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#1021 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 May 2021 - 05:15 AM

Cadboro Bay Village gets its coffee shop back

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The Sparlings expect to open any day, awaiting final paperwork to clear through Saanich. The couple have been busy “de-Starbucking” the space for several months, have hired new staff and completed training, and are fine-tuning a menu that will include takeaway snacks and sandwiches for picnics on the nearby beach.

 

Will Sparling said the ­Cadboro Bay location is a perfect spot to replicate what the couple have in their Moka House in Cook Street Village. That ­location is extremely popular with area ­residents as well as others ­visiting Beacon Hill Park or shopping on Cook Street. On most days, the patios are overflowing — ­living up to its official name Moka House Coffee + Community.


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#1022 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 30 May 2021 - 10:57 AM

Shatterbox Coffee is moving into a new, smaller space within the Public Market; the new space is along Douglas St so it might have exterior access too (currently it is along a bank of windows)…
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#1023 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 06:30 PM

There’s a large banner at the downtown Doubletree Hotel saying that Starbucks will be opening soon.
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Posted 17 June 2021 - 06:47 PM

It looks like the hotel also got a new paint job? Passed by this afternoon and noticed that.
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#1025 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 02:46 AM

Starbucks baristas at Douglas and Alpha streets in Victoria have settled a collective agreement with the international coffee giant.

https://www.vicnews....h-coffee-giant/

On June 29, United Steelworkers (USW) announced that workers at the drive-thru location unanimously ratified a three-year deal the union says protects against workplace violence and aggression, offers leave following domestic violence and calls for wage increases of up to $2.47 per hour based on years of service.



missing from the article that everyone wants to know - how much will they be paid? but of course not answered by the article. lame.

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#1026 Mike K.

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 08:00 AM

Steelworkers?
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#1027 Benezet

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 08:28 AM

Steelworkers?


USW has been representing workers in all sorts of sectors for decades now.

https://m.usw.org/un...and-work-places
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#1028 Mike K.

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 08:34 AM

I guess that’s not unlike Farmer’s Insurance in the US.

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 09:04 AM

Steelworkers?


How else is one supposed to make that so called ‘bulletproof’ coffee’?
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#1030 gstc84

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Posted 27 July 2021 - 12:30 PM

Staff at Wild Coffee (corner of Yates and Broad) are on strike today. I seem to recall they made news about 5 years ago for not paying their employees - seems like it's still an issue (among others...)

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#1031 zoomer

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Posted 27 July 2021 - 12:35 PM

Interesting approach.. I feel for them, but I definitely won't be going there until I hear they have a new owner. Which I may never find out, so I'll just never go again. If they were going to quit anyways then this approach isn't as scorched earth as it appears.

#1032 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 July 2021 - 12:43 PM

how does a “strike” work at a non union workplace? odd.

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Posted 27 July 2021 - 02:19 PM

how does a “strike” work at a non union workplace? odd.

 

Informal use of the term, I guess. Staff just kept the cafe closed and stood out front with signs and banners. Will be curious to see if they keep it up or if this was a one-day action while the owner's out of the country.



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Posted 27 July 2021 - 04:17 PM

In other news, their Facebook page is advertising that they are hiring for part and full time baristas.



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Posted 28 July 2021 - 07:31 AM

I know a young person who worked at a restaurant with a similar attitude toward overtime--they'd clock you out at eight hours even though there's always a half hour of clean-up left. I tried to explain how this was exploitive and he just gave me the "OK boomer" eyeroll like I was some sort of 1930s union organizer out of touch with the 21st century workplace culture.


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#1036 Mike K.

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 07:37 AM

I’m sure the tax free weekly cash tip out was nice, though.
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#1037 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 08:01 AM

In other news, their Facebook page is advertising that they are hiring for part and full time baristas.

 

they've had to unpublish while things blow over.  



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Posted 02 September 2021 - 04:24 PM

Wild Cafe & Bistro, located at 632 Yates Street, has closed indefinitely.

A notice of repossession was posted to the former business’ front door on August 25th, and according to the post, the building owners have changed the locks and no one is allowed on the premises without their permission.

In late July, staff at Wild Cafe & Bistro refused to go to work after they claimed the owner wasn’t meeting basic employment standards.


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#1039 grantpalin

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 09:56 AM

Cafe Fantastico in Quadra Village seems to be framing an outdoor seating area.

 

No apparent progress at Bubby's across the street.

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#1040 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 09:46 AM

Bubby Rose is preparing to become a roaster of coffee and will use it for their cafe drinks whilst also offering it for sale to the public.  I think they will have the facility within their Quadra Village location, which might also explain why it's taking a while to open...



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