Food

In Conversation with Stephen // Chorizo & Co.

February 24, 2021
The restaurant owner at Chorizo & Co in Victoria BC.

"Being relatively new to this as owners, we have been absolutely blown away by the way the community of small businesses has come together to support each other during this pandemic. We are truly grateful for the culture of supporting local that has been prevalent in our city since far before the pandemic."…

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Food

In Conversation with Isaiah // Whistle Buoy Brewing

February 10, 2021
Nina, co-owner of Whistle Buoy Brewing in Victoria, BC, serves up two glasses of beer.

"The main difference between us and a lot of other craft breweries is experimentation. We try a lot of new things, and are usually releasing a new recipe every week. This takes a lot of planning and effort, but it's what makes our work a really fun challenge. The fact that we aren't distributing to liquor stores makes it a lot easier to try one-offs and just see what happens. We also do our best to avoid rushing our beers,…

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Fashion Lifestyle

In Conversation with Sandy, Cathy & Karen // Merchant Quarters General Store

February 3, 2021
A woman smiles behind the counter of her shop at Merchant Quarters General Store in Victoria, BC.

"Really we haven't had too many surprises . . . oh wait, there was one: our store's grand opening was March 12 [2020] and we had to close on March 18. We joke that we now hold the world record for the single biggest retail failure in history — shuttered after 6 days! So . . . you run with it. Rely on key staff, communicate about what is going on a lot, stay positive and go after whatever…

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Fashion

In Conversation with Jenny // The Makehouse

January 27, 2021
A woman stands and smiles in her sewing shop called The Makehouse in Victoria, BC.

"The Makehouse is not just a shop. It's a place where magic and learning happens. We don't just sell sewing supplies, we are mentors that can help with whatever stage you're at on your sewing journey. Some people come in just for ideas, others need more hand-holding to plan their first project. We are also sewing cheerleaders. In case you don't think you can do it — we know you can!"…

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Beauty

In Conversation with Melodie // Elate Cosmetics

January 20, 2021
Melodie, the owner of Elate Cosmetics in Victoria, BC.

"My strategy from day one has been to build a safe space. A community where people feel like they belong, with the mandate that beauty is for everyone. We have always used what we call 'role models' in our campaigns, humans that you would maybe have never seen in a makeup photo shoot before because of the preconceived notion of who beauty is for. The other thing that makes us stand out online is our honesty. We are always very…

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Fashion

In Conversation with Kari // Tulipe Noire Clothing

January 13, 2021

"I have always been a lover of art. My late mother was an artist and through her I met many wonderful artists and was raised to appreciate the arts in general. I minored in Art History and I have an astute appreciation for how important art is in our culture. I intend to continue to represent artists in my store. I think it adds something very special to the environment and helps the artists themselves."…

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Fashion

In Conversation with Aleisha // Footloose Shoes

January 10, 2021

"I would say running your shop is twice as much work as you would ever expect. You have to think of so many things that you wouldn't imagine. Like who cleans the bathroom? Making sure you always have tape — it’s the little things! But owning a shop is hard work and takes a lot of time and commitment, so be prepared to give up a lot of personal time for the business. In the end, if you love it,…

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Beauty

In Conversation with Jordan // Lucky Cat Barber Collective

January 6, 2021

"All I wanted to do was be wild and free with the clipper. I wanted to do weird asymmetrical styles that involved breaking the rules, and so after working in a salon for a while, I took the leap and applied at Victory Barber, where I grew into the barber I am today. It was the push I needed to be able to explore every new angle with my scissors and clippers. "…

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