Food

In Conversation with Hayley // Nourish Kitchen & Café

March 31, 2021
A woman stands outside a cafe in Victoria, BC.

"Nourish is, at its very core, a creative expression and celebration of the cycles of the seasons and the edible bounty produced. I never set out to create a restaurant — it was simply the manifestation of what I knew and the way I could contribute my beliefs. There are so many more dreams I have for the company and more ways in which I wish to support our community in being well-fed with foods that in turn nourish…

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Art + Design Lifestyle

In Conversation with Jill // Side Street Studio

March 24, 2021
A woman stands in front of her wares in an art shop.

"Side Street Studio has represented almost 600 artists in 37 years. All the artists are from British Columbia, primarily Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver. It is hard to summarize so many amazing personalities and their work, but you can feel it in the store. As every piece is handmade, it reflects the heart of the artist that made it."…

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Art + Design

In Conversation with Mark & Mary // Alcheringa Gallery

March 17, 2021
Owners of an Indigenous art gallery in Victoria, BC.

"What guides our choices is putting our artists and their communities first. We believe our business is built on respect and care for indigenous culture and all of our choices are made with this in mind. As non-indigenous directors of an indigenous gallery, our goal is to uphold indigenous rights always, and to promote and support the artists in every way possible. This means listening and responding and working closely at all times. This also means operating our business the…

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Art + Design Lifestyle

In Conversation with Katrina // Market Collective

March 10, 2021
A woman poses in her shop in Victoria, BC.

"Be vigilant about what really matters. Remember to ask yourself: what is the heart of what you are doing in your business? Is it just about money … or does it have a deeper meaning and intention behind it, whether that be supporting local artists or simply providing something of beauty, however that may be defined? A business with heart is what our community needs. The village is what matters in the end."…

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Lifestyle

In Conversation with Katharine // barreMADE

March 3, 2021
The owner of a barre studio stands and smiles at her desk in Victoria, BC.

"Be prepared to work harder than you can imagine and accept that the unexpected can and will happen. At times, it will be a roller coaster ride. Through it all, don’t lose focus on why you are pursuing this. There will be days you want to give up, but focus on the positive, turn to your support people and be willing to adapt. Things may not work out at first, but instead of giving up, try again. Keep going. There…

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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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