Monday, June 25, 2007

Bowen Summer Market

Come out and see us at the Bowen Summer Market every weekend starting June 30th to September 2nd. Look for us under the tents beside the Union Steamship Marina located in Snug Cove.

Only an 18 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Cypress Mountains and Howe Sound while you explore the market of unique arts and crafts made by local artisans.

For more information on Bowen Island, visit The Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce.

*Dates subject to change, please email for confirmation.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bits & Bikes

We are three-quarters of the way through "Bike Month" and it has been absolutely fantastic riding in a peloton through the streets of Vancouver. It isn't quite critical mass, but the feeling of sharing the roadways with my pedal-power compadres is glorious! I often feel much like Dennis Christopher in Breaking Away, when I pedal my heart out on my mountain bike in order to keep up with the roadies.

We recently received an email from our friend Danika Schroeter, whom we helped organize a fundraiser for last April. Danika is a downhill racer and when we first met, she mentioned that she was going to race in the UCI World Cup in Vigo, Spain. We didn't know her from Adam, but we really dug her vibe and volunteered to help her raise funds for her trip by organizing a Spanish fiesta.

Danika is currently promoting a Women's MTB Getaway Camp situated in the beautiful and historic mountain town of New Denver, BC. Sponsored by Endless Biking, it takes place over the BC Day long weekend and includes professional instruction, trail rides, photo/video analysis, bike maintenance workshops, all meals and an on call massage therapist! After a long day of fun and sun, one can cool off with a swim in the pristine Slocan Lake.

Last bike bit to note is a Cycling Sample Sale that takes place in East Van tomorrow. I haven't a clue what to expect, but any opportunity for a sweet deal on gear is worth checking out!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Addict

Just two weeks ago, a bike was stolen from this area, so I was hesitant to lock it up. The building was secured, so I patiently waited for someone to exit, as I imitated a bike courier with a special delivery.

I walked through a maze of corridors before I met up with the Masala Princess* and we ducked into the women's washroom, where I then pulled out the goods for viewing.

As I laid out the selection of merchandise, her eyes widened while smacking her lips and her body temperature rose in excitement. During the course of our transaction, several women were taken aback as they walked in on us. They were curious, but tried not to make eye contact as we went about our business.

Dizzy with emotion and with unsteady hands, MP explored each piece with little constraint. What was promised to be a quick and dirty job soon became an event, as MP was a self-confessed addict. Only an addict would call me their new best friend after one introduction. Another woman happened upon us and wanted in on the action. Who was I to say no? Business is business.

One hour later, MP had nailed down her choices and was intoxicated with her purchase of a black diamond and jet necklace, two fabulous pairs of crystal AB chandeliers and dazzling cocktail ring. Impulsively, Jane Doe also picked up a pair of vintage drop crystal earrings - she knows a good deal when she sees one.

Word-of-mouth advertisement, no table fees, no long and tedious set-up and no need for someone to watch my booth while I run to the loo!

This was entrepreneurship at it's finest. Look for Izzy and Buds at a potty near you.

*Names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Stealing Beauty

It was all very spontaneous...
I merely suggested to the bridegroom less than two weeks before his wedding, that if his fiancée had not yet picked out her jewelry - I could help with that.
Intrigued by my proposal, a rendezvous was arranged. Two dumplings and a spring roll voilà, beautiful Nadine looking very reflective as she dons her crystal necklace, moments before her march down the aisle.