Uptown Rutland Business Association Meetup at Dave’s

So here I am back at Dave’s.  Starting to think that it might actually be the centre of the universe.  Let’s see… last time it was all about men’s facial hair.  This time it is a big gang of people with interesting businesses. URBA.

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I met only a few of them, alas.  But there’s another party like this next month!!

I met Janet from Pros Writing and Editing (I should hire her to write and edit this blog!) – she can write and edit anything.  http://www.proswritinngandediting.com and a terrific artist names Leanne http://www.leannaspanza.com who paints bright, bold acrylics (which I want to buy for my house).

A new business owner, Gail, who has reno’ed a space in her home to do mani and pedis.  Quite fabulous – she also does men’s nailcare, she assures me. (no, I’m not a man but I am forever curious) .  You can make appointments with her at pamperedbygail@shaw.ca.

In the space vacated by a florist and a hairstylist on Rutland Road will come Shawanda: Holistic Wellness Center.  Turns out, the building that they are renovating for their center used to be one large house that built out toward the road a line of storefronts.  So the inside feels homey and restful.  That’s that building down by the new John Howard residence which shares the old storefront-buildout with  T.I.E.R.S.  If you want to investigate you could email Holly -ShawandaRocks@hotmail.ca.

I shall not forget (ever) meeting Ono.  He tints windows (mainly for commercial buildings).  Give him a call if the glare is getting to you.  www.acetrim.com

Then there was Brian.  Easily the gentlest financial broker I have ever met.  I think that he would be perfect if you are completely freaked out by the current financial situation and you wanted to talk to someone calm.  To calm your rattled money-nerves look up http://www.BrianMcCallion.ca

After a glass of wine and some lovely appies, meeting a slew of new people, each busting with entrepreneurial spirit, in walks Santa.  Santa Tom Kliner that is.  I tried photographing him from across the room but he really needed to be the star of the show.  So I came closer, unprepared for the light-reflecting properites of a beard that white… So when you watch the slideshow, you’ll see a very reflective beard and Ono, the window tint guy, checking it out. Santa and his magnificent man fur are available for all kinds of Christmassy things and you can find him at this website:  Santa Tom

At the corner table was Dr. James Hull and his lovely wife.  He has specialized in the history of science and technology and teaches history at UBC.  When he told me this I was suitably impressed and tried to think of something related to either science or technology  but I quickly realized that I don’t know anything about that stuff.  So I made my, “you are smart and I like you” face and took their photo.

It was time to rush home and get my daughter off to ballet.  So I found my husband Rob (who sells houses) Rob McAlpine with Royal Lepage chatting with Kel Good of Custom Software Development .  Kel will make you some software that doesn’t suck – also if you can’t find software that actually fits your needs, he is the guy you need to be talking to.  He and Rob were talking houses and different ways to buy and sell them but I must confess that I missed some of that because I was trying to remember where I put my camera bag. (It was behind Mr.Dr.UBC)

On the way out, I met Aron  from Valleyview Funeral Home.  I had photographed his car for the Uptown Rutland Christmas lightup event.  The big car had brought Santa to the Light Up.  Tonight he had his  wife with him and they were standing chatting with Cyril.  Cyril was my last photo of the night.  He is the Pastor for Community Ministries for the Salvation Army.  This is a busy time of year for Salvation Army as we approach Christmas and it is a terrific time of year for the business leaders in our community to support each other and lend a hand.

See you all next year!!  (Where is the URBA meeting for January?  I can’t wait!!)

Christmas Light Up in Rutland

Now it’s Christmas!

Papa Thom sang, the kids were excited, there was hot chocolate and cookies and Santa arrived in a fancy, shiny limo. (as tradition dictates…)

It was chilly for certain but there was a great group out.  Around 4:30 people were whipping out their cameras and smart phones to get a sunset photo.  The hills were glowing magenta.

As my mom used to say, “red sky at night…sailor’s delight”.  It’s bound to be a great day tomorrow and with that towering tree gracing the Rutland skyline (Do we have a skyline?) it’s a great night too.

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Whisk Cake Company: 203 Rutland Road North


Today they are testing recipes for “cake pops“.  I put that in quotations because I have never seen these little wonders made before. In fact, I have never been in this shop.  It is a large commercial kitchen, a front area for clients and loads of space for classes.

But more about the cake pops.

Here I am thinking that it is basically a Timbit on a stick but I couldn’t been further from the truth!  Sure, there seems to be some elements in common between the two; flour, sugar, chocolate…the stick.  But really, it tastes much more like a chocolate truffle with mouth-melty texture, almost a caramel-rich-ooze inside and toffee-crunchy-bits stuck to the outside.  (That was the one that they gave me to try.  Tanya said to share it.  Fat chance!)

I showed up early in the afternoon to watch the evolution of the cake pop.  When I got there the owner, Tanya, had her crew busily rolling the inside parts.  Not exactly cookie dough and not exactly cake batter. I’ll have to take the class to know how? what?

While Tanya rolled, she answered some of my questions about Whisk.  She has a culinary pedigree that has few peers in the valley.  You can read it on the Whisk site. Intimidating info until you meet her.  No irritating prima donna stuff, just someone who loves what she does and seems generally fun to be around.

I need to tell you about the classes.  Not just cake pops but a host of different levels of cake decorating.  Again, this is all on the website for the company.  You see the link up at the top, right?

When I left I had some hungry-making photos, a cake pop of my own and a strange desire to make cake.

Featured in the photos are Tanya  Jennens (owner and chef), Jon Garratt (who has an equally monumental culinary pedigree as does Tanya), Rosanne Jennens (Tanya’s mum who used to run a ceramics shop in that very location and is brilliant with making edible flowers for the cakes), and Sandra Tubman (she made the gingerbread men pops: one shocked and one sinister).

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Dave’s Sports Bar http://www.davessportsbar.com/ and http://1039thejuice.com/djs/drex/ 103.9 “The Juice” brought a night of friendly, hairy competition. The bar was packed and even the women wore the lip-muff.

I must say that I am a fan of the mustache and there were so many celebrated with prizes and bragging rights.

Mayor Sharon Shepard (and others) Meet and Greet in Rutland

At the Wok Inn Restaurant at 183 Hwy 33, just past the corner of Rutland Road and Hwy 33, for light hearted hour filled with appies and chatter, Mayoral incumbent, Sharon Shepard and her family met and greeted Rutland constituents and business people.  Also in attendance were a few city council hopefuls whom you might recognize in the photos.




Of course, the scene stealer was Mrs. Shepard’s grandson in a mini “Re-elect Sharon Shepard” bright yellow t-shirt.  He is planning to vote for the Chinese dragons hanging from the ceiling.

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Picasso’s Coffee Break

Love this place!  It is on an easy to find corner with plenty of parking outfront.  In my opinion, it competes with the downtown coffee shops without the “attitude”.

I’m going to visit with the owner as soon as I can to find out what cool things are going on here.  Maybe she’ll let me photograph some menu items.

And yes!  They have a fb page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Neighbourhood-Restaurant/219744311385082?sk=wall

Personally, I like the soup.