Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Feedback Wanted: Sidewalk Cafe for Drink Urban Lounge

We have been asked to support Drink Urban Lounge's application for a sidewalk cafe type set-up on Columbia Street in front of their Lounge next to Starbucks.

Their plans include an enclosure with flower baskets and attractive furniture, similar to but not the same as Heritage Grill, Sherlock's and Aldo's patios. If you have any objections to this, please email me (
lilawood@shaw.ca) by Sunday evening or I will presume that you approve or have no opinion. My personal opinion is that this will add life to the street in the same way that the other three patios do, and we do need life on Columbia Street.

Deadline for submission to the City is Monday, March 1. Thanks.

Lila Wood

Monday, February 15, 2010

February 20, Share the Love at February's Winter Farmers Market

  • Winter Market

  • 10 am - 2 pm
    Saturday, February 20
NEW WESTMINSTER - The Royal City Farmers Market invites New Westminster to share the love at the next Winter Market, coming up just after Valentine's Day on Saturday, February 20.

"As always, I can't wait for the monthly winter market," says Operations Manager Jen Arbo. "I feel such a huge sense of community at the market, and look forward to not only the food and other goods, but seeing all the happy faces, both familiar and new!"

The theme for February's market will be "In Love With the Market" and will feature musical guest Chris Messytone playing romantic French and Italian folk music on the accordion. As always, customers will find locally grown fresh produce, homemade goodies, handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind items.

The market will feature storytelling for the kids with author Kathleen McMillan, who will read her heartwarming story of Bluebeary the Bear. The Royal City Community Garden Society will be present to share their progress on opening new garden sites around the city.

RCFM will also be "spreading the love" by collecting food bank donations at the event.

The market will be held from 10am-2pm on Saturday, February 20 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall at 514 Carnarvon St.

More information:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

BIA sponsors Illustration Contest and Photo Contest

The Downtown New Westminster BIA has two thrilling contests this year! Put yourself in the middle of the excitement of Downtown New Westminster by showing your artistic soul! Imagine the city’s future right in the palm of your hands.

The Illustration Contest is for Grades 6 to 8 in the New Westminster School District, and the Photo Contest is open to amateur and professional photographers alike.

Submission deadlines for both contests are February 26, 2010.
For details on both contests, please visit http://www.downtownnewwest.ca.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Proposed move of 57 Liquor Store to Plaza 88

Please contact Lila Wood if you have any comments about the proposed move, described in the letter below:

From: Todd Arbuthnot
To: lilawood@shaw.ca
Subject: 57 Below Pub and Liquor Store

Hi there, my name is Todd Arbuthnot, I’m the general manager of 57 Below Pub and Liquor Store. Barry Waite from the city has asked me to get in touch with you to discuss our plan to move the 57 Liquor Store from its current location at 57 Blackie St, to the new mall being built next door to us, Plaza 88 (888 Carnarvon St). What I’m asking for is support for our relocation, or if your association has any input regarding the proposed move. I’m not sure how you would like to handle this, phone call, face to face, or just email?
Our plan calls for us shutting down our current space and moving into the main floor of the mall, adjacent to Safeway. Our store would be a 3500sq/ft full service liquor store. We would offer a full selection of wines, spirits, beer, and cooler/ciders. We would be a 7 day a week operation like now, with the same hours. We currently run 4 liquor stores in the lower mainland, and would direct you to our website, www.tagpubs.com for you to see the types of stores and pubs we operate. I look forward to working with you and any comments you have regarding our proposed application. Thank you, Todd

Todd Arbuthnot
The Arbuthnot Group
5449 Ladner Trunk Rd
Ladner BC V4K 1W6