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Being An Entrepreneur

It is not easy, starting a business. I know. www.coastindependent.com is mine. A labour of love. But it is a tough slog. You have a dream; you have the energy and motivation; but there are just so many hurdles and challenges. Your publisher’s friend, Sue, runs an amazing visionary business called gojigo. Go to her… Keep Reading


Pet Store Madness

Do we need a new Costco-style pet mart on the Coast? Pet Valu is a monster chain of pet stores that is apparently coming to Gibsons, having already opened its barn doors in Sechelt. We have a handful of independent pet supply stores on the Coast that could well be wiped out by another monster… Keep Reading


The Walmart Myth

It seems every time a sizable vacant property is cleared, Sunshine Coast residents start speculating about whether Walmart Canada is coming to the area. It’s been nearly a decade since Walmart announced it was going to build a 115,000-sq.-ft. store, in partnership with Wesbild, beside the Gibsons Park Plaza. From www.coastreporter.net Keep Reading


No farms, no beer

The clock is ticking for Persephone Brewing Co. after a panel of the Agricultural Land Commission gave the Sunshine Coast’s farm-based brewery two years to comply with provincial regulations, or halt operations. Persephone had hoped to get around a requirement that it grow at least 50 per cent of the raw material for its beer… Keep Reading

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