Best Yoga Studio in Kitsilano?

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As the sun shines brighter and the seawall calls louder, the faint of heart may roll up their mats and replace their daily downward dog with a breath of fresh sea air. But over here in Kits, yoga isn’t just a rainy day replacement for an outdoor work out; it’s a way of life. It’s part of our Lululemon-wearing, Whole Foods-shopping, early morning-OMing granola label that we wear loud and proud.

We’ve got an abundance of places to practice yoga to prove it. Yet not all yoga studios are created equal. I’ve picked a few of the most popular and will break them down for you, so that you can find just the right fit for your summer of stretching those beautiful beach bods. Read more…

Must-Attend Events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2014

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In the last 365 days a lot has changed on the Vancouver craft beer scene. As in we went from having nothing to something worth seeing/drinking. Celebrate that and learn more about it at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2014, which takes place May 30 to June 9. There are over 60 breweries participating this year. Vancouver Craft Beer Week has just released the lineup of events.

Tickets go fast. So hop to it. Here are some of the must-attends: Read more…

Kitsilano Chamber Gone, Joins Vancouver Board of Trade

kitschambertopAs reported by the Courier, the 600-business-strong Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce voted to merge with the Vancouver Board of Trade on Tuesday night. After 78 years of serving as a community unifier for Kitsilano businesses,  the organization will dissolve and transfer its assets and members to the better-known Vancouver Board of Trade. There was an overwhelming majority in favour of the merger.

According to Executive Director Cheryl Ziole, this was an expected result with several benefits attached: strength in numbers, an exciting opportunity, a seat at the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Small Business Council. Read more…

3 Restaurant Ideas for Mother’s Day in Kitsilano

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This year, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11. As many of us can attest to, it’s a tough job being a mama and we deserve some breaks, and not just once a year! Try these 3 Mother’s Day ideas for lunch or dinner any old time – she will surely appreciate it. Read more…

Vancouver Bike Share Program Delayed Again

bikesharingThe City of Vancouver’s bike share program has been delayed once again. We’ve been hearing about the plan since 2011. As of 2013, tourists and residents expected to benefit from a public bike share system. But the latest news is that Vancouver’s bike share dream is pushed back to 2015.

Why? This time, it’s because Bixi, the company set to run the program, has been experiencing financial woes. The Globe & Mail chalks this up to growing pains for the bike share company. Bike sharing has gone from nonexistent in 2012 to more that 25,000 bikes in more than 30 cities in North America. They’re struggling to keep up with demand as well as properly organize supply. Meanwhile, sponsorship for the program is far from sored. Read more on that here. Read more…

Vancouver Sun Run Photos: Tens of Thousands Participate

Image: Kris Krug

Image: Kris Krug

A morning of inclement weather didn’t stop roughly 40,000 people from running, walking and rolling in the 30th annual Vancouver Sun Run which made its way through Kitsilano Sunday, April 27. Participants of all demographics were motivated to join Canada’s largest 10-km race — which was launched to promote health and a sense of  community. Images below.

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Best Nachos in Kitsilano

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Image:KittyKaht

I’ve already filled you in on my favourite daily drink specials in the neighbourhood, but now that we’re on the verge of patio season it’s important to become well versed in the best drink-side treats as well. When you’re lounging in the sun with drink in hand, people-watching and wiling away the day, a nibble is a must (because you may as well go the whole ten yards in self-indulgence). What’s my favourite patio snack? Nachos, of course.

Here are the best that Kitsilano has to offer. Read more…

Greens Market Adds Raw Food Café

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The berry cheesecake which contains almonds, dates, cashews, coconut oil, psyllium husk, agave, and vanilla. Photo credit: Stephen Hui

Greens Organic & Natural Market in Kitsilano recently welcomed Indigo Food Café, which opened inside their store, right next to the deli. Indigo, a locally owned restaurant operated by Lovena Galyide, was outgrowing its location on West 16th. The new the grocery store on Broadway means more room for storage and production, plus Indigo can benefit from the access to Greens’ local farm suppliers. Read more…

Kitsilano Youth Fight Losing Pine Free Health Clinic

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Image: Yelp

Kitsilano residents are protesting the closure of Pine Free Clinic, a longtime walk-in youth clinic at 1985 West Fourth Avenue. An online petition demanding that Vancouver Coastal Health provide more information about the closure of Pine Free Youth Clinic has 397 signatures on Change.org thus far.

The petition reads: “If the Pine Free is terminated, our community, and specifically our youths, will experience an increase in drug abuse, suicide, STI’s, depression, eating disorders, and pregnancy.”

As reported by the Courier, Bryan LaRochelle started the petition when he found out from people working at Pine Free that Vancouver Coastal Health plans to close the clinic down. Operating for more than 40 years, the clinic is well known to youth as a safe place to go for questions about sexual and mental health. UBC students, in particular, use it for STD and pregnancy testing. Staff are known to be supportive an non-judgmental. You may have seen the line up at Pine Free walking by, it often extends out the door and onto the sidewalk. Read more…

Kitsilano Rental Sale Sets Record Price

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In the pre-kids days, before space needs overtook atmosphere in our property rankings, my husband and I always kept an eye out for the apartment rentals in Kitsilano with ocean views. Our best was an ancient-but-scenic two bedroom in an eight-unit apartment building on the beach side of Cornwall. We had a view of the water from every room in the house, floor-to-ceiling in the living room. Moving was tough, although necessary. I learned what homesick meant when I had coffee on the couch in our next place and didn’t see the reassuring grey-blue of English Bay.  When we saw the recent BIV post about an old eight-unit apartment building on Cornwall setting a record price per suite, we wondered if it was ours. The building sold this month for $5,025,000 total, or $628,125 per apartment door.