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#1 Holden West

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:00 AM

In Langford today, I noticed a new Oak Bay Bikes location on Kelly Road.

It got me thinking about local businesses that have names that have nothing to do with their location. Usually because the business has relocated or made a second branch and decided to keep the old name.

There's Hillside Printing (on Nanaimo Street).
Broadmead Flowers (on Shelbourne, just north of Bay)
Oak Bay Flowers on Douglas at Pandora

On a related note, visit the Upstairs Hair Salon's new downstairs location.

Any others?
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#2 D.L.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:36 AM

Old Town Strings is on Hillside, and Cedar Hill Auto is right beside Hillside Printing on Nanaimo.

#3 Coreyburger

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 01:06 AM

London Drugs

#4 Bingo

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:16 AM

China Cleaners on lower Johnson Street.

#5 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:23 AM

American Apparel, although technically it's right. But nobody ever accused us of living in America.
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#6 Holden West

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:32 AM

London Drugs is disqualified because this Vancouver-originated chain was named after the British capital.

Old Town Strings is a good one. I forgot about that.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:49 AM

American Apparel, although technically it's right. But nobody ever accused us of living in America.


? American Apparel is an American chain out of LA.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:06 AM

In Langford today, I noticed a new Oak Bay Bikes location on Kelly Road.


There's also one in Nanaimo

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#9 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:10 AM

? American Apparel is an American chain out of LA.


I know, I'm giving wrong answers on purpose. I'm also pretty sure it's mostly Chinese Apparel in origin.
<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:19 AM

Irish Linen
Japanese Village
<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#11 yodsaker

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:14 AM

American Apparel, although technically it's right. But nobody ever accused us of living in America.


There are a lot of people who insist we live "here in the North-west".
I get baffled looks when I note that we are in SW Canada according to the map. Maybe some of these people have already abandoned Canada in their mind.

There's Oak Bay Optical on north Quadra Street.

#12 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:20 AM

Which kind of gets me thinking. If you have an American-style restaurant in the rest of the world, they'll think of standard NA dishes, or maybe a US diner style. Do they have any Canadian-style restaurants in the rest of the world? I mean, we don't have any New Zealand-style restaurants around here.

Am I off topic?
<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#13 Holden West

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:41 AM

There's Oak Bay Optical on north Quadra Street.


It looks like Oak Bay is the runaway winner in the prestige naming contest. Kinda like all the companies with "Cadillac" in their name.
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#14 jklymak

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:55 AM

I know, I'm giving wrong answers on purpose. I'm also pretty sure it's mostly Chinese Apparel in origin.


Nah, their whole shtick is that they use sweatshop labour right in the US of A...

http://www.americana...ct/profile.html

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:33 AM

Which kind of gets me thinking. If you have an American-style restaurant in the rest of the world, they'll think of standard NA dishes, or maybe a US diner style. Do they have any Canadian-style restaurants in the rest of the world? I mean, we don't have any New Zealand-style restaurants around here.

Am I off topic?


What would a kiwi resto be like? I've never been there.
What style would distinguish it as a CDN resto?
Fur trapper paraphernalia decor? Mountie pics and other cliches?
Brian Adams on the CD changer? Ouch.
The menu would be limited and not too sexy.
Butter tarts? Yawn.
Fish n'brewis? Even some newfies have a hard time getting that down.
Poutine? Quebec, really.

I've been in CDN bars/pubs in Asia but they had to have a big maple leaf flag and large hockey posters for anyone to know.

#16 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:57 AM

Nah, their whole shtick is that they use sweatshop labour right in the US of A...

http://www.americana...ct/profile.html


Huh, I did not know that.
<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#17 Mike K.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:59 AM

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#18 aastra

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 01:51 PM

Victoria Lampshade Shop:
http://maps.google.c...,181.78,,0,1.63

The southwestern part of Canada is in the northwestern part of North America. In my life I've never called it the southwest and I doubt it would ever catch on if we started doing it now.



#19 tedward

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 01:56 PM

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I guess Victoria Marriott Humboldt Valley doesn't have the same cachet. :cool:

#20 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 01:59 PM

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I think that's fine. Ross Bay Pub. James Bay whatever. It need not be at water's edge.
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