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Beautifying, marketing, supporting Thank you, Comox! We were delighted for another year to display our beautiful hanging baskets this spring through summer and thank you to all of those involved in the program. The Comox BIA was thrilled how our local artists painted our Hydro boxes, a partnership with BC Hydro, Town of Comox and the Comox BIA for BC Hydro’s anti-graffiti campaign. Many thanks to the local artists involved, A MESSAGE Lucy, Jennifer and Helen. Great work, ladies! Our committee has rolled up the colourful street banners until FROM THE next spring. COMOX BIA Now we get ready to embrace the next season and to look ahead. Our Christmas Light Up event is nearing. Stay tuned and watch as they bring magic to our downtown and lighten up our dark days. Get ready for Santa! Join us Nov. 19 — bring your family downtown to start up our festive season.... Explore our avenue ... visit our shops ... find the uniqueness ... dazzle your tastebuds and dine at our topnotch eateries. If you’re looking to be looked after ... we have all the right professionals to serve your needs. Look us up. Ask a friend. We are Comox! Comoxbythesea.com. Find us on Facebook. We market, we beautify and we support. Let’s work together to make it more!

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hristmas in Comox will be fun

Christmas in downtown Comox may take a variety of themes this year, but one theme shines through – family. Whether it’s walking down Comox Avenue following Santa or putting the creative plans forward to build a can creation, Kathy Penner is hoping everyone will get involved. Penner is the coordinator of the Comox Business in Action, and is busy planning a variety of events for the holiday season, particularly the Colossal Christmas Can Contest, a new event this year. “The Can Contest, which will be held in the mall, involves creating a sculpture of cans of food in a theme of Christmas or winter. Other than following a few basic rules, the idea is to have fun – and all for a good cause.” The contest is open to schools, families and any other member of the public; however, at least one person on the team must be fifteen years of age or younger. “People must provide their own cans, and a project could involve several hundred cans,” she noted. Extra Foods in the mall is a sponsor of the contest, and is offering a discount on cans.

A panel of judges will choose the top designs and cash awards totaling $600 will go to the top three places. Penner added once the displays are taken down, all of the cans of food will be donated to the Comox Valley Food Bank. Registration forms can be filled out at Otter’s Kitchen Cove during store hours. For more information, email Penner at info@comoxbythesea.com. * * * Downtown Comox will become a bit more bright in mid-November, as the annual Christmas Light-Up event will start by making its way down Comox Avenue. On November 19, beginning at 4:30pm, Santa will make his trek from Filberg Park to the Comox town circle. To kick things off Filberg Lodge and Park is hosting their silent auction “so you missed the Filberg Festival” from 11am – 4pm. There will be an opportunity for children to decorate the Filberg Christmas Tree for the Birds from 3- 4pm before Santa arrives and the start of the parade. Santa and his elves will be handing out free battery-operated candles to carry and

follow Santa for the walk downtown. North Island Choral Society will be adding their voices, s, singing traditional Christmas carols and the award winning Cumberland berland Marching Band will also be partt of the evening’s festivities. Parents and d children of all ages are encouraged to be part of the fun. Penner said Mayorr Paul Ives will join Santa in the tree lighting ing and following the light-up, children can n follow Santa inside the mall for photos with Santa, hot chocolate, magic by Greg Laudret, audret, face painting by Detailed Face Painting’s ting’s Gillian Couture, balloon art with Lots of Laughs, and a craft table hosted by 4 R’s Learning Society. The musical talent of the Mark Isfeld Jazz band will be heard throughout the mall. “It will be very festive,” noted Penner, who added some businesses es in Comox will stay open n until 7 that evening.” ❖

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PAM WATSON Planet Kids owner “We’re not just a retirement community. We could have a really thriving downtown business area, and I think it gets put on the backseat a little bit. It could be so much more.” Watson notes the growing Island community of Duncan, which had less going for it than Comox, as an example. “We need to refocus on building our shopping community because unfortunately we’re out of the way. We’re not a drive-thru; we’re a destination,” said Watson, who thinks the merchants, the CBIA and the Town need to be on the same page and share the same vision. She advocates for more business and retail, and fewer professionals in the downtown core, though she is not sure what council can do about the situation. She would also like elected officials to fast-track the empty Lorne lot into something. “I think that’s a real detriment to the town,” said Watson, who would prefer to see the space occupied by a retro building instead of a four-storey condominium. “A pipe dream would be to have some cohesiveness between this (downtown) and the marina, because we are a beachside community,” Watson added.

TIA OTTER Otter’s Kitchen Cove owner “I’d like our new council to create a better downtown business environment, and to promote new business coming into Comox. The president of Comox Business in Action suggests targeting the marina area to bring new people into the community, and working with management and business owners to enhance Comox Centre Mall.

merchants would like the downtown core to include a greater number of businesses and an enhanced marina and shopping mall, according to an unscientific poll of downtown Comox business owners. Most of those who participated also hope

DAN KYLE Nearly New Books owner “Any development of the community-living spaces is always welcome. The issue there (waterfront and marina), of course, is funding,” Kyle said, noting a worldwide economic slump the past two years. Kyle, a BIA member who has owned his business about three years, harbours concern about the business tax rate which he says is about three times higher than residential. He realizes, however, the situation will not change overnight. “Any elected official that tries to reel in tax expenditures and keep them from go ing up is obviously going to get support from the community and business owners, I would think.”

the newly elected council will do something about the vacant lot once occupied by the historic Lorne Pub.

RUTH VANDERLINDEN Benino Gelato “For tourists, it’s utterly boring,” said Vanderlinden about a predominance of professional buildings on Comox Avenue. She also feels the mall needs spicing up. “You need shops; it’s a seaside town. You need to turn it into a little Steveston.” Vanderlinden would like to see a greater number of shops opening their doors more frequently in the summer, especially on Sundays. She also feels tourists would appreciate a greater selection of pubs. “It’s all about community, it’s about people gathering,” said Vanderlinden, who loved the recent Car Free Sunday event that happened in Courtenay and Cumberland but not in Comox. “We have to walk a little bit more. So you have to walk a block or two. So what?”


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RECORD STAFF Comox Bay Marina and Residences will be a fly-in,-fly-out resort thanks to a partnership between the marina and Harbour Air. The latter is operating three round-trip flights per day from Vancouver Harbour, which means passengers will be able to step off the plane at the doorstep of the resort development. This convenience, says Howard Land Group president Michael Hawitt, is a “unique perk” for the owners. “A scheduled air service to your front door on Vancouver Island makes owning here so much more convenient and cost effective,” he said. At less than $200 per round trip, and just 45 minutes from Vancouver, the flights are gaining in popularity for residents in Comox Bay. “After people calculate the time spent waiting for a ferry and the nearly two-hour crossing, the cost of the ferry and gas, flying starts to make a lot of sense,” said Chad Wetsch, vice-president of ground operations at Harbour Air. “Especially when you land steps away from your door.”

Harbour Air is booking at nearly 80 per cent capacity daily. The popularity of the flights is leading the air service to look at options for larger planes to meet the demand. “We’re working with Harbour Air to help them increase their capacity for future flights because we know our homeowners will value this service and we want it to be continually available to them,” Hawitt said. “It’s not only convenient for those living in Vancouver, but for our owners that are flying in from Alberta and beyond.” Comox Bay Marina and Residences is a $30-million resort development. It will feature 62 furnished suites with sweeping views of Comox Bay through oversized windows. Prices start in the mid-$200,000s for one- and two-bedroom units. The resort will also include a restaurant, lounge and retail space connected to the marina, located next to Marina Park. Full ownership opportunities with boat slips are available. The resort is being developed by Howard Land Group, creators of the award-winning Oswego Hotel in Victoria. ❖ reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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Get to big city, quickly members, to seniors attending medical appointments and to Vancouver Canucks fans Record Staff who think nothing of flying over and back for hockey games. Travellers praised the Harbour Air service “We’ve had a lot of international visitors linking Comox to Vancouver as a faster, this year, just hundreds,” MacMillan said. cheaper alternative to ferries during a spring The basic one-way fare is trial run with a 14-seat, single$150 with taxes. Seat sales close engine Otter from the Comox to flight times bring the price Marina. down. Passengers were especially With more than 50 aircraft, pleased to be able to secure a Harbour Air and its affiliate seat at their preferred time, a Westcoast Air operate the largest luxury not always afforded by all-seaplane fleet in the world. the six-passenger DeHavilland Single and twin Otters service DHC-2 Beaver. regular flights between the Lower The trial runs took place Mainland and Vancouver Island. because of increased use on the DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Comox-Vancouver route. ANDREW MacMILLAN Islands and Cessna 185s are The company is exploring available for charter. longer-term use of the larger aircraft, the idea Harbour Air offers three flights per day on being to increase capacity on a year-round the Comox-Vancouver run Monday through basis, said Harbour Air community relations Friday and one each Saturday and Sunday. person Andrew MacMillan, noting the Otter’s The airline provides free parking in Comox. ability to handle adverse weather conditions. For more information, visit www. The service, which lands near the Vanharbourair.com or phone 1-800-665-0212 couver Convention Centre, appeals mainly toll-free. ❖ reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com to businesspeople, to those visiting family

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SCOTT STANFIELD Record Staff On the heels of last week’s winter craft fair, the Comox Centre Mall comes alive this week with an assortment of treasures during the annual Antique and Collectibles Show Nov. 9 to 12. This week also features the Rotary Book Sale that helps the club raise funds for cancer research and care. Both events are big draws for the mall. “We’ve got far more vendors this year than we had last year, looking to continually expand it,” mall manager Tiffany Iles said, noting mall regulars will recognize some of the old faces.

On Nov. 19, Comox Business In Action and the mall are preparing to welcome Santa and the holiday season with the Christmas Light-Up. Mr. Claus will be available for photos after the light-up at the town circle. There will be various musicians from school jazz ensembles and choirs throughout the Christmas season, hopefully starting in November. A new leasing agent who came on board in the summer has made a number of esthetic changes at the mall in terms of lighting, benches, plants, leather chairs, couches, tables and window displays. “He’s busy working to see if we can get some more stores up and running,” Iles said.

“There’s some great spaces available in the mall, so we’re looking to get some new businesses coming in.” The Coombs Country Candy vendor will soon be sending wafts of caramel corn and other wonderful smells throughout the mall. “It smells amazing in here when he’s here,” Iles said. The holiday season will also feature an assortment of craft vendors, the works of wildlife photographer Steve Williamson, Tony Rei’s wood turning gifts, Patty Marriot’s beach glass jewelry and wind chimes, and items such as bags and scarves from Sola Luna Imports. For more information visit www.comoxmall.ca. ❖ reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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KATHY PENNER, WHO THINKS DOWNTOWN COMOX “HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL” IS THE COORDINATOR AT COMOX BUSINESS IN ACTION.

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Kathy Penner, a well-known face in the Comox Valley with a history of marketing, communications and community development, took on the role of co-ordinator at Comox Business In Action in May. “It’s great,” she said of her new job. “I think downtown Comox has so much potential. And working alongside Tia (Otter, CBIA president) has made my job so much easier. She has put in countless hours and energy as the vice-president. She is positive, outgoing and truly wants downtown Comox to be a thriving destination.” Penner’s job at the CBIA encompasses “everything and anything,” from administration to street banners to special events such as the Comox Cup and the Christmas Lighting event. “My head is full of ideas,” Penner said. “What I am hoping is that more BIA members will become engaged with the board and

committees to bring the ideas to reality.” She is looking forward to promoting trade, commerce and an enhanced social environment in what she calls “one of the most beautiful places in Canada. “Water is always an attraction,” Penner said of Comox. “Add to this the unique shops, a thriving array of restaurants and professional services. The possibilities are limitless, especially with more than 160 BIA members working in partnership.” Otter, who now serves as president, expects Penner’s energy, knowledge and commitment will help the organization improve the vibrancy of downtown Comox. Penner also works with Sarah Seads, owner of ELM (Equilibrium Lifestyle Management) and sits on boards at the Community Foundation and Community Futures Strathcona. She also volunteers as a host for Shaw TV’s The Daily. More information on Comox BIA can be found at Comoxbythesea.com. ❖ reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com


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Don’t forget that books make great Christmas gifts Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Have you considered books? Blue Heron Books has lots of them — everything from humour to pets to gardening to children’s nonfiction to travel to teen and juvenile selections, and more. Owner Martina Polson also offers nautical charts and cruising guides, greeting cards, calendars, maps, self-help CDs, daytimers, journals and a cornucopia of other treasures tucked into the tidy shelves of her store at 1775 Comox Ave. “I’ve started bringing in art supplies. I will have ready-made kits, lots of sketchbooks and watercolour sets.” Blue Heron also features lots of local art prints and paintings all done by local artists.With the holidays approaching, Polson says new books by local authors Mike Yip and Rick James would be welcome under the Christmas tree. She says there are lots of great new history

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books out this year as well. If you can’t find a book you’re looking for, Polson will put in a special order on any title. Drop by to browse or call her at 250-3396111 for more information. Meanwhile, reading a lot doesn’t have to cost a lot, thanks to Nearly New Books. “We have books at half the new

price, and a trade-in policy,” says Dan Kyle, who along with wife Diane runs the family-owned business at 1761B Comox Ave. in the heart of downtown Comox. Rows of books stacked neatly on floor-to-ceiling shelves await both the budget-conscious bookworm and the casual browser. “We have books of all types:

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fiction, non-fiction and children’s,” says Dan, adding lots of their regular clients use the trade-in policy. With Christmas coming, he notes gift certificates are also an option. Dan says his store is ideal for people “looking for an alternative to buying new, or if there is too long a wait list at the library. We get a lot of book clubs here looking for

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a book they all can read.” Nearly New Books has been in Comox for 16 years, and the Kyles have owned it for the past three and a half years. “We wanted to be here and wanted to be in this business,” says Dan of why they purchased the store. “We’re a family of readers. My daughter Madeline Gallard a couple of years ago was a Canspell spelling bee winner. She went to Ottawa and Washington, D.C.,” says Dan, “because she grew up reading books.” Dan says Nearly New Books’ biggest motivation is encouraging young readers. To that end, they took part in this year’s Books for Halloween program, where people were encouraged to hand out books instead of candy when trick-or-treaters came calling. Book lovers are welcome to drop by and see what is available and find out more about the popular trade-in policy. For more information, phone 250-339-1278 or email nearlynewbooks@shaw.ca. ❖

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Cozier location working A solid reputation built on customer service, quality products and fair pricing is the secret to success for Blinds Billiards and Baubles. Celebrating their first year in Comox this November, Blinds Billiards and Baubles is owned by the husband-wife team of John and Tracey McGinnis. They opened the business eight years ago after moving to the Valley from Ontario. It was originally located by Walmart. Tracey said they made the move Tracey McGinnis to Comox to focus on the main part of the business, which is window coverings and draperies. Having a smaller, cozier store is also nice. “We have 650 (square feet) here. There was 2,800 at the other place,” said Tracey, noting they needed that room to

It’s a really ❝social store for me. It just has such a nice feel. ❞

display their billiard tables. There are no billiard tables at the new location, but Blinds Billiards and Baubles still services tables. John handles those duties, along with installing window coverings and their newest service, blind cleaning. Tracey does all the sales. “I do the in-home consultations, take samples and help with the design,” she says. “What we like about having the retail store is it allows people to come in ahead and see what’s on the market, what’s new ... then take it the next step further.” The focus on window coverings is going well, and Tracey notes “We are exclusively Hunter-Douglas, the best name in the industry for quality and fair pricing.” As for their new location at 221C Church Street? “(I) love this location. Love it. I love that I can take my portable phone and sit on the little wall (in front of the store) and I look at the ocean and the mountains and people are walking

TRACEY MCGINNIS LOVES THE NEW LOCATION OF BLINDS BILLIARDS AND BAUBLES ON CHURCH STREET. PHOTO BY EARLE COUPER

past and poking their heads in. “It’s a really social store for me. It just has such a nice feel. I also think it has more clearly defined for people what we do. There was always a bit of confusion around our name. and walking in and seeing only the

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window coverings defines it better for people.” Blinds Billiards and Baubles is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They invite you to drop by or call them at 250-941-7824 for more information. ❖

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Nicknamed Joey by my co-workers, I’m originally from the Prairies and attended Pharmacy at the U of S. I moved to Comox in 2003 and enjoy golf, cycling and yoga.

When Tim isn’t providing health care you will find him on his bicycle or moonlighting as a hair do model.

I have worked at the Medicine Shoppe since 2006. My hobbies include knitting, camping, cheering for the Canucks and pestering Tim.

I was born in Vancouver and I attended Vancouver Community College earning a diploma in structural drafting. After several years I re-tooled and in 2002 obtained my pharmacy technician diploma.

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When I was told I would be working with 14 women, this isn’t what I had in mind! When I’m not working with these lovely ladies I enjoy swimming, cycling and tennis.

I grew up in the Comox Valley and I’ve worked at the Medicine Shoppe since 2006. I enjoy running, cycling and cheering for the BC Lions.

I moved to the Comox Valley to escape cold Manitoba winters and to ski at Mt. Washington. I studied Pharmacy at the U of Manitoba.

I’m a local boy who works both here and at the pharmacy on CFB Comox. I am the ‘younger fellow’ on staff.

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I was born and raised in the Comox Valley and have been fortunate to continue to live and work here. I am enjoying working with so many great people at the Medicine Shoppe.

In 1997 my family and I moved to the Comox Valley and since then I graduated from high school and I started working here at the Medicine Shoppe since Nov. 2000. I enjoy Taekwondo and Boxing in my free time.

After 11 years, I’m still the brains behind the entire operation. They keep me hidden in the back, but occasionally I’m let out to sweep floors or deliver paycheques. I enjoy styling Tim’s hair in my spare time.

My husband and I have been in the Valley for over 15 years. Our daughters were raised here. We love to take advantage of the active lifestyle we can have here in the Valley. I look forward to serving those I know as they come through the doors of the Medicine Shoppe.

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Originally from Sudbury Ontario, Comox has been my home for the past 11 years. I enjoy soccer, skiing and fine wine. I am happy to be a part of the Medicine Shoppe team.

Recently retired from 30 years at St. Joe’s as an R.N. and very happy to join Tim’s Medicine Shoppe family. I enjoy gardening, cake decorating, golf, sewing and needlework.

I have been in the Comox Valley since 1972 & have worked with Tim since 1998. I love spending time with my husband, son & extended family. My job is front store manager. In my spare time I enjoy Taekwondo and Boxing

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I moved to the Valley 10 years ago and have been having fun at the Medicine Shoppe for the last 7 years. I like long walks on the beach.

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Is in public relations ~ hugs, etc. for kids of all ages. Louie has been with us for 6 years.

I have moved here from Ontario and I am in awe of the Comox Valley. Lucky for me I hve been employed at the Medicine Shoppe where my skills will be useful.

Even though I am a female, I get mistaken for Tim when he had hair. I have a lofty position and oversee staff.


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ARTISTS, ART FANS LOVE NEW LOCATION BOB POLLOCK, SHEILA POLLOCK Special to the Record On Sept. 10, history was made in downtown Comox with the grand opening of the new Pearl Ellis Gallery and Comox Archives and Museum. After 33 years of operation, the gallery joined forces with the museum to help establish a new showcase for art and history in the community. The opening was an overwhelming success, as a standing-room-only crowd watched Mayor Paul Ives, gallery president Sheila Pollock and museum president Barbara Price cut the ribbon to officially open the new centre. In July, with the blessing of the Comox council, the Town of Comox and volunteers from both

the gallery and museum began to transform the upstairs of 1729 Comox Ave. Led by Town property manager Al Fraser, the transformation of the location took place quickly and efficiently. New environmentally friendly energy efficient lighting was installed, walls were built, bathroom facilities installed, slotboard hung, flooring repaired and walls prepped and painted. Along with the many hours contributed by the Town, the volunteers of the gallery and museum put in over 250 hours of volunteer labor to complete the project. More than 1,000 visitors have walked through the doors of the new gallery location. Visitors to the gallery have found that the main level entrance has made access so much easier. As visitors enter, they are amazed at the

VISITORS ARE AMAZED by the openness and natural lighting in the Pearl Ellis Gallery’s new location.

openness, and natural lighting that greets them. On the gallery side, they enjoy the opportunity to view great original pieces of art created by Comox Valley artists. Moving into the Museum section, visitors are treated to the past history of Comox while viewing the amazing display created

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by curator Kay Bukta. Over and over again, as visitors enter the gallery, you hear such expressions as, “How amazing this looks,” “What a great facility,” “It looks so professional,” “What wonderful lighting,” etc. With a large supporting membership it is now able to operate

longer hours so that the public may enjoy the facilities. The gallery/museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed Mondays. For more information, visit www.pearlellisgallery.com and www.comoxmuseum.ca. ❖

Let Ambassador Shuttle drop you off to enjoy a stroll along the scenic ocean-side boardwalk and wonder throughout this quaint village by the sea. You will find some unique shops perfect for that special someone for Christmas, while sipping on a warm Latte from one of the many amazing specialized cafes in the village. After you have satisfied your shopping and cafe needs, treat yourself to a wonderful meal at the wide variety of very fine restaurants all within walking distance. AMBASSADOR SHUTTLE SERVICE will then return and pick you up after dinner and either take you home or take you for a short tour of some of the festive Christmas lights through Comox.

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Comox museum in new phase of its own history ERIN HALUSCHAK Record Staff The museum that displays the evolution of Comox has undergone an evolution of its own. More than a month into its new space in the former library building on Comox Avenue, the Comox Archives and Museum (CAMS) along with the Pearl Ellis Gallery are embracing the expanded space, more visibility and new location. “Having the two venues together, we’re getting arts and culture to overlap,” explained Kay Bukta, curator of CAMS. “What we put down for arts, we learn from culture. We really want people to come in and make it part of their lifestyle and watch the museum grow.” Bukta says since the move from the lower level back-

A BIG CROWD turned out for the official opening of the Comox Archives and Museum in its new location fronting onto Comox Avenue. PHOTO BY ERIN HALUSCHAK

side of the building, both organizations have recorded a significant increase in visitors. She added the new space lends well to her vision of expanding a timeframe — a visual history of Comox that displays who was here and what they did.

In addition to more wall space, Bukta said she is also focused on adding books to the library. “We now have three stations for people to sit and read, and a card file system for people to mark down where they finished reading so it’s easy to find their

page when they come back,” she noted. “There will be slideshows running on an ongoing basis as well.” Bukta added her main focus with the space is to highlight how an area of 100 people came to be the town it is today. “I want to show the

flavour on how the pioneers survived. I want people to get that feeling of how that is — to look around and see completely nothingness and how they developed with the economies (in Cumberland and Courtenay) around them.” She noted the new space

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allows visitors to ‘step in’ to the timeframes to see to see what families were in Comox at the same time, and provides a way of bringing a physical element to living history. Bukta said she encourages individuals to share their story or any other information they might have about the history of the area. “We’re always looking for another source to make sure the information is correct. We encourage anyone to come in and add or make comments. I really want to make sure we have as much history as we can.” The museum has a variety of items for sale such as 2012 calendars and cards, and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are available; for more information call 250-339-2885. ❖

❄ 3:30 pm – Gather down at Filberg Park to help Santa’s elves decorate the Christmas tree for the birds, visit the gift shop and check out the silent auction.

❄ At 4:30 pm Santa will lead the parade of

candles through Filberg Park to Comox Ave.

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award winning Cumberland Marching Band and a parade wouldn’t be a parade without the smiling faces of the Comox Valley Clown Club!

❄ Providing entertainment at the Town Circle while the parade is making its way down Comox Ave. will be the North Island Choral Society.

❄ Upon arrival at the Circle, Santa, with the

assistance of Mayor Paul Ives will light up the beautiful tree. Then everyone moves into the warmth of the Comox Mall for hot chocolate provided by the Salvation Army, photos with Santa and lots of fun and entertainment – Magic Shows, Face Painting, Balloon Art with Lots of Laughs, 4Rs Education kids craft table and music provided by the Mark Isfeld Jazz Band.


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‘Treasure’ ARABELLA BENSON, FRASER MCALLAN Special to the Record When Dusty d’Esterre bequeathed part of his valuable oceanfront property to the Town of Comox in 1970, he probably never expected that his name will live on in the lives of so many seniors and the dynamic community who now use this outstanding facility. The small group of seniors moved heaven and earth to coax Town council to approve and proceed with the building of a Social Centre for Seniors in 1975, next to “Dusty’s Den” which is now used as Comox council chambers. With the help of the Town and Rotary, the feisty seniors raised funds, and contributed time and

effort to create an excellent facility overlooking the picturesque Comox marina and lovely surrounding park. The Comox Seniors’ Centre officially opened June 25, 1975. The core group of 10 members has flourished to more than 1,000. When it came time to refurbish the ballroom last February, they used ingenuity, old-fashioned hard work, resourcefulness and teamwork — creating a bright, elegant ballroom with a state-of-the-art sound system, gleaming floors, class and glass — to make it a jewel in the heart of Comox. Mayor Paul Ives, flanked by seniors’ vice-president Dave Grant and Rotary president Tim Cowan, happily cut the ribbon at d’Esterre’s open house June 19, officially wel-

coming the community. Donations from Gordon Pritchard and Fred Fester went for interior work. The Town of Comox contributed significantly, upgrading exterior, lighting, heating, flooring, ventilation and windows to environmental standards. Holly Grant, Rotary presidentin-waiting, suggested that d’Esterre’s ballroom needed a facelift — something seniors said for years. Then, thinking, planning and negotiating began among Rotary, Comox Seniors and the Town of Comox, forming a building committee among these three groups. Rotarians worked evenings and weekends, clearing the mess to give each trade a clean workspace. Volunteer Rotarian Tom Grant acted as general contractor, keeping

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Comfort food appealing LINDSAY CHUNG Record Staff The Blackfin Pub is unveiling a new menu this month featuring seasonal comfort foods that will be perfect to tuck into by the fireplace on a cold winter’s evening. But whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, one thing about the Blackfin’s menu never changes — its focus on fresh, high-quality local foods. Even in winter when it is more challenging, the Blackfin incorporates local Vancouver Island ingredients into its menu as much as possible. This includes Fanny Bay oysters, local produce, Cowichan Valley chicken and more. In fact, one of the pub’s most popular desserts — Angel’s Apple Spice Cake

— features apples from an employee’s yard. “She brought us this recipe with apples from her tree, and it ended up on our menu,” said manager Barbara Hanson.

We have a local ❝ broker for fishermen from Port Hardy to here, and he buys from them and sells to us.

Barbara Hanson Being on the oceanfront, it’s no surprise the Blackfin focuses on local seafood. “We have a local broker for fishermen from Port Hardy to here, and he buys from them and sells to us,” explained Hanson. The Blackfin’s extensive wine list features local wines from Coastal Black, Blue

Moon and Beaufort. “We try to incorporate those, and they sell like crazy,” said Lisa Moyes, who owns the pub with her husband, Edd. Changes to the Blackfin’s menu include seasonal, savoury comfort foods such as stuffed beef Yorkshire, McMeans meatloaf — a family recipe from executive chef Nigel McMeans — Black Forest BLT sandwiches, coq au vin and steak salad. “We’ll keep our tried and trues but offer a few new things,” said Hanson. “We’re keeping all the staples everyone loves.” Edd and Lisa have built a strong team at the Blackfin with Hanson, McMeans and their staff members, many of whom have been longtime employees. They’re eager to share what they love about their

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Record Staff A place where friends meet and families eat. This is exactly what the owners of TOTO Restaurant on Comox Avenue are hoping people will think when they think TOTO. In the two years since he bought the former Thyme On The Ocean restaurant, owner Barton Zowtuck and his team have worked hard to listen to what the community wants, and the focus of TOTO has changed from a high-end restaurant to more of a West Coast casual venue with an emphasis on fresh and local. “We were pretty well focused on being a higherend venue with more French cuisine originally, and we’ve evolved into something a

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little more that satisfies all palettes,” said Zowtuck. “We’re trying to suit everybody’s needs,” noted chef Darin Acorn. After buying the assets

of the former Thyme on the Ocean, Zucktow renovated and reinvented the restaurant, which boasts beautiful ocean views from downtown Comox Acorn took the reins

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AND DIANE ARSENAULT. AT RIGHT, STYLIST CORTNEY DONALDSON GIVES A CLIENT A BEAUTIFUL NEW LOOK AT SCORPIO’S HAIR DESIGN ON CHURCH STREET. PHOTOS BY LINDSAY CHUNG

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A SOFTER LOOK EMERGING AS CURRENT TRENDS LINDSAY CHUNG Record Staff Whether it’s short and edgy or long and flowing, one solid colour or full of highlights and texture, our hair says a lot about us. And hairstylists in downtown Comox are finding that styles and colours are as individual as the people who come into their salons. At Anna’s Hair Salon at 1-1836 Comox Ave., owner Peggy Marinus is seeing more and more requests for softer hairstyles and for “hair bling.” For women, Marinus thinks flat ironing and straight hair are still in, but she finds more people are asking for styles with more texture. “The trends, I think, are more for a softer look, a more natural cut, more texture in the hair,” she said. Clients are also asking for

more loose, casual al braiding — either a big, messy, loose braid on the sidee or braiding across the bang, ng, noted Marinus. “It’s very unstructured for women,” she said. “I think the trend is more soft coming in, and what’s nice is you can get any style nowadays and make it current.” Marinus also sees more solid colour, as well as more lowlights than highlights. “There are lots of coppers and mochas, especially for the fall,” she said. For blondes, Marinus is noticing a lot of super pastel blondes. “It’s usually shorter hair, but not always,” she said. “Really ultra blonde with pastel shades ... kind of like Marilyn Monroe hair.” Marinus says healthy, shiny hair is always in, and a lot of people ask for argan oil. “People like soft, healthy,

shiny hair,” she said. One trend Marinus has been noticing is “hair bling” — accessories such as shiny hair flairs, hair feathers and permanent or temporary extensions. Fewer men who come into Anna’s are asking for buzz cuts, noted Marinus. “It’s getting a little longer, especially on top, and more structured a bit,” she said. ••• Scorpio’s Hair Design welcomes women, men and children to the family-owned salon at 221B Church St., which has been operating since 1983. “The changes in fashion for women, men and children have come full circle,” says executive stylist and owner Cheri Kahiamoe. They’ve seen styles go from perms and curls to straight hair, while colours have gone from solids to bold highlights and back

to soft, natural colours, explained Kahiamoe. From long, romantic hair to modern, short cuttingedge styles, Scorpio’s stylists have the look for you — no matter what you’re looking for. The salon offers all the add-ons you could ask for — everything from coloured feathers to different extensions, she noted. “Our team at Scorpio’s will bring out the best in you with the new look that looks right on you,” said Kahiamoe. “The bottom line? Being healthy is shiny, beautiful, healthy hair.” ••• At Indigo Lounge at 103B 1705 Comox Ave., owners Elton and Heather Joseph and their staff find that people usually want a change twice a year — in the spring and in the fall. “We find we have a lot of business people in our

market, and business people are not looking for a lot of change because they like to be recognized by the people they serve,” said Elton. “We do have a small group of trendsetters who follow the trends in fashion.” Elton is seeing a lot of subtle tones in hair — such as a blending of coppers with reds or browns with caramel “which are colours that have always existed since I’ve been in the industry, but it’s the placement of these colours that gives subtlety of tone.” The Josephs recently returned from New York, and they saw a lot of 1960sinspired styles, as well as lots of accenting around the eyes, such as fringes, and texture around the face, according to Elton. For men, Elton finds that parts are coming back, such side-part styles with a lot more texture — something that will take men from the

board room to the bar room, he noted. Especially as the days start getting darker, people want more colour — and richer colour, noted Heather. “Because of the lifestyle here, people want styles that are very versatile,” she said. “Because we have a totally different lifestyle than city life, but we still have those trend-setters, you need to have a bit of everything. We have to keep things on edge too because we still have the young clientele, and they like to change things every month.” At this time of year, the Josephs see a lot of people who are getting ready to go away for the winter and who want a style that is low maintenance and doesn’t take much upkeep. “People tend to go shorter so their cut and colour will last longer,” said Heather. ❖ writer@comoxvalleyrecord.com


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Personal Glow Glow Beauty Bar on Comox Avenue offers ple of all ages come for services, says Trish, a new ew way to pamper yourself with a beauty adding a lot of seniors come in for nail art. treatment. “It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s youthful tment. Glow B Beauty B Bar, which downhere. Th The people Gl hi h opened dd iin h l we get who h are seniors i town about eight months ago, offers waxing, are full of life and fun, and they want that manicures, pedicures and nail art on their toes, and LINDSAY CHUNG facials seven days a week. It they want something that’s is an OPI-certified salon. different and fun. It’s fun, Record Staff Owner Trish has been and our clients are fun. We in the esthetics business for 11 years. have a lot of laughs and a lot of high energy.” “I’m always looking for something new Glow Beauty Bar offers traditional Euroand creative,” she said. “I’ve been in the pean esthetics, including half-day packs — a manicure, pedicure and facial — a blast from Trish’s beauty school past. “We keep it simple,” she said. “People like stuff that’s tried and true, and it works.” Glow Beauty Bar offers its clients vegan and organic products and uses organic facial products from a Vancouver-based company. “Everything we do here is very environmentally friendly so it’s good for our clients and good for us when industry a long time, and I want to branch we’re working,” said Trish. out and expand. I wanted something that was Looking ahead, Glow Beauty Bar will be fast-paced and fun. You can come and sit and adding more retail, including possibly clothrelax, but we’re a bit more upbeat.” ing. Trish says the unique aspect of a beauty “It’s sort of an ongoing process,” said bar is that it’s faster-paced, it’s open every day, Trish. “When we started this, we didn’t know and walk-ins are always welcome. how it would happen or where it would go, “We were the very first beauty bar to open but it’s pretty good. It’s something new and in the Comox Valley,” she said. “We’re young; different that’s a unique experience where we have fun. We’re different from other places you can walk in, and it’s not the usual thing because at a beauty bar, walk-ins are always — and I like working with that. I love it when welcome. you don’t know what your day will bring. It “It’s a higher, faster pace, and people are makes your day fun.” always welcome to try out samples. We’re one Glow Beauty Bar is located at 1801 Comox of the places you want to see before you go Ave. Call 250-941-0077 or on holidays.” glowbeautybar@gmail.com for more inforGlow Beauty Bar offers services for mation. Glow Beauty Bar is also on Facebook women, men and seniors. and Twitter. ❖ The clientele is generally younger, but peowriter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

THIS PAINTING BY MARY REED IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT BRUSHWORKS ARTISTS CREATE. THEY HAVE AN ART SHOW AND SALE NOV. 8 TO 27 AT THE PEARL ELLIS GALLERY.

NOV. 8 TO 27 Brushworks art show and sale at Pearl Ellis Gallery. Opening reception Nov. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

NOV. 10, 7:30 P.M. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 Comox is hosting a candlelight tribute of remembrance. The tribute will start at the cenotaph on Comox Avenue (families welcome). Hot chocolate and hot dogs served in the upper hall of Branch 160 following the ceremony. Dress casual (suitable for the weather). Limited number of candles available, so please come with your candle.

NOV. 11, 10:45 A.M. Remembrance Day parade and ceremonies hosted by the Legion Branch 160 at the cenotaph. An open house will follow at the Legion.

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NOV. 25 Filberg gift shop reopens and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each Saturday during this time, the gift shop will host a guest vendor from the local Fair Trade community. Nov. 26 — ACTS baskets. Dec. 3 — World Community coffee, tea and chocolate. Dec. 10 — Linda Drury from Floating Stone Enterprises with Cambodian silks. The lodge will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well.

So You Missed the Filberg Festival Silent Auction at Filberg Lodge and Park gift shop. Bid on items donated by some of the artists who participated in this year’s festival.

NOV. 19, 4 TO 7 P.M. Comox Christmas lights. Comox BIA will partner with Filberg Lodge and Park Association to host Christmas lights. Parade led by Santa will leave Filberg Park just after 4 p.m. and head to Comox town circle for the lighting of the tree. The fun moves into the Comox Centre Mall for photos with Santa, face painting, balloon art, magic and hot chocolate and crafts.

DEC. 3 Colossal Christmas Can Contest at Comox Centre Mall, 1 to 4 p.m. Cans of food will be created into whimsical sculptures. After the contest, all food will be donated to the food bank.

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Thomas Hart

Bob Joiner

Monica McDermid

Lisa McKee

Art Meyers

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