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Steveston Village

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The Place to be This Fall

Now that summer is a sun-filled memory it is time to turn our attention to one of the loveliest times of the year, autumn, and all of the fabulous fun-filled events Steveston Village offers.

The Steveston Merchants Association (SMA) is a key player in organizing many of the community’s eagerly anticipated celebrations. The SMA’s signature events (Steveston Scarecrow Crawl, Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village, Girls’ Night Out and Christmas in Steveston Village) are designed to get local residents out strolling the streets and exploring local businesses.

blue canoe scarecrowSteveston Scarecrow Crawl

Now in its sixth year, the Steveston Scarecrow Crawl has become one of the community’s well-loved attractions. During the month of October cleverly themed scarecrows lurk in doorways and peek out of store windows. These delightful handcrafted guardians often reflect the personality of the shop to which they belong.

Many of them are not garden variety scarecrows – in fact, you never know quite what you will spot – whether it is a giant slug, a couture ‘crow, nautical or fairy tale characters (we are after all “Storybrooke”). Bring your camera, pose with your new friends, and step inside the businesses to visit the talented merchants responsible for creating these mascots.

Halloween Costume ContestSteveston Insider Costume Contest

Back by popular demand! Steveston Insider is excited to once again sponsor a Halloween Costume Contest. Photos will be taken by Sandra Steier at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. All photos will be posted on Steveston Insider’s website and the lucky winners will be notified. Get creative and good luck! At 3:00 p.m. head out to trick-or-treat at participating businesses.

Trick-or-Treat in Steveston VillageSteveston_Insider_Halloween
Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village is always a seasonal highlight for little pirates, mermaids, princesses and dragons. It is a real “treat” to see imaginatively costumed children in the daylight hours receiving a Halloween goody from participating merchants. Taking place on Saturday, October 31 between 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., this is the perfect warm up act for the big night! Maps of participating businesses will be available and treats will be handed out while supplies last.

Halloween_Cannery_Steveston_Palla_MediaHalloween at the Cannery
Halloween is a busy time in Steveston Village. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery invites you to solve the Case of the Cannery Curse! Meet their ghostly victim, and other ghoulish characters, on a self-guided mystery tour of the historic cannery. Drop in on October 23, 24, 25 and 31 any time between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., for this family-fun event. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance. Contact the Cannery for tickets and further information (604-664-9009).

Cannery Farmers’ Market
Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston BCBack for its second year, The Cannery Farmers’ Market 2015-16 season starts on Sunday, October 4. Stock up on local produce and crafts on the following Sundays: October 4 and 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 6 and 20, January 17 and 31, February 7 and 21, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17. Steveston Insider is proud to play a role as a Cannery Farmers’ Market sponsor.

Steveston Girls Night OutGirls’ Night Out
Girls’ Night Out takes place on Thursday November 26. This SMA event has become legendary and “girls” come in droves to be part of this special night out on the town. Women of all ages take to the streets of Steveston to power shop at SMA businesses, which offer exciting specials and incentives. This is the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. SMA restaurants will be offering pre and post shopping drinks and dining.

Follow “Steveston Girls Night Out” Facebook page to ensure you are in the loop; learn when tickets go on sale for the after party – tickets sell out almost instantly!

Festival of Trees_Steveston_Palla_MediaFestival of Trees
During the month of December enjoy a walk through an indoor forest of decorated Christmas trees when the Steveston Merchants Association partners with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for the Festival of Trees. Steveston businesses personalize their trees with festive flair.

Steveston Village Christmas Horse CarriageChristmas in Steveston Village
To cap off the year, Christmas in Steveston Village puts holiday shoppers in the Christmas spirit. New this year, this special event has been split over two days, Sunday November 29 and December 6.

Car_Cruise_Steveston_Palla_MediaOn November 29 enjoy the charm of riding aboard an old-fashioned horse drawn carriage with festive music playing as the majestic team of horses clip clop along and loop the village. Visit local shops and do some Christmas shopping – it’s never too early to start. You will find unique gifts and as an added fringe benefit, you will feel good about having shopped locally and directly supported the community.

The 2nd annual Christmas Classic Car Show will parade through the village on December 6 at 12:15 p.m. then be on display until 3:00 p.m.

Santa_Steveston_Palla_MediaEvery year crowds of adoring fans line Fisherman’s Wharf for a glimpse of Santa as he arrives on December 6 on board a Vancouver Whale Watch boat with his entourage of elves. Free Santa hats are handed out (courtesy of the Steveston Merchants Association) while supplies last. It is a sight to see the village filled with red hats!

Follow Santa to the Cannery and take a photo of your child sitting on Santa’s lap.Then admire the Festival of Trees and shop at The Cannery Farmers’ Market. There may even be a little extra Christmas magic – stay tuned for details!

Mother’s Day: Steveston-style

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Mark your calendar, Sunday May 13th is Mother’s Day. One mother that I know wishes she could wave a magic wand and have the day to herself, while other mums enjoy being treated like a queen on this special day. Since shopping local is always at the top of my list, here are some suggestions of ways to prepare for, and celebrate Mother’s Day, Steveston-style!

Breakfast in bed is always a popular way to start the day, along with a homemade card on the breakfast tray. Consider creating a menu in advance and offer mum several options so she can check off her preferences. Then head off with the kids on a shopping trip to acquire the required groceries. Perhaps a traditional rise and shine bacon and eggs breakfast? Or a vegetarian omelette accompanied by fruit and yogurt or a blueberry smoothie?

Heringers is the place to shop for breakfast fixings including free range eggs, bacon, cheese, bread and preserves (remember that they are closed on Sunday). Fruit and veggies aren’t far away at Veggie King Market.

New to Steveston is D-Original Sausage Haus. For lunch or dinner, they have it all – barbecue bratwurst, fine salamis, prosciutto hams and sandwich meats. All sausages are handcrafted by a fifth generation sausage maker.

Steveston Coffee Company hand roasts organic coffee beans. Consider Nikaido for their most popular teas, Cream Earl Grey or Steveston Blend, and check out their ceramics, including tea pots.

If you don’t feel like cooking breakfast visit Bean and Beyond, the Cannery Café or the Steveston Hotel.

Jewellery is synonymous with Mother’s Day and Pieces offers a great selection of Canadian jewellery including Karen Telio and Sugarlime. A gift certificate to Violet Hill Clothing would make a wonderfully fashionable present. If you are looking for flowers, Prickly Pear Garden Centre creates gorgeous floral arrangements. A gift certificate to Goegan Spa will guarantee “time out” for mum with their many luxurious treatments including massages, pedicures, manicures and facials.

For a hip and adventurous mum, Steveston Tattoo Company can make that tattoo that she has always dreamed of a reality. Or create a lasting memory and book a family portrait with Sandra Steier Photography. Her stunning work is featured regularly in Steveston Insider magazine.

Adorabelle Tea Room recently opened in the Old Courthouse on Third Avenue. Their afternoon tea is by reservation, and capacity is limited, so book ahead for Mother’s Day weekend. Don your casually elegant clothing, get your pinky finger ready, and prepare to sip tea, dine on tea sandwiches, fresh baked scones, and house-made petite sweets.

Another fun place to hang out is Bell’s Bake Shop with its warm retro feel; you can pull up a chair, order a drink and cupcake, and inhale the cupcakes baking in the kitchen. If your willpower holds out you can take home some of Bell’s special Mother’s Day cupcakes for dessert.

The Sweet Spot offers some of the finest pastries around. Their coconut macaroons always keep customers coming back for more and they often sell out by lunchtime. In addition to house-made sandwiches, and Salt Spring Coffee they sell frozen soups and entrees to take home. Now if only they could bottle and sell the aroma which greets you when you walk in the door…

Sinfully the Best has recently expanded their space, and offers some of the best artisan chocolates that I have ever tasted. Handmade on the premises with quality ingredients, indulging in these chocolates is definitely a sin worth committing.

Lunch or dinner out is a nice way to give mum a break from the kitchen. Whether you choose sushi at Ichiro’s, Malaysian food at Kari House, Paesano’s for an Italian meal, a Mediterranean/West Coast brunch at Tapenade Bistro, or Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant’s maritime menu, the meal is sure to be memorable, and tasty.

Searching for a local outing? London Heritage Farm holds their annual Mother’s Day Tea from 12 to 5 p.m. on May 12 & 13. Reservations are recommended. Call

Plan a family walk at Garry Point and combine it with a picnic or fish and chips at Pajo’s, or hop on your bikes and cycle along the dyke. The options in Steveston are endless. We are so fortunate to live in this wonderful community.

To all the mums who work so hard year round to nurture your families – Have a very happy Mother’s Day.

by Sarah Gordon

Spring Trollbeads at Pieces

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Spring Trollbeads are in the Air

Pieces is hosting a Trollbeads Trunk Show!

Please join us at Pieces Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
4 – 8 p.m.

* complementary bracelet with the purchase of a decorative clasp or *purchase 3 beads and get a 4th bead complementary (of the lesser value in the grouping)

100-3580 Moncton Street

Steveston Village