Local Business

Edwin Westergaard assembles framework for plywood to board up the windows of Fig Love Clothing Company on Church Street in downtown Nanaimo last week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo merchants struggle to find a new ‘business as usual’ during COVID-19 pandemic

Some businesses trying to make do with delivery, takeout or online sales

Edwin Westergaard assembles framework for plywood to board up the windows of Fig Love Clothing Company on Church Street in downtown Nanaimo last week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet distilleries step up with hand sanitizer

Mass supply delivered to emergency operation centres in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.

Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)
A U.S. customer has doubled its order for K10S pulp from the Harmac Pacific pulp mill in Nanaimo. The pulp will be used in the manufacture of disposable surgical masks, gowns and other medical products that help prevent the spread of disease and infection. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s Harmac mill works to fill doubled pulp order for medical masks and gowns

Mill’s president says extra cleaning in place and workers are social distancing

A U.S. customer has doubled its order for K10S pulp from the Harmac Pacific pulp mill in Nanaimo. The pulp will be used in the manufacture of disposable surgical masks, gowns and other medical products that help prevent the spread of disease and infection. (News Bulletin file photo)
Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stores dedicate early hours to seniors, health-compromised shoppers

Quality Foods offers two-hour access, Shoppers Drug Mart offers one hour

Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s office in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

VIREB looking to spotlight the year’s best commercial buildings

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board seeks nominations for 13th annual Commercial Building Awards

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s office in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
An Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319 landing at Nanaimo Airport in June 2018. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)
An Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319 landing at Nanaimo Airport in June 2018. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)
Jeff Weigel, CEO of Big City Beards, is capitalizing on facial hair fashion with a line of organic beard care products. The company now has customers across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe, but building sales online or in-store requires a lot of pavement pounding to build brand awareness. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo a capital city in the beard business – Big City Beards

Big City Beards inspired by an itch that had to be scratched

Jeff Weigel, CEO of Big City Beards, is capitalizing on facial hair fashion with a line of organic beard care products. The company now has customers across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe, but building sales online or in-store requires a lot of pavement pounding to build brand awareness. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Jason and Alana Williams were serious about concocting a personal conditioner for Jason’s beard, but experimentation and a recipe that proved popular with bearded coworkers turned into a commercial venture that now sells products across the Island and to customers around the world. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo a capital city in the beard business – Wildman Beard Co.

Wildman Beard Co. gained early success with Nanaimo mill workers

Jason and Alana Williams were serious about concocting a personal conditioner for Jason’s beard, but experimentation and a recipe that proved popular with bearded coworkers turned into a commercial venture that now sells products across the Island and to customers around the world. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Businesses were open as usual during filming in Ladysmith (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith revels in Resident Alien experience

Downtown hopeful TV series will be back for more filming

Businesses were open as usual during filming in Ladysmith (Cole Schisler photo)
The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort. (News file photo)

Parksville’s Tigh-Na-Mara retains spot as Canada’s top spa

‘Spas of America’ crowns Parksville resort with top honour

  • Feb 6, 2020
The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort. (News file photo)
VMAC chief executive officer Jim Hogan speaks at an anniversary event in Nanaimo a few years ago. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s VMAC chosen Vancouver Island’s Business of the Year

Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards presented in Victoria

VMAC chief executive officer Jim Hogan speaks at an anniversary event in Nanaimo a few years ago. (News Bulletin file photo)
Mood Cannabis has opened its Metral Drive location and will open a second location on Victoria Avenue in the coming weeks. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Licensed cannabis store opens in Nanaimo’s north end

Mood Cannabis Company’s Metral Drive location opened Jan. 18

Mood Cannabis has opened its Metral Drive location and will open a second location on Victoria Avenue in the coming weeks. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The Extreme Education and Career Fair on Jan. 23 will be at the Comox Community Centre, 1855 Noel Ave. in Comox, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Black Press file photo)

Employers excited for Extreme Education and Career Fair

Job-seekers can bring resumes to the Comox Community Centre on Jan. 23

The Extreme Education and Career Fair on Jan. 23 will be at the Comox Community Centre, 1855 Noel Ave. in Comox, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Black Press file photo)
Mike Gogo, owner of Gogo’s Christmas Tree Farm, is celebrating the farm’s 90th year of Christmas tree production. Gogo, 74, said he still hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for tree cultivation. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Gogo’s tree farm celebrates 90th year of growing Christmas trees

Gogo Christmas tree farm has grown Christmas trees since 1929 and started U-cut business in 1984

Mike Gogo, owner of Gogo’s Christmas Tree Farm, is celebrating the farm’s 90th year of Christmas tree production. Gogo, 74, said he still hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for tree cultivation. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
The Errington Cedar Products shutdown means the loss of approximately 50 jobs. (Cloe Logan photo)
The Errington Cedar Products shutdown means the loss of approximately 50 jobs. (Cloe Logan photo)
James Maxwell, co-owner of 19+ Cannabis, shows off a variety of cannabis products. 19+ Cannabis, which is located on Victoria Crescent, is planning to open its doors on Dec. 3. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

Nanaimo’s first licensed cannabis store opens Tuesday

19+ Cannabis, located on Victoria Crescent, opening its doors Dec. 3

James Maxwell, co-owner of 19+ Cannabis, shows off a variety of cannabis products. 19+ Cannabis, which is located on Victoria Crescent, is planning to open its doors on Dec. 3. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)
Hadi Abassi, founder of Atlas Engineered Products, left, and Dirk Maritz, CEO and president, share some banter during a meeting at the company’s new national corporate headquarters in north Nanaimo last week. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo roofing truss manufacturer builds national construction network

Hadi Abassi’s Atlas Engineered Products, now a publicly traded company, sees revenues rise

Hadi Abassi, founder of Atlas Engineered Products, left, and Dirk Maritz, CEO and president, share some banter during a meeting at the company’s new national corporate headquarters in north Nanaimo last week. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Ed Tkachuk, franchise owner of the Petro-Canada station on Terminal Avenue and Princess Royal Avenue, said the Nanaimo station was chosen to be the first in B.C. section of Petro-Canada’s Canada-wide electric vehicle charging network simply because its lot had existing extra space to easily install the equipment. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo service station first in B.C. to be part of Petro-Canada’s ‘electric highway’

EV charge stations started operating last month at service station at Terminal and Princess Royal

Ed Tkachuk, franchise owner of the Petro-Canada station on Terminal Avenue and Princess Royal Avenue, said the Nanaimo station was chosen to be the first in B.C. section of Petro-Canada’s Canada-wide electric vehicle charging network simply because its lot had existing extra space to easily install the equipment. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Vancouver Island’s business excellence to be recognized
Vancouver Island’s business excellence to be recognized