Jamie McCallum cutting hair

Community Salons: making hair care accessible to all

When the pandemic disrupted the world, hairstylist Jamie McCallum decided to pivot and launch his own salon.  “I felt I had to buy myself a...
The Justos team standing by their van.

Island startup benefits from mentorship, financing support

Like many entrepreneurs, Victoria-based Justo's Craft Dips found themselves at a critical turning point early on. To keep their business moving forward, they needed...
Andrew Johnson, co-owner of Bicycle Pizza. Photo by Vanessa Johnson.

Bicycle Pizza: an agile, sustainable and tasty business concept

When the pandemic hit, Andrew Johnson was working in a charming spot off the beaten bath in Brentwood Bay near Beauregard Cafe. He met...
Katie Mogan Graham at Belle General. Photo by Emily Dobby.

Meaningful convenience: the rise of the niche grocery

It’s a good time to be in the grocery business — especially if you’re a small store. Big supermarkets are struggling mainly due to the...
K'odi Nelson of the Nawalakw Lodge and Healing Village

A Vision for the Future: K’odi Nelson of the Nawalakw Lodge and Healing Village

Nawalakw means supernatural in Kwak’wala, the language that has been spoken in the Kwakwaka’wakw Territory in the southern Great Bear Rainforest for thousands of...

Joni is the Local Business that is Changing Period Care

Many Global 'Fem Tech' Giants place an average mark up of 5000 per cent on feminine hygiene products that often take more than 300...
Shannon Graham, Karmen McNamara, The Kindness Factory

Masked Up for Success – New Entrepreneurs Find Niche, Support Community

The saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ is particularly applicable to a trio of emerging entrepreneurs who have found unexpected success through the...
Urban Grocer Victoria BC

New Grocery Store Set to Open in Victoria, B.C. this Summer

A new brand enters the Victoria retail food scene in a few weeks. Urban Grocer will open a flagship store in July at the...
10 to Watch Awards 2020

10 to Watch Awards 2020 Celebrate the Island’s Best New Businesses

Douglas magazine's 10 to Watch Award winners for 2020 are looking to change the world. Their bold visions include slowing down climate change, helping...
William Jarvis Honest Camper small business

Leaving the Desk Experience Behind: Honest Camper and the Birth of a Small Business...

For William Jarvis, starting his small business Honest Camper was the result of a passion he discovered when he took his son on a...