Nagaard Sawmill is celebrating 50 years of business. Nagaard Sawmill was started in 1966 by two brothers, Donald Nagel—better known as Pop—and William Nagel—better known to all as Uncle Bill.
They started in Finley Forks, about 60 miles from Mackenzie, B.C. after selling a farm. Within just months, they moved to Port Renfrew, then Parksville, then Arrowvale and to Great Central Lake where they operated for nine years, harvesting floating logs.
In 1976 they moved to their present location at the end of Hector Road, formerly known to locals as Donovan’s Pit, owned by the late Lee Donovan.
They started out milling every kind of wood but in the past 18 years have switched to only red cedar, for siding, fencing and timbers. The elderly men retired from the business in the ‘80s and Dale and Darrol, Pop’s sons, took over the business and continue to run it today. They have their children, Don and Tanya, also involved in the mill operation.
Nagaard’s is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to noon. 250-724-1197.
Want to enjoy the atmosphere of a coffee shop but find it hard to relax with the kids along? Rebecca Standley has the solution. Full of Beans Play Café is a comfy coffee shop with an indoor playground for the kids. Sit back and enjoy a latte while the kids play. Located on Argyle Street, across from the Bank of Montreal, Standley and her husband Shawn have renovated the former pizza parlour.
Rebecca bakes the goodies herself and also offers lunch items including homemade soups and sandwiches. Gluten friendly and vegetarian items available. See their Facebook page for daily offerings.
There is a charge for children over a year old to use the playroom. Play is unlimited, with the last hour each day half price, and you are not required to purchase food or drink in order to play. Children must be supervised by an adult.
The area can also be booked after business hours for groups.
This is great for groups that want to keep kids occupied while they meet.
Full of Beans is open at 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday, closing at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 10 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday Full of Beans is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250-723-0037.
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Curious Variety is a new store on Argyle Street that is gives real meaning to the term variety. Owner Barb Egan owns the shop just two doors up from Third Avenue, next to Chic Kids Consignment.
Curious Variety offers new and used clothing, household items, trinkets, jewelry and antiques. Groceries have been included in the offerings as well, providing some basic necessities, such as cheese, hot dogs, bread and dry goods. Curious Variety is open 11-4:30 Mon-Sat. Starting Aug. 1 the shop will be open seven days a week. 250-720-7442.
The Blue Marlin Inn restaurants are now offering free delivery in town from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. There is an extra charge for out of town. Menus available on Blue Marlin and Mags 99 Facebook pages. Call 250-723-5663 to order.
Arbutus RV is hitching up with The Cell Cyclists to get behind raising funds for cancer research.
The Cell Cyclists are the Ride to Conquer Cancer team from the Deely Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency in Victoria. The four-member team will take part in the 200km fundraising ride from Vancouver to Seattle Aug 29.
Arbutus RV has pledged to help The Cell Cyclists to reach their goal of $2,500 per rider by holding ride-a-thon events at their Vancouver Island locations, and will match each rider’s contributions up to a total of $10,000.
The ride-a-thon with the Cell Cyclists takes place Aug. 13 at Arbutus RV on Beaver Creek Road.
For more information on how to get involved, visit www.islandrvguide.com, or call 250-327-3170.