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)

Business notes: Blue Grouse Estate Winery goes to bat for families in need

Business Notes

The Valley’s Blue Grouse Estate Winery has donated $10,000 to the Nourish Cowichan Society, a charitable organization helping feed families in need.

Through April, in honour of BC Wine Month, Blue Grouse made the call to support Nourish Cowichan and committed to donate $1 for every bottle sold, matched by another dollar from the Brunner family, the owners of the winery.

Thanks to the support of the Blue Grouse wine club, sales teams, restaurants and retail partners, the winery was able to sell 4,000 bottles to wine lovers by April 30, making a total $8,000 donation to the charity.

The Brunner family decided to round the amount up to $10,000, reaching the original goal set by the winery team.

The money contributed by Blue Grouse will provide 2,500 meals to families in need.

“While there are many deserving charitable organizations and societies that require support through the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Grouse and our family committed to helping our local community, and those most in need in that community,” said owner Paul Brunner.

“We believe every child should be given the same opportunities to learn and succeed. We helped by supporting Nourish Cowichan so they can combat hunger with nutritious, locally produced food.”


The Cowichan Valley offices of Resonance Hearing Clinic are taking the COVID-19 crisis in stride.

Audiologist Dr. Terrence Miranda said that while the offices in Cobble Hill, Chemainus, Lake Cowichan and Sidney are closed for regular appointments during the health crisis, the two in Cobble Hill and Sidney are offering a pick-up/drop-off service for batteries, broken hearing aids and other supplies.

He said the clinics are also available for urgent and emergency appointments.

“We will continue our operations in this manner until the province ends the current regulations that are in place,” Miranda said.

“We are also preparing our operations for when the restrictions are lifted and then we’ll have a space-out approach in that we’ll only have one person in the clinics at a time and face masks will be provided for clients. Our clinicians will also have their own personal protection equipment. We’ll also have ‘telehealth’ abilities in that our clients will be able to program their hearing instruments at home through the Internet using their cell phones or tablets that will tap into the hearing instruments.”

Miranda said that, due to the popularity of the pick-up/drop-off service, it will be kept after regulations are lifted.


Magnolia, a fashion accessory store on Jubilee Street in Duncan, is open noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, during the COVID-19 crisis.

Owner Sue McKay said the store is observing the necessary safe distancing, is using gloves or hand sanitizing and both steaming and quarantining any clothing tried on.

She said she is treating the store as a safe zone during the pandemic

“We are utilizing our Facebook page (sue magnolia) as a customer contact, as well as my cell phone at 250-710-6872,” McKay said.

“Window shopping has been quite popular. We look forward to seeing everyone again.”


For the eighth year in a row, Edward Jones has been recognized as the highest in investor satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2020 Canada Full-Service Investor Satisfaction Study.

Edward Jones is a full-service investment dealer that has offices coast to coast, including one in Cobble Hill.

The study measured overall investor satisfaction with 17 full service investment firms in Canada based on seven performance factors.

Edward Jones ranked highest with an overall satisfaction score of 836 versus an industry average of 790.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized for what matters most to us at Edward Jones, which is making a meaningful difference in the lives of our clients,” said David Gunn, a spokesman for Edward Jones Canada.

“Today, more than ever before, Canadians are looking for support from a trusted financial advisor as they navigate the impacts of coronavirus and market volatility on their physical, mental and financial health.”


Hungry for local food and drink?

For 11 years, the annual Cowichan Grown Farm Map has helped visitors and local residents source Cowichan-grown vegetables, fruits, meat, drink, and specialty products throughout the region, from Shawnigan Lake to south of Nanaimo.

The Cowichan Grown Farm Map showcases the bounty of the Valley, and the talented and hard-working producers behind it.

This year, 55 unique farms and agri-businesses, all with something distinctive, fresh, and delicious to offer, are in the map.

From seasonal fruits, veggies, ethically-raised meat and eggs, to wine, cider, honey, tea, syrups, seafood, nuts and wool, all-local products can be found by browsing listings on the map or using the online component at

Colorful print maps are available at Cowichan Green Community’s storefront at 360 Duncan St. in Duncan.

Some farms have temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, so people are being asked not to visit farms without pre-authorization.

Many roadside farm stands are still open, and some are now accepting e-transfers instead of cash.

If a farm does not have a roadside stand, refer to their map listing for other ways to purchase from them (such as

Better yet, call ahead to directly arrange contactless pick-up.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Local Business

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Residents of the Cowichan Valley decorated more than 55 vehicles with anti-racist slogans for a car rally in support of Cowichan Tribes on Saturday, January 24. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dozens join anti-racism car rally and virtual panel in Cowichan Valley

Provincial ministry and BC Green caucus issue joint statement detailing concerns

Island Health is expected to begin public consultations soon on its controversial plans to open a new wellness and recovery centre at 5878 York Road. (File photo)
Public consultations on Duncan wellness and recovery centre coming in February

Controversial facility on York Road scheduled to open in June

Jerry Dyck plans to purchase a new RV to drive across Canada in, once it’s safe to travel again. (Courtesy BCLC)
Victoria man plans post-pandemic cross-Canada RV trip after $2M lottery win

Retired electrician bought the winning ticket in Duncan

Providence Health Care has teamed up with partners, including Island Health, to launch the first remote cochlear implant (CI) mapping program for adults in British Columbia. Duncan’s Alan Holt was one of the first to test it out. (Submitted)
Remote cochlear clinic offers shorter commute for patients like Duncan’s Alan Holt

Duncan man one of the first to test virtual mapping program

Larry Fiege, right, from Fiege’s Farm shows a rapt audience the old-fashioned way to tap a Bigleaf Maple during the Maple Syrup Festival at the BC Forest Discovery Centre Feb. 1 and 2, 2020. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Maple Syrup Festival in Duncan cancelled

The annual syrup festival is a popular event at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

Jesse Savidant, 31, is wanted by the RCMP after failing to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo in December. Police warn Savidant should be considered violent. (Photo Submitted)
Warrant out for man accused of stolen property offences across Vancouver Island

Jesse Savidant did not appear for court date in Nanaimo last month, say RCMP

Rolling seven-day average of cases by B.C. health authority to Jan. 21. Fraser Health in purple, Vancouver Coastal red, Interior Health orange, Northern Health green and Vancouver Island blue. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
2nd COVID vaccine doses on hold as B.C. delivery delayed again

New COVID-19 cases slowing in Fraser Health region

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is urging visitors to stay on designated trails after a hiker became injured in an unsanctioned area last week. (Westerly file photo)
Injured hiker rescued in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. Two more cases of the COVID-19 strain first identified in South Africa have been diagnosed in British Columbia, bringing the total to three as of Jan. 16.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. now has three cases of South African COVID-19 variant, six of U.K. strain

Both variants are thought to spread faster than earlier strains

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Great Canadian Gaming CEO resigns after being accused of sneaking into Yukon for vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Police discovered a makeshift nightclub in a Vancouver apartment on Jan. 23, 2021, and say it wasn’t the first time this month officers have been called to the unit over social gathering concerns. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Doorman of makeshift ‘booze-can’ in Vancouver apartment fined; police look to court order

This marks the fourth complaint about social gatherings inside the apartment in January

Local musician and artist Daisy Melville created a watercolour portrait of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders from the recent American inauguration, and with help from her mom, is now selling t-shirts and more with funds going to the Comox Valley Food Bank. Image submitted
Island artist turns Sanders inauguration meme into art for good

All proceeds from the sale of shirts, sweaters and more will go to the Comox Valley Food Bank

A Kelowna couple welcomed their Nooner baby in December. (Flytographer)
Kelowna couple welcomes baby girl from Hotel Zed Nooner campaign

Nicole and Alex will now have 18 years of free stays at the hotel

Most Read