Top 3 Local Vancouver Island Businesses

Vancouver Island Brewery - Vancouver Island Brewery was the Island's first craft brewery. From humble beginnings in a small warehouse in Central Saanich in 1984 they began by handcrafting a small selection of draught only products for pub customers on Vancouver Island.

Through loyal Island support, they began to grow and add to their portfolio of fresh handcrafted local ales and lagers. In 1995, they grew out of their original operation and made the decision to build a new brewery at 2330 Government Street in Victoria B.C. where the brewery still stands and operates today.

They have grown from just 6 employees in 1984 to over 40 today and all of their brewery employees are “Islanders” with true Island roots. They have developed a 25 year tradition and connection with Vancouver Island and are proud of their history of supporting numerous local businesses, charities, and community events over the years. Part of the breweries philosophy will always be to make a positive impact and commitment to our local community and economy and to ensure they stay vibrant, growing and long lasting.

Lulu's Local - Launched on October 8th, 2011, at Village Food Market on Gabriola Island, Lulus Local is a Distribution Network that supports our Cultural Economy, in the form of a Social Enterprise(*) in the making that connects local artisan producers with independent merchants. Any profits will help support local arts and artists. Our dream is that Lulu’s Local will help create relationships that support community food culture, artisan producers, and local artists, in a lively, creative, and sustainable model.

The seeds for this project were planted with the launch of Lulu’s Lager and with our collaboration with Gabriolan artisan Margot Fedoruk (Starfish Soap Company), who has created the luscious Lulu’s Soap. We are now working with several artisan producers, both from Gabriola and from around the Vancouver Island region, and are very excited to be helping to bring their high quality, sensually appealing, and environmentally conscious products to you

Local's Restaurant (Comox Valley) - At Locals we are about celebrating the uniqueness of the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island and hold a strong belief in local environmental sustainability and quality. We are dedicated to providing a superior dining experience through our strong connections with local food producers to provide quality products for your dining pleasure, offered with heartfelt service.

We are story tellers, sharing the Valley stories from our heart. Locals facilitates closing the producer-consumer gap through our story telling on the menu, in our photo gallery, and in our server’s engagement.

Everyone who works at Locals is passionate about the quality of life in the Comox Valley. All team members are recognized and valued for their distinct contributions, and are integral to Locals operation.

Since opening in 2008, Locals has become synonymous with fine local dining and setting the standard for the Valley’s growing food culture. For lunch or dinner you will find authentic local fare while you dine in casual elegance


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