Premiere Suites Victoria just wanted to bring some attention to a little gem hidden in Oak Bay! David, the owner and operator of Oak Bay Cobbler, has been working for the last 35 years to help restore Island local’s beloved shoes, purses, and belts. With COVID-19, many local businesses have been struggling, and it is sad to see such a cherished and dedicated craftsman struggle to make it through these last 13 months. The President and Managing Partner of Premiere Suites Victoria has relied on David for the past twelve years.
“For the last 10 or 12 years, I have been taking my shoes, belts, purses and anything else made out of leather to the Oak Bay Cobbler. With COVID-19, I have not been by for a few months, but I recently dropped off shoes that needed a little attention and some Italian boots for David to fix. At that time, David let me know that his business is suffering because of COVID-19. David has punched more holes in my belts, sewn broken stitches in leather jackets and fixed many, many shoes for me. All worth investing a little more money in. David is a great guy, and he is amazing at what he does. Let us help keep him in business and support his family.”. – Rachelle Keeley, President and Managing Partner
Next time you are in or around Oak Bay, think of David, the Oak Bay Cobbler!
Are you planning your big move to Victoria, BC? We all know moving can be very stressful, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Published in Douglas Magazine, Sue Maitland provides great advice for anyone looking to relocate to Victoria. Follow the link to find some great tips before your move and more information about how to access Maitland’s free information sessions.
Summer 2020 has been a little different this time around and you still have time to make the most of it! From beautiful beaches, local restaurants, and breweries to whale watching, hiking trails, and kayaking – there is something for everyone in Victoria. Not sure what to plan? Here are a few links to get you started:
Dear Valued Guests,
Here at Premiere Suites Victoria, we make certain that year-round our guests have a safe and clean home-away-from-home. With the current events around the world, we want to remind you that we are continuing to keep the safety of all of our guests and employees at our top priority. We are taking the threat of COVID – 19 very seriously, and are following proper steps recommended by the “World Health Organization”.
Our team members are taking the following precautions to ensure the health of themselves and the people around them:
· Our housekeeping team is required to wear gloves during each suite clean and dispose of them immediately after use. Hands are to be washed before and after using the gloves.
· Cleaning of suites during a stay is still being done bi-weekly and special focus will be on commonly touched areas, i.e.: handles, keyboard, countertops, phones, remotes, etc.
· Dishes and utensils are being cleaned with the utmost care
· All linens are being washed and dried in high temperatures
· Floors are being disinfected
· The office staff are ensuring that everything in the office is being sanitized properly and frequently
· All sick employees are encouraged to stay home until all symptoms clear
Our team has made hand washing frequently a priority and is taking special precautions in and out of the workplace.
We will also be taking extra precautions with each suite in between clients, by placing Ozone machines in every rental. The Ozone machine of our choice also includes a UV setting that ensures that any harmful bacteria are killed. Please note that we are taking the proper steps to ensure that there are no complications from using the machines in suites.
If you have any questions or concerns about our plan of action, please contact us at (250) 595-5639 or email@example.com
If you have any questions about the COVID – 19 and preventions, please refer to the World Health Organization.
The Premiere Suites Victoria Team
A photo of the Ozone machine below. We are taking extra precautions by placing hightouch items close to the machines.
Everybody is talking about the Black and White
Here in Victoria, everyone is talking about the brand new Black and White condo. Located at 1033 Cook St this six-storey development has an eye-catching appearance but still seamlessly blends into the history-rich neighbourhood of the Upper Fort district. Our two new suites are filled with luxurious details. Such as wide-plank white hardwood, heated ensuite bathroom floors, and striking modern kitchens with flat-panel wood-grain cabinetry and quartz countertops. Both of our suites have 9-foot ceilings and an open floor place; creating the perfect place to entertain guests. Guests will be treated like royalty with all the added benefits the Black and White has to offer. Find out more about these gorgeous suites on our website
Dine Around Victoria 2020
With flurries and sub-zero temperatures hitting Victoria this week, it may take a bit more gumption to leave your comfortable abode – however there is one very good reason to do so! Starting this week on January 17 and running until February 2nd is the city’s most anticipated foodie event – Dine Around Victoria.
Dine Around is an annual event put on by over 60 restaurants in Victoria is an effort to entice locals to try new restaurants and chefs to try new recipes during the industry’s slower months post holiday frenzy and spending. Diners can choose from set price, three-course menus ranging from $20 to $50, with the option to add VQA wine pairings. To celebrate the launch of this event, the Victoria Conference Centre is hosting the Dine Around Kick-off Gala on January 16th. Chefs will be present to discuss their culinary creations, and attendees can try bites from over 50 participating vendors.
Check out this years list of participating restaurants here!
Did you hear that 8 Victoria restaurants have made their way onto Yelp’s list of top 100 places to eat in Canada in 2020? Way to go Victoria! The interesting part is that Yelp created their list by compiling millions of user reviews over the course of 2019 to determine the most popular and highly rated restaurants across the country. So it’s not just Yelp saying we’re good, it’s the thousands of real life individuals who have weighed in with their top picks. One restaurant in particular deserves special mention, as they not only made this list, but they also feature a menu at the Dine Around Victoria event – Olo. Located in Old Town Victoria, Olo features seasonal ingredients sourced right from the island. I just had lunch and my mouth still watered just looking at their Dine Around menu!
989 Johnson St. condos are a sight to be seen
We are so thrilled to welcome three new suites into our portfolio at Victoria’s brand new elite development at 989 Johnson St. What is even more exciting is that one of the suites belongs to our very own Dennis, Premiere Suites Victoria’s Manager of Operations. Dennis has been with us for nearly 10 years and we celebrate with him the acquisition of this stunning new property! Dennis’s suite is already tenanted, but he did take us through our other 4th floor unit. Guests will be treated to fresh new furnishings that adorn this dwelling with concrete and mill work accents. The combination of textures and colours bring a comfortable contemporary feel to the modernity of the two-towered glass structure. Honestly, you have to see these suite to really appreciate how fantastic they are!
Here are a few sneak-peak snapshots of our visit to suite #412:
This chef-inspired kitchen has all the storage you could need
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Today we reached a marketing milestone as we celebrate our 3000 Likes and Followers on Facebook. And it got me to thinking that we wouldn’t be where we are today if it were not for these people, and so many others whom support us in so many ways. Our local Victoria branch has grown from a humble beginning of one apartment to nearly 65 incredible units in 30 properties across Victoria. We couldn’t have done it without you, our social media allies, and ALL whom link our vast web of partnerships.
With sincere and deep gratitude, we thank the following whom have supported, us, trusted, us, and advocated for us over the years, especially our OWNERS who trust us with their homes and investments, the GUESTS who trust our name and our quality accommodations, our STAFF who work around the clock to keep operations running impeccably, to SPINNAKERS BREWPUB for keeping our guests’ bellies full and happy, to our RETAIL partners for our beautiful and modern furnishings/decor, the CONTRACTORS whom we trust to fix, update, and revitalize our suites, to the REALTORS, ADJUSTORS, and RELOCATORS for all your referrals, the PROPERTY MANAGERS, CARETAKERS, and STRATAS who support what we do in so many ways, to our MARKETERS who showcase our product, and our HOTEL PARTNERS who ensure we never have to turn away a guest.
Our partners mean the world to us and with this we say a very heartfelt THANK YOU to all.
Dads are hard to shop for, so let us help take the guesswork out of what to get him for Father’s Day this year. Whether your dad is into golf, hiking, museums, or kicking back with a craft beer and an epic view, we all know the one thing he really wants is to spend time with you.
1. PADDLE COWICHAN BAY
If your dad enjoys getting out on the water, gift an experience and take him for a 2-hour tour with Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre. The best part? When you book a tour on June 16, your father paddles for free!
Insider tip: Use the code FD2019 when booking your tour online.
2. GET YOUR HEARTS RACING
Kick Father’s Day up a notch with a lap around the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. The full-day experience will give hands-on instruction in positioning, control, ideal cornering, dynamic driving and more. Make sure you call ahead to get all the details and arrange your dad’s driving experience.
Image courtesy of Island Motorsport Circuit
3. ENJOY PIZZA, CRAFT CIDER AND LIVE MUSIC
Forget pizza and beer, Merridale takes the concept of pizza and cider to a whole new level. This Father’s Day, treat your dad to an evening on the back deck at Merridale Cidery & Distillery for live music and house-made, brick oven pizzas from the orchard cookhouse.
Insider Tip: Reserve your spot in advance, this is a popular evening!
Image by Deddeda Stemler
4. TAKE HIM TO CAR FREE YYJ
Plan a family bike ride to Car Free YYJ for a full day celebration. Check out the five stages with live entertainment, all-ages licensed areas, a beer garden and more than 400 local artists and makers.
Image via @carfreeyyj
5. PEDAL FOR YOUR PINT
Possibly the most entertaining way to get around the city is The Rolling Barrel, Victoria’s pedal pub tour. Hop on the trolley with your dad and a group of other beer/bike enthusiasts, and pedal to three of Victoria’s iconic pubs. At each stop, you’ll enjoy discounted food and drinks, as well as free appetizers.
If you’d prefer less of a party and more ocean views, opt instead for a Pickle Pub Crawl with Victoria Harbour Ferry. They’ll whisk you across the harbour between several of Victoria’s finest waterfront pubs.
Image via @therollingbarrel
6. ENJOY QUALITY TIME ON THE COURSE
For dads who love to golf, Victoria is the perfect place to enjoy a Father’s Day round. Head to Bear Mountain Golf Club & Academy for a challenging course with stunning views over the Olympic Mountain Range, or treat him to brunch and golf this weekend at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, where you’ll get unbelievable views over the Satellite Channel and Salt Spring Island.
Image courtesy of Westin Bear Mountain
7. CHALLENGE EACH OTHER
With more than 700 board games to play or buy, Victoria’s Interactivity Board Game Cafe is a favourite with locals and a great way to spend quality time with your dad. Challenge one another to a game of wits or battle it out Risk-style; this place has got pretty much any board game you could hope to play.
It’s only $5 to play as many games as you want and stay as long as you like, plus there’s a great menu of snacks, sandwiches, candy and milkshakes to keep you going.
Image by Bob Hewitt Photography
8. GO FISHING
You could also opt for a day of sport fishing with SpringTide. It’s a great option whether your dad is a seasoned fisherman or just a guy who likes to get out on the water. You’ll get a professional guide and a four-rod set-up on a 46′ Sportfish Yacht, plus all the bait, tackle, cleaning, bagging and fishing gear that you’ll need for the trip. For even more guided options, check out these fishing tours around Greater Victoria.
If you and your dad are comfortable taking a boat out without a guide, rent a fishing or sightseeing boat from Pedder Bay RV Resort.
9. VISIT A MUSEUM
What better way to celebrate family than with an exhibition all about families? Head to the Royal BC Museum to enjoy their brand new exhibit, Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises. It’s a super inclusive, interactive exhibit that uncovers the mysteries of the Ancient Maya culture.
This weekend (June 21-23) the Indigenous Cultural Festival will also be taking place just outside the Royal BC Museum. See live performances, shop from Indigenous artisans, and indulge in traditional Indigenous foods.
10. SAY CHEERS! TO DAD
You could also opt for a Victoria Craft Beer & Culinary Tour with Off the Eaten Track, where you’ll enjoy beer samples, food stops and lots of history about Victoria’s craft beer scene. If your dad is interested in the process of making beer as well as drinking it, check out a behind-the-scenes look at Victoria’s breweries with West Coast Brewery Tours.
Image via @canoebrewpub
There you have it! All the inspiration you need to enjoy a great Father’s Day. If you are still looking for more ideas, check out the see & do page or look at the event calendar to see what’s going on around the city.
Encore! We are so thrilled to welcome this incredible property to our portfolio!
Encore is the newest elite addition to the 20 acre master-planned community of Bayview Place, and the newest addition to Premiere Suites rental pool. With impeccable interiors, a stellar location, and amenities galore, there is so much to love about this property.
Perfectly situated in Vic West, you are a 5 minute stroll to downtown, and moments from the Galloping Goose trail and the West Bay Walkway. Miles of coastline start right here at Encore. We invite our guest to explore the gems of this coastal neighbourhood including Spinnakers, the nation’s oldest gasto-brewpub! Amenities of Encore are some of the best in the city. Upon arrival, an on-site concierge is there to greet residents and guests alike. Onsite facilities include a stunning residents lounge, complete fitness facility, and a heated outdoor swimming pool (seasonal). Interiors feature gourmet kitchens with premium appliances, stone countertops, and are equipped with forced-air heating and cooling to provide a comfortable environment year round – A rare find in Victoria!
We furnished this unit from the ground up, and are pretty pleased with the results:
Tell us what you think – we would love to hear from you!