August 2012 Shop Local Gatefold

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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.

you hav ea choice where to Spend your mo ney

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.

Pull out these pages and use as your guide around Sidney!

7th Street

Resthaven Drive

James White Blvd


11 Beacon Avenue

23 30 12 9

19 5th Street

Pat Bay Highway

Mary Winspear


21 4 29

Bevan Avenue

3 7. Christine Laurent Fine Jewellery & Gifts 8. d.g.bremner & co menswear and accessories 9. Dig This 10. Donatello’s Shoes, Handbags & Accessories

11. Exist Hairworx 12. Fashion Exchange 13. Flush Bathroom Essentials 14. For Little Paws Grooming Studio 15. Good Fortune Restaurant

5th Street

t Bay HWY #


1. Adams Electronics 2. Audiotronic 3. Beacon Cat Hospital 4. Bubba Loo Children’s wear, toys & gifts 5. Buddies Toys 6. Cameron Rose

16. In Touch Cards & Gifts

Around the Town: Specialty shops & services Arts, Media & Entertainment Home & Garden Restaurants & Cafés

Professional Services Fashion & Beauty Free Parking

Sidney Waterfront

28 5 Beacon Avenue 26 6 8 16

17. Knickerbocker’s Unique Home Accents & Gifts


22. RBC Dominion Securities – Deborah Reid

23. Riverbank Design Oakville Avenue

18. Mineral World (Pebbles)

21. Pitt & Hobbs

24. Salty’s Fish & Chips 25. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Orchard Avenue

2nd Street

20. Muffet & Louisa

3rd Street

19. Miss Bliss Boutique


13 1st Street

3rd Street Bevan Avenue


10 20

2nd Street


4th Street




Sidney Waterfront



Seaport Place

Sidney Avenue

4th Street

26. Sparling Real Estate 27. Sweet Talk & Lace 28. The Children’s Bookshop 29. The Dancing Orchid 30. Woodshed West Coast Wood-Oven Kitchen

August Pre-Inventory Sale

20 - 50 %

Treat Yourself to the Best in Chinese Cuisine

% off

A Delicious Dining Experience


Jewellery & Giftware Diamonds • Gold • Sterling Silver Earrings • Bracelets • Pendants Crystal • Jewel Cases • Giftware


Tasty Asian Flavours & Fresh Ingredients ❍❍❍

Dishes to Suit Every Taste We are open until 9 pm every Thursday night for the Sidney Summer Market. Join our Facebook page to find out about our weekly Thursday night specials.

The Perfect End to a Day of Summer Sounds … a great meal at 2447 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250-656-8782

2432 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Good Fortune Restaurant Offering delivery in the local area 250-656-5112 • 9838 3rd St, Sidney

250.656.7141 •

Celebrate Summer by Shopping Sidney!


here is possibly no better place to be than Sidney in the summertime … Sidney Days fireworks and festivities; the Summer Sounds Concert Series every Sunday afternoon at the Beacon Pavilion and of course the Thursday Night Market. This is just some of what makes Sidney special; not to be forgotten is the town’s diverse range of stores that have something for everyone. Use this guide to explore everything Sidney has to offer this summer!

Check Out Our Blowout Sales!

cards & gifts You bring the moments, we’ll bring the words.

2449B Beacon Avenue, Sidney, B.C. (across from Tanner’s Books) 250-656-4316

Discover Buddies … a great little toy store! Sidney Store

2494 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.7171

Oak Bay Store

2533 Estevan Ave, Victoria 250.595.6501

The Fashion Exchange

~ Specializing in Hard-to-Find Sizes ~

Sidney: New Location! 2388 Beacon • 250-655-5279 Plus(14-6X), Tall (8-20) & Maternity (XXS-XXL)

Oak Bay Grooming – Bathing – Brushing Nail Trimming – Teeth Cleaning – Glands


1509 Amphion • 250-519-1044 Exclusively Plus (14-6X)

Open Tues through Sat 9-5 #3-2490 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 778-426-2587 •

Your 2013 Sidney-By-The-Sea It doesn’t take long when visiting, or being a new resident in Sidney, to feel the buzz of creative activities and the individuals contributing to the town’s uniqueness. The Sidney Sister Cities Association (SSCA), an affiliate of the Town of Sidney, has been making its contribution to that buzz in several positive ways. Buoyed by the enthusiastic reception of their “Sidney-by-the-Sea” 2012 Calendar last fall, the SSCA volunteers plunged into creating the next edition. Now, the much-anticipated 2013 Town

Tell the world


of Sidney Calendar is, as they say, hot off the press! Funds raised by calendar sales assist the group’s cultural and educational exchanges with their three Sister Cities: Niimi, in Okayama, Japan; Cairns, in Queensland, Australia, and our almost-next-door neighbour (neighbor!) Anacortes, in the State of Washington. This fall, for example, a group of young students from Niimi will come here to visit Parkland

Got Some Summer Hair Blues? Need Those Back-to-School Hues? KPAK Colour Can Fix Your Do Book Now So We Can Beautify You!

Sterling silver charms from $30

Sidney at Sidney Pier Hotel 250.656.5506

Tues - Sat 9-6 Open Late Tues/Weds!

Victoria at Broadmead Village 250.658.5578

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250.656.2321 #3 - 2310 Beacon Ave, Sidney

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Visit our Extensive In-Store Hardware Selection

BATHROOM ESSENTIALS 102-2537 Beacon Ave Sidney, BC 250.655.7732

Join us for Super Saturdays in August!

Bras • Panties • Slips • Robes • Nightwear Garter Belts Pantyhose Slippers Camis

Store-Wide Inventory Sale! 20-50% off

Check our website for info!

2442 Beacon Avenue (Beside Tanner’s Books) Open 7 Days a Week 8 am - 9 pm

2424 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

250.656.1002 •


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the new jewellery store at Mineral World 9808 Seaport Place

Calendar is Here! Secondary School and cultural sites, and try their hand at what may be a new language for them. Another example: a unique initiative of the Cairns Sister Cities Committee invites Sidney area artists to submit applications to participate in a multi-arts residency program in Cairns. This presents an exciting opportunity for writers, musicians, dancers, theatre and production people. For specific details about the multi-arts residency program, email SSCA Cairns committee chair Lesley Nicholls:

The development of the calendar depended greatly on contributions by local camera buffs. Sidney’s Shutterbugs photography club was prominent among those, and the SSCA’s calendar committee, using a “blind selection” process, chose 45 photos for inclusion in the calendar from the 192 entries received. “This year, we are working in cooperation with Cliff McNeil-Smith of Tanner’s Books,” said SSCA president Bob McLure.

100% Natural Latex Camping Pillows

Sidney’s freshest, most exciting restaurant Licensed Patio! #103 - 2360 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 778.426.3442 •

Whimsy, Gifts, Cards & Things That Make The Heart Sing!

A nurturing, fresh and updated approach to the shopping experience

For Your Comfort … For Decades

Are you camping comfortably?

bed frames, latex mattresses and more...

@ 2348 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.426.2762

Pittformerly &Dragon Hobbs Horse -


2408 Beacon Avenue, Sidney


trade-in trade-in days days are are back! back! Get up to $500 for your old TV!

Hurry: Trade-In Days End Soon!

*see in store for details

The Dancing Orchid 9824 5th Street, Sidney 250-656-3666 “Cliff is coordinating marketing and sales through his store and several other outlets in Sidney. “We’re pleased to be on board in this advantageous partnership between a non-profit association and a Town of Sidney business.”

2416 Beacon Avenue 250.656.1318

The 2013 Sidney-by-the-Sea Calendar is available now at Tanner’s Books, other retail outlets in Sidney, and at the Chamber of Commerce visitor centres – on the Pat Bay Highway and on Beacon Avenue next to the Mary Winspear Centre. “This is a genuine cooperative effort between the Town of Sidney, the Sidney Sister Cities volunteer members and the contributing photographers, right to the print production stages,” said Bob McLure. “We hope you’ll enjoy the result of our efforts as much as we did creating it!”

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Sit Back & Enjoy

Summertime living is easy with our completely weatherproof, elegant garden furniture – as relaxed and comfortable as it is beautiful and durable.


All in-stock furniture is now 30% off the regular price and local delivery is free.

shoes, handbags & accessories

Where fashion meets comfort 2506 Beacon Ave.


Laid back living for garden lovers 2387 Beacon Avenue, Sidney • 778.426.1998

Salty’s authentic engliSh




2359 Beacon Avenue 250-655-0400

1008 Craigflower Road 250-477-6555

738 Goldstream Avenue 250-474-6662

8-3960 Shelbourne Street 250-590-6162



Duncan 250 Trans Canada Hwy 250-715-1118

Sidney Library – Small Beginnings How often do we actually realize how fortunate we are that we have such a capable library system in our area, where one can visit and read or borrow books, DVD’s and CD’s that would otherwise cost us significantly? This convenience has not always been the case in Sidney. The first indication of a public library located in Sidney was in August 1913, when a small shipment of books from Victoria was received by the local bookstore run by Nelson Fralick via the Travelling Library. These were made available to the public to borrow at “a very little cost.” Two months later, the members of the Young Ladies’ Basketball Club opened a public reading room, renting the premises of Captain Sears (formerly of the S.S. Iroquois) on Second Street, just south of Beacon Avenue, where locals could spend a few hours reading newspapers, magazines and other literature at no cost. In February 1914, they took over the consignments of books from the Travelling Library, making them available at no cost to the borrowers. With the depressed times and war effort, the Reading Room and Library was closed the following January. The next move towards creating a public library occurred in October 1919, when it was proposed to start a branch division of the Victoria Public Library. By the end of April 1920, the library opened in a room at Hearn’s Sidney Leather Store on the northwest corner of Beacon and Fourth (see photo above), Mrs. Evelyn Hearn acting as the librarian. Even though the library was well attended, it was often financially wanting, and eventually closed its doors in 1928. In January 1930, John E. NcNeil of the Sidney Pharmacy announced that the Marionette Circulating Library would provide books to subscribers in his place of business. This failing in November, Sidney again had no lending library. During this time, the provincial government made books available to the public through the Open Shelf Department

mail library. With this system, the government paid the outgoing postage, and the borrower paid the return postage. For the next 30 years, this system served the district. During the early 1960s, community members explored the idea of a municipally-funded library service. In 1965, North Saanich and Sidney voted in a referendum to join the Vancouver Island Regional Library. The first Sidney/ North Saanich Library opened in April 1966 in the Gordon Hulme block on Beacon Avenue, where the Children’s Bookshop is currently located. Meanwhile, a new library building was being planned as an addition to Sanscha Hall (now the Mary Winspear Centre), and this Centennial project opened in 1967. By the late 1970s, the popular library (aka the Library Annex) outgrew its 2,344-square-foot space. Nell Horth, current Sidney Mayor Larry Cross, and others successfully lobbied the two municipal councils to support a new location. Sidney provided the land on Resthaven Drive, and North Saanich, Sidney, and the provincial government funded the 6,500-square-foot building. The library on Resthaven opened on September 18th, 1982 and remains a place for inspiration, learning and play. Designed by architects Marshall Goldsworthy and Associates, the building delights with its West Coast style, whimsical bubble windows in the children’s section, and corner nooks which look out onto exquisite gardens maintained by Sidney’s Parks staff. Our library is a testament to all of the people in the past 100 years who sought a public library for North Saanich and Sidney. Photo courtesy Sidney Archives, Mike Rice Fond PC012.1.10. Article submitted by Sharon Walker, Library Manager and Brad R. Morrison, Sidney Archives Manager.

Sidney ’s Pet Centre RAW PET FOOD NOW AVAILABLE! Non-Medicated, Hormone-Free Meat & Certified Organic Vegetables

#4-9769 Fifth St., Sidney 250-656-3314 www.