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#6961 Mike K.

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 06:32 AM

Are the windows still boarded up?

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#6962 Rob Randall

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 06:53 AM

That building at Quadra and View is still being worked on. I assume it's still going to be a salon. 

 

Also I noticed the old gaming store at the entrance to University Heights is being framed out for a new tenant. Small cubicles.


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#6963 A Girl is No one

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 06:05 PM

Are the windows still boarded up?

Yes but people were taking materials in the other day. A few days before it wasn’t boarded up and I saw workers inside.
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#6964 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 06:28 PM

Chinatown Fan Tan Trading may close next month: https://www.cheknews...-summer-820431/

#6965 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 June 2021 - 06:57 AM

Chinatown Fan Tan Trading is where everyone in Victoria would go when out-of-town company visited.

 

It was like something out of Harry Potter, a never-ending maze of cramped chaos and colour. Tea whisks, kites and lanterns fought for space with antique candle snuffers. Rosewood turtles nestled beside $5.99 sunglasses and vintage Asian porcelain, all of it crammed on the banks of a narrow retail river that meandered room by room from Fisgard Street to Fan Tan Alley.

 

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Fan Tan Trading’s current owner is Grathy Li, who bought the store three years ago when emigrating from northern China. Turns out she got some bad advice, and has fallen prey to an immigration rule that required her to be employed, but not self-employed, to stay in Canada. Long story short, she is moving to school in New Brunswick to satisfy the authorities.

 

The business has been a tough go, anyway. Its core customers are tourists, absent during COVID. Schoolkids still show up, looking for the real-life setting of Julie Lawson’s book White Jade Tiger, but people complain that the shop isn’t the same now that they can’t wander all the way out the back. Li has been closing the store on Wednesdays and Sundays, and only opening it from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on other days. If a new owner can’t be found, it will shut at the end of July.

 

“I feel so sad because it’s going to close down in my hands,” Li says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

bad advice but i guess the family is not short of money.  she will be OK.

 

https://www.timescol...hing-1.24332133

 

 

 

 

 

It might be Canada’s oldest intact Chinatown — it was designated a national historic site in 1995 — but it has shrunk from half a dozen blocks to, roughly, one. The visibly Chinese presence is limited largely to the top half of Fisgard between Government and Store streets.


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#6966 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 18 June 2021 - 08:02 PM

Yellowjacket (comics and games) is moving to new digs on Broughton just off Douglas Street:

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#6967 grantpalin

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Posted 18 June 2021 - 08:32 PM

I found it amusing there being three comic book stores on the same block of Johnson St. Now they will be two.


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#6968 Rob Randall

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 06:45 AM

Memories...

 

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#6969 Mike K.

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 07:09 AM

Classic. The was around the time of the Ogden Point windmill, was it not?
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#6970 A Girl is No one

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 07:14 AM

Memories...

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Cool! Does VV sponsor anything these days?

#6971 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 10:14 AM

I think it still sponsors the annual harbour boob cruise.

#6972 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 10:14 AM

I think it still sponsors the annual harbour boob cruise.

https://www.timescol...aters-1.1272194

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 19 June 2021 - 10:14 AM.


#6973 Rob Randall

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 10:37 AM

It started off fine, but the last year it was mostly shirtless middle-aged men weighing on average 220 so technically there were a lot of boobs visible, just not female.


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#6974 Nparker

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 10:46 AM

It started off fine, but the last year it was mostly shirtless middle-aged men weighing on average 220 so technically there were a lot of boobs visible, just not female.

Moobs.



#6975 Rob Randall

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 10:50 AM

Yes. Actually, if you squint they're not too bad.


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#6976 Sparky

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 11:29 AM

I miss Chicken.

#6977 LJ

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 06:52 PM

It started off fine, but the last year it was mostly shirtless middle-aged men weighing on average 220 so technically there were a lot of boobs visible, just not female.

Whatever floats your boat.


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#6978 Rob Randall

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Posted 19 June 2021 - 08:00 PM

^After a few beers, a boob is a boob, I'm not complaining.


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#6979 Mike K.

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Posted 20 June 2021 - 05:25 AM

Hmmm. I think that was the other Vibrant Victoria, and I try to stay out of her way. The only other sponsorship on the books is Randall’s photoshop classes.
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#6980 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 01:33 PM

The Root Cellar in Cook Street Village will be having an on-site job fair this Saturday with on-the-spot interviews; perhaps they will be open by August ?

Link: http://therootcellar.ca/opportunities/
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