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The Malahat SkyWalk has a roster of fun holiday events planned at the attraction. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Malahat SkyWalk bringing the Holiday Magic to the holiday season

South Island attraction offers December line-up of fun and festive activities for all to enjoy

 

Dave Lawrence, president of the Victoria Crescent Association, promises Santa will show up for the Christmas on the Crescent holiday block party on Dec. 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Christmas on the Crescent block party invites shoppers and merry-makers

Community event happens along Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1-5 p.m.

 

Geoff Cram, co-owner of the Old Town Bakery in Ladysmith, shows this year’s gingerbread creation in the front window of the bakery. (Duck Paterson photo)

Ladysmith bakery’s gingerbread creations attract attention

Geoff Cram of the Old Town Bakery creates gingerbread bakery to celebrate business’ 20th anniversary

  • Nov 29, 2022

 

Lorin St. Germaine, the Matman, displayed a wall of welcome mats at the Nanaimo Fall Home Show. Germaine, from Chemainus, is a former floor layer who started his mat-making business in 2017 after his knees started giving him trouble. He designs and hand-makes his products and hand over 300 designs to choose from. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Fall home show puts out the welcome mat in Nanaimo

Event started Friday, Oct. 21, continues Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23, at Beban Park

Lorin St. Germaine, the Matman, displayed a wall of welcome mats at the Nanaimo Fall Home Show. Germaine, from Chemainus, is a former floor layer who started his mat-making business in 2017 after his knees started giving him trouble. He designs and hand-makes his products and hand over 300 designs to choose from. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Long-serving employees at Ladysmith A&W are recognized for their dedication to their jobs. Pictured are Lori Kelland, co-owner, left, Loretta Frenchy, Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck and Jason Kelland, also co-owner. (Duck Paterson photo)

Longtime A&W workers in Ladysmith get well-deserved holiday

Restaurant owners reward employees for years of service

  • Oct 13, 2022
Long-serving employees at Ladysmith A&W are recognized for their dedication to their jobs. Pictured are Lori Kelland, co-owner, left, Loretta Frenchy, Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck and Jason Kelland, also co-owner. (Duck Paterson photo)
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo is making a post-pandemic comeback for 2022 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 28. (HA Photography photo)

Long-awaited Business Expo returns to conference centre

Vancouver Island’s largest business trade show happens Sept. 28 at Vancouver Island Conference Centre

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo is making a post-pandemic comeback for 2022 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 28. (HA Photography photo)
People purchase ice cream from one of Meedo Falou’s Rainbow Ice Cream trucks, in Tsawwassen, B.C., on Monday, August 1, 2022. Much of Canada has been sweltering, but that’s cold comfort for ice cream truck vendors like Falou, who says inflation and high fuel costs are melting away his profits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VIDEO: B.C. ice cream truck operator says inflation is chilling business, despite summer swelter

Rainbow Ice Cream owner says cost of sweet treat has gone up 60 per cent

People purchase ice cream from one of Meedo Falou’s Rainbow Ice Cream trucks, in Tsawwassen, B.C., on Monday, August 1, 2022. Much of Canada has been sweltering, but that’s cold comfort for ice cream truck vendors like Falou, who says inflation and high fuel costs are melting away his profits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Nanaimo Commercial Street Night Market is back for summer 2022 and starts June 23. (News Bulletin file photo)

Curbside cash to flow when Nanaimo night market reopens in June

Vendors, food trucks, artisans and entertainers back for 11-week summer street market series

The Nanaimo Commercial Street Night Market is back for summer 2022 and starts June 23. (News Bulletin file photo)
Corey Bradder, left, and Aaron Colyn show off Twin City Brewing’s national awards, while Robin Miles and Andy Richards hold up their hardware from the recent Canadian Brewing Awards. (Courtesy of Twin City Brewing)

From lagers to IPAs, Island beers take top honours at Canadian Brewing Awards

9 Island breweries bring home prizes from 2022 Canadian Brewing Awards

Corey Bradder, left, and Aaron Colyn show off Twin City Brewing’s national awards, while Robin Miles and Andy Richards hold up their hardware from the recent Canadian Brewing Awards. (Courtesy of Twin City Brewing)
Nanaimo author Josh Gillingham has created the Vancouver Island Coffee Tour website that includes a map with directions to a growing list of more than 50 independent coffee roasters across the Island and Gulf Islands that tourists and residents can follow to find the region’s best brews. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo author’s online ‘coffee tour’ an added perk for visiting Vancouver Island

Residents and visitors can follow guide to more than 50 Island-region coffee roasters

Nanaimo author Josh Gillingham has created the Vancouver Island Coffee Tour website that includes a map with directions to a growing list of more than 50 independent coffee roasters across the Island and Gulf Islands that tourists and residents can follow to find the region’s best brews. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon
 was chided by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dennis in a Friday, March 18 letter, for making what Dennis termed a ‘misleading’ statement about provincial government benefits for business during the pandemic. (file)

B.C. minister chided for ‘misleading’ statement about pandemic benefits for business

‘Our members have not been filling their pockets with free public money’

Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon
 was chided by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dennis in a Friday, March 18 letter, for making what Dennis termed a ‘misleading’ statement about provincial government benefits for business during the pandemic. (file)
The Malahat Skywalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Vancouver Island’s Malahat Skywalk wins prestigious tourism innovation award

$15-million project, a partnership between the Malahat Nation and A.Spire by Nature

The Malahat Skywalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
Nanaimo’s short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfast operators will need business licences beginning April 1. (Stock photo)

City of Nanaimo now requires business licences for short-term rentals

City publishes guide to share rules and regulations with Airbnb operators

Nanaimo’s short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfast operators will need business licences beginning April 1. (Stock photo)
Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter is closer to re-establishing a business improvement area following a city council vote approving a petition-against process. (Black Press file photo)
Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter is closer to re-establishing a business improvement area following a city council vote approving a petition-against process. (Black Press file photo)
Visit ShopLocalNanaimo.ca to find a list of local businesses, or to register your own! © 2021 HA Photography

Supporting local Nanaimo businesses just got easier!

Island Good branding and a new directory at ShopLocalNanaimo.ca make local products easier to find

  • Jan 31, 2022
Visit ShopLocalNanaimo.ca to find a list of local businesses, or to register your own! © 2021 HA Photography
Register your business or shop local retailers at the new online directory, shoplocalnanaimo.ca.

Made in Nanaimo: Online directory makes it easy to shop local!

Register your business at ShopLocalNanaimo.ca, or browse the directory of Nanaimo’s best shops

  • Jan 24, 2022
Register your business or shop local retailers at the new online directory, shoplocalnanaimo.ca.
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has launched a free online shopping directory to connect customers with locally owned and operated businesses. (News Bulletin file photo)

New online directory promotes shopping local in Nanaimo

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce launches ShopLocalNanaimo.ca

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has launched a free online shopping directory to connect customers with locally owned and operated businesses. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. shop sources bounty of answers to the ugly holiday sweater dilemma

Despite pandemic challenges, Victoria’s The Patch on Yates continues its annual tradition

The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey

Kootenay props master’s work featured in Netflix Christmas rom-com Love Hard

Props Master Paul Wagner wants to see more movie business come through the Kootenay

Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey
Crofton mill be shutting down for two weeks in November. (File photo by Don Bodger)

2-week shutdown coming to Crofton mill in November

Both the paper and pulp operations at the mill will be curtailed from Nov. 9 until about Nov. 24

Crofton mill be shutting down for two weeks in November. (File photo by Don Bodger)