Fraser Valley & Metro Vancouver

New London Drugs Concept Store in Abbotsford

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Last night the Pulse girls and I were invited to check out London Drug’s 77th store, which opens this morning in Abbotsford!

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DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The 12th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival begins this weekend in Vancouver. With seventy-four screenings in five different venues, one of these fantastic documentary films is sure to catch your interest and fit into your schedule!

Please check out their schedule and see what might grab your attention. These films are always so interesting and well done – I hope you’re able to check one out this year!

Here are just a couple of the film synopses, the opening and closing events:

DOXA is extremely proud to open the festival this year with Vancouver director Corey Ogilvie’s Occupy The Movie, a film that exemplifies and expands the feisty tradition of documentaries such as The Corporation and The Take. Although the Occupy movement grew like lightning all over the globe, it had its origins right here in Vancouver. Following the example established by the protestors in New York, encampments sprang up around the globe, a series of brush fires that threatened to engulf the world. Interviews with Chris Hedges, Cornwel West, and Adbuster’s Kalle Lasn add intellectual heft. But it is ordinary people who describe the personal cost of putting their bodies on the front line of social change that speak the loudest. 


Back in the early 60s, a group of four young men performed in a low rent club called the Cavern. A seventeen-year old girl named Freda Kelly came to almost every performance. This is how Freda Kelly came to work with John, Paul, George and Ringo, a group of Liverpudlian lads who would become a group called The Beatles. As the band’s personal secretary she was along for the wild ride as Beatlemania reached epic heights. In Ryan White’s warm and sweetly humble film, Freda tells her stories for the first time. On the 50th Anniversary of the very first Beatles’ album (Introducing the Beatles) DOXA is happy to celebrate with Good Ol’ Freda, the woman behind the fab four. 

While they all sound fantastic, I think this year I’m going to check out Rent a Family Inc. and The Mosou Sisters.

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Extra Helping Food Drive™

Sunday, April 21st, 2013
Charitable giving generally isn’t top of mind this time of year, but with an average of 96,000 individuals, 29.5 per cent of whom are children, relying on food banks in British Columbia each month, donations continue to be critical this spring.

From April 19 – May 9, 2013, Real Canadian Superstore®,  nofrills® and Extra Foods® locations in B.C. (and across Canada) are holding their annual spring Extra Helping™ Food Drive.

Extra Helping Food Drive

How can you help? You can help your local food bank by purchasing or bringing nutritious, non-perishable food items to put in the Extra Helping™  donation bins in the stores. You may also make a cash donation at check out. One hundred per cent of the food raised in the community stays with the local community food banks.

When you are shopping at one of these stores, you will see this sticker on some shelves. This indicates a ‘most needed’ item at the local food banks.

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Here is a list of their most needed items:

  • canned fish/meat
  • natural peanut butter
  • whole wheat pasta and rice
  • pasta sauce
  • beans and legumes
  • low sodium meals in a can (hearty soups, stews, chili, etc.)
  • canned fruit and vegetables
  • whole grain/low sugar cereal
  • baby food, formula and supplies (diapers, etc.)

Every donation is helpful, whether it’s one extra jar of pasta sauce you can afford to add to your weekly grocery list, or several of the above items. Every contribution means a meal for someone in your community who needs a helping hand. Thanks for considering donating to this program.

Re-Fashion Vancouver

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013


Re-Fashion Vancouver is a one-day shopping event held in downtown Vancouver on April 20, 2013. Part high-end clothing sale and part wild shopping party, it’s the only event of its kind in Vancouver, and designed for condo-dwellers and fashionistas to be able to come together, make some cash by clearing out their closets, and buy new and nearly new clothes at deep discounts. All this while getting pampered with free mini makeovers, hairstyling and manicures, sweet treats, savoury eats and refreshing beverages.


It’s not a swap meet and it’s not a flea market – it’s not about swapping one piece for another or selling used clothes – it’s about selling the stuff that you never wear that’s brand new or nearly new (The guideline is that if you’ve worn it more than 3 times, you can’t sell it at Re-Fashion). The idea is people who live in apartments don’t have the ability to have a garage sale and it’s hard to reach the fashion-shoppers. This event brings everyone together in one place! Last year 800 shoppers attended.

According to organizers, the average woman wears 20% of her wardrobe 80% of the time and has around 22 pieces of unworn clothing hanging in her closet. Errr, yeah, guilty here! Re-Fashion Vancouver is for people who want to make back some of the money they’ve spent on all the unworn clothes they’ve bought. It’s also for people who would love to buy essentially new clothes for less than the original store price.

The event, originally designed to be a clothing sale, has evolved into something more akin to a shopping party. Shoppers will not only be able to raid the wardrobes of more than 70 local fashionistas for designer clothing at discounted prices, they will also receive free hair styling and eyebrow shaping from Juice Hair Salon, mini makeovers from Yelp and Joanna Keller, manicures and hand massages from Luxe Beauty Lounge, in addition to free fashion-themed mini cupcakes from Love Your Cake, refreshing teas from Davids Tea, savoury bites from Cache Bistro & Lounge, refreshing coconut water from O.N.E. Drinks, and many more free giveaways, contests and prizes. In addition, the first 20 shoppers through the doors will receive swag bags packed with goodies from local businesses.

Discounted clothes, pampering and treats? Sign us up!


Dining Out For Life 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Dining Out For Life is taking place on March 7, 2013. DOFL

Three Fraser Valley-based restaurants are participating this year. Diners can contribute all day, starting with breakfast at long time participant Mozart Bakery Café in Langley to an exceptional steak at Bob’s Bar’n Grill in Aldergrove to a fine dining experience at Bravo Restaurant & Lounge in Chilliwack.

Long time Dining Out For Life participant, Bravo Restaurant & Lounge owner and General Manager, Louis De Jaeger says, “We are pleased to once again support Dining Out For Life, the funds raised go so far and do so much good, and it is such an easy and enjoyable way for locals to give.  Just put away the pots and pans and head out the door with friends and family for a great meal.”

On Thursday, March 7, almost 200 participating restaurants from Whistler to Chilliwack and all points in between will contribute 25% of their food sales to people living with HIV/AIDS through A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life. A couple spending $80 at a Dining Out For Life restaurant will provide a three course meal for seven people in warm and welcoming environment at the Diamond Centre For Living, home of Friends For Life.

“Dining Out For Life is a much anticipated annual event for the staff at Bob’s Bar ‘N Grill, says owner, Bob Long, “And this year we are pleased to be participating in Dining Out For Life’s new initiative, the Vancity 20% Off Tuesdays Savings Card, which offers a 20% savings on food purchased every Tuesday at our restaurant for the rest of the year.  It is just a small token of appreciation for guests who support people living with HIV/AIDS when they dine out here on event night, Thursday March 7.”

“We are thrilled that our fantastic restaurant partners in the Fraser Valley, along with almost 200 other BC restaurants have rallied once again behind Dining Out For Life,” says Lisa Martella, Executive Director of A Loving Spoonful. “Our restaurant partners have contributed over $3 million in the past 18 years and have literally provided hundreds of thousands meals through their generosity”

This is a great excuse not to cook! Head out to any, or all, of these great restaurants and help support people in our community dealing with the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS.

Pink Shirt Day 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

image003February 27, 2013 is CKNW’s Pink Shirt Day. This day supports the CKNW Orphan’s Fund and Boys and Girls Clubs in communities across Western Canada.

London Drugs, a key sponsor for this annual event, is once again selling Pink Shirt Day T-shirts for $9.80. They are available in adult and youth sizes from small to XXL. Over the past six years, London Drugs has helped raise more than $330,000 through the Pink Shirt Day Campaign.

About the CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pink Shirt Day: CKNW started Pink Shirt Day six years ago following an anti-bullying stand of two grade 12 Nova Scotia students. The students took action after witnessing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing pink to school and encouraged their schoolmates to wear pink to send a message against bullying. Since then, CKNW’s Pink Shirt Day Campaign has sent a powerful message that Bullying Stops Here and we should Make Some Noise Against Bullying. In Canada, every seven minutes someone is bullied on a playground in Canada ( Bullying is demoralizing, wrecks self-esteem and has led to shootings and suicides in Canada. Bullying happens in many different forms but its purpose is to make someone else feel bad on purpose. Through awareness and education Canadians can continue to take a stand against bullying.

There are several London Drugs locations in the Fraser Valley. Click here to find the location closest to you.


Say Cheese – Pulse Spotlight – 02.01.13

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Say Cheese, a Gourmet Grilled Cheeserie, opened its doors at the end of December 2012 in the heart of adorable Fort Langley. Though small in size, this take-out cafe packs a punch of cheesy flavour.

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Pulse Spotlight – Vanilla Clothing – 01.02.13

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Vanilla Clothing is a locally owned boutique that now has 3 stores to its name: the newest location in Langley just opened in October 2012, the White Rock location has been open since August 2010 and the original store in Prince George was opened in 2009.

Owner Deanna Whissell lives in Langley but is originally from Prince George and now splits her time between the stores.  Though she has an extensive background in Marketing and Sales, Deanna always wanted to open her own store and received the opportunity to do so when her best friend, an entrepreneur, helped her after successfully running her own businesses.

D & Sharon Mannequins

Though their long-term goal didn’t go as planned after her dear friend’s passing in 2011, they shared in the fun of coming up with a name for the business in the initial planning stages.  Both ladies considered themselves “foodies” and wanted to draw on vanilla’s world-wide popularity as a flavor and scent in their own company’s name and hoped that it would be just as memorable on a local level.



The goal was (and still is) to bring fashion to the Fraser Valley, with a strong focus on clothing that is age appropriate for women who are 35 and up. The clothing in the store is not only fashionable, but made of good quality.  Deanna aims to stock clothes that meet the dressing challenges that women in all stages of life face, from finding breathable fabric for menopausal women to materials that fit well and are wearable for many  years.

Vanilla Clothing keeps at least 75% of their clothing and products Canadian designed or made and you will only find one of each size with their newer items.  Some of the favorite clothing lines carried in the store include Canadian Designer Frank Lyman and Bryn Walker, a casual West Coast clothing line that suits the lifestyle of many BC women.  Another great perk of these stores is the in-house stylist that travels between locations.



Deanna and her team of 12 fabulous employees are actively involved with and supportive of local charities, such as hospice and cancer research, as well as being involved in their communities.  They host 2 fashion show fundraisers each year and put on a “Retail Therapy” event, which is a chauffeured wine and boutique tour in the Fraser Valley.  Fifteen people can sign up to spend an organized day of shopping, eating, and exploring local stores.  Their next Retail Therapy tour will be in February.


Customers can find information on Vanilla Clothing through their website or Facebook page and can sign up to become a Fashionista member, where you will receive information about special events, sales, new arrivals, and much more.

Vanilla Clothing is gifting one of our lucky readers a super fabulous night out! A wine, cheese and private shopping night for 10! Includes wine, cheese, a $50 gift certificate and discount on your purchases. A value of $250! Please leave a note below to be entered to win. Winner will be chosen at random on January 15, 2013.

Vanilla Clothing
White Rock – 15208 Pacific Ave, 5 Corners
Langley – 8880 – 202nd St, Walnut Grove




Pulse Spotlight – Dickens Sweets & Museum – 12.15.12

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

It seems that traditional British food either excites people (Anyone for Mr. Kipling Cherry Bakewell Tarts?) or bewilders people (Batchelors Mushy Peas… I don’t get it!), depending on which side of the pond you’re from! Being a Canadian with very little British influence, I had never been one to pop into a British import shop “just because,” and it wasn’t until I visited Dickens Sweets that I realized what us non-British folk were missing out on!

Fraser Valley Pulse - Dickens Sweets Spotlight

Named after the famous writer, Charles Dickens, Anne and Fred Hails first opened the doors of Dickens in September 2000 as a bit of a hobby project. Needing something to keep her busy, Anne decided a sweet shop would be a lovely way to enjoy her love for British sweets and also share them with her community.  She originally planned to sell imported sweets in the shop 3 days a week, but Anne and Fred soon found themselves bursting at the seams and needing more space. Within two months of opening shop, they were already expanding to accommodate imported grocery items, in addition to their huge selection of sweet goodies.

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Pulse Spotlight – Paper Moon – 11.25.12

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Fort Langley is the perfect place for taking your time to look around and enjoy the unique shops and restaurants.  Most of us already know this, but did you also know that it hosts one of the most adorable stores ever?  Paper Moon is in the recently renovated strip mall located on Glover Rd and has been there for over 12 years.  When I met the store’s Owner, Carrie Davis, it was easy to see where the fun-filled store gets its creative feel from.


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