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Larger Apple Store To Open Below Nordstrom at Pacific Centre Fall 2015

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Image: Niels Epting

Which Apple store are you trekking to from Kitsilano these days? Many of us have been braving the hordes at the current Pacific Centre Apple store, which sold more than $75 million last year according to Retail Insider, making it one of the more productive Apple Stores in the company. It figures that Apple needs more space, and they found it below the new Pacific Centre Nordstrom set to open in fall 2015.

According to the plan, the expanded retail space below Nordstrom will be accessible via the Pacific Centre as well as from a new Robson Street escalator entrance. The upgraded Apple store won’t have flagship status, although it will be one of the largest in Canada. Read more…

Vancouver Woman Sues Bikram Yoga Guru for Rape

Image: Wikipedia commons

Image: Wikipedia commons

Six women including a Vancouver yoga instructor Jill Lawler are suing yoga guru Bikram Choudhury for rape.

Lawler alleges she was “repeatedly sexually assaulted, raped and harassed” by Choudhury, and that he “preyed on … her youth and vulnerability … which caused her significant and enduring physical, emotional and psychological harm.”

The civil lawsuit was filed in the California Superior Court in Los Angeles this month. Lawler was 18 years old when she began training with, and then working for, Choudhury’s yoga business. Read more…

Over Eager Hikers Ruining Grouse Grind Trail

Image: Venture Vancouver

Image: Venture Vancouver

Have you yearned for some masochistically satisfying Grouse Grind-ing of late? Apparently, you’re not alone. During the stretch of mild weather, there has been an uptick in the number of people bypassing the Grouse Grind locked gate to workout. But it’s too soon to hike the trail, despite the weather. Doing so is causing harm.   Read more…

The Juicery Co Set To Open in Kitsilano

Image: The Juicery Co

Image: The Juicery Co

We heard this juicy news bite from KitsKitchen, Kitsilano’s small batch soup maker. The Juicery Co is opening a Kitsilano location at 3570 West 4th Avenue, a stone’s throw from our  long-time favourite Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe & Pie Shop.

If you haven’t heard about Juicery Co it’s likely because this family-run operation is located on the North Shore. Their products use entirely organic ingredients and they source locally whenever possible.  The retail shop will sell their bottled juices and nut mylks as well as smoothies, acai bowls, and soups from KitsKitchen. Read more…

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2015

Image: Jakub Ha?un

Image: Jakub Ha?un

Baaa. It’s the year of the ram. You can celebrate the wooly mascot at the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Over 50,000 people come out every year for the vibrant event which includes 3,000 participants such as cultural dance troupes, marching bands and martial arts experts. The lion dancing, in particular, is a sight not to be missed. The event is free to attend and starts at 11am at the Chinatown gate. We’ve included the map below. In case you weren’t aware, our Chinatown is the largest in Canada. We support every effort to keep the historic  ‘hood relevant in the face of suburban flight. If you don’t feel like braving the crowds or the weather, you can still join in: they’ll broadcast it on Shaw TV live and again at 9pm. Read more…

Cool Thing We Want: Bacon Roses from West Broadway Meat & Co. for Valentine’s Day

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Regular roses? Snore. A reader tipped us off about bacon roses at West Broadway Meat & Co. One day later they were on CTV Morning Live. We’ll join the horde of gluttons out there whose idea of true love is a bouquet of crispy porker. They’re $22 a dozen, creative, good-looking, and tasty. They make a nice change from chocs. West Broadway Meat & Co. still has some left and can be reached at 604-733-2220 or via Facebook. Go make someone happy.

Anti-Valentine’s Day and Single’s Valentine’s Day Events in Vancouver

Image: Katie Bell

Image: Katie Bell

Many people in relationships will agree that Valentine’s Day is an annoying commercial carnival. But the fact is, most of them get involved in the party anyway. So what kind of party options are there for singles and/or haters?You can always book a solo session at Float House or try one of these three suggestions we dug up. Read more…

Lululemon’s Chip Wilson Quits Board and Puts Energy Toward Wife/Son Cashmere Start-Up

Chip and Shannon. Image: Wikipedia Commons

Chip and Shannon. Image: Wikipedia Commons

He still owns 13.85% of the company but Vancouver, and more specifically Kitsilano, bigshot Chip Wilson has left the board at Lululemon. After the heinous public gaffes concerning women’s bodies and some other rather tedious corporate drama, Wilson is out. The last straw, as it turns out, concerns a product he refers to as Technical Cashmere, the brainchild of Wilson’s wife (former Lululemon designer) Shannon. Wilson tried to introduce it to Lululemon unsuccessfully. Instead, Shannon and Wilson’s son J.J. are using the fabric as the core textile for their new label: contemporary luxury brand Kit and Ace. At the moment, Kit and Ace has seven stores in Canada and New York.

The name Kit and Ace has an embarrassing backstory we’d like to share. Because it made us chuckle. According to the NYTimes: Read more…

How Kitsilano.ca Became a Blog – Q&A With Founder Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis. Kitsilano.ca founder

Rob Lewis. Kitsilano.ca founder

Today is our 10 year anniversary. Feel free to make some noise.

Most people don’t know how the Kitsilano.ca blog began or what its purpose is. We are not the neighbourhood BIA. We are a simple community blog. Our goal is to cover the neighbourhood beat. We do so thanks to many talented volunteer contributors who share their tips and experiences from all walks of Kitsilano life.

When it all began, February 1, 2005, there were only a couple of guys who needed beer money. Meet Rob Lewis: the guy who founded Kitsilano.ca.

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