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  • Supreme Treatment at the click of button….

    Oct 12 • Events, Exceptional, Exercise • 1933 Views

    Just recently I had been wandering the streets of Kitsilano (as many often to do in “Kits”) when I came across a promotion that you’ve got to learn more about.  Two businesses in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of #VanCity have decided to toss a stone in the social media waters by offering a soothing reward for one of their participants. I have a feeling this promo is going to have a ripple effect and make its way all over Vancouver.

    Treatment FaceLet’s begin with where I found this exciting online promotion. I had strolled past a few restaurants and coffee shops along West 4th Avenue (near Dunbar) when a beautifully designed salon and spa caught my eye.  I noticed a sign on the front door that read “Spa Treatment Giveaway.” You know me, I’m always down for a little R’n’R during the cloudy fall days. With autumn upon us I know I’m going to needs some pampering to replace my summer time soothers.  Enter Back2Blond on 4th. “This place has everything” (he said in his Stefon from SNL voice).

    stefonIt has a Salon, a Spa, magnificent lighting, wide-open spaces, space-saving everything, huge mirrors, a massive treatment/education room and an exceptional eco-friendly product line. This place is absolutely amazing!

    I walked in and was welcomed instantly by a friendly staff member.  After a brief introduction, I had asked if I could learn a little more about the promo I saw. After just a few short minutes with Teresa (owner), I knew I was in a setting that’s seems to serve no other purpose than to make you feel incredible.  Black2Blond is lead by the reverent Teresa Polson, who not only operates the Salon, but the Spa, an Academy for advanced learning and a flagship for what this blogger has recently learned is an internationally known cosmetic line.  This is no ordinary cosmetic line as it’s greater than 50 years old and is highly respected for its premium brand.  La Biosthetique is not only environmentally friendly in its product line and packaging, but guarantees no animal testing in its labs. This product is a definite winner in this neighbourhood and around the world. Marcel Contier founded this company after having great admiration for hairdressers, whom he regarded as beauty experts.  Black2Blond is most definitely a beauty expert as they’ve been in practice for over 10 years and embody a wealth of experience.

    “Our expertly trained beauty therapists provide professional treatments in the salon tailored to your personal need for a special sense of well-being and relaxation.” – La Biosthetique, Paris


     

    Black2Blond did a little renovating to their location this past summer, and in September of 2013 they opened up what’s sure to be a landmark at this corner for years to come.  The Salon and Spa raised the bar in their respective industry and have teamed up with La Biostehtique as the only flagship location in Canada and possibly North America.

    Black2BlondeIn addition, Black2Blond has also teamed up with a more local premium business, a neighbour that too brings highly respected service to the community.  A sports specific medical office down the street.  Armitage & Associates Sports Chiropractic Group is a well-known medical office that treats patients like members of their own family. Lead by Dr. Robert Armitage, this sports injury specialist has spent the last 25 years improving the lives (and performance) of thousands of patients. After visiting his location, I not only noticed that same promotional poster on his front door, but Armitage&AssociatesI was also welcome by a friendly staff member. As I gazed upon the wall of patient’s pictures, I couldn’t help by try to name some of the recognizable athletes upon the walls. Dr. Armitage has apparently gained quite a reputation amongst the world of professional athletes over the past 25 years. After a brief chat with Dr. Armitage, I learned that his sports medical clinic offered a wide variety of treatment modalities covering injures in all regions of the body.  Dr. Armitage is a board certified specialist with a Fellowship in Chiropractic sports sciences. This acclaimed status lead him to be selected as head of Chiropractic care for both the NBA Vancouver Grizzlies team and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics medical team. The Olympic medical team (lead by Dr. Jack Taunton) has since been regarded as the “best ever” by member of the International Olympic Committee. It’s no wonder you see so many athletes, car racers, Olympic athletes, actors, stunt performers and dancers on his “wall of testimonials.” Dr. Armitage, Dr. McDougall and Paige Allen (RMT) along with their team of clinical staff follow the same business principles as both Black2Blond and La Biosthetique. Quite simply they all take great pride in their brand.

    Each of these particular brands stands out as trendsetters for exceptional service in their respective industries. All three businesses provide knowledgeable experiences that help their clientele gain a greater respect for service they’ve received.

    So the same ol’ story goes, when you walk by a sign, look up and see what lies ahead. On a day that I just felt like walking around, I was able to learn about 3 added treasures that Kitsilano has to offer it’s community and beyond. Places like these should be shared amongst family and friends.

    To become eligible for the rewarding treatment, simply participate in this social media event that

    Armitage & Associates and Black2Blond have to offer. 

    1. Like Vancouver Sports Chiropractor and Black2Blond on Facebook

    2. Follow  &  on Twitter

    3. Retweet:
    (By clicking the following quote)

    “Win a @b2bsalonandspa Treatment Giveaway via @KitsSportsChiro – RT to enter”

    Spa Treatment Giveaway

     

    Find Armitage and Associates and Black2Blond along 4th Avenue as displayed in the map below:

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  • “Bike-Burglar” caught in Vancouver

    Aug 28 • Speaker's Corner • 3705 Views

    Over this past week, a story has echoed beyond the mountain tops and reached heights beyond belief. A tale of “vigilante justice” (termed by CBC news) stems from the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia.  As Kayla Smith, a local bartender from Vancouver was enjoying a night out with her friends at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), her bike was being stolen. Kayla did as most do and locked it securely to a bike rack. Let’s face it, that’s why those racks are setup across the city.  Upon returning to the bike rack, Kayla was tragically faced with a “Dude, Where’s my car” moment. As her anger and disappointment grew into sadness, Kayla returned home to share her discontent all over Facebook.
    Facebook post via ImgurLuckily, a friend responded to Kayla’s post with a Craigslist post that matched the recently taken bike.  Kayla was pleased to see that a bike that matched hers was not only reduced in price from the original $1000 value to $300, but was also being sold close to the site at which it was taken.  With her bravest foot forward, Kayla made her way to a local McDonald’s parking lot, met the “bike-burglar” and asked to take the bike for a spin.  Once on the bike, Kayla kept on going, leaving the “seller” behind with nothing but a frown and taste of justice in his mouth.  How’s that for a happy meal?

    After retrieving her bike from the “bike-burglar,” Kayla returned home to inform her friends that justice had been served. The tale of the Craigslist Crook had come to an end, or so it seemed.  Kayla’s story then hit the information highway like a virus on steroids.

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    The story landed on Reddit and became an instant sensation. Since that time, local blogs (like this one), have posted the story in hopes of bringing some light to the often dreary headlines.  Internationally known sites such as Huffington Post, NY Daily News and Gawker catapulted this story from the information highway to the newsroom. Kayla’s story has since been told by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) evening news and is expected to be making the “circuit” in days to come. Kayla will be appearing on CTV news, Global news and  NBC’s Today Show. Following all the daytime shows, we hope Kayla makes it to shows like The Ellen ShowMarylin Denis, The View, The Social and other platforms that help empower women from scenes of bullying, inequality and sexism.  It’s our hope that this tale of social media justice continues to bring good to our “real” world of theft, crime, and helps put crooks in their place.  Be forewarned “bike-burglars,” the Facebook-Tweeting nation is watching.

    Bike story images used from Imgur

    Since this story was written, I’ve notice a pledge started on Twitter to get @VanCityKayla to appear on @TheEllenShow as this would be her dream come true. Here’s how you can help Kayla get her wish:

    RT: “help @VanCityKayla’s #TakeBikeBack story get on @TheEllen Show”

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  • Beach Volleyball in Kits

    Aug 23 • Events, Exercise • 1395 Views

    Starting today, the best of the best in Beach Volleyball will visit Spanish Banks beach, just outside the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC. Players divided by age groups from across the country will be starting at 8:00 am and playing non-stop until Sunday at 11:00 am.  The digs, spikes and dives are sure to get the crowds pumped up with excitement. This particular beach hosts a daily attendance of recreational players from either VolleyballBC or Urban Rec.  These organizations do a great job and promoting this amazing sport. It’s become a local spot for many locals to enjoy the beautiful scenery, compete in some friendly volleyball and often at times, you can see mini bar-b-ques steaming off on the sides.  bbq
    Beach volleyball in this neighbourhood has  become almost as popular as the LuLuLemon athletic wear, which started just down the street from the beach.

    The spring and summer season in Kitsilano draws a large amount of residents to visit these majestic beaches. The weekends are jam-packed with sun tanners, runners and beach enthusiasts.  Whether it be volleyball, frisbee, bocce, basketball, tennis or  Vancouver Water Adventures, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Vancouver Water Adventures offers a great new addition to Kits Beach as the rise of paddle boarding has soared to new heights.  This water sport is great for your core and so much fun to do.  For the cost of $20.00/hour you are sure to have an amazing time and workout.

    New to this year was the introduction of Vancouver Beach Nuts, an island-esq. Coconut stand that “get’s the people going.” (Kanye)Beach Nuts

    This neighbourhood loves its volleyball so much that this is the 2nd major tournament in less than 3 weeks. The last big tournament in this neighbourhood was held on August 9-11, 2013 at Kits Beach for an event called KitsFest. KitsFest has a great deal to offer the community as it celebrated its 5th year.  Sponsors from local businesses were surrounding the playing area to provide product knowledge, athletic assistance or promotional offers.  The booth that seemed to draw the most attention for the event was along what appeared to be known as “medical row,”  was called Armitage & Associates. This booth was the most prepared for this event and really helped the athletes in their competition.  On one corner of the booth there was a registered massage therapist named Paige Allen, who offered free massage treatment for 15 minute intervals. In the opposite corner, 2 sports chiropractic doctors were applying Kinesiology tape to basketball and volleyball players.  After speaking with Dr. Robert Armitage, I learned that the Kinesiology tape allows athletes to be more cognisant of their body parts during active play. The tape is meant to be more of a learning tool than a healing tool. Dr. Robert Armitage and Dr. Anthony McDougall seemed to thoroughly enjoy helping as many athletes as possible, prepare for their competitive play.  In addition to applying the “Kin-tape” to athletes of all ages, Dr. McDougall was also conducting a brief assessment for selected athletes using a “Functional Movement Screen.” Dr. McDougall had an assist enter measurement tools into an iPhone App, which was then emailed to the examined athlete.

    SportsChiro.caBelieve it or not, this booth still had 2 more offering in last remained corners. On one side was a space for people speak with the volunteer staff and enjoy a complimentary bottle of water, while the other side offered even more treatment. Another therapist name Christina Longo (who I’ve come to learn was sharing the ‘Armitage’ booth and although affiliates herself with the business, does not work out of their office). Christina is a personal trainer that offers an additional service call Fascial Stretch Therapy. I had the pleasure of experiencing this service and have to admit, it felt amazing. The stretching techniques that Christina went through appeared to help with mobility and circulation. Next to this booth was a company called SportMedBC, and they provided visitors with product knowledge that could help with injuries and healing.  Along the side of the KitsFest courts you’d find sponsors such as Car2Go, BasketballBC, the All Ball Academy (who was recently featured on Breakfast Television), a face painting stand and of course food and beverage areas. This reporter visited every stand at the event, but spent most of my time getting pampered and treated at the Sports Chiropractic booth.

    This weekend I’ll be spending most of my time watching the incredibly talented athletes compete in the 2013 Beach national volleyball tournament at Spanish Banks. If you can find the time to visit, you won’t be disappointed.  The schedule for the different age ranges can be seen at VolleyBall.Ca  Be

    Be sure to bring your camera as the scene at Spanish Banks is very picture worthy. I’ve taken a few pics over the past few months and have since posted on my wall as I absolutely love the scenery.

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