Friday , 21 July 2017

Local Business Profiles

New Comic Book and Video Game Store is a Success

by Kelly Whiteside For 12 years, James McIlwraith and Scotty Rivest talked about starting a business together. This year, they decided to make their dream a reality. The announcement for the new specialty store came at the beginning of February. On September 18, The Two-Headed Giant, a comic book and video game store, opened their doors to the public. Their ... Read More »

Market Update by Integral Wealth

The major stock markets are down around the world, having dropped over the past few months with the losses intensifying over the past few weeks.   Global concerns around Greece started the negative trend followed by the sharp decline in the Chinese stock market triggering a steep sell off .  The TSX now sits where it did at the start of ... Read More »

Share the Warmth

Pye Design is organizing their second annual Share the Warmth coat drive as the cold sets in and we move into fall and winter in Nanaimo and the Central Vancouver Island. “We collected over 90 coats last year,” explained Amy Pye, owner of Pye Design and Marketing. “We are hoping to double the amount this year.” “The coats are sent to the ... Read More »

Legalshield: Protection for You and Your Business

Kalon Goodrich, Regional Manager of LegalShield on Vancouver Island, agreed to meet with our marketing coordinator, Shana Watson, to educate her on the benefits of becoming a LegalShield member. Kalon, how did you become involved with LegalShield and become the Regional Manager for Vancouver Island? Seven years ago, I was working as a real estate investor. I had rarely worked ... Read More »

Nanaimo Men Take on Facebook with Social Media Site

Three Nanaimo men have started a social media network that respects people’s privacy. Brothers Ian and Michael Reid along with Peter Morrison started Red Scotch Software in January 2014 with the intention of building software to change the world. Two years later the result of that vision is KUBE, a social network that is built for people as it is ... Read More »

VIU Art Gallery Seeks Community Engagement

by Kelly Whiteside This past May, the Nanaimo Art Gallery (NAG) officially separated from the art gallery at VIU. With the separation, VIU has chosen to renovate the space and create new goals. Previously, the whole building was an art gallery. Now, only the upstairs remains as a gallery. Justin McGrail, art history professor and curator, says that condensing the ... Read More »

Smythe Celebrates Two Years as CEO

In September of 2013, after a short term of only 16 months, Susan Allen resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, stepping down to take up a position at Vancouver Island University as manager of Professional Development and Training. The board of directors commenced the hunt for a new CEO, having not expected to do ... Read More »

Exciting Plans in Store for Hub City Cinema Society

by Kelly Whiteside Zachary Tannar’s passion for filmmaking stemmed from writing stories as a child and beginning to explore cameras at 15 years old. Most of his friends outgrew the movie-making stage, so he needed to seek out a group of people that he could talk with about his passions. What started as a small group meeting for coffee every ... Read More »

Food Festival to Celebrate Region’s Culinary Culture

Kim Smythe, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, made a press release today about the upcoming, much anticipated, chamber-hosted Feastival!    “FEASTIVAL” is the name of Nanaimo’s newest annual festival and a unique celebration of the Island’s culinary culture. FEASTIVAL is the biggest one-day food festival in Nanaimo’s history and takes place Saturday, September 26 at ... Read More »

Custom-Milling Operation Adds Heavy Equipment Sales

Since 2002 Ladysmith’s Sawmill Sales Direct has focused on producing competitively priced, custom-milled cedar and fir lumber products. Working with his partner Bob Adams, mill owner Rick St. Denis has grown the business over the past 13 years until today it employs eight full time workers, and helps support the regional economy by hiring local truckers and other support personnel ... Read More »