OodyOos Pet Store takes over location of Duncan Pet Store – Cowichan Valley Citizen

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The long-standing Duncan Pet Store, located at 350 Trans-Canada Highway, has changed ownership and changed its name.

Erika and Travis Berthiaume, owners of the nearby Dairy Queen, have teamed up with local businessman Tek Manhas, who is also a councilor in North Cowichan, to take over the business from its outgoing owner and rename it OodyOos Pet Store.

Erika said they decided to name the store OodyOos because that’s the term of endearment Travis has always given their pets over the years when picking them up and cuddling them.

Travis said the couple and Manhas purchased the building in which the Duncan Pet Store was located with the intention of renovating and cleaning it, along with the parking lot, as part of an effort to improve the neighborhood and to make it enjoyable again.

He said that when the pet store owner had trouble selling it, they decided to take it back themselves.

“The pet store and the building haven’t had much love since the 1980s, so we’re planning to renovate it entirely,” Travis said.

“The Money Mart in the building closes on July 31, and a Wine Kitz store opens in the building on April 1 and a Little Town Pizza opens on September 1, so we’ll see a lot of changes here soon.”

Manhas said this was his first time partnering with a pet store, but it’s a growing industry in the Cowichan Valley right now.

“A lot of people stayed home during the COVID-19 pandemic and had pets to go with them, so that’s a big undertaking,” he said.

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After months of planning, renovations and storage, the new Maple Bay convenience store opened on March 2.

The new store, located in the space of the recently closed Lion Rampant Liquor Store at 6777 Beaumont Ave. in Maple Bay and attached to the Lion Rampant Scottish Pub, is soon set to become the go-to store for all the needs of Maple Bay residents. .

Store owner Bruce Findlay said since he bought the pub and liquor store in 2014, customers and neighbors have asked him to stock groceries and basic necessities.

“The nearest convenience store is nearly five miles away and when you needed a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread or a jug of milk, the frustration was obvious,” he said. declared.

“Because of the liquor license, we were never able to meet these needs. Now that the liquor store has moved and we are focusing on necessities, snacks and candies, we can finally open our doors to our customers so they no longer have to travel to Duncan by car.

Findlay said the goal is to supply the store with essentials, as well as locally made items, such as Cowichan milk, Ms. Jones jams, Valley Cider sodas and Triple Smoke spices.

Maple Bay Convenience will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The ever-popular Gibby’s Cafe & Catering, known for delicious, home-cooked food made with lots of love, located in Berkey’s Corner, is expanding.

Owner Sandilea Gibson informed her many loyal customers and fans on the cafe’s Facebook page that she and her daughter-in-law Dot, who has worked for her for nearly nine years, will be opening Gibs n Dots at the corner of Boys Road and the Trans-Canada Highway. , where Serious Coffee was previously located, on March 15.

Gibson said Gibs n Dots will only be drive-through initially, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

She said when interior renovations are complete, Gibs n Dots will fully open and operate seven days a week.

“Our grand opening that we’re aiming for is May 2,” Gibson said.

“If you know the site, you will know that it has a restaurant, a veranda and a patio. The solarium will be available for meetings, parties and gatherings and the patio will be resplendent with new paint and a taller trellis. We will also put a barrier there. »

Gibson said the menu will be a little smaller, but will remain much the same.

“Our amazing baker Geri will be there full time baking all her amazing delights,” she said.

“We are thrilled to join such amazing neighbors as Adams Tarp & Tool and Shear Essence Hair Studio & Spa as well as the Cowichan Friendship Centre. We look forward to seeing you at our two wonderfully delicious locations.”

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Cowichan Station Creamery, a small creamery and cheese shop specializing in artisan cheese, recently opened on 20 acres at 4354 Howie Rd. in Duncan.

Henry Rekers, owner of the business with his partner Renee Davy, said they launched the micro dairy and cheese processing business on December 18 and brought many years of farming experience to make it a success.

He said Davy had been in the cheesemaking business for a while, so the business partners decided to get in on it and pooled their resources to open Cowichan Station Creamery.

They currently milk only five cows of different breeds, selected for their genetic profile and milk fat, to make their products, and plan to grow slowly over time.

The partners see themselves as stewards of the land and their farming practices are designed to minimize the number of cows they own, so the amount of food they have to produce and the environmental impact are less.

“We have a strong emphasis on sustainable farming practices and animal welfare is the top priority,” Rekers said.

“We strongly believe in clean and local food production.”

Cowichan Station Creamery produces a variety of cheeses, including brands like Goooodah, Chive & Parsley Cheddaaaahhhh, Farmesean, and Smoked Paprika Cheddaaaahhh.

Creamery products can be purchased at the on-site farm stand at 4354 Howie Rd., Cowichan Bay’s Cure Artisan Meat and Cheese, Mill Bay’s Sweet Meadows Market, and the Co-op Online Farmers’ Market.

“We are also looking to expand into other markets,” Rekers said.


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