On the street: Three Victoria businesses up for honours

Three Victoria businesses have been nominated to the list of the province’s top 10 small businesses, part of the Small Business B.C. Awards.

The Green Kiss, which sells all-natural cosmetics, was nominated in the Best Community Impact category that recognizes businesses that invest in the community and deem social responsibility as an integral part of business success.

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The Housse — United Stagers and Stylists was named as a semi-finalist in the Best Concept category, which recognizes a business with a creative and viable idea that will have an impact locally or globally.

Clean Air Yard Care, has been named as a semi-finalist for the Best Green Business Award. This award recognizes a business with an outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability through leadership and actions that influence green practices.

The companies had two months to gain as many votes as possible for their businesses using social media, e-communications and word of mouth. The businesses with the most votes in each award category have been named top 10 semi-finalists in the competition.

“With the high quality of nominees this year, it’s going to be a tough job selecting the winners, but we’re very excited to see who comes out on top,” said George Hunter, CEO of Small Business B.C.

The semi-finalists must now complete an award application, which will be used to narrow down the competition to the top five finalists in each category. Those finalists will be announced on Jan. 30 and the winners honoured Feb. 27 at an awards ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.


Pharmacy has health focus


A new pharmacy has opened at 1825 Fort St. promising a focus on health care and nothing but.

Vital Health Pharmacy, owned by pharmacist Jonathon Cox and Don Swainson, is a little different from the usual pharmacy, with its dispensary counter right up front and a private counselling room available for patients to discuss medication protocol and concerns with the pharmacist.

There is also a private treatment room for vaccinations and for those requiring more complex treatment such as injections or intravenous infusion from a nurse.

The pharmacy will also offer prescription delivery and the services of a dietitian as an example of its commitment to people’s overall health.

“We work proactively with other professionals and become an integral part of our client’s health care team,” Cox said.

Vital Health is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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