COVID-19

The Victoria Businesses That Are Delivering Through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced dozens of local businesses to instantly shift gears into offering delivery

By Lee Walker
April 14, 2020
COVID-19

The Victoria Businesses That Are Delivering Through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced dozens of local businesses to instantly shift gears into offering delivery

By Lee Walker
Apr 14, 2020
COVID-19

The Victoria Businesses That Are Delivering Through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced dozens of local businesses to instantly shift gears into offering delivery

By Lee Walker
April 14, 2020
The Victoria Businesses That Are Delivering Through COVID-19
With many of its rooms vacant due to COVID-19 travel shutdowns, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel has opened a meal and grocery delivery service (Oak Bay Beach Hotel).

For the past two weeks, The Capital has been curating a list of which local businesses are still keeping their doors open in Greater Victoria. Among them was a number of stores and restaurants who were offering delivery for the first time.

SkipTheDishes, UberEats. DoorDash, Tutti and Magic continue to offer delivery options for a wide cross-section of Victoria businesses, and existing delivery providers such as Ali Baba Pizza, Bolen Books and Thrifty’s are operating the same as always. But the following list is devoted to the local businesses who may not typically be in the delivery business. Until this quarantine lifts, this may be your only chance to buy their product without first needing to put on pants. And, with so many of these businesses struggling to keep their heads above water, you can justifiably consider it your civic duty to get a cocktail or a pint of ice cream dropped off on your front stoop.  

Beer and Wine 

Blue Grouse Winery
Free delivery to anyone who lives within 10 km of this Duncan winery, and free delivery to anyone else in BC who orders more than six bottles. 

Category 12 Brewery
Delivery is $5 for order of $50 or more, and free for orders of more than $100.

Hoyne Brewing
Free delivery within roughly 20 km of the brewery with a minimum $60 order. Same day delivery if you order by 10 a.m. 

Lighthouse Brewing Company
Delivery available within 10 km of their brewery, which basically covers everywhere from Colwood to Oak Bay. Minimum order of $50 plus a $5.60 delivery fee. 

Phillips Brewery
Phillips was one of the first local breweries to retool into offering delivery, and they’re doing by partnering with West Coast Brewery Tours. You’ve got to order at least a flat, and pay a $5 delivery fee. 

Vancouver Island Brewery
Deliveries within a 20 km radius of the brewery. Check their site to see when they deliver to your neighbourhood. 

Whistle Buoy Brewing
Delivery three times a day, with same-day deliveries until 6 p.m. 

Bakeries 

Dutch Bakery
This Victoria institution can get you your fix of Dutch pastries for a flat fee of $10. 

Empire Donuts
Free delivery on orders over $15 within 8 km of their Cook Street location.

Fry’s Bakery
A limited number of local deliveries are available for elderly or immunocompromised customers.  

La Roux Patisserie
Deliveries anywhere within Downtown, Oak Bay, James Bay and Ross Bay.

The Bikery
The Bikery offers free bicycle deliveries of baked goods in normal times, but only more so in recent weeks. 

Wild Fire Bakery
Give them two days’ notice and they’ll get bread to any address within 6 km of the bakery.

Coffee

Bows & Arrows Coffee
They’re running a slimmed down menu to reduce spoilage, but deliveries of roasted coffee are free to anyone who lives within 10 km of their Rock Bay roastery. For everyone else in Canada, free shipping with a minimum $45 order. 

Caffe Fantastico
Free neighbourhood delivery of coffee, grocery boxes and coffee paraphernalia. 

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Assorted food 

49 Below Ice Cream
If you live anywhere on the Saanich Peninsula, this Victoria-based maker of artisanal ice cream will get their product right to your front door if you get a subscription to their monthly Pint Club. 

Charelli’s
The Foul Bay Road cheesemonger and European-style deli will customize delivery or pickup, just call or shoot them an email. 

Dumpling Drop
Delivering handmade frozen dumplings between 2:30 and 6:30, Tuesday and Friday.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel
With their usual business severely curtailed by a global travel slowdown, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is now delivering meal kits, food packs, spa products and all manner of beer and wine. 

Singing Bowl Granola
No contact doorstop deliveries of granola throughout Greater Victoria on orders over $20. 

Ottavio
This Italian bakery and delicatessen can get you fresh pizza dough or a wide cross-section of specialty foods and cheeses. 

The Village
Normally a local chain with five locations, The Village has shifted entirely to offering specialty and curated grocery delivery. 

Restaurants 

Barb’s Fish & Chips
The Fisherman’s Wharf favourite has implemented an “action plan” to continue slinging fish through the pandemic, including an in-house delivery setup.

Brewskys Taphouse
Free delivery to anyone within 5 km of their Brentwood Bay location. 

Ferris’ Grill & Garden Patio
Victoria’s iconic oyster bar can still get you a meal through DoorDash, but they’ve also opened a whole online store offering produce, supply boxes, meal kits and specialty foods and drink. 

Gigi’s Cafe
Although their online store of frozen soups is sold out as of this writing, they are offering help with grocery and pharmacy runs for anyone living in the Quadra Village area. 

Heron Rock Bistro
Now offering delivery of food, beer and wine to anyone in James Bay, Fairfield, Vic West, Esquimalt, Downtown and Oak Bay.

Japanese Village
They aren’t offering their full menu, but they will deliver sauces and gift cards. 

Jones Bar-B-Que
They’ll deliver BBQ to your door if you’re between their Cook St. shop and either Mackenzie Avenue or Admirals Road. For everyone else, they offer the unique experience of arranging a swap in a pre-arranged parking lot. 

Pho Halong Vietnamese Kitchen
Now offering in-house delivery, and they’ll soon have a mobile ordering app. 

Pho Vy
Delivery offered within a set radius of their Victoria and Langford locations, with no fuel charge throughout the length of the pandemic. 

Puerto Vallarta Amigos
They’re still offering pickup at their Fisherman’s Wharf and Uptown locations, or you can phone in a delivery for tamales and cerveza.

Restaurante La Tortilla Mexicana
It’s approaching one full month that this Quadra Street establishment has been closed to sit-in diners. Call when they’re open and they’ll arrange delivery. 

Savoury Cafe
Owner Al Pang is offering “I don’t want to go out of business” soup. Text for delivery options. 

Shine Cafe
Deliveries from 9 to 2 every day, provided you live south of Hillside and east of Wharf St.  

Willows Pizza
While still mostly offering pickup, they do deliver from Thursday to Sunday. 

Don’t see a business on the list? If it’s not at SkipTheDishes, UberEats. DoorDash, Tutti, email us a link at contact@capnews.ca

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