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22 AMAZING BLOCKS WITH OVER 300 SHOPS & RESTAURANTS

A culturally rich and authentic neighbourhood, Commercial Drive - also known as The Drive - is one of the best and most colourful shopping, dining and nightlife districts you will find in the city; and boasts home to Vancouver’s own 8 block Little Italy, representing more than 60 years of Italian heritage. Day or evening, The Drive offers 22 full blocks to explore with over 300 distinct merchants, including quaint boutiques, an eclectic collection of restaurants, a vibrant live music and bar scene, dinner and dancing, theatres, coffee houses, specialty food stores and bakeries. A one of a kind experience. Welcome to The Drive

ITALIAN DAY ON THE DRIVE - JUNE  2020

 

Italian Day on The Drive!  is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community with over 150 street participants, comprised of partners, merchants, vendors and community organizations – and an estimated 300,000+ attendees of all ages and cultures.

Photo Courtesy of Super Valu

Super Valu = Community Valu

By DriveYVR | April 26, 2019

At the North West corner of 1st and Commercial attached to the iconic IL Mercato Building stands an important merchant we all have come to at least recognize and or frequent. Super Valu, located at 1645 E 1st Ave. is one of the busiest and appreciated grocers in Vancouver. If not for the widely discounted and weekly specials, it could very well be the fact that it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, proudly serving Vancouver for the last 21 years on The Drive.

Salons On The Drive

By DriveYVR | March 29, 2019

A hairstylist once said… “People are very loyal to their hairstylist, at least until they do something wrong with your hair and then you have to look for another.”  Which is the reason why there are so many of us! Experiencing it personally, it may very well be the truth. We all know the painstaking task of finding not just the “perfect” groomer, but to also balance everything from a price we can afford regularly, right down to a convenient location.

BUSINESS IS KIND – Miscellany Finds

By DriveYVR | February 18, 2019

Miscellany Finds. MF is a non-profit organization owned and operated by Portia Sam, whose experience with thrift dates back even further than some of her followers. Prior to her beginnings at 1029 Commercial Drive, the store location had already served as a thrift store for 12 years prior

Varadero Cuban Café

By DriveYVR | December 30, 2018

As I come up to The Flower Box, owned and operated by Sacha Thompson, I can feel the unique creativity permeating with the scent of lilies from outside the doors. The flower petals sprinkled daily along the sidewalk and Figaro, the local celebrity dog, are there to greet me. What a welcome! For 15 years this local gem has been producing and delivering “Unusual Botanical Goodness” seven days a week.

The FlowerBox

By DriveYVR | November 23, 2018

As I come up to The Flower Box, owned and operated by Sacha Thompson, I can feel the unique creativity permeating with the scent of lilies from outside the doors. The flower petals sprinkled daily along the sidewalk and Figaro, the local celebrity dog, are there to greet me. What a welcome! For 15 years this local gem has been producing and delivering “Unusual Botanical Goodness”

SOPRA SOTTO PIZZERIA – FROM THE HEART OF LITTLE ITALY

By Drive Admin | May 17, 2018

SOPRA SOTTO PIZZERIA – FROM THE HEART OF LITTLE ITALY On the corner of Grant and Commercial is literally the heart of Vancouver’s own  Little Italy. What unveiled in March is a beautifully designed and renovated Sopra Sotto Pizzeria that now stands on the southeast corner, a business formerly known to many as Café Roma. Generations Read more…

Bandidas Taqueria – THE DRIVE’S MOST WANTED

By Drive Admin | May 16, 2018

Bandidas Taqueria – THE DRIVE’S MOST WANTED When it comes to vegetarian and vegan cuisine in Vancouver, Commercial Drive is a leader, with many diverse restaurants and shops. A big hug also to the animal based kitchens that do their best to cater their vegetarian and vegan guests! If you go south of the border Read more…

The Business of Being Positive
Womyns’ Ware | Your Open Closet

By Drive Admin | April 18, 2018

The Business of Being PositiveWomyns’ Ware | Your Open Closet Education aside, there is no question the media has a lot to do with people’s perception upon how we behave towards, and how we even shop for you know… ”SEX”—Yes, it’s sex. A frequently misguided term, inherently defined as an activity as well as gender Read more…

Empower Health – Real Solutions for Real People – Integrated Health

By Drive Admin | March 11, 2018

Empower Health – Real Solutions for Real People – Integrated Health It is a concept with a powerful title. They are an integrated team of medical, naturopathic, alternative, and wellness professionals. We can take comfort in our community, that there is a wonderful treatment facility that offers such services, which are integrated and modulated to Read more…

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