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A day in the life of the Victoria Fringe Guest Producer

By Katt Campbell

My workday begins with a bike ride to the office in the morning. It’s usually sunny, and I like the feeling of biking mixed with the excited anticipation of unopened emails in my inbox. Normally having a bursting-at-the-seams inbox would be stressful, but for me it means correspondence from Fringe artists, staff, volunteers, and patrons – the people who make our work possible.

A camping we will go

With the August long weekend quickly approaching, you may be planning a camping trip or a hike, and may need a few last minute supplies to get you through your trip. Did you know there are seven stores in Downtown Victoria where you can get equipped for your trip? 

We thought it would be fun to ask them a few questions about things you should know before you go! You will find a complete list of stores to find camping supplies and a map at the bottom of this post. If you are heading off, have fun!

 

 

 

Ice Cream in Downtown Victoria

July is National Ice Cream Month! Whether you like soft serve, gelato, small batch or traditional hard ice-cream, Downtown Victoria has 18 locations where you can grab a cone and take your hat off to Ice Cream to celebrate!

We've put together a summary of what you'll find at each location and even included a map at the end for you to explore downtown Victoria through ice cream! ENJOY!

 

Fabulous Fort Street Spring Scrub Up

Since 2014, the 700-block of Fort Street has seen some extra love with the Fabulous Fort Street Spring Scrub Up. Inspired by a former city councillor, Helen Hughes who ran a downtown scrub-up when she was in office, Teri Hustins, owner of Oscar & Libbys thought it was time to bring it back, this time to her block.

Cleaning up the small things

Every week, the DVBA’s Clean Team members clean out 20-25 cigarette butt containers located throughout downtown Victoria. What initially started as a pilot project with Surfrider Vancouver Island and the City of Victoria almost two years ago, has become just another part of the job for the DVBA's Clean Team. 

Downtown Victoria Takes Up the Challenge

On Sunday June 12, you’re going to see a whole new side of downtown Victoria – and Victorians. The UrbaCity Challenge is a unique urban adventure race that pits team against team in Victoria’s beautiful city centre. Hundreds of racers will run amok in downtown Victoria, completing wild and amazing Challenge Stations – all as part of UrbaCity.

Baggins Shoes: The largest selection of Converse & Vans sneakers in the world!

Baggins Shoes, owned by Glen Lynch and business partner Brydie Griffin and located on Lower Johnson Street, offers about 700 styles of Converse and 300 styles of Vans to sneaker aficionados all over the world.

Get Hooked on this Downtown Victoria Deli

Relatively new to downtown Victoria’s growing foodie area along Blanshard and Fort streets is Hook Fine Foods, a gourmet smoked and cured seafood delicatessen that has been open nine months as of December 9.

“We had been looking for a storefront for a couple of years,” said co-owner Chris. “We looked on Government Street but the space was too big. I really liked this building; it’s a good size for us. And this is a good little foodie area.”

She She Bags & She She Shoes - Sister stores for a splash of colour and fun

For long-time residents of Victoria, Shelagh Macartney may look familiar, more familiar even than her two Trounce Alley shops - She She Bags and She She Shoes. Shelagh started out in Trounce Alley with All in Bloom, a lovely gift shop full of quirky, unique items that made perfect gifts for friends and family.

Jam Cafe and Union Pacific - They're family!

Seven years ago, husband and wife team Jim and Candy Walmsley opened Union Pacific Coffee Co. at 537 Herald Street, “I’ve been in the restaurant industry – mostly front of house operations – since I was 16 years old,” said Jim. “I wanted to get out there and do it on my own.”

Originally seeking a location in Vancouver, Jim and Candy couldn’t find a space that suited their vision, so they decided to move back to Victoria where Jim had grown up and still has family.

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