Key Exchange Service Now Available for Kits Residents Through Local Cafes

With hundreds of rental vacation listings in Kitsilano and the summer rental season fast approaching, Kitsilano residents will be very pleased with the arrival of the key exchange service to neighbourhood cafes.

Vancouver based tech startup Keycafe is a secure key exchange service to help you manage access to your home.  With the high cost of real estate, you may find yourself looking to websites such as Airbnb.com and Homeaway.com to rent out your home for extra revenue.  The issue with renting out your own home is the hassle of managing access to your guests, or cleaning service while you are away. Read more…

Legendary Videomatica Film Collection Now on Loan at SFU and UBC Libraries

videomatica-770-350-2Thrilling news for film buffs: anyone with a library card from UBC or Simon Fraser University can now take out films from the Kitsilano video store Videomatica.

The two universities acquired the $1.7 million collection after the Kitsilano video store closed in 2011, thanks to a donation and purchase agreement arranged by Vancouver philanthropist Yosef Wosk. Read more…

Attention Chocolate Lovers: Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival on Now through February 14

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Image: Chocolate Arts. Single origin Mexican chocolate with Mexican chili poured over house made chocolate ice cream accompanied by flourless chocolate cookie.

The holiday season with all its candy cane hot chocolate was just a warm up for CityFood Magazine’s 4th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival. The festival started January 18 and conveniently runs until February 14 ( Valentine’s Day, in case you forgot).

This awesome festival features over 60 different drinking chocolates with ingredients ranging from smoked caramel to parmesan (yes, the cheese!). And with over 20 different cafes, patisseries and chocolateries participating all over the city, you can walk and ‘drink’ your way to chocolatey heaven! The thoughtful people at CityFood magazine put together a walking map of all the chocolate drinking holes. Read more…

How to Make Kombucha at O5 Rare Tea Bar

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Last week, I had the chance to visit O5 Rare Tea Bar. Many people pass by O5′s stylish front on West 4th Avenue and wonder what they’re all about. I’ll start by breaking down their name. And then I’ll show you what they taught me about making kombucha. Read more…

Weirdest & Most Popular Stuff for Sale in Canada in 2013

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From puppies to zombie-proof armour, here’s a peek at the weirdest and most popular stuff for sale in 2013 on Kijiji, Canada’s leading classifieds website.

Millions of searches take place every day on classified sites. Ever wonder what Canadians are searching for and buying? Or what gets people in Vancouver fired up? Here’s the inside scoop: Read more…

5 Chinese New Year 2014 Events in Vancouver

Year of the Horse Canada Post stamp for The Year of the Horse 2014

Friday, January 31 is Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Wood Horse and according to the Chinese zodiac, those born in the Year of the Horse are often energetic leaders, bright, and kind to others. The Year of the Horse is also said to be a good year for travel. To celebrate this auspicious time, check out these vibrant and often free Chinese New Year events happening in Vancouver over the next few weeks: Read more…

Kitsilano Remains Deeply Divided over Point Grey Road Closure

9404313On January 18, Point Grey Road between Macdonald and Alma streets closed to through traffic for vehicles. This is part of the controversial $6-million Kitsilano greenway plan that will link Burrard Bridge to the western beaches with a bike/pedestrian route.

Cars are being diverted along Macdonald and encouraged to use 4th Avenue, Broadway, 10th Avenue or 16th Avenue to proceed farther west. Read more…

Judith & Charles to Open Kitsilano Location in Spring 2014

12_en_spring_2014The Urban Rack closed the doors to their Kitsilano location on West 4th Avenue (2207 West 4th Ave.) this Christmas. Kitsilano fans of the store will have to make the trip to Ladner if they still want to shop at the Urban Rack for the casual basics they were known for. Read more…