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Celebrating the Holidays in Vancouver – Part 2

The holidays are such a great time to get together with family and friends and with the wide range of celebrations going on around Vancouver, there really is something for everyone.  As your premier Kitsilano dry-cleaning alternative we would like to share this second installment of great activities, festivals and celebrations that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

The most popular holiday event in Vancouver is Bright Nights at Stanley Park.  With over 3 million twinkling lights and admission by donation Bright Nights offers exceptional value and is a must see.  Stroll through multiple holiday themes and be dazzled by the unique light displays.  Don’t forget to pack your hot chocolate and maybe even your umbrella as this is an outdoor event.

The incredibly popular miniature train takes passengers on a twelve-minute winter wonderland themed ride and is a must do activity.  The train tickets are sold in 30-minute intervals so there are quite a few trains that run each day.  However, be sure to book early as the train sells out and be prepared to stand in line.  Bright Nights runs from November 28 until January 1, 2020.

Hyatt Gingerbread Lane

Come and see the some of the best gingerbread houses in the Lower Mainland at the Hyatt hotel foyer this holiday season.  Although this is not a destination in and of itself, it is a great place to stop as you continue to enjoy the holiday festivities of downtown Vancouver.  Gingerbread Lane will be on display for the month of December.

Christmas at Canada Place

Christmas at Canada Place can be combined with the Hyatt’s Gingerbread Lane for a great downtown outing before heading over to Bright Nights.  Take a stroll through Canada Place to see the Avenue of Christmas Trees as well as the Historic Woodward’s Display all under the glow of the festively lit sails – and the best part of this attraction is that it is free.  Christmas at Canada Place takes place from mid-December until the end of the month.

Christmas at Flyover Canada

This Christmas themed tour over Canada follows Santa’s travels.  Come and be entertained by elves at this family friendly holiday experience.  Christmas at Flyover Canada runs from the end of November until early January.

Christmas Music

A true holiday celebration is not complete without your favourite Christmas music.  The city of Vancouver offers a wide range of live Christmas music as well as choirs and orchestras.  Some of the great selections include:

  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
  • Vancouver Bach Choir.
  • Vancouver Chamber Choir.
  • Yule Duel: Caroling for a Cause – December 5.
  • Winter Harp Concerts.

If Christmas music is your thing, then be sure to check out the various websites for tickets, times and events.

This by no means rounds out the wide range of holiday celebrations that are taking place this winter.  If you would like more information on any of these great holiday festivities or would like to see how our eco-friendly cleaning services can get your winter attire ready for the holidays, please contact us today.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Happy Holidays from West Boulevard Cleaners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating the Holidays in Vancouver: Festivals and Events – Part 1

The excitement of the holiday season is fast approaching and there may be no better place to celebrate this magical time of year than in Vancouver.  As your Kitsilano dry cleaning alternative, here is the first installment of some of the many celebrations, festivals and can’t miss moments that are sure to make your holidays memorable.

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting

Get into the holiday spirit this year by being a part of the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting.  This year there will be 4 separate trees that will be lit – one of which is 76 feet tall.  Live entertainment and free hot chocolate and cookies make this the perfect family friendly holiday tradition.  This year’s Christmas tree lighting takes place on November 29 at 6 pm in Robson Square.

 

Santa Claus Parade

Celebrate the 16th annual Santa Claus Parade on December 1st.  Get ready for the holidays with a multitude of themed floats, marching bands and of course a visit from Santa.  With over 300 000 people watching, be sure to get there early for a good spot.  For routes, times and best places to see the parade, please visit:

http://vancouversantaclausparade.com/parade-information/

 

Van Dusen Festivals of Light

 A holiday tradition in Vancouver is the Van Dusen Festivals of Light.  Come and see the botanical gardens transformed by over 1 million lights.  This year the festival runs from November 30 until January 5.  With over 110 000 visitors a year, get your tickets early before they sell out and be a part of this popular Vancouver holiday tradition.

 

Aurora Winter Festival

 This new North-Pole inspired holiday market is located on the PNE grounds and runs from November 23 until January 5, 2020. Highlights of the festival include:

  • A tubing slide.
  • Various market vendors.
  • Outdoor skating rink.
  • Visits from Santa Claus.

 

Glow Vancouver

This indoor attraction is home to over a million lights and a wide variety of family friendly activities including:

  • Interactive light gardens.
  • Illuminated structures.
  • Delicious food and festive drinks.
  • Live daily entertainment.

Be sure to check out all the holiday fun at the Harbour Convention Centre.  Vancouver Christmas Glow runs from November 21 until January 2, 2020.

 

Vancouver Christmas Market

Looking to find that unique holiday gift for that hard to shop for person?  Well look no further than the Vancouver Christmas Market.  This fun outdoor European inspired Christmas Market is home to over 75 vendors offering a wide range of unique hand-crafted artisan crafts and gifts.  Get out and enjoy some holiday spirit at this popular Vancouver tradition.  The Vancouver Christmas Market runs from November 20 until December 24.

These are just some of the many great festivals and activities that are available in and around Vancouver this holiday season.  If you would like more information on any of these holiday musts or would like to see how our eco-friendly professional cleaning services can get your favourite holiday outfit ready for the holidays, please stop by today.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Holidays from West Boulevard Cleaners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrink your Carbon Footprint: Little Changes Make a Big Difference

The ever-growing environmental movement is changing the political arena in the province; it is also influencing how many companies and individuals do business.  As your Kitsilano dry cleaning alternative, we see the value of running a green business and are always trying to reduce our own carbon footprint.  Here are some small changes that you can make that will have a huge impact on reducing your own carbon footprint.

Product Placement

The types of products you choose in your day to day life can have an impact on the environment.  This list is extensive and includes everything from household cleaners to soaps, shampoos and even toothpaste.  What you may not know is that the products businesses use can also impact the environment either positively or negatively.

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we have always used solvent free detergents that are more effective and far safer for both you and the environment.  Traditional dry-cleaning methods use the carcinogenic chemical PERC.  By supporting businesses that share the same environmental vision as you do, you are not only reducing the amount of chemicals and other harmful products in your environment, you are also reducing your carbon footprint.

Take Advantage of Services

When looking at where you want to spend your money and what companies you want to support, before making your final decision, have a look at the services they offer.  Services can not only save you time, they can also help reduce your carbon footprint.

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer free pickup and delivery service for our customers because we know how busy life can be and we also understand that the less cars on the road, the less emissions and the cleaner the air is in our beautiful city.

Clothing Choices

What you wear can greatly impact your environmental choices as well as your carbon footprint.  Fast fashion refers to cheaply made inexpensive clothing that seems to offer an almost endless supply of choices, colours and prints.  Unfortunately, because of the quality of these clothes as well as their price point, most of this “fast fashion” ends up in our landfills – over 15 million tons to be exact.

The list is endless of the environmental and social issues attached to “fast fashion.”  It includes:

  • Soil contamination because of the pesticides and herbicides used to grow cheap cotton.
  • Water contamination of nearby crops as well as run-off and dead zones in bodies of water created by pesticides.
  • Overseas labour laws, including dangerous working conditions, as well as child labour.

By educating yourself and making small yet effective changes you can not only reduce your carbon footprint, you will also make a statement of what type of planet you want to live on.  If you are interested in other ways to reduce your global footprint or would like to see how our environmentally friendly cleaning services can benefit you, please stop by today.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Fall Fashion Trends – Part 2

With so many different fashion trends available for fall, it was impossible to fit them all into one blog.  As your premier Kitsilano solvent free dry cleaning alternative, here is the second installment of this year’s hottest fall fashion trends.  Pick your favourites and be sure to step into Vancouver’s most picturesque season in style.

Spots

Get your spots on this fall.  Look for your favourite coat, blazer or even skirt in leopard print.  Faux fur spotted coats are a great way to keep warm and fashionable.

Lace

Another bold fashion statement this fall is lace. Look for lace tops, dresses and skirts in a variety of cuts and patterns.  For the ultimate ladylike outfit, try pairing your favourite lace top with a matching lace skirt.

Millennial Purple

If 2018 was all about millennial pink, then the colour for fall 2019 is millennial purple.  There is a large range of different shades to choose from so choose your favourite and be sure to have at least a few pieces with an orchard purple hue in your wardrobe.

Feathers

This fall, feathers are popping up everywhere and on everything.  From coats to the cuffs of jeans, give your fall wardrobe a lighter look with your favourite feathery fashion statement.

Belts

It seems that this year’s suit selections have been built around a cinched waist to show off the belt.  Even if you don’t want to invest in a suit or jacket, you can still show off your favourite belt.  Some of the belt designs that are sure to be seen this fall include:

  • Large or oversized leather belts with a bold patterned buckle.
  • Thin, sleek black leather or faux belts with metallic buckles.
  • Grommet belts of all different shapes and sizes.

Regardless of what type of belt you choose, be sure to show it off and complete any type of fall fashion trend.

Hats

With the amount of cold, wet weather we are sure to have this fall, no fall fashion is complete without a hat to keep the rain off.  It seems toques are not the choice this year, but instead, many designers are getting creative and perhaps even a little wacky.  Make quite the statement with a bucket hat or tone it down and go with the always trendy newsboy or brimmed fedora.  Whatever your choice is the main thing is to stay warm and dry this fall.

This extensive list of fall trends offer a variety of different fashion choices, colours and accessories.  Mix and match your favourites and get out and enjoy the season.  If you have any questions about how to properly care for your garments or are interested in the many services that we offer, please call or stop by today.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Often Should I Dry Clean my Clothes?

How often should I dry clean my clothes?  I am asked this question often and the answer really depends on a wide range of factors and what type of garments you are cleaning.  As your premier Kitsilano solvent free dry cleaners, here is a detailed answer to how often you should dry clean your clothes and the benefits of dry cleaning over conventional washing.

What is Dry Cleaning?

Traditional dry cleaning uses a chemical (PERC) to remove stains and clean your clothes.  At West Boulevard Cleaners, we get the same results of a traditional dry cleaner, but without the use of this harmful and dangerous chemical solvent. Instead, we use an environmentally friendly cleaning technique that is sure to keep your clothes spot free and looking like new for years to come.  Your clothes will be clean, solvent free, pressed and ready to go for your next big job interview or executive meeting.

Different Garments, Different Cleaning Cycles

Different garments need to be cleaned at different times.  As a rule of thumb, you should be able to get three wears out of a garment before it needs to be cleaned again.  Here is a detailed list of some of the garment and material types and our recommended dry-cleaning cycle.

  • Shirts – Wool shirts should be dry cleaned after every 3 or 4 wears. Cotton shirts should be washed after 3 wears unless you want them pressed – then after 2 wears at a maximum.
  • Suit coats – Typically suit coats are worn multiple times (5-7) before they need another clean.
  • Pants – Wool pants can be worn up to 20 times before they need to be dry cleaned again. If they are used heavily or are stained, then get them cleaned immediately.
  • Denim – Depending upon the amount of use, you should be able to get 10-15 wears out of your favourite jeans or even longer for a jacket. The benefit of dry cleaning your denim is that it will not shrink or show signs of wear and the garment is pressed.

Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines for how often you should dry clean your clothes.  Other factors such as how often you wear them and if they become dirty or stained will really affect how often you are dry cleaning your garments.

If you have any questions about our eco-friendly cleaning services or would like to talk to our friendly and professional staff about how often you should be cleaning your clothes, please call or stop by today.  We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you keep your clothes looking like new for years to come.