The results of the Georgia Straight's "Best of Vancouver" edition are in and Commercial Drive does very nicely in this 7th annual contest. And the winners are...
Best Place to buy the beverage I like to call coffee, in order to stay up for most of three days - JJ Bean House of Coffee 2206 Commercial Drive.
Best Long Mural in Vancouver
The multicoloured mural that stretches along the east side of the running track at Britannia Secondary.
Best Lost Street Names of Vancouver
In its first few years, Commercial Drive was known as Park Drive after the Clark Park between East 14th and 15th avenues.
Best Place to Get Whistled at/Ogled (female)
Commercial Drive in front of Cafe Roma (1510 Commercial) and Abruzzo Cappuccino Bar (1321 Commercial)
Best Neighbourhood Gym
Spartacus Athletic Club 1522 Commercial Drive
Best Argument Against Mega Shopping Malls
Best Catalogue You Don't Want Mom to Find
Womyns'Ware Sex Toy Guide
Best Place to Do Laundry, Drink a Beer, and Possibly Pick Someone Up
Vicious Cylce Laundro & Leisurama Inc. 2058 Commercial Drive
Best Greasy-spoon Breakfast
Hot Pepper Cafe 1206 Commercial Drive
Best Name for a Vancouver Bistro
Bukowski's 1447 Commercial Drive
Best Place to Buy Local (designers that is)
Point in Time 1302 Victoria Drive
Best Bargain Accessories
Banshee Clothing 1566 Commercial Drive
Best Place for Sandwiches
Toni's Deli 1046 Commercial Drive
Best Concert Venue
Best Of City Life Readers Choice
Best Neighbourhood to Visit - Commercial Drive is #1.
Best pet Store
Mark's Pet Stop 1875 Commercial Drive honourable mention and the only non-chain in the bunch.
Best Women's Clothing Store (not a chain)
Banshee Clothing 1566 Commercial Drive is #2.
Best Sex Toy Shop
Womyns'Ware (by a seven-to-one margin!) 896 Commercial Drive
Best Bike Repair Shop
Bike Doctor Bicycle Shop 1350 Commercial Drive is #1
Best Fitness Facility (commercial)
Spartacus Athletic Club 1522 Commercial Drive honourable mention.
Best BC Brewery
Storm Brewery in tie for #3
Santa Barbara Market 1322 Commercial Drive
Uprising Breads Bakery 1697 Venables Street #2
Best Place for Sandwiches
Tony's Deli and Catering 1046 Commercial Drive #4 (the only non-chain victor)
Best Restaurant (not a chain)
Patio Havana 1212 Commercial Drive #3
Best Ethnic Food Store
Fujiya Japanese Foods 9112 Clark
Best Second-Run/Rep Movie Theatre
Van East Cinema 2290 Commercial Drive #3
Best Arts Festival
Best Local Theatre Facility
Vancouver East Cultural Centre 1895 Venables Street #3
Best Magazine Store
Magpie Magazine Gallery 1319 Commercial Drive
Best Noncommercial Music Venue (Hall)
Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive #3
Monty Jones, WISE Social and Athletic Club 1882 Adanac Street
Congratulations everyone! Commercial Drive truly is Vancouver's expressive edge!