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The Bench Bakehouse Is Now Open In The Il Mercato

5 Feb

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We recently had the pleasure of checking out The Bench Bakehouse located in the Il Mercato, 1641 Commercial Drive, at 1st and Commercial Drive.  This is a sweet spot that just opened 2 weeks ago. It’s located near the entrance of Super Value facing 1st Avenue. The Bench Bakehouse isn’t visible from Commercial Drive, but we encourage you to walk through the Il Mercato or the few feet from the Drive along 1st Ave. to check it out. They have lots of baked deliciousness including a great variety of freshly baked breads which are naturally leavened sourdough. They also offer a great array of the sweet stuff including brownies, brioche, croissants, a coconut mango cake we were tempted to walk out with, and shortbread cookies big enough for sharing. Did we mention all this sweet stuff is made with 100% real butter. The duo behind this new space know what they are doing having trained in Paris, France at the prestigious Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil.  The Bench Bakehouse is open 6 days a week and they have a couple seating areas if you want to park it and kick back for a bit.

Mari Omori Intuitive Providing Spiritual Guidance & Inner Wellness

26 Jun

MariOmoriWe love featuring what makes East Van unique and over the next while we will be featuring more people who reside in East Van or work in East Van. Today, we would like to introduce you to Mari Omori. Mari is an intuitive, psychic medium and Reiki Master who provides people with spiritual guidance.  We have met Mari on a number of occasions and have attended her workshops.  What stood out to us about Mari from the beginning is her genuine sincerity and desire to help people feel connected to something bigger than themselves. Whether you call it your intuition, spirit guide, inner voice, or a loved one that has passed trying to provide you with some direction that’s personal to you. Mari is here to help and connect people with that voice inside you to help guide you on your path in life.    What is a little different about Mari compared to some psychics and mediums you may have seen on TV, is that Mari is rather introverted and shy.  It is unlikely you will ever see her seeking the lime light. She prefers an intimate setting with a small group of people seeking to expand their knowledge about things they may not understand about the world around us.  This environment is where Mari does her best work.

Mari has been an intuitive since the age of 4 and has honed her skills over the years.  We first became aware of her when she found herself on the front page of the Vancouver Courier on September 6, 2016. Our curiosity was piqued from a variety of events that had transpired over the years that had kicked up a notch in frequency. We were keen to delve a little deeper into things we didn’t know or understand. This wasn’t our first experience with a psychic and/or intuitive, but Mari’s gentle spirit lends easily to trusting her.  Mari regularly offers Psychic Development Circles in sessions with small groups for a reasonable cost. It is a great opportunity test the waters. If you prefer privacy, Mari also offers one-on-one sessions.    Come with an open mind and you might be surprised what you come away with.

Mari offers her workshops at HeartQuest Holistic Wellness located in the Il Mercato building on Commercial Drive.  On many Saturdays you will find her leading psychic development circles and/or workshops as well as smudge fan workshops and more recently animal communication.  We are quite taken with the smudge fans that Mari has created. She ensures that the majority of the materials are ethically sourced. These feathers used in her smudge fans are cruelty-free, naturally molted feathers or naturally fallen feathers from bird sanctuaries and from people’s pets. They are really nothing short of stunning. You can find them available for sale online at Etsy under The Secret Woods or locally in Banyen Books, The Oracle, Reflections Books, and Mountain Gems.  For those not familiar with the purpose of smudging, it is an ancient ceremony in which you burn sacred plants, such as sage, to allow the smoke to clear negativity, stagnation or energetic disturbances around you or the space you reside or work in.

Recently Mari has been focusing energy on animal communication. She has a fondness and love for all creatures of the earth and her work has shifted with working on dogs and cats more.  Mari also offers workshops in Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese word that translates to  “Universal Life Force Energy”.  A Reiki practitioner can access this energy and flow to assist in healing whether distance or in person.  As Mari states “We are all energy, and it can become out of balance. One of the reasons energy becomes out of balance, is when we have negative thought patterns creating energy blocks. This can manifest in our body as illnesses or discomfort. Reiki can help by removing the energy blocks allowing energy to flow throughout your body again.” Reiki is well-known to be effective in stress reduction and relaxation, thus boosting the immune system and promoting a sense of well-being. Honestly, couldn’t we all benefit a little from that.

Whether you are interested in Reiki, animal communication, psychic development, smudge fans or connecting with your intuition, we invite you to check out some of Mari’s upcoming classes on Eventbrite. You can also find Mari on Instagram and Facebook where she posts regularly.

Super Valu – 24/7 365 Days A Year

21 Dec

FruitColourfulWho has not been stuck preparing for dinner and realized you forgot that one thing you needed for a recipe, or had unexpected company and you don’t quite have enough of something. Did you know that the Super Valu at 1st Avenue & Commercial Drive is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? Yup, that means on Christmas Day when everything else is closed, Super Valu is there for you in your hour of need to save the day.  After stopping in last year shortly after Christmas, we learnt that people travelled quite a distance from outlying areas just to pick up a few needed items.  For those making the trip by car, there is free underground parking for the first 45 minutes, you just need to register your license plate at a machine near the elevator in the parkade which will issue you a receipt. If you need to grab some fresh flowers as a hostess gift, they’ve got you covered there as well.  If you are a senior, take note on Wednesdays, you can do your shop and have your groceries delivered to your door within a 5 KM radius FREE of charge. If you are a senior you can get your groceries delivered any other day of the week for $5.50.   If you are a non-senior, delivery is an option for you as well for $10 they will deliver them to you within a 5 KM radius.  Note, they will even be doing deliveries on December 24th, but not December 25th and 26th.  We think having a grocery store open 24/7 365 days a year is a pretty cool thing to have in one’s back yard. Nice to know they are there if you need them.

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