4Cats: Picasso in PoCo


Painting with Water Colours - 4Cats Arts Studio Port Coquitlam

The line up and crowd was so big an hour before the grand opening celebration event that the new Port Coquitlam location of 4Cats Arts Studio actually had to open early. We arrived shortly after the planned 1:00pm opening to find the Tri-Cities newest 4Cats location packed with families and spilling out into the streets. […]



Soup Plus Personality


Soup Plus Coquitlam

Coquitlam restaurant Soup Plus features…wait for it…soup! With the ‘plus’ of ‘Soup Plus’ being sandwiches, the menu is simple and straightforward. If you’re in need of lunch it may be just the ticket. Mixed Reviews Online for Coquitlam Restaurant I dropped in to Soup Plus on a Saturday afternoon for lunch with the family, and […]



Société francophone de Maillardville is Keeping it ‘Seriously francophone!’


Festival du Bois Coquitlam Maillarville 2013

Here in the Tri-Cities we are fortunate to have our own francophone community in Maillardville. A big part of keeping our French Canadian heritage alive is the Société francophone de Maillardville. Remembering the Past, Helping People in the Present Maillardville has its own rich and storied history dating back to 1909. While the Société francophone […]



Flies, Fish Tales and God Save the Queen


Hanging out at Riverside Fly and Tackle in Port Coquitlam is a little like a scene from an old-time movie, where all the town’s men get together in a shop and talk about their fishing adventures and the ones that got away. Garry Elgear, Riverside’s owner, greets everyone by name as they come through the […]



On-the-Air in the Tri-Cities


CKPM is redefining the ‘local’ in ‘local radio station’ in the Lower Mainland, and they’re hoping you tune in to the Tri-Cities on the FM dial at 98.7. Owner Matthew McBride is no stranger to small market radio stations. He has started stations in Uclulet, Tofino and Pemberton, but starting a small market radio station […]



Plum Crazy: Toys for Big Boys


1972 Plymouth Satellite Roadrunner front view

Head-Turning on Many Levels The sign is distinctive and eye-catching – a buxom blonde on a muscle car – but it’s the sleek black ’68 Mustang that really turns my head driving down Kingsway in Port Coquitlam. Plum Crazy Restorations has been ‘putting the muscle back on the road’ for two years now as they […]



Hemp Hemp Hooray


A new business has opened in Port Coquitlam, with a niche market that isn’t being serviced in the Tri-Cities. In fact, the next closest competition is in Vancouver or Mission. Specializing in hemp products, pipes and other smoking paraphernalia, Hemp Hemp Hooray opened in mid-November and has been ‘super busy’ ever since. Wide Variety at […]



Clever Cupcakes: Healthy Treats, Birthday Parties and More


Delicious in Pink

Located on Northern Avenue in Coquitlam behind Coquitlam Town Centre, Clever Cupcakes is a cozy and inviting little shop that serves up tasty and healthy cupcakes. Yes, I said healthy cupcakes. A major objective of Clever Cupcakes is to provide a quality product that is not only tasty, but a reasonable alternative to processed treats. […]



Foam and Nothing But


At my house it collected near the recycling bin in the garage. Snowy white and squeaky it sat there as I wondered, “can I put it in the blue box?” or, “do I just throw it out…that doesn’t seem right…what do I do with it?” Expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), or as it is commonly known […]



It’s All About Vintage Vinyl at Apollo Music


Classic albums side-by-side

Pulling my vehicle into a very dark and semi-deserted warehouse complex on a rainy evening around 9:00pm, I felt I was starring in my own spy novel and arriving at a clandestine meeting with my ‘contact’. I didn’t need a secret knock to get in, but it did seem a bit odd to open the […]

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