Rachel Rose of Ocean Valley Ink works on a custom design at her Uptown studio. TERESA BIRD PHOTO

BUSINESS BEAT: Spring Home Expo returns to Glenwood Centre


Alberni Valley News

Considering a spring home renovation or some home improvements? Check out Evergreen Exhibitions Spring Home Expo March 10 and 11 in Port Alberni. The show offers a mix of local businesses to support home construction, renovation, and design needs at Glenwood Sports Centre.

The 2018 Port Alberni Spring Home Expo offers free admission to the public.

If you are home improvement business that would like to participate as a vendor in the show, space may still be available. Contact Show Manager Glenda Gall for more information. website at www.homeshowtime.com or cal 1-800-471-1112.


Alberni Toyota has been ranked No. 1 of 248 stores in the country by Toyota Canada for top sales operations in 2017. The dealership was scored monthly on criteria that included customer experience, new and used vehicle sales and product knowledge.

“2017 was the best year ever for Alberni Toyota and we can officially say with the help of our customers and staff that are the #1 dealership for new vehicle sales in the Alberni Valley for 2017,” posted Alberni Toyota on their Facebook page.


Rachel Rose at Ocean Valley Ink is celebrating her first year in business. The tattoo artist has had a busy first year, plying her art with custom designs and getting involved in the community.

“We did henna at the Five Acre Shaker, as well for the Bike Rodeo, we sponsored the burnout competition at Thunder in the Valley, we also raced our car in the soapbox race Little Lightning in the Valley and won for Best Custom Rig,” says Rose. “We are planning to have a air guitar competition this summer with cool prizes as well.”

Business has been so busy that Rose has invited tattoo artist Shevaun Nicole into the shop, who shares her vision.

“I have been working really hard to turn the idea of tattoo shop life into a family friendly environment as I have kids and do tattoo work for others with families,” says Rose.

“I want our customers to feel like getting a tattoo can be not just a personal one-on-one experience but a experience they can share with their children and loved ones as we have a play area for the kids and a nice seating area where you can play board games.”

Ocean Valley Ink in located in Uptown on Third Avenue. Find them on Facebook or call 778-421-4266.


The Kingsway Hotel is closed for the next few weeks for renovations. They celebrated a “farewell to the Kingsway as we know it” with live music Friday, Feb. 23. The hotel hopes to reopen mid-April. For updates check the Kingsway Hotel Facebook page.


Naomi Nicholson of Secluded Wellness Centre was pleased to announce the opening of her new building the end of January. The building currently is home to the wellness centre but Nicholson says more is coming soon with a conference room being completed later this spring and possibly a B&B style accommodation in the future. The new facility is located at 6890 Pacific Rim Highway. Call 250-724-6998.


Orest Iwaszko of Alberni Charters piqued interest on his Facebook page with the announcement that Alberni Charters has purchased the former kayak rental and ice cream shop on River Road across from Clutesi Haven Marina.

“We are in the process of renovations to bring it back to its former glory,” posted Iwaszko. “A transformation is in the works.”


Craig Sampson has opened a new welding and fabricating shop out on Central Lake Road. Sampson offers repairs and custom fabricating. Call 250-720-4993.


Teresa Bird is the Alberni Valley News publisher. Do you have a business tip you’d like to see in her column? E-mail her at publisher@albernivalleynews.com.

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