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Car Free Day – Commercial Drive & Main Street – June 16th

13 Jun


Come out and meet your neighbours and take back the streets this Sunday, June 16th and celebrate Car Free Day. The event resembles one big street party which is not by coincidence since this annual event evolved from an impromptu game of street hockey on Commercial Drive 9 years ago.   There will be two Car Free Days in East Vancouver. One along Main Street from Broadway to 30th Avenue and the other along Commercial Drive from Venables Street to North Grandview Hwy/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane. Both events run from Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Each area has its own unique charm. On Commercial Drive, you will find fish frying over the fire, drummers performing,  DJs spinning beats and live music. Last but not least, roller disco! If your roller blades are collecting dust in the back of the closet, it’s time to dust them off.   The music on the main stage gets going at Noon with Banjo Mando and finishes up at 5:15 with Eastside Jam featuring Verncular, Simply Twisted and The All Nighters which go till 7:00 p.m.

On Main Street, you will find a kids’ yoga tent and art activities, bike lessons and also live music. There will also be artisan markets, roller derby, dance zones and a fashion show at 4:00 p.m. on the stage at 30th co-ordinated by Kandis Ivy Designs featuring fashion and jewellery by vendors at Giving Gifts & Company, Upscale Swag and iFound.  Then there’s my favourite thing, food!  Ice cream sandwiches from Brown Paper Packages, caramels from In the Oven and baked desserts from Blackforest Desserts will all be available on the last block of the festival. So if you needed a reason to make it from one end of the festival to the other, now you have some incentive.

To see a full listing of events, visit Car Free Day Vancouver.   Car Free Day is 100% produced by volunteers. Come out and support your community!


New In East Van – Giving Gifts & Company

15 May


Things have been percolating along in one little reclaimed retail space on Main Street.  4570 Main Street is the home of a new co-operative store called Giving Gifts & Company (Main & 30th Avenue).  It opened its doors officially on April 6th and on May 2nd had a very successful grand opening.   Giving Gifts & Company started as a pop up shop and is now a unique concept in retail. It is a co-operative store made of variety of local vendors and artisans.   There are 2 regular vendors and stakeholders in this co-operative. Firstly, Lisa Pozin of Giving Gifts which sells fair trade and eco-friendly items many of  which make perfect gifts for children.  Secondly, Lesley Morris of Upscale Swag on Main  which sells some beautiful clothing and hand bags from designers in Los Angeles and New York as well as exclusive one of a kind fashion jewellery.

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The remainder of the shop comprises of a number of rotating vendors, the number of which may vary, at present there are 9.  There is quite an array of items.   Currently on hand are vintage clothing, shoes and accessories by Clare’s Collectibles, some amazing chocolates by Cocoa Nymph Chocolates, handmade kids clothing including bamboo baby blankets by Little MoSo, antique collectibles by Once Twice Vintage Design, stunning colourful artwork by Julia DiSano of Ebi Emporium and Green With Envy which specializes in air plants in well-designed terrariums. Then there is jewellery by Earth Essence Jewellery.  Certainly a little bit of something for everyone.   The rotating vendors are there generally for one month at a time, but some may be there for longer. It does mean there will always be something in different in store.  This new co-operative is an amazing opportunity for local artisans to get some exposure.  The store is open 6 days a week Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and closed Mondays.    Definitely worth stopping by and taking a look.

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