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Victoria Dining Guide

Victoria Dining Guide

Wondering where to dine in Victoria? I LOVE trying new restaurants, and I've been compiling my BIG list of favourite eateries for more than a decade. Click the fork-and-spoon image to read my Victoria Dining Guide.

Panache Home Decor Consignment Boutique has Reopened

I was saddened when Panache Home Decor Consignment Boutique on Esquimalt Road closed its doors. Owner Jeff Isenor certainly gave it a good try, investing some five years in the neighbourhood. The closure, he promised, would not be permanent; he just needed to find a new, higher-traffic site for the . . . → Click to read full blog


Ride the IKEA Bus from Victoria to Richmond for a Shopaganza!


There is a wonderful and surprisingly little-known solution for IKEA-starved Islanders: the Pacific Coach Lines’ IKEA Day Trip, just $40 *return* fare per person. . . . → Click to read full blog


Milkman’s Daughter is a Wonderful, One-of-a-Kind Store: Victoria, BC


If you have not yet made a visit to the Milkman’s Daughter, it’s time. I can’t think of any other shop in Victoria where the merchandise is so consistently surprising and unique.

If you’re familiar with the screen-printed clothing at Smoking Lily, Victoria’s tiniest retail shop at 569A Johnson Street . . . → Click to read full blog


New Victoria HomeSense Store is OPEN!


In an interesting twist this morning, my own Scrimp or Splurge website gave me some exciting news for Victoria shoppers. A Google ad popped up on my home page proclaiming that Victoria’s new HomeSense store is NOW OPEN! Woohoo!

I know I’m not the only one who has watched the . . . → Click to read full blog


Victoria’s Best Household Consignment Stores


GOOD THINGS (250-598-9393), 104-1841 Oak Bay Avenue.

Rejoice, rejoice! Good Things household consignment store has reopened in Oak Bay.

When Good Things closed earlier this year because of fire, smoke, and water damage, regular patrons feared it might be the end for this wonderful store. I’m happy to report . . . → Click to read full blog


A Steal on Teak Patio Chairs at an Eclectic Vic West Antiques Shop


I am through with plastic patio furniture. While resin deck chairs may seem like a bargain in the big-box stores, most stain and crack after even a year outdoors. I felt a surge of satisfaction this spring as I hurled the two dirty greyish-white chairs and bistro table off my . . . → Click to read full blog