Posted On September 29, 2017 By In Regulars With 245 Views

New & Noteworthy

by Lara Gladych – 


Modern Makeover
The Waddling Dog Hotel has recently undergone a complete makeover in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its ownership group, Balmoral Investments Ltd. The hotel has been modernized with a new roof, new paint, fully renovated guest rooms and common areas, all while maintaining the Tudor-style look where possible. There will be giveaways at the Bar & Grill throughout the year to celebrate!

New Shop
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Brentwood, Pharmasave has a new location, with a fresh, contemporary look. Now at #101 – 7111 West Saanich Road.

Moving Indoors
Green Wasabi has moved a few doors down, to 9816 Fourth Street, in Sidney. They are now in a fully enclosed location – a change from the fresh-air patio seating and take-away window at the previous spot. Visit them soon for the same great food and service.

Military Move-over
The Military & History Bookshop, on Fourth Street, has closed, and its books have been relocated. Military and history books are now up on the shelves at Beacon Books. Beacon Books is a general bookstore, selling thousands of second-hand books in a variety of categories. Browse modern first editions and authors’ signed editions, as well as collectible, rare, and antiquarian books.


Tech Links
EduTech 2017 is happening October 27 to 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shoal Centre in Sidney. This is a non-profit event promoting and advancing career and awareness linkages between the Peninsula’s advanced technology and manufacturing sectors, secondary students and local community members. There are 50 venders expected. Find EduTech on Facebook.


Fashion Design
Nomie Designs is a new business featuring apparel by Vancouver Island designer Naomi Lindstein. You’ll find cool fabrics conjured into eye-catching women’s and children’s clothing, and bright, stylish, unique designs. Dresses, skirts, blouses, baby bonnets, parkas and wedding dresses, too. Shop online at


New Name
Shaw Pet Hospital, at the corner of East Saanich and Stelly’s Cross Roads, is now VCA Central Saanich Animal Hospital. They are proud to be a part of the VCA Canada group of over 85 hospitals across the country. From wellness exams and lab work-ups to dental cleanings, X-rays and surgery, the team at VCA Canada Central Saanich is your committed partner in ensuring the lifetime health and happiness of the pets you love.

More Than Just Cats
What was formerly Beacon Cat Hospital, on Fifth Street in Sidney, is now Beacon Pet Hospital, under the direction of Dr. Victor Negrea. Beacon Pet Hospital provides care and treatment to a wide range of pets including cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, rabbits and pocket pets Dr. Negrea has more than 21 years of experience in Veterinary Medicine, with special interests in surgery, internal medicine and dentistry. He loves animals, and enjoys the medical and surgical challenges presented at this small animal practice. Dr. Negrea brings a calm and compassionate approach to interactions with both patients and clients.


New Face
Axle Riley is the new General Manager at Ardmore Golf Course. Axle’s background includes playing golf at a university level, winning 15 professional tournaments, an accumulated eight years as an Assistant Pro, and certification as a PGA of Canada “Class A” Professional. He looks forward to continuing to grow the business at Ardmore in terms of public play, events, membership and junior golf.



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