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With Victoria’s new green takeout plan, customers purchase an $8 container at a participating business. The food comes packed in the reusable container. The customer brings the clean reusable container when ordering takeout from any participating business and receives it in a new container. (Courtesy Bread & Butter Collective)

Victoria restaurants launch reuseable takeout container program

City estimates 75,000 single-use items are trashed every day

The Bosley’s by Pet Valu crew participated in the Sooke Santa Claus parade in December. Store owner Ashley Kilpatrick said the biggest challenge in 2021 was keeping up with the changes in provincial health guidelines. ((Contributed - Bosley’s by Pet Valu)

Sooke businesses weather COVID storm

Local merchants appreciate community support

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is offering a $200 prize if you fill outs its Hidden Treasures survey. (File - Metro-Creative)
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is offering a $200 prize if you fill outs its Hidden Treasures survey. (File - Metro-Creative)
Boston Pizza on Hillside and Blanshard closes its doors as of Jan. 9. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria Boston Pizza location closes its doors after 35 years

Franchise owner writes restaurant has suffered greatly from impacts of pandemic in past two years

Boston Pizza on Hillside and Blanshard closes its doors as of Jan. 9. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
For the second year in a row, Langford has been named the ‘Most Resilient City and Best Place for Work’ out of B.C.’s largest communities by BC Business magazine. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford ranked most resilient city, best place for work in B.C.

For the second year in a row, Langford topped B.C.’s largest communities

For the second year in a row, Langford has been named the ‘Most Resilient City and Best Place for Work’ out of B.C.’s largest communities by BC Business magazine. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gym manager Dirk Popen (left), business partner Melissa Baxandall and owner Craig Vasconcelos at the currently closed Eagle Creek Athletic Club in View Royal. The club’s status as a new business renders it ineligible for federal business pandemic supports. (Photo courtesy of Craig Vasconcelos)

West Shore business owners worry about future in wake of COVID-driven closures

Amount, eligibility for pandemic biz aid falls short, West Shore health club operators say

Gym manager Dirk Popen (left), business partner Melissa Baxandall and owner Craig Vasconcelos at the currently closed Eagle Creek Athletic Club in View Royal. The club’s status as a new business renders it ineligible for federal business pandemic supports. (Photo courtesy of Craig Vasconcelos)
A restaurant chain serving all-vegan breakfasts, burgers, salads and wraps is coming to Victoria. (Odd Burger/Facebook)

Vegan fast-food restaurant planned for Victoria

Ontario-based Odd Burger Corporation sets sights on the West Coast

A restaurant chain serving all-vegan breakfasts, burgers, salads and wraps is coming to Victoria. (Odd Burger/Facebook)
Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2022. (Don Denton/Black Press)

Deals return on world-class culinary delights for Dine Around, Stay in Town Victoria

Growing list features 10 hotels and 40-plus restaurants in Greater Victoria

Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2022. (Don Denton/Black Press)
Environmental sustainability, plant-based food and First Nations participation come together at Cascadia Seaweed, an innovative new food brand. (Courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation)

Going blue in 2022: Greater Victoria positioned to make waves in blue economy: advocates

Coastal capital should go with what it knows to create sustainable, innovative industries

Environmental sustainability, plant-based food and First Nations participation come together at Cascadia Seaweed, an innovative new food brand. (Courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation)
Mary Lou Newbold has been named Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year for 2022. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce)

Victoria eye care business co-owner honoured as Chamber member of the year

Mary Lou Newbold often first to welcome new members; is strong advocate for Chamber of Commerce

Mary Lou Newbold has been named Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year for 2022. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce)
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 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)
Morgan Watson, owner of Bartholomew’s Public House, behind a bar decked out with Christmas lights. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Local pubs share pleasure, purpose of Christmas serving tradition

Two local pubs share their reasons for keeping the doors open on Dec. 25

Morgan Watson, owner of Bartholomew’s Public House, behind a bar decked out with Christmas lights. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
General manager of Stone Ground Pizza, Morgan Watson, shows off their stone-fired pizza oven, a feature of their new location inside the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in downton Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

New Greater Victoria food businesses ready to ring in the new year

Newcomers range from fast-food chicken to cheese and wine bistro

General manager of Stone Ground Pizza, Morgan Watson, shows off their stone-fired pizza oven, a feature of their new location inside the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in downton Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island cybersecurity firm ahead of global curve in arming against Log4j bug

aDolus Technology Inc. generates first vulnerability reports to thwart hackers

Software systems are susceptible to cyberattack through the recently discovered Log4Shell vulnerability. (Stock photo)
Victoria-based fabric artist Deb Bell is dedicated to creating pieces with love and encouraging people to shop local during the holidays. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Indigenous fabric artist encourages Victoria residents to shop local during the holidays

Deb Bell sews masks, healing scarves, change purses and more using locally purchased materials

Victoria-based fabric artist Deb Bell is dedicated to creating pieces with love and encouraging people to shop local during the holidays. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Royal Roads Cafe has closed after decades in business. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Classic Colwood cafe closing, new restaurant coming

Royal Roads Cafe, near the university, was open for decades before being sold

Royal Roads Cafe has closed after decades in business. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Sidney business will get a break on their business license fees as council waived them for 2022 in adopting its new business license bylaw. (Black Press Media file photo)

Adjusted bylaw waives business license fees in Sidney for 2022

Measure passes 5-2 with Couns. Scott Garnett and Terri O’Keeffe opposed

Sidney business will get a break on their business license fees as council waived them for 2022 in adopting its new business license bylaw. (Black Press Media file photo)
There’s plenty of options from B.C. brewers for holiday themed craft beer ideas. (Courtesy BC Craft Brewery Guild)

Holiday-themed beer recommendations crafted around the BC Ale Trail

Many new flavours, concoctions and combinations in store for the enthusiast

There’s plenty of options from B.C. brewers for holiday themed craft beer ideas. (Courtesy BC Craft Brewery Guild)
Cathy and Janice Gouk say that serving free Christmas lunches is their gift to the community that supports them all year round. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke cafe owner ‘shocked, honoured and humbled’ to win business of the year

Cathy’s Corner Cafe, Sooke Food Bank multiple winners for 2021 Business Excellence awards

Cathy and Janice Gouk say that serving free Christmas lunches is their gift to the community that supports them all year round. (File - Sooke News Mirror)