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VICTORIA NEWS - Friday, December 23, 2011
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While a few new owners have joined Vancouver Island’s two La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, their faces will be perfectly familiar to those who have visited in recent years. When one of the two founding partners chose to retire recently, several longtime members of the management team embraced the opportunity to take the next step into ownership. Joining founder Anthony Gray at the helm of La-Z-Boy are David Younger, Rita Roorda, Kim Lichtensteiger and Dana Wright, all keen to take their next step with the company. “We’ve all been together for a long time,” Wright says, pointing to shared values and a commitment to the staff and community as key to their success. Through the years, La-Z-Boy’s reputation for both service and impeccable quality has become well-known, though today’s furnishings may hold a few surprises for those who haven’t shopped
in a while. With actress Brooke Shields as their spokesperson, “we are not your dad’s recliner anymore,” Wright notes. For those looking to update their decor without replacing anchor pieces, La-Z-Boy is also the place for accessories, artwork, pillows, throws and more. Unsure how to put it all together? Take advantage of the store’s award-winning, complimentary in-home design service. A strong proponent of giving back both locally and internationally, Vancouver Island La-Z-Boy stores have embraced the micro-financing work of Opportunity International, offering loans to budding entrepreneurs in Columbia to help them work their way out of poverty. “One of our staff brought the idea forward and it became apparent that we could do more,” Wright says, noting one project where they helped build a school in Columbia. Efforts in Haiti are focused on helping mothers with young children, while right
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Dana Wright and Rita Roorda, two members of the La-Z-Boy ownership team. here at home, the store has lent a hand to the outreach group CARTS, which provides supplies and comforts to the local homeless community. Both the Victoria and Nanaimo stores are open daily. Visit in Victoria at the corner of Saanich Road and Blanshard, 3501 Saanich Rd., and in Nanaimo at 3200 North Island Hwy.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel offers sneak-peek to the public With the Oak Bay Beach Hotel set to officially open to overnight guests in five months, owners Kevin and Shawna Walker are welcoming visitors to come tour a new show suite this holiday season. The suite shows off the hotel’s standard guestroom features, such as coffered ceilings, spa bathrooms with oversized soaker tubs, views, heated floors and shower rooms, solid mahogany entry doors, premium in-room soundproofing, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed in a traditional English country manor housestyle, suites are outfitted with fireplaces, custom mahogany furniture, fine linens and duvets. Historically, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel was the talk of the town for
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many years, starting in 1927. In the 1940s the hotel welcomed The Snug, Victoria’s first neighbourhood pub. Set to open in May 2012, the new six-storey hotel will feature 20 private residences and 100 combination vacation suites/hotel rooms, fullservice spa, seaside mineral pools, the return of The Snug, a restaurant and dinner theatre, and round-the-clock butler, concierge and valet services. Visit the show suite, in the on-site sales office at 1175 Beach Dr., Dec. 26 to 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For hotel tours, book from Dec. 26 to 31 at 250-598-4556. The show suite will be fully open to the public in January. For more details, visit www.oakbaybeachhotel.com
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We’ve put our sink on a fat-free diet. That’s because, around here, we know that all drains lead to our water habitats. So we never put fats, oils or grease from cooking or leftovers down our drains. Instead, we put them in a used container, refrigerate them until they become solid and
discard them with our household garbage. It’s a good feeling to know that we’re helping to keep our water habitats healthy.
Visit www.crd.bc.ca/cleanwater to ﬁnd out how.