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A Guide to Local Shopping and Fun

February 15 - April 14, 2014


Publisher PALLA MEDIA Carolynne Palla

A Guide to Local Shopping and Fun


Photographer Sandra Steier


Message from DVBA Executive Director


Dr David Book Inc


Massage Therapy on Dunbar


Sue Dvorak: Getting It All Done




Pacific Eye Doctors


Dunbar Directory



Editor & Contributor Janet Morris-Reade

Writer & Copy Editor Sarah Gordon

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A Message from DVBA Janet Morris-Reade, Execitive Director of the Dunbar Village Business Association With many of our New Year’s resolutions but a distant memory, this is the time of year to truly take the horse by the reins (fittingly, Year of the Horse) and schedule appointments to keep you and your family healthy and happy. Of course, Dunbar Village has everything you need to get started, as we are fortunate enough to have 21 health & fitness, 10 dental, 3 optometry, 7 mental health, and 8 medical providers to keep your mind and body functioning as it should.

forever. Finally, we introduce you to Vicki Bell, Registered Massage Therapist and owner of Massage Therapy of Dunbar, who helps you work out your kinks while maintaining a body and soul connection. A Dunbar success story, Bell started at Life Chiropractic and successfully expanded to her own business. All three of these businesses along with their health and wellness colleagues in Dunbar Village are another reason why it’s so great to live here.

With the theme of health & wellness in mind, this issue of Dunbar Life profiles some of the dedicated service professionals in our neighbourhood who operate thriving practices and have very loyal client bases.

On the flip side of life’s maintenance schedule, Dunbar’s own Sue Dvorak gives us another humourous look at how overwhelming it can be to keep on top of things. I especially love her reference to flossing and how “cheating” is never a good idea.

You’ll meet Dr. Stephanie Brooks of Pacific Eye Doctors, who not only volunteers her time as president of the Dunbar Village Business Association, but also, along with her partners and staff, provide fabulous eye health services to the community. I’m always impressed with her team’s passion to take care of everyone who comes through their door. You’ll also meet Dr. David Book, our cover model, who brings that same passion to oral health. He, along with his partner and health team, makes sure that your teeth stay with you


If after reading the magazine you are feeling a little overwhelmed by your building “to do” list, visit our website directory ( and use it as your checklist. You’ll find a list of all the services offered, business names, and contact information to get you started -- so sit down with your telephone, your calendar and go! You’ll feel great achieving some of your New Year’s resolutions without having to leave the neighbourhood. Personal trainer, anyone? | February 15 - April 14, 2014 | February 15 - April 14, 2014


Dr. David Book Inc. by Sarah Gordon

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Dentist Dr. David Book has been practicing dentistry for the past 26 years yet he projects the energy and passion of a new graduate. He hails from Winnipeg; a city that seems to continually produce some of Canada’s nicest people. He became smitten with Vancouver upon first visiting during Expo 86 and in 1991 he and his wife moved to the West Coast. Dr. Book graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba in 1988. He received a Bachelors of Science in Dentistry and a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. Immediately following graduation he completed an internship in Toronto at the prestigious Hospital for Sick Children and spent a few years in Toronto in private practice before moving to Vancouver. Dr. Book has worked at his Dunbar Street practice for 21 years. He works in partnership with Dr. Pam Davidson. The office is known for being warm and welcoming. Dr. Book says, “People often remark that the office looks like a house and feels like a home inside.” The staff of twelve consists of 3 full6

time and 2 part-time hygienists, 4 certified dental assistants, 2 receptionists and 1 office manager. Dr. Book’s wife assists with his bookkeeping. The busy office does virtually every type of work from cosmetic to restorative dentistry, crowns, bridges, fillings, and orthodontics. Dr. Book confesses he really enjoys doing veneers and in recent years he has been focusing more on esthetic rehabilitation. Rejuvenating people’s smiles has proven to bring great satisfaction and joy to all involved. Dentistry is constantly changing. Dr. Book says as frequently as every 6 months there is newer, better, faster technology and products being introduced. He does not knock ‘old school’ dentistry, and says that older technology works and has its merits, however he is impressed with the unbelievable new technology available. He describes the intraoral camera, as “instant and miraculous” as it clearly allows patients to see on a large monitor exactly what the dentist sees. | February 15 - April 14, 2014

Dr. Book says the digital x-ray is another diagnostic tool that he enjoys using. Digital x-rays can help detect tiny problems and prevent them from growing larger. An added benefit, digital radiography dramatically decreases the amount of radiation required for an x-ray. Clinicians wear tiny 'microscopes' on their glasses, or loupes as they are called in the dental field, which enable them to get a better view of your oral condition. Patients get to see what is going on first hand by viewing digital photographs. He stresses that with all of the advances in dentistry that it no longer need be a painful experience, with assorted options available for pain management. Nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," is used for its calming effect. It can help you to relax, ease your fear and make you feel more comfortable during your dental treatment. Sedation is another option, and he emphasizes kind words can help too. All of the operatories are equipped with computer monitors and during longer appointments some patients enjoy watching movies or a sitcom. | February 15 - April 14, 2014

This is a family practice and Dr. Book sees quite a few children. He says a visit to the prize box is always a crowd pleaser. With a chuckle he reports that while this service is primarily for children, mothers have been known to ask for rings as their post-appointment reward.


When Dr. Book first discovered the Dunbar area he recalls being very impressed with Memorial Park. The park holds plenty of fond memories for him as he coached his sons’ Little League teams for a number of years. Physical activity plays a large role in Dr. Book’s life. While he no longer runs marathons he still enjoys running shorter distances. His new interest is road bike cycling and this September he plans to ride the GranFondo Whistler.

Dr. Book is a firm believer in continuing education to deliver the most current and best possible care to his patients. He is actively involved in three study clubs at the College of Dental Surgeons. These clubs include a full-mouth rehabilitation group, a periodontal surgery group and an orthodontic group. These groups are peer driven and as a senior member Dr. Book enjoys being able to impart his experience.


Closer to home, Dr. Book is very proud to call himself a true Dunbarite. He regularly visits a number of the shops, services and restaurants, and likes watching films at the Dunbar Theatre. He enjoys the sense of community and is always pleased to run into his patients when he is out and about. He says he has a nice rapport with them. When I jokingly asked if he feels a bit like he’s living in Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, he did not deny the warm feeling that comes from building long term relationships with his patients. Dentists on Dunbar Dr David Book 3335 Dunbar Street Vancouver BC V6S 2B9 Telephone 604-224-5611 | February 15 - April 14, 2014


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Massage Therapy on Dunbar: Relax Your Mind and Body by Hilary Feldman

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Tucked into a cozy space near King Edward Avenue, Massage Therapy on Dunbar is a peaceful haven. Owner Vicki Bell opened her clinic in 2011, after six years at Life Chiropractic where she gradually built up her clientele. Eventually, she realized that her schedule had become so busy that no more clients could fit in. “It just made sense for me to expand,” she explains. “It was nervewracking not really knowing what the demand was going to be when I branched out.” It has turned out to be a timely move. Initially Bell took on a second therapist, Shalan Cameron, to help fill the clinic’s two treatment rooms. Constant demand saw the team grow with Caroline Miyagi and Megan Fanning joining as well. They are now open seven days a week and offer appointments until 9 pm on several days.

to choosing a name. Going with a clear descriptive name was strategic, both for signage and internet-browsing. “Whenever people look up ‘massage’ and ‘Dunbar,’ that’s us! So it’s very helpful,” smiles Bell. To attract clients from the local neighbourhood, whether on foot or driving by, and through online searches, she wanted to ensure a clean professional image. This thorough attention to detail is apparent as soon as you enter the door. Bell deliberately avoided a clinical atmosphere. “The more relaxing an environment is, the more pleasing I think for people that come there and for people that work there.” The emphasis is on comfort, with quiet music, low lights, and fresh flowers creating an inviting space. “It is important for the massage; your body has to be relaxed in order for us to be able to give you a successful treatment,” Bell explains.

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also useful for people suffering from general stress and muscle tension. This type of therapy is becoming more popular as people pay more attention to how they treat their bodies. “Everyone’s looking at what they’re eating, exercise, and how they’re treating their body, and realizing that there’s more to it,” Bell says. “It’s preventative as well; the idea is to prevent injury.” Bell and her colleagues offer individualized treatments that depend on each client’s needs, musculature, and any medical conditions. For the most part, they see people with muscle tension due to work, physical activities, or sports. “It doesn’t have to come from something drastic like a car accident, it can just be from daily life activities – working on the computer, sitting at a desk – everybody gets sore,” she explains. Some clients are referred through physiotherapists and chiropractors when they need treatment for specific muscular issues. To extend the therapeutic benefits after a massage treatment, the therapists can also suggest home care stretches. Massage therapy is suitable for all ages and ailments; the clinic’s current clients range | February 15 - April 14, 2014

from 8 to 92 years old. Bell suggests starting young to develop healthy body awareness. “Even young people are getting headaches from their studies, and they have such heavy backpacks. Their lives are very busy with sports, school, and homework, so even the youngest people can have muscles as tight as a grown-up.” The therapists adjust their treatments to suit any condition, and can accommodate achy hips, knees, and other problem spots. The clinic also offers pre-natal and post-natal massage; using a special support pillow, women can continue treatments throughout their pregnancy and beyond. Originally from Prince Rupert, Bell moved to Vancouver to attend the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. After an intensive three-year course focused on anatomy and human biology, with 3000 hours of training, she qualified as a Registered Massage Therapist and started working in the Dunbar neighbourhood. The community was so welcoming that she and her partner moved from downtown to be closer. The positive atmosphere in Dunbar led Bell to search for a local business space when she set up her own clinic.


their recent upgrade from a tent to motorhome). In the winter, she can be found curled up with a good book. It’s all about finding a balance, which she also promotes with her clients.

For Bell, an appealing aspect of massage therapy is working with people one-onone in a quiet and relaxing environment. For a therapist, the work combines both an interpersonal element with being active; delivering massage can be quite physically demanding depending on the different types of muscle tissue being treated. Bell enjoys seeing her regular clients – who make up about 75% of her schedule – as well as meeting new people. She enthuses, “People that come to our office are happy when they arrive and feel great when they leave. It’s a very pleasant environment.” Registered Massage Therapists receive ongoing continuing education, which elaborates on different massage techniques and provides updated information. The clinic offers a wide variety of styles including attachment release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue release, myofascial release, Swedish massage, and active stretching. All the therapists are experienced in multiple treatment forms to help their clients achieve and maintain whole-body health.

Whether you are plagued by migraines, sciatica, fatigue, or an injury, it’s a relief to know that you can treat those aches and pains. At Massage Therapy on Dunbar, you’ll find a great group of therapists. Bell is pleased that the clinic’s clients always leave happy and feeling better. Her plunge into starting a new business has paid off. “Things have reached a point where everyone is settled, busy, and the office is running smoothly,” she explains. Despite the busy schedule, there are appointments available every week. Times are posted on the front door, and it may be possible to get a same-day massage. Generally, it is best to call and book ahead; the clinic’s daily phone message lists all the availability for the week. Massage Therapy on Dunbar 4192 Dunbar Street Vancouver BC V6S 2E7 Telephone 604-733-3376

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Getting It All Done by Sue Dvorak

The mechanic furrowed his brow and asked when I last changed the air filter in my car. I furrowed mine pretending to be recalling the date, while really I was wondering if I knew that cars have air filters. But I had the distinct feeling of being remiss, of not getting the job done. I remember this because l had the exact same feeling later that day when the veterinarian asked with grave concern whether I brush our dog’s teeth every day. Umm. There seems to be no end of tasks that are “essential” that one should be doing regularly but the list is so long, impossibly long. And the importance of each task depends upon a person’s point of view. A yoga instructor friend is definitely going to be appalled if you don’t stretch every day. Your home insurance brother-in-law certainly expects that you test all smoke detectors monthly. Your doctor will naturally want you to check your cholesterol over 45 and have regular mammograms. The bike shop will be stunned that you did not oil your chain all winter. In the new year, when people re-focus on getting organized and “getting things done”, the array of tasks before them is so vast as to render them inert or spinning in circles. The results can be less than effective. When we bought our first home we received the perfect gift: a home maintenance manual. However reviewing the manual’s contents made me break out in a cold sweat. Unless we were to give up sleep, the number of 20

recommended and mandatory tasks per week/month/year were just not going to happen. The home manual made moving to a tent appear a very reasonable alternative. With all the cleaning faucet aerators, lubricating rollers on windows and latches, changing various filters, and draining the hot water tank there would be no time left to even celebrate birthdays. We were uneasy though with “the plan” becoming to leave everything unattended and stamp out crises as they arose. This planned neglect approach is not ideal either so the trick then, with this and everything else, is to decide upon The Most Important. Physical exercise is important for all of us and there are many ways to incorporate that into one’s life. Joining a team, walking the dog or jogging three times a week are all reasonable options. But then what about core strength? Or flexibility? I attend an exercise class with a funny friend who rightfully points out that we could do all that exercise stuff at home. There is nothing stopping us from keeping weights in the car to do bicep curls at stoplights or from hitting the kitchen floor to do abdominal crunches while the pasta water boils. But we don’t. And so we go to class. Besides, while doing crunches on the kitchen floor I would see the debris under the fridge and be reminded of the rotational home cleaning suggestion to move the fridge out monthly to clean under it. My Mom takes it a step further and vacuums the coolant coils at the back of her fridge. I am just sort of hoping we don’t have those coil things behind ours. Some people vacuum inside and under furniture regularly but that can safely be left off The Most Important list and transferred to the Non-Dangerous Things to Occasionally Be Embarrassed By list. Sometimes high priorities are made clear by events around us. The devastation and suffering seen in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010 motivated me to get a survival kit for our family. The earthquake preparedness tactic of obtaining “an item-a-week until complete” is a fantastic plan but not for the impatient or | February 15 - April 14, 2014

those coping poorly in other areas of their life. So I splurged and bought a huge readymade kit for our family plus one, to include the kid who will probably be over when the big one strikes. But now the clever company that supplied this kit contacts me regularly about updates and replacements! I have since made the executive decision not to update. So if, God forbid, your child is with us while we are stranded without assistance after a large natural disaster I am just saying straight up that his nutrition bars will probably be stale. There are routine jobs that exist in a number of categories of life that just need to be randomly scheduled regardless of everything else. Pick a date, put it on your schedule and force yourself to get it done. Book an oil change. Get the dog vaccinated. Change the furnace filters so they do not look like felt pads when the furnace man comes. Book the furnace man. Beauty care is murky territory where time and priority overlaps. No time at all spent on beauty can lead to an urgent new Most Important priority to “try not to look so terrible.” Some time spent is reasonable, the amount of which is up to you. Upon receiving my first facial and revealing my lack of a skin care regime, the esthetician scolded me saying “what do you expect of your face?!” I did not have the heart to tell her that, until that very moment, I did not even know a | February 15 - April 14, 2014

person could have expectations of her face. Sometime you can cheat and take drastic action to prevent reprimands before they happen. For example, if you are meeting a financial planner about retirement savings, actually open and look at all your various statements, find out what your mortgage balance is and whether you have RRSP contribution room left. People who say I don’t know repeatedly throughout these meetings look like they will never be able to retire. Or if you have a hair appointment, deep condition your hair several times in the days prior to prevent the stylist frowning as he touches your hair. However, regarding dental care, do not floss your teeth aggressively seven times the day before your check-up: this will not usually provide helpful results. Flossing needs to happen regularly, along with backing up your computer hard drive. Cull paper. Print favourite digital photos. Update your will. Plant spring flower bulbs... in the fall....pointy end groups or they will look silly. Review insurance policies. Mediate daily. Clean the wretched blinds. Stretch. Eat more vegetables. Just do your best. The next time you feel that you have dropped the ball on something you should be doing I dare you to say “Actually I have not ranked that as a personal priority lately. But I might reconsider.” Good luck.


A Fine Balance by Sarah Gordon We have welcomed in a new year, and with it, many of us acquired electronic gifts meant to make things more convenient, and keep us connected, however, at what cost? I could be considered a Luddite, although I have embraced smatterings of technology. The internet, e-mail and cell phone are definitely a part of my world; however, I am resisting upgrades to my communications arsenal. For me, keeping up with the latest electronic gadgets is a futile battle and it is not a pleasant result for the landfill. As a writer, I celebrate that people are choosing to communicate with e-mail and texting. On the flip side, the use of fragmented language is concerning, and leaves me wondering about the future of written composition and grammar. I plead guilty to over use of e-mail as well as time spent at the computer writing and researching. I am attempting to pick up the phone more often in place of firing off an e-mail. Verbal conversations allow ideas to weave together which can take you in unexpected directions. Those “it’s a small world” moments seem to pop out more frequently in conversation than in correspondence. Moreover, nothing compares to hearing a friend’s voice or laughter. There was a time when parents complained that their children watched too much television. Add to the mix video games and computer use and it is no wonder that


childhood obesity is at an all time high. A Canadian Community Health Survey indicated that children who watch more than 2 hours of screen time (TV, computer, video games) per day have double the incidence of overweight and obesity when compared to children who watch less than 1 hour per day. The solutions include eating a more balanced diet, keeping children physically active and limiting screen time. I am not denying the importance of electronics; they are great tools when used in moderation. At our house, electronics do not play a large role in our children’s lives. During the holidays, I was delighted to hear my youngest daughter sketch out a plan for her day. She intended to read, play with her electronic toy, read, take photos with her digital camera, and then read some more. Nothing could please me more. Our daughters’ library cards are well used and both girls go into withdrawal if they do not have a couple of trips to the library each week. My hope is that parents find a balance to ensure that their children have well-rounded lives where there is plenty of room for imaginative play, reading, exercise, joining a sports team, learning a musical instrument, taking an art or dance class, and having time left over for digit manipulation on their favourite electronic gadget! | February 15 - April 14, 2014

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Pacific Eye Doctors by Sarah Gordon

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Dr. Stephanie Brooks and I met recently to discuss Pacific Eye Doctors. We sat outside on a sunny winter day while we had coffee and chatted. The ability to enjoy the great outdoors year round was a large part of the reason Dr. Brooks was attracted to the West Coast and moved here from Toronto in 1993. In 1986 Pacific Eye Doctors opened its first location in Richmond. The eye clinic was formed through the amalgamation of two established optometric clinics in the area. Founding partner optometrists, Dr. Mockler, Dr. McNab and Dr. Vetsch, determined that a second location would benefit the Dunbar area, which is where they also happen to reside, and opened the second clinic in 2004.

They sought a partner and brought Dr. Brooks on board to assist with offering excellence in eye care to the community. In addition to Dr. Brooks, Dr. Tod McNab also owns Dunbar’s Pacific Eye Doctors. While they remain owners, Dr. Vetsch has retired and Dr. Mockler has taken a leave from general practice to establish the Performance Vision Clinic at the Fortius Institute for Sport & Health in Burnaby. Rounding out the Dunbar team of optometrists is Dr. Laura Langford, and Dr. Goleta Amirli. Pacific Eye Doctors make their patients’ health a top priority by committing to continuing education. They strive to create an environment where all people are treated with fairness, honesty and respect. The clinic invests in state of the art technology to provide the highest standards of care. Comprehensive eye examinations include measurement of vision, prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses, assessment of binocular vision, and full ocular health check with pupil dilation.

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Since 2009 optometrists can diagnose and treat many common eye diseases with certain prescription only drugs including eye infections, allergies, inflammation, abrasions and dry eye. Did you know that optometrists are able to detect many systemic health diseases by looking at your eye, for example hypertension, diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, and arthritis? Who should see an optometrist? Even if you don’t think you need eyeglasses it is a wise idea to have an ocular health check. Not all eye diseases or contact lens complications cause symptoms in the early stages. With prompt diagnosis and management, future problems with vision may be avoided. Eye appointments are recommended every 1 to 2 years for children and adults. Patients are often surprised to discover that eye exams and glasses are not as expensive as they may expect. Children and seniors receive partial coverage through the Medical Services Plan of B.C. Besides vision exams Pacific Eye Doctors also offers laser eye correction co-management, customized contact lens diagnosis and a dispensary of frames, lenses and coatings. In addition to Dunbar’s team of optometrists there are three licensed opticians to help fit glasses and contact lenses, two optometric assistants and a receptionist to ensure you receive professional and friendly service.

What makes this business special? Dr. Brooks gives full kudos to the staff. She reports that a couple of them have been with the business since it opened. Pacific Eye Doctors is a warm and welcome environment where they care about their patients. Dr. Brooks says she finds it highly satisfying that her patients have become like friends. She sees some patients more than once a year if they have special eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma.

Since Dr. Brooks joined Pacific Eye Doctors 10 years ago there has been steady growth in the number of clients, many new patients come through referrals. From Vancouver, to Delta, Surrey and even Bowen Island, they see a good cross section of patients ranging from children through to seniors.

The clinic is an active supporter of many local organizations and events. They sponsor Dunbar Little League and lend their support to Tom Thumb Preschool, Lord Kitchener Elementary, Arbutus Shaughnessy Kerrisdale Friendship Society, Comic Vision and Optometry Giving Sight. If you are finished | February 15 - April 14, 2014


with an old pair of glasses Pacific Eye Doctors will gladly donate them to Third World Eyecare Society. Dr. Brooks has recently assumed the role of President of the Dunbar Village Business Association. She appears humbled by her new role and acknowledges the great work of past president Beth McKercher, owner of Splash Toy Shop, and DVBA’s executive director Janet Morris-Reade. As head of the board Dr. Brooks is committed to building on the work that DVBA has accomplished over the past five years including street beautification and events such as the Harvest Festival and Dunbar Village for the Holidays.

the bright sun-filled days ahead. And make a note to book an eye exam for 2014 if you have not done so already, to protect one of your most precious senses. Pacific Eye Doctors 4292 Dunbar Street Vancouver BC V6S 2E9 Telephone 604-739-2022

Dr. Brooks also acknowledges the active Dunbar Residents’ Association and their dedicated work to making Dunbar a better place in which to live. While we are currently in the middle of winter it won’t be long before spring is here. In March Pacific Eye Doctors is holding a sunglass sale. This is well worth investigating in preparation for 28 | February 15 - April 14, 2014 | February 15 - April 14, 2014


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5. “I need a new computer/printer/phone/ wireless router/iPad” Sometimes buying a simple piece of hardware can feel like a minefield. But getting the right gear from the start is crucial, and can save you time and headaches in the long run. 6. “How can I share documents and files among employees or customers?” Are you constantly emailing documents around or putting things on memory sticks? There are much easier ways to collaborate, saving you time and money. 7. “I’m not sure my files are backed up properly….” If there was a fire or robbery and your computer and backup were gone forever, would you be ok? Many small businesses wouldn’t. Offsite backup systems are easy to use, water-tight, and protect you from risk. 8. “How can I be sure my company’s information is safe?” Beefing up your internet security can be simple, and may help you sleep better at night. 9. “HELP! Nothing is working! My computer crashed! My laptop died!” Like all machines, computers break down, things stop working, files disappear. But even when it looks like there’s been a disaster, there are often ways to bring things back from the brink.

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Family Farm Market 3526 W 41st Ave

Butter Baked Goods & Cafe 4907 Mackenzie St 604-221-4333 Celtic Treasure Chest 5639 Dunbar St 604-261-3688 Dunbar DQ/Orange Julius 3380 Dunbar St 604-733-2884 Dunbar Produce 4355 Dunbar St 604-228-8615

The Heights Market 4889 Mackenzie Ave 604-638-0651

IGA MarketPlace 3535 W 41st Ave 604-261-2423

Tryphe Specialty Foods 4495 Dunbar St 604-879-7439

IHUA Bakery 3522 W 41st Ave 604-261-0189


FOOD | DRINK Grocery | Specialty

Weigh to Go Bulk Foods 3534 W 41st Ave 604-266-6206

Mac’s Convenience Store 4449 Dunbar St 604-736-7528

Windsor Meat Co. 4889 Mackenzie St 604-638-2470

Stong’s Market (ad p. 43) 4560 Dunbar St 604-266-1401

Liquor BC Liquor Store 3453 Dunbar St 604-224-4412

Pacific Spirits Liquor Store 4474 Dunbar St 604-738-1299

Village VQA Wines 3536 W 41st Ave 604-269-9433

Dunbar Liquor Boutique 5460 Dunbar St 604-267-2337

Restaurants | Cafes Beantown Coffee House 4231 Dunbar St 604-222-8455 Blaq Sheep Coffee House & Breakfast Bistro 5601 Dunbar St 604-261-8188 Brick Oven Pizzeria 4269 Dunbar St 604-228-1822

Butter Tea House 4321 Dunbar St 604-221-4337

Crepe & Cafe 3500 W 41st Ave 604-568-3123

Cheshire Cheese Inn 4585 Dunbar St 604-224-2521

Domino’s Pizza 3480 Dunbar St 604-733-0188

Cosy Inn Cafe 4455 Dunbar St 604-224-3133

Dream Sushi 4385 Dunbar St 604-221-7874 | February 15 - April 15, 2014



FOOD | DRINK Restaurants | Cafes ... con’t Dunbar Pizza & Grill 3348 Dunbar St 604-732-4999 Dunbar Sushi 3626 W 16th Ave 604-568-5959 Handi Cuisine of India 4432 Dunbar St 604-738-3186 Jethro’s Fine Grub 3420 Dunbar St 604-569-3441 Kokopelli Cafe 4593 Dunbar St 604-228-0818 Kuma Japanese 3446 Dunbar St 604-739-0170

La Notte Ristorante (ad p. 19) 3307 Dunbar St 604-222-4033

Mexi-Cali Diner 4424 Dunbar St 604-731-6517 Moki’s Pizza 5530 Dunbar St 604-263-4440 Riya’s Pizza 4464 Dunbar St 604-558-4466 Simon’s Kitchen 4418 Dunbar St 604-734-1135 Spice Islands Indonesian 3592 W 41st Ave 604-266-7355

Starbucks Coffee 4467 Dunbar St 604-222-8069 Subway 4490 Dunbar St 604-263-4023 Sushi Inn 4414 Dunbar St 604-739-3818 The Dunbar Public House 4497 Dunbar St 604-222-9922 Tim Hortons 3463 Dunbar St 604-222-3130 Wild Sushi 4288 Dunbar St 604-568-9668

SERVICES Automotive Chevron Canada 5505 Dunbar St 604-261-4048

McDermott’s Body Shop 4508 Dunbar St 604-261-9212

Shell Canada 3596 W 41st Ave 604-263-9330

Beauty | Hair | Spa Arnold’s Coiffures Ltd 5628 Dunbar St 604-261-7434

Care Well Esthetics 4311 Dunbar St 778-999-8908

Duet Salon & Spa 3231 Dunbar St 604-222-8715

Blink Beauty Bar 3562 W 41st Ave 604-261-8144

Classy Hair Design 3434 Dunbar St 604-738-8221

Dunbar Barbers 4264 Dunbar St 604-738-3165

Cabello Spa & Salon 3518 W 41st Ave 604-267-4247 34

Clippers Edge 4535 Dunbar St 604-224-0500

Electrolysis by Natalie 3309 Dunbar St 604-518-6625 | February 15 - April 15, 2014

Beauty | Hair | Spa ... con’t George’s Hair Styling 4196 Dunbar St 604-738-4603 Great Clips 4484 Dunbar St 604-732-5123

Kleanse Spa Bar 3593 W 26th Ave 778-928-5901 Lavender’s Beauty Spa 1-3618 W 16th Ave 604-221-1166

Hair Place Kiji’s 4311 Dunbar St 604-742-0299

Pampered by Kadie 4238 Dunbar St 604-809-5395

Hair Zone 3378 Dunbar St 604-788-8233

Peymana Esthetics 3368 Dunbar St 604-739-3733

J’aime Les Cheveux 3591 W 26th Ave 604-714-1118 Kari’s Hair & Esthetics 3593 W 26th Ave 604-736-670

Rose Nails & Spa 3383 Dunbar St 604-221-2200

Skinetics Skin Care & Spa 4263 Dunbar St 604-266-7878 The Shop Hair & Esthetics 4446 Dunbar St 604-736-7467



Top Barber Cut 5631 Dunbar St 604-696-0581 Top Cut Barbers 4238 Dunbar St 604-739-0744 Touch of Beauty 3291 Dunbar St 604-221-0010 Vida Beautilities Hair & Esthetic Salon 4260 Dunbar St 604-732-3523

Churches Dunbar Heights United 3525 W 24th Ave 604-731-6420 Dunbar Evangelical Lutheran 3491 W 31st Ave 604-266-6818

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 3778 W 28th Ave 604-224-5678 Knox United Church 5600 Balaclava St 604-261-3747

Dunbar Heights Baptist 3996 W 17th Ave 604-224-1031

Marineview Chapel 4000 W 41st Ave 604-261-1444

St Philip’s Anglican Church (ad p. 12)

3737 W 27th Ave 604-224-3238

Dentists Arbutus Westside Orthodontics (ad p. 17) 3619 W18th Ave 604-736-5705

Dr Alex K H Chan 203-3540 W 41st Ave 604-266-2860 | February 15 - April 15, 2014

Dr Daisy Tang 4210 Dunbar St 604-733-1616



SERVICES Dentists ... con’t Dentists on Dunbar Dr David S. Book Inc.

(article p. 6-8) Dr Pamela Davidson 3335 Dunbar St 604-224-5611

Dr George Porteous 5-3615 W 19th Ave 604-224-3115

Southlands Dental Group 3579 W 41st Ave 604-266-6232

Dunbar Dental Centre 215-3540 W 41st Ave 604-261-2220

Dry Cleaning | Alterations | Shoe Repair Busy Bee Cleaners 3556 W 41st Ave 604-263-2215 Dunbar 1 Hour Dry Cleaners 4479 Dunbar St 604-224-3818 Dunbar Dry Cleaning 4410 Dunbar St 604-736-5808

Gold Star Shoe Rebuilders 3308 Dunbar St 604-734-7477

Pressed 4 Time Dry Cleaning 3594 W 41st Ave 604-261-0440

Mai’s Dry Cleaners 3336 Dunbar St 604-739-6638

Yim’s Alterations 3378 Dunbar St 604-737-8822

Money’s Dry Cleaning 4389 Dunbar St 604-224-5112

Education & Performing Arts - Private 4Cats Arts Studio 4293 Dunbar St 604-569-2426

Dunbar Memorial Preschool 4747 Dunbar St 604-222-6065

Acting UP! Musical Theatre 604-263-9977

Elite Montessori Academy

Cheryl Rafter Highland Dancing 3525 W 24th Ave 604-325-4002 Creative Minds 5351 Camosun St 604-263-4711 Crofton House School 3200 W 41st Ave 604-263-3255 Crown Preschool 3737 W 27th Ave 604-228-1316 36

(ad p. 9) 5520 Dunbar St 604-655-2045

Harmonious Music Studio (ad p. 9) 3271 Dunbar St 604-767-0136

Immaculate Conception

(ad p. 3 & 12) 3745 W 28th Ave 604-224-5012

Journey To Learning

(ad p. 18) 4428 Dunbar St 604-734-7374 Little House Tutoring 4895 Mackenzie St 604-266-1023 Little People’s Preschool 5600 Balaclava St 604-261-2219 Marineview Preschool 4000 W 41st Ave 604-261-2613 Monkey See Monkey Do 3525 W 24th Ave 778-371-4659 | February 15 - April 15, 2014

Education & Performing Arts - Private ... con’t Montessori Ivy School 3641 W 29th Ave 604-221-9300 Opus Academy 5635 Dunbar St 604-267-3749

St George’s School Jr Boys: 3851 W 29th Ave Sr Boys: 4175 W 29th Ave 604-224-1304

Teachers’ Tutoring Service (ad p. 25) 604-730-3410

Tom Thumb Preschool 3737 W 27th Ave 604-222-2550



Westside Kumon Math & Reading Centre (ad p. 17) 3584 W 16th Ave 604-222-0182

Education - Public Schools (School District #39) Acadia Road Elementary 4102 W 16th Ave 604-713-5950

Kerrisdale Elementary 5555 Carnarvon St 604-713-5446

Queen Elizabeth Annex 4275 Crown St 604-713-5482

Carnarvon Elementary 3400 Balaclava St 604-713-5396

Lord Byng High School 3939 W 16th Ave 604-713-8171

Queen Elizabeth Elementary 4102 W 16th Ave 604-713-5408

Jules Quesnel Elementary 3050 Crown St 604-713-4577

Lord Kitchener Elementary 3455 West King Edward Ave 604-713-5454

Southlands Elementary 5351 Camosun St 604-713-5414

Kerrisdale Annex Elementary 3250 W 43rd Ave 604-713-5488

Financial BMO Bank of Montreal 4395 Dunbar St 604-665-7093 CIBC 4306 Dunbar St 604-665-7697 Don Nybo & Co. Chartered Accountants 6-3615 W 19th Ave 604-228-1166

Edward Jones, Abbie Green (ad p. 12) 3560 W 41st Ave 604-731-6117 H & R Block 4220 Dunbar St 604-713-1500 RBC Royal Bank 4205 Dunbar St 604-665-5972 | February 15 - April 15, 2014

ScotiaBank 5659 Dunbar St 604-668-3707 TD Canada Trust 4200 Dunbar St 604-654-6888 Vancity Credit Union 4445 Dunbar St 604-877-7000 37



30 Minute Hit 3516 W 41st Ave 604-569-3233 Body Function 4345 Dunbar St 604-565-6630 Crossfit Empower 3321 Dunbar St 778-873-4427 Elements Academy 4465 Dunbar St 604-568-3441

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(ad p. 3) 3636 W 16th Ave 604-568-5220 Sanga Yoga Studio 3458 Dunbar St 604-733-7264 Spire Wellness & Yoga 2885 W 33rd Ave 604-569-0963

The Dailey Method 3584 W 41st Ave 604-266-9191 Third Eye Martial Arts 4256 Dunbar St 604-669-8707 Vibes Fitness 5628 Dunbar St 604-428-8423

Health | Medical Alex Musial MD Inc. 4298 Dunbar St 604-731-3612

Head and Heart Counselling (ad p. 31)

Chaldecott Medical Clinic 4186 Dunbar St 604-739-9881

Dr Brian Harris Inc. 3540 W 41st Ave 604-261-5015 Dunbar Eyecare Optometry 2-3554 W 41st Ave 604-263-8874

Dunbar Physio (ad p. 12) 205-3540 W 41st Ave 604-266-3303

3309 Dunbar St 604-787-4008

Image Optometry 4250 Dunbar St 604-293-3937

(article p. 26-28) 4292 Dunbar St 604-739-2022 Skinworks 3568-3578 W 41st Ave 604-737-7100 dermatology 604-733-9711 plastic surgery

Life Chiropractic 4168 Dunbar St 604-742-0702

Southland Medical Group 110-3540 W 41st Ave 604-261-5340 Life Labs 112-3540 W 41st Ave 604-264-9815

Dunbar Spinal Decompression Massage Therapy on Dunbar 4168 Dunbar St (ad p. 9, article p. 14-16) 604-742-0702 4192 Dunbar St 604-733-3376 Envision Counselling 202-3641 W 29th Ave 604-222-1120 Mark Finch & Associates 202-3641 W 29th Ave 604-222-9505 Gail Olive Masage Therapy 4-3615 W 19th Ave 604-224-5856 38

Pacific Eye Doctors

Southland’s Physiotherapy 3579 W 41st Ave 604-263-8110

StudioHealth Chiroworks (ad p. 9) 5733 Collingwood St 604-269-3798

Tessa Cherniavsky Massage Therapy Clinic 203A-3540 W 41st Ave 604-266-2757 | February 15 - April 15, 2014

Insurance Buntain Insurance 4295 Dunbar St 604-736-8855

Rand & Fowler Insurance 4860 Mackenzie St 604-266-2357

Southlands Insurance (ad p. 19) 5540 Dunbar St 604-266-5433



Pets Alta Vista Animal Hospital 4543 Dunbar St 604-221-5858

Barktholomews Pet Edibles 4883 Mackenzie St 604-568-3600

Artistic Styling Salon for Pets 4188 Dunbar St 604-739-6822

Bosley’s Pet Food 3502 W 41st Ave 604-266-2667

K & K Pet Foods 4595 Dunbar St 604-224-2513 Pets Beautiful 5620 Dunbar St 604-261-5310

Specialty Andrew Wilkinson MLA 5640 Dunbar St 604-664-0748

Dunbar Plumbing

Anglela’s House Cleaning Services

Higher Ground Gardens

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(ad p. 12) 778-882-2941

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Browns Restaurant Group 207A-3540 W 41st Ave 604-630-0885

Jason Liu Realty 5737 Collingwood St 604-558-0666

Design by Fire

Martin Brothers Funeral Services 3398 Dunbar St 778-330-7799

(ad p. 31) 604-831-9206 Digital Photo Station 4485 Dunbar St 604-222-3513

Molly Maid -Meg Roberts

Driving Miss Daisy

(ad p. 11) 604-734-7260

Dunbar Painting

Natural Balance Premium Home Builders 3288 Dunbar St 778-330-7607

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Reid Brothers Plumbing & Heating (ad p. 13) 1636 W 75th Ave 604-263-0323

RE/MAX Select Realty

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Sage Construction

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SHOP - RETAIL Clothing | Accessories Chloe Angus Design 4273 Dunbar St 604-224-2456

Hospice Opportunity Boutique 4255 Dunbar St 604-733-1412

The Carrington Shoppe 3434 W 55th Ave 604-266-5725

Dragon & Phoenix 3510 W 41st Ave 604-261-1317

MacGillycuddy’s 4881 Mackenzie St 604-263-5313

Twist Fashions Inc.

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Olinda’s 4305 Dunbar St 604-228-0022

Floral | Nurseries Christina’s Flower Shop 5615 Dunbar St 604-263-3011

KJM Country Gardens 7226 Blenheim St 604-266-1397

Gardenia Florist 5636 Dunbar St 604-269-9234

Quince Fine Florals 4870 Mackenzie St 604-263-0202

Southlands Nursery 6550 Balaclava St 604-261-6411

Pharmacy Pure Integrative Pharmacy 4198 Dunbar St 604-732-3010

Shoppers Drug Mart 4326 Dunbar St 604-732-8555

Southland Pharmacy 3554 West 41st Ave 604- 266-2882

Specialty All Nations Stamp & Coin Dunbar Greetings 5630 Dunbar St 3456 Dunbar St 604-684-4613 604-731-3322 Dunbar Lumber Blight’s Home Hardware 3637 W 16th Ave 3322 Dunbar St 604-224-0434 604-738-3312

Carson Books 4275 Dunbar St 604-222-8787 Cheap Skates 3644 West 16th Ave 604-222-1125 Dunbar Decor 3350 Dunbar St 778-322-2070 40

Dunbar Paint Centre 3601 W 16th Ave 604-224-0421 Dunbar Vacuum Ltd 3468 Dunbar St 604-733-8713

Educational Book Supply 3548 W 41st Ave 604-677-8147 Enmark Jewellers Ltd 4315 Dunbar St 604-224-3513 Germaine’s Antiques 4268 Dunbar St 604-306-8364 Golden Rug Co. 3211 Dunbar St 604-224-3222 Hob Too Thrift Shop 3470 Dunbar St 604-737-7304 | February 15 - April 15, 2014

Kerrisdale Equipment Ltd 4522 Dunbar St 604-224-3255

Omega Custom Framing 4290 Dunbar St 604-732-6778

Korean Red Ginseng

Restoration House Studios 3444 Dunbar St 604-644-8735

(ad p. 25) 2070 W 41st Ave 604-620-9066 Lawrence Books 3591 W 41st Ave 604-261-3812

Stationery 2000 3552 W 41st Ave 604-261-2001 Toorak Tile & Design 3496 Dunbar St 604-739-5966


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Splash Toy Shop 4243 Dunbar St 604-228-8697

Sports & Activities Dunbar Lawn Bowling Club 3850 W 31 St 604 228 8428 Dunbar Little League Vancouver United FC (Dunbar Soccer Association) Scouts Canada 25th Dunbar Point Grey 31st St Philip’s

Shamrock Equestrian Centre 3320 W 55th Ave 604-649-4586

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Southlands Heritage Farm 6767 Balaclava St 604-261-1295

UBC Thunderbirds

Southlands Riding Club 7025 Macdonald St 604-263-4817

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Community Resources Artists in Our Midst City of Vancouver 453 West 12th Ave Phone 3-1-1 Dunbar Community Centre 4747 Dunbar St 604-222-6060 Dunbar Community Patrol 604-222-9824

Dunbar Public Library 4515 Dunbar St 604-665-3968 Dunbar Residents’ Association 604-222-9824

Dunbar Village Business Association (ads p. 4, 5, 12) 604-635-1836 | February 15 - April 15, 2014

Vancouver Hospice Society 3470 Dunbar St 604-737-7305

Movie Theatre Dunbar Theatre 4555 Dunbar St 604-222-2991



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Valentine’s Day

Feb 21

School District #39, Non-Instructional Day

Feb 21

Teen Advisory Group at Dunbar Library, 4-5pm every Friday

Feb 25

Dunbar Garden Club Meeting, 7:30pm at Dunbar Community Centre

Feb 26

7th Annual Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day.

Feb 28

Pop-up Concert: Voices Rise, 7:30pm at Dunbar Heights United Church

Mar 7

Crofton House celebrates 116th School Birthday

Mar 9

Daylight Saving time begins at 2am (clock forward one hour)

Mar 17

School District #39 Spring Break (March 17-28)

Mar 17

St Patrick’s Day

Mar 20

First day of Spring (Spring Equinox)

Mar 21

Advertising deadline for Dunbar Life magazine (April 15 issue)

Mar 28

Dunbar Garden Club Meeting, 7:30pm at Dunbar Community Centre

Mar 29

Earth Hour Earth, switch off lights save energy, 8:30-9:30pm

Apr 1

April Fool’s Day

Apr 1

National Oral Health Month

Apr 12

Dunbar Little League - Opening Day

Apr 15

Dunbar Life magazine comes out

Apr 18

Good Friday

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Easter Monday

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Vancouver Sun Run

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