Archive for the ‘Businesses’ Category


  1. Financial Report
  2. Recycling Depot/Guests: Sheila Herrera, City Planner, Paul Shorting, Regional Recycling
  3. Samaritan House/Guests: Jack Anderson, Planner/Samaritan House, Jill Collinson, Planning Assistant, City of Nanaimo
  4. Other Business:
    Great Neighborhood Contest
    Picnic Thank You’s
    Bathtub Weekend
    Neighbourhood Garage Sale
    SECA T-Shirts
    Chalk Hop

1. Financial Report: Treasurer, S. Larocque reported on current balances.

General Account – $2,716.53
Picnic Fund  – $2,938.00 – after all expenses paid excepting the “thank you” advertisement for donations.
Revenues/Donations Breakdown:


  • $4,825.00


  • 634.28/Hot Dog Sales
  • 691.75/Silent Auction
  • 373.00/T-Shirts/Aprons
  • 144.00/Popcorn

2. Recycling Depot: Sheila Herrera, City Planner, attended to background us on zoning/use of L1 designations in relation to the OCP.
-The City is currently looking at changes to all L1 designated zones to allow use for recycling facilities to include, in addition to bottles, appliances, electronics, styrofoam and paper products provided they are stored inside.  Exterior storage, such as that at the NRE would not be allowed.
-She points out that this change would be in keeping with OCP corridor development guidelines.
-Regarding the Richardson Foods building at 839 Victoria Rd., no development permit is required for a building of 14,000 sq. ft.
-A public hearing is scheduled August 7th to outline the proposed zoning change to L1’s allowing this use.
-The City is looking for a formal response from SECA addressing the issue.

Paul Shorting, Regional Recycling, spoke to the proposal.  He cited his years of experience at their Hayes/Kenworth Rd. Facility and it’s track record as a responsible business.  He stated that:
-They plan staffing with 5 employees @ 60hrs./wk.
-Hours of operation would be 8:30-5:30, Mon-Sat.
-Baling would be done inside the building.
-There are no plans to expand the footprint of the building.
-Pick-up needs are estimated to be met using 3 trailers per week.
-The proposed new location is 1k from the previous site to accomodate residents concerns.

-Concerns were again aired regarding increased traffic, both car and truck, on Old Victoria Rd. As well as the absence of Traffic control at both the Highway intersection and at the junction with 7th St.  Mr. Shorting pointed out that Kaltire and other businesses are presently located there.  He estimates additional automobile traffic of 100-135 cars daily.

-Claytree Society expressed their concerns regarding safety of their clients with increased traffic.
-Mr. Shorting indicated a willingness to assist with better cross-walks and signage at the      intersection with 7th.
-He stated that, in response to previous concerns, the company has examined alternative sites. He told the group that J. Richardson had approached him regarding the Richardson Foods location.
-He also informed us that Noise Abatement measures would be included and that no doorways or intake operations would be conducted on the rail side of the site.  Intake would be on the Kaltire side.  This concluded Mr. Shorting’s presentation.

Further Discussion:
-The benefit of having a South End recycling facility was expressed, as well as the added benefit of potential local jobs.  Such an investment in the neighborhood should be welcome.

-Jill Collinson, City, was asked if SECA can request the City to include a sidewalk requirement. She explained that current zoning does not require the inclusion of sidewalks and that SECA should contact the Traffic & Engineering departments for information on the issue.
-It was questioned if the Company would expand in future, notwithstanding their present commitment to maintaining the existing footprint.
-The point was again raised regarding discrepancies, in practice, between the OCP and the  previously approved Neighborhood Plans.  It was urged that the City honor these previously approved Plans.
-It was suggested that we address this issue at the August 7th hearing.

3. Samaritan House: Jill Collinson, representing the City, updated us on the zoning amendment process in relation to the Samaritan House proposal for use of the City R.O.W.  She indicated that the proposal is currently in the Development Permit process and that the design plan stage was completed with an overall positive response.  City has viewed the Food Forest proposal from B. Geselbrecht and is generally in support  provided previously outlined constraints are complied with.  The following conditions are still pending:
-A variance is required to provide an additional 2 parking spaces as stipulated by the City,   making a total of 6 overflow spaces for Samaritan House.
-An engineered retaining wall supporting the parking spaces is required.
-A dedicated pathway through the property from the Lane to Haliburton is required.
-Continued upkeep of the space is a concern of the City.
-The City asks for our comments on the Samaritan House plans as soon as possible and, also, for assurances of continuing maintenance of the site.

-A neighbor has privacy concerns as his deck is visible from the Samaritan House courtyard. Samaritan House will apply for a further variance regarding fence height, increasing it from the currently approved 1.8m to 2.9m to accomodate his concerns.
-Ben Geselbrecht will continue to liase with Parks & Recreation regarding the goals of food production in the form of tree crops and site maintenance.
-It was suggested that a Memorial to David Livingston could be placed at the site.
-The Executive will take a walk-through of the site on July 16 to address a vision and the upkeep concerns before making our comments to the City.

4. Great Neighborhood Contest: Sheila Herrera reminded us of the coming deadline to apply for the Great Neighborhood Contest and the support Gary Noble, City Planner and Chris Scholberg, Heritage, Arts and Culture liason for the City are willing to provide for our application.
-To enter, the City requires a submission and application from SECA.
            -The entry process will be discussed/delegated at the next Executive meeting.

5. Picnic Thank You’s: Doug Hardie took the opportunity to thank all the volunteers who helped to make this years’ Miner’s Heritage Picnic another great success.  Special thanks were extended to the Picnic Co-Ordinator, Sandra Larocque for her continued excellent work in organizing the Event.

6. Bathtub Weekend: SECA will enter the Bathtub Parade and our application is in process.
-The Tea Wagon will be driven and characters from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party may participate.
-If children from the neighbourhood wish to participate, they are encouraged to do so and may contact S. Larocque for information.

7. Neighbourhood Garage Sale: The City has approved use of Deverill Park to hold a Community Garage Sale at the end of August.
-Participants must bring their own table(s) if required
-Hot dogs/Popcorn may be sold
-A nominal ‘space’ charge may be requested from participants.  $10 is suggested.

8. SECA T-Shirts: S. Larocque requests funds to purchase more T-Shirts, V-neck ladies shirts and aprons.   The Executive will deal with the request at their next meeting.

9. Chalk Hop: The Chalk Event is scheduled for September 5 with a Rain Date on the 12th.  Bayview students will participate.


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Thank you for helping to make another year such a success! And for being such wonderful local businesses 🙂

Quality Foods
Mid Island Co-op
Country Grocer
Van Houte Coffee
Coastal Community Credit Union
Coastland Wood Industries Ltd.
Women of the Moose
Trend Diesel
Cercom Electric
Harbour City Diesel and Off Road
Cavallotti Lodge
Robinson Rentals
VI Aluminum
Northwest Wire and Rope
Gallazin Locksmiths
Grace Stevens
Sundown Scuba
Sandra’s Head to toe salon
Firehouse Grill
AC Taxi
RU Computing
Liquor Depot
House of Indigo
Ginas Mexican Resturant
Suzannah Mills and Les Draisy
Lois Mcguffie
Bold Knight
Kal Tire
Harbour Chandler
Speedy Auto Glass
Nicol St Pawn
Nicol St Hostel
Urban Wine Cellar
Alices Resturant
Coast Mountain Truck & Marine

and all the volunteers from the southend community association!

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Controversial bar will open again
TAMARA CUNNINGHAM TCunningham@nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4230
Nanaimo Daily News
22 Feb 2013

Nanaimo’s controversial Newport property will reopen its pub this spring under a high level of police scrutiny. The manager of the Newport apartments confirmed this week that the Haliburton Street watering hole will reopen to customers this March as…read more…

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Latest edition of the DNBIA City Notes is out.

And welcome to new South End business

Shaku Family Martial Arts
117 Nicol Street
Classes starting soon
For information go to www.shakumartialarts.com

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Curiosity Cove owner Gerald Gonske with a collection of Victorian horse brasses, some of his remaining Curiosity Cove stock after 30 years in business. The Nicol Street store closes August 31.

Nanaimo treasure hunters seeking the unique and eclectic are losing one of their favourite stops at the end of this month with the closure of Curiosity Cove after 30 years in business.

Owner Gerald Gonske, 59, cites a changing market and a recent heart attack as reasons for shuttering this old-fashioned style antique and collectibles shop, with its extensive collection of finds reaching back two centuries.

The shop was founded by Gonske and his parents, Eric and Helen Gonske, in 1982. First located in Harewood Mall (now University Village), the 2400-square foot shop offered a blend of something-for-everyone, with new furniture, used furniture, antiques and collectibles. Gonske’s sister came up with the name, which captured the spirit of the shop as a browsing haven for the curious.

Gonske recalls many people questioning the wisdom of starting a business during the mini-recession of the early 1980s, when many businesses were closing. “We started with $700 worth of stock in a pick-up,” he recalled. But the shop’s mixed stock proved to be popular with shoppers, some of whom remained customers for the next 30 years.

In the late 1980s, the shop re-located to the current 900 square foot space on busy Nicol Street, which gave Curiosity Cove high visibility with passing vehicle and foot traffic. An adjoining parking lot was added a few years later, which made it even easier for local residents and out-of-town visitors to search the shop for treasures.

Gonske recalls several highlights from the past 30 years, including providing historic tools for a museum display; unearthing documents tracing a family history back to the late 1700s; and providing buyers with vintage and antique finds dating back to the early 1800s. A member of the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group, he is also the secretary for The Diggers Club: B.C.’s oldest registered antique club.

His favourite find was an 1840s ship captain’s desk of hand-carved burled walnut, which had an integrated pop-up bookcase and piano roll front that fit into a compact 36 by 28-inch space. Appraised at $12,000, the desk sold for $5600.

Other highlights were the 16-piece hand-carved, champagne bedroom suite from Krug Brothers & Company, a venerable Canadian builder of top quality furniture established in 1880, and the well-known Steuben glassware from the U.S. company which was established in 1903.

For the last few months, Gonske has been selling his inventory in preparation for the store closing as of August 31, 2012. He notes that the market still exists for some especially collectible items – he recently sold a rare teacup and saucer set for $350 – but there are fewer walk-in customers for storefront operations. The market is also flooded with vintage furniture from estate sales.

In addition, many collectors have moved online, with people able to search the world for desired items. Gonske started selling online in 2007 when he joined the GoAntiques.com network. He quickly realized that online sales were the future.

“This system opened the door to a whole new marketplace of knowledgeable buyers,” he said. So even when he closes the shop at 59 Nicol Street at the end of this week, he won’t be leaving the antiques he loves.

He plans to continue selling smaller pieces online, sharing his knowledge and helping people find the treasures they seek. “I can’t quit – it’s in my blood.”

Thanks to Valorie Lennox for taking the time to write this excellent article.  You’re a fine neighbour, Val…:)

And we’ll miss you, Gerald.  Good luck in the on-line world.

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DNBIA City Notes

I often get some of my posts from the DNBIA City Notes.

This issue has LOTS in it, including the upcoming Fringetastic Theatre Festival, which starts next week.

Here’s the link, if you want to check it out.

And welcome to new business
K & M Thriftstore
53 Nicol St.
9am till 7pm Tuesday – Saturday
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Monday closed

A thrift store that is open on Sundays!  And in the South End!  Woo-hoo!


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DNBIA Wins Provincial Grant for Terminal/Nicol Corridor Project!

Downtown Nanaimo, Friday, July 13, 2012 – The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association has been awarded $217,500 from the Province of BC through the Brownfield Renewal Funding Program.  The project, one of 24 sharing more than $1.64 million, was awarded the highest amount for the Terminal/Nicol Corridor Project led by the DNBIA’s Planning, Design and Development Committee (PDDC).

The Terminal/Nicol Corridor Project, developed by the PDDC is aimed at developing strategies to overcome challenges currently inhibiting development and business growth opportunities along the corridor including:

  • Site contamination;
  • Corridor roadway (traffic, parking and streetscape);
  • Economic assistance and incentives.

Due to the cost and complexity of these challenges, it would be difficult for a single property owner to explore feasible solutions.  To approach this project and overcome these challenges, the PDDC’s goal was to leverage available DNBIA funding through volunteer efforts, partnerships and federal/ provincial grants.  Darren Moss, project manager and PDDC Chair commented that “Winning this provincial grant funding is a critical piece of the puzzle for Terminal/Nicol corridor revitalization.  With this show of support, the province confirms that the vision and goals of this project are in line with their remediation strategies and allows the DNBIA to move forward with confidence.”

The DNBIA understands that this project could not be possible if it wasn’t for all of the volunteers and community partners that have come together.  Shari Molchan, President of the DNBIA stated that, “The revitalization of the Terminal/Nicol corridor has been a priority for the DNBIA and the downtown core for many years.  We are so grateful to have the expertise of the volunteers on our Planning, Design and Development Committee and for the partnership with the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) and City of Nanaimo to move this project forward.”

As a contributing partner in this project, the NEDC is happy to see this project move forward.  “The NEDC is thrilled to learn the DNBIA’s grant application for environmental testing was successful.  For years, development along this critical corridor has been stagnated and this is one very large step forward.  The NEDC will be a partner with the DNBIA as we work to remove obstacles for property owners; ultimately improving the downtown area.”  said A.J. Hustins, Board Chair of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation.

The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association (DNBIA) is a non-profit organization mandated to lead revitalization in downtown Nanaimo.  The DNBIA is made up of twelve Board members, four volunteer committees and four staff that carry out projects and programs that will create a vibrant and successful downtown.

Media Release PDF

For more information contact:
Darren Moss, Project Manager,
Chair, Planning, Design and Development Committee,
Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association
(p)  250-714-0062 

Corry Hostetter, General Manager,
Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association
(p) 250-754-8140 (f)  250-754-8108 

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 Received this e-mail today:
My name is Arie Vander Reyden and I would like to introduce myself.
We have recently purchased 499 Albert with the intention to open a personal service business.
Our business is called LIVE FIT and we consult our clients in fitness and healthy nutrition.
We introduce a program that incorporates both ancient and modern exercise techniques as well as healthy eating habits.
As symbolic representation we have chosen the colors of the rainbow as well as the black and white banners of ancient Chinese Taoist health practice.
The rainbow is a spiritual and mythological symbol of hope and transformation and we chose these colors for our sign and decoration.
We have had many appreciative comments from our neighbors and people living in the immediate community.
They have expressed their gratitude for our efforts to assist this area to develop and improve.
We invite community members to come and visit us and see what we are doing .
Editor’s note:  fyi, this is one of the 2 little houses at the corner of Selby, across from the law Courts, that have been recently renovated.   Good luck to Arie and crew…nice to see new businesses springing up and reaching out to the community.

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Deverill Park and the Princess Royal Centre gym are now home to indoor fitness training, perhaps filling the hole left by the Fitness…oh geez…forgot the name already…anyway, the place that went broke on Nicol Street.

The business, named “Over the Hurdle”  offers this in their press release:

The philosophy and culture of the gym is a modern and holistic approach to fitness incorporating affordability, family, fitness and convenience into its programs. The Over the Hurdle brand name is a metaphor for the challenge everyone has in regards to achieving a balanced life of health, wellness and busy careers. Over the Hurdle Athletics has created an environment that caters to the busy lifestyle and offers unique programs, lifestyle classes and personal training that are all adaptable and affordable to fit you as a unique person. What separates Over the Hurdle Athletics from the competition is that they take a holistic approach to fitness where each person, their personality and their lifestyle are taken into account while working together to make sure that fitness goals are attained, one hurdle at a time.

Outdoor programs started in the park in September (and looked/sounded  like a lot of fun, IMHO).  Indoor programs have started at the gym.  And as an introductory offer, they are offering 25% off.  See the ad below for more details.

And welcome to the neighbourhood, Over the Hurdle folks!

More from their press release:

Over the Hurdle Athletics is the go to lifestyle choice for athletes, families, students, and professionals. When choosing a place to build on your body, mind and soul to be as strong and healthy as can be, choose Over the Hurdle Athletics Inc., you won’t be disappointed.

Success Story
Larry McNabb joined the Sunset Bootcamp at Over the Hurdle Athletics this September and after 4 weeks he has already seen incredible changes in his life. “I sleep better, I have more energy throughout the day, I feel stronger, and I just feel so much better all around. I highly recommend giving this a try, it has changed my life and it will change yours too,” says Larry.
If you want to try out a program at Over the Hurdle Athletics, give them a call at 250-591-8866. They offer a 2 week money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!

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