Having worked in downtown Victoria for more than a decade now, it has become my comfort zone, my home away from home, my happy place. And working in a local small business you have the chance to get to know your neighbours, and a real sense of community develops. Sometimes it feels like you see your work neighbours more than your own family! But seeing those familiar faces walk past and wave or popping into a bakery down the street for a quick treat and chat is what makes your day. It feels good to support your neighbours and grow those relationships. Downtown Victoria is full of welcoming businesses that make all feel welcome, locals and visitors! And if you ever need a pick-me-up or a cozy moment, there's always a coffee shop or bakery near by with a sweet treat and friendly face to brighten your day.
- Leah Davis