Vancouver’s first cat cafe comes one step closer to reality!

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Cat cafés have become increasingly popular all over the world. And, as reported on this blog last year, Vancouver will soon have its own.

According to Michelle Furbacher, the woman who has been leading the charge in turning this idea into reality, she recently received a building permit for a location in International Village Mall (88 W. Pender St.). On the catfe.ca blog, she writes that she expects the new business to open sometime in October.

So what, exactly, is a cat café?

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Vancouver’s first cat cafe comes one step closer to reality!

Vancouver Public Pianos are Back in Action for 2015

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Image courtesy of Bored in Vancouver | Flickr.com

Don’t be surprised to hear the sound of pianos being played in public spaces in Vancouver this summer. The Vancouver public piano project (known officially as Keys to the Streets) is back for another year of spontaneous piano performances and the sounds of “Chopsticks” in the air.

There are 10 public pianos decorated by local artists and cared for by volunteers sprinkled around Vancouver. The pianos offer a space for improvisational gatherings, spontaneous connections, and celebrations of music.

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Vancouver Public Pianos are Back in Action for 2015

Concierge Spotlight: Camilla Jadhav,
 Front Office Manager at the OPUS Hotel Vancouver

The OPUS Hotel

Image courtesy of the OPUS Hotel Vancouver

Who knows what’s happening in a city better than a hotel concierge? As the point of contact for hotel guests seeking information or assistance during their stay, they need to be extremely knowledgeable about a great number of things, from where to eat to what is the current hottest play to see to where to get a fabulous blowout. It’s a tough, but rewarding job.

Each month, Inside Vancouver will get to know one of Vancouver’s top concierges, by putting six questions to them. This month, Camilla Jadhav,
 Front Office Manager at the über-cool OPUS Hotel Vancouver, answers our six questions.
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Concierge Spotlight: Camilla Jadhav,
 Front Office Manager at the OPUS Hotel Vancouver

Explore the Marvels of Vancouver’s Main Street

Photo credit: Darko Sikman.

Photo credit: Darko Sikman.

Head out a little from Vancouver’s downtown core to explore and you’ll be rewarded with fascinating neighbourhoods each with their own special vibe. One of Vancouver’s most popular ‘hoods is the Mount Pleasant/Main Street area, home to some of the city’s coolest bars, restaurants, breweries, independent shops and wild green spaces. From the city’s highest point to award-winning Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches and a hidden Tiki bar, it’s all here –you just need to know where to look… Continue reading:
Explore the Marvels of Vancouver’s Main Street

Concierge Spotlight: Alex Monetta, Concierge at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Alex Monetta - Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Alex Monetta; Image courtesy of the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Who knows what’s happening in a city better than a hotel concierge? As the point of contact for hotel guests seeking information or assistance during their stay, they need to be extremely knowledgeable about a great number of things, from where to eat to what is the current hottest play to see to where to get a fabulous blowout. It’s a tough, but rewarding job.

Each month, Inside Vancouver will get to know one of Vancouver’s top concierges, by putting six questions to them. This month, we interview Alex Monetta, Concierge at the recently rebranded Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront (previously known as the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel). Continue reading:
Concierge Spotlight: Alex Monetta, Concierge at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront