Saturday Morning in Downtown Duncan

Saturday Morning Vibes

Kickstarted my sunny Saturday morning with a drive around downtown Duncan at 8 am. I forgot how much I absolutely love Duncan’s Saturday morning vibes. Especially in the city square as market people are setting up. It’s fun watching the sleepy little town picking up steam while on the cusp of becoming a full-on bustling little city.

Not only will the Duncan Farmers Market be packing them in, but it’s also day 9 of the 39 Days of July. Which means we’re going to have a lot of visitors today.

I popped over to Charles Hoey park to grab a couple of pictures of the Buckerfields Duncan stage before things get hopping at the 39 Days of July. So peaceful, it’s like the calm before the storm, but in a good way. And, snapped a couple of shots of Long John’s sunflowers in front of the Duncan Showroom.

Saturday Morning Winningest Smile Award

Saturday morning smiles at the Corner House Cafe in Downtown Duncan BC
Smiles at the Corner House Cafe Make my Day!

If ever you want to be greeted by genuine smiles then check out the Corner House Cafe in downtown Duncan.

Bonus! You can get some really great eggs benny for breakfast too. I’m also loving their coffee. 

Thank you for your exceptional customer service, reasonable prices, and yummy food. This place sure is brimming with community vibes and the conversations never disappoint.

If you come in hungry you’ll leave full. If you come in feeling anything but happy they will be sure to turn your frown upside down and you’ll leave filled to the brim with good cheer. I kid you not, their smiles are infectious.

Cowichan Valley Arts Council Youth

Saturday morning at the Duncan Farmers Market Youth Activities with Cowichan Valley Arts Council Youth Coordinators
CVAC Youth Coordinators at the Duncan Farmers Market July 6, 2019

The Cowichan Valley Arts Council has hired two local students as summer youth event coordinators. The team has been busy planning some fun and creative public art activities at the local market and the #39 Days of July festival. They will also be putting on youth art camps and participating in an art show.

Right now, they are by the stage in the town square having fun with some creative activities during the Saturday market.

And, that is where the new mini comic strip Destructo Baby was born.

While you’re there make sure to grab a free colouring page compliments of the Red Balloon Toyshop. They are having a  really cool colouring contest for kids of all ages. Good luck to everyone who enters.

 

Community Supporting Community

Me thinking about what I want to do with my life ; aha moment communityA few years ago I started trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. After much deliberation I made my decision. I know this is going to sound cliché but I decided that I want to make a difference. There you go I said it! A difference…

A tad too tired these days to take on the world.  Besides, I brought my girls up so that they’ll take care of that. So I narrowed it down a bit.

I want to make a difference locally. I can make a difference in our Community!

First step was tweaking our family buying habits so that we were spending more in our community. Especially when it comes to our food, shopping local means eating fresh. Eating fresh is eating healthy. Buying local means supporting our local economy and that’s what I call an all around win. Done; check.

Next I started preaching what I was practicing to anybody and everybody in our community. Some people roll their eyes. Most people though, they get it.  That gives me hope, and so I share my opinion every chance that I get.

“It takes a community to support a strong local economy” tweets @shoplocally. One determined citizen can help make that happen. Talking just happens to be my forté.

I call it spreading some #BuyLocalLove. It’s simple really. Come together as a community; ensure a healthy local economy.

I’m studying Social Media so that I can shout it out to even more people. Why do I say studying instead of studied? It’s a never ending process. Social Media changes daily. There is ALWAYS something new to learn. Which, I just happen to love doing.

That brings me to my own personal mission statement…

Support Cowichan Valley Business Growth to help our community sustain a healthy local economy.

Support Cowichan Valley Business Growth to help our community sustain a healthy local economy.
#BuyLocalLove

Well, that’s it for now because I simply must get back to spreading the #BuyLocalLove. Then I’ll try to figure out the implications of the latest “potential” changes happening over on Facebook.

Take care,

Shelley

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Spring has Sprung in Cowichan

Spring the busy prelude to the even busier season of Summer…

I love being busy. Busy is good. Keeps you out of trouble, keeps you happy and minimizes time for sweating the small stuff. That being said, I’m way behind on thanking May’s winningest smile winner for our most AMAZING customer experience and have soooo many fun times to recap I’m losing track.

You know life’s pretty good when keeping track of the fun times is a problem 🙂

Spring was birthdays galore May 21st, May 27th, May 31st & June 3rd…plus mother’s day too!

My youngest turned 14 on May 21st.

Spring Winningest Smile Award May 2015 Stephanie RyanMay 27th (Robert’s birthday celebration) was made even more memorable thanks to Stephanie Ryan.

What a wonderful person, a wonderful smile, an absolutely wonderful experience! Thank you Stephanie, so happy to have met you.

 

Check out that smile! May’s winner of the Winningest Smile Award is Stephanie Ryan from the Mongrillian 3300 Cowichan Lake Road Duncan, BC.

Stepahnie Ryan ILoveCowichan.ca Winningest Smile Award
Stephanie Ryan Winningest Smile Award

The food at The Mongrillian was as always super delicious, fresh and healthy. I realize we need to get better at taking pictures of the food. We’re always so busy digging in we forget.

9 people and we all chose the same thing; to build our own stir fry. You pick your meat, you add the vegetables of your choice and top it with a sauce or sauces (I like to mix them up). Stephanie hands it over to the kitchen and before you know it, your food is being delivered piping hot on a bed of rice (or chowmein if you prefer). In the meantime, you get to enjoy a dish of soup while you wait.

We celebrated Mom’s birthday June 3rd. With the lovely spring weather we were able to enjoy supper outside. We’ve recently adopted a new family member (that’s just the way we roll) whose birthday is May 31st. Pictures to come!

Robert & I went to the new Cowichan Farmer’s Market on Wednesday. Being able to grab freshly picked spring veggies on the way home from work is so convenient!

 

Take care!

Shelley

PS- Remember to shop local…support your community, your neighbours & your friends. Construction is almost done (today should be the last day). Show your support, shop Downtown Duncan 

PPS- In case you missed it…Robert had a Saturday off  we enjoyed a spring outing to the Duncan Farmer’s Market together.

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Cowichan Valley Treasures A Hunting We Will Go

The Cowichan Valley; a veritable trove of hidden treasures

When I was managing the Monk Office Supply store in Duncan, I met a lot of Cowichan Valley business owners. I saw first hand how hard they work. I also witnessed A TON of generosity. Even in difficult times they supported local causes.

Local shop owners are not only passionate about what they do; they take pride in and are supportive of their community.

These business owners taught me the importance of shopping local and what it is truly like to be part of my community. When I buy from a locally owned independent shop I am supporting my community, my friends and my neighbours.

It feels great being supportive, it’s nice being genuinely appreciated and I’m provided with expert service. They aren’t just merchants, they are specialists.

I know, I know, I’ve said this before a favourite thing about shopping locally is that I like to visit. For me it’s all about the experience, especially the smiles.

Amanda, Kendra, Taylor of Flynn's Fish n Chips Cowichan Valley locationThanks to the girls at Flynn’s for their wonderful smiles (including Amanda our very first Winner of the Winningest Smile Award), the amazing cheese fries and for helping me to finally convince hubby, that my kind of exploring is fun! Ummm I wanted to share Amanda, Kendra & Taylor’s beautiful smiles but it seems that Robert’s phone crashed. We’ll be back soon…hope to get all 3 of you together again. Kudos to all three of you for great service and radiant smiles!

It took some prodding but hubby is now on board and has started exploring (and shopping) the Cowichan Valley with me. I love being out and about; seeking caches of hidden treasures that Cowichan has to offer.

This month we discovered and visited (twice!) Old Farm Gifts/Specialty Coffee. We’ve been going to the market for years and never realized what was going on inside next door. These pictures will help put into words what I can’t….

There is something for everyone.  In fact there are a whole lot of somethings for everyone 🙂 What a difference a week makes. Our first visit to Old Farm Gifts/Specialty Coffee was on a cold rainy day. What is better than sitting in front of a real fireplace sipping a coffee?

Cowichan Valley's Old Farm Gifts Specialty Coffee fireplace

The next week when we went back we sat outside enjoying the sunshine (while I sipped my delicious coffee). The one constant for both visits was Mariah Viberg’s warm welcoming smile. When she smiles, you just can’t help smiling back. Thank you Mariah for being so wonderful at what you do. You are ILoveCowichan.ca’s latest Winner of the Winningest Smile Award!

Mariah Viberg

 

I’m happy to report that my husband Robert, my daughter Brittany and my youngest Victoria are all on board with supporting their community (the Cowichan Valley) by shopping locally as much as they can. Can’t wait to see where we go next week.

Take care!

Shelley

 

PS- Remember to shop local…support your community, your neighbours & your friends.

PPS- Old Farm Gifts/Speicalty Coffee 5169 Francis Street 250-748-7147