• Comor Sports ~ B4 Bike Shop on West 4th

    Feb 14 • Establishments, Exercise • 2742 Views

    Felt Bike Photo Credit S.McCord

    Felt Bike
    Photo Credit S.McCord

    Comor Sports opened the first of their three locations on Hastings & Boundary in 1974 which is still thriving today!  Owner Steve Curell has since added a store in Whistler, BC and in Kitsilano on Burrard.  The Comor B4 Bike Store is located across the street temporarily from the kits locale at 1758 west 4th.

    Cycling has because a very popular sport in Vancouver thanks to The Tour de France, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, The Granfondo & the Gastown Grand Prix!  It is a low impact exercise that attracts men and women of all demographics for health & social reasons!  It has become a big community connector in cities everywhere!

    John Prowse, the manager and one of the bike mechanics at B4 Bikes is very knowledgeable & an avid cyclist himself.  He has grown up around bikes his entire life due to the love story of his parents meeting at a bike race in England years ago!  They later moved to Penticton and opened The Bike Barn which is still a well known shop today!  John’s parents now in their 80’s, still cycle on a regular basis!

    John has been working for Comor bikes for 3 years and is surrounded by a great team; Blair, Andy, Pavel, Christie, David & Graham who are all big into cycling as well!  John is also a well established TV & Theater Actor and has appeared on shows like Fringe, Stargate, Supernatural, various movies and stage performances in Vancouver.

    The Ride To Conquer Cancer  Ride  Comor Group Photo Credit c/o Comor Bikes

    The Ride To Conquer Cancer Ride
    Comor Group
    Photo Credit c/o Comor Bikes


    B4 is a fully loaded store offering Norco & Electra road bikes, hybrids, & mountain bikes, clothing, helmets & every accessory you would ever need!  They also sell elite bikes like “Felt & Specialized” which are used in professional races all over the world!  Custom fittings are offered to all their clients & they also have a “trade in” bike program for juniors.  They provide technical support for The Ride to Conquer Cancer & also register a Comor Team for the annual charity ride!  (The Comor bike group also supplies tech support for the annual Whistler Granfondo Race!)

    John Prowse Comor Bike Manager & Bruce Barton Brian Jessel BMW Parts Manager Photo Credit S.McCord

    John Prowse Comor Bike Manager & Bruce Barton Brian Jessel BMW Parts Manager
    Photo Credit S.McCord

    Cycling is a year round sport in Vancouver but for those fair weather riders B4 offers indoor cycling sessions Wednesday evenings at 6pm during the winter months.  Starting in April outdoor cycling resumes where people of all levels can join in for the ride.  There is a “no drop” policy & everyone is welcome regardless of experience.  Just meet up at the back of the store Wednesdays before 6PM.  There is always a social debriefing after the ride at a local establishment in Kitsilano.  I’ll see you there in the Spring; I’ll be in the back of the slow group!

     B4 Bike Shop
    1758 west 4th

    Facebook: ComorSports
    Twitter: @comorsports

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  • Divine Elements Naturopathic Family Wellness “Live Healthy Live Happy”

    Feb 10 • Establishments • 2325 Views

    Divine elements opened in 2009 just two weeks after Dr. Nicholas Jensen and Dr. Sonya Jensen were married.  They fell in love at The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in their fourth year; although Nicholas had his eye on beautiful Sonya way before that!  They each have an undergraduate degree in Biology; have a passionate love for travel & naturopathic health and they are both Kundalini yoga instructors.

    After graduation & heavy school fees in 2007 they decided to relocate to Taiwan to earn a little cash and teach English for a year.  Their travels continued on throughout South Asia where they studied additional Ayurvedic methods that further complimented their Naturopathic Doctorate Degree obtained at The Boucher Institute.  Before returning home 2 years later, Nicholas proposed to Sonya in Dharmasala, India also known as Dalai Lama’s home after fleeing Tibet in 1959.  This spiritual setting added to the romance which made it a very memorable experience for the newly engaged couple!

    divine elements outside store

    Divine Elements is an “all in one” health clinic that offers;  immune boosting IV therapy, weight loss/detox treatments, healthy aging, B12 shots, allergy testing, acupuncture, pain relief from injuries & many other treatments.  Dr. Nick & Dr. Sonya both took Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (True Balance BHRT) training in 2012 with OB/GYN expert Dr. Ron Brown.

    Sonya also has advanced training in Paediatrics, Pregnancy and Fertility, while Nick’s special training is Neural-Prolotherapy.  These dextrose injections are extremely helpful for nerve pain such as migraines, injuries, arthritis, chronic pain and angry scars that won’t heal.  (I tried it and couldn’t believe the difference it made to my knee after a few sessions!)

    This busy West Broadway health clinic offers free 15 min consultations and encourages walk-ins to visit their “welcoming” environment.  Their naturopathic treatments are non invasive & are covered through most extended medical plans.  I recommend the $47 Wellness Check which is a 40 min. body composition test.  This can tell you many things you may not know about your nutritional health.  Both Nick & Sonya are available as guest speakers and Nick is a regular at the Running Room discussing nutrition for athletes & other health topics.

    The Jensen Family Photo Credit Brittney Kwasney

    The Jensen Family Photo Credit Brittney Kwasney

    Take a moment to visit Divine Elements Naturopathic Family Wellness, have a cup of tea and say hello to this dynamic & knowledgeable couple.  You will feel comfortable and embraced as if you are a guest entering their family home.  Their “new” & extensive website will be available soon for all services offered, informative videos and descriptive procedure information.  It’s a magical & healing place that refreshes your mind, body & soul.



    Divine Elements Naturopathic Clinic
    2689 West Broadway

    Website: divineelements.ca
    Facebook: divineelementshealth
    Photographer: Brittney Kwasney

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  • Home is where the smile is

    Feb 8 • Speaker's Corner • 1356 Views

    Winter thus far in Vancity has been rather mild compared to previous years. Some say this soggy season is derived from the Pineapple Connection out of Hawaii.  The steamed up “Express train” has made for a rather foggy February, leaving many with dark clouds overhead. Sadly, as the nightly chills become less tolerable for us all, some will be left out in the cold and pummelled by relentless raindrops. The homeless are left with less than us all. With Family Day upon us, we must band together to best help our fellow persons feel connected.

    Practice is better than preach

    Make no mistake, I am not asking you to take a political stance or “Gregor-Bash”on this ignored epidemic, no no. I simply want to reduce the level of apathy in hopes of making the invisible, more visible.

     Whether or not you agree with the initiatives being made to rid our streets of homelessness, one thing is for certain, people are still very cold.

    Smiles can light up our souls


    We are all human, and nobody has ever been hurt by a smile.  As our city experiences another Family Day, I urge you all to smile at one another genuinely and wholeheartedly.  Make Vancouver an extension of your family. Some of you are expats, orphans, travellers, students or temporary residents often feeling alone in this busy city.  Vancouver is a small city with gargantuan hospitality.  Share a single moment with someone that starts with a smile and you won’t soon forget it.


    A very wise woman once told me that the poorest of villages always band together to pick them selves up and create unity. After a recent stroll around Pioneer Place (Pigeon Park), I was reminded of her voice and wisdom. Collectively,  homeless people stand stronger than on their own.  However, here in Kitsilano,  gentle ostracised souls like Ian (bearded fellow in the lower East side) are left alone. Next time you pass someone like Ian, just smile.  Acknowledgement can remind us that we exist and it will always warm the soul.

    The most unacceptable approach to this epidemic is apathy. Below is a great display of how opening up one’s heart and voluntarily serving the community can provoke others to smile.

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