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Cole Byers and Jasmine Grant are taking a leap of faith and opening The Rack Westcoast Bistro in Langford, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Langford residents making “all-in move” opening restaurant amid COVID-19 pandemic

Although The Rack Westcoast Bistro isn’t officially open yet, it’s serving anyone who wanders in

This map shows the proposed location for a proposed film studio on the Interurban campus of Camosun College. (Camosun College/Submitted).

Saanich mayor holds B.C. NDP to campaign promise to fund movie studio study

South Island candidates promised $150,000 to develop business plan

Comox Valley Tastes Good is seeing who makes the best cake this Christmas. File photo

Cake contest is next up for Comox Valley Tastes Good

With Christmas coming, the social media group is holding a battle of the batter

The iconic and well-loved live music venue Logan’s is permanently closing its doors due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Google Maps)

Victoria pub Logan’s permanently closing its doors

Live music venue unable to weather COVID-19 storm

The iconic and well-loved live music venue Logan’s is permanently closing its doors due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Google Maps)
Online reservation service, First Table, allows Victoria diners to have dinner at half-price if they’re willing to be flexible about when they go. (Black Press Media file photo)

New reservation service allows Victoria residents to dine out at half price

First Table gives Victoria diners 50 per cent off when they book tables during off-peak hours

Online reservation service, First Table, allows Victoria diners to have dinner at half-price if they’re willing to be flexible about when they go. (Black Press Media file photo)
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Some events cancelled due to COVID-10 but 12 Days of Christmas will brighten the season

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
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The Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Playbill Dining Room will be open next week. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre’s Playbill Dining Room reopening

Productions still on hold, but dining room will starting feeding people again Sept. 9

The Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Playbill Dining Room will be open next week. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mark Penney is moving on from his gallery at Whiskey Landing, but plans to remain heavily involved in the local art scene. (Photo courtesy of Mark Penney)

Ucluelet loses one of town’s oldest art galleries

Mark Penney Gallery shuts down due, in part, to Hwy. 4 closures and COVID-19 pandemic.

Mark Penney is moving on from his gallery at Whiskey Landing, but plans to remain heavily involved in the local art scene. (Photo courtesy of Mark Penney)
Randy Blair, Black Press Media Chief Operating Officer.

Community drives transformation of local news

Black Press Media reaches historic audience milestone

Randy Blair, Black Press Media Chief Operating Officer.
From left, cosmetic and fragrance staff Venus Earle, manager Cecily Meausette and Valerie Desmarais gather to promote the Unwrap the Glam Gala happening on Nov. 16 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
From left, cosmetic and fragrance staff Venus Earle, manager Cecily Meausette and Valerie Desmarais gather to promote the Unwrap the Glam Gala happening on Nov. 16 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Trade expo a key part of 2019 BC Seafood Festival

Trade expo a key part of 2019 BC Seafood Festival

Comox Valley hosts celebration of seafood industry; numerous events on tap this weekend

  • Jun 11, 2019
Trade expo a key part of 2019 BC Seafood Festival
Best of the City 2018 winners hold up their awards at the celebratory event (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

‘Best of the City’ is back for the 25th year!

The polls are now open to vote for your favourite businesses in town

Best of the City 2018 winners hold up their awards at the celebratory event (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
BEHIND BARS: Taking a trip down Mexico way

BEHIND BARS: Taking a trip down Mexico way

Cafe Mexico’s bar and general manager Jhol Spindler gives us a fresh take on mezcal and tequila

BEHIND BARS: Taking a trip down Mexico way
When staff at the Inn at Laurel Point received a request for a photo of Channing Tatum to be placed in a guest’s room, they took the opportunity to show some local pride. (Photo from @Sarzattacks on Twitter)

Victoria hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of B.C.’s Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

When staff at the Inn at Laurel Point received a request for a photo of Channing Tatum to be placed in a guest’s room, they took the opportunity to show some local pride. (Photo from @Sarzattacks on Twitter)
Dine Around puts Victoria’s food and beverage industry in the spotlight

Dine Around puts Victoria’s food and beverage industry in the spotlight

Special menus, accommodation discounts available Jan. 25 through Feb. 10

Dine Around puts Victoria’s food and beverage industry in the spotlight
Victoria eatery named one of Canada’s best new restaurants

Victoria eatery named one of Canada’s best new restaurants

Magnolia Hotel’s Courtney Room named in country’s top 10 best new spots by Air Canada magazine, enRoute

Victoria eatery named one of Canada’s best new restaurants
Merridale Cider’s proposed Dockside Green location would include a brewhouse for producing beer, as well as a full-service restaurant, taproom and retail space. Photo contributed

Merridale Cider to move into Victoria and start brewing beer

Cobble Hill craft cidery looks to open brewhouse and distillery at Dockside Green by fall 2019

Merridale Cider’s proposed Dockside Green location would include a brewhouse for producing beer, as well as a full-service restaurant, taproom and retail space. Photo contributed
Kent Bendall, owner of Pic-a-Flic, has just announced the store will be moving after being situated in Cook Street Village for 35 years. A development proposal is forcing the longtime video rental operation to move out. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Pic-A-Flic leaving Cook Street Village after 35 years

Development of corner looming, video rental business moving to Stadacona Centre

Kent Bendall, owner of Pic-a-Flic, has just announced the store will be moving after being situated in Cook Street Village for 35 years. A development proposal is forcing the longtime video rental operation to move out. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission, which works to attract productions such as the TV series Gracepoint, shown here filming in Oak Bay in 2014, is looking to have its funding from the City of Victoria restored to 2016 levels after a series of decreases. Victoria News file photo

Film commission funding cuts in Victoria eat into marketing efforts

Coun. Loveday, Alto seek restoration of funding to 2016 levels, point to impact on local economy

The Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission, which works to attract productions such as the TV series Gracepoint, shown here filming in Oak Bay in 2014, is looking to have its funding from the City of Victoria restored to 2016 levels after a series of decreases. Victoria News file photo