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Posted On June 29, 2017 By In Regulars With 366 Views

New & Noteworthy

by Lara Gladych – 


Arts Anniversary 

McTavish Academy of Arts (MAOA) celebrated its first anniversary on June 10, with a family-friendly birthday party filled with music, art, yoga and fun!

Nine for Nine

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse took home nine medals for the nine ciders entered in the 2017 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). Congratulations! For a full list of their medal winners, visit


Fresh Fare

Bevan Bistro, opening soon, will offer homestyle breakfasts and fresh, fast sandwiches, salads and house-made soups. Their fresh baked goods will be the perfect complement to a latte or other specialty beverage. Healthy dinners will be available for you to take home and heat up in single-serving or family-size portions. Hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. They look forward to serving Sidney, at #104 – 2376 Bevan Avenue in Sidney Centre.


New Faces

Sidney Pet Centre has been serving the Saanich Peninsula for 30 years. Now under the ownership of Sandy Gauthier, their goal is to continue to provide great customer service, contribute to the community and buy local as much as possible in an effort to offer competitive prices and support Canadian companies. They offer the newest and best in food, toys, bedding, apparel, travel, supplies and supplements. Sandy’s great passion in life is her love for animals, and helping them in any way possible.

Foods and Foodware

Something Special has opened at 2446 Beacon, in Sidney, as a collaborative effort between Heidi Krause of Spirals Gourmetware and Tom and Martha, of Tom & Jerry’s, from Pender Island. Offering everything from locally-made preservative-free jams, pickles, preserves and roasted nuts to jewelry, paintings, exquisite wooden boxes, scarves, Swedish dish cloths, and interesting kitchen finds! It is home to Heidi’s locally-made line of decorative utensils, a fun and affordable way to add style to any celebration or to “dress up” those take-out nights.


Design Details

Hook & Hook Renovations is now in the Martman Building, right beside the hot yoga studio. Their business is new to the Peninsula as of last year. They specialize in interior design with 3-D rendering, custom cabinetry and furniture, and project management. Their cabinets and furniture are all made on the Saanich Penisula.


It’s a Match

The Sidney BIA introduces its “Ask a Local” program, connecting locals and visitors this summer through a mobile kiosk where volunteers will be able to provide information, directions, and more. The idea was part of the Town of Sidney’s bid to manage the Sidney Visitor Information Centre. Donna Petrie, Executive Director of the Sidney BIA, says the program is a natural extension of the job they already do, “to attract visitors to Sidney and to ensure they thoroughly enjoy their experience and have access to information in the easiest way possible.”


Health Care Merge

Bayshore HealthCare has acquired Alpha Home Health Care, which has been based in Victoria for more than 40 years. Alpha Home Health Care’s workforce of 25 care workers will be transferred to Bayshore HealthCare’s Home Health division and will retain their clients. Bayshore Home Health is a division of Bayshore HealthCare and is managed locally by Stasia Hartley, Area Director for Vancouver Island. With offices in Victoria, Sidney and Nanaimo, Bayshore offers home care and infusion clinic services in all three locations.



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