In Our Community: The Licorice Shop

I looooove licorice. I also haven’t been able to enjoy licorice for several years, as most typical licorice contains gluten (I’ve been off gluten for years...) Sooo.... I was walking down Commercial Drive the other day and screeched to a stop when I saw a sign that declared “Gluten free Licorice!” What? Turns out that there is a hidden gem I’ve been clueless about for nearly a decade (nope, not a new shop, apparently). The Licorice Parlour at 1002 Commercial...

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In Our Community: Livia Bakery

Recently, I forgot my keys at home one morning.  Locked out and waiting for Adrienne to arrive, I trudged across the street from our office to investigate "the new coffee shop" in the 'hood.  Walking into Livia Bakery was like a step into how I imagine coffee shops used to be. With a steaming Americano in one hand, and a crispy pastry in another, I settled into a seat, wondering momentarily why the place wasn't full of laptop-focused productivity.  Then I...

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