Business

February 17, 2022 - Josh Cole, owner of The Wickertree Patio Plus shop in Whippletree Junction near Duncan, stands on the outside deck of his store with some of his furniture.  Don Denton photo

Pull up a chair at The Wickertree

Familiar Cowichan Valley business keeps up with the times

  • Mar 16, 2022
February 17, 2022 - Josh Cole, owner of The Wickertree Patio Plus shop in Whippletree Junction near Duncan, stands on the outside deck of his store with some of his furniture.  Don Denton photo
Kyla Dufresne of Foxy Box - Lia Crowe photography

Secrets and Lives with Foxy Box’s Kyla Dufresne

Founder of wax bar business is an ambitious businesswoman and philanthropist

  • Feb 21, 2022
Kyla Dufresne of Foxy Box - Lia Crowe photography
Chamber Week

Cowichan Lake Chamber thankful for all its members

Feb. 14-18 is Chamber Week

  • Feb 18, 2022
Chamber Week
January 17, 2022 - Chris Smith, CEO Fitness World, photographed at the Cambie Street Fitness World location in Vancouver. Don Denton photography

Fighting Fit

Fitness World’s Chris Smith battles pandemic with an overriding passion for the benefits of exercise

  • Feb 16, 2022
January 17, 2022 - Chris Smith, CEO Fitness World, photographed at the Cambie Street Fitness World location in Vancouver. Don Denton photography
Oree Gianacopoulos, gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, Photography by Lia Crowe

Secrets and Lives with Oree Gianacopoulos

Gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery brings her passion to art

  • Feb 14, 2022
Oree Gianacopoulos, gallery director and art auctioneer at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, Photography by Lia Crowe
21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)

University of Victoria student turns class project idea into full-blown fashion business

Website aims to help art and design students find platform to share, sell their fashion pieces

21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)
Black Goat Cashmere photo by Lia Crowe

Soft. Silky. Natural.

Black Goat Cashmere apparel is the ultimate in winter warmth

  • Feb 9, 2022
Black Goat Cashmere photo by Lia Crowe
Lindsay Krieg Photo by Darren Hull

Salt of the earth

Relaxation, self-care and well-being at Room + Pillar Spa

  • Jan 31, 2022
Lindsay Krieg Photo by Darren Hull
Elle Jolie - Photo by Shawn talbot

Secrets and Lives with Elle Jolie

Shifting from cooking to training

  • Jan 26, 2022
Elle Jolie - Photo by Shawn talbot
Canada’s 100 highest-paid CEOs had their second-best year ever in 2020, even as the COVID-19 pandemic left this country in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Top CEOs in Canada were paid at second-highest level ever during the pandemic

Country’s highest-paid CEOs earned an average of $10.9 million in 2020

Canada’s 100 highest-paid CEOs had their second-best year ever in 2020, even as the COVID-19 pandemic left this country in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Gift cards rule retail as B.C.’s mall shops work around supply chain issues

Shopping anywhere is a boutique experience right now, says Victoria mall general manager

The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Russell Farm Market is back in business. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Russell Farm Market back in business after second flood

It’s taken a lot of work to get up and running again

Russell Farm Market is back in business. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Shauna Grobowsky photographed by Lia Crowe

Secrets and lives with Shauna Grobowsky

Passionate Blooms owner doesn’t put limits on dreams or ideas

  • Dec 6, 2021
Shauna Grobowsky photographed by Lia Crowe
Justin Kandola - Lia Crowe photography

Life and style with Justin Kandola

Modern Furniture GM appreciates the unique

  • Dec 3, 2021
Justin Kandola - Lia Crowe photography
Stuart Setch, director with Nanaimo Craft Beer Society, left, Jonny Ludtke, Bayview Brewery brewer, Harley Smith, Longwood Brewery partner, Tasha Ballantyne, Longwood assistant brewer, and Alfred Elviss, Bayview Brewery brewer, hold cans of 7 Belles Saison ale recently released to praise the efforts of health-care workers during the pandemic. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Craft Beer Society raising 7 p.m. pints in praise of health-care workers

Non-profit partners with Longwood Brewery on 7 Belles Saison ale

Stuart Setch, director with Nanaimo Craft Beer Society, left, Jonny Ludtke, Bayview Brewery brewer, Harley Smith, Longwood Brewery partner, Tasha Ballantyne, Longwood assistant brewer, and Alfred Elviss, Bayview Brewery brewer, hold cans of 7 Belles Saison ale recently released to praise the efforts of health-care workers during the pandemic. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton are happy to lend their support to the Chemainus Theatre’s Return To Stage campaign. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Funding campaigns help Chemainus Theatre stage a comeback

Matching donations go a long way toward 2022 full season reopening

Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton are happy to lend their support to the Chemainus Theatre’s Return To Stage campaign. (Photo by Don Bodger)
October 22, 2021 - Tracy Arden from Redefined Clothing in Duncan for S&L in Boulevard Central Island . Don Denton photo

Secrets and lives with Tracy Arden

Redefined Clothing Boutique owner fills a fashion niche in the Cowichan Valley

  • Nov 29, 2021
October 22, 2021 - Tracy Arden from Redefined Clothing in Duncan for S&L in Boulevard Central Island . Don Denton photo
Consider if you really need something before you buy it on Black Friday, says a professor from University of B.C. Pictured here, a person at a sale from Black Friday 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Consider need over deals when Black Friday bargain hunting, experts say

Don’t be ashamed to shop, but consider longtime usage, says UBC professor

Consider if you really need something before you buy it on Black Friday, says a professor from University of B.C. Pictured here, a person at a sale from Black Friday 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)
October 21, 2021 - Katy and Eric Johnson from Complete Windows in Parksville for Business Class in Boulevard Central Island . Don Denton photo

Complete Windows is clearly created for success

Family business works with home owners, builders and architects

  • Nov 26, 2021
October 21, 2021 - Katy and Eric Johnson from Complete Windows in Parksville for Business Class in Boulevard Central Island . Don Denton photo
The B.C. government announced that workers will be entitled to five paid sick days a year, beginning in January. Labour groups say the announcement falls short. Pictured here, a worker gathering shopping carts in a grocery store parking lot in March. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

B.C.’s 5 paid sick days fall short of ask for some; criticized as ‘gut punch’ by small business

Small business, meanwhile, say move ‘tone deaf’ to their realities

The B.C. government announced that workers will be entitled to five paid sick days a year, beginning in January. Labour groups say the announcement falls short. Pictured here, a worker gathering shopping carts in a grocery store parking lot in March. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)