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.
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
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.