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Face of Business

Here`s some of the faces behind your local business community.

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Antex Pest Control might be new in town, Steve Stewart isn’t. Steve has been calling Ladysmith home for the past 15 years. He is very excited to start serving the town of Ladysmith with his years of knowledgeable, friendly, professional service. If you are having any pest problems within your business or in your home call Steve. He’ll meet with you and come up with a comprehensive plan for getting rid of whatever your pest issue is for good! Antex is a local, full service company specializing in the most up to date methods that protect your home, family and pets from pests and the health hazards associated with them. Steve provides the friendly, professional service you expect from a locally owned pest control service company. In October, we are heading into rodent season, but Steve also deals with bedbugs, termites, ants, wasps, fleas, spiders, carpet beetles, silverfish – you name it!

Couverdon was launched in 2009 as the real estate arm of TimberWest Forest Corporation. They have been in the forestry and land management business on Vancouver Island for over 100 years. Couverdon works with communities from Sooke to Campbell River to explore opportunities that put some of their land assets to a variety of uses. When it comes to development, we take the time to work with communities to identify small portions of TimberWest’s land base that may meet community goals for future growth or amenities.

Here in Ladysmith, Couverdon has made an application to the Town of Ladysmith to include 273 hectares of lands into its municipal boundaries. If successful, and following rezoning, we propose to develop a mixed-use development to the west of town, which would be built up in smaller phases over the next 30 years. We envision working with the Town and residents to develop a variety of walkable neighbourhoods, a small village centre and considerable open natural space. Community watershed and viewscape management would also be key parts of this development.

For more information about Couverdon and the proposed town boundary extension in Ladysmith, visit

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Jesse Jamison started Heart Lake Roofing this summer. New roof installations, re-roofing, repairs, and work on flat and sloped roofs, asphalt shingles, metal roofs, cedar shake roofs, torch on/membrane, and roof maintenance….you name it and we can do it. We take great pride in our workmanship and dedication to our customers all over Vancouver Island.


Meet Greg Buchanan of Coast Realty. Greg has a proven track record with extensive knowledge of rural properties and needs related to them. He started his business in 1984 and is proud of the amount of repeat business I have managed to attain over the years. New this year in real estate is the high demand for smaller acreages in particular 2 to 10 acre properties. I am starting to see the Asian market buy these properties as well as residential listing properties in Ladysmith. He is excited about the future possible green strata development in Cedar that will be the first of its kind in the country.

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GNB Builders Inc., home builders with over 28 years of experience in the building industry, specializes in general contracting, Built Green custom homes and renovations. In 2012 GNB Builders was awarded the prestigious BC Built Green Builder of the Year by Department G of Built Green Canada as well as one Gold Care Award and five Silver Care Awards from the Canadian Home Builders Association. In 2013 GNB Builders was awarded with Vancouver Islands Business Excellence Award for best company (under 50 employees) and Best Construction Company for the island from Business Vancouver Island.

Greg Bianchini, President of GNB Builders Inc. continues a family tradition of fine home building. Heidi Bianchini and Project Assistant Kelsey Ann Smith, work closely with each family to ensure their custom dream home is realized. The GNB Builders approach provides each client peace of mind.

Greg continues to exceed in quality as he is a hands-on, onsite contractor who treats each construction project as if he were building his own home. Greg’s enthusiasm and eye for detail provide each client with progressive project management. Home by home, GNB Builders has built a reputation for quality building, excellent customer service and a company that delivers all that it promises.

Greg and Heidi make central Vancouver Island their home and take an avid interest in the area. As well as being quality builders, they are also active members in the community.

Ladysmith Thai Massage Academy is new business. Saithong (Gluay) Hua-Nonmuang and Andre (Coco) Le Roux are both certified instructors /therapists from the Thai Traditional Medical Services Society of Bangkok. We offer five types of therapeutic healing massage. Thai Yoga massage uses many stretches and deep tissue compressions, Thai Hot Stones, is for those that need to have their muscles relax without deep finger pressure, Thai Oil Massage very similar to Swedish massage with long stokes and kneading, Thai Herbal Ball Compress (Look Phra Kob in Thai) is used to apply hot compress to the energy lines (Sen Lines) to release blockages, and Thai Reflexology incorporates the use of hands, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, and a rounded wooden stick. They also offer a Sunday massage with brunch. Future plans include workshops. gift certificates and clothing. Their first item is Thai Capri 3/4 Fisherman pants followed by more in 2015. We have been in business here for five months, and we are very pleased with the results and the people that we are working with.


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