October is Small Business Month! In the spirit of celebrating small businesses and the hardworking people behind them, let's welcome these new businesses to our community!

Small Business Month Continues…

In celebration of Small Business Month, we put together a list of new downtown businesses. Opening a new business is always a major feat, but opening during a pandemic takes another level of courage and determination. So, let’s welcome these new businesses and wish them well.


Market Collective by Shi

1150 Douglas St #226 (Unit #226 in The Bay Centre)

Market Collective by Shi hosts a carefully curated collection from over 60 makers, designers, artists, and food producers of Canada’s handmade movement. Market Collective by Shi was created to help mitigate some of the extensive financial losses predicted for many of the featured artists/artisans due to COVID-19 and the fact that in-person Markets have been cancelled across the board. The Market Collective shop is a response to the need for venues for local creators to be available for holiday shopping.

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The store got an upgrade today! Our beautiful sign is up, and we couldn’t be more proud! Being part of the local makers movement and supporting our friends- and the Vendors you all love supporting is just magic! Stop by and see it for yourselves and let us know what other items you hope to find in our store to help bring all the gifts you desire to the ones you love- and we’ll do our best to make that happen! Thank you for al of the love! #yyj #yyjeats #yyjfood #yyjsmallbusiness #yyjshopping #victoriabc #itsasign #shoplocal #shopethical #shophandmade #bethechange #circulareconomy #circularfashion #reloved #upcycled #upcycledclothing #creative #gifts #localart #overwhelming #pride #bossbabe #lovewhatyoudo

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Cat’s Coffee and Cake

1213 Douglas Street

Cat’s Coffee and Cake sells tasty treats like macarons, cheesecake, and pineapple pastry. Until October 31st, all items are 20% off, so it’s the purrrfect time to give this sweet joint a try!

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Come and check us out!!

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Dumpling Drop

556A Pandora Street

Victoria’s delicious and infamous frozen dumplings are now available downtown.

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Merchant Quarters General Store

801 Government Street

Merchant Quarters is a modern general store offering functional, quality and inspired goods. Fashioned from the early general merchant stores of the 1800s.

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The Hallway

1724 Douglas Street

The Hallway is a social gathering place with a modern west coast shareable style menu alongside a large handcrafted cocktail bar menu with a local beer and wine list. They are committed to providing the best west coast cuisines with almost entirely all BC sourced ingredients.

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Cultured Swine Barbershop

569 Johnson Street

Check out the sweetest new spot to get a fresh cut! This traditional style, single chair shop welcomes everyone’s barbering needs — it’s a safe, inclusive space for all 🏳️‍🌈

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The Red Cedar Café

537 Johnson Street

The Red Cedar Café is a not-for-profit community meal program, fueled by volunteers and mutual aid to provide healthy, tasty, affordable meals to seniors, people in self-isolation and other people in need in Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territory (Victoria, BC).

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Six months, 30,000 meals – and more to do! _____ Thank you for your ongoing support for the Red Cedar Cafe! Today marks 6 months of operations and serving our 30,000th healthy meal to community members in need! We couldn't do it without your support. On Easter Weekend in April, we activated our not-for-profit Community Meal Program in response to the pandemic – opening our doors at a time when most social services & food establishments were closing. Since then, we've grown from an ad hoc group of hospitality industry professionals & community leaders into an organization with more than 300 volunteers and partnerships with dozens of local businesses & community organizations. We've scaled up from 100 meals that first weekend to 2000 meals this week – including 1000 hot meals for unhoused community members and another 1000 tasty frozen meals for other people in need – supporting 500 households across the region, prepared & delivered with love and compassion by our volunteer kitchen & distribution teams, in partnership with the Living & Lived Experience of Homelessness Network and other groups. We've fueled these operations with volunteer labour, food donations from local suppliers & generous financial contributions from Khalsa Aid Canada, the City of Victoria & individual donors. Now, we’re calling on the community to step up in a major way by contributing funds to sustain our operations for the next 6 months. We need to raise $120,000 to keep this vital community service going – operating costs to purchase raw ingredients, packaging & cleaning supplies; utilities & facility costs; & labour costs for leadership positions in cooking & distribution to support our volunteer teams. Please contribute what you can, by etransfer to contact@redcedarcafe.ca, on our website www.redcedarcafe.ca/support-us, or by cheque to Red Cedar Cafe, 537 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1M2. The extraordinary circumstances of Covid-19 will continue through the winter, including social isolation & economic hardship for many low-income people, seniors & people with disabilities. We will continue to meet community needs with your support. Thank you! The Red Cedar Cafe Team

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Good Vibe Space

565 Johnson Street

This new boutique is loaded with goodies to enhance your life and bring happiness into your daily practice.

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