Image: Garden Gate

May 1, 2018

Changes On The Drive #81

May 1, 2018

I did the walk yesterday afternoon, in the brisk late Spring air with threats — but threats only — of rain. It was very pleasant.

The smoothie store at 2247 Commercial seems to have shut down. But someone is renovating it into Poke Five, coming soon:


There is word that Falconetti’s, at 1810 and 1812 Commercial is not really closed but is being renovated. However, it doesn’t look as if the work has begun yet as I walk by.

Sopra Sotto now has a sign on the building.


It looks as if Bao Down on the Drive at 1408 Commercial didn’t make it. I can’t be sure yet but it was closed at lunchtime today and there was an angry sign on the door:


That’s one to keep an eye on.

Across the street at 1441 Commercial, I am glad to see that Tatsu is back open again after its problem this time last month.

I am very pleased to note that the People’s Coop Bookstore at 1391 Commercial will be back to 6-day-a-week opening starting today, May Day!

Havana has reopened after the briefest of times renovating. They got a lot done in just a few weeks.  The new backroom (where the gallery was) is called the Flamingo Room. :  .

Image: Havana Restaurant

Across the street, along Charles and the park, there is now a lineup of rent-a-bikes.

Here is a a more pleasing review of the Kulinarya Filipino Eatery, 1134 Commercial, than I was able to manage.  Meanwhile, Megabyte Pizza at 1110 is closed for renovations.

At 1044 Commercial that used to be Rabbit & Empee, there suddenly appeared a slick western style barber shop called the Crowsnest offering pomps and fades.


Finally, the building at 956 Commercial that has been vacant since Bosa moved their store back to Victoria Drive has had the”For lease” signs removed, then had the windows carefully papered over, and now there is a small discrete sign for Heatherbrae, a developer.  I wrote them an email but didn’t hear back. I wonder what their plans are?


Vacant/closed/renovating stores on the Drive this month:  2260 Commercial (4 months vacant), 2247 (1 month), 2240 (2 months), 2082 (4 months), 2084 (4 months), 2286 (4 months), 2288 (4 months), 1810 (2 months), 1812 (2 months), 1803 (16 months), former Strawberry Bakery in Il Mercato Mall (40 months), 1303 (18 months), 1268 (8 months), 1151 (4 months), 1106 (46 months), 956 (7 months).


There was an interesting Business in Vancouver article this month about vacant storefronts in other Vancouver neighbourhoods.


Previous Changes on the Drive editions.

May Day!

May 1, 2018