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The Rotary Club of Port Alberni packaged 71 gifts for those in need this winter. The boxes include toques, socks, toiletries and treats. (SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Port Alberni business community spreads holiday cheer

The new Purchased in PA program offers prizes for local shoppers

  • Dec 18, 2019
The Rotary Club of Port Alberni packaged 71 gifts for those in need this winter. The boxes include toques, socks, toiletries and treats. (SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO)
Stephanie Wakelin is the general manager of Anytime Fitness, scheduled to open at Alberni Mall in the new year. TERESA BIRD/Alberni Valley News

BUSINESS BEAT: 24-hour gym planned for Port Alberni

Jims Clothes Closet renovation a vote of confidence for business

  • Nov 20, 2019
Stephanie Wakelin is the general manager of Anytime Fitness, scheduled to open at Alberni Mall in the new year. TERESA BIRD/Alberni Valley News
North Island College to offer free menstrual products

North Island College to offer free menstrual products

NIC and North Island Students’ Union partnering on the initiative

  • Nov 15, 2019
North Island College to offer free menstrual products
Steve Kuffler and Justin Atterbury of Taynton Bay Spirits appear on Dragons’ Den. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Former Port Alberni grad pitches to Dragons’ Den

Justin Atterbury is the co-owner of Taynton Bay Spirits in Invermere, B.C.

Steve Kuffler and Justin Atterbury of Taynton Bay Spirits appear on Dragons’ Den. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Genevieve Huneault and Mari Otomo of Social Root Consulting. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Alberni business nominated for two Ecostar awards

Second year for Social Root Consulting to be nominated in Social Impact category

Genevieve Huneault and Mari Otomo of Social Root Consulting. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Vancouver Canucks’ National Hockey League alumni Harold Snepsts takes a photo with Jimmie Hodgson and his son Rowan, 8, during an event at Alberni Toyota on Sunday, Oct. 27. Snepsts played for 17 seasons in the NHL, including 10 for Vancouver. He was drafted 59th overall in the 1974 NHL draft. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Port Alberni fans show the love for Vancouver Canucks’ alumni

2019 Canucks’ Toyota Tundra Tour draws hundreds on Island stop

Vancouver Canucks’ National Hockey League alumni Harold Snepsts takes a photo with Jimmie Hodgson and his son Rowan, 8, during an event at Alberni Toyota on Sunday, Oct. 27. Snepsts played for 17 seasons in the NHL, including 10 for Vancouver. He was drafted 59th overall in the 1974 NHL draft. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO
The Hotel Zed location in Victoria can be recognized by its bright colours. PHOTO COURTESY HOTELZED.COM

Hotel Zed coming to Tofino

Vancouver Island community gets its first female hotelier

The Hotel Zed location in Victoria can be recognized by its bright colours. PHOTO COURTESY HOTELZED.COM
Grace Lore, a political science professor at the University of Victoria, is one of the panelists on the discussion regarding gender equity at the upcoming Vancouver Island Economic Summit. (File Contributed)

Vancouver Island Economic Summit panel to address gender equity

Last month the Canadian government proposed amendments to regulations under the federal…

  • Sep 25, 2019
Grace Lore, a political science professor at the University of Victoria, is one of the panelists on the discussion regarding gender equity at the upcoming Vancouver Island Economic Summit. (File Contributed)
NIC instructor Matt Melgaard with a carpentry student. SUBMITTED PHOTO

North Island College’s carpentry program returning to Port Alberni

Information session will take place Oct. 8

  • Sep 20, 2019
NIC instructor Matt Melgaard with a carpentry student. SUBMITTED PHOTO
BIZ BEAT: Alberni Chamber of Commerce to host women in business forum

BIZ BEAT: Alberni Chamber of Commerce to host women in business forum

Jowsey’s partners with WCGH Foundation for fundraiser

  • Sep 18, 2019
BIZ BEAT: Alberni Chamber of Commerce to host women in business forum
Willard Gallic Jr. reveals the sign above Orange Bridge Cannabis, marked with a logo he designed. The grand opening of Orange Bridge Cannabis, next to the Tseshaht Market, took place on Wednesday, Sept. 11. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Pair of Port Alberni pot stores open

B.C. Cannabis Store, Orange Bridge Cannabis first two legal pot stores to open in central Island

Willard Gallic Jr. reveals the sign above Orange Bridge Cannabis, marked with a logo he designed. The grand opening of Orange Bridge Cannabis, next to the Tseshaht Market, took place on Wednesday, Sept. 11. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
Ojas Cats stands outside his new business, Cats Tats in Port Alberni. He painted the mural himself to brighten up the building at Pemberton and Gertrude.                                 TERESA BIRD PHOTO

BUSINESS BEAT: Innovation drives new Port Alberni tattoo artist

Businesses opening and re-opening in Uptown Port Alberni

  • Jul 24, 2019
Ojas Cats stands outside his new business, Cats Tats in Port Alberni. He painted the mural himself to brighten up the building at Pemberton and Gertrude.                                 TERESA BIRD PHOTO
Sarah Jones (centre) from Walk the Coast, will serve as president of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce for the coming year. Joining her on the executive is left to right, Jan Lavertu, Terry Deakin, Carol-Anne Phillips and Peter Weinhold. Eight directors were also elected at the chamber AGM. SUBMITTED PHOTO

BIZ BEAT: New businesses abound in South Port

Alberni Sports, Mini Price, Brie & Barrel and more

  • Jul 3, 2019
Sarah Jones (centre) from Walk the Coast, will serve as president of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce for the coming year. Joining her on the executive is left to right, Jan Lavertu, Terry Deakin, Carol-Anne Phillips and Peter Weinhold. Eight directors were also elected at the chamber AGM. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Jack Gauthier Jr, great-grandson of Jack Gauthier (the late owner of J&L Drive In), was on hand to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular drive-in restaurant. Photo submitted

BIZ BEAT: Port Alberni businesses celebrate milestones

RE/MAX Mid-Island moving into new building on Johnston Road

  • Jun 19, 2019
Jack Gauthier Jr, great-grandson of Jack Gauthier (the late owner of J&L Drive In), was on hand to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular drive-in restaurant. Photo submitted
Siblings Gianni, Susi and Ivo Solda celebrate the 50th anniversary of the restaurant their parents opened in 1969. Sonja Drinkwater photo

Solda’s Family Restaurant celebrates 50 years in Port Alberni

Restaurant is currently up for sale to “the right buyer”

  • Jun 18, 2019
Siblings Gianni, Susi and Ivo Solda celebrate the 50th anniversary of the restaurant their parents opened in 1969. Sonja Drinkwater photo
Debbie Pickering, left, celebrates a big Keno win with A1 Convenience owner Jodi Rai. The Port Alberni store boasts of being the winningest store in British Columbia.                                 SUBMITTED PHOTO

Port Alberni store sells another big lottery winner

A1 Convenience in Port Alberni has continued its winning lottery streak

Debbie Pickering, left, celebrates a big Keno win with A1 Convenience owner Jodi Rai. The Port Alberni store boasts of being the winningest store in British Columbia.                                 SUBMITTED PHOTO
Dave Zryd cooks up some tapas using Pot Luck Ceramics’ cookware during an open house at the social enterprise’s cottage on Gertrude Street at the end of May. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

A taste of tapas with PotLuck Ceramics

PotLuck Ceramics’ annual event in Port Alberni was a success at the end of May

  • Jun 5, 2019
Dave Zryd cooks up some tapas using Pot Luck Ceramics’ cookware during an open house at the social enterprise’s cottage on Gertrude Street at the end of May. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO
North Island College entices international students to Alberni’s ECCE program

North Island College entices international students to Alberni’s ECCE program

Port Alberni had seven international students in January 2019

North Island College entices international students to Alberni’s ECCE program
Darryl Smith has opened a liquidation store in the storefront at Gertrude and Johnston. Treasure Trunk Liquidators is open Friday to Sunday.                                 TERESA BIRD PHOTO
Darryl Smith has opened a liquidation store in the storefront at Gertrude and Johnston. Treasure Trunk Liquidators is open Friday to Sunday.                                 TERESA BIRD PHOTO
WFP Ladysmith Division is having production curtailed until at least May 21. (Cole Schisler photo).

Ladysmith sawmill curtails work for a minimum of two weeks

Western Forest Products Ladysmith Sawmill temporarily idled due to a lack of properly sized logs

WFP Ladysmith Division is having production curtailed until at least May 21. (Cole Schisler photo).