We have so many new moments to soak up and enjoy… and we’re doing the best we can!
In just a little over a week we have enjoyed taking in so many new delights, and are completely smitten with our new neighbourhood.
We love its small town style, the casual energy and laid back pace.
We are especially delighted with the local grocery store. Pepper’s Grocery is its name, established in 1962. Their selection of locally grown, locally made is crazy stellar – so much packed in a very small space, and quality at every turn.
You can one-stop-shop here from the deli to the bakery to the floral selections, and of course, fresh seafood, dairy and meats.
I just learned that Pepper’s has been the Gold Medal Winner for Best Grocery Store in BC & in Canada 2 years in a row. Wow!!
We’ve enjoyed Smuggler’s Cove Pub – it was our saviour for dinner the first few nights after our move.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the food a tasty mix of modern and classic pub.
By now you know about our love of classic cocktails and our martini Fridays…
So you can imagine how happy my Mr. was to see Smuggler’s Cove Liquor Store standing out in the middle of Cadboro Bay Village. Not only does it have a selection of great stuff, but they will order in anything you like! Lord help our liquor budget.
On Friday nights roasted peanuts go hand-in-hand with our martini. They’re even served up in this vintage peanut dispenser guy. He’s a 1950s Nuss Wal Mid-Century piece from Germany, and he makes me smile every. single. time. 🙂 Love him!
So, we picked up our Friday night peanuts from For Good Measure where this little store stocked with premium bulk foods actually fresh-roasts their peanuts right on site!
Oh my, oh my, Friday nights!
The feeling of community and sense of trust is evident when you look around. Like the honour system of this little stand that catches my eye every time we drive by. It’s so cute and the fresh dahlias seem to sell out fast!
There are little stands tucked here and there as you go, and it’s such a great feeling to be immersed in this slower pace when you know the pulse of the city is barely 12 minutes away!
It actually made me feel happy emotional to be shipping an order this soon after the move, especially since this item was temporarily missing-in-action at the time! You see, all Audrey’s wares, with the help of my good friend Christine MacDonald, are carefully wrapped and packed in itemized boxes for the moment… 50 boxes, 50 full boxes stacked high and deep. And somehow I missed itemizing a few things like this piece.
It was eventually located in the 47th box on the second thorough search. So much for being organized and best laid plans!
We have tons to explore, so many new things to see and do… and we can’t wait, but right now we’re still unpacking and finding places to put things in this ‘new’ vintage home.
How about you? What do you love about where you live?
Thanks for stopping by!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!