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Mastermind Toys is set to open a new location in Langford later this month, the company is opening 12 new stores across Canada this year. (Photo courtesy of Mastermind Toys)

Mastermind Toys is setting up shop on the West Shore

Company plans to open store on Oct. 21 at Westshore Town Centre

Mastermind Toys is set to open a new location in Langford later this month, the company is opening 12 new stores across Canada this year. (Photo courtesy of Mastermind Toys)
A rendering of the interior of a condo unit in Pacific Landing’s development that overlooks the Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood. Phase two is expected to break ground in the coming months.                                 (Image courtesy of 
Pacific Landing)

A ‘little piece of paradise’ moves to phase two in Colwood

Pacific Landing development offers panoramic view of Esquimalt Lagoon

A rendering of the interior of a condo unit in Pacific Landing’s development that overlooks the Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood. Phase two is expected to break ground in the coming months.                                 (Image courtesy of 
Pacific Landing)
Living room rendering for a Customs House suite shows spectacular harbour views through large floor to ceiling windows. Site work for the luxury homes project is due to start this fall, with the projected completion time early 2020.                                Courtesy Edelman

HOMEFINDER: Customs House envisions Inner Harbour luxury in Victoria

Residential project blends heritage features with modern design

Living room rendering for a Customs House suite shows spectacular harbour views through large floor to ceiling windows. Site work for the luxury homes project is due to start this fall, with the projected completion time early 2020.                                Courtesy Edelman
Victoria company faces backlash to “fat-shaming” picture

Victoria company faces backlash to “fat-shaming” picture

Owner of Fresh Coast Victoria apologizes for posting photo of large man with caption “Get this guy some @freshcoastvic”

Victoria company faces backlash to “fat-shaming” picture
Victoria-based online vacation photography company Flytographer was named this week to the Startup 50, coming in at No. 16 on the Canadian Business list of top 50 startups in Canada. Pinterest

Victoria travel photography firm grabs spot on Canada’s Startup 50 list

Flytographer has experienced incredible growth since being founded in 2013

Victoria-based online vacation photography company Flytographer was named this week to the Startup 50, coming in at No. 16 on the Canadian Business list of top 50 startups in Canada. Pinterest
Bayview Place in Victoria West is already home to a pair of condominium towers, with a third on the way. It will eventually be home to a senior aging-in-care residence, with 155 units split between condos, rental units and licensed care spaces. Courtesy Focus Equities

HOMEFINDER: Bayview in Vic West adding a senior’s element

Vancouver’s Element Lifestyle Retirement buys into master-planned neighbourhood

Bayview Place in Victoria West is already home to a pair of condominium towers, with a third on the way. It will eventually be home to a senior aging-in-care residence, with 155 units split between condos, rental units and licensed care spaces. Courtesy Focus Equities
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Finalists announced for 2017 Torch Awards on Vancouver Island

These awards handed out by the Better Business Bureau honour companies that demonstrate ethics and integrity.

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Local business woman shares her story

Local business woman shares her story

Industry titan doesn’t let anything phase her

Local business woman shares her story
Darrah O’Malley, a manager of Irish Times Pub, stands on the stairs leading into the bar, which has been nominated for Best Irish Pub in Noirth America. Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria watering hole nominated for best Irish pub in North America

Irish Times a multiple winner of best pub in Best of the City

Darrah O’Malley, a manager of Irish Times Pub, stands on the stairs leading into the bar, which has been nominated for Best Irish Pub in Noirth America. Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS
Carla Perry kneels with her dog Harvey in front of her Oak Bay home on Monteray Ave.                                 Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS
Carla Perry kneels with her dog Harvey in front of her Oak Bay home on Monteray Ave.                                 Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS
September can be a costly month for parents. (Pixabay)

Preparing financially for children can be a challenge

How young couples can get ready for the added expenses that come with having kids

  • Sep 4, 2017
September can be a costly month for parents. (Pixabay)
CHAMBER CHATTER: Local business plays significant role in improving community

CHAMBER CHATTER: Local business plays significant role in improving community

Sooke Point Ocean Cottages, Amber Academy in business spotlight

CHAMBER CHATTER: Local business plays significant role in improving community
Wild Coast Expo eyed for Sooke

Wild Coast Expo eyed for Sooke

The two-day event will be held April 7 and 8

Wild Coast Expo eyed for Sooke
A&W getting face lift

A&W getting face lift

District council approves development permit

A&W getting face lift
This one-bedroom, one-bathroom float home in Sailors Cove Marina in Esquimalt is on the market for $220,000.                                Photo courtesy Lindsay Hamilton/MacDonald Realty

HOMEFINDER: Float homes can offer relaxing lifestyle on the water

Price point on Esquimalt home attracts great interest from aross the country

This one-bedroom, one-bathroom float home in Sailors Cove Marina in Esquimalt is on the market for $220,000.                                Photo courtesy Lindsay Hamilton/MacDonald Realty
Irena Novichkova, left, Nick Gakena and Corey Anderson pose by their furry friend at the chamber of commerce office in Sooke. Novichkova said her favourite part about Sooke is all the nature, and being able to see the stars at night. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Chamber of Commerce gets a worldly view on business

Russian business student Irena Novichkova helps draw up telecommuting project for Sooke

Irena Novichkova, left, Nick Gakena and Corey Anderson pose by their furry friend at the chamber of commerce office in Sooke. Novichkova said her favourite part about Sooke is all the nature, and being able to see the stars at night. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke’s affordability attracts buyers: realtors

Sooke’s affordability attracts buyers: realtors

Region’s beauty, proximity to the core, and lower cost of living among selling points

Sooke’s affordability attracts buyers: realtors
After more than 20 years of bringing music to Greater Victoria and Island residents, John Larsen is closing his business on Cook Street.

Iconic Victoria music store closing, owner plans to keep on playing

John Larsen and his staff brought music to many in Victoria and elsewhere on the Island

  • Jul 17, 2017
After more than 20 years of bringing music to Greater Victoria and Island residents, John Larsen is closing his business on Cook Street.
Executive director Sergiu Filatov and president and CEO Mickey Fleming are looking forward to completion of Cherish at Central park, slated to open Nov. 1. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)

HOMEFINDER: Cherish underlines retirement requirements

A plethora of activities available for Cherish residents

  • Jul 15, 2017
Executive director Sergiu Filatov and president and CEO Mickey Fleming are looking forward to completion of Cherish at Central park, slated to open Nov. 1. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)
Construction is booming in Victoria, due in part to a new approach by city hall. Tim Collins/Victoria News

City hall more development friendly in Victoria

Municipal planners, developers collaborating on better design, workable solutions

  • Jul 13, 2017
Construction is booming in Victoria, due in part to a new approach by city hall. Tim Collins/Victoria News