Local Business

From left to right: co-owners Michelle Morgan, Michael Morgan and Dirk Slot behind the bar at Mile Zero Brewing in Metchosin. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

VIDEO: New Metchosin nano-brewery’s taps now flowing after opening

Mile Zero Brewing is planning a grand opening come patio season

Karen’s Diner is famous for its bad service and great food. (Courtesy of Karen’s Diner)

Diner to bring terrible service to Victoria

Karen’s Diner will be making its way to B.C.’s capital this spring

  • Jan 21, 2023
TJ’s The Kiddies Shop has opened a second Greater Victoria location in Colwood on Island Highway. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Popular Greater Victoria baby store opening second location with ‘curated’ items

The Island Highway shop is debuting new initiatives for the B.C. chain

Kathryn Camfield is the general manager of The Makehouse, a Victoria sewing business that recently became employee-owned. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: The Makehouse threads community, creativity at Victoria sewing studio

The fabric shop and sewing lesson business recently became employee-owned

Kathryn Camfield is the general manager of The Makehouse, a Victoria sewing business that recently became employee-owned. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Old Vic Fish and Chips has joined the growing list of downtown Victoria businesses to announce they are closing their doors over the past few months, but Downtown Victoria said it is likely just the natural ebb and flow of downtown businesses, rather than any cause for concern. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria says it’s still strong for business, despite string of closures

Despite Old Vic Fish and Chips joining list of closures in the area, business remains good overall

Old Vic Fish and Chips has joined the growing list of downtown Victoria businesses to announce they are closing their doors over the past few months, but Downtown Victoria said it is likely just the natural ebb and flow of downtown businesses, rather than any cause for concern. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Agrius Restaurant is closing down. (Facebook/Agrius)
Agrius Restaurant is closing down. (Facebook/Agrius)
Renovation work on historic Sooke Harbour House is expected to continue over the next several months. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Renovation work on historic Sooke Harbour House is expected to continue over the next several months. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
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Feb. 18, 2011 - Monday Magazine sales rep Ruby Della-Siega.

Monday says goodbye to Ruby

‘It was a privilege … every model we used, it became a success’

Don Denton/News staff
Feb. 18, 2011 - Monday Magazine sales rep Ruby Della-Siega.
The V2V Empress is loaded onto the BBC Mont Blanc Jan. 10. (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority/Twitter)
The V2V Empress is loaded onto the BBC Mont Blanc Jan. 10. (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority/Twitter)
A mural in Fernwood on Gladstone Avenue that was done by Victoria-based artist Collin Elder. It was finished in September, 2020. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff) 01/10/23

‘Murals simply make the city more cool,’ says councillor who wants more public arts funding

Councillor Matt Dell calls for an increase in funding dedicated to public art projects in 2023

A mural in Fernwood on Gladstone Avenue that was done by Victoria-based artist Collin Elder. It was finished in September, 2020. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff) 01/10/23
An employee of Flipside Plastics’ 2021 pilot project collects coffee lids from Caffe Fantastico in Victoria. The company was part of the 2020 Project Zero circular economy business incubator. (Courtesy of Flipside Plastics)

Victoria circular economy business incubator accepting 2023 cohort applications

Project Zero aims to help grow businesses that reuse or rethink waste to create their products

An employee of Flipside Plastics’ 2021 pilot project collects coffee lids from Caffe Fantastico in Victoria. The company was part of the 2020 Project Zero circular economy business incubator. (Courtesy of Flipside Plastics)
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Trade show targets local businesses in Sooke

Sookarama returns in April after three-year hiatus

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The former Capital Iron store in Victoria is seen in October, 2022. The brand is set to be revived under a new owner and business model after Fred Aram purchased the rights to the business after it closed its doors in December, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Iconic brand returning to Victoria under new ownership

Fred Aram of West Coast Appliance Gallery has purchased the storied Capital Iron brand

The former Capital Iron store in Victoria is seen in October, 2022. The brand is set to be revived under a new owner and business model after Fred Aram purchased the rights to the business after it closed its doors in December, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Victoria’s Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. is shifting to an employee ownership model after 21 years under the sole ownership of founder Matt Phillips. (Courtesy Phillips Brewing and Malting Co./Facebook)

Employees set to take over this beloved Victoria brewery

The move will see all full-time employees of three years or more eligible to buy shares

Victoria’s Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. is shifting to an employee ownership model after 21 years under the sole ownership of founder Matt Phillips. (Courtesy Phillips Brewing and Malting Co./Facebook)
The Beach House Restaurant and nearby lots have been listed as for sale. Owner, Kate Phoenix, says operations will continue as normal until the end of August. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Site of historic Cordova Bay venue hits real estate market

Beach House Restaurant to remain open until end of August, owner says

The Beach House Restaurant and nearby lots have been listed as for sale. Owner, Kate Phoenix, says operations will continue as normal until the end of August. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Oak Bay Marine Group owns and operates Oak Bay Marina (pictured), North Saanich Marina, Ladysmith Marina and Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina in Metchosin as well as several restaurants. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay Marine Group owns and operates Oak Bay Marina (pictured), North Saanich Marina, Ladysmith Marina and Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina in Metchosin as well as several restaurants. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Bunny’s Kitchen puts the emphasis on fresh ingredients. (Pexels photo)

Ex-roller derby player cooking up healthy meals in Esquimalt

Bunny’s Kitchen is a dream come true

  • Jan 4, 2023
Bunny’s Kitchen puts the emphasis on fresh ingredients. (Pexels photo)
Students of Hastings Martial Arts follow the instruction of Cory Hastings during a winter spirit training session in the waters off Sidney’s Glass Beach. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Glass Beach becomes outdoor dojo for brave students

Close to 30 karate students performed 100 punches while standing waist deep in water

Students of Hastings Martial Arts follow the instruction of Cory Hastings during a winter spirit training session in the waters off Sidney’s Glass Beach. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Eagle Wing Tours highlights this year on the Salish Sea with four Top 5 galleries from its team of photographers. (Sierra Hamilton photo courtesy Eagle Wing Tours)

Victoria whale watching teams shares series of 5 favourite shots on the Salish Sea

Photographers describe in their own words, why each image shows a special moment

Eagle Wing Tours highlights this year on the Salish Sea with four Top 5 galleries from its team of photographers. (Sierra Hamilton photo courtesy Eagle Wing Tours)
The Wildwood trailer saunas seat six to eight folks and appear most weekends at Willows Beach in Oak Bay. (Courtesy Wildwood Saunas)
The Wildwood trailer saunas seat six to eight folks and appear most weekends at Willows Beach in Oak Bay. (Courtesy Wildwood Saunas)