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Vancouver stores are preparing to open again after the BC Government announced it plans on May 6, 2020 to restart the economy after the pandemic shutdown many businesses.  Stores that were boarded up and painted by artists had removed the plywood.  You can see some of the boarded up photos and photos taken on May 13th, 2020 below.

Mural by Animalitoland in Vancouver

Mural by Animalitoland on Robson Street store on April 27th, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Robson street store with mural taken down

Robson street store with mural taken down. May 13th, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Portrait mural on Robson Street store

Portrait mural on Robson Street store on May 10th, 2020.

Robson street store with mural taken down

Robson street store with mural taken down. May 13th, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Yama Cafe in the Grandview-Woodland neighborhood  is open with a takeout menu of their amazing Japanese food.  They also have Japanese baked goods, other products including delicious sesame butter and cloth face masks (pre-order).  The cloth face masks are made by  Japanese Fabric Creations Shino.   If you are in a position to, please support our local businesses.  Yama Cafe is located at 2007 E. Hastings St.  Please check their Facebook page below for hours as they are currently changing.

Yama Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/JapaneseStyleCafe/

Japanese Fabric Creations Shino: https://www.instagram.com/japanesefabriccreationshino

Yama Cafe owner Hiroe

Yama Cafe co-owner Hiroe with cloth face mask and Japanese manju. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Yama Cafe Vancouver exterior

Yama Cafe at 2007 E. Hastings near Victoria Drive. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Black seasame butter by Yama Cafe

Black sesame butter made by Yama Cafe. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Reusable cloth face mask by Japanese Fabric Creations Shino

Reusable cloth face mask by Japanese Fabric Creations Shino and available for sale (pre-order) at Yama Cafe. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Here is a look at how Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver is looking these days.  But like the transformation happening on Robson Street, artists are painting on boarded up storefronts on Granville Street with the support of Downtown Vancouver BIA and Vancouver Mural Festival.

Mural by Moonray Designs on Granville Street

Mural by MoonRay Designs on Granville Street. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Nordstrom on Granville Street Vancouver

Nordstrom on Granville Street boarded up. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Mural on Granville Street by Andrew Tavukciyan

Mural on Granville Street by Andrew Tavukciyan. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

H&M Granville Street Vancouver

H&M on Granville Street boarded up due to pandemic. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Mural by @ihatestencils on Granville Street

Mural @ihatestencils on Granville Street. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Granville Street empty May 2020

Granville Street traffic is greatly reduced due to the pandemic. This is Friday afternoon at 3pm. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Dressew (337 W. Hastings St.) in Gastown is closed because of the pandemic, but today they’ve launched their online store, www.dressew.com with in-store pick up between 12pm-3pm.  Atex Fabrics (330 W. Hastings St.) is right across the street from Dressew is OPEN from Monday to Saturday from 12:00pm-5:30pm. They have fabrics and notions such as elastics if you are looking to make some cloth face masks.  Visit their website for more information.  https://www.atexfabrics.com/

Atex Fabrics Vancouver

Atex Fabrics at 330 W. Hastings is open from 12pm-5:30pm Monday-Saturday. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Atex Fabrics Vancouver

Atex Fabrics is open. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Selection of fabrics at Atex Fabrics

A selection of fabrics from Atex Fabrics. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Dressew mural

Dressew store front painted with a mural by Tierney Milne. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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This WW2 Air Force Officer veteran celebrated her 102nd birthday with great fanfare on Tuesday April 28, 2020.  The Vancouver Mounted Unit, Vancouver Police and Vancouver firefighters came by to wish her well and sing happy birthday to her.

WW2 Air Force Officer Veteran

WW2 Air Force Officer Veteran and her daughter with VPD. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

People on their balconies Vancouver

People in the community come to their balconies to watch. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Neighborhood kids with Happy Birthday sign Vancouver

Kids from the neighborhood show up with signs. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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Vancouver artists are transforming Robson Street in Vancouver by painting on boarded up storefronts.  The Downtown Vancouver BIA and Vancouver Mural Festival have enlisted the artists to create a more positive environment.  The storefronts have been boarded up due to an increase in commercial break-ins due to the pandemic.

Artist Taka Sudo

Artist Taka Sudo with his mural on the Muji Store on Robson Street. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Artist Chairman Ting

Mural on Robson Street by Chairman Ting. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Artist Animalitoland

Artist Animalitoland (Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva) paints her mural on Robson Street. Vancouver, BC, Canada

Artist Sandeep Johal

Mural on Robson Street by Artist Sandeep Johal. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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April 24, 2020
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The Olympic Flame at Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour was lit in red on Friday April 24, 2020 in tribute to Nova Scotia  and the recent tragedy there.  Flags were also at half-mast across the city.

Olympic Flame in Vancouver lit in red

Olympic Flame at Jack Poole Plaza lit in red. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Flags at half-mast across Vancouver

Flags at half-mast across Vancouver in tribute to the victims of the recent Nova Scotia tragedy. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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April 23, 2020
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Seeing all the boarded up store fronts and closed notices on so many businesses makes it seem like everything is shut down due to the pandemic.  I was in Gastown the other day and passed by Six Acres in the heart of Gastown by the Gassy Jack statue.  They had rigged up and outdoor stereo system and had their windows open – signs to show everyone that “Hey – we’re open!”  If you are in a position to, please support our local businesses.  Six Acres is located at 203 Carrall St and is open for takeout from Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm-8pm.

Six Acres Gastown

Six Acres in Gastown remains open. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Six Acres Gastown Takeout Menu

Takeout menu for Six Acres in Gastown. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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April 22, 2020
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Here are some photos from the Climate Strike March across Cambie Bridge in Yaletown in September 2019.  It’s unreal to look back on these photos and see large crowds like that.  Happy Earth Day.

Crowds crossing Cambie Bridge Climate Strike March Vancouver

Crowds crossing Cambie Bridge into downtown Vancouver during the Climate Strike March. September 2019. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Crowds crossing Cambie Bridge Climate Strike March Vancouver

Different signs at Climate Strike March in Vancouver, BC, Canada. September 2019.

Kids with signs at Climate Strike March Vancouver

Kids with signs at Climate Strike March in Vancouver, BC, Canada. September 2019.

People watch Climate Strike March Vancouver

People watch as the crowd crosses Cambie Bridge into downtown Vancouver. Climate Strike March. September 2019. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Buses and other traffic held up due to Climate Strike March Vancouver.

Buses and other traffic is held up during the Climate Strike March in Vancouver, BC, Canada. September 2019.

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April 17, 2020
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There is no public vehicle access to Stanley Park in the Westend as of April 8, 2020 until further notice. Vancouver Park Board limited access to reduce the number of people gathering at the park due to the pandemic. Aquarium workers, yacht club and rowing club staff, HMSC Discovery, and emergency vehicles are the exception. The bus into Stanley Park is still running. Cyclists are asked to use the road now and leave the seawall for pedestrians. Park rangers and police are on hand to inform drivers of the change. Parking lots have already been closed and the City of Vancouver is enforcing parking bylaws in the Westend again.

Vancouver Park Rangers in Stanley Park

Vancouver Park Rangers near a newly installed gate at the an entrance to Stanley Park. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Park rangers set up ID Checkpoint

Park rangers set up an ID checkpoint. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Park rangers in Stanley Park

Park rangers are on hand to inform the public of the changes. Vancouver, BC, Canada.