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Una Carlson, a server at Asteras Greek Taverna, shows off the lamb souvlaki from the lunch menu. The restaurant in the Old City Quarter was once again voted Best Restaurant Overall in Nanaimo’s Best of the City survey. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Best of the City: Greek taverna takes top spot

Asteras in the Old City Quarter chosen Nanaimo’s Best Restaurant Overall

Una Carlson, a server at Asteras Greek Taverna, shows off the lamb souvlaki from the lunch menu. The restaurant in the Old City Quarter was once again voted Best Restaurant Overall in Nanaimo’s Best of the City survey. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Alair Homes was a big winner at the 2020 Nanaimo Business Awards as the company was recognized as the best Large Business during the award ceremony, hosted online Friday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Event was virtual, recognition was real at Nanaimo Business Awards

Online event praised Nanaimo businesses and organizations for excellence in 21 award categories

Alair Homes was a big winner at the 2020 Nanaimo Business Awards as the company was recognized as the best Large Business during the award ceremony, hosted online Friday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Detail from a Lucky to Go advertisement. (Lucky to Go photo illustration)
Detail from a Lucky to Go advertisement. (Lucky to Go photo illustration)
Samantha Thompson is one of several Woodgrove Centre employees who now greet customers at the mall’s entrances to take their temperatures and ensure they’re wearing masks before they enter the shopping centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Masks and temperature checks now mandatory to enter Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

Mall says it’s the first in B.C. to put the measures in place

Samantha Thompson is one of several Woodgrove Centre employees who now greet customers at the mall’s entrances to take their temperatures and ensure they’re wearing masks before they enter the shopping centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A new air carrier is being sought for Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: New air carrier sought for Qualicum Beach Airport

Island Express Air ends operation due to pandemic

A new air carrier is being sought for Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)
Woodgrove Centre. (Photo submitted)

Woodgrove Centre posts plans to make masks and temperature checks mandatory

Mall advises in letter to customers that rules will come into effect Monday, Sept. 21

Woodgrove Centre. (Photo submitted)
An advertisement for the Nanaimo Business Awards in the News Bulletin.

Comedian hosting this year’s Nanaimo Business Awards

Steve Patterson of CBC Radio’s The Debaters to host virtual awards ceremony

An advertisement for the Nanaimo Business Awards in the News Bulletin.
Local businesses support the community, and an upcoming event gives the community a chance to show its support for local businesses. The Big Spend happens Saturday, July 25, when shoppers can help boost Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by spending their dollars close to home. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo can boost its economic recovery by shopping local during one-day ‘Big Spend’

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce asking for community buy-in as part of nationwide challenge

Local businesses support the community, and an upcoming event gives the community a chance to show its support for local businesses. The Big Spend happens Saturday, July 25, when shoppers can help boost Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by spending their dollars close to home. (News Bulletin file photo)
Pat Gwynne at the Scarlet Ibis, full of stories

Sale of Vancouver Island’s most remote pub falls through

Beloved Holberg pub and restaurant The Scarlet Ibis is back with previous owner

Pat Gwynne at the Scarlet Ibis, full of stories
Numinus Wellness Inc., which merged with Nanaimo-based Salvation Botanicals last year, has received Health Canada approval for research intended to standardize extraction of psilocybin, from magic mushrooms. (Submitted photo)

Company with Nanaimo lab gets federal approval for psychedelic drug research

Numinus’ CEO says company seeing a shift in how people look at mental health treatment

Numinus Wellness Inc., which merged with Nanaimo-based Salvation Botanicals last year, has received Health Canada approval for research intended to standardize extraction of psilocybin, from magic mushrooms. (Submitted photo)
The garlic crop looks good, as Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre’s France Bournazel points out. It’s just getting it to market that’s a bit more challenging than usual right now due to the Feb. 1 flood that shut down the market. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crops ready, but flood-recovering Chemainus farm market still a month away from reopening

Russell Farm Market Garden Centre doing a blazing business with everyone taking up gardening

The garlic crop looks good, as Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre’s France Bournazel points out. It’s just getting it to market that’s a bit more challenging than usual right now due to the Feb. 1 flood that shut down the market. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Marine activities open with COVID-19 measures

“I’m just happy to get back on the water.”

Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Crews have used Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach (pictured here in front of the old Chamber of Commerce building) to double as the main street for ‘Chesapeake Shores’. (File photo)

COVID-19: Film industry in the central Island to gradually restart

‘Everyone is kind of baby-stepping how it’s going to happen’

Crews have used Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach (pictured here in front of the old Chamber of Commerce building) to double as the main street for ‘Chesapeake Shores’. (File photo)
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Real Estate Webmasters of Nanaimo was hired to redesign the flagship website for RE/Max Europe, which serves a network of 26,000 members in 40 countries. (RE/Max Europe screenshot)

Nanaimo tech company redesigns RE/Max Europe’s flagship website

Real Estate Webmasters brings marketing tech innovations to network spanning 40 countries

Real Estate Webmasters of Nanaimo was hired to redesign the flagship website for RE/Max Europe, which serves a network of 26,000 members in 40 countries. (RE/Max Europe screenshot)
Lisa Hayward, owner of Culture Craze clothing store, is one of a number of retail store owners and staff who were in the mall preparing to re-open their stores after the May long weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre getting ready for return of retailers and shoppers

Shopping centre prepares for commerce to recommence as stores re-opening next week

Lisa Hayward, owner of Culture Craze clothing store, is one of a number of retail store owners and staff who were in the mall preparing to re-open their stores after the May long weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
(Smoke ‘N Water logo)
(Smoke ‘N Water logo)
Steven Orcutt and Gus Sangha, two of the owners of Errington Cedar Mill, are happy to see the mill back operating again. (Michael Briones photo)

Errington mill fires up again as family reclaims dad’s legacy

90% of laid-off staff hired back as kids relaunch Errington Cedar Products

Steven Orcutt and Gus Sangha, two of the owners of Errington Cedar Mill, are happy to see the mill back operating again. (Michael Briones photo)
Bryan Reid, Sr., holds a picture of Harmac Pacific pulp mill. Reid is one of the owners in the company which is playing a significant role in supplying western red cedar pulp to a company that makes medical supplies.(Angie Mindus/Williams Lake Tribune)

‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies

Company director says Harmac received a call of thanks from federal minister Chrystia Freeland

Bryan Reid, Sr., holds a picture of Harmac Pacific pulp mill. Reid is one of the owners in the company which is playing a significant role in supplying western red cedar pulp to a company that makes medical supplies.(Angie Mindus/Williams Lake Tribune)
VMAC of Nanaimo has fabricated parts, now undergoing testing in the U.S., for a low-cost prototype ventilator designed at the University of Minnesota. (Photo courtesy VMAC)

Nanaimo air compressor business helps manufacture parts for COVID-19 fight

VMAC has crafted parts now being tested in prototype ventilator created at University of Minnesota

VMAC of Nanaimo has fabricated parts, now undergoing testing in the U.S., for a low-cost prototype ventilator designed at the University of Minnesota. (Photo courtesy VMAC)