This is the special edition Radar Hill newsletter where we bring you our Christmas Shopping Suggestion List for shopping local this holiday season. 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: Charger Solutions Power To Go
Canada Battery Systems Power To Go has the Ultimate Battery Charger! The perfect gift for someone who has it all. Power To Go by Charger Solutions is an all-in-one mobile portable emergency back-up battery power supply and vehicle jump starter. Power To Go can recharge & power all electronic devices and can even jump start up to 20 vehicles on a single charge! Get yours now on holiday special for only $139.95 (regular price is $159.95). Place an order online now or call 1-877-743-6880 to order. View the website: ChargerSolutions.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
Smart Phones, Computers and more!
Apple Products: Restart Computer
Restart Computer is an authorized Apple re-seller that specializes in personalized service to help you every step of the way. Not only will they help you find the right solution for everything you need to do, they also provide setup, training and repairs. Visit them at 847 Yates Street in Victoria. View the website: RestartComputer.com
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
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
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
Motorcyles, ATV & More: Ride-On Canada
Ride-On Canada is an authorized, Canadian-owned distributor of Ride-On Powersports products. Their products are great for Motorcycles, ATVs, Bicycles and more! Flat Tire? Ride-On Tire Sealant is made for extreme temperatures so it won’t freeze and it works great for both tubed and tubeless tires. Check out the full range of their products and shop online on their website: Ride-OnCanada.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
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
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
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
Places for your guests to stay in Victoria during the Christmas holidays.
Accent Inns, Victoria
At Accent Inns you’ll get a room so spotlessly clean and comfortable that you may be tempted to forego the gift opening and sleep in Christmas morning. Get the gift of space this holiday season with Accent Inns, with rates starting at just $75 per night from December 21st-26th. Conveniently located at 3233 Maple St in Victoria. View the website: AccentInns.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! The Sugar Shack also sells a variety of local artisan gifts. 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
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
Tea: Honeybush Health
Honeybush Health has a wonderful line of herbal teas based from the honeybush plant. Honeybush is high in antioxidants, essential minerals, and phytoestrogens. Combined with a variety of natural and traditional herbs, their unique Honeybush Health blends are an ideal daily tonic to aid in the natural management of common ailments. Shop online or find a retailer to check out their loose leaf teas and bottled iced teas at: HoneybushHealth.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 Jewellery
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
Jewellery: Stephen Fortner Fine Jewellery
Stephen Fortner Fine Jewellery is located in Victoria and has a great selection of diamond engagement rings, gold wedding bands, earrings, pendants, solitaires and gems for anniversaries and religious motifs. View the website to see their range of products and order: StephenFortner.com
Art Gallery: Peninsula Gallery
Peninsula Gallery features an outstanding collection of original paintings, sculpture and limited edition prints. Since its establishment in 1986, Peninsula Gallery has prospered into one of Canada’s most acclaimed art galleries, presenting quality paintings and sculptures of artists both local and of nationwide praise. Visit the gallery at #100 – 2506 Beacon Avenue in Sidney. View the website: PenGal.com
Landscape Art: Julie King
Julie King is a Vancouver Island artist working in acrylic and watercolour. Her highly textured landscape paintings are inspired by the mountains and coastline of British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. Order by phone: 250-715-0986 or on the website. View the website: JulieKing.ca
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
Sculptures: Meddle Art
Metal sculptor Brad Allen uses recycled iron to create beautiful works of art from free standing sculptures to hanging wall pieces. Order by phone: 250-748-0934 or check out the art on his website. View the website: MeddleArt.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.
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 & Brown Home and Garden
Doyle & Brown 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: DoyleAndBrown.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. They also sell organic apple juice perfect for apple cider during the holidays. 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
If you use any of the businesses above we would love to hear about your experience! Thanks for your support of these businesses and if you would like to continue your support please leave them some nice reviews. Happy Christmas Shopping!