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Steveston’s New Grocery Store at The Roderick Revealed

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The Roderick Steveston logoStevestonites have been abuzz with speculation about which grocery store will be coming to the village since local company Plat:form Properties made the announcement that they had purchased the former Rod’s Lumber block and planned to develop it for combined commercial and residential use. The development has been named The Roderick in homage of Rod’s Lumber, which played an important role in Steveston for 60 years.

Kyle Shury, Principal of Plat:form Properties, is a proud long term Richmond resident and has lived here since he was a child. He and his family have called Steveston home since 2004 and he felt a vested interest in helping to shape the community that he loves so much. He is aware that the village’s grocery options are limited which means locals leave the community to shop.

A village scale Save-On-Foods will open in Steveston in 2019.

Save-on-foods-logo whiteWith a Save-On-Foods in Steveston, people will be able to combine errands and shop in the village at the same time, keeping more business local and helping to support our dedicated merchants. Kyle laughs when he reports that he can’t go anywhere without being asked the burning question so it is a relief to finally reveal the news.

Julie Dickson Olmstead, Save-On-Food’s Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Services mentions, “We are excited to be opening a store in Steveston. This will be a unique Save-On-Foods – there are few like it. Our goal, as with every new market we enter, is to become a truly integrated part of the community.”

Being a 100 per cent locally owned company distinguishes Save-On-Foods from other grocery stores. Since it’s early beginnings in New Westminster in 1915 the company has taken pride in partnering with local producers and suppliers. Julie mentions this store will be tailor-made for the village – in addition to a unique and industry-leading local product offering – each store’s décor reflects the community through the use of photography and imagery. In addition, giving back to communities is a large part of Save-On-Food’s mandate; the company was recently a generous sponsor of the Ships to Shore event.

Kyle describes the great effort that has gone into the thoughtful design and integration of The Roderick into the heart of the village.

The Roderick development rendering June2017 Steveston designstorIt is an elegant building which combines modern with historical tie ins, such as the single storey Moncton Street frontage. The building will rise to three storeys on Chatham Street. Three retail spaces will be for lease; a nice nod to historical Steveston is the corner unit on Third Avenue and Moncton Street featuring a chamfered corner entrance. Save-On-Foods will face Chatham Street and have convenient access to parking both from Third Avenue and the lane between Second and Third Avenue.

The Roderick offers a rare opportunity to purchase a home right in the village.

The 32 large homes will range in size from 1,300 to 2,600 square feet. Twenty-five of the homes will be single storey flats while seven will be two level town homes. Kyle reports, “The roof decks are a unique offering and the views will be outstanding.”

He imagines many of the purchasers will be Richmondites wishing to downsize. These spacious homes will be ideal for buyers looking to make the shift from a single family home, and best of all, continue living in the community. There will be outdoor living space and the homes will feature plenty of light from two directions. Ideally ground will be broken this summer, with construction beginning in the autumn. Interest has been strong and the sales centre will be opening in June.

Kyle concludes, “We are very excited to be developing The Roderick in the village.”

Indeed, now that the exciting news is out, the community is going to be over the moon!

Pretty Things Florist & Designer Gifts

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

pretty-things-florist-steveston-insider-6 The Lovelier Things in Life. 

Janeil Mackay has always had an appreciation for pretty things. Wanting to share her passion for the lovelier things in life with her community, she recently opened a full service florist and gift store in Steveston.

Janeil’s diverse career has centred on retail and she has held some impressive positions in retail management with Helly Hansen and Nygard. Most recently she spent eight years as the Canucks Sports & Entertainment retail director.

She laughs when she mentions, “I wanted to move away from jerseys and hoodies and was inspired to open Pretty Things.”

Janeil_Mackay_Pretty_Things_Florist_StevestonPretty Things opened in 2015 at Oakridge Centre. When the shop’s short-term lease ended she chose to move the business to Steveston, where she lives with her husband and two children.

She discovered the gorgeous new retail space waiting to be leased on the corner of Bayview Street and Third Avenue (situated across from scenic Steveston Harbour) and knew it was the perfect home for Pretty Things. Bleached white flooring, large windows facing east, west and south flood the store with light, a 12 foot high ceiling that creates an airy feeling, three oversized white pendant lights (that resemble allium flowers) and a white brick wall all add to the charm.

An additional perk is the shop’s south facing patio. During the warmer months customers can sit in the sun and appreciate the waterfront backdrop while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea from the shop’s full service coffee bar.

“Retail is becoming all about the experience.” Janeil Mackay

Chai tea, lavender latte and red tea latte are some of the signature drinks on the menu. Customers enjoy this unique service, which enables them to either shop with a drink in hand, or simply sit down in the pretty atmosphere and relax with a coffee (there is also indoor seating). Janeil has noticed that a Sunday coffee crowd is developing.

A consultation room is set up at the back of shop to meet with brides and grooms to plan wedding flowers. In the short time the new location has been open (October 2016) she has already seen an increase in wedding consultations. In addition to wedding flowers, Pretty Things also offers floral installation services to an impressive list of corporate clients, realtors and developers who use the shop’s floral service to stage homes and send to clients as thank you gifts.

“It’s a beautiful space and the plants are thriving in the natural light.” Janeil Mackay

Pretty Things is known for its quality pre-made bouquets and arrangements. Customers also have the option of creating a custom bouquet by selecting flowers directly from the large cooler at the back of the shop.

Plants ranging from small succulents (perfect for offices or kitchen counters and bathrooms) to mid-sized houseplants and gorgeous orchids all have a home at Pretty Things. Janeil says indoor plants are seeing a surge in popularity not only for their aesthetics but also because they act as natural air purifiers.

Would you or someone you know love to receive fresh flowers on a regular basis? Pretty Things’ Flower Club may be just what you are looking for. Every week you can arrange for a bouquet of seasonal flowers to be delivered – you can also create your own schedule and budget. Send flowers to a sick friend or to a relative in a care home. Husbands and boyfriends, this is a wonderful way to woo your partner with floral displays of love.

Janeil says, “Customers love it. We help make their life simpler. We take care of all the details and they don’t have to think about it.”

If you are looking to hone your flower arranging skills, Pretty Things offers workshops throughout the year. Next up is a holiday wreath-making workshop on December 5. With the guidance of a florist participants will learn how to design a holiday floral wreath or door swag, which you will get to take home. To add to the merriment, hot toddies will be served.
Look no further than Pretty Things this holiday season for table arrangements, bouquets and Christmas centerpieces. Some of the seasonal flowers making an appearance include winter peonies, garden roses, holly, and seasonal elements such as frosted tips, which make an arrangement cry out “Happy Holidays!”

Janeil believes flowers and gifts are a natural pairing. Year round gifts and décor can be found at Pretty Things, however, with Christmas on the horizon, ideas for presents and stocking stuffers are at the top of everyone’s list.

Some of the designer brands carried include Kate Spade frames, notebooks, candles, Panier de Sens soaps, hand cream, body lotion and body wash, Linnea Lights candles and diffusers and Ted Baker travel bags and notebooks.

Other great gift items include The Cottage Greenhouse body soap, creams and sprays (this line made Oprah’s favourite things list for 2016), and for the bride to be, Wedgewood bridal books and notepads. Don’t forget yourself on the shopping list – buy a travel mug and Pretty Things will fill it with a free coffee.

pretty-things-florist-steveston-insider-3As a new member of Steveston’s merchant community Janeil recently became a Steveston Merchants Association board member. She has enjoyed assisting with Christmas in Steveston Village and has taken an active role in seeking sponsors. She believes in investing in Steveston and says, “If other merchants are successful, my business will also be successful. It’s important merchants work together.”

After operating a shop in the mall and abiding by strict hours of operation, Janeil is happy to have the freedom to pick her own hours (the store is open 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. excluding Mondays when it is closed). She says her customers are supportive and lovely and she is thrilled to be operating a business in a small community where people introduce themselves and become loyal clients.

This holiday season make a point of adding Pretty Things to your list of local businesses to visit and discover for yourself how this pretty shop earned its name.

Pretty Things Florist & Designer Gifts
110-3531 Bayview Street
Richmond, BC V7E 5W3
Telephone: 604-285-9120
www.prettythingsvancouver.ca

New Mural Installed in Fisherman’s Park Steveston

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Steveston artOver the past year a group of non-profit organizations in Steveston have come together to produce a fishing mural on the building in Fisherman’s Park. The inspiration for the project came from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and the Steveston Historical Society as an effort to beautify the western end of Steveston and highlight the village’s fishing history.

Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director for the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society says, “We are excited to have a significant piece of public art installed at the west end of the village. With new commercial buildings at the corner of Bayview and 3rd Ave, I think we’ll see a significant increase in pedestrian traffic and it’s good to show we are more than an industrial area.”

Working with the Steveston Harbour Authority who owns the building and park, these two heritage groups formed a committee with representatives from each of the three non-profits as well as the Richmond Arts Coalition. The committee created a plan for depicting Steveston’s fishing past on three sides of the building.

With support from the City of Richmond, the Steveston Harbour Authority, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and Benjamin Moore paints, the group hired experienced mural artist Victoria Oginski to begin the work for the south facing wall of the building. Basing her work on images from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s collection and photographer Joel Baziuk, Victoria has beautifully captured the essence of today’s fishing industry in Steveston.

According to Sarah Glen, Director on the Steveston Historical Society board, “The Historical Society is excited to share Steveston’s history with the public in a new way. We plan to include the mural in future walking tours of the village to help visitors understand the importance of fishing in our history.”

The group is currently seeking funding to add mural panels on the remaining two sides of the building. These panels will complete the history of fishing in Steveston, from First Nations village to thriving fishing harbour.

Public are invited to the official unveiling of the mural on Sunday, December 6 at noon in Fisherman’s Park at the west end of Moncton Street in Steveston.
For more information:

Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society
12138 Fourth Ave
Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
t: 604.664.9192
http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/