New & Noteworthy

by Lara Gladych – 

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Home Sweet Home
The Eaglehurst Homes Presentation Centre is now open in Sidney, next to Alexander’s Coffee. Their Show Home is located at 9317 Canora Road, in North Saanich. Also open to showcase a new North Saanich housing development is the Regatta Park Sales Centre, at #2 – 9764 Fifth Street.

Garden Lovers
Seaberry Garden & Flower has opened at Mattick’s Farm! Seaberry specializes in bird and butterfly gardens, deer resistant, drought tolerant, and shade loving plants. They also carry a range of perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees, and some medicinal herbs, and offer edible landscapes, with a large component of fruit trees, berries, and spring and winter veggie starts. There is a flower shop, too, with bouquets and fresh cut flowers for all occasions. Owner Rob Harris and the staff at Seaberry are gearing up for the coming holiday season to offer you fresh cut Christmas trees and fresh greens, as well as live potted Christmas trees and poinsettias.


New Faces, Same Places
The Latch Inn & Restaurant is now under new ownership! The Chu Family came across this beautiful historical property last year and purchased it with the intention of restoring it to its glory as the former summer residence of Walter C. Nichol, British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor from 1920-1926. Follow them on Facebook, and stay abreast of all new developments!


Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc. has launched a hydrogen-based fuel enhancement system for internal combustion engines. Six years in the making, the system works with existing internal combustion engines to make them cleaner and more efficient.

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce hosted their 10th Annual Crystal Awards for Business Excellence banquet in October, and a sold-out crowd enjoyed a beautiful evening at Butchart Gardens. Those in attendance heard guest speaker Frank Leonard, and honoured Saanich Peninsula businesses with various prestigious awards. For a full list of winners, visit


Give & Get
Charles Dickens Pub & Eatery is giving away two flights to Las Vegas! Make a donation of either cash, food or toys at the pub up until December 15, and receive an entry form. All donations go to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. The draw will take place at the pub on December 24. Contact Dena or Sean for more details at

Soda & Sweets
Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop is pleased to now offer 30 varieties of hard-to-find specialty sodas, and most are available chilled! Follow them on Facebook for news on all things sweet.

Giving Back
Motorize Auto Direct is having a charity car wash (exterior only) on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By donation of cash or food to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. 97.3 The Zone will be live on location. Rain or shine.

Give It a Try
If you enjoy demos at Sidney Natural Foods, there are many to look forward to this month: Harmonic Arts,10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., December 8; Viva, 12 to 3 p.m. on December 9; Garden of Life, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 12; and Omegalicious, 12 to 4 p.m. on December 5.

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