New & Noteworthy

by Annilee Armstrong – 

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Happy Anniversary
Happy Anniversary to Sidney’s Mankind Barbers that has just celebrated its second anniversary. Mankind has welcomed a new apprentice barber, Dawson Gordon. Dawson is taking bookings on Mondays at a discounted rate while he starts to build a clientele. Owner Aleatha says: “Our experienced team of barbers absolutely love our careers, clients and community! We have so much fun making our clients look and feel their best.” Not only is their waiting area licensed; you can putt a “hole-in-one” to win $5 off your next cut, or toss a dart for a “bullseye” to win your beverage of choice.

New Beauty Experts
The Beauty House Sidney welcomes Nici, Vanessa and Isobel! They are taking new clients, offering overlays, gel polish manicures and pedicures. The Beauty House is a fun-loving small business; the staff listens to good music, enjoys a good laugh and shares a passion for all things beauty! Bookings can be made via


New to Sidney
Blue Jellyfish SUP Adventures is thrilled to announce their new Sidney location at 9704 Third Street. The new spot will continue to uphold their tradition of safety, technical skills and fun in a positive, supportive environment. The new shop aligns perfectly with Sidney’s vibrant community and offers residents and visitors alike an opportunity to explore the beautiful local waterways while learning more about marine environments and SUP.

Welcome Back
One of Sidney’s beloved shops has reopened in a new location at 2412-B Beacon Avenue. Lilaberry Home Decor is excited to welcome new and returning customers. They are proudly offering all the classic favourites, as well as new items that are made in Canada.

Stay A While
Victoria Airport Authority has confirmed the approval of a proposal to construct a 129-room hotel on 3.5 acres of commercial zoned land at the Victoria International Airport, at the corner of Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue West.

Intended as the Victoria region’s first extended-stay hotel, the development will also include a full-service restaurant. Activity will begin onsite in early fall to prepare for the start of construction, which is expected to be completed by late spring of 2025.


Artwork, and the Art of Food
Two local Sidney business have paired up to offer a food and art special too tasty to pass up. Red Art Gallery will honour your entire food and beverage bill when you enjoy a meal at the Seaglass Waterfront Grill.

Save your receipt and decide which painting you would love to have by visiting the red art gallery website. You can use your “dining” amount as a credit towards 30% of the value of the painting you choose to purchase. This credit can be used towards any painting in the gallery from October 1 to 15, 2023. For all the details, visit

Happily Ever After
September 8, 2023 saw the end of a wonderful and amazing 10 years. Kenny Podmore conducted his last wedding as a BC Vital Statistics Marriage Commissioner.

Kenny says: “I have been honoured to have conducted wedding ceremonies for so many beautiful couples and equally have attended many stunning venues. To bring two people together in marriage is and always will be an unforgettable experience. Sadly I am only able to hold the position for 10 years.” He thanks everyone for their support over the years.


The Readers Have Spoken
Congratulations to all the Peninsula people and businesses who placed in the 2023 Peninsula News Review readers choice awards!
Find a complete list of winners at

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