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Christmas Shopping Newsletter 2010

Kendra hanging up red garland on the board room bar, with a Santa figurineIn This Issue, Christmas Shopping: Books; Local Retail; Online Retail; Art, Antiques, & Collectibles; Personal Services & Fitness; Food & Beverage; Flowers & Decorating ; Holidays.
Volume #1, Issue #29: 18 December 2010

Happy Holidays! We have been quite busy here at Radar Hill, keeping existing and new clients happy, and plan to hire early in 2011. Read about our Annual Open House.

This is our special Radar Hill Christmas Shopping newsletter, featuring some of our great clients. Some have retail storefronts, some are strictly online, or both. If you are looking for a last-minute gift or want to support a local company and fellow Radar Hill client, please consider shopping at these fine businesses.


Cooking: Everyone Can Cook: Eric Akis, author of the best-selling Everyone Can Cook series of cookbooks is a professional chef and pastry chef. He also provides services such as food styling, cooking demonstrations and recipe development. One of his main clients is Thrifty Foods, for whom he has created over 1500 recipes to date. His recipe-rich columns appear in the Victoria Times Colonist and other Canadian newspapers. The Everyone Can Cook series has six titles which are available online and at local book retailers. Website: EveryoneCanCook.com

Children: Bee-Smart Books: These books, written by Judy Kazz and illustrated by David Egerton, focus on phonics by stressing the 3R’s of Early Literacy. Rhyme, Rhythm and Repetition are essential for pre-readers to develop an interest in reading, and for beginning and young readers to strengthen their skills. They are fun to read, educational and are perfect for children 3 years of age and up. Website: BeeSmartBooks.com

Outdoors: Hiking Trails Books by The Vancouver Island Trails Information Society provides information about parks and trails on Vancouver Island. Since 1972 they have published, and routinely update, three hands-on books, each one covering a specific geographic region of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Website: HikingTrailsBooks.com

Real Estate: For the budding REALTOR® in your life, books from Bob Corcoran, Founder of Corcoran Consulting & Coaching, a real estate broker consulting and coaching company focused on growing REALTOR®’s business. They also operate R.E.Boost SystemsTM, a systems-based business-building/coaching program and connected online community for today’s real estate agent. Websites: CorcoranCoaching.com & REBoostSystems.com

Contractors: Yellow Sheet. For the Developer, Contractor, or Tradesperson in your life, consider purchasing a subscription to Yellow Sheet. They publish timely, accurate construction information for Vancouver Island on new projects, project updates, tender calls, building permits, and more. Website: YellowSheet.ca

Local Retail

These businesses have retail locations in Greater Victoria.

Home and Garden: Doyle & Bond Home and Garden is filled with unique home and garden accents, endless garden gift ideas, beautiful furniture and hard-to-find items in a refreshing shopping experience at 6666 West Saanich Road next to Butterfly Gardens. For the interior or exterior decorator there is a selection of high quality accessories, indoor pots, frost resistant pots, statuary, original garden art and a myriad of beautiful items for inside & out. Website: DoyleAndBond.ca

Home Entertainment: The OneTouch House is the company to call for sales, service, design and installation of home entertainment systems, digital satellite systems, TV and integrated media, and so much more. They are dealers for best-of-category sound, video, and automation equipment, and ensure all components work together properly for a harmonious system. Visit their Home Automation/Home Cinema showroom at 207-3400 Douglas Street, across from the new Uptown development. Website: TheOneTouchHouse.com

Guitars: Guitars Plus carries a full line of acoustic and electric guitars, amps, effects, parts, and accessories. They buy, sell, consign and trade guitars, amps and pedals, and have some great Christmas gift items for sale at their store on 1108 Blanshard Street. Website: GuitarsPlusVictoria.com

Pets & Supplies: Pets West is a full-line pet store, offering a range of pet supplies for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small animals, reptiles, and wild birds. They also carry live fish, birds, small animals, and provide a cat adoption service. Visit their store at #220 – 777 Royal Oak Drive in Broadmead Village. Website: PetsWest.ca

Rock and Lapidary Supply: Rockhound Shop is Vancouver Island’s only complete rock and lapidary supplies store. Their retail store, for hobbyists and gift buyers, carries a wide range of supplies, equipment and books for the jewelry-maker, stone-polisher, soft-stone carver, rock and fossil specimen collector, and prospector. Visit their store at 777 Cloverdale Avenue, corner of Oak Street. Website: RockhoundShop.com

Cigars: Cuban Cigar Shop carries 24 brands of the finest Cuban Cigars, 152 different Cuban including collectable and limited editions, many non-Cuban cigars from around the world, and a wide range of classy accessories. Visit their shop at #938 Fort Street. CubanCigar-Shop.com

Bikes: Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop is the premier full-service shop in Victoria and Sidney. They carry everything from high-end mountain and racing bikes, commuting, touring, and cruising bikes, your child’s first bike, to a full range of components and accessories. Visit their shops, in Victoria at 650 Hillside Avenue, and in Sidney at 9781A 2nd Street. Website: RussHays.com

Skateboarding: One Six Boardshop sells skateboards, apparel, and bicycles from their store at 3954 Quadra Street, with a full skateboarding track in the basement. This Boxing Day they will have live music from DJ Anger, and savings of up to 70% on all goods. Website: OneSixBoardshop.com

Sports: Kirby’s Source for Sports specializes in Hockey, Lacrosse and Softball equipment sales and service. They pride themselves on selling quality products at competitive prices and offer excellent customer service and support. Visit their shop at 894 Cloverdale Avenue. Website: KirbysSports.com

Fishing Lures: Krippled Fishing Lures are a unique line of lures developed in the salmon rich waters of British Columbia, Canada. KRIPPLED lures were designed specifically for salmon and trout, and have been used with great success by thousands of local fisherman for over thirty five years! Locally, they are available at Island Outfitters and Capital Iron. Website: Krippled.ca

Online Retail

These local businesses sell online, but may be able to make arrangements for local pick-up depending on order details.

Children’s Products: Kinderspirit Creations designed and developed an innovative and Earth Friendly way to potty train toddlers with their Potty Praiser® Training System. Potty Praiser® has been awarded the Influential PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products, and is proudly Made in Canada. Website: KinderspiritCreations.com

Ecofriendly Products: Many Moons Alternatives has been offering people ecofriendly products since 1989. They offer organic buckwheat hull pillows in many different shapes and sizes to suit everyone on your Christmas list as well as locally produced handmade soaps and lotions, organic cotton underfashions and environmentally friendly cleaning products that make great stocking stuffers! They can ship your gifts anywhere to save you the hassle. Website: ManyMoonsAlternatives.com

Music: UsedMusic.ca is your source for used music books and sheet music. Find out-of-print titles and do your part to save the environment through re-use and recycling. Their website contains dozens of lists of used music books and sheet music for vocalists, instrumentalists, students, teachers, professional and amateur musicians. Website: UsedMusic.ca

Art, Antiques, & Collectibles

Sculpture: David E. Kelbert, local sculptor, has a variety of his work on display and for sale. Two of his sculptures were on display at the annual Radar Hill Open House. Website: DavidEKelbert.com

Antiques: Faith Grant The Connoisseurs Shop are dealers in fine antiques. Located at 1156 Fort Street, their stock of 18th and 19th Century furniture, silver, china, paintings, & accessories is hand picked from Island homes and each item usually comes with a story. Website: FaithGrantAntiques.com

Antiques and Collectables: Ginger’s Collectables and Antiques is your online source for books & catalogs; general ephemera; buttons, pins, badges & fobs; postcards; tobacco cards & photos; posters; prints & calendars; costume & fine jewelry; ceramics & glass; toys; neat stuff; sterling & silver plate and more. Website: JGShow.ca

Art Gallery: Peninsula Gallery features an outstanding collection of original paintings, sculpture & limited edition prints. Visit the gallery at #100 – 2506 Beacon Avenue in Sidney. Website: PenGal.com

Figurines: Periwinkle Art Studios displays various art forms: figurative works of hand-made fabric with faces and hands sculpted in clay and painted in oils; jewellery as a mixture of fiber, weaving and bead work. Website: PeriwinkleArtStudios.com

Personal Services & Fitness

Suggestion: Gifts from these companies could be last-minute IOUs.

Spa: Spa A’lita creates an Oasis where the stresses of everyday life are left behind and your well being is nurtured and protected. They offer a variety of services including massage therapy, Body Treatments, Facials, New Mum packages, and much more, including monthly specials. Visit them at 745 Goldstream Avenue, next to the Station House Pub in downtown Langford, or call 250.478.2252 to book an appointment. Website: SpaAlita.ca

Personal Training: LiftFit is focused one-on-one strength training and nutritional consulting, providing education and motivation to help individuals attain their fitness and lifestyle goals. Sessions are tailored to the individual’s goals and preferences, adjusting for any physical or medical limitations. Website: LiftFitnessOnline.com

Pole Dancing: Taboo Dance & Fitness offers a new approach to women’s fitness: fun, sexy and empowering. Classes are for every woman, no matter what size, shape, age or fitness level! They offer free classes and online registration. Website: TabooFitness.com

Healing: Reiki Wellness provides private sessions in the ancient healing art of Reiki, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation Massage, Aromatherapy, Warm Stone and Swedish Massage, and many other services. Located in Cobble Hill at Valleyview Centre, #42 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Road, call 250.743.8122 to book an appointment. Website: ReikiWellness.ca

Food & Beverage

Deli: Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry is committed to using only the highest quality ingredients available and strongly supports local farmers, cheese makers, fishermen and wineries. Cheryl’s operates with the fundamental principles of offering only the very best to their clients. Visit them at 2009 Cadboro Bay Road. Website: CherylsGourmetPantry.com

Liquor: Liquor Express has three locations in Greater Victoria: 3170 Tillicum Road, 759 Yates Street, and 2134 Keating Cross Road, and two Up Island. Blog: LiquorExpress.Blogspot.com

Beer and Wine: Spinnakers offers a wide range of unique products, specialty beer and wine products. Visit them at 308 Catherine Street in Vic West, or 425 Simcoe Street in James Bay. Website: Spinnakers.com

Spices: Vanillablossom Flavours specializes in importing Vanilla Beans from all the major growing regions of the world, and offer a wide variety of vanilla products and flavours, such as Indonesian Vanilla and Madagascar Vanilla Beans. Their website lists local retail stores which carry their products. Website: Vanillablossom.com

Flowers & Decorating

Flowers: Kenmar Flower Farm’s European Handtied Bouquets are put together on a daily basis using only the freshest ingredients. Visit their farm at 1490 West Burnside Road, just minutes away from VGH. They are open for Drop In on Tuesdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Other days, phone first: 250.727.6443. Website: KenmarFlowerFarm.com

Christmas Holly: Blue Haze Farm in Metchosin grows and ships Christmas Holly across North America. To pick up it is $4.00/lb. which is about a dozen foot long branches, dipped to help keep them fresher. Phone 250.474.5043 to find out current inventory. Website: HollyChristmas.com

If we have inadvertently left out your business, we apologize. Let us know, and we will feature yours in an upcoming newsletter.

Closed for the Holidays Our office will be closed at noon on December 24 after our staff gift exchange. We will re-open at 9 am on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Over the holidays we will check voicemail occasionally, and will monitor email sent to team03@radarhill.com. If you use Twitter, you can DM (Direct Message) us: @radarhill

Thank you so much for your support in 2010. Merry Christmas, belated Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and here’s to a very successful, productive and rewarding 2011 for you.
The Radar Hill Team

About Shawn

Co-owner and one of the founders of Radar Hill, Shawn is an award-winning public speaker. He loves working with business owners, and tries to keep up with marketing trends.
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