Dan Gunn was taking a walk through his home town back east when he received an intriguing text from Vince Vaccaro himself. It contained a link to a few instrumental songs that made Dan’s eyes wide with excitement.
Vince Vaccaro is currently working on a project called #SantaSol. He’s put together these incredible instrumental tracks specifically to be used by surf movies!
“Golden” is more of a psychedelic track and “Poseidon” is a completely different side of Vince we’ve never heard before.
Take a listen in the clip below from the Zone at 91.3fm’s morning show and check out Vince Vaccaro’s website for more of his work!
If you’re a local in Victoria, it’s not often you don’t know of an incredible event or meeting space completely unique from the rest… but this one is good at staying hidden – a part of its charm.
The Fort Common is a revitalized brick carriage courtyard in the heart of downtown Victoria. A blank slate, this 3000 sq ft urban outdoor venue is located down an alley in between Starbucks and Be Love on Blanshard and Fort.
It’s open to the public in summer months during the day, making it a perfect spot to have lunch or hold a quick meeting. You can also book the space for events large and small, including family reunions, weddings, corporate retreats and large meetings.
The hidden location, paired with the exposed brick, lights, patio furniture and historic setting make this spot just about perfect. Did we mention it’s surrounded by some of the best food spots in town? Chorizo & Co, Fish Hook, Be Love, La Taquisa, Yalla, Farm & Field Butcher and Discovery Coffee all surround the property!
Picking up on the topic of local businesses run by women entrepreneurs (so far we’ve featured Singing Bowl Granola and Earth’s Herbal), Dan Gunn discusses two more local businesses: Empire Donuts and Jenny Marie’s Cracker Company.
Empire Donuts aren’t your average donut (or doughnut if you want to be real Canadian about it). All the donuts are made by hand, from scratch, with quality ingredients. These babies come in all types of flavours, many of which are very unique such as: Lemon Coconut, Earl Grey, Lavender, Cinnamon Toast, Maple Butter, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Brown Butter Toffee Pecan, Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Maraschino Cherry and MUCH more!
Melanie Laverick is the owner and operator of Empire Donuts and she’s been baking more than ever now that Empire has it’s very own shop at 736 View Street. They’re open Tuesday to Friday 8am until Sold Out, and Saturday 9am until Sold Out. You can also buy these delectable delights from: 2% Jazz, Picnic Coffee, Niagara Grocery, Hide + Seek Coffee, Fairfield Market, Second Crack Coffee, Shatterbox Coffee, Ground Control Cafe, Koffi and Fernwood Coffee. They also deliver right to your office. Sorry, none of them are fat free. www.empiredonuts.ca
Jenny Marie’s passion for fresh and wholesome food was born in her Grandmother’s Newfoundland kitchen. Jenny Marie’s Cracker Company uses simple ingredients, free of artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, GMO’s and hydrogenated oils. These small-batch artisan crackers are freshly baked and either enjoyed on their own, topped with fresh local cheeses, preserves or charcuterie.
You can purchase Jenny Marie’s crackers from: Moss Street Market, Oak Bay Market, Sidney Night Market, Niagara Grocery, Pepper’s Foods, “The Local” (Haultain Corners), The Rootcellar, Ottavio Bakery & Delicatessen, Slaters Meats, Oak Bay Seafood, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Carnivore Meats & More, Deep Cove Market, Nicholas Randall, Fairways Markets, Fantastico Bar-Deli and more. www.jennymariescrackers.com
Listen below as Dan Gunn discusses all of this, ermmm “fidget spinners”, and more on the Zone at 91.3fm…
“Before there were tight pants, lumberjack shirts, beards and people saying the word ‘artisanal'” there was Earth’s Herbal. Local entrepreneur, Lily Fawn, started up Earth’s Herbal in 1992 with the intent of sharing her unique herbal products with the community.
Lily has schooling in holistic medicine, healthcare, phytotherapy and the science of herbal remedies.
The recipes she started creating were for individual clients when she was a Holistic Consultant. The incredible blends were such a success, she was highly encouraged to create a line of products for purchase. This spawned Earth’s Herbal Products, “an ever growing line of organic tinctures, ointments, aromatherapy, sensual products and herbal teas that are not only delicious but also of the highest quality available.” There’s even a PMS and Menopause tea!
You may have seen the fun packaging in stores around Victoria, including Ground Control Cafe. They’re colourful, playful and humorous. A few of the more popular flavours are The Study Buddy, Hangover Tea and Apple Pie.
Her line of sensual products includes lube and nipple gel, and she even makes “Man Stuff” cologne with Rum and Bay leaves!!
Click below to hear more about Earth’s Herbal on the B-Side show on the Zone at 91.3fm.