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Christmas Shopping Newsletter 2013

Android plushie with a Santa hat sitting in front of the table in our waiting area, with a mini Xmas tree and lightsThis is our special Christmas Shopping Suggestion List from Radar Hill.

Some of these great clients have retail storefronts, in Greater Victoria or Duncan and the Cowichan region, while others are strictly online, or sell their products through retail outlets. If you want to support local companies on Vancouver Island, please consider shopping at these fine businesses.


Power your stuff with great batteries and battery chargers!

Batteries: Canada Battery Systems
Canada Battery Systems has the largest selection of batteries and chargers! Looking for something small and portable that can charge anything from your phone and laptop to jump starting your vehicle? Check out the Antigravity Batteries MICRO-START XP-1! It is a pocket size vehicle jump starter and back-up battery supply for all your electronic device and emergency power needs! Whether you’re driving, travelling, camping or hiking, or in an emergency, the MICRO-START is one of the most important battery charger kits you could ever purchase. It offers safety and security against the worst situations, and best of all, it fits in a pocket or tank bag. Place an order online now or call 1-877-743-6880 to order. View the website: CanadaBatterySystems.com

Batteries: All Battery
All Battery , your local one stop shop for all your battery needs! They carry everything from watch & cellphone batteries to car & boat batteries.  Visit their stores in Langford at #133 – 2945 Jacklin Rd or in Duncan at Unit 1, 5311 Trans Canada Hwy. View the website: AllBattery.ca


Keep your mind sharp with some good reading!

Cooking: Everyone Can Cook
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 2500 recipes to date. His recipe-rich columns appear in the Victoria Times Colonist and other Canadian newspapers. The Everyone Can Cook series has seven titles which are available online and at local book retailers. View the website: EveryoneCanCook.com

Outdoors: Hiking Trails Books
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. The Hiking Trails series of books are also available as e-books in .pdf format. View the website: HikingTrailsBooks.com

Real Estate: Corcoran Consulting & Coaching
Corcoran Consulting & Coaching 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. View the website: CorcoranCoaching.com

Children: Bee-Smart Books
Bee-Smart Books, written by Judy Kazz and illustrated by David Egerton, focus on phonics by stressing the 3 R’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. View the website: BeeSmartBooks.com

Children: Michelle Mulder
Michelle Mulder, a recognized local author, has written novels and non-fiction for children of various ages, as well as the Theodore Too picture book series. You may order her books through her website or purchase at local book retailers. View the website: MichelleMulder.com

Children and Teens: Robin Stevenson
Robin Stevenson Talented author Robin Stevenson has written over a dozen books for kids and teens. Her books can be ordered through her website or purchase at local book retailers. View the website: RobinStevenson.com

Retirement: D.R. Associates
D.R. Associates are Carol and Enise. Learn about the transitional phases upon entering retirement, discover where you are in your own journey, explore perceptions and expectations to gain an insight into your options. Pick up their book, Transition to Retirement: The Uncharted Course which can be purchased at local book stores.  View the website: DRAssociates.ca

Local Retail

Retail locations for clothing, gifts, music, sports and more on southern Vancouver Island.

Clothing & Gifts: Out of Ireland
Out of Ireland  is well known for their eclectic collection of wonderful Irish knitwear, clothing and jewellery for men and women. Their selection of luxurious merino wool, silk, and cashmere scarves and shawls complement the wraps and capes for which Out of Ireland is famous. You’ll find lines such as Guinness®, Belleek, Claddagh, Bewley’s and more. Visit the shop at 1000 Government Street in their beautiful heritage building in downtown Victoria. View the website: OutOfIreland.ca

Music: Guitars Plus
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 Visit the shop at 1108 Blanshard Street in downtown Victoria. View the website: GuitarsPlusVictoria.com

Sports: Kirby’s Source for 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 the shop at 894 Cloverdale Avenue in Victoria. View the website: KirbysSports.com

Bikes, Duncan: Cycle Therapy
Cycle Therapy is more than your average bike store! Serving Duncan and the Cowichan area, Cycle Therapy provides full service with bike fitting, repairs & maintenance. But it doesn’t stop there, if you are looking for a buddy to cycle with, they organize weekly group rides and keep updated on all the latest cycling news on their blog!  Visit the shop at 295 Trunk Road in Duncan. View the website: CycleTherapy.ca

Bikes, Victoria & Sidney: Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop
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 at 650 Hillside Avenue in Victoria, or 9781A 2nd Street in Sidney. View the website: RussHays.com

Rock and Lapidary Supply: Rockhound Shop
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 the shop at 777 Cloverdale Avenue in Victoria, corner of Oak Street. View the website: RockhoundShop.com

Consignment: Indigo Children Consignment
Indigo Children Consignment offers real value and excellent quality on gently worn and new clothing, furniture, toys and equipment. With locations in Duncan and Ladysmith, consignment shoppers can enjoy the largest selection of name brand, fine quality clothing for infants, toddlers and kids. Visit their shops at 131 Station Street in Duncan or 436 First Avenue in Ladysmith. View the website: IndigoChildren.ca

Advent Calendars: Time Enough For Love Calendars
Time Enough For Love Calendars are free standing, adult calendars of artfully made boxes decorated with an attractive wood burning fireplace motif. The two sizes of gift boxes are filled with carefully chosen useful and/or entertaining gifts. View the website: TimeEnoughForLoveCalendars.com

Personal Services and Retail

Treat yourself or a loved one to a day at the spa! Personal service businesses with retail or storefront locations.

Spa, Sooke: Le Sooke Spa
Le Sooke Spa is nestled in the forest overlooking the Sooke Hills, and offers a tranquil escape for body, mind and spirit. Christmas spa specials, and gift cards, are available along with a full menu of spa treatments and services. Visit the spa at 2915 Otter Point Road in Sooke, or call 250.642.7995 to book an appointment. View the website: LeSookeSpa.com

Spa, Westshore: Spa A’lita
Spa A’lita creates an Oasis where the stresses of everyday life are left behind and your wellbeing 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 the spa at 745 Goldstream Avenue in downtown Langford next to the Station House Pub, or call 250.478.2252 to book an appointment. View the website: SpaAlita.ca

Spa, Duncan: Soul Escape Esthetics Soul Escape Esthetics is the first green spa in the Cowichan Valley, offering certified organic Eminence skincare products from Hungary, along with a full range of spa treatments. Special services include manicure and pedicure for young ladies 4-12 and diabetic foot care. Gift certificates are available. Visit the spa at #4 – 5777 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, in the Cedarwood Mall, or call 250.748.2056 to book an appointment. View the website: SoulEscape.ca

Hair, Duncan: Paris Styling Group
Paris Styling Group is a full service styling salon with a Paul Mitchell focus, dedicated to providing its customers with the ultimate salon experience. Paris carries a great variety of gift packs, and gift certificates. Visit the salon at #106 – 80 Station Street in Duncan, or call 250.709.2004 to book an appointment. View the website: ParisStylingGroup.com

Tanning, Duncan: Tropical Heat Tanning Studio
Tropical Heat Tanning Studio to relax and rejuvenate. Christmas specials available Dec 1 – Dec 31: Spend $75 – $150, get a free $10 gift certificate. Spend $151 – $300, get a free $20 gift card./ Spend over $300, get a free $30 gift card. Visit the studio at #2-577 Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan, or call 250.748.7077 to book an appointment. View the website: TropicalHeatTanningStudio.com

Shoe Supplies and Luggage, Victoria: Stevenson’s Shoe Clinic
Stevenson’s Shoe Clinic is Victoria’s finest full-service shoe repair shop, that carries hundreds of foot care related products, custom fit orthotics and arch support, and is Victoria’s only independent Samsonite luggage outlet and repair facility. Visit the shop at 714 Fort Street in downtown Victoria. View the website: StevensonsShoeClinic.com

Food and Drink

For entertaining and relaxing.

Restaurant: My Chosen Cafe
My Chosen Cafe featuring The Sugar Shack Ice Cream and Bake Shop. Preorder your Christmas dessert for pick up! They will be open December 24th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. They are now serving their seasonal Egg Nog Cheese Cake and Candy Cane Cheesecake. Visit the café at 4492 Happy Valley Road in Metchosin View the website: MyChosenCafe.com

Sweets: Sugar Connections Candy Store
Sugar Connections Candy Store is set up with bulk glass jars you can fill your little paper bags with your favorites treats just like when you were a kid. For today’s kids there are lots of new age favorite candies. Choose from Rocky Mountain Chocolates, Bon Bons, Salt Water Taffy and more. Gift baskets available.  Visit the shops at #104-80 Station Street in Duncan or 39 King George Street in Lake Cowichan. View the website: SugarConnections.ca

Wine: Silverside Farm & Winery
Silverside Farm & Winery produces blueberries as well as berry wines and fortified (port-style) dessert wines. In addition to fresh berries and produce, they also offer jams, jellies, and syrup made right on the farm. Visit the winery at 3810 Cobble Hill Road in Cobble Hill. View the website: SilversideFarm.com

Wine: Unsworth Vineyards
Unsworth Vineyards is dedicated to making wines that reflect the unique character and quality of the Cowichan Valley. They currently have 6 acres of planted grape varieties which include 2 whites; 48-05-49 and Epicure, and three reds; La Belle, Cabernet Libre and 48-05-83. Visit the vineyard at 2915 Cameron Taggart Rod in Mill Bay. View the website: UnsworthVineyards.com

Spices: Vanilla Blossom Flavours Vanilla Blossom 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. View the website: Vanillablossom.com

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

Art, Antiques, and Jewelry

Pretty things for your walls, shelves, or to wear!

Jewellery: Pristine Gemstones
Pristine Gemstones specializes in unique and customized genuine gemstone engagement rings, anniversary rings, family rings, promise rings, gemstone earrings, and pendants, as created by gem cutter Rogerio Graca, with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. View the website: PristineGemstoneJewelry.com

Jewellery: Susan Koch – Atelier
Susan Koch – Atelier is an award-winning silversmith whose summers spent on Galiano Island inspired a lifelong fascination with beach stones and sea glass. Susan incorporates these elements in her hand-fabricated organic sterling silver jewellery, which are as unique as the people who wear them. View the website for a list of retailers. View the website: SusanKoch.ca

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

Art Cards: Topgate Farm
Topgate Farm offers hand printed reproductions from select Canadian artists focusing on the imagery of Western Canada, in the form of fine art cards, note cards and custom prints. Order by phone: 1.855.867.4283 or on the website. View the website: TopgateFarm.com

Tapestries: The Tapestry House
The Tapestry House has a collection of European tapestry wall hangings including William Morris, François Boucher and the famous Unicorn tapestries. Produced by artisans for centuries, a wall hanging tapestry incorporates the past and the present. They also have a great Fine Art section that covers a wide range of subjects available in a range of sizes. Tapestries & paintings bring beauty into your home and possess a sense of history. View the website: TheTapestryHouse.com

Antiques: Faith Grant The Connoisseurs Shop
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, and accessories is handpicked from Island homes and each item usually comes with a story. Visit the shop at 1968 Oak Bay Avenue in Victoria View the website: FaithGrantAntiques.com

Figurines: Periwinkle Art Studios
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. View the website: PeriwinkleArtStudios.com


Nice things for your furry, feathery or scaly friends!

Pets and Supplies: Pets West
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 the shop at Visit their store at #220 – 777 Royal Oak Drive in Broadmead Village. View the website: PetsWest.ca

Horses: Luxe Sport Horses
Luxe Sport Horses on the Saanich Peninsula produces beautiful and harmonious performance horses with the temperament, traits and athleticism to want to perform with character and spirit. View the website: LuxeSporthorses.com


Capture the memories.

Portraits: Destrubé Photography
Destrubé Photography established almost 40 years ago, does portrait, in-studio and on-location photography in high-res digital. They operate on the simple motto to treat their clients the way they would like to be treated. Phone 250.384.4511 View the website: Destrube.com

Child Portraits: Sweet Cheeks Photography
Sweet Cheeks Photography offers classic and timeless portraits, taking the time to capture the essence of the subject. They have done newborn babies right through to young graduates. They strive to create a meaningful remembrance of the subject – not just a picture. View the website: SweetCheeksPhotography.ca

Flowers and Decorating

To pretty up your home and garden.

Home and Garden: Doyle & Bond 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. 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 and out. Visit the shop at 6666 West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay next to Butterfly Gardens. View the website: DoyleAndBond.ca

Flowers: Kenmar Flower Farm
Kenmar Flower Farm ‘s European hand tied bouquets are put together on a daily basis using only the freshest ingredients. They are open for Drop In on Tuesdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Other days, phone first. Visit the shop at 1490 West Burnside Road, just minutes away from VGH. Phone: 250.727.6443. View the website: KenmarFlowerFarm.com

Christmas Holly: Blue Haze Farm
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. Visit the farm at 3817 Duke Road in Metchosin, or phone 250.474.5043 to find out current inventory. View the website: HollyChristmas.com


Relaxing things to do.

Hobby, Auto: Tin Man Auto
Tin Man Auto is Canada’s Car Enthusiast #1 choice for all classic GM and Chevrolet restoration and auto parts needs. Tin Man Auto sells fenders and radios and 327’s and a whole bunch more, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Guys like classic cars, guys buy classic cars, guys need classic car parts. Tin Man has them. Phone: 1-250-743-7321 View the website: TinManAuto.com

Hobby, Fishing: Krippled 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! View the website for a list of retailers. View the website: Krippled.ca

Thanks for your support of these businesses.

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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