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Downtown Blog: July 2013

Chorizo & Co, a 3-in-1 Spanish deli, pantry, and café

Chorizo & Co has been a long-time dream for co-owners Tomas Dosil and Jonathan Lee. The idea of opening a Spanish-style deli/pantry/café arose more than ten years ago; business planning began three years ago. The long-awaited shop finally opened last August at 807 Fort Street.

Macaroons and Macarons: not the same thing at all!

Although many of us call the tasty treat on offer at Bon Macaron Patisserie a ‘macaroon,’ we are quite wrong. As co-owner David Boetti is quick to explain, a macaroon is actually a chocolate and coconut confection, whereas his shop’s speciality is the making of MACARONS; pronounced ‘mah-kah-roh,’ dropping the sound of the consonants ‘n’ and ‘s’ in true French style.

Victoria's swimwear and fashion Paradise

“It’s the bathing suits. That’s what people tell their friends about. That’s our number one thing,” says Dani Dubois, co-owner of Paradise Boutique with her sister Rosebud Seads. And it has been that way for over 20 years!

Paradise Boutique, a perennial favourite on LoJo, began life as a summertime pop-up shop called Paradise Cove. The shop was named after their mother’s favourite surf beach in California, and would offer local, handmade, one-piece swimsuits and mix-and-match bikini tops and bottoms to Victoria’s discerning shoppers from a new location each summer.

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