Donna Bonner, a sales associate at Duncan’s Curvy Fashions, shows off some of the new store’s plus-sized clothes for women. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Donna Bonner, a sales associate at Duncan’s Curvy Fashions, shows off some of the new store’s plus-sized clothes for women. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Curvy Fashions opens in Duncan

Store caters to plus-size women

A new store has opened at 161 Jubilee St. in Duncan that carries plus-size ladies’ fashions.

Donna Bonner, a sales associate at Curvy Fashions, said the store’s inventory includes sun wear, lingerie and daily fashions.

Bonner said Curvy Fashions is currently the only store in Duncan catering strictly to plus-size ladies’ fashions.

“There’s a big need for it here,” she said.

“Women have curves and not all of them are size two.”

Rocky Creek Winery adds to their winning medal count

After 12 years of establishing their estate winery and seeing the exciting direction of the new emerging wine region on Vancouver Island, the owners and workers at Rocky Creek Winery continue to win more medals for their estate wines.

One new one to add to the line up of 91 medals to date is honourable mention for their white blend TLC from InterVin International Wine Awards.

Rocky Creek Winery is also the only Vancouver Island winery that has been honored in this competition, which is open to wines from all over the world.

“We are sharing this honourable mention with some very exciting players in the wine world, such as Chateau Ste. Michelle, U.S., Castello di Gabbiana, Italy, Jacob’s Creek, Australia, Kim Crawford, New Zealand and Painted Rock, Canada, just to name a few,” said owner Mark Holford.

“We are proud of our wine region and that we can sit amongst the world players.”

Firms partner for S.M.A.R.T. market price analysis offer

The Mill Bay-based Greenstead Consulting Group and Eitel Insights have joined forces to exclusively produce and market S.M.A.R.T. Insight, a new and innovative technical analysis of market pricing in any residential market in the world.

According to the GCC’s Peter D. Morris, the S.M.A.R.T. Insight analysis not only indicates what occurred in the past, but it can be predictive of what the market is likely to do in the future.

He said the results from the analysis provide a distinctive insight to the market that is useful to homeowners, realtors, lenders, developers and many others around the world.

“Imagine the competitive advantage if you knew what the market may do in the future rather than what it did in the past,” Morris said, adding that most people are interested in knowing what will happen in the real estate market so they can plan what they will do.

Community Futures gets $97K for tourism plan

Community Futures Cowichan has received $97,000 from the province’s Rural Dividend Program to invest in a new tourism action plan for the Cowichan Lake area.

The action plan will take the initial steps needed to develop tourism into a sustainable economic driver, and the project will focus on building out the cycling, hiking and water sports elements in the region.

“We are excited to take a lead role in the project,” said Cathy Robertson, manager of Community Futures Cowichan.

“There have been some major investments in the area, like Lake Town Ranch, so with all the new interest here, the community needs a plan to develop the tourist sector.”

Merridale has busy season of fun events planned

Merridale Cidery & Distillery has a busy Christmas planned.

On Friday and Saturday evenings during the season, be transported into a Christmas wonderland with a walk through Merridale’s courtyard which will be adorned with thousands of lights and displays.

Warm up in the farmhouse with light appetizers and drinks, and then enjoy an original musical theatre production before savouring a delicious long table dinner.

Tickets for these events are $49 per person.

On Boxing Day, Merridale’s gastropub will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Christmas brunch.

Please call ahead if you are planning to bring a group of eight or more people.

New Year’s Eve celebrations at Merridale begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 with a pre-countdown dinner.

The romantic lights in the orchard and courtyard will set the mood as guests begin the evening with a toast in the gastropub.

The chefs are busy designing an exquisite menu and more details will be coming soon.

The cost is $49 per person.

Check out www.merridale.ca, or call 250-743-4293 for more information.

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