• No Pirates Allowed in this Toy Store

    Feb 6 • Establishments • 1532 Views

    That’s right; No Pirates Allowed does not allow any pirates of any kind in the facility. What they do allow are children of all ages to come in and check out the variety of toys their parents may have grown up with and fun craft kits for different hobbies.The name came from owner Gregory Baker’s son after a conversation at the dinner table. After suggesting that there be “No pirates allowed” in the store, the name kind of stuck and a theme was born. Now you’ll find a purchasing counter shaped like a pirate ship among the rows and rows of toys.

    No Pirates Allowed - ShipGreg got into the business after creating a popular line of NHL board games and puzzles, including NHL Big league Manager. Ten years later, Greg had the knowledge and connections to sell the products he wanted, along with classics like kaleidoscopes, slinkies, and stuffed animals.

    No Pirates Allowed has been open for three years now and provides Kitsliano with a local option to bring your kids or shopping for loved ones. The store contains many small or hard to find items you may not be able to find in larger chains. Greg says the most popular items are board games and craft sets like pretend cooking or art supplies. Specializing in toys for children under three, all the way up to ten, there is surely something for everyone once you browse around. With the jam-packed shelves, it’s guarantNo Pirates Allowed - Gameseed to light up a child’s face in an instant.

    Popular with Mother’s taking their kids out for a shopping day or Grandmothers looking for the perfect gift to spoil their grandkids, No Pirates Allowed is simply a fun place to be. And with neat gifts like harmonicas or ingredients to make snow, it might just satisfy the kid in all of us.

    No Pirates Allowed is at its busiest during Christmas season, but that doesn’t mean the stock slows down. For birthdays, parties, entertainment, or just a little gift to say I love you, the store is open all year round. For a smile, a throw back, or a shopping day with the kids, leave your pirate attire at home at visit.

    No Pirates Allowed
    2742 West 4th Avenue.


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    No Pirates Allowed - Storefront

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  • Viva Las Margaritas

    Feb 2 • Eats • 1937 Views

    In recent years, Mexican restaurants and taqueria’s have been popping up on every street corner, providing las-outsideVancouver with an array of authentic and original Latin options. But very few can attest to the success and longevity Las Margaritas has enjoyed, opening doors in Kitsilano thirty years ago and owned by the Rodriguez family since 1994. It’s very large and abundant menu features delicious choices for lunch and dinner, and of course it’s famous margaritas and largest tequila selection in B.C.

    Las Margaritas food style is known as California Mexican, a healthy variety of fajitas, tacos, and enchiladas, inspired by the cooking of Northern Mexico and Baja California. The atmosphere is festive and colorful, giving you the feeling like you’ve stepped into a cantina by the beach. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, you’ll find Mariachi bands playing classic Mexican songs along with contests and giveaways. You can also enjoy traditions on Mexican Independence Day and an alter to honor passed on loved ones on The Day of the Dead.

    During the summer, Las Margaritas acts as an escape from the heat for Kitsilano and a place for good times with its large street side patio. A quick fix for your hunger is the tasty dish of chips and homemade salsa that come before every meal. The same delicious and well known salsa are now available at home, sold in groceries stories like Whole Foods, Choices, and IGA around the city.

    20150121_131946Owner Dan Rodriguez pointed out that in the many years Las Margaritas has served the public, a steady crew of regulars have constantly come back and brought their families in what seems to be a generational tradition. People of all ages can enjoy the food (maybe not the Margarita’s just yet) and its festive Mexican cantina atmosphere. The restaurant will be closed down starting February 2nd and reopening on Friday night on February 6th to undergo kitchen renovations. The equipment might be upgrading, but the friendly service and tasty menu will stay the same.

    Las Margaritas provides a traditional experience with gluten free options and a menu that’s hard to beat. You can look forward to a few new cocktails this summer and the large, cool, and always refreshing Margaritas it’s served from the beginning. The family owned restaurant welcomes all their amigo’s young and old for a meal or a drink you won’t soon forget.20150121_132055

    Visit Las Margaritas at 1999 West Fourth Avenue


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  • The Vancouver Olive Oil Company & Tasting Room

    Jan 30 • Establishments • 3450 Views

    I love exploring Kitsilano due to the delightful treasures you find in the neighborhood!  One of these finds is the Vancouver Olive Oil Company (VOOC) on West Broadway!

    The owner Michaelanne Buckley is not only (Shania Twain) beautiful, she has a personality to match!  This is not surprising when you meet her feisty mother Trisha LeVatte who is the full time manager and an enormous support to Michaelanne & the business!  Sister Jenna is also a big part of the store and brother in law Matt is the website master.  Yes, a family run business which gives off that welcoming vibe when you enter the shop. Other team members include Becky, Erin and Ambrea who are a wonderful addition to the friendly environment!

    Michaelanne & Her Mom Trisha  Photo Credit VOOC

    Michaelanne & Her Mom Trisha
    Photo Credit VOOC


    This Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar tasting room opened in Jan 2012 and was the first of its kind in BC!  VOOC paved the way for this unique concept but did not come without a few initial hurdles.  Walking into the warm & rustic room you are drawn to the numerous stainless steel containers called Fusti.  There are 12+ fused and 12+ infused different olive oils & over 25 dark/white balsamic vinegars imported from Modena Italy.  (My favorite is the Maple Balsamic Condimento!)  In the heart of their tasting room there are 12 single cultivar extra virgin olive oils!  Veronica Foods in California is VOOC’s distributor.

    Private tastings are very popular for groups of 10-20 people.  It is amazing what you will learn! 10% of any sales go to a local charity of the group’s choice!  VOOC are avid charity supporters of numerous local organizations and causes such as Canuck Place, The Food Bank & local schools.  They also take pride in being a launching pad for many Vancouver artisans!

    Michaelanne and her family originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia moved to Vancouver 23 years ago.  After working as a landscaper for many years she changed her career due to other aspirations!  When she is not at the shop she is busy with VOOC  business & enjoying time with her son & husband.  Ms. Buckley comes from a long line of pharmacists and if her last name sounds a touch familiar that is because her great uncle & great grandfather developed the infamous Buckley’s Cough Syrup!  (Don’t worry none of her products taste anything like this notorious medicine!)

    Take a stroll down Broadway and check out why the Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, WE, Local TV, Yelp, The Courier & the restaurant industry are talking about this popular store!  I dare you not to walk in when you peek through the window.  Happy Tasting!

    2571 West Broadway

    Website : Vancouver Olive Oil Company

    Twitter: @Vanooc

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