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  • Best Businesses for Granville

    Dec 04, 2017


    When Peter Meiszner, editor of UrbanYVR.com, asked Charles Gauthier about Granville Street’s potential for new retail and restaurants, the DVBIA’s president and CEO didn’t hesitate. “Granville Street is one of the busiest pedestrian streets in the city and well served by transit,” said Gauthier. “With new residential towers being built in close proximity—Vancouver House by Westbank and Burrard Gateway by Reliance Properties—there will be thousands of new residents nearby, within easy walking distance.”

    In other words, Granville Street is where you want to be doing business. But what kind of business? The Downtown Vancouver BIA recently set out to find out just what types of establishments Vancouverites want to see on downtown Granville St. Here’s a snapshot of what they told us through a 500-person online survey and a two-day in-person activation.

    What people want to see on Granville Street?


    The top three responses from 500 Vancouver consumers:
    • Rooftop and patio bars (16.40%)
    • Restaurants (13.64%)
    • Live music and performance venues (12.23%)

    What types of stores?


    People want to local business owners to open up shop:
    • Local / independent (90%)
    • Chains / franchise (10%)

    What else did Vancouver consumers tell us?


    Other ideas pitched during a two-day storefront activation included a daycare centre, cheap taco stand, local art store and hip coffee shop.

    For the full results or for resources to help you do business on Granville, please contact Gavin Duffus, Economic Development Manager at the Downtown Vancouver BIA, at gavin@downtownvancouver.net.
  • Wanted: Big Picture Thinkers

    Dec 01, 2017


    WANTED: Mission-focused and big picture thinkers


    Love the downtown? Love business? Love strengthening communities? Want to make a difference? We’re looking for people who are passionate about downtown and are interested in joining the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s (DVBIA) Board of Directors.

    A little more about us, before we request a little bit about you.

    As the largest business improvement association in British Columbia, the DVBIA is proud to represent a 90–block downtown area comprising over 8,000 businesses and property owners. Recognized as the voice of downtown business, the DVBIA provides member-driven programs and services in the areas of advocacy, cleanliness, beautification and marketing downtown Vancouver.

    As a Director, you would have overarching responsibility to set strategic goals that reflect the best interests of our membership. You’d ensure we’re effectively carrying out our new and ambitious five-year strategy plan. (Read it here.) You would also have financial and legal oversight responsibilities; set polices that govern how we function; and act as a key source of insight and critical thought for the President/CEO. In other words, you’ll be stimulating engaging discussions about the organization’s most important issues.

    Who are we looking for?

    Our Nominating Committee is responsible for assessing from time to time of the Board’s required and relevant skills, knowledge and experiences. Our needs dictate the types of candidates we solicit for consideration. At this time, we’re seeking nominees from the following sectors/backgrounds:

    • Building owner/manager
    • Millennials
    • Technology and innovation sectors
    • Independent retailers
    • Arts and culture
    • Government relations
    • Sustainability

    What else? You should be a decision-maker at your company/organization, and you should also make sure that you’re an eligible and activated member of the DVBIA (see map of area).

    So you’re interested?

    To start the process, we need the following:

    The deadline for expressions of interest is January 11, 2018.
    We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

  • DVBIA in the News: November 2017

    Nov 30, 2017


    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life.

    Here’s where we featured in the month of November, 2017.

    • DVBIA’s Perch Program fetches positive feedback | Spacing Vancouver
    • Opinion: Homeless shelter residents are 'neighbours, not strangers' | Vancouver Sun
    • Are People Just Reacting With Fear About Modular Housing? | Steele & Drex
    • TransLink could offer 24-hour SkyTrain service, but there’s a catch: official | Global News BC
    • Former police sergeant alleges TransLink doesn't want weekend bar crowd on SkyTrain | Georgia Straight
    • Downtown businesses renewing calls for extended SkyTrain service | CTV News
    • Modular housing would benefit downtown Vancouver, says Business Improvement Association | CBC News
    • Building Halifax through innovation and heritage preservation | Chronicle Herald

  • Christmas Waterfront Style

    Nov 30, 2017


    Join us downtown at the waterfront for the year’s biggest cluster of Christmas festivities.

    • Vancouver Christmas Market: A beloved holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike featuring more than 75 huts of authentic, German sweets, treats, and treasures.
    • Christmas at Canada Place: The nostalgic tradition of the Woodward’s Windows, a magical holiday lighting display, the Sails of Light, and the festive Avenue of Christmas Trees.
    • Flyover Canada: Ho Ho Hold On Tight: Fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole!
  • Gift Wrapping at Orpheum

    Nov 29, 2017



    This holiday seasons, get your gifts—and then get them wrapped—on Downtown Granville Street!


    FREE for gifts purchased from any store with a direct entrance off of Downtown Granville Street.

    BY DONATION for gifts purchased at stores that are not on Granville St. All proceeds will be donated to Positive Living Society.

    Hours:
    Tuesday, December 5 – Friday, December 22
    10:30am – 6:00pm daily (closed Sundays and Mondays)

  • Christmas at Cathedral Square

    Nov 28, 2017



    On Thursday December 14 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, you get the chance to buy Hives for Humanity honey that was made in Cathedral Square park! You’re invited to join us for free hot drinks, Christmas treats, carols and ping pong.

    Come celebrate a collaboration between the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, Hives For Humanity, and the Vancouver Park Board.

  • DVBIA in the News: October 2017

    Nov 28, 2017


    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life.

    Here’s where we featured in the month of October 2017.

    • Women helping women on Granville Street | CTV News
    • Downtown Vancouver's pink laneway wins international design award |  Daily Hive
    • Could Uniqlo open in downtown Vancouver on Granville Street? | Urban YVR
    • Taxi demand in the spotlight in Vancouver as ride-hailing delays mount | Global News BC
    • Vancouver reinvents one of its old back alleys and scoops an award | Lonely Planet
    • Group helps women have a Good Night Out on Granville Street | Metro News
    • British Columbia has all the best streets in Canada this year | CBC News
    • K-pop group Twice releases music video "Likey" starring...Vancouver | Georgia Straight
    • New K-pop song 'Likey' bringing Vancouver fresh wave of international attention | CTV News
  • Member Perk: Digital Skills

    Nov 26, 2017



    Level Up Your Teams Digital Skills

    BrainStation, a DVBIA member business, is dedicated to transforming education through teaching cutting-edge digital topics built around the complete digital product lifecycle. Enjoy a free Lunch & Learn with BrainStation while learning the ins and outs of the skills needed to thrive in a digital world.

    With classroom spaces utilizing state-of-the-art technology and an incredible event space, they are home to Quantum Coffee as well as the new Techvibes head office.

    They're excited for their new flagship location at 455 Granville St. to have a major impact on the Vancouver technology and entrepreneurial industry.

    Interested in having a free Lunch & Learn? Connect at vancouver@brainstation.io

  • FREE Holiday Lights Walking Tours

    Nov 23, 2017



    This December, the Downtown Vancouver BIA is excited to be hosting FREE Holiday Lights Walking Tours!

    Participants will be given a tour of festive public sites and will be informed of free or low cost activities during the Christmas season in Downtown Vancouver. Do not miss this opportunity to get insider info on some of the best spots for a holiday selfie.

    Bonus: Complimentary hot beverages donated by Trees Organic.

    Tours run from 4:30pm - 6:00pm starting at Lot 19 (855 W Hastings Street) on the following dates:

    (Select the date you wish to sign up for):

    Register now as spots are limited. Tours will happen rain or shine so dress for the weather!

  • Neighbours, Not Strangers

    Nov 19, 2017



    Charles Gauthier, DVBIA president and CEO, shares lessons learned in the downtown when new homeless shelters were opened. Read his op/ed,
    Opinion: Homeless shelter residents are 'neighbours, not strangers'.

  • Housing Affordability Roundtable

    Nov 15, 2017



    The Downtown Vancouver BIA invites you the Housing (Un)Affordability & Business Roundtable.

    The current Vancouver real estate environment affects us all. According to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the housing crisis is affecting businesses in major ways, including the ability to attract and retain talent, as well as deterring new business growth and the expansion of established companies.

    This roundtable discussion, which will include presentations and a moderated Q&A session, will dive deep into the complex issue of housing affordability, its impacts on businesses, and the role that the DVBIA and member businesses can play in affecting positive long-term change.

    Who you will hear from:

    • Luke Harrison, CEO, Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency
    • Jon Stovell, President, Reliance Properties
    • Jeff Fisher, Vice President & Senior Policy Advisory, Urban Development Institute

    What will be covered:

    • How the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency supports housing accessibility in Metro Vancouver
    • How the City’s housing strategy has evolved, and what’s next
    • Alternative perspectives on what’s needed to solve Vancouver’s current predicament (and how businesses can be a part of the solution)
    • Opportunity for members to share questions and concerns with experts and peers

    What you’ll get:

    • Direct access to key decision makers in municipal government and the real estate industry
    • Networking with downtown property owners and businesses
    • Complimentary lunch

    Save your spot:

    • Thursday, November 23, 2017—11:30am-1:30pm
    • Terminal City Club (Wilson M Beck Room)
    • Space is limited, so register today!

    Click here to register.

  • Conversation on Road Congestion

    Nov 07, 2017

    Congestion on Metro Vancouver’s roads and bridges is a challenge many of us experience daily. Lengthy delays can leave us frustrated, stressed, and wasting time that could be spent doing things we actually like.



    The It’s Time project is looking at how to improve Metro Vancouver’s road transportation network using something called
    decongestion charging, a form of mobility pricing that refers to a range of fees that can be charged for using transportation services.

    You can take part in their online public consultation from November 6th to November 26th at www.itstimemv.ca



    They want to understand what matters to you. They will ask you questions about your worst congestion hot spots, what fairness means to you, and your priorities for transportation investments.

    Engage with It’s Time online.

  • Winter Newsletter Highlights

    Nov 07, 2017


    An innovative public safety program. An international public space award. And insightful crime prevention tips from the Vancouver Police Department. The Downtown Vancouver BIA Wint
    er Newsletter features all that and more.

    Look out for your copy in the mail or read in advance online.

    Read the Winter Newsletter now for stories on the most exciting DVBIA projects as well upcoming events.

     

  • Santa Claus Parade on Dec 3

    Nov 06, 2017



    The Vancouver Santa Claus Parade has been one of British Columbia's most cherished holiday traditions for more than 13 years, drawing more than 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver each year, plus numerous viewers at home.

    TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

    begins at noon on Sunday, December 3. The parade route begins in the West End and moves toward downtown on West Georgia Street, then turns down Howe Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery. As in previous years, two-hours of family entertainment will also be presented at Christmas Square prior to the parade.

    Since its inception, Vancouver Santa Claus Parade has supported the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, a non-profit organization that provides healthy food to more than 27,000 people each week. Each year, the parade encourages spectators to bring a monetary or food donation for the Food Bank. With the support of sponsors and parade spectators, the parade collects thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food for the numerous local families the Food Bank supports.

    TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

    will be broadcast across the province on Global BC and BC 1, and the CKNW Orphan's Fund will have a presence at the parade. Additional sponsors include Purdys Chocolatier, Toys R Us, Island Farms, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Port of Vancouver, Starbucks and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

    Learn more.

  • Christmas in Downtown is Here!

    Nov 06, 2017



    The Christmas Downtown Vancouver magazine is now available, so start planning your holiday entertainment and shopping today.

    Produced by the Downtown Vancouver BIA in partnership with Business in Vancouver, this glossy magazine is your one-stop guide to hot gift items, free and ticketed events happening downtown and tasty recipes for entertaining family and friends.

    Event listings run late-November through January 1st so there’s no excuse for not planning ahead.

    Copies of the guide are available at participating advertisers (thank you!), the Orpheum Theatre’s Granville Street box office (operated by the Downtown Ambassadors) and other downtown locations.

    Save some trees and browse the Christmas Downtown Guide online

    .

  • Libations @ The Refinery

    Nov 02, 2017



    Join us on Granville Street, downtown’s “Main Street,” at this upstairs—and upscale—lounge for complimentary food and drinks and to connect with your downtown neighbours. The Refinery is a cozy culinary gem that features reclaimed-wood décor, elegant lighting, an 18ft full-service bar, and much more. Nestled in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district, but tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the street, the Refinery is a dynamic spot fit for any occasion. Whether you’re on the cusp of closing a deal or simply looking to unwind, we can’t wait to see you there. Register

    TIME & DATE

    • November 22, 2017 | 4-6pm

    LOCATION

    • The Refinery, 1115 Granville St.

    RSVP

    • Register Now
    • Registration is free for members and required by November 20, 2017.
    • Membership must be current.
    • Online registration is required.

    Contact william@downtownvancouver.net to donate a door prize.

     

  • Extra Shelter Space in Vancouver

    Nov 02, 2017


    An extreme weather alert has been issued for Vancouver commencing Thursday, November 02, 2017. Based on the available forecast, it is expected that this alert will continue until Sunday, November 05, 2017.

    Extra shelter spaces will be open at:

    • First Baptist Church (969 Burrard St.) – November 2, 2017

    • Directions Youth Services Centre (1138 Burrard St.) – Nov 2-5, 2017

    • Evelyne Saller Centre (320 Alexander St.) – Nov 2-5, 2017

    • The Salvation Army Belkin House (555 Homer St.) – Back-up after 11pm

    Additional Information

    BC Housing and the City of Vancouver have partnered to increase temporary winter shelter spaces in Vancouver to allow them to remain open nightly until Mar 31.

    To date the following sites will be open nightly until March 31, regardless of whether an Extreme Weather Alert has been issued:

    • Salvation Army Harbour Light: 119 E. Cordova St, 8pm-8am

    • Salvation Army Sutherland Beacon: 119 E. Cordova St, 8pm-8am

    • Salvation Army Anchor of Hope: 134 E. Cordova St, 8pm-8am

    • RainCity Winter Shelter: 1401 Hornby St, 24hrs

    • Gathering Place: 609 Helmcken St, 8.30pm-7:30am

  • All Eyes on Alley Oop

    Nov 02, 2017


    Fresh off of
    winning an international public space award, Alley Oop, Vancouver’s first #MoreAwesomeNow re-imagined laneway, is garnering attention across Canada and around the world.

    • FAN FAVOURITE: ‘K-pop group TWICE releases music video "Likey" starring...Vancouver,’ recently wrote the Georgia Straight. Alley Oop is featured in a Korean music video that has been watched more than 25 million times in just two days. Fans have already been found in the alley mimicking the pop group’s dance moves according to CTV.

    • GREAT PLACE: Alley Oop was recently nominated for a Great Places in Canada Award. Read more about the awards at greatplacesincanada.ca

    • BEST STREET: CBC recently featured Alley Oop in a news report on great Canadian streets.

    Stay up-to-date on all things #MoreAwesomeNow by subscribing to the DVBIA’s newsletter below.

  • Giveaway: Circle Craft Christmas Market

    Oct 30, 2017



    The Circle Craft Christmas Market is just around the corner and you have an opportunity to win a pair of complimentary tickets to the market!
     
    From November 8 – 12, come to the Vancouver Convention Centre West to shop for unique gifts crafted by different local artisans! From clothes to pottery, toys to jewelry, there is something for everyone!
     
    Visit circlecraftmarket.net for more details. Tickets are available online with a $2 discount if purchased before November 8. To enter in the draw for the free tickets, head over to our Instagram instagram.com/downtownvan or Facebook facebook.com/downtownvan page  @downtownvan and comment on our post about this event and mention or tag who you would like to bring with you to Circle Craft!
     
    Winners will be selected on November 2. Good luck!

  • The Orpheum at 90 Years

    Oct 24, 2017



    A tribute to 90 years of entertainment! Join us for a roaring 20s themed birthday bash to celebrate the iconic Orpheum. You’ll experience live entertainment honouring the Orpheum’s beginnings, including a taste of vaudeville from local acts and silent film classics accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer and grand piano. Your Masters of Ceremonies, author and former CBC radio host Bill Richardson and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Maestro Bramwell Tovey, will paint a picture of the Orpheum’s history, and set the stage for us to party like its 1927. Opulence, extravagance, and history — let’s toast the Orpheum!

    Let’s party like it’s 1927! Get tickets.

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