Albion PAC is hosting a Women’s Business Fair this Friday, May 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm. 30 businesses will be on hand and admission is free with great door prizes. Stop in for a coffee and meet some local mompreneurs.
In a time where big movie stores are closing shop, Maple Ridge is embracing the newly opened Little Shop Of Movies. I chit chatted to Jim Barr via email about his blockbuster reception.
My Maple Ridge: Are you a movie buff?
Jim: I think I have seen millions of movies in my lifetime. I would consider myself a human Rolodex for movies of all genres and eras.
My Maple Ridge: What’s your inspiration for opening Little Shop Of Movies?
Jim: When I was a little boy, I never saw my mother (single parent) much do her working 3 jobs to support us. When we got to spent time together it was a treat, she would take me to the local neighborhood video store and it was like going to heaven. They had a great selection of movies that I could lose myself in and travel to different places or galaxies. The smell of popcorn invaded my nostrils as soon as I entered the store. Was some of the best times in my life. Choosing a film her and I could enjoy was so much fun! Flash forward to today, I have a personal movie collection well over 3000+ movies, and do I miss the days where video stores made you feel welcome and appreciated as a customer in the community. My wife & I opened the shop on Feb 1st knowing that so many other people in our area would love to share in that same family experience and providing home entertainment to everyone around is such a rewarding prize in itself.
My Maple Ridge: What’s the reception been to your opening?
Jim: Absolutely amazing. Each person walking in has a look on their face like I did when I was a kid. We have already signed up our 600th account in just 2 months time.
Fabulous to have this store, isn’t it? Little Shop of Movies is a member and active participant in all the Downtown Maple Ridge BIA events, and have been regular prize contributors to local events including The Horrorshow at Hollywood 3 cinemas. Catch live bands monthly in the shop (Yes! In the shop, how cool is that!), and Jim’s working on hosting a local block party in June. The store has fresh popcorn daily from their vintage popcorn machine and the giant gumball machine is a hit with kids. Besides renting movies to the public, Little Shop Of Movies also services local correctional and seniors centers and offer prize packs for local charities and non-profits doing fundraising.
Little Shop of Movies is destined to become a hub in our community. I asked Jim what he loves about Maple Ridge and this is what he had to say:
Maple Ridge is where we live, my family is a part of this wonderful community. We love driving to the local store and seeing the gorgeous snow covered peaks of the mountains. We love going camping and being outside with nature.People here are so perfect at hospitality, kindness and a sense of sharing. I have lived coast to coast in Canada, and this city by far is the one we are proud to call home!
Thanks Jim for bringing us an old school movie store and giving great things back to Maple Ridge!
Make sure you stop in and say hi to Jim and the staff, and keep an eye out for the store on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
Ah, Spring. If you’ve got pets at home, that means hair. Hair everywhere. So, why not a trip to the groomer’s to hasten the process? I’ve got the groomer for you!
Meet Sole, of Cuts N Cuddle Pet Grooming. Perfectly position on the Maple Ridge and Mission border, Cuts N Cuddles is a country spa for your four legged family members. Sole, and runs a quality shop with the latest equipment including the coveted Hydro Surge bath.
Sole is also a wealth of information on animal care for cats and dogs. She studied veterinary medicine in Chile, and has been operating her grooming business for many years. She sees grooming as a tool for good health. Clients, both the 4 legged kind and their “parents” are treasured and treated with utmost care.
Cuts N Cuddles grooming specializes in Cats and small to medium dogs, and the occasional large breed dog. You can book with Sole right on her website.
Sole is also an accomplished local artist. Her stunning works are bright and full of passion. Sample some of her works on Fine Art America, or view some live in the Garibaldi Art Club show Cranes!, hanging in The ACT Gallery until April 21.
THE Biz Seminar presented by Constant Contact at The ACT in Maple Ridge. $20 plus HST gets you 4 speakers, lunch from Big Feast and Speed Networking. Sign up online and bring your business cards to this affordable and educating event for all business shapes and sizes.
Recently, local Artist Jack Prasad invited me on a personal tour of his gallery, New Creations Art Gallery and Studio, located right across from Memorial Peace Park in Downtown Maple Ridge.
New Creations Art Gallery is a multi- roomed gallery showcasing works of many local artists. The gallery features a gift shop and studio space for artists in residence, including a studio where Jack gives demonstrations and art lessons. However, the most innovative and captivating room is Jack’s Lumiere Noir showroom. An art experience unlike any other, this room features Jacks luminescent works of nature and landscape art glowing under black light. It is a breathtaking and meditative experience that must be seen in person to be appreciated.
Jack began his love affair with art while working as a longshoreman. His initial works were pen and ink drawings, reflecting coastal images of boats and such. His evolution as an artist has taken him through other mediums such as watercolor and acrylic, as well as his pioneering the use of a very costly luminescent paint. Today, he’s painting in acrylics in a loose and natural way, and sharing his expertise with those who wish to get a little glimpse at his methods.
Jack’s style is certainly his own, and his tool are simple. Sponges, knives and simple brushes. Today’s demo begins on a board primed with his own mixture of medium. What emerges at the end is striking!
New Creations Art Gallery and Studio is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays), from 11 am to 4 pm. Sundays, the studio is open from 12-4, and this is a good day to drop in to catch Jack’s demonstrations. You can also find Jack doing demos at the Haney Farmer’s Market throughout Spring and Summer. Each month the Gallery features various individual artists, and this month it’s all about local artists from Maple Ridge, including members of the Garibaldi Art Club.
For more information please visit the New Creations website, and contact Jack if your interested in Art Lessons.
New Creations Art Gallery
22409 McIntosh Avenue
British Columbia, Canada
Contact: Jack Prasad