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Welcome to the 2017 Face of Business!

Meet some of your local business community. These shops and services are owned and operated by  your neighbours and friends. This year in celebration of Canada 150 we asked our business community “what is your “Canada” story?

Dan Zacharias owner of Zack’s Lounge. Fine cocktails, wine, beers, specialty coffee & tea, light lunches & dinners, intimate setting for small gatherings. Hours: Sun – Thurs 10 am – 10pm, Fri -Sat 10am – 11pm, Phone: 250-245-2749

My Canada 150 story: “After purchasing the building at 530 1st Ave in Ladysmith I was surprised to find that the building circa 1904 never had plumbing.  The building has been operational all these years never having its own water hook up.”

Dan Patterson owner of Affordable Vacuum & Mobility Scooters

Sales, repairs & accessories -batteries ect. for vacuums & scooters. We do service calls for your vacuums & scooters.

Hours: 10am -5pm Tues – Fri, 10am-2pm Sat  Phone: 250-245-0591

My Canada 150 story: “My family has been in Canada since the early 1800’s, my Grandfather Abe Patterson was a world famous wood carver.  He started his carving interest as a young boy, then while working in the logging industry he was able to sharpen his skills.  He was famous for his moose carvings and later became interested in First Nations art, and began carving larger works that included a 36’ 4” totem pole for Garfield Weston, a prominent Canadian businessman.  He achieved an international reputation in the 1930’s which continued into the 1960’s; sending carvings around North America and Europe. He carved ‘in the round’ and often in a single piece of wood from trees that he harvested.

Nikki MacCallum, owner of NikkiDesigns. Custom blinds, draperies, roman shades, slipcovers, bedding, cushions and pillows. We also carry wool duvets and mattress pads and many gift items. For local clients we offer in-home consultations, plus we ship our custom and ready-made products all over the world. We specialize in using organic and natural fabrics for our custom and ready-made soft furnishings.

Hours:Mon – Fri 8:30-4:30 Phone: 250 924 5679 Website:

My Canada 150 Story: “My parents both  immigrated to Canada from Holland.  I was born and raised in BC.  My husband and I moved from Vancouver to Ladysmith in 1993 to raise our daughters and work in a quieter, more tranquil setting.  We love Vancouver Island and I am so proud to be Canadian.”


Mike Sumpter new owner of Den’s Ladysmith Collision

Hours: M-F 8am -5pm, Phone: 250-245-2295

ICBC Collision repair. Quick friendly service, from people that live and work right here in our area

Den’s Ladysmith Collision started repairing local vehicles over 40 years ago, was recently purchased by Mike Sumpter who is continuing in the same tradition of high standards. Continuing to serve the Ladysmith and surrounding area for all their vehicle repair needs.

Clinton Hubenig new owner Benjamin Moore – Chroma Paint & Design Ladysmith

Hours: 8 -5 M-F, 9-5 Sat and closed Sunday Phone: 250-533-9028

Complete paint, flooring, carpet and blinds specialist in Ladysmith. We offer professional services to help you create the personal look to your home or office.

Sara Gibb owner of Sara’s Bookkeeping Services. Full cycle bookkeeping services for small business owners WCB, GST, Payroll Services and more.

I relieve a large amount of stress of my clients by taking care of their bookkeeping needs and allowing them to focus on their business. I work one on one with each client to ensure deadlines are met.

I love what I do! But during my down time I enjoy painting, working in my garden and making a good bowl of homemade soup.

Our family came to Canada during the early 1900’s as a coal miner family on the East Coast and traveled across Canada to arrive in Ladysmith. My great grandma was two years old when she first arrived to Ladysmith, and my family history has been in Ladysmith since.

Hours: Mon – Wed 9:30 to 4 Thurs – Closed Fri – 9:30 to 4pm Sat & Sun by appointment only.

Bella Sun,  owner of the Kinney Clothing Company in Chemainus. Bella  purchased the well established (1990) ladies clothing store in March of 2017. She has over 25 years experience in women’s fashion and design and has managed 100 clothing stores in her home country of China.

The Kinney Clothing Co. is the largest ladies wear shop in Chemainus, newly renovated, it offers a great selection of women’s casual wear, dress fashions and accessories priced to meet tastes and satisfy the budgets of those savvy shoppers. Bella has incorporated a custom design and print studio that can take your favorite photo and place it on a mug, t-shirts, plaques, cell phone cases, and more.

Bella had travelled to Canada and fell in love with Vancouver Island. She and her daughter moved to the Island from China one year ago to start a new adventure.

Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am -7pm.

Watch the 2016 Face of Business videos here.

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