Saying goodbye after 30 years on Beacon

After almost 30 years on Beacon Avenue, Inga Michel of Tivoli Gallery at 2475 Beacon Ave. is retiring

From left

After almost 30 years on Beacon Avenue, Inga Michel of Tivoli Gallery at 2475 Beacon Ave. is retiring.

Michel, who started Tivoli in 1985, said the timing is right for her to retire but that she will miss the gallery and her many faithful customers.

“I’ve had a lot of success over the last 30 years and I only have my wonderful staff and loyal customers to thank for that,” she said.

“I would like to extend a special thanks to Wendy Lopez and Nicole Guldner who have worked with me for the past number of years, as well as Penny who was with me for 16 years and my late husband Karl.”

It was Karl, she said, who got her started on her personal claim to fame, her watercolour line depicting whimsical birds he dubbed Inga Birds.

“He was a framer and had a great eye for art,” Michel said.

Michel, 76, said one of her favourite parts of owning the business was sourcing the local artists and pieces to bring in for sale.

“I always loved tracking down artists and lines to bring in to the store for my customers,” Michel said.

“For me it was almost like being a detective, which I always wanted to be as a child,” she laughed.

“Inga is a great supporter of local artisans,” added Tivoli Gallery employee Wendy Lopez.

Lopez said the store has become a destination for locals and tourists alike who are searching for souvenirs that represent the northwest coast.

“We have a lot of local First Nations pieces and unique items that have been purchased here and taken all over the world,” she explained.

The future of Tivoli Gallery, which was sold in late summer, is a bit unclear, said Michel.

“I know it was bought by a Chinese family but I don’t know of any of their plans for it yet,” she explained, adding that current staff will be kept on through the ownership change.

“I will be watching with interest to see how and if it changes,” she said.

For now, Michel said she’s looking forward to retirement.

“Owning and operating a business is a lot of work, so I’m really looking forward to slowing down, catching up on sleep and being able to do the things I didn’t get to do because I was always so busy.”

Michel will remain in Sidney and said she will continue to do contract work in her spare time.

“I hope to do some consulting and window displays for other business, so I will still be visible in the town.”

The store will close under Michel’s ownership this Friday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m.

 

Just Posted

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

UVic’s cutting-edge centre leading the way in drones and AI

Centre For Aerospace Research works with partners including Department of National Defence

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read