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May 22, 2019

Inspired by creating a simpler life for their family, Judy and Chris Istace relocated to Chemainus five years ago. A few months later they opened their shop, Beyond the Usual (BTU). “We saw a need in the community that we knew needed to be filled: a shop that offered c...

May 5, 2019

All the stars aligned two years ago for Nuria Sanchez and Jon Spasoff to move to Chemainus. “It’s a lovely community—small enough to enjoy the village feel yet it has everything you need right in town. There’s also an abundance of tourists coming from near and far,” sa...

May 2, 2019

“I look forward to our customers becoming like family,” says Nicole Chiasson, owner of Nic’s Café in Old Town.

Nic's Cafe is warm, inviting and feels like home. Offering great coffee, teas, homemade baked goods, breakfast bagels and to-die-for meat pies, Nic’s Cafe is a...

April 25, 2019

The owners of Fredrich’s Honey, Theo and Taylor Fredrich, have run a successful farm store in Cedar for many years. When the opportunity for a storefront in Chemainus came up, they couldn’t pass it by.

“We thought it would be a fun project with tons of potential,” says...

March 21, 2019

When Shawn Orza and his wife, Taryn learned they were expecting a baby in 2017, the rush was on. “I needed to open my store before my daughter was born in fear that this dream of mine may not become reality,” says Shawn, owner of WiffleGames on Willow St.

After being gi...

February 21, 2019

With a passion for helping business owners succeed, Sara decided to start her own business offering bookkeeping and payroll services to small and medium sized business owners. It’s been four years since then and business couldn’t be going better.

“I love living here. I...

September 6, 2018

With over 35 years living and working in Chemainus, Debbie Simmonds of Simmonds Lifestyles Team, RE/MAX Ocean Pointe is passionate about her “friendly seaside village” and it shows. Knowing early on that her skill set and education would mesh beautifully with the real...

February 6, 2018

Bound to Be Different lives up to its name and does not disappoint. If the brightly coloured T-Rex heads out front don't tell you to expect something different, then nothing will prepare you for the amazing experience this store has to offer. Inside, you can find every...

January 22, 2018

The Chemainus Health Food Store is not your average business. Not only do they house a variety of supplements, eco-conscious products, nutritious food, and fresh produce that you would come to expect; but their dedication to the customers truly set the bar far beyond o...

November 16, 2017

The Owl's Nest Bakery and bistro is an absolutely divine place to dine. From breakfasts to brunch bennies and everything in-between, this delicious fine has it all. Coffee's, Lattes, fresh baked scored and deliciously crafted gourmet soups. Surrounded by the eclectic l...

November 2, 2017

Better known for their creative designs, soft t-shirts and hand drawn art; these t-shirts are truly original.Finding a love of art, Nevin recounts never having forgotten his first custom shirt at the early age of 8. In the 90's Iron on appliques were all the rage and e...

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