Amanda Whitefield has brought her expertise in yoga to Nanaimo. Whitefield, who was born in Nanaimo but spent much of her life in the Cowichan Valley, recently opened Zen City Studios to provide personalized yoga training to individuals, or to groups, as required.
She said Zen City is currently a mobile yoga and wellness studio that serves the Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley areas, but she has plans to open a permanent studio as the business develops.
Whitefield, who has a background in bookkeeping, said she was introduced to yoga as a child to assist her through some personal health problems and it has become a way of life for her ever since.
She said she has already contracted to teach yoga methods at an alternative school in Duncan and is making headway into providing private lessons for clients in the region at their homes.
"I also offer weekend meditation groups, including awareness walks, meditation circles, laughing yoga and much more," Whitefield said.
"The type of service I offer is also great for corporations, organizations, schools and other groups, as well as individuals."
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New owner, new name
ABC Precast & Ready Mix Ltd. has a new owner and a new name.
AJ Hustins, who was the general manager of the longstanding concrete company, recently entered into a lease agreement with ABC's previous owners, Pennecon Ltd., to run the operation that is located on the Island Highway just south of Nanaimo.
The name of the new company is Nanaimo Precast Ltd. and it offers a full range of concrete and structural precast products, including bridges and bridge components, blast walls, precast building panels, architectural precast products, precast marine components and roadside barriers.
Hustins said the new company will also be producing and selling a full line of septic and holding tanks, cisterns and wastewater treatment systems, among other services and products.
"We're only in our second week of operation as Nanaimo Precast. The industry is growing on the Island and we're confident we'll be successful," he said.
Nanaimo-based Torry and Sons Plumbing and Heating Ltd. is being placed in receivership, The family-run business, a major mechanical contractor on Vancouver Island, has been in operation since 1981 and has 135 employees in locations in Nanaimo and Victoria.
"The closure of Torry and Sons will have a substantial impact on the industry, as they were doing work in Victoria, Nanaimo and other cities on Vancouver Island," said Brian Findlay, president of Andrew Sheret Ltd. and a Torry and Sons supplier for more than 28 years.
"This is a big loss for us and for the community."
Maple View Bed & Breakfast received the 'Expedia Insiders Select 2013' award last week.
Peter Hardie, owner of the B&B located on Rock City Road, said he was pleased that his business was among just three B&Bs on Vancouver Island selected for the honour. Expedia Lodging Partner Services presents its annual select list each year to recognize the best hotels around the globe based on the input of their customers.
Based on more than one million guest reviews submitted each year to Expedia, Maple View was chosen as one of only 650 worldwide to receive the award this year.
"This is not only a great accolade for ourselves but also for Nanaimo," Hardie said.
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