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#61 Mike K.

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 10:07 AM

Have they broken the local Groupon record yet?

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#62 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 10:09 AM

Have they broken the local Groupon record yet?

 

They're up there, for sure.


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#63 Baro

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 10:50 AM

I've never been but I can't say no to 50% off


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#64 Bob Fugger

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:07 PM

It seems as though world famous New York publications have taken notice of Victoria, as of late.  In addition to today's article in the Sunday New York Times, Victoria has been profiled in none other than The Wall Street Journal. It's a nice, in depth article that wanders beyond the usual downtown tourist traps.  Specific mention is made of Fernwood and The Fernwood Inn: 

 

"By contrast, Victoria’s alternative side thrives in the funky Fernwood neighborhood east of downtown. In the last decade, neighborhood associations have spearheaded the transformation of the buildings around Fernwood Square. An old Methodist church became the multi-staged Belfry Theatre; the Fernwood Inn, a former dive bar, was reborn as a pub serving local ales and ciders. The once-rundown building across from the Inn now houses the Crossroads (sic), an espresso bar that has become an unofficial community meeting place, and the relaxed Stage Wine Bar, where one can dine on small plates of cauliflower pakora, Salt Spring Island mussels, and gnocchi."

 

https://www.wsj.com/...cool-1523375069


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#65 Matt R.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:31 PM

Ha, no salt Spring Island mussels this month!

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#66 Nparker

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:51 PM

In the last decade, neighborhood associations have spearheaded the transformation of the buildings around Fernwood Square. An old Methodist church became the multi-staged Belfry Theatre...

These high-end journalists might want to do a quick Google search before committing their "facts" to print. It only took me a second to confirm that the transformation of Fernwood began decades ago, especially if one uses the Belfry as a starting point.

...The Springridge Cultural Centre was founded in 1974 by Michael Stephen to promote culture in the city and make use of the church’s vacant space. The building was renamed the Belfry in 1976, and the first professional adult theatre production was mounted in 1977...

http://www.belfry.bc...story-building/

 



#67 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:54 PM

And the NRG bought the other building in 2005:

 

http://fernwoodnrg.c...rnerstone-cafe/

 

We can’t take all of the credit, but Fernwood is thriving—a big shift from 2005 when the Village was at a real low point. Back then business turnover was very high, the Cornerstone Building was boarded-up and derelict. No one else would take the risk on our village—and so, with the enthusiastic support of the neighbourhood, Fernwood NRG bought the Cornerstone Building.

 


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:22 PM

It’s behind a paywall for me. Guess I’ll have to go to the local library to read a hard copy, lol.

#69 Matt R.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:27 PM

Roberta Martell, who was the ED of the NRG 2004-2010 or so, was responsible for getting the Cornerstone building from Robin Kimpton, building the cafe and generally making the NRG into what it is. Roberta and her partner now own and run the best restaurant on Salt Spring.

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#70 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:29 AM

Hmmmmm

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#71 tjv

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:08 AM

We can’t take all of the credit, but Fernwood is thriving—a big shift from 2005 when the Village was at a real low point

 

http://fernwoodnrg.c...rnerstone-cafe/

I think by 2005 Fernwood was definitely on an upswing and definitely not "at a real low point".  10 years earlier in 1995 maybe



#72 aastra

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:26 AM

 

In the last decade, neighborhood associations have spearheaded the transformation of the buildings around Fernwood Square...

 

How's that Vic High project going?


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#73 Bob Fugger

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:44 AM

I think by 2005 Fernwood was definitely on an upswing and definitely not "at a real low point".  10 years earlier in 1995 maybe

It was still kinda shitty in 2005 - I mean better than 10 years previous, but it was still suffering from the reputation hangover of the previous decade.  Cornerstone (2005), FWI (2007) and Stage (2008) certainly mark the renaissance of Fernwood Square swinging into high gear.


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