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#TakeOutBC Support Local Restaurants

1 Apr

This past year certainly feels like a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs. So many local businesses and organizations are struggling during this pandemic. We’ve already seen a number of restaurants shut their doors permanently. Just the other day, we learnt a long-standing Greek restaurant in SE Vancouver shut their doors on March 5th. We expect there will be more to come, but of course we hope not. With the most recent Provincial Health Orders, we have learnt there is a temporary hold on indoor dining until April 19th and possibly beyond. It is now take-out and delivery for restaurants save for those that have an outdoor patio.

We know the rapid changes in Provincial Health Orders has made it difficult for many businesses to pivot on a dime leaving them holding inventory, cutting staff, etc. We appreciate not everyone is in a position to support local restaurants due to their own personal circumstances. For those that can, we encourage you to support local where and when you can. Whether it’s take out, delivery or patio dining. There are so many great spaces around the City and some hidden gems. Did you know a personal favourite Via Tevere Pizzeria on Victoria Drive has an outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant? Add to that, they have a great online ordering system. If it’s great coffee you seek, did you know Platform 7 Coffee on East Hastings has an outdoor space behind their restaurant? There are a also number of areas along Commercial Drive that have carved out sections for outdoor patios and, of course, some have always had them like Havana Restaurant. Main Street and Fraser Street have also created many outdoor spaces for patio dining. We hope you will join us in supporting our local restaurants and #takeoutBC when and where you can.

Made In Strathcona Tours: May 31st & June 7th

28 May


The Strathcona Business Improvement Association has embarked on an adventurous marketing plan.  They have created Made In Strathcona Tours which will run two tours, one on May 31st and the second on June 7th. The tours are devised to showcase the community that is Strathcona including the history, the businesses and the people that make up this unique community.  As they will tell you, over 500 businesses populate this area one.  Some names you might recognize include JJ Bean, Endeavour Snowboards, Christine Lingerie, Aritzia, Herschel Supply Co. Of course, some recent additions include culinary hot spots such as Ask for Luigi and Yolk’s Breakfast and Commissary.

Made in Strathcona Tours are being offered on Saturday, May 31st where the feature is Manufacturing and Hidden Gems and  Saturday, June 7th  where Creative and Food is the theme.  Once you decide on the date, you need to choose which 2 spots you wish to visit. The tour starts at 1:00 pm at the first stop you chose and goes to 1:45 pm. Then at 2:00 pm you are to make your way to the next stop that you chose and that tour will take you until 2:45 pm. After your tour, you are invited to attend the Settlement Building (Vancouver Urban Winery), 55 Dunlevy Avenue (1 block North of Oppenheimer Park) for a complimentary drink and hor’ deourves at 3:00 pm.  The tours are a very reasonable $10 and available in advance via Eventbrite. For readers of ILiveInEastVan.com, Made in Strathcona Tours is offering a 50% discount on tour tickets. Use PROMO CODE: “Blogger50” when purchasing your tickets for the discount.

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