Awesome “Urban Reef” Public Patio Coming to Robson Street This Summer

Image: City of Vancouver

Image: City of Vancouver

Searching for the coolest patio in Vancouver this summer? Try the 800-block of Robson. The space directly behind the Vancouver Art Gallery will be closed to vehicle traffic and transformed into an awesome “urban reef” from Canada Day (July 1) through Labour Day (September 1). The installation, which uses marine-grade plywood to construct curvy benches and tables that resemble a coral reef, doubles as a super-cool-patio-lounge-public-space.

The design was created by Kaz Bemner, Jeremiah Deutscher, Michael Siy and Kenneth Navarra – a team of Vancouver architects, designers and carpenters. They beat out 78 other entries from all over the world as part of the Robson Redux contest. Their set up, which uses locally-sourced inputs, is designed to get you to stop, hang out, chat with someone new, and generally kick back during the mellow summer months.

Seating is strategically positioned to maximize sunbathing. Tables and ledges are there to help you take advantage of Vancouver’s population of tempting downtown food trucks. Throughout the summer, the benches will also serve as seating for outdoor concerts. Internal LED lighting means the space is still welcoming in the wee hours of the night. Read more…

Recycling: Great Places to Donate or Sell Used Kids’ Clothes, Toys and Gear in Vancouver

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I love clearing out the kids’ closets when the seasons change and packing up the baby gear and toys we no longer use or I can’t live with anymore (a chirping mechanical hamster and really loud xylophone were in the bag this month). Local classifieds are a great forum for selling baby equipment and toys. In Kitsilano there are even more options for passing on gently used kids’ stuff to new families who will enjoy them. Read more…

Local Church Buys Beloved Hollywood Theatre

Courtesy of the Vancouver Sun

Courtesy of the Vancouver Sun

According to a press release dated April 27, Church From the Hollywood and 4184 Investments Ltd have signed a Purchase and Sales Agreement for the Hollywood Theatre, the much loved Art Deco theatre located on West Broadway in Kitsilano.

The theatre will provide the pentecostal church with much needed new worship and meeting space as the congregation is quickly outgrowing its current facilities, as well as the opportunity to continue engaging with local community programs, community events and initiatives, in the same spirit as they did during their 15 month lease. Read more…

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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