This year, downtown Victoria is relying on local support more than ever.
The small businesses in our downtown core are working tirelessly to survive and thrive through the financial difficulties of COVID-19. Some have had to lay off staff, others have had to say goodbye. Everything is shifting and changing and business owners are having to adapt and learn in this strange, new landscape.
Those still here are fighting to make ends meet and are working harder than ever before to protect their livelihoods and craftsmanship – to keep staff employed and to protect the vibrancy of this city we call home.
Downtown Victoria is a special place, but it isn’t only the charming storefronts, hidden culinary gems, and ocean views that make it so. It’s people – people like you and people like business owners — that bring energy and life to our streets.
That’s why we’re inviting you to meet downtown and the wonderful business owners that make it special!
The Dancing Lily is a shop full of fashion, for both men and women. Located at 547 Johnson Street, this shop has a motto of “Love, Kindness, and Happy Living” and boasts a colourful collection of fashion treasures. Follow The Dancing Lily on Facebook and Instagram!
Jagasilk began in 2005 as a tea delivery business and has grown into a specialty cafe, supermarket, and restaurant. Jared and Miyuki are lovers of Maccha green tea and serve seasonal teas at their tea bar. Follow Jagasilk on Facebook and Instagram!
Since 2018, Dumpling Drop has been supplying Chinatown and downtown Victoria with authentic dumplings made using traditional methods and adding a modern flare. With a restaurant, pick-up and delivery options, and catering services, there are many ways to enjoy their delicious fare. Follow Dumpling Drop on Facebook and Instagram!
Farm + Field Butchers sells only the best meat. It’s all naturally raised with no antibiotics or hormones, free-range, pastured and fed a biologically appropriate diet. They are also a whole animal butcher, meaning nothing is wasted. Follow Farm + Field on Facebook and Instagram!
Cultured Swine Barbershop is a micro-barbershop, which offers gender-neutral pricing and a safe hair-styling environment. Located on Johnson Street, this shop is convenient for both walk-ins and appointments. Follow Cultured Swine Barbershop on Facebook and Instagram!
Upcycle Clothing Collective is a thrift and consignment store for vintage and contemporary fashion. Located on Fort Street, they are here to bring you sustainable fashion. Follow Upcycle Clothing Collective on Facebook and Instagram!
Aegean Cafe offers a Greek-inspired menu, as well as breakfast and fantastic cafe fare. With a catering service too, they are the perfect spot to get lunch from or to stop for a bite anytime. Follow Aegean Cafe on Facebook!
Guitars Plus specializes in new and used guitars, amps, pedals, and accessories from recognizable and unique brand names. They also take trade-ins and consignments, do special orders, and offer professional in-store repairs. Follow Guitars Plus on Facebook!
Stir It Up serves Authentic Caribbean Soul Food from Chef/Owner Natalie Justin’s home of St. Lucia. Located on Yates Street, the restaurant’s menu features fresh ingredients, amazing spices, and exotic influences. Follow Stir It Up on Facebook!
We are not asking you to step outside your comfort zone. If you do not feel safe leaving your home, we understand completely. But please, do not use staying home as an excuse not to support the local business community. Shop locally online, order meals from local restaurants, use your social media time to enter contests and giveaways from local businesses, write positive reviews, and reach out personally to the businesses you miss most. In whatever way is within your means, please support local!
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