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shoP local. think local.

Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of and give back to our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar. You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Shop local and stay connected to the merchants in your community.

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ur Put yo ere y wh mone s ouse i h r u yo When you shop local, three times the revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store, only $14 comes back.

live local / give local Community involvement works both ways. Many retailers believe in being involved: giving back to their communities is the right thing to do and they cheerfully donate to a variety of local causes, charities, fund raisers and sports teams. When businesses “give back,” communities appreciate the support and reciprocate.

helP the environment Independent businesses make purchases requiring less transportation and are usually located in the heart of small communities rather than “on the fringe,” meaning less impact on the environment.

If you have a favourite business in your community, please continue to support it all year round. This will ensure we are all here for the long haul!

get better service Local businesses often hire people who have a better understanding of the products they’re selling and take more time to get to know their customers.

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By supporting in dependent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Pe ninsula commun ity. Small business ow ners live locally and are therefore more invested in the future of our neig hbourhoods. Loca l entrepreneurs ar e also the largest employer nationa lly and they prov ide the most jobs to new residents.

Come get your share. May is the month of flowers and Moms! Sidney has so many great businesses and shops, that you can spend many happy hours exploring a wide range of unique options. Spring is a time when we all think of our gardens, and there are many businesses that can help you find fabulous flowers and perfect plants. One staple on Beacon Avenue for over 10 years is the Victorian Birdhouse, now called SeaSide Home and Garden to more accurately reflect their inventory. Their newest lines of treasures are right on trend with a focus on bringing the garden inside, but they still cater to their over 250 “frequent feeders” by stocking the largest inventory of hummingbird feeders on the island and a wide range of bird feed. They are always happy to chat with their customers and offer great advice on bringing the beautiful west coast birds into your garden! Spread throughout Sidney are three amazing florists, Fiorenza Classic Flowers, Brown’s the Florist and the newly opened stand-alone Thrifty Foods Floral Boutique. Each shop offers a different experience for their customers and they are all happy to help you find exactly what you need! Christel, owner of Fiorenza Classic Flowers says she loves that their business puts them in the perfect position to bring comfort to people in sad occasions, and joy to people on happy ones. Thrifty’s offers the incredible convenience of getting your fresh flowers and plants during your grocery shop, with the trademark Thrifty Foods smile! The recent opening of their boutique shop, the Thrifty’s floral department has expanded its delightful gift offerings while remaining committed to providing customers with the best floral designs. Brown’s the Florist has been a Victoria staple for many, many years, and their vast experience is welcome to customers looking for that special floral gift or arrangement for their own home. Brown's has been in business for 100 years! From the meanings of different colours and flowers, to helping select just the right bloom to withstand a sunny garden party, the experts at Brown’s, Fiorenza and Thrifty’s Floral are your go to Sidney flower experts! Pacific Ridge Landscapes are the perfect choice if you need a little help turning your yard into your own personal oasis. Partners Merle and Katie moved to the peninsula from Alberta so they could work on landscape projects they love throughout the year—Victoria is the “Garden City” after all. Their projects are award-winning and they love what they do and say, “we are very grateful for the opportunities our business has given us to work with inspiring people and to leave the world more beautiful than we found it”. Currently they are working on a project at Sidney’ best little garden shop, Dig This, where you can find everything from fabulous garden furniture to one of a kind holiday ornaments, and there is always a friendly face around to help you choose that perfect gift. Whatever your flower preference or gardening goals are this spring, Sidney has everything you’re looking for!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day by Shopping Local! Your mother is unique in every way, so why would you get her the same old gift? Celebrate what makes her one of a kind with something special from one of Sidney’s great shops. Whether it’s a gift for the home, a pretty piece of jewelry, a puzzle she can share with the grandkids or simply the perfect card, Sidney’s diverse range of stores has everything you’re looking for to thank your mom for always being there. Pebbles SST Ad April 2014 Shop local and stay connected to the merchants Size: 2.6”(w) x 3.65”(h) • REV 2 • April 03/14 in your community … all year round!

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Variety Fare: Broadway Showcase Variety Fare, pianist Bob LeBlanc's exciting singing group, is proud to present its latest production, "Broadway Showcase." Fresh from 16 performances of "Celebration – A New Beginning" at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel dinner theatre, the group returns to the stage at Mary Winspear Centre's Charlie White Theatre (May 8th and 9th at 8 p.m.) and in Victoria at the Metro Studio (June 12th and 13th at 7:30 p.m). Variety Fare is comprised of Tim Kyle, Lisa Tinney, Dwayne Gordon, Kristy Gilason, Stan Davis, Merissa Cos and Bob LeBlanc at the piano. All are musical comedy veterans. "Broadway Showcase" is a fast-moving and entertaining two-hour tribute to broadway musicals, featuring familiar music by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein

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and Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others. Included are songs from wellknown musicals Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Gypsy, Carousel and South Pacific. If you like broadway music, you will love Variety Fare's "Broadway Showcase." Tickets for Mary Winspear shows: 250-656-0275, www. Tickets for Metro Studio performances: Munro's (Government St.), Ivy's Book Shop (Oak Bay), Ticket Rocket (250590-6291) or at the door. Photo by Jeffrey Bosdet/Page One Publishing.

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The Little Paper That Could It may seem overly ambitious to start a newspaper when everywhere the dailies appear to be suffering declining readership and advertising sales. Perhaps The Paper Maché children's newspaper, which rolled off the presses in September 2012, incorporates the little engine's philosophy: "I think I can, I think I can … " If your children haven't brought home a copy or you've not spotted it at a library, The Paper Maché is a 12-page newspaper filled exclusively with children's artwork and writing (see for all back issues). Each month, 6,000 copies are delivered to elementary schools in Sooke, Victoria and Saanich. The nonprofit Paper Mache Publishing Society publishes the paper with a mandate to "create a venue for children's creativity; to support, develop and grow literacy and to inspire and influence children's self-esteem by publishing their writing and art work." The Society already had a heads-up in terms of how principals, teachers and students would respond to the paper, because it had published The Paper Maché back in 2003 and 2004. So many things fell into place for Dana Waite, the editor hired by the society to create the first Paper Maché – from the designer, who donated the design of the logo, the name and the entire first few papers, to Jim Tighe from Black Press, who gave the society a significantly reduced printing cost, to the advertisers who believed in the idea and the friends who helped deliver the paper for the two years it was printed. Everyone loved the idea of the paper. Fast forward to the present and the second year of publishing The Paper Maché, when once again the response has been very positive.

Each month there are around 500 submissions. Carole Kruse, librarian at Crystal View Elementary, wrote: "I appreciate your providing children with this forum for creative writing and artwork and want to tell you other ways The Paper Maché has enhanced student learning … approximately 60 individuals participated in our weekly writing and drawing sessions. In addition to developing projects at the school, many students work independently at home or during spare time in the classroom. Spin-offs include better writing – through peer editing and sharing ideas – and new friendships." As well as the paper being in classrooms, Waite, at the invitation of teachers and principals, has visited over 250 classes to talk to students about the opportunity The Paper Maché gives them to share their best work and enjoy the work of other students. She's at home in the classroom as she was an elementary school teacher and, prior to that, a journalist. In cooperation with the Victoria and Sooke School Districts, submissions for the paper are sent via their internal mail system and are picked up once a month. In Saanich, student submission are picked from individual schools that choose to be involved with the paper. So far The Paper Maché, like the little engine, is still chugging up the hill with a lot of steam, but growing costs always pose a challenge. Future plans include more pages, distribution up island and some full colour content. The Telus Community Board made a significant contribution to The Paper Maché but additional donations, large and small, are always needed.

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Sidney Street Market Ready to Roll! The market looks amazing this year! Starting May 15th, it will run every Thursday evening through August 28th. We have new musicians, plus the return of familiar musical and dance groups. Take a moment to feel the vibes and join in. There are new attractions, plus the addition of great roving and stationary characters – the perfect thing for family photo memories, for all kids … young and old. Enjoy artists on the go. Whether it be cartoons, balloons, body art, or your own fun sketched likeness, you will come away from the market with something just for you. Looking for fashion? Then get ready for a treat. You will be delighted with wonderful felt creations, toys and clothing for every age. The market hosts many amazing talents, with imaginative ways to recycle, design and create the most intriguing fabric items. For that certain little something, the choices will surprise you. For your body, skin and home, there are many things to make you feel beautiful: exquisite jewelry and leather items plus accessories of all kinds; wonderful works made from wood and metal; lovely First Nations creations, and art from other cultures as well. And yes, even something for the men and boys in your life. These awesome artists present their talents in prints, fabulous cards and original paintings. These artisans are truly amazing. We are very excited about the addition of new organic farmers and growers this year. Every block will have a choice for you: from delightful succulents, starter plants, and all varieties of beautiful

flowers to your choice of fruits and vegetables; from the largest berries you can imagine to the most colourful chilies you have ever seen. There will be broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, fresh corn, and greens of every kind … the best selection we've ever had! And then there's the food! Well kids … it's all back: cotton candy, popcorn, donuts, hot dogs, french fries, cupcakes and the very popular main hot food vendors. There are chocolates, toffee, fudge and nuts, to name just a few. We have new and exciting items in the baking and sweets category, plus some great organic additions to our specialty prepared food items. This is a fabulous destination market. Explore Sidney. Come to shop. Prepare to stay. Truly, there is something for absolutely everyone. Come and Enjoy!