Janina Tokarski and her daughter Paulina are well on their way to building a perogy empire, beginning on Vancouver Island.
The mother-daughter duo have recently opened up a new location of Hungry Rooster Perogies on Bowen Road, adjacent to Bowen Centre.
The partners have been running a successful perogy food truck business in Victoria for more than a year and decided to open a store in Nanaimo because of its central location on the Island.
Janina said her Polish heritage guides her in the commercial production and distribution of perogies and she uses only local sources for her ingredients that have no chemicals, hormones or antibiotics.
She said her family business is passionate about the fusion of eastern European tastes with worldwide flavors and is excited to bring their creations to local consumers.
"Hungry Rooster perogies are made with love from a secret family recipe," she said from her Nanaimo store Tuesday.
"Business has been picking up as people begin to realize we're here and what we offer."
B.C. Hydro plans a major redevelopment for its main operating facility in Nanaimo, located on Madsen Road.
Spokesman Ted Olynyk said the plans are still in the development stage, but the Crown corporation is looking to completely tear down the aging existing structure and build a new stateof-the-art facility to help meet the growing energy needs ofNanaimo and the mid-Island region.
Olynyk said if the project goes ahead as planned, the new building should be completed within the next couple of years.
"As with all our new buildings, it will be constructed to be able to withstand whatever events that can occur," he said.
"We have to be able to put the lights back on after an event so our buildings are constructed to the highest standards."
The 2013 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering will take place September 15 in support of Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
The event, presented by the German Auto Import Network which includes the newly opened BMW and Mercede-Benz dealerships in Nanaimo, will feature hundreds of spectacular cars and motorcycles of all makes and models, as well as entertainment, food, and fun for the entire family.
This family-oriented event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is by donation, with a suggested minimum or $2 per person.
"Join us at this year's Vancouver Island Motor Gathering for a day of family fun and an exciting lineup of cars and motorcycles, including the world's first production motorcycle, the 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller; all to benefit a great cause," said spokeswoman Cindy Mui.
Odds and ends: A new David's Tea location will open in October in Woodgrove Centre.
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