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Coffee, Tea or Sushi
Windbell Café is the new face in the former La Pignatta location at 2400 Bevan Avenue in Sidney. Owner Jack Luo welcomes you to try their bubble tea, milkshakes and slushes along with grab-and-go express sushi and lunchboxes. They also serve ice cream and specialty coffees.

What Do Pizza and Bicycles Have in Common?
They are agile, flexible, not expensive to fix, sustainable, healthy and fun! Andrew and Vanessa Johnson recently opened Bicycle Pizza in the shared kitchen at Beauregard Café in Brentwood Bay. You can pre-order online for pickup, Wednesday to Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. They also have a frozen craft pizza subscription.

Serving up the Vino
Michael Coughlin has returned to Porto Osteria as Restaurant Manager. Michael has many years of industry experience and outstanding knowledge of wine, particularly those from Italy where he lived for several years.

Shop Local
Friends Ceri Barlow and Jami Wood have opened Niche Grocerant in Broadmead Village. Niche offers the best local producers and products while the kitchen prepares meals to go (prepped for take-and-make, or ready-to-eat). You can also grab a table and a glass of beer or wine and let Niche serve you.


Taking Care of Business
Brentwood Bay Resort has been named Outstanding Workplace of the year at the 2021 Victoria Business Awards. The award acknowledges an organization that shows a commitment to a healthy work environment and an exceptional commitment to its employees.

Perfect Patron
Pauline Finn, Executive Director of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, has been recognized as a Patron of Science World BC. The award recognizes Pauline’s contribution to Science World BC where she worked for 14 years. During that time, she managed a diversity of teams and initiatives in the areas of education, outreach, exhibits, and community partnerships.

The Voice
Sidney’s Sister City of Anacortes, WA has announced its new town crier August Wolf. August beat out two other contenders for Official Town Crier. The winner was decided by a team of judges representing the Anacortes Sister Cities Association, the City of Anacortes and the Chamber of Commerce.


Running Free
Dog trainer Julie Carter has opened Pooch Palace Daycare where the “finest pooches play with 5-star care from pooch professionals.” Pooch Palace offers the only open field daycare on the Island with two, one-acre grass fields for dogs to play, socialize and exercise. They are located at 10485 West Saanich Road.

Putting Around
Jana and John Weed are the new owners of Island View Mini Golf. This hidden gem is surrounded by gardens and waterfalls at 7081 Central Saanich Rd. Summer hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Owning It!
Popular Glow Tour guides E-J and Ted are the new owners of Pacifica Paddle Sports. They offer year-round rentals, tours, lessons and sales from their two locations in Brentwood Bay and Canoe Cove where they provide a quality collection of the finest kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.


Learning Through the Universal Language
Kindermusik Studio at McTavish Academy of Art is a world-renowned and celebrated Early Childhood Music Program and the first on Southern Vancouver Island. Teacher Jessica Burgess, a professional pianist and teacher, offers music classes for toddlers, babies, big kids, and families.

New Boutique
Butik Naturals recently opened at the lower end of Beacon Avenue in the Landmark building. Butik, which is the Dutch equivalent to Boutique, is a European-inspired shop that combines women’s fashion with home décor. Owner Sam welcomes you to have a look around.

Cleaning up the Town
Ruby Tuesday’s laundry service opened at the beginning of June at 9842 Second Street in Sidney. Ruby Tuesday is a full-service laundry where you can either drop off your laundry or have it picked up. You know that giant duvet that won’t fit in your washing machine? Well, Ruby’s can take care of it for you. Talk to owner Ray Shaw about your laundry needs.

Staying Home
Comfort Keepers Victoria, with operations in Sidney, is pleased to introduce their new owners – the Martin Family. The Martin family has run Comfort Keepers locations across the Lower Mainland for over a decade. Previous owner Brecon Gage will continue to support and mentor the new owners, while the entire staff remain in their current roles.

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