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Vancouver’s Summer Events Schedule – Part 2

There are just too many great festivals and events that occur in Vancouver over the summer to fit into one blog.  Regardless of your interests and schedule, there is something for everyone to enjoy this summer.   As your premier eco-friendly Kitsilano dry cleaners, we would like to offer you the second installment of these can’t-miss summer events

Kits Fest

Be sure to come out and enjoy the 11th annual Kits Fest.  This family-friendly festival is a great way to celebrate the wide range of sports that take place in and around Kitsilano Beach and to support healthy living.  This event focuses on building a stronger community and strives to give back to Kitsilano through park facility upgrades and other special events.

Bard on the Beach

Celebrating its 30th season, Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest Shakespeare Festival.  Part of the allure is the event’s location in the stunning Vanier Park and runs from June until September.  This year’s line-up includes:

  • The Taming of the Shrew.
  • All’s well that ends well.
  • Shakespeare in Love.

For more information on the dates, times and where to purchase tickets, please visit: https://bardonthebeach.org/.

Canada Day

Be sure to be at Canada Place to celebrate Canada’s birthday.  This popular Vancouver event has been bringing families and communities together for over 30 years.  2019’s celebrations are going to be the best ones yet.  This year’s highlights include:

  • Multiple daytime performers featuring local and national award-winning musicians.
  • A kids’ zone and picnic area with family-friendly activities.
  • Main stage headline performer – Delhi 2 Dublin.
  • A fireworks show.

Make sure to circle your calendar for this exciting event and come to Canada Place this July – the best place to celebrate Canada Day!

Khatsalano Festival

Khastsalano is Vancouver’s largest free music and art festival.  This 10 block street fair showcases more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as a wide range of eclectic local artisans and street performers.  This family-friendly, free event features a host of local food trucks and dining options, special activities and giveaways and even a licensed beer garden.  Make sure to mark July 7th on your calendar and come join in on the celebration at Khatsalano 2019.

These fun filled events are a great way to get out and enjoy the summer months in Vancouver.  The trick is trying to fit them all in.  Before stepping out into the city, stop by and let us get your best summer outfit ready for the season.  Our eco-friendly cleaning services will have your summer clothes looking like new.  Stop by today and see why our services are right for you.  We look forward to seeing you this summer.

 

Vancouver’s Summer Events Schedule – Part 1

With summer just around the corner, you may be starting to plan on attending the exciting festivals and events that take place in our beautiful city.  From music festivals to popular neighbourhood and community oriented events, there is no shortage of exciting venues available this summer.  As your premier solvent-free Kitsilano dry cleaners, we would like to offer you this list of some of the most exciting and popular events that you can be a part of this summer.

Kitsilano Farmer’s Market

Enjoy the freshest and finest local fruits and vegetables this summer at the Kitsilano Farmer’s Market.  In addition to local produce, the Farmer’s Market offers ethically raised meat and dairy, craft beer and artisan prepared foods as well as homemade crafts.  Make sure to get your local shopping done every Sunday from 10-2pm in the Kitsilano Community Centre parking lot.  

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The 42nd annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival promises to be the best one yet.  With over 40,000 people in attendance at Jericho Beach, this popular event brings together families, communities and neighbourhoods to enjoy over 40 international, national and local folk performers. 

This year’s line-up includes:

·         The Sam Roberts Band.

·         Basia Bulat.

·         Corb Lund.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The 34th annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival brings a wide range of talented musicians to the city.  Come enjoy one of the many free concerts put on throughout the city or head out for a night on the town to the participating restaurants and clubs to enjoy your favourite jazz or hip-hop artist. 

Some of this year’s headliners include:

·         The Wu-Tang Clan.

·         The Roots.

·         Herbie Hancock.

Celebration of Light

Vancouver’s Celebration of Light is the most popular summer event in the city.  The festival attracts over 400,000 people and is the largest international offshore fireworks competition in the world.  There are various places to catch the action with Kitsilano and English Bay being two of the favourites.  Get there early, pack a picnic, set up some lawn chairs and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show.

This year’s competitors and dates are:

·         July 27 – India.

·         July 31 – Canada.

·         August 3 – Croatia.

These are just a few of the many great events and festivals that will be taking place in and around Kitsilano this summer.  Be sure to book your tickets early and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. 

Our solvent- free dry-cleaning services are the perfect solution when it comes to getting your summer outfit clean and ready for your favourite event or festival.  Stop by today and see how we can help you look great this summer.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Vancouver

It is time to celebrate mothers everywhere.  The one special day when you can put the spotlight on one of the most important women in your life – your mom.  As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, we would like to offer you some of our favourite Mother’s Day spots and activities in and around Vancouver.

Dining

A great way to start off any Mother’s Day is to take her out for a brunch or breakfast.  Some of the more popular brunches around Vancouver include:

  • Dockside Restaurant – This popular Mother’s Day brunch has the added bonus of being located on Granville Island.
  • Arc is located at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and includes a kid’s buffet station, desserts and carving stations of various hot meats.
  • Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar. This award winning upscale seafood restaurant offers a wide selection sure to please everyone, especially mom.

If breakfast or brunch isn’t a possibility, a nice dinner out is another great option.  Here are some of our favourite Mother’s Day dining choices.

  • Anywhere on 4th Kitsilano is home to a wide range of excellent restaurant choices that include ethnic as well as fine and casual dining.  Take a stroll before Mother’s Day and see which restaurants appeal to mom.
  • Vij’s. One of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants.  Vij’s offers fusion Indian as well as cocktails and a wide range of appetizers.
  • One of Vancouver’s homegrown trendy chins. Take mom out for a casual meal at the Keg, Cactus Club or Earls.

Remember:

Book early to avoid disappointment as many of these popular venues tend to fill up quickly.

Shopping

Take mom out for a shopping spree or a spa date this Mother’s Day.  Plan the entire day and get a head start by going early to West 4th and doing some window shopping at the many great boutique clothing stores.  There is something to please everyone, even the hardest to shop for mom.

Go for a Walk

If the weather is nice, head down for a stroll on one of the many great beaches or trails in Vancouver.  Some of our favourites include:

  • Kitsilano Beach. Make an entire day of the Kitsilano area with a walk on the beach, a shop on 4th and a dinner at one of the many great restaurants.
  • Stanley Park. Pick a trail or walk the famous Seawall with mom.
  • Spanish Banks. Another great Vancouver beach.  Try to catch it at low tide.

Take Care of the Chores

Give mom the day off and tackle the household chores or better yet, let us do your laundry for the day.  We offer a convenient and complimentary pickup and delivery service which means that you can spend more time with mom and less time on chores.  Our eco-friendly cleaning process will have all your clothes clean and chemical free.

If you would like more great suggestions on how to spend your Mother’s Day in Vancouver or are interested in our many eco-friendly cleaning services, please contact us today.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff look forward to serving you.

Happy Mother’s Day from West Boulevard Cleaners.

 

 

 

 

 

Tips to Beat High Gas Costs

I am sure that you have noticed the unbelievable increase in gas prices in Vancouver.  If these prices have left you scratching your head and checking your wallet, you are not alone.  As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaners in Kitsilano, we would like to offer you the following cost saving tips so you can save some money and beat these high gas costs.

Drive Less

The easiest way to save money at the pumps is to consume less fuel.  This may be easier said than done, but with Vancouver’s excellent transit system and a little pre-planning you may be surprised how easy it is to find a public transit route that works for you.  In addition to public transit, you can also curb your reliance on gas by:

  • Walking to your local grocery store, work or other places where you may have used your car.
  • Find alternate methods of transportation such as a bicycle – there are many convenient and excellent bike lanes that connect the entire city.
  • Completing a wide range of errands at one time. Instead of several different trips to your grocery store, hardware store etc., try to establish a route that will burn the least amount of fuel and a schedule that will let you complete many of these tasks in sequence.

Carpool

Carpooling can be an effective way to save money at the pumps and still give you the convenience of your car. Another bonus of carpooling is that you can use the much faster HOV lanes that exist.  Try to find a neighbour or work colleague that is interested and understands the advantages of carpooling.  Not only will you save money, you may make a new friend and find that those long commutes to work are not only faster but a lot friendlier.

Pickup and Delivery Services

Another great way to save money is to take full advantage of company services.  At West Coast Boulevard Cleaners, we offer a free pick-up and delivery service that will not only help you save gas and money, it will also save you time.  We offer a free, downloadable app to help you schedule at your convenience pick-up and drop off times.

Our eco-friendly business approach goes far beyond just our cleaning services.  Our green philosophy extends throughout our entire business model and our free pickup and delivery service is another part of this ideology.  Like you, we are striving to reduce our carbon footprint and do what is best for our environment and our beautiful city at the same time.  Make sure to take full advantage of this free and reliable service.

Call or stop by today to see how you can benefit from our eco-friendly cleaning products.  Do not forget to inquire about our free pick-up and delivery service and schedule your cleaning services today.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

Easter Events in and Around Kitsilano – Part 2

With so many exciting activities taking place over the Easter weekend, we felt that a follow up blog to cover more of these great events is necessary.  As the premier ecofriendly dry-cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, we would like to share with you more of the fun filled Easter events that abound in Vancouver.

Easter Egg-stacular

Hop on down to the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown for this exciting Easter event.  This event includes:

  • An Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
  • Live bunnies and other spring animals.
  • Face painting and Easter themed crafts and activities.
  • Easter treats and cookie decorating.

For more information about this family friendly event please visit: .

Easter at Fly Over Canada

Fly Over Canada is a popular Vancouver attraction that will be hosting a special Easter theme.  In addition to their regular Fly Over Canada show, you can meet the Easter Bunny and get a special Easter treat after the show.  For more information on Fly Over Canada, such as what to expect from the show, showtimes and cost of admission please visit: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/canada-place/fly-over-canada/.

Easter at VanDusen Gardens

VanDusen Gardens is a great place to visit over the Easter holiday because of the Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt.  This popular Easter activity offers children the opportunity to hunt for eggs in a half dozen different areas in the gardens and exchange their findings for Easter treats and candy.  For times and costs for Easter at VanDusen Gardens, please visit: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/vandusen-gardens/.

Easter in the River District

The annual Golden Egg Hunt takes place this Easter Sunday at the River District Community Centre.  This is a free event and open to the public.  The actual Golden Egg Hunt takes place at set times so if you are interested in this Easter event, advanced registration is recommended because there is limited space.  For more details about this event, please visit: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/city-of-vancouver/river-district-vancouver/river-district-events/.

Other Easter Venues

Multiple hotels and restaurants around the city host Easter brunches.  Some of the more popular brunches include:

  • Hotel Vancouver.
  • The Lobby.
  • Ocean’s 999.
  • Globe at YVR (Vancouver airport).

For menus, costs and times, it is recommended that you contact the specific restaurant.

Many churches in Vancouver also host a service on Easter Sunday. Each congregation offers a different type of service, but all the churches in the city will have well-above average attendance so arrive early if you are thinking of attending.

If you would like more information on any of the previously mentioned activities, or need your clothes professionally cleaned for your Easter celebrations, please stop by today.  We offer an ecofriendly dry-cleaning alternative that is free from all harmful chemicals but equally as effective as traditional dry-cleaning methods.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Easter from West Boulevard Cleaners.