Pulse Spotlight

Vancouver Christmas Market

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

It’s been a few years since my husband and I first attended the Vancouver Christmas Market. I was thrilled to see how it has grown! On now until December 24th, the market is located outdoors at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.


This traditional German-style market is a great place to visit with your family this holiday season. There is live entertainment and fantastic traditional German gifts and products. The carousel kept my little guy happy, along with face painting, gingerbread cookie decorating; candle decorating was available, too.

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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.

For more information, please visit www.doxafestival.ca.


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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Sponsored Spotlight: All in Order Suites

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Turn on the evening news any day and you are sure to see strangers whose homes have been damaged from flooding, fire, wind or some other force of nature. What a terrible situation to deal with. Not only the mess, but the loss and inconvenience of having to relocate.

One of the first tasks at hand after a disaster is ‘where will we go?’. All In Order Suites is a fantastic local alternative to staying in a hotel when you are forced from your home by the unimaginable.

Owner/Manager Donna Francis began this venture in 2009 as a furnished apartment rental company.  But it wasn’t just executives knocking at her door, it was insurance companies. They were interested in offering these accommodations to their claimants who needed a temporary residence. Donna explored this option further and are now fully set up to work with all insurance companies – often with direct billing, meaning no out-of-pocket expenses for you!

All In Order Suites are primarily located in the Langley and Surrey area. However, if you are seeking accommodations elsewhere in the Fraser Valley, Donna and her team will work alongside furnished rental affiliates to help find you the perfect location.

The comfortable, spacious suites are fully furnished, including everything from linens to cutlery and cleaning products…even a hair dryer! All you need to bring along is your clothing and personal effects – everything else is provided! All In Order Suites include high speed internet access, heat, hydro and full kitchens.

Hopefully most reading this won’t have to call on Donna anytime soon but it’s great to tuck this little piece of information in your hat because, hey, it could happen to you. All In Order Suites offer the creature comforts of home, making temporary relocation a little bit easier on you and your family.

These suites also make fantastic accommodations during home renovations, or for out of town corporate visitors on an extended stay.

To learn more about All In Order Suites, their corporate stay packages and more, please visit www.AllInOrderSuites.ca.

All In Order Suites
Ring: 604.514.8212 

Sponsored Spotlight: Feminine Form’s 6th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, November 12th, 2012

We first discovered Feminine Form back in 2010 and we have been big fans ever since. How super exciting to learn that they are celebrating SIX years in business this month! Woo hoo!

Feminine Form, located in the Brookswood neighbourhood of Langley, operates under the philosophy that both comfort and function should be beautiful. Regardless of your shape or size, you should have access to gorgeous, well-made, pretty underthings and loungewear.

After six years in business, Feminine Form has discovered and honed in on the best, most unique and quality lines. Marlies Dekkers, Chantelle, Hanky Panky, Simone Perele and Fauve are just some of the lines stocked at this local lingerie boutique. You will find a wonderful selection of soft, comfy yet stylish loungewear at Feminine Form as well. They continue to be a destination shop for these special brands, welcoming customers from all over the Lower Mainland.

Don’t worry, gentlemen, Feminine Form carries some exciting lines for you, too, including SAXX Underwear Co. They are offering a sassy Movember design, with partial proceeds going to Prostate Cancer Canada.

Here are the anniversary specials available this week:

November 13 & 14 – NO TAX!
November 15 – 20% off Simone Perele
November 16 – 20% off Chantelle
November 17 – 20% off Marlies Dekkers
November 18 – Buy $100 gift certificate, receive an additional $25 

Ladies, we give you full permission to treat yourselves to a little pre-holiday treat. And gents, take advantage of these great offers and let this be the year you really do get started on your shopping early!

Congratulations to Feminine Form on six successful years in business and to you, dear readers, happy shopping!

Feminine Form
105 – 4061  200th Street, Langley
Ring: 604.532.9449

Birkeland Bros. Wool – Pulse Spotlight – 11.05.12

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Theres a new lady in town, but she’s certainly not what you might expect! Weighing in at two tonnes, and over 100 years old, the historical Birkeland carding machine is one of the many reasons that makes Birkeland Bros. Wool in Abbotsford just too darn cool! Not only have they established themselves as the go-to place for specialty dyed wool, felt and yarn, their in-house carding machine produces quality batting just like the good ol’ days, right in front of your eyes.

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Pulse Spotlight: Chopsticks on Pho

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

It really is amazing when one day you talk about your dreams and the next day you realize them.  For some people, this dream can take months, and for others, it can take years.  For Steven and Lynn, the Owners of Chopsticks on Pho in Surrey, their dream was 18 years in the making.

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