Save-On-Foods, LB Woodchoppers get new looks

New sushi, something different as Save-On Foods and more on the Alberni Business Beat this month.

Howard Xie

Save On Foods is holding a grand re-opening to celebrate the return of a Starbucks coffee bar to the location as well as enhanced services in the meat department, deli, and café. There is a new seating area for eating in and a new sushi counter as well.

The celebration takes place Friday Dec. 4, 4–8 pm and will feature in-store demos, specials and prize giveaways.


Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. when Home Hardware will hold their first family night. Scratch and win discounts, crafts for the kids and an opportunity to do a little shopping!


The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce reached a milestone this week with their 300th member signing up to take advantage of all the chamber has to offer. And the Business Expo in October was such a success that plans are already underway for next year. Save the date for Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at the Best Western Barclay.


LB Woodchoppers is getting a fresh look for the new year. The store is undergoing some renovations to add more storage and open up the store to make it more attractive for customers.

The outside is slated for a facelift as well. Manager Bill Kirschner expects the renovations to be completed before the end of the year.


Jennifer Gillard from EM Salon has just returned from New York City where she attended Bumble and Bumble University, a design and training school of Bumble and Bumble hair products.

Gillard spent a week at the school and is now certified as a network educator level one. Michelle Aston and Deanna Gaudreault from EM Salon also attended The House of Bumble in New York in May to complete their business immersion level one training.


Sheila Davies of Baich’s Natural Foods is closing the store after 16 years. Davies bought the health food store from a previous owner after working in the store as an employee for a few years.

Baich’s has been a Port Alberni fixture on Third Avenue for almost 50 years.

Davies tried selling Baich’s but has decided after 18 months to close the doors and retire. She’s hoping to do some travelling, catch up on her reading and gardening and do a little volunteer work.

Her husband Al is looking forward to spending more time with Sheila, still his best friend he says after 43 years of marriage.


Rob Gentleman of Green Earth Woodworks recently completed salvaged wood furniture for Black Hat Restaurant in Victoria.

The wood from the former Bay store flooring was re-purposed into beautiful tables for the eatery.


Denis Henri tried retirement and didn’t like it so he is back at Alberni Toyota, this time in the sales department.


A new Sushi Bar has opened next to the Port Pub on Argyle Street. Howard Xie, Coco Li and Jianmin Wu have come to the Valley from Vancouver to open the new business.

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