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Residents Sign Petition For Downtown Grocery Store - DiscoverHumboldt.com

At its regular meeting on June 10th, Humboldt City Council addressed a petition calling for the establishment of a downtown grocery store. The petition was received from a Humboldt resident.

The petition requested consideration from City Council for a tax incentive to promote the development of a grocery store at the corner of Main Street and 6th Avenue. The only building currently vacant at the mentioned location is on the southwest corner. Council was not aware of an expression of interest from any potential purchasers.

The petition was signed by 214 individuals. Mayor Rob Muench acknowledges, "I think there's some concern out there, and any time you have 200 and some people signing, it's something that council is willing to look at." However, Muench pointed out that there were omissions in the petition that challenged the Council's ability to proceed.


FoodRescue.ca expands to BC in Loblaw Partnership

Loblaw and Second Harvest further solidified their commitment to tackle food waste in Canada with the expansion of FoodRescue.ca to British Columbia. Made possible by a donation of $415,000 from Loblaw to Second Harvest, this free online platform connects food businesses directly with social services and non-profit organizations who feed people in need.

First launched in Ontario in 2018, FoodRescue.ca is a platform that leverages Second Harvest's 34 years of food rescue experience, helping to limit avoidable food waste while enabling businesses to reduce their environmental footprint and provide healthy, nutritious food to people in need. Businesses simply register and outline how much and what type of food they have available, and registered social service organizations will then get email or text alerts about new donations in the area. The innovative tool can be used in any market by both food producers and non-profit organizations.


Melanie Auld opens shop to discover Vancouver-designed jewelry — and more

Local jewelry designer bets on bricks-and-mortar store.


Richmond supermarket welcomes delegates from all over world

A bus loaded with dozens of delegates from over 20 countries stopped at PriceSmart in Richmond today. Welcomed by a traditional Chinese lion dance, the delegates were in Richmond and Vancouver as part of the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit, which is a flagship event providing retailers and manufacturers from all over the world to discuss future business trends.

The delegates are getting glimpses of different supermarkets across the Lower Mainland, PriceSmart on Ackroyd Road – which is divided into Asian and Western products – being one of them. A representative from the store took delegates on a food tour, offering them opportunities to try food samples, ranging from egg tarts to Japanese drinks.


Fun shipping container pop-up shops return to downtown Vancouver for the summer

A shipping container situated outside the West Plaza of Shaw Tower (1067 West Cordova Street) will be home to a rotating selection of local vendors, retailers, and a fitness concept this summer. The seasonal pop-up series officially kicked off this week, and runs daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until September 21.

It’s currently home to Dipped Doughnut Co., a local sweet shops that serves up 100-percent vegan doughnuts. Guests can pick up mouthwatering flavours like chocolate dipped, raspberry jelly filled, and matcha through June 15.


Vancouver’s first kombucha slushy machine to launch soon in grocery store

Larry’s Market, an organic and vegetarian and organic grocery store and eatery opening soon in Lower Lonsdale, is introducing the region’s first kombucha slushy machine. The shop and café will be serving Hoochy ’Booch Kombucha’s Blue Algae flavour in slurpy form.

Run by North Van couple Ryan and Sarah Dennis, Larry’s Market opens June 22 at the Shipyards development in the historic district of the same name near Lonsdale Quay.


uBreakiFix Expands Alberta Footprint With Southeast Edmonton Store

Tech repair brand uBreakiFix opened its newest location, uBreakiFix Edmonton Tamarack, on June 4 at 3779 17 Street NW Unit 6. uBreakiFix services anything with a power button, including smartphones, game consoles, tablets, computers, drones, hoverboards, and everything in between. To date, uBreakiFix has completed more than 5 million repairs.


A helping bag: the Orchard donates reusable bags to General Store's borrow a bag program

The grocery store threshold has a recollective property. As in, you cross it and realize that you’ve forgotten to grab even one of your 25 cloth bags from their front hall closet nesting spot.