On the Street: Vitamin shop, gelato maestro, SendToNews

The Vitamin Shop celebrates 35 years

The Vitamin Shop is celebrating its 35th anniversary this weekend.

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The downtown business was opened in September 1984 by Bruce Reid and remains in the same location at 1212 Broad St.

Reid introduced the region, and the country, to a progressive retail model in the health food industry with a foundation to “offer consumers high quality brand-name nutritional supplements at discounted prices with unparalleled customer service.”

The Vitamin Shop, which has 35 employees, has grown to include a mail-order service and a website for online sales.

Gelato maestro going to Hollywood

Stefano Mosi, founder of Mosi Gelato, will be competing at the annual Gelato Festival America at the West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center Sept. 28.

There will be 10 contestants from all over North America vying for a chance to compete in the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021 in Italy.

Mosi’s competing flavour is Seamist, which uses Silk Road Tea, fresh mint, lime, lemongrass, peppermint leaves, and restorative seaweed.

On the move

Seaspan Shipyards has appointed James Clarke as its new chief financial officer. Clarke joins Seaspan from the Houston office of SNC Lavalin, where he was the CFO and senior vice-president of finance for the oil and gas division. Clarke will be based at Vancouver Shipyards ... The B.C. Chamber of Commerce has added Arlene Rolston, corporate secretary at the Port of Nanaimo, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

SendtoNews fourth in national growth

Victoria-based SendtoNews, which provides sports video content and advertising, was ranked fourth overall on Canadian Business and Maclean’s Growth 500 List, which tracks Canada’s fastest-growing companies. SendtoNews was also ranked No. 1 in the marketing and media category. “Our growth is driven by our relentless commitment to serving our publishing, sales and content partners and is a reflection of the proven long term value we bring to all of them with our digital video distribution platform,” said chief executive Matthew Watson.

That same list ranked Victoria software developer FreshWorks Studio No. 7 on the Startup-50 ranking of Canada’s top new growth companies. The company was ranked No. 30 last year.

Q wine list tops

For the third consecutive year, Q at the Empress has been given Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. The award recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature an exemplary selection of quality wines that complement the restaurant’s menu and that are well balanced with a high degree of curiosity and interest.

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