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Vancouver’s Summer Events Schedule – Part 1

With summer just around the corner, you may be starting to plan on attending the exciting festivals and events that take place in our beautiful city.  From music festivals to popular neighbourhood and community oriented events, there is no shortage of exciting venues available this summer.  As your premier solvent-free Kitsilano dry cleaners, we would like to offer you this list of some of the most exciting and popular events that you can be a part of this summer.

Kitsilano Farmer’s Market

Enjoy the freshest and finest local fruits and vegetables this summer at the Kitsilano Farmer’s Market.  In addition to local produce, the Farmer’s Market offers ethically raised meat and dairy, craft beer and artisan prepared foods as well as homemade crafts.  Make sure to get your local shopping done every Sunday from 10-2pm in the Kitsilano Community Centre parking lot.  

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The 42nd annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival promises to be the best one yet.  With over 40,000 people in attendance at Jericho Beach, this popular event brings together families, communities and neighbourhoods to enjoy over 40 international, national and local folk performers. 

This year’s line-up includes:

·         The Sam Roberts Band.

·         Basia Bulat.

·         Corb Lund.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The 34th annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival brings a wide range of talented musicians to the city.  Come enjoy one of the many free concerts put on throughout the city or head out for a night on the town to the participating restaurants and clubs to enjoy your favourite jazz or hip-hop artist. 

Some of this year’s headliners include:

·         The Wu-Tang Clan.

·         The Roots.

·         Herbie Hancock.

Celebration of Light

Vancouver’s Celebration of Light is the most popular summer event in the city.  The festival attracts over 400,000 people and is the largest international offshore fireworks competition in the world.  There are various places to catch the action with Kitsilano and English Bay being two of the favourites.  Get there early, pack a picnic, set up some lawn chairs and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show.

This year’s competitors and dates are:

·         July 27 – India.

·         July 31 – Canada.

·         August 3 – Croatia.

These are just a few of the many great events and festivals that will be taking place in and around Kitsilano this summer.  Be sure to book your tickets early and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. 

Our solvent- free dry-cleaning services are the perfect solution when it comes to getting your summer outfit clean and ready for your favourite event or festival.  Stop by today and see how we can help you look great this summer.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Vancouver

It is time to celebrate mothers everywhere.  The one special day when you can put the spotlight on one of the most important women in your life – your mom.  As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, we would like to offer you some of our favourite Mother’s Day spots and activities in and around Vancouver.

Dining

A great way to start off any Mother’s Day is to take her out for a brunch or breakfast.  Some of the more popular brunches around Vancouver include:

  • Dockside Restaurant – This popular Mother’s Day brunch has the added bonus of being located on Granville Island.
  • Arc is located at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and includes a kid’s buffet station, desserts and carving stations of various hot meats.
  • Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar. This award winning upscale seafood restaurant offers a wide selection sure to please everyone, especially mom.

If breakfast or brunch isn’t a possibility, a nice dinner out is another great option.  Here are some of our favourite Mother’s Day dining choices.

  • Anywhere on 4th Kitsilano is home to a wide range of excellent restaurant choices that include ethnic as well as fine and casual dining.  Take a stroll before Mother’s Day and see which restaurants appeal to mom.
  • Vij’s. One of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants.  Vij’s offers fusion Indian as well as cocktails and a wide range of appetizers.
  • One of Vancouver’s homegrown trendy chins. Take mom out for a casual meal at the Keg, Cactus Club or Earls.

Remember:

Book early to avoid disappointment as many of these popular venues tend to fill up quickly.

Shopping

Take mom out for a shopping spree or a spa date this Mother’s Day.  Plan the entire day and get a head start by going early to West 4th and doing some window shopping at the many great boutique clothing stores.  There is something to please everyone, even the hardest to shop for mom.

Go for a Walk

If the weather is nice, head down for a stroll on one of the many great beaches or trails in Vancouver.  Some of our favourites include:

  • Kitsilano Beach. Make an entire day of the Kitsilano area with a walk on the beach, a shop on 4th and a dinner at one of the many great restaurants.
  • Stanley Park. Pick a trail or walk the famous Seawall with mom.
  • Spanish Banks. Another great Vancouver beach.  Try to catch it at low tide.

Take Care of the Chores

Give mom the day off and tackle the household chores or better yet, let us do your laundry for the day.  We offer a convenient and complimentary pickup and delivery service which means that you can spend more time with mom and less time on chores.  Our eco-friendly cleaning process will have all your clothes clean and chemical free.

If you would like more great suggestions on how to spend your Mother’s Day in Vancouver or are interested in our many eco-friendly cleaning services, please contact us today.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff look forward to serving you.

Happy Mother’s Day from West Boulevard Cleaners.

 

 

 

 

 

Tips to Beat High Gas Costs

I am sure that you have noticed the unbelievable increase in gas prices in Vancouver.  If these prices have left you scratching your head and checking your wallet, you are not alone.  As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaners in Kitsilano, we would like to offer you the following cost saving tips so you can save some money and beat these high gas costs.

Drive Less

The easiest way to save money at the pumps is to consume less fuel.  This may be easier said than done, but with Vancouver’s excellent transit system and a little pre-planning you may be surprised how easy it is to find a public transit route that works for you.  In addition to public transit, you can also curb your reliance on gas by:

  • Walking to your local grocery store, work or other places where you may have used your car.
  • Find alternate methods of transportation such as a bicycle – there are many convenient and excellent bike lanes that connect the entire city.
  • Completing a wide range of errands at one time. Instead of several different trips to your grocery store, hardware store etc., try to establish a route that will burn the least amount of fuel and a schedule that will let you complete many of these tasks in sequence.

Carpool

Carpooling can be an effective way to save money at the pumps and still give you the convenience of your car. Another bonus of carpooling is that you can use the much faster HOV lanes that exist.  Try to find a neighbour or work colleague that is interested and understands the advantages of carpooling.  Not only will you save money, you may make a new friend and find that those long commutes to work are not only faster but a lot friendlier.

Pickup and Delivery Services

Another great way to save money is to take full advantage of company services.  At West Coast Boulevard Cleaners, we offer a free pick-up and delivery service that will not only help you save gas and money, it will also save you time.  We offer a free, downloadable app to help you schedule at your convenience pick-up and drop off times.

Our eco-friendly business approach goes far beyond just our cleaning services.  Our green philosophy extends throughout our entire business model and our free pickup and delivery service is another part of this ideology.  Like you, we are striving to reduce our carbon footprint and do what is best for our environment and our beautiful city at the same time.  Make sure to take full advantage of this free and reliable service.

Call or stop by today to see how you can benefit from our eco-friendly cleaning products.  Do not forget to inquire about our free pick-up and delivery service and schedule your cleaning services today.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

Easter Events in and Around Kitsilano – Part 2

With so many exciting activities taking place over the Easter weekend, we felt that a follow up blog to cover more of these great events is necessary.  As the premier ecofriendly dry-cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, we would like to share with you more of the fun filled Easter events that abound in Vancouver.

Easter Egg-stacular

Hop on down to the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown for this exciting Easter event.  This event includes:

  • An Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
  • Live bunnies and other spring animals.
  • Face painting and Easter themed crafts and activities.
  • Easter treats and cookie decorating.

For more information about this family friendly event please visit: http://roundhouse.ca/events/egg-stacular-easter-egg-hunt/.

Easter at Fly Over Canada

Fly Over Canada is a popular Vancouver attraction that will be hosting a special Easter theme.  In addition to their regular Fly Over Canada show, you can meet the Easter Bunny and get a special Easter treat after the show.  For more information on Fly Over Canada, such as what to expect from the show, showtimes and cost of admission please visit: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/canada-place/fly-over-canada/.

Easter at VanDusen Gardens

VanDusen Gardens is a great place to visit over the Easter holiday because of the Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt.  This popular Easter activity offers children the opportunity to hunt for eggs in a half dozen different areas in the gardens and exchange their findings for Easter treats and candy.  For times and costs for Easter at VanDusen Gardens, please visit: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/vandusen-gardens/.

Easter in the River District

The annual Golden Egg Hunt takes place this Easter Sunday at the River District Community Centre.  This is a free event and open to the public.  The actual Golden Egg Hunt takes place at set times so if you are interested in this Easter event, advanced registration is recommended because there is limited space.  For more details about this event, please visit: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/city-of-vancouver/river-district-vancouver/river-district-events/.

Other Easter Venues

Multiple hotels and restaurants around the city host Easter brunches.  Some of the more popular brunches include:

  • Hotel Vancouver.
  • The Lobby.
  • Ocean’s 999.
  • Globe at YVR (Vancouver airport).

For menus, costs and times, it is recommended that you contact the specific restaurant.

Many churches in Vancouver also host a service on Easter Sunday. Each congregation offers a different type of service, but all the churches in the city will have well-above average attendance so arrive early if you are thinking of attending.

If you would like more information on any of the previously mentioned activities, or need your clothes professionally cleaned for your Easter celebrations, please stop by today.  We offer an ecofriendly dry-cleaning alternative that is free from all harmful chemicals but equally as effective as traditional dry-cleaning methods.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Easter from West Boulevard Cleaners.

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Events in and around Kitsilano – Part 1

Easter is just around the corner.  It’s a fun time of year that brings families together, Easter egg hunts and treats.  As the premier ecofriendly dry-cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, we would like to fill this extra special weekend holiday with some exciting and fun filled Easter events in and around the Kitsilano community.

Easter Eggstravaganza

This Easter head out to the Kitsilano Community Centre for Easter Eggstravaganza.  This fun filled event includes:

  • Crafts, face painting and games.
  • Cookie and egg decorating.

Be sure to register early for this family friendly event as tickets sell out fast.  See you this Easter for Kitsilano’s Easter Eggstravaganza.  For more information and to inquire about tickets, please visit: https://kitscc.com/program/easter-eggstravaganza/.

The Easter Train

Hop on Stanley Park’s Easter train for an exciting ride through a magical forest full of Easter bunnies and other furry inhabitants.  After the train ride, the whole family can enjoy activities such as:

  • Meet the Easter Bunny.
  • Bunny Burrow Maze.
  • Professional face painting.
  • An egg hunt in the farmyard.
  • Easter crafts and games.

Make sure to book your ticket for this popular Easter event as there are limited seats and they tend to sell out fast.  For more information about Stanley Park’s Easter Train, including ticket prices and train times, please visit:  https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/easter-train.aspx.

Big Easter Fun Run and Egg Hunt

Be a part of the 4th annual Big Easter Fun Run and Egg Hunt at Jericho Beach this Easter weekend.  This holiday themed fun run is suitable for all ages.  The run winds around picturesque Jericho Beach and offers stunning views of the North Shore Mountains and the Vancouver skyline.  Be sure to dress up and come out and participate in this wonderful Easter event.

Grouse Mountain Easter Brunch

If you are looking for unrivalled views of Vancouver and an Easter buffet full of delicious food, then the Grouse Mountain Easter Brunch is for you. This popular Vancouver Easter tradition is an all ages and family friendly event and includes an Easter egg hunt led by the Easter bunny as well as face painting.  For a look at the menu and how to book your time and table, please visit: https://vancouversnorthshore.com/events/grouse-mountain-easter-brunch/.

These are just some of the many great Easter events that are offered in Vancouver. We are proud to be a part of the Kitsilano community and would love to help you with any of your dry-cleaning needs.  We offer a chemical free and environmentally safe alternative to traditional dry-cleaning practices that are sure to get your Easter clothes looking like new for that special day.  We look forward to working with you soon.

Happy Easter.

 

 

 

2019 Spring Fashion Trends – Part 1

With the longer days and warmer weather, it is time to put your winter wardrobe away and get ready for spring.  As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, here are some of our picks for this year’s spring fashion trends.

Spring Colours

Colour choices are always an important way to put an accent on any season.  This spring, many of the clothing choices that will be available are going to be in pastel colours.  The most popular of the pastel choices that will define spring 2019’s fashion line is lavender.  This soft purple hue will be found in everything from formal wear to blouses and even suits.

White never seems to go out of style, but this year, the fashion industry is bringing it to the forefront.  With warmer weather, you can shed some layers and step into spring with the simple white tank top.  This basic cut can be worn on its own or layered.  Either way the white tank top is a 2019 spring fashion must.  White tank tops are not the only fashion trend of 2019, from suits to oversized and over cut fashion wear, be prepared for a clean spring slate and set the trend in white.

Prints

If plaid is the fashion print of fall, then spring 2019’s fashion print is sure to be polka dots.  More specifically – black and white patterns.  A long polka dot dress or skirt is a must for this spring.  Mix and match your favourite outfits with popular spring colours or another polka dot patterned blouse or shirt.

A close second to polka dots is the always popular floral pattern. Look for floral patterns in your favourite spring clothing.  The seventies are alive and well this spring with some fashioner designers opting for colourful tie-dyed and rainbow prints.  If you are looking to make a statement this spring, check out some of these bold and inspiring patterns.

Necklines

There are many different neckline choices that are setting trends this spring.  One of them is the rebirth of the square neckline.  This flattering cut is going to be available in everything from cotton tops to cocktail dresses and everything in between.

Asymmetrical necklines are also a headliner for 2019.  This off balanced choice gives you many choices on how to wear your top and will allow you to express your creative side.  Get ready for this bold and expressive look coming soon to a designer store near you.

Take Good Care

You will want to keep your spring clothes looking like new, so you can enjoy them for the entire season and for years to come.  At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer an eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative that will get your clothes clean and keep them looking new without any of the dangerous chemicals that are involved in the traditional dry cleaning process.

We also offer custom alterations and repairs if you need to change or fix any part of your spring wardrobe.  Our friendly and professional staff can give you advice and help you with any cleaning or alteration questions that you may have.  Stop by today and see how our services can help you step out this spring.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

2019 Spring Fashion Trends – Part 2

With so many different choices and styles available, one blog was not enough to do 2019’s spring fashion trends justice.  As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, here is our second installment of this year’s spring fashion picks.

Denim

Denim never goes out of style.  A few great designer jeans are a must, no matter what the season.  For spring 2019, the way denim is being used and the colour choice are the new trends.  This year’s colour choices for denim are dark greys, blues as well as black.  Everything from tuxedos to power suits and dresses are being offered in a denim cut with these dark bold colour schemes.

Pink and Red

Get your Valentine’s Day swag on every day with this spring’s pink and red colour schemes.  Millennial pink with a layer or splash of rouge is going to be everywhere this spring, so step out and show off this unique colour combination.

Fringe and Feathers

Fringe made its debut last year and is another surefire trend setter for 2019.  Fringe is going to be featured on everything from dresses and spring jackets to gloves and even earrings.  Look for this trend in all shapes and sizes this spring.

One of this year’s boldest fashion statements is feathers. Like fringe, look for feathers on almost all your favourite spring clothes in different shapes, sizes and colours.  Are you brave enough to be sporting this spring’s boldest and most unique fashion trend?

Accessories

  • Sunglasses

Sunglasses never go out of style and are a must for any sunny Vancouver day.  However, 2019’s spring sunglasses trend calls for a wide experimentation and choice of colour as well as a throwback to the 90’s style – angled with razor edges.  Think Oakley Razorblades.

  • Fanny Packs

Need some extra room to carry your spring accessories?  Well, look no further than your must have 2019 spring accessory – the fanny pack.  Regardless of your fashion preferences, there are a wide range of different styles and sizes to choose from.

  • Hats

This spring’s hat choice is straw.  Large and oversized, not your typical Panama style, but is still the perfect companion for any of those warm late spring beach days.

Keep your Colours and Fashion Choices Bold this Spring

We know how important fashion is to you and we want to help you keep your trendy clothes clean and looking like new.  At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer an eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative that gets the same or better results without exposing you to any of the dangerous chemicals that are part of the traditional dry cleaning process.

We also offer a free pick-up and delivery service to free up time from your busy schedule.  Stop by today to see how our services can keep your spring wardrobe looking like new for many seasons to come.  We look forward to working with you soon.

 

 

Green Living Tips to Help you Survive the Winter

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back on track, apply your New Year’s resolutions and enjoy the winter.  As the eco-friendly Kitsilano dry cleaners we would like to offer the following green living tips that will allow you to enjoy the winter and still reduce your energy consumption and your carbon footprint.

Clear the Air

If you find the winter air drier than usual or are looking at improving the quality of air that you breathe in your home, indoor plants may be the answer to both of these conundrums.  These plants will not only brighten up your surroundings, they will also trap heat in your home and release moisture back into the air as well as purify and clean the air.  Start 2019 right and put plants in your kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom.

Another answer to cleaner air is a humidifier.  It will keep the air in your home from getting too dry.

Here’s the Deal:

A diffuser can double as a humidifier and it will also fill your home with uplifting scents.

Go Seasonal

Many of your favourite vegetable and fruits can come from as far away as South America during the winter months.  The shipping and carbon footprint of these products is huge. Try to combat this and make an effort to enjoy and purchase seasonal produce and fruit.  Try to prepare meals with local ingredients.  Not only will you be enjoying a fresher meal, chances are it will be far higher in nutrition as well.

Change your Bulbs

The days are shorter in the winter; therefore, you will be turning your lights on more.  Use LED or other energy efficient lights to save money on your next utility bill.  Not only will you enjoy the cost savings provided by LED lights, you will also reduce your energy consumption and shrink your carbon footprint.

Pool It

Vancouver offers great public transit.  If at all possible, try to incorporate transit into your daily schedule and reduce your carbon footprint.  Sometimes public transit is not an option.  If this is the case, think about carpooling with work colleagues or friends.  Not only is this a more energy efficient approach, it may also offer perks such as HOV lanes and other time saving measures.

As a local eco-friendly business, we support all green initiatives and are proud to offer free pick-up and delivery service for your cleaning needs.  This service will not only free up time for you, it will also cut down on your fuel consumption and reduce your overall carbon footprint.

If you are interested in other ways to go green this winter or would like more information about our free pick-up and delivery service or some of the other eco-friendly cleaning options that we provide, please contact us today.  We look forward to working with you soon.

 

 

Going Green this New Year – Part 2

Do you want to be a part of a growing movement and positive change?  A green start to your new year is a great way to change your lifestyle, do your part for the environment and make a statement.  As Kitsilano’s premier eco-friendly dry cleaners we would like to suggest the following ways that you can achieve this green goal.

Make the Switch

Take a moment and look at all of your cleaning products, soaps, shampoos and even your toothpaste.  Chances are many of these products contain harsh chemicals that are not only harming the environment, they are also harming you and affecting your overall health.

When you are replacing any of these products, make sure to look for environmentally friendly items that will not affect your health.  Many of these products are the same price, so making the switch will not even cost you more.

The next time you are shopping take the extra time to look at the ingredient list. Some of the more harmful chemicals that you will want to avoid include:

  • Phthalates – often listed as fragrance and frequently found in hand and laundry soap and air fresheners. Try to use fragrance free or all-natural fragrances.
  • 2-butoxyethanol – often found in window, kitchen and multi-purpose cleaners. Is linked to kidney and liver damage. Try using diluted vinegar or Bon Ami products with natural cleansers.
  • Sodium Laurel Sulphate – found in different toothpastes. Has been tested as a pesticide but denied because of environmental damage. Use natural or sulphate free toothpaste.

Here’s the Deal:

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we understand the dangers of common household chemicals and instead of using PERC (tetrachloroethylene – which has been linked to cancer) to clean your clothes, we use an high tech eco-friendly product that will not harm you, your family or the environment.  We use very special cleaning products formulated to commercially clean your garments with water, better and more safely with water than with harmful chemicals.

We Recommend

For household uses such as washing your hands we recommend a mild liquid soap without phosphates. You can also use it for washing dishes when washing by hand. 17 states in the USA have banned phosphates from dishwasher detergents because they pollute lakes, bays and streams. They create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen.

Lower your Emissions

One of the major contributors to climate change is greenhouse gases.  You can reduce your global footprint and reduce your emissions by driving less.  There are many ways that you can accomplish this goal.

  • Walk or cycle to the grocery store if it is near your home.
  • Use public transportation to commute to work.
  • Use carpooling when commuting.
  • Switch to an electric car to reduce your emissions to zero.

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer a free pick-up and delivery service for all your cleaning needs.  Not only will this save you a car trip or two, it will free up some extra time in your day.  Let us help you reduce your carbon footprint and clear your schedule.

A greener approach to your life is a positive change and a great New Year’s goal.  By replacing harmful chemicals in your house, you will not only be helping the environment, you will also be making a switch to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.  Stop by or contact us today and see how our eco-friendly services can help you achieve your green New Year’s goals.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Going Green this New Year – Part 1

There has never been a better time to go green, so why not start fresh this New Year and make it a part of your resolutions?  A greener approach to your overall life is not only a switch that will benefit the environment, it will also lead to a healthier life for you and believe it or not, may even save you money in the long run.  As the premier eco-friendly Kitsilano dry cleaners, we would like to offer you the following ways that you can lead a greener and healthier lifestyle.

Bundle Up

Turn down your thermostat.  This statement holds even more importance this year because of the gas shortage in B.C.  By turning down your thermostat a few degrees, you will not only be reducing your carbon footprint you will also save money.  Some other great energy saving tips that are simple and can be used in your day to day life include:

  • Turn your hot water tank down a few degrees. Again, you will hardly notice any temperature change and you will save money and reduce your gas consumption.
  • Get a smart thermostat. This will allow you to program when you use and don’t use heat.  You may also be able to get a tax rebate on this energy efficient piece of technology.
  • Take a shorter shower. Try to shorten your shower by even a few minutes to save money and energy.
  • If you are cold, bundle up. Find your favourite sweater and put it on or use a throw and snuggle up on the couch with a hot drink.

Fill It Up

Another great way to reduce your reliance on plastic is to invest in a water bottle for drinking.  Many major cities have outlawed one time plastic water bottles and invested in tier drinking water.  Luckily, Vancouver has excellent drinking water (far healthier and cleaner than the water you will find in plastic bottles).  The next time you are thirsty, fill up your water bottle and keep a plastic bottle out of the landfill or the ocean.

Be Choosy

As a consumer, you have a huge impact on driving and steering the business market wherever you want.  Make sure that you support and purchase from environmentally friendly vendors and businesses that also believe in green practices.

We at West Boulevard Cleaners only use eco-friendly cleaning products.  We feel that this choice will not only keep you and your family safe from the chemicals found in traditional cleaning solvents, but this approach will also keep our beautiful city and province green for future generations to enjoy.  It is a choice that we believe in and stand by.

Go green this New Year – it requires very little effort and a greener approach to your lifestyle will only impact you in positive ways.  We all love Vancouver because of its natural beauty, so why not try to keep it that way for future generations?  If you would like more ways to go green or would like to know more about our eco-friendly dry cleaning services, our friendly staff would love to talk to you.