Readers Choice 2022

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Stellar Finish Ltd.


Beyond Clean Victoria Finalist

Kia Victoria Finalist


Canadian Tire Winner

Galaxy Motors Finalist

Jim Pattison Toyota Finalist


Great Canadian Oil Change Winner

Canadian Tire Finalist

BCAA Auto Service Centre Finalist


Arbutus RV & Marine Sales Winner

Galaxy RV Finalist

Triangle RV Centre Finalist


The Avenue Gallery Winner

Gallery At Mattick’s Farm Finalist

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Finalist


BEACH Willows Winner

Esquimalt Lagoon Finalist

Island View Beach Regional Park Finalist


Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Winner

East Sooke Regional Park Finalist

Elk Lake Finalist


Dallas Road Winner

Cy Hampson Park Finalist Elk Lake Finalist


Beacon Hill Winner

Cadboro-Gyro Park Finalist

East Sooke Regional Park Finalist


Beacon Hill Park Winner

Willows Beach Finalist

Saxe Point Finalist


Royal Theatre Winner

Mary Winspear Theatre Finalist

The Farquhar at UVic Finalist


Berwick Retirement Communities Winner

Carlton House of Oak Bay Finalist

The Glenshiel Finalist


Dallas Road Winner

Sidney Waterfront Finalist

Gorge Walkway Finalist



Belfry Theatre Winner

Royal Theatre Finalist

Chemainus Theatre Finalist


IMAX Winner Silver City Finalist

Star Cinema Finalist


Hermann’s Jazz Club Winner

Strathcona Hotel Finalist

Capital Ballroom Finalist


The Butchart Gardens Winner

Beacon Hill Bandshell Finalist

Government House Finalist



Crust Bakery Winner

Dutch Bakery & Diner Finalist

Cobs Bread Finalist

BBQ FOOD Jones BBQ Winner

Glenwood Meats Finalist 5th St. Bar & Grill Finalist


Floyd’s Diner Winner

Fireside Grill Finalist

Jam Cafe Finalist

BRUNCH Fireside Grill Winner

Glo Restaurant + Lounge Finalist

Floyd’s Diner Finalist

BUTCHER Glenwood Meats Winner

Red Barn Market Finalist

Berryman Brothers Meats Finalist


J & J Wonton Noodle House Winner

Don Mee Restaurant Finalist

Good Fortune Restaurant Finalist


Discovery Coffee Winner

Starbucks Finalist

Tim Hortons Finalist


Hoyne Brewing Company Winner

Phillips Brewing & Malting Company Finalist

Category 12 Finalist





Cascadia Liquor Finalist

MEXICAN Cafe Mexico Winner Adriana’s The Whole Enchilada Finalist Tacofino Finalist

PIZZA Romeo’s Winner Pizzeria Prima Strada Finalist Ali Baba Finalist



London Drugs

Mother Computers Finalist


ScanDesigns Winner Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress Finalist

La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor Finalist

HOT TUB Vintage Hot Tubs Winner

Capital Iron Finalist

Twilight Finalist


Molly Maid Winner

Cinderella Clean Finalist

Natural Born Kleaners Finalist


Canadian Tire Winner

HomeSense Victoria Finalist

Bed Bath & Beyond Finalist


Mclaren Lighting Winner

Pine Lighting Finalist

Home Depot Finalist


Canadian Tire Winner

The Wickertree Finalist

The Home Depot Finalist


Parker Johnston Winner

Pro-line Roofing & Gutters Finalist

Admirals Roofing Finalist


Van Isle Windows Winner

Starline Windows Finalist

Centra Windows, Exteriors, Restorations Finalist



Woofability Winner

Whiskers Urban Ranch Finalist

Sooke Harbour Pet Resort Finalist


Happy Tails Teeth Cleaning Winner

Woofability Finalist Whiskers Urban Ranch Finalist


Grooms by Em Winner

The Calm Dog Studio Finalist

Bosley’s Finalist


Bosley’s by Pet Valu Winner

Pets West Finalist

PetSmart Finalist


Vic West Pet Hospital Winner

McKenzie Veterinary Services Finalist Juan de Fuca Veterinary Clinic Finalist







IT/TECH SERVICES Mother Computers Winner London Drugs Finalist Gizmo’s




Blush Bridal Finalist

House of Savoy Finalist


London Drugs Winner

Kerrisdale Cameras Finalist


Original Farm Winner

Flight Cannabis Co. Finalist

Trees Cannabis Finalist


Curious Comics Winner

Cherry Bomb Toys Finalist

Legends Comics & Books Finalist


London Drugs Winner

Mother Computers Finalist

Best Buy Finalist

FLORIST Brown’s The Florist Winner

Thrifty Foods Finalist

Poppies Floral Art Finalist


Barclay’s Fine Jewellers Winner

Idar Finalist Birks Finalist


Mark’s Winner Outlooks for Men Finalist

Hughes Clothing Men Finalist


Long & McQuade Winner

Ditch Records Finalist

Lyle’s Place Finalist


Robinsons Winner

MEC Finalist

Mark’s Finalist

POWER SPORTS Victoria Motorcycles Winner

Action Motorcycles Finalist

Island Motorcycle Company Finalist


Sawyer Sewing Centre Winner

Fabricland Finalist Cloth Castle Finalist

SHOE STORE Walk in Comfort Winner

The Cobbler Finalist

Shoes by Hughes Finalist


Mayfair Shopping Centre Winner Hillside Finalist

Uptown Finalist

SIGN SHOP Graphic FX Signworks Winner

Peninsula Signs Finalist

The Sign Pad Finalist


Roberta’s Hats Winner

Victoria Olive Oil Finalist

The Flag Shop Victoria Finalist


Frontrunners Winner

New Balance Finalist

Sport Chek Finalist

SPORTS STORE Mountain Equipment Co-op Winner

Sport Chek Finalist Kirby’s Source for Sports Finalist


Good Things Consignments Winner

The Salvation Army Thrift Store Finalist Win Finalist


Patryka Designs Winner

Hughes Clothing Women Finalist Bodacious Finalist



Mount Douglas Golf Course Winner

Cedar Hill Golf Course Finalist

Highland Pacific Golf Finalist


Annex Fitness Winner

Saanich Commonwealth Place Finalist

TFA Gym Finalist


Iyengar Yoga Studio Winner

Yoga Studio Finalist




DISTILLERIES Sheringham Distillery Winner Victoria Distillers Finalist Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse Finalist FERMENT ON PREMISE Flying Fish Winery Winner Blanshard Street Winery: U-Vin U-Brew Finalist Peninsula U-Brew Winery Finalist FINE DINING Fireside Grill Winner Il Terrazzo Finalist Il Covo Trattoria Finalist FISH N CHIPS Barb’s Fish & Chips Winner Red Fish Blue Fish Finalist Finest At Sea Finalist FOOD TRUCK Deadbeetz Winner Greek on the Street Finalist Finest At Sea Finalist
Bin 4 Burger Lounge Winner Big Wheel Burger Finalist A&W Finalist
Fireside Grill Winner Glo Restaurant + Lounge
Boom + Batten
Parachute Ice Cream
Cold Comfort
49 below
Dosa Paragon Winner Sizzling Tandoor Finalist Kuku’s Finalist
WINERY Unsworth Vineyards Winner Island Winery Finalist Enrico Winery Finalist Church and State Wines Finalist
Terrazzo Winner
Covo Trattoria Finalist Pagliacci’s Finalist
Vessel Liquor Store Winner BC Liquor Stores Finalist
PUB Six Mile Pub + Eatery Winner Prairie Inn Finalist Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guest Houses Finalist
SERVE Red Barn Market Winner A & W Finalist Big Wheel Burger Finalist
Fireside Grill Winner Glo Restaurant + Lounge
IL Covo Trattoria
SUSHI Fujiya Foods Winner Ebizo Japanese Restaurant Ltd
Nubo Japanese Tapas
THAI Baan Thai Wok & Bar Winner Sabhai Thai Restaurant
Little Thai Place
VEGETARIAN Baan Thai Winner Rebar
Be Love
SHOP Brothers Barbershop
Status Barber Shop
Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop
HAIR SALON The Natural Hair Salon
Kharma Salons
La Boutique Finalist HEALTH FOOD STORE Lifestyle Markets Winner The Vitamin Shop Finalist Fig Mediterranean Deli Finalist PHARMACY Heart Pharmacy Winner Fort Royal Pharmacy Finalist London Drugs Finalist SPA Pure Day Spa Winner Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa Finalist Boathouse Spa Finalist VITAMIN STORE The Vitamin Shop Winner Lifestyle Markets Finalist Sidney Natural Foods Finalist
APPLIANCE STORE Westcoast Appliance Gallery Winner Trail Appliances Finalist Home Depot Finalist BBQ STORE Home Depot Winner Home Hardware - Sidney Finalist Home & Garden Finalist Lowe’s Finalist BED / MATTRESS STORE Sleep Country Canada Winner Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress Finalist Fawcett Mattress Finalist BLINDS AND WINDOW COVERINGS Ruffell & Brown Window Covering Centre Winner Budget Blinds Victoria Finalist Home Depot Finalist CARPET CLEANERS Luv-A-Rug Services Inc Winner Happy Carpet Cleaners Finalist Nationwide Carpet Cleaning Finalist EXTERIOR CLEANING Squeeky Clean Windows and Gutters Winner A 1 Exterior Cleaning Finalist Shack Shine Victoria Finalist FLOORING STORE Hourigans Flooring Winner End Of The Roll Finalist Island Floor Centre Ltd Finalist GARDEN CENTER GardenWorks Winner Russell Nursery Finalist Elk Lake Nursery Finalist HARDWARE STORE Canadian Tire Winner Home Hardware Finalist The Home Depot Finalist HEATING / COOLING SERVICES Coastal Heat Pumps Winner West Bay Mechanical Ltd Finalist Pacific Heat Pumps Finalist
Winner Best Buy Finalist
RBC Royal Bank Winner Coast Capital Savings Finalist TD Canada Trust Finalist
UNION Coast Capital Savings Winner Island Savings Finalist Vancity Finalist
HOME McCall Gardens Funeral and Cremation Service Winner Sands Funeral Chapel Cremation & Reception Centre – VICTORIA Finalist
First Memorial Funeral Services Finalist
Harbord Insurance Winner BCAA Finalist Megson FitzPatrick Insurance Services Finalist
OFFICE Beacon Law Centre
Sitka Law Group
SERVICES Monk Office
Office Supplies
Finalist LAW
Winner Horne
Finalist OFFICE
Finalist Madill
Winner FYI
Finalist Maycock
Property Management Ltd.
Brown Bros. Property Management
Coldwell Banker Oceanside Real Estate
Travel Winner Expedia Cruises - Mt. Doug Finalist Marlin Travel Finalist RETAIL ANTIQUE STORE Charmaine’s Past & Present Home Collection Winner Good Things Consignments Finalist Cook Street Vintage Finalist AUCTION HOUSE Lund’s Winner Able Auctions Finalist MaxSold Finalist BABY STORE TJ’s The Kiddies Store Winner Momease Baby Boutique Finalist Thistle & Wren Boutique Inc. Finalist BICYCLE SHOP Oak Bay Bicycles Winner Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop Finalist Trek Bicycle Store Finalist BOOKSTORE Bolen Books Winner Munro’s Books Finalist Russell Books Finalist
Winner Oakwood
Finalist REAL
Winner RE/MAX
Finalist TRAVEL AGENCY Departures
Fashions Winner
FERRIES ROUTE WITH THE BEST SCENERY Swartz Bay - Tsawwassen Winner Gulf Islands
Port Hardy - Prince Rupert
BOAT MARINA Oak Bay Marina Winner Sidney Marina
Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard
WAY TO GET OFF OF THE ISLAND BC Ferries Winner Harbour Air
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Winner Fairmont Empress
Brentwood Bay Resort
BED & BREAKFAST Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guest Houses
Chesterman Beach Bed and Breakfast
Beacon Inn at Sidney
Finalist HOTEL
Finalist ISLAND
Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
ISLAND RESORT Tigh-na-Mara Winner
Butchart Gardens
Bee Honey Farm
Winner Country
Finalist Butterfly
Forest Oceanside
Maples RV Resort
Bella Pacifica Campground,
Campground Winner Country
Tofino Finalist


At Woofability Dog Daycare and Boarding we strive to give your dog the best experience they can have, they get to be themselves in a safe environment and have the opportunity to learn dog social etiquette from each other, opportunities to explore the forest on off leash hikes and then relax at the end of the day in the comfort of our home.

Woofability Service Dog Training strives to train, support


Iyengar Yoga

and guide you and your dog through a bond building journey in making the most fulfilling relationship between you and your dog to become a working team. We offer one to one training, Board and Train and group classes, please check out our Heart to Home program that provides an opportunity to start your journey if your’re looking for a service dog on our website

New to yoga? Experienced student? We have classes for you in a big, bright studio with excellent teachers. Prefer to stay home for your yoga class? We have online choices as well. We are the longest-running yoga studio in Victoria for a reason. Our teachers have years of training and experience.


Six Mile Pub + Eatery

Students leave the classes feeling energized and better able to handle whatever comes next.

Join us in the New Yearyour first class is free. Call 250-386-9642 to register. Mention this ad. 919 Fort Street, above the Blue Fox Café

For 167 years, this iconic pub nestled on the north bank of Millstream, has served Victoria.

Founded in 1855, the Six Mile Pub has served the community through sunny and stormy times. Together with her community, the Six Mile Pub has witnessed the Confederation of Canada and weathered two World Wars, the Spanish Influenza Pandemic, Prohibition, the Great Depression as well as the recent Covid-19 Pandemic. But mostly, the Six Mile Pub has served as the Heart of the Community, providing a place of respite and a venue of choice for countless family gettogethers, weddings, retirements, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, workplace events, and neighbourly gatherings. Truly, this matriarch of public houses has provided a calm, safe haven from our hectic lives.

Owner David Wong, who considers himself only the temporary caretaker of this historic pub, has lovingly tended to this living, breathing heart of the community since 2002. By deftly balancing “doing well” with “doing good”, his current team of “temporary caretakers” hope to leave a permanent, positive and lasting legacy for the community they serve.

One legacy would undoubtedly be the genuine hospitality and the diverse selection of food prepared from scratch using fresh, whole ingredients that are thoughtfully and responsibly sourced. This focus on the quality and purity of the food ensures that the community, including those with food sensitivities and preferences, will have a safe haven for delicious, nutritious meals. The familiar, yet unique fare is generously complemented by a draught selection of 22 craft beers, a dozen select wines and spirits, all sourced with as much of a local focus as is possible and practical.

With already 167 years of the community’s revelry and memories soaked into her walls, the Six Mile Pub has plenty of room yet for YOUR contribution to her continuing story and history. Pay the Oldest Pub in BC a visit and become a part of its rich and ever evolving story. You will be delighted!

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PET CARE SERVICES | TIMES COLONIST E4 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 All of us at Woofability would like to say a huge for voting for us again and making us number 1 Dog Daycare in Victoria and for making Woofability Service Dog Training Runner Up in the Pet Services Category in its first year We hope you all have a great holiday! And we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year 4497 Prospect Lake Road Victoria, British Columbia 250-686-2527 | 250-686-2558 www woofability ca Thank You Thank You Victor ia For 167 Years of Suppor t. HEART OF THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1855 494 Island Hwy at Six Mile Rd | www.sixmile We Are Honoured To Be Your #1 Pub READERS CHOICE WINNER 2021, 2022 Again! Located in downtown Victoria at #202 – 919 Fort Street 250-386-YOGA (9642) Thank you for voting us the #1 Yoga Studio

Mother Computers is a family-run business located in the Saanich Plaza and has made great strides this year towards strengthening that sense of community from a home technology lens. Whether you need help setting up your first computer or advice on upgrading an existing one, our team is here to help every step of the way.

Located in the Saanich Plaza, Mother Computers is honoured to have served our community for over 22 years now, we continue to strive daily to provide top

quality products and outstanding services at a great value.

We recognize that technology can seem overwhelming for some, especially those who haven’t been using it for long. We want to help bridge the gap between generations by providing friendly service and personalized support to help seniors become independent with their technological needs. Knowledgeable and experienced staff welcome customers of any experience level to book in at our Knowledge Desk, where we can troubleshoot ongoing challenges, teach new skills, and answer any questions you may have!

More than ever, having a trusted source for computer

questions, repairs and sales is one reason our loyal customers keep coming back over the years. Whether it’s a quick phone call to ask about a problem, a service call to someone’s home or an in-depth consultation to build a new computer system for their home office needs, we have the experts to take care of all your computer and technical needs.

Shopping at Mother Computers means getting one-on-one solutions for exactly what you need instead of a cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all answer. We service all types of computers and laptops, including Mac, and strive for same day repairs.

Virus and malware removals, hard drive replacements, data backups and general troubleshooting are all services we provide regularly and have the tools and skills to solve even the most complex computer issues.

Our Mgaming and Mbusiness divisions offer same day custom gaming or business systems, designed to suit your needs and budget and use top quality, brand name parts. We stand behind all of our custom builds and strive to provide same day/next day warranty repairs. Our onsite team can also delivery and install your new system as well.

Serving the community is our company’s mission and we regularly donate time and refurbished computers to local charities as a way to give back for the ongoing support we receive. So, again thank you Victoria for all your support and we look forward to the next 20 years! Please visit our website for more information on our store and feel free to chat with us live from our website, with any questions you may have.

Mother Computers Thank you Victoria!! From all of us at Mother Computers! IT/TECH SERVICES
ALSO FINALIST IN: COMPUTER STORES & HOME ELECTRONICS CATEGORY TIMES COLONIST | E5 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 Thank You To All Our Customers For Another Fantastic Year! We Look Forward To Seeing You In 2023 OPEN MON. - SAT. 9 - 5 • CLOSED SUNDAY 250-479-8561 • 3551 Ravine Way Saanich Plaza by Tim Hortons Computer Store IT/Tech Services Home Electronics We have been proudly serving Victoria for over 20 Years. We specialize in Home and Business computing and Custom Gaming. We also repair all brands of computers and laptops with same day service!

Vessel Liquor Store

Primarily it’s a container of liquids. It’s also a ship that travels on exploratory adventures, bringing back treasures. And importantly, a vessel is a transmitter of information, a communicator, “a vessel of knowledge”. Vessel Liquor Store was founded to be these things.

Since opening the doors in December 2015, Vessel has become Victoria’s hub for all things wine, beer, spirits, cider, and the conversation and culture surrounding them. The company was built around supporting authentic wine, spirits and ales, as well as the people who make them. Along with supporting the beverage community, Vessel is a proud supporter of the community at large. They


In 2022 they greatly expanded the footprint of the store, allowing for hundreds more listings from BC and around the world. We’re fortunate to be tucked into a crossroads between Fairfield, Oak Bay, Fernwood, Rockland and Downtown. As such, Vessel welcomes and services a diverse and eclectic clientele. In addition to stocking the core products that their local neighbours rely on, Vessel’s tight team offers a complete selection of quality products from around the globe, and strive to provide outstanding service and value to every customer from enthusiast to expert. “General Manager Brent

Muller is an encyclopedia of beverage, an excellent taster, and a skilled buyer. He’s the reason the store has unique products rarely seen elsewhere. His knowledge has been paramount in engaging both our team, and our customers.”

That tight team is a main reason for Vessel’s Victoria seat and success in such a short amount of time. “We opened the store to fill a niche in Victoria”, Borland says. “We couldn’t find a place where people passionate about drinks culture could collaborate, learn and purchase interesting things at a fair price. We hire only people that share the passion, unpretentiously, for wine, beer, spirits and cider that we do.” All members of Vessel’s staff have achieved a minimum

of Level Two

staff. The arrangement is aided by The Cru’s Nest, the classroom above the store. Sharon McLean, Vessel’s Education Director and one of Canada’s leading wine educators, oversees a busy schedule of classes in the space. There are classes aimed at everyone from the beginner up to professional masterclasses, and from local beer to cocktails to wine. “The updated calendar is published on our website and our Facebook page” notes Borland. “It’s a rewarding feeling, helping grow beverage culture in this city, and seeing the enthusiastic response.”

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defines a Vessel?
two scholarships at Camosun College and provide support for organizations in the visual arts, music and sports. in the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (provided by Vessel) and the company funds ongoing beverage education for


The safety of our customers and staff is paramount in our operations during COVID-19 so we thank everyone for their understanding of our operational difficulties this past year transitioning from more restricted COVID-19 policies to a more open policy and to a massive global supply chain problem in such a magnitude which the world has never experienced before.

Accolades to our staff whom are the front-line workers, for their dedication and professionalism in serving our customers through these trying and difficult times.

Since 1984, ScanDesigns has been serving Vancouver Island and providing quality furniture to its many loyal customers. We are a 100 percent B.C. owned company. Our roots are Scandinavian modern (teak and rosewood furniture), but as time evolved, our focus has become contemporary modern furniture.

For over 14 years, our home has been a spacious 35,000 square foot building situated in Millstream Village in Langford with plenty of parking. We share the space in the building with our sister company, Muse & Merchant, which specializes in an eclectic blend of styles to furnish every room of your home.

In addition to our Langford location, we operate stores in Nanaimo, Coquitlam, Richmond, Langley and Kelowna. We are a one-stop furniture store with all the furniture you would need for your living room, dining room, bedrooms and office.

Our strength is our knowledgeable experienced sales staff, selection of quality furniture, and our superb inhouse delivery service. For a truly inspirational, unique and enjoyable experience, shop

in our friendly, relaxed store atmosphere. The showroom is setup in room settings for an easier shopping experience. Our mix and match allows you to fit your room and decor, and therefore dining tables, chairs and china cabinets are all sold separately, as are our beds, dressers and mattresses.

For your kitchen counter, we carry a large selection of bar and counter stools in wood and metal. In the past 32 years, ScanDesigns has had the

privilege of being a retailer of the world famous Norwegian line of furniture by Ekornes. Today, ScanDesigns hold the distinction of being Canada’s largest Stressless retailer of this unsurpassed quality product. All Stressless models have one common trait and that is quality and comfort. Visit our showroom to test drive your chair today.

Again, our staff and management would like to say thanks to those who voted

for us as their furniture store of choice, and to those that didn’t, our name may sound Scandinavian and expensive, but that is far from the truth. Visit our showroom and you will be amazed at the selection, prices and value. We look forward to serving new and past customers alike in the very near future. In the meantime stay safe, calm and positive.

Thank you, we feel honoured by you the voters of Victoria for voting us the Winner in the Home Furnishings category in the Times Colonist Readers’ Choice Awards.
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As the oldest independent travel agency in Victoria, there isn’t a country that we haven’t helped people explore. And from the moment you step into one of our beautiful boutique offices located in Oak Bay or Sidney or work with one of our team in Alberta, you become our guest. From the first planning stages to the moment you arrive home from your trip, we manage every detail for a seamless travel experience you’ll never forget.

We are a multicultural agency! Did you know we have travel advisors who speak Spanish, Ukrainian, Chinese, Italian, Russian, German, Filipino, English, and French?

As an independent agency, we’re motivated by what’s best for our clients. Travel requires expertise, and every member of our team is well-trained to create immersive, authentic cultural experiences that check off every box on your travel wish list.

Think of us as your trusted friend, taking care of you no matter where you are in the world. We use the latest in travel tech to keep in touch throughout your trip so that you can enjoy your dream vacation worry free.

Travel connects people from around the world in a way only travel can do.

If done sustainably, we believe that travel can truly make the world a better place. This is one of the pillars of our business,

and we help people explore the farthest reaches of the globe safely--as travelers, not tourists. Sustainable travel ensures the money you spend goes directly back into the local communities you are travelling in.

As members of the Ensemble Travel Group, we’re part of a consortium of travel agencies across Canada and the USA, which gives us insider access to a global network of suppliers on the ground who can take care

of your every need throughout your trip. This allows us to offer you better rates, incredible amenities, and exclusive savings along with access to opportunities you’d never find anywhere else.

As your global concierge, we are here for you before, during and after your trip!

Call a Departures Travel Advisor today!

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Departures Travel TRAVEL AGENCY | TIMES COLONIST E8 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU 105-2423 Beacon Ave, Sidney | 250.999.9800 1889 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria | 250.595.1161 w w w departur es tr a v el. c om BC R eg. 7 55 2 4 / 6 313 9 Our team would like to thank the Times Colonist readers for choosing us as the top Travel Agency of the year, we are touched and honoured.
Cathy Larsen and Cathy Scott would also like to extend a sincere thank you to our amazing team of travel advisors for their hard work and dedication to our clients during this unparalleled time in the travel industry.
Oceania Cruises wishes to extend our sincere congratulations to the team at Departures Travel for this wonderful and well deserved recognition from your community. As one of Oceania’s top partners, the team at Departures Travel are able to match you to the perfect cruise vacation on this outstanding and award winning cruise line. And with our affiliation with the Ensemble Travel Group we have exclusive savings just for our clients!
Book any Oceania Cruise with Departures Travel by January 10, 2023 and receive a 3 bottle wine bundle! Journey from coveted Greek isles and soul-stirring Italian destinations to ancient Turkish cities and iconic destinations in Israel and Egypt. With more than a month of explorations, you’ll have ample time to savour all the sights and sounds of autumn in the Mediterranean. In the South Pacific, there is a legend that after the gods created the earth, they created the islands of the South Pacific to be their home. Discover heaven on earth on this incredible exploration of paradise that features an overnight stay in Bora Bora as well as Papeete. VENICE TO BARCELONA October 11 to November 13, 2023 PAPEETE TO PAPEETE April 6 to 16, 2023 With OLife Choice*, our limited-time inclusive package, enjoy 2 for 1 Cruise Fares, Roundtrip Airfare and Airport Transfers* plus choose one: With OLife Choice*, our limited-time inclusive package, enjoy 2 for 1 Cruise Fares, Roundtrip Airfare and Airport Transfers* plus choose one: FREE - 18 Shore Excursions FREE - Beverage Package FREE - US$1,800 Shipboard Credit Amenities are per stateroom From $15,349 CAD per person based on Veranda (B4) FREE - 6 Shore Excursions FREE - Beverage Package FREE - US$600 Shipboard Credit Amenities are per stateroom From $7,399 CAD per person based on on Ocean view D
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Victoria Olive Oil

Victoria Olive Oil carries a variety of different olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Their olive oils are unfiltered and come from the first crush of the green olive. All of our balsamic vinegars are from Modena, Italy. They are aged for 12+ years and are free from added sugars and preservatives.

In addition to adding that pop of natural flavour to your favourite dishes, there are many health benefits to olive oil.

Promoting heart health, reducing cholesterol and promoting healthy digestion are just a few ways that adding olive oil to your regular diet can help maintain physical health.

The reason Victoria Olive Oil stands out as a local

specialty store is the shopping experience as a whole. Their team of employees were carefully selected to ensure the experience you have while shopping is consistent, informative and enjoyable.

Owner, Cherilee Dick has a passion for not only the products she carries but the work culture she has created. One word could describe the entire business: Quality. The store is also so much more than olive oil and balsamic

vinegar. While they are the primary focus, Cherilee has been growing and evolving her business into a communityminded market style store, filling her shelves with local and imported products to delight any foodie who appreciates specialty items.

She has recently partnered with Coombs Woodworks who crafts live edge charcuterie boards from fallen trees on Vancouver Island which naturally brings all of these lovely food

products together. A beautiful selection of those boards with all you need to complete your custom charcuterie can all be found in store.

Whether you are stocking up your own shelves, entertaining or looking for a special gift for a special someone, Cherilee and her team at Victoria Olive Oil have you covered.

619 Broughton Street, 778-265-5045 Open 7 days a week

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Victoria Olive Oil Offers Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres…. and A LOT of other great products as well! SPECIALTY STORE

Graphics FX, a locally owned and family operated business, was created by humble beginnings in 2000 out of the owners garage.

With much determination, hard work, sweat and maybe a few tears, GFX has grown into Vancouver Island's premier sign shop with 30 dedicated professionals aiming to increase advertising and surpass expectations of local businesses near and far

Graphic FX has grown into a well-oiled 12,000SF manufacturing facility that offers services from concept to completion. T he varying departments within our facility are highly trained, experienced individuals which enhance our commitment to quality control.

Our team is here to alleviate the extra work by offering in house design services, ensuring each job has the necessary brilliance, engineering and permits to showcase your brand.

Graphic FX was grateful to work on several iconic signage projects throughout

Vancouver island. Some of our notable work to watch for includes the new digital pylon at Archie Browning arena in Esquimalt, Root

Cellar Cook Street Village, Abstract Developments Home Store in Victoria, Canada Drives in Nanaimo and the 49th Parallel Grocery Store in Duncan.

Many fleet vehicles that have our GFX stamp include Victoria Drains, Tedford Doors, Bartlett Tree Service, Don Mann Excavating and Totem Towing. 2023 will be bringing some exciting projects to our facility, follow along on our lnstagram to see our growing community and support these local businesses

As Graphic FX continues to grow we strive to stay current with trending market products and manufacturing methods. We appreciate the continued support during these unprecedented times and we are forever grateful for the relationships we continue to foster and look forward to working with your business in the future

Thank you again Victoria for the opportunity to serve our community. | TIMES COLONIST E10 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022
Jay and Jessica Velikovsky and the team at Graphic FX Signworks are honoured to have received the Readers Choice Award for 2022
Tl�lffi ())LO�lST A:wa"fa WINNER AWARDED THE Best Sign Company in Victoria DESIGNED-ENGINEERED PRIN TED-BUILT FINISHED-INS TALLED We look forward to working together in 2023! Thank You Victoria for voting the Canadian Tire stores of G reater Victoria Your #1 Auto Repair / Hardware / Housewares / Patio Fur niture and #2 O il Change.

Oak Bay Bicycle Shop

Thank you, Victoria, for another wonderful year! We spent 2022 working hard to create opportunities for all cyclists to enjoy the city.

This year we had the pleasure of hosting three Windsor Park Criteriums - a Victoria racing staple near our store in Oak Bay - with our club, Victoria Wheelers. We supported amazing events throughout the summer like Ride Don’t Hide, Cycle of Life Tour, and Go By Bike Week by Capital Bike.

We navigated a surge of new interest in mountain bikes as people discovered the thrilling sport. We fell in love with the new Jordie Lunn Bike Park that is a much-needed outlet for local riding.

After a whirlwind summer, we had the pleasure of hosting a fundraiser at The Vic Theatre for local legend,

Magnus Manson, for his cancer treatment and recovery. That night we saw over 100 people show up to support him. He is now in remission and back on his bike.

This year we were constantly reminded of what an amazing community we have. This city has shown us unimaginable resilience and compassion for which we are so grateful. We hope to continue serving you and your bike better for many years to come.


Butchart Gardens

Over the years the company has grown to be one of the largest independently owned decorating stores in Canada. In 2022 the company was acquired by Peter and Lori Stofko who also own Pacific Awnings – a leading retailer of awnings, pergolas, patio covers, screens and more. The two companies share the same showroom at 2745 Bridge Street in Victoria.

Ruffell & Brown carries one of the largest selections of window covering solutions on Vancouver Island and has many years of wide-ranging experience in the decorating industry. As one of the largest window covering stores in Canada which commands a great buying power, Ruffell & Brown will provide quality products and top notch service at the best price possible.

At Ruffell & Brown, they pride themselves on their reputation. The only way they can continue to be a success is to earn your repeat business and have you recommend them to your friends, neighbours, and family. They stand behind their work 100% . It’s that simple.

latest trends and ideas for custom window treatments such as blinds, shades, draperies, interior shutters and much more.

Peter and Lori are also proud to be active members and supporters of a number of local business associations including Better Business Bureau, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Think Local First and Destination Greater Victoria.

Decorating your windows isn’t easy… getting help is!

TIMES COLONIST | E11 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 IDE AS FO R E VERY WIND OW FREE in-h o m e e stimate s (250) 38 4 -1230 ruf fell- b r m THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOTERS • Blinds • Shades • Draperies • Fabric treatments • Interior shutters • Motorization • Repairs & Ser vice • Installation Ser vices • Residential • Commercial Thank you, Victoria! We are proud to serve you and your bike better since 1934 Tha n k you V ictor ia for voti ng u s #1 Isla nd Tou r ist Attraction i n the Reader ’ s Choice Awa rd s RUFFELL & BROWN 3 Col x 10.81 OAK BAY BICYCLES 3 Col x 2 Rows BUTCHART GARDENS 3 Col x 2 Rows BLINDS & WINDOW COVERINGS Ruffell & Brown They offer shop-at-home service at your convenience, showroom walk-in hours Monday to Friday as well as weekend appointments. Their knowledgeable decorators make suggestions to best suit your home, your style and your budget. Let Ruffell & Brown help you make decorating fun and choose the products that are right for you and your home. You need to know what is available to make informed decisions.
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Ruffell & Brown Window Covering Centre was established in 1987 by Debra Ruffell and Nigel Brown.

Pharmacy completes 11-years in your local community.

They first opened their doors in 2011 at their location on Fort/ Richmond, and expanded to 3 locations: Fort, Hillside and Oak Bay. Fort Royal Pharmacy Group is locally and family owned, serving its community in Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Landford and Sidney.

Once again this year, they are voted as one of the top three “Best Pharmacy in town” by the Times Colonist Readers Choice Awards 2022.

“Our prices are very economical as compared to other competitors. We work very closely with our complex care patients on a daily

basis. We strive in providing quick and efficient service with focus on patients’ all pharmacy needs. Building patient relationships, excellent customer service and trust in our services is our top priority.” - Vik Bawa, Owner.

Fort Royal Pharmacy can be counted on to work with the BC health care team to provide COViD vaccinations and booster shots quickly, efficiently, and safely. Their whole team always steps up to the challenge to make this community safer. During Influenza season, you can make appointments and get Flu vaccinations at any of their locations. They also offer all other vaccinations.

“We live in this community and serve this community as best as we can. This year, we are striving to assist those who cannot access a medical clinic to make appointments for them with virtual doctors the same day.”Hans Bawa, Director.

All their Pharmacists are qualified, professional and experienced. Visit the pharmacy and talk to any one of them for your prescription needs, medical reviews or general consultation. For any over the counter products, their pharmacy staff and Operations Manager is always

willing to go the extra mile to serve you. They provide free delivery across their community. For more information, visit any of their 3 locations on Fort St, Hillside Ave, or Oak Bay Ave or their website at: | TIMES COLONIST E12 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 Loc ally-Owned & Family-Operated OA K BAY 2 2 17 OA K BAY AV E Tel : 250-590-9 2 17 Fax : 250-590-9 2 18 V IC T ORI A # 50-79 7 HILL SIDE AV E Tel : 778-406-202 2 Fax : 778-406-202 3 V IC T ORI A 1803 FOR T S T Tel : 250-590-3707 Fax : 250-590-3708 3 LOCAT IONS T O SERV E YOU Ser v ing the communit y for over 10 years • T hank you for your suppor t PQuic k & Ef f ic ient S er v ice PFree Medic al Rev iews PFree Bl i s ter Pac k aging PC ompounding S er v ice s POs tomy Suppl ie s PAll Vacc ination s Admini s tered for troyalphar mac y.c a E-mail : info@for troyalphar mac y.c a FREE DELI VERY Across the Isl and! F ULL SERV ICE DISPENSING PH A RM ACY Thank you for voting us one of the “Best Pharmacy Groups” in Victoria. the Thanks for supporting local. FORT PHARMACY 5 Col x 10.81 Fort Royal Pharmacy PHARMACY Fort Royal
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Proline Roofing & Gutters

The entire family of staff members here at Proline Roofing Ltd. would like to sincerely thank everyone who voted for us this year. We are very proud to have been named 2nd best in the competitive roofing category as a follow-up to our win back in 2021.

Despite the many ongoing market challenges, including but not limited to inflation, rising interest rates, staff shortages, and supply chain delays, Proline continues to serve its large customer base with the same focus on quality and service day in and day out that has allowed us to establish ourselves as one of the most recognized and trustworthy roofing contractors in Victoria. Earlier this year we were voted “Best of Victoria” in the roofing category, and more recently we were nominated as a finalist at the coveted annual Better Business

Bureau Torch Awards ceremony, which marks the seventh time we have been named a finalist.

None of these wonderful accolades would be possible without you – our valued customers – who we truly appreciate and look forward to continue serving. In the spirit of the holiday season, all of us wish you and yours a healthy & prosperous 2023 and look forward to hearing from you as and when a need arises in your circle.

Idar Jewellers

The first idar shop was opened on Broad Street in 1972 with the vision to create exceptionally designed, distinctive, handmade jewellery.

After 50 years in business that original vision still lives on in every piece we make. The care, thought and craftsmanship that goes into an idar piece makes the final creation incredibly personal and beautiful. Wearable art that embraces the

uncommon. Located in the heart of Fort Street, idar serves as the retail showcase and working studio of the internationally award-winning jeweller. We are so grateful for our fantastic customers. We wouldn’t be here without each and every one of our clients. Thank you for a great 50 years in business Victoria, here’s to 50 more! @idarjewellers

Don Mee

A special thank you to all who have voted for us every year.

If you’re strolling Downtown through Victoria’s Chinatown, you cannot help but notice the luminous lantern sign that says Don Mee Seafood Restaurant.

Don Mee Restaurant has been the heartbeat in Chinatown for over 95 years, establishing a tradition of dining through generation after generation. Don Mee has been serving Victoria since 1923 with traditional Cantonese and Szechuan style cuisine. They are most known for their large variety of Dim

Sum, Roasted Peking Duck, and live seafood which includes Dungeness crab and Lobster. Don Mee’s lively and vibrant atmosphere is sure to make your dining experience a memorable one whether you’re enjoying our daily dim sum lunch or celebrating a special occasion. Come and find out why people from all over the world keep coming back to Don Mee. Thank you to all the voters who voted us a Finalist for Chinese Restaurant in Victoria!

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538 Fisgard St 250.383.1032 We are proud to offer the ever-popular daily tradition of exotic dim sum cuisine. THE HEARTBEAT OF CHINATOWN FOR OVER 90 YEARS JUST LOOK FOR THE DON MEE LANTERN! Thank you Victoria for voting us as a finalist in the Best Chinese Food category Thank You for your support and have a wonderful New Year! Jewellery Designs © 1972-2022 IDAR INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING JEWELLERY DESIGNERS SINCE 1972 950 Fort St, Victoria, BC 250-383-3414 1055 Alston St. Victoria 250.475.1310 The Entire Staff at Proline Roofing & Gutters would like to thank you for voting us the #2 FINALIST IN THE ROOFING & GUTTERS CATEGORY.


Have you ever hired someone who “said” they could clean your area rugs but you ended up disappointed in the results?

Maybe your rug still smelled like your pet had an accident on it?

Maybe the stain you hoped would come out never did?

Or maybe it ended up looking just as dull and lifeless as before?

There’s a reason for that - it’s because who you hired was not a true area rug washing specialist.

Many times area rugs are special and irreplacable treasures. And if your area rug...

• is an inherited family heirloom

• was won at an auction.

• has an entire room decorated around it

• is filled with wonderful priceless family memories

• was bought on a trip to an exotic destination ...then you’ll only want a Real & Honest rug washer to touch it.

Luv-A-Rug Services Inc. is one of the only Real & Honest Area Rug Washers you’ll find in all of Canada.

They specialize in washing rugs one at a time, from the back, front, forwards, backwards,

sideways and all the way through, till the cows come home....and safely!

Unlike most companies who claim to clean area rugs, Luv-ARug welcomes the opportunity to show you how area rugs are lovingly restored and brought back to their original beauty.

You can actually see them hard at work restoring your rugs by watching them LIVE online on their new webcam at... www.

Turned Two Dirty Old Rugs Into “Like New” This company must be one of the finest in all of Victoria and beyond.

We had two Oriental carpets that needed cleaning. One was just old and dirty and the other well, old and dirty but also stained with recent dog pee!

Luv a rug turned them both into “like new” and offered incredible service right before Christmas at a very affordable price.

So friendly, helpful, organized and competent! VERY IMPRESSIVE! So appreciated the whole experience.

– Susan S | TIMES COLONIST E14 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 Thank You Victoria For Voting As Best Carpet Cleaner! LUV A RUG 5 Col x 10.81 Great Oil
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generations of the McCall family have compassionately attended to the funeral needs of Greater Victorians since 1921. It is a testament to the strength and caring nature of their family that one generation followed another in helping Victoria’s bereaved for over 100 years.

Trevor McCall, President, and Craig McCall Williams, Manager of Advanced Planning, represent the fourth generation of the McCall family. Trevor and Craig are proud of the company’s

Stellar Finish

Stellar Finish is once again thrilled to be voted the Best Auto Detailing shop in Victoria for the 5th consecutive year!

Stellar Finish is a small scale shop owned and operated by Alex Flatman, a 3rd generation Victorian. Alex is committed to offering Victoria’s most premium and friendly detail service, with results that are truly unlike the rest. His expertise with all aspects of detailing from professional ceramic coatings, advanced paint correction, wet sanding and polishing, high level detailing, and everything in between, means he is capable and experienced to deliver exceptional results no matter the job. As a fully licensed, insured and certified company, you can rest easy knowing your vehicle is in the best of hands.

history and are honoured to continue the tradition.

Each successive generation that joins McCall Gardens continues to keep it vital and moving forward. The McCall family and staff honour and value tradition but at the same time have embraced change. The ability to evolve to meet customer needs decade after decade has been crucial to the company’s longevity.

“Victoria is a very close knit community, especially when it comes to our love of vehicles.

I am so fortunate to have the continued support of the local car community. I truly enjoy being a small part of the experience and pride that a clean, perfected vehicle brings someone!” says Alex.

“I wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year, and look forward to making your ride shine in the future!

Thank you Victoria!”

Great Canadian Oil Change

Great Canadian Oil Change (GCOC) has been providing fast and friendly services since 1978. With over 120 locations in Canada and growing, GCOC is the best choice for your oil change and preventative maintenance services to help you avoid costly and inconvenient breakdowns.

The Great Canadian Oil Change drive-thru oil change experience lets you stay in your car during your service so that you don’t have to go to a waiting room. Our skilled technicians provide an oil change in about 15 minutes, plus a full menu of expert preventive maintenance services.

Because cars are complex machines, they require routine maintenance in several areas to avoid costly breakdowns in the future. Every oil change at Great Canadian Oil Change comes with the superior protection of Valvoline’s trusted products. Additionally, every full-service oil change comes with a brandnew premium Valvoline oil filter, lubrication for your vehicle’s chassis components, and a multi-point visual inspection. At

Great Canadian Oil Change, we always consult manufacturer recommendations when providing you with choices for the type of oil to be used in your car and service intervals.

Great Canadian Oil Change also offers additional services such as battery services, wiper blade replacement, serpentine belt replacement, and headlight and taillight replacement.

We love what we do. We strive for excellence every day. And we’re committed to making certain you have the best experience every time you drive into our service center. In 2022, JD Powers ranked GCOC #2 in customer service satisfaction for aftermarket service providers.

You don’t need an appointment, and our services are warranty approved. Come and see us for fast and friendly service – all of which can be performed without leaving your car! We’ll get you road ready in no time.

We are proud to be the local service centre in your neighbourhood and part of the community.

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The day Joyce Hodd planned

into Independent

at Berwick House, her husband fell out of bed


go to the hospital. He died four days later, and Hodd says she was grateful to have her new community at Berwick during a tumultuous time.

“I could not have been in a better place when this happened. I was surrounded by people who had ‘been there done that.’ I was totally accepted, and befriended by not just the residents but also the staff,” she says. “The staff’s care is so genuine. That really comes through.”

Hodd was younger than her husband and younger than the average resident at Berwick when she moved in at age 72.

While she acknowledges that it’s hard to leave a home you’ve lived in for decades, she thinks most people would benefit from moving earlier.

“People are waiting too long to come in. It’s really hard to leave your homestead, and downsizing is a formidable chore. But Berwick is an absolutely stressfree environment. You don’t realize how much stress you’re under until you aren’t.”

Before making the move, she added up all of her expenses (rent, utilities, groceries, cleaning and landscaping help, etc) and realized that living at Berwick would be a similar cost — with way more perks. She still loves the food even after three years, and even found a boyfriend.

“That’s something I hadn’t counted on. I was never going to do that again, but then along

comes this guy and I can’t stop laughing with him — and he can’t stop laughing with me.”



“It’s a cruise ship at dry dock,” says acclaimed artist Graham Scholes, who moved into Berwick Royal Oak last year. “Living here gives you the time to go out and volunteer in areas you have an interest in, and you don’t have to worry about the blasted house!”

Scholes and his wife lived in a house on Lands End Road until last year, when they noticed that home maintenance was stealing time that he could have spent in his studio. For years their children had been trying to convince the couple to move — their grandson even worked at Berwick for eight years — and they finally made the move in 2021.

“Our family was right,” Scholes says now.

Scholes uses his Berwick suite living room as an art studio, as well as the shared workshop downstairs. He’s currently working on a “parliament of owls” for Heritage Acres where he regularly volunteers. And there are plenty of other facilities and events to enjoy when he’s not working on art.

“There’s motive to get active. We’re surrounded by beautiful walking areas, and I walk about two kilometres every day. That’s so critical — next year I’ll be 90, but I’m too busy to get old!” he says. “There’s not enough days in the week to take it all in. They do a wonderful job, truly.”

Berwick regularly brings in professional musicians and entertainers to perform in the Berwick Theatre, and Scholes also takes advantage of the Berwick Bus to go to the symphony, theatre and other events around town. The Active Living team continuously plans not just outings and events but

courses, quizzes, wine tasting, lectures, fitness, games, culinary demonstrations, and more. Last week residents celebrated Oktoberfest with a Bavarian feast and three accordion players.

“They had people dancing in the halls — as well as you can dance with a cane or a crutch!” he laughs.


Ed and Georgina Owens knew in their hearts that they needed a change but didn’t know quite where to start. So, they asked their daughter. She was about to take a years Sabbatical from her Professorship. They had made the move from Ontario and chose Victoria for their retirement destination. “We wanted our daughter and family to feel confident that we were comfortable and safe so they could continue enjoying their lives. That’s when we knew we needed a change and that it was time for us to call an independent living community home.”

So, they came up with a list of things that were important to them to help them make the final decisions. They knew they wanted to enjoy their retirement years and not be dependent upon our children and family for any needs that may arise. They

knew they wanted a community that provided and supported their continued independence, a community that offered a life full of opportunities for their preferred lifestyle: good food, recreation, fitness, outings, and transportation. After choosing to call Berwick House home, our children feel comfortable with our decision and this has allowed them to continue with their lives.


When his wife passed away, retired RCMP officer Ken started his journey in search of community living. He moved from Powell River and was surprised to see there was a number of people he knew from Craig Bay now calling Berwick Parksville home. The town also rekindled memories of family vacations camping on the beach in Parksville.

“It brought back positive memories of small-town life,” he says.

After considering many options he set his sights on Berwick Parksville. Since moving in, he’s been committed to cycling and joined the Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association, on top of all the events inside Berwick that keep his social calendar full. | TIMES COLONIST E16 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 CAMPBELL RIVER | COMOX | KAMLOOPS | NANAIMO | PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH | VICTORIA: GORDON HEAD & ROYAL OAK Proud to be BC Family Owned and Operated FOR INFORMATION CALL : BERWICK ROYAL OAK 250-419-4012 BERWICK HOUSE, GORDON HEAD 250-853-5492 CHOOSE HOW YOU WILL EMBRACE THIS ADAPTABLE, UPSCALE, AFFORDABLE AND RESORT-STYLE LIFE. As a family-run business, we have a reputation for offering an unparalleled standard of living and countless amenities all in a friendly and vibrant community Our active living programming is designed to help you live active, longer Enjoy your best life here with us! BERWICK; ACTIVE RETIRED LIVING. BERWICK 5 Col x 10.81 RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Berwick Retirement Communities The road to Berwick: Learn what inspired these residents to make the move Their paths to independent living are different, but the end result is the same — no regrets
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Sawyer Sewing Centre

They began modestly by selling sewing machines out of the back of David’s Dry Cleaning delivery van while living in Qualicum Beach. In 1965 they moved to Victoria and established a small store on Fort St. Dean Sawyer joined his parents in business right out of school in 1969 and

was owner operator since 1976.

“Jarret began with our company in the early 1990’s, initially working in the repair department and eventually through all of our various departments. I wanted Jarret to have complete and thorough knowledge of each and every aspect of our business just like my father and mother insisted I did when I joined.”

Sawyer’s looks forward to celebrating their 70th year serving Vancouver Island in 2023.

The Avenue Gallery

Heather once said, “I have very fond memories of preparing The Avenue Gallery to open in 2002 and a constant stream of visitors popping their heads in to say that they were so happy I had chosen to open here. This is such a welcoming and supportive community; I am thrilled to be a part of it!”. Today, under Heather’s guiding principles, The Avenue Gallery continues to create art filled experiences that welcome and enrich everyone.

The gallery staff are very proud to celebrate this achievement and are sincerely grateful for the community’s continuing support.

Popular with collectors as well as those new to the contemporary art scene, The Avenue Gallery is a beloved destination for local Victorians and visitors. Patrons from around the world are treated to ever-changing exhibits and have access to unsurpassed collections by painters, sculptors, ceramicists, glaziers and jewellery artists.

This thoughtfully curated space provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for anyone looking for a unique addition to a collection, a special

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SEWING STORES Jarret Sawyer is the 3rd generation owner of Sawyer Sewing Centre. Sawyers was established by Jarret’s grandparents, Marion and David Sawyer back in 1953. ART GALLERY The Avenue Gallery’s 20th anniversary is a special opportunity to celebrate and reflect on founder Heather Wheeler’s legacy to the community and Village of Oak Bay. With her singular vision and tenacity, as well as her commitment to a high standard of ethics and professionalism, the gallery thrived.
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express individuality and are tailored to their environment. THE AVENUE GALLERY OFFERS: • Wheelchair accessible entrance • Open daily • Private appointments and curbside pick-up • National and international shipping • ‘On approval’ artwork trial for up to 48 hours • Flexible payment plans and lease-to-own options • Superimposing of artwork into photos of clients’ spaces • E-Commerce website • Gift certificates • Complimentary gift wrapping The gallery’s often-updated e-commerce website offering hundreds of unique fine art pieces makes it easy to order your perfect artwork from home. Shop online at or visit in-person for an unforgettable art experience. The Avenue Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm. 2184 Oak Bay Avenue, 250-598-2184. HEALTH FOOD STORE Lifestyle Market Lifestyle Markets, your local organic grocery store Established in 1995, Lifestyle Markets offers the largest selection of vitamins, supplements, natural body care, gluten-free foods, as well as organic groceries and produce. Other cool things we offer include raw snacks, green cleaning products, Fair-Trade foods and a deli that prepares fresh organic food every day. We have so much to offer, you won’t be disappointed with your visit! ALSO FINALIST: VITAMIN STORE CATEGORY 250-388-6228 | 3400 Douglas St. | 1-888-229-2266 Still family owned and operated Join us in 2023 to help us Celebrate our 70th Anniversar y Thank You for Voting Us The Best Sewing Store! 218 4 OAK BAY AVENUE VICTORIA www.t hea venueg aller 250-598-218 4 Thank you for 20 year s of suppor t and for voting us Bes t Ar t Galler y in V ictoria! BEST ART GALLERY
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many of Victoria’s top interior designers, The Avenue Gallery adds the finishing touches to corporate and residential projects, enhancing any environment and respecting every budget. A key resource for all professionals in the industry, the gallery offers clients carefully chosen works of art that

Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

House by the Sea.

Built onto the bluff above the Salish Sea, bordering the majestic Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, and surrounded by the towering trees of the rainforest, Tigh-Na-Mara Resort spans 22 acres, and boasts 3 kilometres of sandy beach. Located in Parksville, on central Vancouver Island, guests are immersed in the natural surroundings, promoting reconnection to self, to others, and to nature.

Tigh-Na-Mara started as a single cabin in the woods in 1946. Its name is Gaelic for “House by the Sea”, and it has evolved into one of the premier all-season destination resorts on Vancouver Island. Today it includes 192 handcrafted log guest rooms including over 80 oceanview rooms, the award-winning Grotto Spa, Treetop Tapas & Grill, Cedars Restaurant and Lounge, Pines Gift Shop, fitness facilities, an indoor pool, 12 meeting rooms, an extensive recreation program, and 10,000 sq ft of flexible event space. Known as a family resort, couples’ getaway, corporate retreat, wedding destination, or spa goers’ fantasy, it is the perfect place to create lifelong memories.

Guests wander the walkways, forest bathing in the Douglas, Cedar, and Arbutus trees, breathing in the sea air and disconnecting from their busy lives. A dedicated rooftop area is waiting for self-guided yoga practice, a mindful game of giant chess or a quiet space to lounge, a spot to relax and be present with the blue sky above. A stroll to the beach allows one to walk for miles and explore the tide pools, paddle board or swim in the warmest, ocean swimming waters in Canada. Start your evening at the Cedars Restaurant and Lounge where the culinary team creates local, regional, and international dishes with a twist. The stone oven makes delicious pizzas and seasonal menus showcase the freshness of the season. Then, light up the night with a bonfire under the stars, listening to the waves or take a mind clearing walk into Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Parksville and area also offer fantastic golf, hiking, caving, cycling, kayaking, skiing, shopping, and whale watching nearby.

A leisurely stroll leads to the Grotto Spa. Immediately guests

are transported to a place of calm, and greeted with beautiful west coast décor, the soothing sound of a waterfall wall, and the scents of the natural products used in every treatment. In the spa’s 20,000 square feet, guests begin by taking a soak in the Grotto Mineral Pool with its invigorating cool-splash waterfall and relaxing whirlpool. Emulating

a natural stone grotto, the warm water pool is infused with natural minerals and trace elements to detoxify the body and rejuvenate the spirit. Wind down in the Relaxation Lounge, with healthy refreshments, before being guided into a series of custom spa treatments. Then, discover the only experience of its kind in Canada, dine on endless tapas

while wearing a spa robe and sandals, at the Treetop Tapas & Grill. Guest leave feeling transformed from head to toe. This Tigh-Na-Mara experience, from the rooms, the amenities, the dining, and the natural setting, is the reason guests come back year after year. | TIMES COLONIST E18 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 TIGH NA MARA 5 Col x 10.81
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Van Isle Windows Ltd.

Van Isle Windows Ltd. - A Canadian Owned Company, Manufacturing and Installing

Since 1978

We are extremely honoured and proud to be recognized again this year as the Readers Choice in the Window Category. This makes it our 6th consecutive year in a row, and we want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us. Our valued customers are a huge key to our success and we are both humbled and grateful for this recognition.

Van Isle Windows has a long history in the window industry on Vancouver Island. We have showrooms in Victoria, Nanaimo and Courtenay and have been installing and manufacturing our windows and patio doors since

1978, from our factory in Victoria located at 404 Hillside Avenue. We have been in this location for 45 years, having manufactured and installed literally hundreds of thousands of windows and patio doors across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands during this time. We have the knowledge and expertise and that is what makes Van Isle Windows the number one company of choice.

All of our vinyl windows and patio doors are made locally, right here on Vancouver Island and our employees take extreme pride in their work. Whether our customers are replacing their old windows or building a new home, every window or patio door we manufacture is custom made for our customers by our experienced production team, which includes employees working in the vinyl, insulated glass, screen and paint shops.

For those customers who have us remove their old windows, and replace them with our windows, we have a talented group of experienced installers, available island wide. Everyone working at Van Isle Windows is committed to providing our customers with quality products and service.

We are extremely proud to be able to offer our customers the most efficient, high-performance windows on the market today in either double pane or ENERGY STAR® triple pane qualified. All of our sliding windows, casement style windows and patio doors come with these options, which are also available to customers in both the home renovation and new construction markets. This means that our customers can work with various budgets per their needs, and also have a variety of window choices depending if they want to be active participants in reducing their carbon footprint, or, are looking for higher energy efficiency.

In addition to our locally manufactured windows and patio doors, we also resale and install entry doors, skylights and sun-tunnels, providing one-stop shop in these similar product lines. If you’re interested in our windows, patio doors and our resale products, come and visit one of our showrooms, which are open Monday to Friday or by appointment on weekends. You will have the opportunity to discuss your project with one of our many knowledgeable Sales Consultants, and be provided with quality customer service and care throughout the process.

Having been in business since 1978, we have a proven track

record, and our warranty is our guarantee of our quality. We are all islanders just like our customers and have a team of qualified employees who have years of experience in everything from sales to installations.

Our island communities are very important to us, and we have supported many different initiatives over the years, however in the Spring of 2020, we identified a huge need and

since then Van Isle Windows are strong advocates of our local food banks. We have been able to donate over $90k to local food banks on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and have made this an annual fund raiser. It’s the least we could do to say thanks, give back and provide some assistance to those less fortunate.

Visit our factory and showroom in Victoria, or showrooms in Nanaimo or Courtenay, or online at (and on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube) or give us a call in Victoria at 250-383-7128 or toll free at 1-800-361-2221 and let us help you with all of your windows, patio doors, insulated glass units, skylights and suntunnels, or entry door projects.

We are Your Island Window Factory! Thanks to all of our customers for trusting us and for supporting and investing in our island’s local economy. | TIMES COLONIST E20 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022
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Grooms by Em

A lifetime of dogs, dog grooming, dog shows, and more!

Grooms by Em was Born from the idea of providing and setting high standards, quality, friendly environment and of course a touch of Emily’s magic to every pooch that comes for a spa day. As a big family decision, in 2019, they decided to merge passions, talent and skills to form a strong and dynamic team. By the age of 24 and 29, Emily and Hector Uriostegui Dorma took a leap to become enterpreneurs and business owners.

Since Grooms By Em opened, success has been on the rise and the community has demonstrated its affection and love for this business and family. Proud to say they are the 2022 Cowichan Community Votes Platinum winners. Proud to help the community they live in, from humanitarian campaigns including helping raising funds and donating to the Red Cross

for the people in Ukraine, to gathering food, clothes and toiletries for local people who need it in the community.

Having just opened a new business the pandemic was a shock for them, however, they persevered and created a safe, sanitary environment to continue operating, when it was safe to do so. Thriving their business during a time of such uncertainty and troubles. They really gave their all to become the successful

grooming shop that it is today. Co-Owner and founder, Emily, has championed hundreds of Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), American Kennel Club (AKC), and International (INT) top dogs. She has shown in the New York Westminster Dog Show, winning “Best of Breed”. From Hawaii to New Brunswick her experience with dogs had led to many best in shows and specialties in many of the dogs she has campaigned.

Emily’s vast, and in-depth experience has made her knowledgeable on all breed standards. From the industry of grooming this has furthered her career to being as successful as it is. Winning highly sought-after awards in all competitions she has entered.

Grooms by Em is proud to say that they are certified groomers by the Canadian Professional Pet Stylist, the only federally registered not for profit certification association for Dog Groomers in Canada. Both Emily and Hector have DogSafe Canine first aid certifications. Hector is certified as a K9 Oral Hygiene Specialist by the founder of Anesthetic free teeth cleaning in Canada, K9 BriteBark.

Short haired, long haired, NO HAIR-ED! They treat each loving pup as one of their own. Additionally, they specialize in show and creative grooming. Their line of environmentally friendly, Gluten Free, Parabens free, Jojoba, Moronga and other specialty natural oils make a big difference in their furry friend’s coats. They take pride on their work, guaranteeing that no pup leaves the shop stinky and all are free of mats, you can pass a fine-tooth comb thoroughly, from nose to tail!

From baths to full grooms, from nail trims to certified anesthetic free teeth cleaning, their goal is to be the best one-stop grooming shop to help your loving pups smell wonderful, feel incredible and shine beautifully in a friendly and professional environment in breathtaking Vancouver Island.

Winning a platinum award from the Cowichan Valley Community Votes, and now the Times Colonist Reader’s Choice Awards in 2022 has been a tremendous accomplishment for their self-owned & run business. They wouldn’t be able to accomplish all they have without their family, friends and dedicated clientele. A message from Em and Eco; “This award means a lot to us, because the community is spreading the word about Grooms By Em. We feel honored to call Vancouver Island our home and grateful to the community for supporting our business. A big thank you to all our supporters, advocates and Times Colonist for giving local companies a local platform to be seen and recognized.” groomsbyemmillbay/ | TIMES COLONIST E22 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022
A lifetime of dogs, dog grooming, dog shows, and more!
TIMES COLONIST | E23 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 HIGHLY AWARDED & CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL PET STYLISTS Mill Bay, BC FOLLOW US ON SOCIALS @groomsbyemmillbay @groomsbyem @groomsbyem Phone/Text 250-510-7220 CHECK OUT OUR GOOGLE REVIEWS! Certified by K-9 Bright Bark G rooms byEm We are now providing anesthetic-free teeth cleaning with our K9 oral hygiene specialist! DID YOU KNOW? Specializing in standard breed trims and custom styles.


Over the holidays most people tend to over indulge in food and drink, as fun and feasting go hand in hand. I could say the best thing is to not over eat in the first place, but where’s the fun in that? However, often there is a price to pay because overeating can cause digestive distress. Digestive enzymes can help ease some of the ‘tummy troubles’ over the holidays and on a regular basis.

Digestive enzymes are produced and secreted by the gastrointestinal system to breakdown fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, that facilitate digestion and absorption of nutrients. There are three primary types of enzymes:

• Amylases: break down carbohydrates into simple sugars like glucose

• Proteases: break down proteins into amino acids

• Lipases: Break down fats into fatty acids

Digestive enzymes such as bromelain, amylase, cellulase, lactase, lipase, and protease are some of the key enzymes that have been shown to help support digestion when taken with or directly after meals. These three types of enzymes alone will help digest the majority of most meals and they work synergistically to help support optimal digestion.

In addition to over eating and drinking in general over the festive season, the abundance of sweets and rich desserts are a huge temptation for everyone. Those who have intolerances to lactose and gluten may find the holidays particularly challenging and be unable to resist.

It is estimated that 75 percent of individuals worldwide experience some degree of

lactose intolerance, even though many may not be aware of this and attribute their gut discomfort to other causes. Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk products while casein is the protein in milk. Many who have a lactose intolerance also have trouble digesting milk protein. Taking a supplemental lactase enzyme combined with proteases can help digest lactose and casein and reduce or even eliminate uncomfortable gut symptoms.

Gluten sensitivity is also a common problem and for those with either celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, it is important to consider taking

a digestive supplement that combines protein-digesting enzymes (proteases) and a specific gluten-digesting enzyme called dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV). These enzymes help reduce or eliminate the symptoms of gluten intolerance. DPP-IV is thought to be one of the key enzymes responsible for the digestion of these proteins and is found in lower amounts in the intestinal lining of individuals with gluten intolerance.

While following a gluten, casein/lactose free diet usually reduces uncomfortable symptoms there are times when a person chooses to indulge or there are often hidden sources

of these in foods. That’s where supplemental digestive enzyme preparations come in—they help people tolerate lower levels of gluten, casein or lactose intake and enjoy the odd dessert without regret.

Several formulations of digestive enzymes are available on the market, each being different in terms of enzyme type, source and origin. Talk to the knowledgeable staff at the Vitamin Shop to help guide your choice of a blended mixture that suits your digestive needs whether it is for the festive season or to aid digestion on a regular basis.


Karen Jensen was in clinical practice for 25 years and although she is retired, she continues to write books and educate on the naturopathic approach to wellness. She is author or co-author of seven books, her most recent is Women’s Health Matters: The Influence of Gender on Disease. | TIMES COLONIST E24 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 THE VITAMIN SHOP 5 col x 10.81 The
Shop Thank you for naming us your 2022 Readers’ Choice! VITAMIN STORE

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The Glenshiel

The Glenshiel was built in 1908/1909 in the style of a turn of the century European hotel. It was initially operated by a series of private owners and was considered one of the best places to stay in Victoria.

In 1997, The Glenshiel Housing Society was formed and is now responsible for the operation of The Glenshiel, in relationship with BC Housing and the Royal BC Museum. We have a community


consisting of over 70 residents and provide meals, activities, bed sitting rooms and light housekeeping for low to middle income independent seniors. The Glenshiel is a not for profit organization.

Our mission is to provide rental accommodation and hospitality services for seniors in a safe, secure, and affordable downtown environment that promotes independence.

Mount Douglas Golf Course


The Mount Douglas Golf Course was designed and built by Harry and Eric Lovett, and opened in the fall of 1971. The golf course continues to be owned and operated by the Lovett family today.

We are very proud to be offering golf to all members of the community for over 50 years! Our mission is to deliver exceptional customer service and a memorable golfing experience to every visitor near and far.

One of our ongoing goals is to encourage more young players to visit our course to work on their short game and anyone wanting to improve their overall skills in a comfortable and relaxed setting.


The Flag Shop

We would like to thank everyone for supporting our business over the years, and We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year this 2023 and look forward to seeing everyone back in the spring!

For more information about the course please visit or give us a call at 250-477-8314

Helping you to show pride in our nation and in your organization is our passion. Visit up on Fabulous Fort Street in Victoria or at | TIMES COLONIST F2 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 822 FORT ST. VICTORIA w w Thank you Victoria! Del Elgersma and Lianne Macdonald founded Beacon Law Centre in 2000. We are delighted to be voted the #1 Choice for Legal Services in Victoria for the sixth straight year! for voting us a finalist in the Retirement Community categor y! ‘Affordable Living for Independent Seniors’ Contact us today for a private tour 606 Douglas St | 250-383-4164 Thank you BEACON LAW 3 Col x 2 Rows TATIX LEADERSHIP 3 Col x 2 Rows THE GLENSHEIL 3 Col x 2 Rows MT DOUG GOLF COARSE 3 Col x 2 Rows
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are so thankful for all the people we have worked with and humbled by the clients who have trusted us with their problems, businesses, and families. We are honoured to be voted the #1 Choice for Legal Services in Victoria for the 6th straight year! Visit: to see why they are not your average law
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Bin 4 Burger Lounge

It began with three burger-lovers and friends who envisioned a new kind of restaurant: a burger joint serving only the classic gastronomic icon—with a gourmet touch.

Bin 4 Burger Lounge contemporizes the classic burger, making it gourmet with fresh ingredients, toppings and sides. Burgers are no longer only about the beef. They’re about what you put on it, in it, next to it and what you wash it down with.

Catering to all ages and tastes, the menu extends beyond burgers and incorporates gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Downtown: 180-911 Yates St.

Saanich: 100-3271 Maple St.

Westshore: 102-716 Goldstream Ave.

Nanaimo: 102A-6750 Island Hwy.

Vancouver: 2996 Granville St.

Burnaby: 2350 Boundary Rd.

Kelowna: 1616 Powick Rd.

Cedar Hill Golf Course

Thank you for your votes, Victoria!

Cedar Hill Golf Course’s dedicated grounds crew and staff appreciate your patronage and the honour of being a Readers’ Choice Finalist five years running.

We’re committed to providing enjoyable and accessible golf for everyone, and we value your recommendation to others as one of Victoria’s best 18-hole golf experiences.

There are so many reasons to visit Cedar Hill – from the locals’ favourite walking trail that encircles the course, to the licensed public snack bar and patio, and the many different lessons and rentals available through our new pro shop. And—of course—the 5,200-yard, par 67 course with picturesque views of the Olympic mountains.


Cedar Hill Golf Course is open year-round. Book online though TeeOn or visit today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

TIMES COLONIST | F3 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 To our 30,000+ Victoria Clients for your continued patronage. PARKS RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES 250-475-7151 Readers Choice Finalist: BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE! HARBORD INSURANCE 5 col x 10.81 BIN 4 BURGER LOUNGE 3 Col x 2 Rows CEDAR HILL GOLF COARSE 3 Col x 2 Rows
you know that we’re also a leader in environmental sustainability? While we keep our fairways and greens in top-notch shape, we’re also working toward a certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf.

KuKu’s Takeout & Delivery


restaurant while catering for many events. Engrained in our core values is giving back to the public and we continually support various organizations, schools, sports teams and food banks. In addition, we run our own volunteer program to supply hot meals to the less fortunate twice a week on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s. This year, we are


The Natural Hair Salon

thankful to celebrate our 14th anniversary. Words cannot express how thankful we are to be back, doing what we love.


Vic West Pet Hospital

The right veterinary care can make all the difference for your pet.

Vic West Pet Hospital prides itself on offering a wide range of services for cats and dogs including wellness examinations, immunizations, surgery, dentistry, digital radiography, laboratory services, and pharmacy. This small business is owned and operated by Dr. Vandeep Shergill, who is the primary veterinarian. Dr. Shergill immigrated to Canada from India in 2007 with his wife and two sons (both of whom are also veterinarians at Vic West Pet Hospital). He opened Vic West Pet Hospital in 2017 and the business has been voted


in the top two veterinary clinics in Victoria every year since 2018. Dr. Shergill and his team strive to foster a positive and welcoming environment for both their patients, clients, and each other. Clients praise Dr. Shergill’s compassionate care and his team of dedicated and friendly support staff.

Vic West Pet Hospital would like to use this opportunity to recognize our incredible team. Thank you for all your hard work and your commitment to our patients. And thank you, yet again, to our clients for voting us among your favourite businesses in Victoria. We deeply appreciate your support!

Oak Bay Marina


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The marina offers everything needed for a great day on the water with moorage, gift shop, fuel dock, ship repair services, yacht brokerage and free parking. For foodies, it has two fantastic dining options onsite. The awardwinning Marina Restaurant is a local favourite and offers delicious seafood and regional cuisine with a menu that’s 100% Ocean Wise. For a more casual dining experience, The Marina Dockside Eatery features a variety of freshly baked pastries

and delicious coffee. Whichever restaurant you choose, you’re guaranteed spectacular scenery to complement your meal.

From helping to create unforgettable experiences on the water to protecting it for future generations, Oak Bay Marina has been a proud part of the community for 60 years. | TIMES COLONIST F4 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 778-430-5858 24 Burnside Road West *For pick up orders only Cannot be combined with any other offer. No cash value. Discount not applicable towards purchase of any beverage. Present coupon for discount. Delivery extra. $2 995 Include s Small Butter Chick en, Small Ric e, 3 Naan Bread, 4 S amo sa & 4 Gulab Jamun (Super size for only $5 ex tra) DINNER F OR 2 ic KUKU’S 3 Col x 2 Rows
The Natural Hair Salon not only looks good, we do good. We proudly carry vegan products and are a certified Green and Surfrider salon. We have also just earned our certification for being carbon neutral! clients have voted us the best salon in BC for four years Led by award winning internationally acclaimed master stylist Philip Ferreira our two salons are brimming with talented stylists to choose from. Come chat with any of our friendly staff and see what we’re all about!
Randy and Anita Madahar would like to thank everyone in the community and throughout Vancouver Island for their support over the years. If it was not for you all, we would not have come this far. started our journey and opened our restaurant on January 23, 2009. Over the years, we have served the community as a take-out BOAT MARINA Bay Marina is excited to celebrate its second the TC Readers’ Choice for best boat marina in Victoria. Just ten minutes from downtown and situated in a sheltered bay in south Oak Bay, Oak Bay Marina is a destination in itself. VETERINARY CLINIC
Vic West PetHospital 778.265.4500 526 Esquimalt Rd. HOSPITAL HOURS Visit for up to date hours. Cats and Dogs New Patients Welcome Open Monday through Saturday Available for urgent medical care HOSPITAL LOCATED AT 526 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, B.C 778-265-4500 Services include: Wellness Exams and Immunizations Medical Treatment Laboratory Diagnostics Dentistry •Surgery Digital Xray •Cryotherapy THANK YOU FOR VOTING OAK BAY MARINA THE BEST MARINA IN VICTORIA! oakbaymarina com | 250-598-3369 | Thank you, Victoria! Voted #1 hair salon for the 3rd year in a row! Find us Downtown & Cook St Village

The first month of the year is always a refreshing new start.

And although this January may feel a bit different because of the economic challenges we faced throughout 2022—the good news is there’s always a path towards your financial goals. Try these three tried and true pieces of financial advice that can help set you up for a successful 2023, no matter what the economy throws your way.

Our first piece of advice: change the way you think about saving. A good first step is to switch from spend-thensave method to a save-thenspend system. So instead of

using your paycheque to buy all the things you want and saving what you may (or may not) have leftover, flip the pattern and set aside your savings before spending the remaining funds.

Creating a budget, setting goals and automating your savings will also help you succeed.

The second piece of advice we have is: get the ball rolling on your investments. Don’t let the doom-and-gloom headlines in the news intimidate you. Make an appointment to meet with an Investment Advisor and have them walk you through options that align with your goals and help you capitalize on the current economy, rather

than run from it. If you’re new to investing or just want a second opinion, an advisor can be a great resource for getting you on the right track to your goals, and even help you set them. And if you receive any retirement or RRSP benefits from your employer that you’d like to supplement, review this as well, so your advisor can get the big picture. If you’re ready to get started right away, great. If not, consider your meeting as an opportunity to explore your options and ask questions.

And finally, set SMART New Year’s financial goals. You can increase your chances of success by basing them

on the SMART acronym: S- Be specific. Instead of resolving to just “do better”, you might want to pick an area to work on, like your savings. M – Be measurable. A goal to “be a better saver in 2023” is hard to track, which means you can’t evaluate your progress. Like we said before, you might want to set a goal amount and a timeline for reaching your goal. A – Be achievable. While a challenging goal is okay, your resolution should be achievable or else your frustration will make you quit. R – Be relevant . Make sure your goal is appropriate for your situation and needs. For example, if you have debt

from high-interest credit card, paying this off will be a more relevant goal than savings. T –Be timely. You’re more likely to succeed with a timed goal, like saving three months of living expenses by July 2023.

In addition, another great tip is to take advantage of the experts. That’s what we’re here for. At the end of the day, either you’ll leave that appointment feeling more confident or you’ll walk out with a little more financial knowledge.

Start 2023 on the right path and connect with our team at coastcapitalsavings. com/contact

TIMES COLONIST | F5 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 Thanks Victoria for voting us The Best Credit Union. We couldn’t have done it without you our members. Here’s to a successful 2023 together. COAST CAPITAL SAVINGS 5 col x 10.81 CREDIT UNION Coast Capital Savings How to set successful financial goals in the New Year. This article is provided for general information purposes only. It is not to be relied upon as financial, tax, or investment advice or guarantees about the future, nor should it be considered a recommendation to buy or sell. Information contained in this article, including information relating to interest rates, market conditions, tax rules, fees, and other investment factors are subject to change without notice and Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union is not responsible to update this information. All third party sources are believed to be accurate and reliable as of the date of publication and Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union does not guarantee accuracy or reliability of such sources. Readers should consult their own professional advisor for specific financial, investment, and/or tax advice tailored to their needs to ensure that individual circumstances are considered properly and action is taken based on the latest available information.

With 3 locations - In Victoria , Langford and Nanaimo - Curious Comics has become Vancouver Island’s premier comic, game & collectibles store.

Family owned & locally operated since 1988, Curious Comics always strives to have the most interesting product lines that include something for everyone of any age. “We really try and be that one stop shopping experience whether you are looking for new or old comics, graphic novels, manga,


Annex Fitness

toys, statues, games, sports memorabilia, trading cards, and collectible card games like Pokemon & Magic - “We are SO excited to have our Langford location back open right in the heart of Goldstream Ave!” says owner James Watson, “The pandemic and the fire damage to our building couldn’t stop us - We are back and better than ever! - Thanks to everyone that voted!”

Annex, we did it! This is our third year winning Best Gym/Fitness Facility. Our team is so grateful to our community for believing in us.

This past year, we had a chance to stay open for (almost) the full 365 days. We’ve expanded our offerings, added new faces to our team and hosted our first ever wellness speaker series. 2022 has been a year of growth and


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stability and we are so excited for what’s to come in 2023.

All of this to say, Victoria, we can’t thank you enough for not only supporting us over the past three years, but for naming us as the best Fitness/Gym facility. The sense of community we’ve felt from all of you is indescribable and we are so looking forward to our future together!

Cheers to 2023 from all of us here at Annex.

Established in 1984, Hughes Clothing Ltd has been part of the Victoria fashion culture for nearly 40 years.

Hughes has always been known for carrying diverse and international collections for both men and women and have now expanded into the footwear market, providing a comprehensive product offering to their Victoria clientele.

Since the pandemic, Hughes has also expanded into the convenient online market.

With the ability to efficiently ship worldwide they now have broadened their loyal clientele base significantly. Furthermore, with travel now being back

in play they are seeing an abundance of out of town clients and their families return to Victoria for their Hughes fashion fix!

“Being nominated in all three categories this year has definitely warmed our hearts and validated our efforts in providing premium products with exceptional service. Then to find out we ranked in the top three in all three categories literally blew our minds! Thank you Victoria for your support of small business and placing your trust in us for our fashion sense and friendship” Rebecca Burrows, Owner | TIMES COLONIST F6 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 3 Locations to Serve You! Curious Comics Langford 844 Goldstream Ave 778-433-1656 Curious Comics Victoria 631 Johnson St 250-384-1656 Curious Comics Nanaimo Country Club Centre 250-756-2157 Thank you Victoria! Locally Owned Since 1988! Comics and Graphic Novels Collectible Card Games Role Playing Games & Board Games Sports cards and Memorabilia Toys, Statues & Much More! CURIOUS COMICS 3 Col x 2 Rows COMICS, GAMES & GAMING
Curious Comics Thank you Vancouver Island!
“ THAN K YOU TO ALL OF OU R FABU LOUS CUSTOM E RS for voting Bodacious Lifest yles Boutique in the top 3 women ’ s boutiques in Vic toria! We love w hat we do and we re thrilled to be in our new Oak Bay Ave loc ation with more space to help you create your ow n unique st yle! BODACIOUS LI FEST YLES BOUTIQU E Fabulous Fas hio n T hat Cele brates Your Cur ves 19 65 Oak Bay Avenue 250 385. 8169 Fashion creates a bit of a dream Tom Ford “ Proudly serving Victoria with our three locations: Women’s boutique 104-2187 Oak Bay Ave | Men’s boutique 113-2187 Oak Bay Ave | Shoes by Hughes 2238 Oak Bay Ave. Shop online at: 250-381-4405 Finalist Best Women’s Boutique - Best Men’s Store - Best Shoe Store hughes designs for men & women

Heart Pharmacy

To our patients and the greater Victoria community,

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you for voting us as the best pharmacy in the area for the fifth year running! This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team. The recognition of the Readers Choice Annual Award is particularly personal to us at Heart Pharmacy as it represents the voice of the very people we exist to support. Thank you.

Heart Pharmacy has been supporting the community for over 30 years with the simple belief that everyone deserves access to highquality healthcare. Over time we have grown to six locations

and a team of more than 100 passionate staff members and clinicians. We’ve been privileged to collaborate with the BC Pharmacists Association and College of Pharmacy advocating for and implementing the ongoing expansion of scope in pharmacy practice. Most importantly we’ve built deep and meaningful relationships with over 50,000 patients across the island.

This year, we greatly expanded our clinical services to better support the health needs of our community. We increased our medication review services to ensure that our patients are taking their medications safely

and effectively, and we have also grown the frequency and range of our vaccination services to help protect our patients from preventable illnesses.

In addition, we’re proud to have grown our home-based medication administration program, Heart at Home. This program allows us to provide comprehensive care to patients who are unable to visit our pharmacy in person, and we are dedicated to helping our patients maintain their health and independence.

Our expanded clinical services are just one way that we are working to support the health and well-being of our local

residents. We also offer a wide range of products and services, including over-thecounter medications, natural health products, and health and wellness advice. Whether you are in need of a pain reliever, a natural remedy, or simply some guidance on how to maintain good health, we are here to help.

As we look ahead to 2023, we will continue to innovate and find new ways to support the health and well-being of our community. We’re also committed to maintaining the high levels of quality and personal care that our patients have come to expect from us.

We’ve expanded our staff to help meet the growing demand for healthcare, and we are proud to have a team of knowledgeable and compassionate professionals who are dedicated to providing personalized care to our patients.

We invite anyone who is in search of a pharmacy to join us and experience the high level of service and personalized care that has made us the best pharmacy in the area. Thank you again to all of our loyal customers, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in the coming year.

TIMES COLONIST | F7 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 Thank you Again Victoria... for voting us the best Pharmacy!

Happy Carpet Cleaners

Hi. I’m Ron Werner, Owner and Operator of Happy Carpet Cleaners. What makes me different?

I’m probably the slowest cleaner in town, a claim few want to compete with. I take my time and do my best. I’m also considered by my peers to be either the vacuum “nut” or the vacuum “king”! Why? Because I pre vacuum carpets REALLY slowly if needed. It only makes sense, remove the dry soils first before making it mud!! Other cleaners even started referring to my cleaning as “Wernering”! My last name became a verb!! Watch my videos on my website, YouTube, or FaceBook. My first video really turned some heads for Happy Carpet Cleaners - Like you’ll rarely see youtube/2cX12YXs7rk


Sheringham Distillery

Sheringham believes that gin should be sippable, approachable, and balanced. They’ve created gin that’s an everyday luxury by focusing on high-quality ingredients, perfecting a smooth flavour profile that can be enjoyed on the rocks or in a cocktail.

Each of Sheringham’s spirits have a story, and are tied to Vancouver Island where they were created.

You can find Sheringham’s Seaside Gin and Kazuki Gin making their way across Canada and internationally. Sheringham’s test kitchen spirits like Akvavit, Lemon Gin, Rhubarb Gin, and Coffee Liqueur can be found in select


Crust Bakery

Crust Bakery opened it’s doors in September 2013. Shortly thereafter, it was named Victoria’s Best Bakery, and has established loyal following of locals and tourists alike. Crust has developed a reputation for excellence, serving exquisite baked goods and outstanding coffee.

Crust Bakery is owned and operated by Chef Tom Moore (Kitchen) and Crystal Moore (Front of House). With a history of owning and operating patisseries and fine dining restaurants in Australia together, Crystal and Tom have a serious passion for serving excellent products, which are made from scratch using fresh local and seasonal ingredients wherever possible.

You will notice Tom’s Australian


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IICRC Master Certified Technician, certified for carpets, upholstery, area rugs, tile and grout, and odour control. Also certified in Colour Repair, ie bleach spot repair. Remember the Happy Dye Guy! Based in Sooke and serving the lower island. When you Want it Clean, Just Get Happy! user/hcciam/videos

stores and Sheringham’s tasting room. Drop by Sheringham Distillery’s tasting room for a complimentary tasting and viewing into their production process.

Experience Sheringham at home in a delightful house cocktail, using their online cocktail catalog, updated monthly, at sheringhamdistillery. com/cocktails


background come through in his cooking, with cheeky appearances and influences from some traditional Aussie favourites such as Pavlovas and Lamingtons, and fruits like passion fruit and lychees and other delicious flavour combinations. With a background of fine dining, Tom has an eye for detail and pays particular attention to flavours.

Crust Bakery’s speciality is indeed our croissants and pastries, made from scratch every day, using real butter and slow-fermented dough, which creates a crunchy, chewy delightful pastry!

Our most popular pastry would have to be our signature Raspberry, Lychee and Rosewater Pastry!

We take tremendous pride and care in offering sincere, personalized service to find Brides, Attendants,

Moms, Grads and Event-goers beautiful garments and accessories while celebrating very important times in their lives.

As a result of this recognition we have been honoured to work firsthand with some of our incredible designers to curate in their designs, bringing home even more of our own personal touch and share with our beloved visitors. Growing into a destination for locals and visitors from afar; sharing our passion and creativity while celebrating you is what we love and we appreciate our community tremendously for allowing us to do so!

Thank you for another amazing year, we look forward to meeting even more amazing guests in 2023 and offering specialized services with high-quality garments, by Appointment. | TIMES COLONIST F8 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 KIOSK @ Uptown Mall tel 1.250.978.2253 Email info@crustbakery ca Thank you, Victoria! We are delighted to be voted Number 1 in the Bakery category Come find us at 730 Fort Street Victoria BC, CANADA Ser ving Sooke and South Island since 1994 Call for a Free Estimate Today! 2 50.881.4382 Thank You! PROFESSIONAL CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING HOT CHOCOLATE SPILL BLEACH SPOTS RE-DYED Just G et Happy to Remove Bad Accidents • Colour Repa ir • Carpet Clean ing • Wool Rug Clean ing • Upholster y Clean ing • Ti le & Grout Clean ing • Pet Odours • Carpet and Upholster y Protectant B ook Your Appointment at Shade so f White c om 3 49 7 S aanich R oad Vic toria B C 2 50 4 75.12 2 0 THANK Y OU VICT ORIA! SHADES OF WHITE 3 Col x 2 Rows SHERINGHAM DISTILLERY 3 Col x 2 Rows CRUST BAKERY 3 Col x 2 Rows Happy Carpet Cleaning 3 Col x 2 Rows
Sheringham is committed to making the world’s most drinkable gin, prioritizing sustainability and quality ingredients with a chef’s approach to distillation. With Sheringham’s growth they stay connected to their roots, inspired by the picturesque Vancouver Island terroir that they call home. of White Bridal was created in 1988 and has proudly served generations of Brides, Maids and Graduates. In a little over a decade, the most recent owners and our incredibly talented and dedicated Team have worked passionately to create an absolutely gorgeous space filled with the some of the most romantic and exclusive designs the Island has ever seen. one of the largest selections in British Columbia allows us the freedom to offer the best variety of sample sizes including a huge selection of plus size wedding gowns; the best representation of each of our designers’ current styles; and the most accommodating price ranges.

Heat Pumps

For over 20 years Coastal Heat Pumps has been specializing in heat pump installation, maintenance, and repair.

Coastal Heat Pumps is locally owned and operated by Joanne and Don Gulevich who began Coastal Heat Pumps in 2005, in the Comox Valley, and moved the business to Victoria in 2011.

Since then, our team has grown to over 30 and include certified and experienced HVAC Technicians that know heat pumps inside and out. We know which heat pumps provide the highest quality, lowest noise, most energy efficiency, and a commitment to staying up to date with the latest technologies. This ensures you are getting the most up to date, and efficient equipment available in today’s market.

Our comfort guarantee provides homeowners with the peace of mind that we will do it right the first time. In addition, the brands we partner with stand behind their products and provide a 12-year warranty giving you longevity and sustainability in your heating and cooling system.

As a local company we stay on top of local energy efficiency rebate offers, on top of the Government grants that are currently available, saving you up to $13,600 when you switch to a heat pump. We are committed to the continuous learning and development of heat pumps and their eligibility for rebates.

Did you know you can save up to 50% on your home heating and cooling bill by switching to a heat pump? We work within your budget to find you the best solution to meet your unique comfort needs, including providing financing options. Just like every home is unique, every installation is unique as well. That is why you want to work with an experienced installer that is dedicated to properly sizing your equipment.

At Coastal Heat Pumps, we provide in-home estimates to ensure your system is custom designed to your home comfort, because at Coastal Heat Pumps we are not comfortable until you are. (250) 656-6868

Coastal Heat Pumps is locally owned and operated We specialize in heat pump installation, maintenance and repair.

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Monk Office is more than you think!

We are third generation family owned and Island grown, offering a vast selection of office supplies and business services, furniture assortments from internationally regarded brands, fine art supplies, framing services, and more. We have nine retail stores across Vancouver Island, including Island Blue Art & Framing in Sidney and Monk Office & Art in downtown Victoria, seven locations with copy and print centres, and six store-fronts in the Greater Victoria area.

As the ways in which we do business has changed, Monk has adapted and continues to create memorable customer experiences while facilitating the needs of Vancouver Island businesses and homes. In addition to all the office and art supplies available in-store and online, Monk also provides businesses and individuals access to commercial accounts with dedicated pricing, an all-in-one interiors team, IT professionals and managed

services, and technology servicing and sales. Whether the space is professional or personal, whether the customer is visiting one of our retail locations, shopping on our commercial website or with their dedicated sales rep, providing customers with service that satisfies has always been and will always be the Monk way.

We are coming off a big year of celebrations, with the purchase of Island Blue Art & Framing, the grand opening of Monk Office & Art, and the introduction of our Managed IT Services! This continued success and growth would not be possible without dedicated and loyal customers like you, who continue to support us by choosing to shop local for their office, art, and home needs, and by voting Monk Office as your #1 choice in the “Office Services” category. Thank you!

Monk Office – Vancouver Island’s Office Outfitter™.

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THANK YOU VICTORIA! FOR YOUR VOTE We’re Not Comfortable Until You Are

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel would like to thank each one of their guests and community members who have helped recognize them as the #1 Best Hotel on the Island for the second year in a row, #3 Best Island Resort, and The Boathouse Spa as the #3 Best Spa in the Times Colonist 2022 Reader’s Choice Award. The Hotel is proud and honoured to have the continued support of the amazing Victoria and Vancouver Island community.

Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the Salish Sea and offering breathtaking ocean views of snow-capped Mount Baker in the distance, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is just minutes away from the quaint boutique shops, cafés and galleries of Oak Bay Village. Recognized as the #1 Top Hotel in Canada and #19 in the World by the Condé Nast 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards, the Hotel is known for world-class services such as the award-

winning Boathouse Spa, heated seaside mineral pools, FARO Handcrafted Pizza, The Snug Pub and The Dining Room.

“These awards recognize the best in the industry,” says Madone Pelan, General Manager. “It is a great testament to the dedication, passion, and resilience our employees have embodied every day this year. From intimate getaways to wellness-inspired weekends, conferences, weddings, or events, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a beloved home-away-fromhome for local and international guests alike. We look forward to celebrating this recognition with our team members and valued guests from near far into the new year. Thank you!”

Unmatched on Vancouver Island, the Hotel’s one hundred luxury guest rooms and suites offer views of the tree-lined seaside community of Oak Bay, the Oak Bay Marina, or the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and feature spa-inspired bathtubs, a kitchen or kitchenette, Nespresso Coffee machines, air conditioning, heated tile floorings and custom pillow-top mattresses.

Give yourself permission to slow down and unwind with The Boathouse Spa’s full menu of experiences, including facials, massages, body treatments, and RMT. Designed with purpose and inspired by the surrounding natural backdrop, the Spa’s opulent oceanfront treatment rooms are spacious, tranquil, and tastefully adapted to West Coast style. The Spa is proud to also be one of BABOR’s top spas in Canada. Made in Germany, BABOR is a pioneer in skincare and has set the standard in skincare research. Highly innovative active formulations are carefully combined with our exclusive treatment methods to

provide outstanding results and a uniquely indulgent experience.

Each overnight hotel guest receives exclusive access to the Hotel’s

Mineral Pools, open daily as the perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate at the edge of the Salish Sea. Amenities at the pools include bottled water and towel service, lounge chairs, fire pits, and access to the Boathouse Kitchen & Bar, which offers light snacks and

beverages year-round. Have confidence in our care, knowing every detail has been thought through so we can continue to provide our guests with a safe and special vantage point from which to experience the best of the Pacific Northwest.

To discover the best rates of the season as well as hours, menus and more, visit or call 250-598-4556. | TIMES COLONIST F10 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 OAK BAY BEACH
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ALSO FINALIST IN: ISLAND RESORT CATEGORY Thank you to each and every one of our guests and community members who have helped recognize us as the #1 Best Hotel #3 Best Island Resort #3 Best Spa You take our breath away... Victoria, British Columbia OAKBAYBEACHHOTEL COM in the Times Colonist 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. We are proud and honoured to have your support during these ever-changing times. We hope you continue to find a haven in this special place you helped us create, and look forward to welcoming you in the new year Our Best, Always

Food is the Medicine, Medicine is the Food - I can’t describe Indian Food in my own words better than this When customers walk into a restaurant, they think most of the menu items should be fresh. At Dosa Paragon we can always guarantee great quality since we prepare most dishes daily Dishes are always prepared in small batches to ensure freshness As the chef owner of Dosa Paragon, I consider it an honour to cook and serve authentic South Indian food to my customers For me it’s not just a day of cooking, it’s knowing we do everything we can to provide high quality dishes

Victoria has so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, but we have only one choice and that is YOU We are here to serve you delightful and specially selected dishes from my home country Kerala We want you to be able to enjoy the amazing flavours South India has to offer

Thank you to our loyal regular customers and all Victorians for your support during this COVID-19 pandemic A special thank you for trusting us to keep you safe when you dine in or pickup. We are so grateful for the support you have given our small family run business

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Lathika Prasanth & Bob Unnikrishnan We invite you to an exceptional culinary travel which offers a world of vibrant colours and healthy food with a blend of house style cooking and exotic aroma that gives you the true flavours from South India Made with our biriyani house blend: cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, bay leaf, star anise, mace, pepper corns, nutmeg, turmeric, coriander, and chili powder Please visit our website wwwdosaparagon ca where you can learn more about Dosa Paragon and South Indian Cuisine Join us on @dosaparagon 735 Yates Street, Victoria, V8W1L6, BC 778 440 2206 bob dosaparagon@gmail com A Special Thank You to Our Dedicated Staff
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Brown’s The Florist

As we near the end of 2022, we look back graciously at all that has bloomed and turned over a new leaf in all of our lives here in Victoria.

At Brown’s The Florist, we celebrated 110 years as a local florist in the community connecting generations of families and friends with flowers, over many lifetimes. We shared stories of the past and looked forward to the future as we renovated our downtown store on Fort Street. We felt and continued to feel immensely thankful for our customers; our local growers; our team, and all of the people who helped us to help you share your sentiments with flowers, plants, and floral gifts all year long. Thank you for sharing your memories and milestones with us, and thank you for voting for your favourite businesses during the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards!

The holidays are winding down; our hearts still warm from all of the festivities, perhaps with even more

to look forward to. All three of our shops are still filled with the fresh scents of the season: fir, cedar, pine, and lots of fresh flowers, (not just the fragrance, but the real things too). Closing out a year and anticipating a fresh start gives us many reasons to celebrate! You might be taking the time to reconnect with loved ones you who you could not see over the holidays, or just wanting to bring beauty into your home during these upcoming weeks and the cold winter months. Luckily, even in the winter, you can choose plants and flowers that you love and that inspire you. You can know that so many of your favourites like roses, gerbera daisies, lilies, orchids, and more are still available at Brown’s The Florist, and locally sourced too.

Head over to BrownsThe, call us, or come see us in-store. We look forward to catching up in 2023 and helping with all of your floral gift and plant care needs!

Romeo’s Place was created.

Romeo’s primary focus was signature pizza and pasta from recipes and techniques that had been passed down to the family. These staples created the name for the new restaurant and helped create a passionate local following. The menus included popular local dishes such as steaks, chicken and veal, burgers and salads, as well as other original dishes from their homeland — Greece. Delivery and takeout proved to be extremely popular options and the local market responded enthusiastically.

The first Romeo’s opened on Hillside and was warmly embraced by the people of Victoria. An instant success — this location was joined very shortly by a second location downtown on Johnson Street — very popular for lunch and dinner and still remembered fondly for fun-filled late night meals and crowds.

The Mavrikos brothers opened more locations on Vancouver Island, adhering to the same philosophy that brought them success in the beginning. With the help of their growing young families and new franchisees Nick and Chris Kamaretsos, the company grew to where it is today.

There are currently five Romeo’s locations on Vancouver Island

It is an exciting time for the Romeo’s family as we transition into the next chapter by opening new and remodelled locations. In April of 2012, we returned to the Downtown core with our location on the corner of Blanshard and Fisgard Street. This is our biggest location.

Another exciting change has been in Broadmead Village where, after 20 years, in the spring of 2014, we relocated to the mall beside the breezeway. This brand new restaurant has earned our customers’ loyalty and positive feedback and has exceeded our expectations.

Our Hillside location has also gone through extensive renovations and the feedback and response has been overwhelming. Our Langford location underwent of renovations and we are delighted with the |new look.

All four of our Lower Island restaurants have a similar modern look and contemporary feel. It truly is an exciting time for the Romeo’s family as we continue to evolve, and as always, hope our amazing customers will remain right there with us for the ride!

THE STORY OF ROMEO’S PIZZA Dimitri Mavrikos and his two brothers, Steve and George, came to Victoria from Vancouver with the dream of opening their own restaurant. Their goal was to open a restaurant that offered excellent food, great service and a fun casual atmosphere. They wanted a place that felt like home. In the summer of 1974, and the family is honoured and blessed to be celebrating over 47 years in the restaurant industry. We continue to pride ourselves on offering great food and service at a reasonable price. Pizza and pasta recipes continue to stand the test of time and have garnered many awards and accolades.
PIZZA Romeo’s Thank you Victoria! ALSO FINALIST IN: ITALIAN CATEGORY 2018,2019 2020 & 2021 WINNERS | TIMES COLONIST F12 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 Y o u r l o c a l c h o i c e f o r f l o w e r s a n d f l o r a l g i f t s t o h e l p y o u a n d y o u r l o v e d o n e s S t a y C o n n e c t e d B R O W N S T H E F L O R I S T . C O M F L O R I S T B R O W N ' S The S I N C E 1 9 1 2 S I N C E 1 9 1 2 D O W N T O W N • S I D N E Y • W E S T S H O R E W e d e l i v e r t o G r e a t e r V i c t o r i a , S i d n e y , a n d t h e W e s t s h o r e 7 D a y s a W e e k A BIG THANK YOU VICTORIA FOR VOTING US #1! WE APPRECIATE AND VALUE YOUR SUPPORT THROUGH THE YEARS. It’s been an honour and a privilege to be serving Victoria for over 49 years! HAPPY NEW YEAR! From the management and staff at Romeo’s HILLSIDE 1581 Hillside Avenue 250-595-0212 BROADMEAD 777 Royal Oak Drive 250-744-1177 DUNCAN 180 Trans Canada Hwy 250-746-9964 WESTSHORE 2945 Jacklin Road 250-474-2121
locations to serve you: Victoria Downtown, Hillside, Duncan, Broadmead Village, and in Langford on the Westshore.

Mclaren Lighting is a family owned and operated lighting showroom committed to Lighting up people’s lives.

For over 62 years we have been serving the communities and people of Vancouver Island.

Mclaren Electric started in Vancouver in the 1940’s and then the company

expanded to Victoria in 1960. Finn Finnigan worked for Mclaren Electric since 1960 and purchased the company in 1975. There are over 5000 fixtures in the showrooms in Victoria and Nanaimo. This offers the customers the most current and unique lighting available. There are also many exclusive lighting

lines, all at competitive prices. Second generation Finnigan Family members include Dave, Craig and Kris Finnigan. Their goal is to scale up the company to take it to the next level. Third generation Finnigan Family member Liam Finnigan is spearheading a multitude of important projects.

The Mclaren Lighting team goal is to deliver extraordinary service and expertise to every one of their customers from start to finish on all projects big or small.

Thank You Vancouver Island for Voting us Your Favourite Lighting Store ting 6 Years in a Row! Boxing Day Sale Continues Savings Throughout the Store! ENDS JANUARY 7TH McLaren ELECTRIC 5 col x 10.81 Mclaren Lighting Thank you Victoria for voting us your favourite Lighting Store 6 years in a row!
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Patryka Designs

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We were so excited to be nominated again in the Reader’s Choice Awards Women’s Boutique category, and beyond excited to find out we had been voted your favourite for the second year in a row. Thank you so much to everyone who nominated and voted for us.

Patryka Designs is the pride and hard work of Victoria born and raised owner, Patricia Jeffs. Patricia and her amazing team have been part of the Mill Bay Centre community for the past 17 years, and during that time Patryka Designs has become a destination shopping experience on Vancouver Island. Whether it’s helping you find a casual favourite or finding the perfect outfit for a special occasion, these experiences have given us the opportunity to create so many

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friendships through fashion. Women supporting women, positive body images for all women, and the importance of loving yourself are what we all feel passionately about. Please stop by and let us help you find your new favourites that fit your style.

Patryka Designs…it’s worth the trip!

Receiving this recognition means the world to us. It is why we do what we do. It is our Raison D’Etre.

Earlier in my career as Brewmaster at Swans, and then later at Canoe Brewpub, I would often (perhaps too often...) find myself in the pub looking out across the room and seeing people enjoying themselves. Coworkers talking shop, lovers deep in quiet talk, friends laughing heartily; all enjoying pints of beer that I had made. From those early days right up until today, for me as a Brewmaster, there is no greater reward.

True, some like to dissect beer and tease out the interplay of complex flavour characteristics. That’s fine. Many simply enjoy the taste and get on with having a laugh with their friends. That too, is fine. In Vino Veritas.

As an aside, this touches on why Hoyne refrains from entering its beer into contests. We feel that as well intentioned as they are, they kinda miss the point. Some argue that by their very nature, these contests are reductionist; reducing an enormous plurality of offerings to a handful of winners.

At Hoyne Brewery, our approach is to put our trust in you, our beloved customers, to be our judges.

This is why at the very heart of what we do at Hoyne Brewery lies one basic truth: We strive to make beer that you, our cherished fans, enjoy. Finely made beer is one of Lifes’ small pleasures, no more, no less. Thank you for letting us do what we love to do. Now cozy up by the fire with your best friend and enjoy a shared bottle of Gratitude.

Humbly yours, Sean Hoyne | TIMES COLONIST F14 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022
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Unsworth Vineyards


After many years with Chef Maartyn at the helm of The Restaurant at Unsworth Vineyards, we have a changing of the guard! We want you to join us in welcoming Chef Lauren Cartmel as Executive Chef. Lauren has vast international experience working for top names in the restaurant industry, including cooking with world-famous Chef Gordon Ramsay. Most recently, Lauren owned and operated Ma Maison in Chemainus, where locals and tourists alike flocked to savour her inspired fare. Guests can expect the same Cowichan wine country casual at The Restaurant at Unsworth Vineyards—and yes, there will still be pizza!

As Unsworth continues to refine our guest experience, Chef Lauren will be expanding the food and wine pairing options at Unsworth Tasting Room & Terrace, so we invite you to come back often to see our evolving food program.


Unsworth also welcomed Viticulturist, Felix Egerer, to the team in November. Felix has spent years in the Okanagan pushing the boundaries of sustainable and regenerative viticulture. Now that Felix has made Cowichan home, we will share our many sustainable and regenerative initiatives as we roll them out. Unsworth has long been stewards of our environment and community and will continue to deepen our commitment to

biodiversity and no-till farming, all while practicing a precision approach to the use of tractors and off-farm amendments and inputs. Felix sees our farm as one living, breathing entity and strives to not only minimize our impact, but leave our air, water, and soil healthier than we found it. All of this will also ensure the wines will only continue to improve! We will be launching a new sustainability page on our website illustrating all the exciting initiatives as they unfold.


In case you’ve been under a rock for the past 5 years, Cowichan is making quite a name for itself on the back of the illustrious Pinot Noir grape. From vibrant and laser-focused sparkling wines, to beguiling rosés and red wines with a purity of fruit and silky texture, Pinot Noir is leading the way for top quality wines—and the world is taking note. In 2022, Unsworth received truly international acclaim winning a coveted Silver Medal for our 2019 Pinot Noir at the world’s largest wine competition—The Decanter World Wine Awards. Not only is this the highest medal a Vancouver Island wine has ever received at this competition, it ranked as high as other award winning BC Pinot Noirs. Canadian wine writer, Anthony Gismondi, also rated our 2020 Pinot Noir 92 Points, so we have high expectations for its results at the next Decanter Awards. Our 2020 Saison Vineyard Pinot Noir scored 93 Points and was gobbled up by our loyal UV Wine Club members, in a matter of hours upon release. If you didn’t get your hands on any, we allocated a few cases for the Cactus Club in Nanaimo, Victoria, and Vancouver Convention Centre locations, so you can still enjoy a bottle there!

TIMES COLONIST | F15 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 2915 Cameron Taggar t Rd Mill Bay, BC 250-929-2292 www.unswor aditional meets ar tisanal winemaking at Unswor th V ineyards. A family owned and operated winer y committed to handcrafting wines of distinction in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley. A humble thank y ou T imes Colonist readers for voting Unswor th V ine y ards, “Best Vancouver Island W iner y!” raditional mee UNSWORTH VINEYARDS 5 col x 10.81 The Unsworth team is thrilled by the support from our fellow islanders. We welcome you to continue to visit our little slice of paradise in the Cowichan Valley as there is always something new and exciting to experience (and sip) at Unsworth!
A humble thank you to Times Colonist readers for voting Unsworth Vineyards, “Best Vancouver Island Winery!” Unsworth Vineyards, a family-built winery committed to handcrafting wines of distinction in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley. Visit for more information on wines, the Tasting Room, and The Restaurant.

NationWide Carpet Cleaning

Since 1989 we’ve had the pleasure of serving the people of Greater Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island with all their carpet and furniture cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we know the importance of making sure our customers are treated right and happy with the service we provide. We continue to be surprised by what Vancouver

Island has to offer. Once we think we’ve seen it all, someone brings us in a Polar Bear rug, or asks us to clean a cat tree. Messy tiny toddler chairs? We’ve got you. We look forward to seeing what new things the people of this Island will trust us to clean in 2023!

Expedia Cruises

Thank You For The Votes!

We were recently voted the #2 Best Travel Agency by the readers of the Times Colonist.

As your local travel experts, we are honoured by the support you have shown us.

We are born explorers who live for travel. This is what drives us.

This is what we’ve committed our lives to. And we love sharing our knowledge and expertise – especially when it comes to cruises. When we’re not out exploring the world ourselves, we help passionate travelers – like you – plan your next big adventure, every step of the way. Whether it be by air, land, or sea.

At Expedia Cruises™, we offer cruise vacations, vacation packages, all-inclusive packages, coach and rail tours, home and villa rentals, and travel

insurance, as well as flights, hotels, car rentals, activities, and enriching excursions from the best in the business, worldwide.

We are backed by one of the biggest names in travel. We’ll use our resources to compare and explore every option for your perfect vacation, all the while taking advantage of our value-packed Expedia® Extras.

Wherever your heart may desire to go, and however you’d like to travel, we can help you plan, book, and safeguard every aspect of your dream vacation.

As your neighbourhood travel experts, we’re here to help –before, during, and after your trip.

Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Brothers Barbershop

They are always welcoming new clients to join the family and are thankful for the ones who continue to support them everyday. They are proud to give back to the community with their yearly charity events partnered with Cops for Cancer and Tour de Rock and are already looking forward to next year’s event!

They are excited to continue their legacy with their amazing barbers who offer trendy haircuts, hair tattoos and even old school styles. You can find it all at Brothers. They would like to thank everyone who took VA.Barbershop

We at NationWide Carpet Cleaning are delighted to be a Finalist in 2022! Thank you to our customers for your continued support and for your votes!
Brothers Barbershop was started on March 9th 2015, But the brothers have been on Fort Street for over 20 years! They have now expanded to the Westshore as of September 21st 2020 with a total of 13 barbers between the locations. BARBER SHOP the time to vote and continue to show their support. We would also like to thank our wonderful staff for working hard each and everyday. We could not have done it without you all. Thank you. Staff Christmas Party 2022 Top: Charles, Alex, Zana, Visar, Alicia, Denis, Ocean, Tristan, Marina
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Bottom: Arnel, Artor, Kevin, Wassim Zana cutting Miki’s hair Artor cutting Odi’s hair TRAVEL AGENCY | TIMES COLONIST F16 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 A lot can happen to your carpets over the course of a year. NationWide Carpet Cleaning is there to ensure no one has to know right Lowry? Call 250.727.0777 TCF22 Thanks to all our wonderful clients/friends that voted for us. We look forward to smooth sailing in 2023 and beyond. Mt Doug | 4089A Shelbourne St, Victoria, BC 250-477-4877 | www

Original Farm

At Original FARM Cannabis, we are cannabis educators and enthusiasts, sharing our passion and acquired knowledge with every customer. Our team provides unbiased guidance that helps you find the product that’s best for you.

Locally owned and operated, our Hillside, Downtown, Langford, Duncan and Kitsilano stores have proudly served

Vancouver Island and the lower mainland since 2015. Our mission is to empower our customers by helping them be informed; utilizing innovative technology, honest advice, and a shared love for cannabis, we continue our role as a leader in the industry.

In April 2015, FARMACY opened as the first municipally licensed cannabis retailer in Victoria BC, quickly reshaping

our community’s view of what a “dispensary” could be: a safe and welcoming environment for cannabis consumers to learn about the varieties of available products, their uses, effects, and methods of consumption. Since then, we became the first legal recreational cannabis retailer in Victoria, offering BC’s largest in-store selection, while continually pushing boundaries

to design a thoughtful, innovative user experience that anticipates what our customers need.

Whether you are new to cannabis, or an experienced connoisseur, our amazing staff is here to answer all your questions – come by and say hi.

expert cannabis experience, designed for everyone.

Vintage Hot Tubs

Vintage Hot Tubs,Swimspas, and Billiards ....”Serving Greater Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands since 1978’’ has recently been recognized as one of the world’s top hot

Out of 750 Sundance Spa retailers in 75 countries they received the “2021 Exceptional Sales Performance Award for Canada.” Only three of these awards are given out! ( one other in the U.S. and one other for the rest of the world.)

Over the years they’ve received over 30 Jacuzzi and Sundance Exceptional Service awards and 3 Swimlife Swimspas awards! With 2 large showrooms they offer one of Canada’s largest selections of Hot Tubs and Swimspas with over 150 hot tubs and 7 different Swim Spas currently in stock!Jacuzzi Hot


Natural Born Kleaners

Tubs and Sundance Spas have hundreds of unique patented spa technologies that dramatically lower maintenance, energy consumption, and provide some of the best true hydrotherapy possible!

If you’d like to sleep better, feel better, and live a better life ....go to and visit either of their 2 showrooms.... downtown at 3090 Nanaimo St. And 2374 Millstream Rd in Langford! They’re open 9 to 5 Tuesday to Saturday.

Natural Born Kleaners is a family owned and operated business based in the Cowichan Valley.

Chris and his wife love the island and have raised 2 “amazing” daughters here. They started the business as a team 15 months ago on the premise of providing the very best in service and value. They will leave homes looking and smelling clean while simultaneously taking good care


of their clients and providing a positive work culture for their staff. They have a lot of pride in what they do and it shows. They would like to thank everyone who voted for them. They are thrilled to see their vision reflected and recognized in this way and really appreciate all the support.

JJ Wonton Noodle House


Located on Fort St. between Cook and Vancouver, J&J Wonton Noodle House specializes in Cantonese and Szechuan food.

Using as many local and very fresh ingredients as possible, they have created a vast menu that caters to all tastes and preferences, including a good selection of gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. There is something delicious for everyone on the menu.

“The staff is attentive and friendly and the glassed-in

kitchen area allows you to watch the chefs preparing your food.“ There are often line-ups so you may want to avoid peak times or they suggest making a reservation to secure a table. J & J Wonton Noodle House welcomes you and your entire family to come enjoy their cuisine, friendly service and to see for yourself why they keep being named; Best Chinese Food in Greater Victoria.

1012 Fort St Victoria, BC (250) 383-0680

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WestCoast Appliance Gallery

We are honoured to be the number one appliance store three years in a row, and are incredibly grateful for the local support over the last 38 years. We couldn’t do it without you!

When WestCoast Appliance Gallery opened 38 years ago as a used appliance store, we didn’t imagine it would become the largest showroom in Victoria. What makes WestCoast Appliance Gallery unique is the values we hold and how this has made our customers happy. We value trust, reliability, integrity, ownership and diversity.

We build trust by getting to know our customers; learning as much as we can about their space, budget and style is essential to finding the right appliances. We offer a price match guarantee, so customers know they are getting the best deal.

We want to continue to be known for being reliable. No one wants an appliance to stop working unexpectedly, and that’s why we have lots of inventory in stock for when you need an appliance now. Our delivery team takes the time to remove your old appliances and install the new ones while recycling the old ones.

Integrity is essential to our business. From the start, we take the time to select only quality appliances that we know our customers will have great experiences using and look great too. All of our staff are factory trained and have immense knowledge about all the brands we carry. We work with you in all stages of selecting, delivering and installing your appliances.

Taking ownership of the appliances we sell is vital to our customer’s peace of mind. An appliance can be a big purchase for many families who rely on their appliances to do essential everyday tasks. If something goes wrong, we want our customers to know that we are going to make it right. We are authorized dealers

of the brands we carry, which means we offer repair service if something were to go wrong. We want our customers to be happy with their purchase long after they leave the store.

We value diversity and understand the best solutions are those that take into account different perspectives, ideas and cultural backgrounds. We are proud to be part of a community that helps our company be successful.

We have expanded our showroom to over 12,500 square feet, making us the largest home appliance showroom in Victoria. We are currently building the most extensive working Jennair kitchen display on the West Coast, where we will have live cooking demonstrations with professional chefs.

Our vision for the future is to continue to improve our showroom to showcase the latest trends in home and kitchen appliances. We hope to be Victoria’s number one appliance store for many more years to come, by listening to our customers’ needs.


G Rossi: “Amazing customer service from this company, I highly recommend them!”

A Hounsome: “We needed to order a new stove for our suite. I called to see if the one I has seen online that I liked was in stock. I got Cara on the phone who made the entire experience smooth and easy. The stove I had wanted was out if stock but Cara took the time to go over other options that worked with our budget and specifications for what we needed. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and the great customer service I received. We will definitely be calling back and dealing with Westcoast Appliance when we need to upgrade our other appliances.

J. Ripley: “Kudos to WCA for all your help getting my new range to fit my kitchen. Fred even came out to the house to resolve my dilemma!! Will definitely recommend you guys and be my to go place for appliances, thank you”

T. Guise: “I just bought 3 new appliances from Westcoast Appliances and I’m really happy with them. My salesperson did an exceptional job finding me the right products and making good recommendations. He also made sure I did not have to wait long to have all appliances delivered and set up. Right from sales, to the gentlemen that delivered and installed everything, it was top notch. I highly recommend the whole team.”

Thank you, Victoria, for voting for WestCoast Appliance Gallery in the 2022 Times Colonist Readers’ Choice Awards!
2022 Times Colonist Readers’ Choice Awards Winner 4 years in a row!
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Fred Aram has spent over 22 years specializing in the appliance business. He has worked directly for several major appliance manufacturers and prides himself on his industry knowledge and strives to provide the best value in town.

Thistle & Wren boutique

Thistle & Wren boutique, opened in the historic Fernwood Square located in Victoria, BC in 2016.

Offering a curated collection of high-quality children’s and women’s new and preloved pieces. Candace’s mission was to offer a positive experience for the customer and community by providing current articles from ethical sources.

As a mama of three daughters, it was very important to owner, Candace, that her girls understood what hard work and determination looks like while also balancing motherhood. Whenever possible they support Canadian, women led, ethical and sustainable brands. She loves that her store has a sustainable focus with a unique approach: circular fashion.


Cook Street Vintage

When it comes to vintage furniture, Victoria has long been considered a mecca for treasure hunters. New kid on the block, Cook Street Vintage, is a destination in itself located across from Royal Athletic Park. Since opening its doors in the summer of 2021, owners Pam and Anthony have welcomed customers eager to find vintage treasures and teak furniture. “We try to present things we would want in our own home. We love the style and functionality of mid-century Scandinavian designed furniture as well as the Canadian and American designs from the same period. They work so well in most architectural settings. And, we have a real fondness for anything bentwood.”

We invite you to visit and would love to see you!

1311 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia (778) 265-9736

Since 1887, we’ve

“We also love the timelessness of modern furniture and accessories. Chrome pendants, fun colours and smooth rounded shapes to complement the natural textures and clean lines of the Scandinavian furniture.”

You can visit Cook Street Vintage Wednesdays through Sundays at 2005 Cook Street, or

you for your

support and we look forward to a great year ahead.


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Fireside Grill offers exquisite cuisine and a din sophisticated, yet welcoming Our menu is cre sourced ingredients, showing appreciation an the community Fireside Grill is the perfect ve romantic meal, a small family gathering or a ni with close friends.

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Mayfair Shopping Centre

On behalf of the staff and retailers at Mayfair Shopping Centre, thank you for voting us Victoria’s No. 1 shopping mall in the Times Colonist Readers’ Choice Awards for the sixth year in a row. It’s an award that means so much to us because it comes from you — our customers.

Mayfair has always been the best place in the city to take care of everyone on your shopping list, including yourself. Our broad mix of more than 120 local, national, and international retailers carry all your favourite brands. Over the past three years, we have been especially pleased to bring these exciting new stores to Victoria: Levis, L.L.Bean, Nespresso, Saje, Indigo, Bikini Village, LensCrafters, Lush, and Melanie Lyne. In the years ahead, we will continue to bring the best brands to the city while evolving the property so that it can serve the needs of Victorians for many more decades to come.

Central Walk, a commercial real estate organization, owns and manages Mayfair. Since Central Walk’s inception in 2002, we have committed to developing a new concept of a mixed-use one-stop shopping centres –infusing elements of leisure, travel, dining, entertainment, and culture into each of our properties. In 2020, we acquired

Central Walk’s first shopping centre in Canada – Woodgrove Centre in Nanaimo. Since then, we have acquired Mayfair Shopping Centre in Victoria, Arbutus Ridge Golf Course, and Tsawwassen Mills in Vancouver. As the fastest growing real estate retail developer on the West Coast, we have more plans in the acquisition, development, and operation of commercial real estate projects over the next decade and will continue to deliver the Central Walk lifestyle to our customers. We are dedicated to adding more fun and family-friendly elements to Mayfair, and we are continuing to provide the people of Victoria with a more comfortable, convenient and trendy shopping experience.

Here’s to building the future together. On behalf of Mayfair Shopping Centre and Central Walk, we wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that we can continue to serve the City of Victoria in the future to help build a better, more prosperous, inclusive and diverse community.

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Mayfair Optometric Clinic

Mayfair Optometric Clinic has been proudly serving clients from all over Greater Victoria at its current location for over 20 years. Dr. Stephen Taylor has been seeing patients for over 35 years since receiving his Doctorate of Optometry from Pacific University in 1986 and Dr. Trevor Peddle has been practicing in the city for 13 years after graduating from the optometry program at the University of Waterloo in 2009. Both optometrists at the clinic make use of the latest diagnostic instruments and cutting-edge medical research as well as their extraordinary depth of experience to help you maintain optimal eye health.

Routine exams not only check the health of the eye and visual system but may also noninvasively detect issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases that may require further investigation. Doctors of optometry work closely with other medical professionals to help ensure you receive the care you deserve.

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examination can only get you so far if the results of all that data do not ultimately end up in the hands of skilled people. Many of MOC’s staff have decades of experience and are passionately dedicated to helping you achieve the best vision possible. If corrective lenses are recommended by the doctor, their team of optical experts will guide you through the newest frame, spectacle lens, and contact lens options offered from the top manufacturers in the world. Then they will precisely fit your eyewear so that you have comfortable vision that matches your lifestyle, flatters your face, and preserves your eyesight for a lifetime.

The doctors and staff work hard to earn every client’s trust and are proud of the work they do to help you “live your life with happy eyes.” They deeply appreciate the acknowledgment and support from their community as they endeavour to achieve this goal every day. | TIMES COLONIST F22 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022 Mary Lou Newbold CEO - Chief Eyecare Officer
“Hiring the right people for the right positions is the “secret sauce” to Mayfair Optometric Clinic The person chiefly responsible for that success is Mary Lou Newbold, Chief Eyecare Officer, who has been overseeing operations at Mayfair Optometric Clinic for over 20 years “Having skilled employees who have been with us for many years is what we are most proud of,” says Mary Lou. Mayfair Optometric Clinic proudly serving the greater Victoria area for over 20 Years g Thank You Victoria! For Voting Us the #1 Optometrist Schedule Your Eye Exam 250 361 4444 mayfairoptometric com DR STEPHEN TAYLOR 3 Col x 10.81 CENTRAL WALK 3 Col x 10.81 SHOPPING MALL
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Pemberton Holmes Ltd

With over 135 years of real estate experience on Vancouver Island, Pemberton Holmes’ focus has always been local. Backed by a rich and extensive history, they continue to serve Vancouver Island as one of the oldest brokerages in Canada and largest independent, family-owned brokerage on Vancouver Island.

Their full-service brokerage includes experts in residential and commercial real estate, as well as strata and property management. You can find knowledgeable and dedicated agents in all 16 Pemberton Holmes offices extending from

“We are humbled and very grateful to the people of the City of Victoria for voting us their favorite real estate company.

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