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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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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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