Black Friday Shopping in Vancouver

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The holidays are upon us and as our neighbours to the south prepare for their own Thanksgiving, there’s one special day for any shopper out there that’s circled and marked on the calendar: Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving in America is called Black Friday because, similar to our Boxing Day, retailers offer deep discounts to move massive amounts of stock hoping to jump “in the black” in their books after operating at a financial loss throughout the year.

Black Friday is November 29, 2013 and Canadian retailers are taking advantage of the trend including several shopping hot spots around Vancouver. Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate all of the deals, discounts, and specials in your local shopping district or shopping centre: Continue reading:
Black Friday Shopping in Vancouver

A Pedestrian Mall on Granville Bridge? You make the call!

Ever notice how wide the Granville Bridge is?  No fewer than eight lanes – four in each direction – span False Creek.  That size might make sense if the bridge were linking up with a major highway, but otherwise it kind of seems like overkill.

So why not turn two of those lanes into a tree-lined pedestrian mall – a foot-friendly, cycle-friendly pathway right down the middle of the bridge?  That’s one question that city planners are asking as part of Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 report.  In total 187 proposals are on the table – everything from widening sidewalks to scramble intersections – in a bid to convert two-thirds of all trips in the city to cycling, walking and public transit by the year 2040.

Right now the proposal isn’t going to council.  For the moment, it’s just a concept.  But I’d like to hear from you:

What do you think?  Should two lanes of Granville Bridge be set aside for a pedestrian mall?  Would it make Vancouver a more walkable city? 

The Vancouver Sun published an artist’s sketch last week of the theoretical mall over the Granville Bridge.  Continue reading:
A Pedestrian Mall on Granville Bridge? You make the call!

After-Hours Bargain Shopping at Park Royal Mall

Is it too early to start thinking about holiday shopping?  Of course it’s not . . . .

A great way to kick off your shopping and support a good cause is the Starry Nights event at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver.  On Monday, Nov. 29, and Tuesday, Nov. 30, the mall, which has more than 280 shops and restaurants, will be staying open after hours from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for two nights of bargain shopping.

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After-Hours Bargain Shopping at Park Royal Mall