New & Noteworthy

by Paula Kully

(Can you spot the song titles?) 


Heart of Glass
There is some new buzz at Mattick’s Farm, beginning with Fowler Glass Studio. Artist Sandra Fowler is a master in fused glass, creating amazing, colour-rich, decorative pieces and beautiful jewelry. Check out her work at  

Amazing Collections
Another new addition at Mattick’s is the Victoria Market Collective, which brings together local creators, artisans, designers and producers. The majority of the items they carry are handmade and they feature a diverse range of products so you are sure to find something you need.  

I Can See Clearly Now
Dr. Meaghan Goddard and Dr. Lisa Meister are co-owners of the new Cordova Bay Optometry at Mattick’s Farm, set to open on September 1. Their full-service clinic offers eye care services
and products for every member of the family. Book online at 


A Peaceful Easy Feeling
The beautiful silver sculpture “Sanctuary of Peace,” by Deryk and Samuel Houston, has been returned to its former location at the foot of Beacon Avenue. The sculpture had been relocated to Woodwyn Farm’s peace garden. After the farm closed, the Houstons kindly donated the sculpture back to the community where it now stands along Sidney’s waterfront.   

One Fine Day
ArtSea has recently confirmed that the Sidney Fine Art Show has been postponed until 2022. The Sidney Fine Art Show is one of the largest juried art shows on the Island, showcasing a diverse range of creative talents. We can’t wait to see its return next year!  


Toast of the Town
The former owners of Toast Café in Sidney have opened a new café at 2526 Bevan Avenue. Grays Café is located on the ground floor of The Bevan condo building. Go, check out their amazing space, delicious, fresh, whole food and of course, great coffee and the same friendly service.  

Shimmer & Shine
Shimmer Beauty Bar is a new salon in Sidney that had its grand opening on July 17. The salon is located at 9774 Third Street and is owned by mom Jennifer Calder and daughter Jessica Calder. The dynamic duo offers nail and brow services, hair removal, eyelash extensions and much more.   


Closing Time
After 10 years in business, Lynne and Vic Parker have announced their retirement and the closure of The Old Attic – Collectibles & Antiques in Saanichton. The store will remain open until the end of August. There will be many great sales including a Christmas in August sale that will feature an extensive Christmas Display Collection. 

Everyday Heroes
A big shout out to Sidney and Central Saanich Fire Departments, who were dispatched to the Cariboo Fire Centre to assist crews with structure protection and relief.   

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