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The Face of Business- part 2

Our Business Community

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Dan Patterson of Affordable Vacuum & Mobility Scooters

“We offer batteries, new and used mobility scooters, rentals and repairs. Sales, rentals of rug washers and repairs. Cleaning products for carpet, tile and hardwood plus a big selection of vacuum cleaner bags. If I don’t have it probably doesn’t exist,” says owner Dan Patterson, who started the business in 2000.

He is most proud of selling quality vacuums and scooters that will last for years and helping people with mobility issues.

New at the business are “best vacuums in the world and biggest most powerful mobility scooters” at smaller prices. New services are rug cleaner rentals and scooter rentals.

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5:30pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. 250-245-0591


Karen Roine of Balloon Emporium offers custom, unique balloon bouquets, decor and delivery.

“I have the means and ability to make someone’s day very special and memorable,” says Karen.

Karen has a booth at the Chamber of Commerce Nanaimo Business Expo Oct .16 at the Conference Centre Nanaimo. “There are always new products, and with the continuing education I attend in this industry, new ideas for decor comes up everyday. I can’t wait to share them.”

In January 2015, Karen will be attending a Balloon Conference in Las Vegas. She bought the business October 1, 1998, at that time it was already ten years old.

Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm, 250-722-2328

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Curves Ladysmith offers 30 minute circuit work out, Zumba with Circuit classes, and Jillian Michaels Classes. Dona Garland, who took over as new owner in June, is proud of the friendly upbeat clientele.

“New at Curves is Zumba with Circuit,” says Dona. “We have new members joining all the time and welcome more.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and they have a lot of fun promotions to get involved raise money for cancer research.

Monday to Thursday: 6am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 6:30 pm, Fridays: 6 am – 1 pm and 3 – 6 pm Sat: 9 am – 11 am. 250-245-4460

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Dianne Andrews, Sales Representative with RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty

“When I began my real estate career in 2007 I decided to use all of my talents by becoming a rural specialist. My former job experiences timber cruising with the BC Forest Service during my university years, volunteering in Africa, owning and operating a horse and carriage business, working with adults and children teaching French Immersion, and organic gardening, have provided me with essential skills for my business. In addition, having raised two sons, I understand the needs of families seeking residential homes in Ladysmith or Nanaimo,” says Dianne.“Buying and selling homes or acreage seems to be all about people making changes. No matter how well a purchase or sale goes, this process is stressful! “ she says. Dianne feels that one of her biggest strengths is easing the stress for her clients and helping them organize and solve problems.

She is very proud to have become friends with so many talented horse people and organic growers in the Cedar/Yellow Point area. She offers buyers additional services such as help getting set up for horses or other livestock, putting buyers in touch with local hay sales, fencing specialists, etc. “Rather than keeping specific office hours I spend lots of time in farm kitchens or outside walking pastures and forests. I feel very lucky to be working and playing in Cedar and Yellow Point Horse Country!” says Dianne. 250-616-0322

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Nikki MacCallum of NikkiDesigns offers  home decor services such as colour consultations, interior decorating, window coverings, bedding, table linens, and slipcovers.“We offer a full range of organic and natural fabrics for our soft furnishings. Nikki who started her business 10 years ago  after operating a custom sewing business for 30 years now works with clients all over the world. New at NikkiDesigns is their website with shopping cart, where customers can order custom Roman shades among other products.  They have also expanded their workroom and added more sewers  as well as bringing in new products such as pure wool duvets and pillows and new fabrics from Italy.  “We will be selling 100% linen sheets in time for Christmas!” says Nikki.


Penny Mears and David Nikula, Stocking Creek Farm

Stocking Creek Farm offers U-pick blueberries, six varieties – different flavours and sizes – some as large as a quarter, free range eggs, free range chicken, free range turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Poultry is processed at an inspected plant and air chilled. “Air chilling gives a much better flavour and the birds are much juicier, also you don’t pay for extra water that the bird would absorb in the cooling process,” explains Penny. She and David are proud of their ability to bring top quality, locally grown products to the community at a fair price. “We started raising free range chickens in 2014 and will expand production in 2015,” says Penny. Coming soon is Upick raspberries (2016), red rhubarb and garlic (2015). Penny started the farm in 2000, David joined in 2010.

Their hours are daily, dawn to dusk. 250-245-8615, farm [at] shaw [dot] ca

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John Surtees, Personal Real Estate Corporation with RE/MAX of Nanaimo

“I feel very grateful to have been consulting with and coaching clients through the process of their real estate matters for over eight years. Last year 83 per cent of my business was helping past clients or their referred friends and family,” says John. They have experienced great success supporting buyers and sellers in Chemainus, Saltair, Ladysmith, Cedar/ Yellow Point, Nanaimo, Lantzville and Nanoose.

In 2014 the team expanded. Olena McCallum is their attentive client care coordinator and they work even more closely with professional home stager Cindy Garland-Chang, photographer Teddy McCrea and Chris Weibe, a Certified Energy Advisor. Recently John completed training for Residential Energy Efficiency and has been providing information to clients regarding the available rebates based on a home’s assessment. Call today to learn about rebates and how John’s team can assist you in your real estate matters. 250-751-1223


Island Water Hauling Inc. offers pure drinking water, bulk hauling, cisterns, pools, spas, ponds and wells. “We are offering programs that haven’t been available in the past in our area to help our neighbours deal with our current water shortage,” says Cathy Andersen of  Island Water Hauling Inc. Cistern/pump rental packages, more affordable water delivery rates, 24 hour a days/7 day a week delivery schedules and credit card payments available. 250-323-6363.



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