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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 uSe iS o h r you 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!

Resthaven Drive

7th Street

James White Blvd

21 12


20 26

Beacon Avenue


17 5th Street

Pat Bay Highway

Mary Winspear


Bevan Avenue

1 2. Bistro Suisse 3. Brown’s The Florist 4. Buddies Toys

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5. Cameron Rose

6. Christine Laurent Fine Jewellery & Gifts 7. Dig This 8. Donatello’s Shoes, Handbags & Accessories 9. Flush Bathroom Essentials

10. For Little Paws Grooming Studio 11. Good Fortune Restaurant 12. Hemp & Company Sidney

5th Street

1. Beacon Cat Hospital

13. 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

3rd Street

4th Street


25 2 4 Beacon Avenue 3 5 13


15 8 18

9 19 1st Street


2nd Street




Sidney Waterfront


Seaport Place

Sidney Avenue

Bevan Avenue

14. Island Blue Print

19. Papyrus Cards & Gifts 20. Pitt & Hobbs 21. Reigning Cats & Dogs 22. Salty’s Fish & Chips 23. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

17. Miss Bliss Boutique 18. Muffet & Louisa

3rd Street

16. Mineral World (Pebbles)

Orchard Avenue

2nd Street

Oakville Avenue

15. Marmalade Tart Boutique

4th Street

24. Sweet Talk & Lace 25. Tanner’s Books 26. The Dancing Orchid 27. The Fashion Exchange

Pebbles SST Ad Nov 2012 Size: 3.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • Rev 2 • Oct 18/12

New Christmas Stock Arriving Daily! Shop Early for Best Selection “latest fashion trend as per In Style Magazine”

Lingerie … Bras, Panties, Slips Nightwear, Robes Pantyhose, Camis Slippers, Garter Belts, Silk Pajamas, Forever New … professional bra fittings

PERFECT TIMING This exclusive line of watches and gifts is now available in Sidney just in time for Christmas Shop on-line at www.pebblesjewellery.com 9808 Seaport Place www.mineralworld.ca

2424 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.1002 www.sweettalkandlacelingerie.ca

27 Great Reasons to Shop Local This Holiday Season!


 he merchants of Sidney welcome you to come and enjoy this year’s holiday shopping experience. Find that something special for her, for him, for the children and for the home right here along the lovely streets of Sidney by the Sea. You’ll find that our diverse range of unique small businesses offer personalized service to take the best care of you – our valued customer. Warm wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season, from the merchants and staff of the shops of Sidney.

Merry Ho Ho Ho … and Happy Hair Year! Give the Gift of Beautiful Hair With a Gift Certificate!

Comfort iS A gift for all ages

Pitt & Hobbs Are you Sleeping Comfortably?

under the striped awning!

Providing you with a wide range of natural sleep products made out of wool and 100% natural latex.

* Mention this ad to receive 10% off your purchase till Dec. 31* Tues - Sat 9-6 Open Late Tues/Weds! 250.656.2321 #3 - 2310 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Call us to set up an appointment with our sleep advisor Susi mcmillan

778.426.4270 in Sidney, B.C.

whimsy, gifts, cards & things 2408 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

250.656.3088 www.pittandhobbs.com

• Handmade • Machine Washable

• Functional

• Unique and Trendy Designs

Available at:

The Dancing Orchid 2416 Beacon Avenue 250.656.1318 thedancingorchid@yahoo.com

Papyrus Cards & Gifts #104 - 2537 Beacon Ave 250.656.1358 papyrus104@yahoo.com

Think Sidney For All Your Holiday If you love the feel of a true small town shopping  experience, then come visit us in Sidney for all your  holiday shopping needs. The streets and stores are  beautifully decorated and the holiday spirit is in the air. For those who want to take a step back in time,  there will be horse drawn trolley rides provided  by Black Beauty Horse Carriage & Trolley Tours  that will run periodically throughout December. 

What a fun and unique way to see Sidney! Quite a few merchants are now offering late night  shopping on Thursday and Friday evenings during the frst  three weeks of December. The restaurant scene is always  wonderful in Sidney, so make a night of it with a lovely  dinner out and shopping at your favourite locally owned  stores. Some businesses will be raising money for the less  fortunate and/or taking donations for the food banks, so 

our clothing … the perfect mix of sweet and daring

2389 beacon ave. sidney, bc 778.426.0479 www.missbliss.ca

Treat Yourself to the Best in Chinese Cuisine A Delicious Dining Experience ❍❍❍

Tasty Asian Flavours & Fresh Ingredients ❍❍❍

Unique Gift Ideas For Cats & Dogs … From Treats to Clothing! Toys • Bubba Rose Organic Treats New Collars • Christmas T-shirts

Dishes to Suit Every Taste

Sidney’s All-Breed Small Dog Grooming Studio with Appointments just for Our Larger Dogs Sundays and Mondays

Complete Grooming Services Pickup & Delivery Before & After Grooming Gift Certificates for Grooming Services ~ A Wonderful Stocking Stuffer or Gift!

Lunch Tuesday to Friday 11-2 Dinner Tuesday to Sunday 4 -10

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

Let’s not forget about the humans: Stephen Huneck T-shirts and mugs!

K9-Brite Bark Anaesthetic Free Dental Care Booking Now For December

Call us at 778.426.2587 for Appointments!

9802 5th St, Sidney 250.656.4700

Shopping Needs! that’s another great reason to shop local! Throughout the shopping season,  select merchants will be handing out  the 12 Days of Christmas/Passport  to the North Pole. Shoppers can take  their passport to participating stores  and get a stamp or signature on  one of 12 spaces on the passport. 

by Suzanne Rose

Once filled, the passport can be entered  in a draw for one of two grand prizes  at Haro’s in the Sidney Pier Hotel &  Spa or at participating merchants.  The prizes being offered are a  huge Sidney Shopping Spree or a  very generous $250 gift certifcate  from the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa.

Tasteful & Affordable Gifts For Everyone On Your List! 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

playful by nature! Sidney Store

2494 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.7171

Oak Bay Store

2533 Estevan Ave, Victoria 250.595.6501


New Christmas Stock Arriving!

Chef Frauenfelder Welcomes You to His Table …

Shop Early for the Best Selection

Jewellery & Giftware

Diamonds, Gold, Sterling Silver, Earrings, Bracelets, Pendants, Crystal, Jewel Cases, Giftware

“A taste of Europe of days gone by”

Christine Laurent

Open Daily FOr lunch & Dinner

2432 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.7141 www.christinelaurentjewellers.ca

2470 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.5353 www.bistrosuisse.com


If this weren’t enough excitement, Tom Watson, entertainer extraordinaire,  will be hosting Hark the Haro’s Angels Sing at Haro’s in The Pier Hotel.  Tom will be charming you with his music, cheerful banter and holiday  quizzes, while giving out gift certificates from various merchants  throughout the evening. These very popular events will be held on  Thursday, November 29th and December 6th, 13th and 20th from 6 until  9 p.m. The draw for the 12 Days of Christmas prizes will be held on  December 20th at 8:45 p.m. during Hark the Haro’s fnal performance.  To fnd out which merchants will be open late as well as information  about upcoming contests and specials being offered, visit www. mypeninsula.ca or http://Facebook.com/shopsidney.


photo by Courtney Hawkins


Home for the Holidays: Send some warmth to your loved ones with this festive hand-tied bouquet of 100% locally grown flowers, winter greens and festive trim.

It Just Feels Good To Be Natural! Support your local economy this holiday season

2348 Beacon Ave, Sidney ✢ 778-426-3088


Give the Gift of Comfort

Open & Delivering Every Day! 2499 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.3313 757 Fort Street, Victoria 250.388.5545

Preservation In the Age of development


by Derek Aason

he history of Victoria can be heard, seen and smelled all through the downtown area. The aroma of freshly brewed tea and coffee flows down Government Street from Murchies, which was built in 1894. At the Empress Hotel, built in 1908, see servers bustle about with trays filled with cucumber sandwiches and hear the clanging of tea cups being cleared. While the culture of Victoria has changed over time, the relics of an age of wealth, opulence and women in long dresses still exist today. Regardless of the idea of making a separate image for Victoria, not one of British rule, the buildings and images from the days of British dominance are imperative for the survival of Victoria as a tourist destination and thriving city. As Victoria must embrace its past, so too must the Saanich Peninsula. In the past 10 years, the number of hotels, condominiums and tourist attractions Sidney offers has grown. Alongside this growth, the volunteers at the Sidney Museum and Archives have

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Society, Heritage Acres and the Saanich Pioneer Society have helped preserve the identity of a community whose condominiums and other developments make it vulnerable to change.

worked hard to preserve the history and culture of both Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula. Sidney was an industrial town that consisted of canneries, sawmills and marine-based industries. Sidney still has a small industrial sector, but the size has dropped drastically.

The Agricultural Society holds the Saanich Fair every September so that everyone can enjoy the rich agricultural history of the Saanich Peninsula. The documents, families, societies and events are all part of a collaborative effort to protect the agricultural identity of the Saanich Peninsula.

Even though the town of Sidney is changing from industrial to a modern, middle class environment, the Sidney Museum and Archives and their associates are consistently preserving the images of Sidney: for example, the historic photographs on the side of Shoppers Drug Mart that depict the town in the 1910s and 1920s.

Today’s world is fast-paced and technologically driven, but with the help of everyone in Sidney and on the Saanich Peninsula, we can keep the history of these areas alive and well.

The Saanich Peninsula is an agricultural-based society, and has been since the mid 1800s. From the founding families like the Thomsons, Michells, Sluggetts and Johns, agriculture has dominated this area for more than a century. Documentation of land purchases, photographs of pioneer families, and organizations such as the Sidney Museum and Archives, Saanich Agricultural

The Fashion Exchange

~ Specializing in Hard-to-Find Sizes ~

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

For more information, call the Sidney Seaside ad Jan 2012.pdf 1/19/12 4:59:10 PM Museum and Archives at 250-655-6355.


Sidney Art Store



Sidney: New Location!

Providing photos, documents or any other historical items you may have can help us maintain the history and identity of Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula by helping us remember the past, as well as shape the future.







• Artist Paints • Drawing Materials • Children’s Art Supplies • Art Studio Equipment • Art Papers & Canvas • Craft Supplies • Specialty Gifts www.islandblue.com Island Blue Print Co. Ltd. Downtown: 905 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K3 Tel: 250.385.9786 Sidney: 2411 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC V8L 1X5 Tel: 250.656.1233 Website: www.islandblue.com Toll Free: 1.800.661.3332

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December 2012 Shop Local Gatefold  

A special gatefold feature that celebrates shopping locally.

December 2012 Shop Local Gatefold  

A special gatefold feature that celebrates shopping locally.