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Downtown Blog: Breakfast

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.

Victoria has taken a Shine to the Scottish

We're pretty glad that things didn't work out as Barry Thomson planned. Barry came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1990 to work as a car mechanic, but when his trade certificate wasn’t transferable he chose a new career... as a chef.

Four years later, Barry met Lauren while working in the same restaurant over the summer. Now married, the husband and wife team opened their first Shine Cafe nine years ago at 1548 Fort Street and began serving between 6,000 and 8,000 free range eggs a week. Things haven't slowed down since.

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