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Downtown Blog: Off The Beaten Path

Get Hooked on this Downtown Victoria Deli

Relatively new to downtown Victoria’s growing foodie area along Blanshard and Fort streets is Hook Fine Foods, a gourmet smoked and cured seafood delicatessen that has been open nine months as of December 9.

“We had been looking for a storefront for a couple of years,” said co-owner Chris. “We looked on Government Street but the space was too big. I really liked this building; it’s a good size for us. And this is a good little foodie area.”

Jam Cafe and Union Pacific - They're family!

Seven years ago, husband and wife team Jim and Candy Walmsley opened Union Pacific Coffee Co. at 537 Herald Street, “I’ve been in the restaurant industry – mostly front of house operations – since I was 16 years old,” said Jim. “I wanted to get out there and do it on my own.”

Originally seeking a location in Vancouver, Jim and Candy couldn’t find a space that suited their vision, so they decided to move back to Victoria where Jim had grown up and still has family.

Get on the water with Ocean River Sports

Ocean River Sports is a family endeavor for the Henrys, one that has resulted in one of Victoria's, and Canada's, best outdoor adventure stores.

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.

Your Sunday best… With a hint of danger

Summer is almost here and Victory Barber & Brand is where men are going in Victoria for a little spring cleaning and some masculine pampering. Victory’s traditional straight shave will have you looking your best for the season ahead, with the added experience of having a cut-throat razor dragged along your jawline.

Olive the Senses tickles the taste buds

Olive the Senses – a large, open shop tucked into the laneway behind The Hudson Building at 1701 Douglas Street – is a unique tasting experience for any food lover. Specializing in fresh, high quality extra virgin olive oil, Olive the Senses brings the best olive oils from around the world to Downtown Victoria’s doorstep.

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