve organizations like the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Fraser Health Authority, and school districts.

Vancouver Island distillery crafts sanitizer to meet Canadian need

Local know-how, economies of scale come together in Shelter Point sanitizer

  • Jun 8, 2020
While other distillers are bottling individual sizes of sanitizer, focusing on larger-size products lets Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point serve organizations like the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Fraser Health Authority, and school districts.
The Schacht family, including, from left, Stephen, Jessica and Jeremy, are the brains and muscle behind the Cowichan Valley’s Ampersand Distillery. The business just opened a new online store. (File photo)
The Schacht family, including, from left, Stephen, Jessica and Jeremy, are the brains and muscle behind the Cowichan Valley’s Ampersand Distillery. The business just opened a new online store. (File photo)
Many businesses have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19, but as owners get the green light to reopen some aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford it. (Black Press Media files)

Low profits, few customers in post-pandemic recovery says B.C. business survey

About 43 per cent of businesses say they think they will need government incentives to continue operating

Many businesses have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19, but as owners get the green light to reopen some aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford it. (Black Press Media files)
Paul, Paula and Christina Brunner, owners of Blue Grouse Estate Winery, raised $10,000 last month for the Nourish Cowichan Society. (Submitted photo)
Paul, Paula and Christina Brunner, owners of Blue Grouse Estate Winery, raised $10,000 last month for the Nourish Cowichan Society. (Submitted photo)
Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet distilleries step up with hand sanitizer

Mass supply delivered to emergency operation centres in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.

Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)
Ian Locke, left, and Amber Vance of the DDBIA discuss the COVID-19 crisis with Jeff Downie, owner of The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Business notes: Cowichan business community reacting to COVID-19 challenges

With COVID-19 changing the world, it should not be surprising that the…

Ian Locke, left, and Amber Vance of the DDBIA discuss the COVID-19 crisis with Jeff Downie, owner of The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Nicolette Morris, left, and Jennifer Lazenby are working on a strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Cowichan doctor, restaurant emphasizing social distancing

Morris and his wife, Nicolette, are also owners of The Greenhouse Cafe

Nicolette Morris, left, and Jennifer Lazenby are working on a strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
After 15 years, Lesley Zurrer is closing her popular Embellish Home Decor store in downtown Duncan. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Business notes: Embellish Home Decor closing its doors in Duncan

Owner says she’s looking forward to retirement

After 15 years, Lesley Zurrer is closing her popular Embellish Home Decor store in downtown Duncan. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Dr. Cheryl Fraser with Tony and Sage Robbins in Maui where Dr. Fraser was a guest instructor. (submitted)

Business notes: Passion Masterclass coming to Old Firehouse Wine Bar

Just in time for Valentine’s, Dr. Cheryl Fraser, a Cowichan Valley born…

Dr. Cheryl Fraser with Tony and Sage Robbins in Maui where Dr. Fraser was a guest instructor. (submitted)
Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery is closing due to changing markets. (Island Bakery Facebook page)

Island Bakery in Cobble Hill to close

Cobble Hill store in business since 1982

Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery is closing due to changing markets. (Island Bakery Facebook page)
Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery is closing due to changing markets. (Island Bakery Facebook page)

Island Bakery in Cobble Hill to close

Cobble Hill store in business since 1982

Cobble Hill’s Island Bakery is closing due to changing markets. (Island Bakery Facebook page)