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Dilly Dally Kids toystore on Commercial Drive has focused on healthy, fun, environmentally-friendly toys ever since they opened 3 years ago. Owners Tyler Quantz and his wife have also made a point of reducing their environmental impacts every chance they get. Practices such as minimizing plastic waste and carrying sustainable products show that they 'walk the talk'.

As Joni Mitchell said, "Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?" Many feel that's what's happening to Commercial Drive. We love the quirky, bohemian, only-on-the-Drive flavour of our great neighbourhood. But it seems to be human nature to want to tidy up the rough edges, maybe spruce things up a bit and before you know it, things just 'aint what they used to be. Often that's OK. Change can be good. Or maybe we polish so much we lose that beautiful patina.

Cross Charles Street on the East side of the Drive and you may have noticed that trail of petals like some storybook fantasy secret garden. If you take a minute to see where it leads, you'll find The Flowerbox — one of Commercial Drive's great little shops. Sacha runs the Flowerbox, makes the bouquets, and manages to squeeze more sweetly scented blooms, beautiful vases and exotic plants into that little space than you would have though possible.

Fifty Shades of Grey may be sparking the curious to visit Womyns'Ware on Commercial Drive, but the first thing you'll notice is their products are anything but grey! Design manager, Andrea Dobbs' display fixtures profile an amazing array of colourful, contemporary examples of beautiful products. Products designed to stimulate more than your imagination!

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"We fit in because people who come to Commercial Drive consider themselves eclectic and cutting-edge," says Ms. Sylvest. "People come to Commercial Drive because it's rejecting the mainstream globalization of marketing. It's one of the few places left in Vancouver where the businesses are small, independent or family owned."