Eden Therapy is located in the heart of downtown Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay business lends helping hand to fellow proprietor

A Courtenay business assisted a fellow downtown business owner by way of a loan to pay rent for May.

Had Mackenzie Gartside & Associates not come through, Eden Therapy owner Naomi Friesen likely would have been evicted from her Fifth Street premises.

“It was a stressful experience for me,” Friesen said.

Her business offers massage, acupuncture, yoga and pilates. She has been without income since March when Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gave the order to shut down due to the coronavirus.

Gartside & Associates, a mortgage broker on Cliffe Avenue, is happy to help businesses that are in a pinch during these trying times.

“I don’t want to see any more businesses close,” Mackenzie Gartside said. “We want to make sure that people are able to keep their businesses viable.”

Friesen hopes to be permitted to re-open for business this month.

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