Love or hate the newest Kitsilano ice cream shop DIP?

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We shared our favourite Kitsilano ice cream shops and readers had a lot to say about the new DIP Ice Cream store that just opened at 2967 West Broadway. The shop is tucked between a dollar store and a sushi joint and co-owned by friends Tanya Shklanka and Robyn Harding.

In order to stand out from the rest of the ice cream shops in Kitsilano, DIP is all about the dip. Soft serve cones are dipped into various forms of chocolate topping before being dazzled with a coating of toppings. But that’s not the whole story. Some of our readers have already complained about the prices (not that Rain or Shine is cheap!) and we found out why they’re on the high side. DIP creates homemade soft-serve ice cream using milk from Birchwood Dairy in Abbotsford, and dips cones in Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate, before decorating the local-ethical goodness with different toppings and drizzles. That costs. Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

Creative Kitsilano neighbours come together for a salon

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Kitsilano has long been a nurturing neighbourhood for creative folk. At least as far back as the 60s and 70s, the climate and culture have been a draw for artistic endeavours.

A new salon series features artists from Vancouver’s West Side talking about their art and their creative process. Read more…

Kitsilano Farmers Market now open

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In case you were so excited about the Kitsilano Pool opening and forgot about the other hot spring neighbourhood events, here’s a reminder. Kitsilano Farmers Market is now open for the 2016 season from 10am to 2pm each Sunday at Kitsilano Community Centre on Larch Street.

Every Sunday, the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese, seafood, and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.

Details here: eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano

Beer sales could be coming to Kitsilano Beach

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Kitsilano beach goers may soon be able to purchase alcohol from at Vancouver Beach Parks concessions. For many, cracking a beer or sipping wine while picnicking should be a natural part of beach enjoyment. The question of alcohol on Vancouver beaches is part of a larger survey the park board is conducting as it looks at revamping concessions. The Park Board has hired a consultant to develop a business strategy for its 12 seasonal concessions operated between April and October.

“If provided in a responsible manner, do you agree or disagree with the sale of alcoholic beverages at Vancouver Beach Parks concessions?” asks the online survey. (The survey is still live. So take the time to weigh in.) Read more…

Kitsilano’s best ice cream shops

Smoking soft serve from 720 Sweets. Image credit: 720sweets.com

Smoking soft serve from 720 Sweets. Image credit: 720sweets.com

Of course, the moment we begin writing a post on the best ice cream in Kitsilano, the weather changes on us. Well, all three of these sweet shops are still worth a visit during this cool spell, and as a bonus there probably won’t be any line-ups.

3 of Kitsilano’s best ice cream shops

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Kitsilano Showboat needs volunteers for summer 2016

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Kitsilano Showboat has been providing Kits residents and fans from all over Vancouver with free, live entertainment at Kitsilano Beach for over 80 years. They need your help this summer to keep the fun going.

Do you enjoy being part of our beautiful community of Kitsilano? Do you enjoy making all kinds of people smile – young and old? Then turn up for the volunteer meeting 7:30pm on June 8, at the Kitsilano Showboat stage at Kits Beach.

There are opportunities for greeters, program sellers, and donation collectors. Volunteers commit to 2 1/2 hours per week (6:30-9pm), Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday from July 20 to August 20.

For more information about Kitsilano Showboat:
kitsilanoshowboat.com