The tea leaves foresaw changes in store for Nanaimo specialty tea merchant Tea Desire.
The purveyor of fine teas from around the globe has moved to Country Club Centre, from Woodgrove Centre.
The business, which has catered to the tastes of tea aficionados around the Island since 2008, found itself shopping for a new landlord home when its fiveyear lease came up.
Tea Desire is now relocated to its new digs, but the grand opening celebration is on Saturday. "A lot of customers coming to the new location are customers who previously shopped with us," said Tony Aupers, who shares ownership of the shop with his wife, Heidi.
The couple, who operated a diner in Sicamous for years, decided to become tea merchants because they wanted to move into something healthier "more healthy than burgers and fries," Tony said. They researched teas of the world and built up a wide selection of specialties, such as assam and darjeeling from India Ceylonese Pu-Erh some Chinese blends through decaffeinated, flavoured and infusion teas, such as green, fruit, rooibas, jasmine, organic, yellow, oolong, herbal blend and ayuvital, to name a few. Saturday's celebration will include free tea and cookies, a 20-per cent store-wide discount on tea and wares, live music - and of course, tea readings.
Christmas may still seem far away but downtown merchants are already gearing up to be ready for the Christmas shopping season.
The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association will offer gift wrapping services as a fundraiser for charities.
The organization is now reaching out to non-profit groups with an interest to raise money through the program. All wrapping supplies and tools are provided; charities must provide volunteer wrappers.
Gift wrapping hours will be each weekend from Nov. 30 to Dec. 22. Shifts available are: Fridays 2-6 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-4 p.m. For more information, please contact Corry Hostetter, DNBIA general manager, at 250-754-8141
United Floors is the new name for United Carpets. The name reflects what consumers have come to know about United - it's more than just a carpet store. United Floors is at 2520 Bowen Rd.
Co-op opens gas bar
Building on its success as a preferred fuel source, Mid-Island Co-op is building another gas bar.
This time it's in Parksville, on the site of the old Save-on-Gas at Corfield Street and East Island Highway.
The new store is set to open in spring.
Clarity Hearing is now Hearing Life Canada.
The name change happened over summer.
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