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Out Of Business – Final Weekend

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Blog / News | 1 comment

Out Of Business – Final Weekend

Well it’s been a blast, but it’s time to move on.

Norton Commons will be closing it’s doors February 2, 2014. So please drop by this weekend for some fantastic bargains and specials on remaining stock.

Sunday February 2, 2014 will be our last day, with perhaps an event in the space or mid month sale to come, but don’t wait – drop by before February 2, 2014 to take advantage of some great prices.

Thanks to all who have supported Norton Commons over the past year and especially the great regulars who have made each day worth opening the doors.

Sincerely,
Julie

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Buy Local vs Fair Trade – An Ethical Shopper’s Dilemma

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Blog / News | 5 comments

Buy Local vs Fair Trade – An Ethical Shopper’s Dilemma

Another gift giving season is upon us and it is time to decide on a shopping strategy. In one ear you are encouraged to shop locally, in the other ear you hear about the benefits of choosing Fair Trade gifts. So which strategy is best, and is one better than the other? To answer a question with a question, who says you have to choose? The Buy Local and Fair Trade movements both have their benefits.

One way to honor the bumper sticker mantra Think Globally Act Locally is to support your local businesses. Why buy cheese from Europe when there’s a dairy farm down the road producing double creamy Gouda that will knock your socks off? Buying local refers to choosing locally made products and soliciting locally owned businesses, which have environmental and social benefits. Products made locally have a smaller carbon footprint than products shipped from overseas, and thus are less of a strain on the environment. Shoppers who buy locally travel less distances to shop, which also reduces the carbon footprint. Local businesses produce more income and jobs for local communities than large retail chains do, and are more likely to utilize local services, such as advertising and banking. Supporting local businesses preserves the economic diversity of our communities and the unique character of our neighborhoods.

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One Year Celebrations

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog / News | Comments Off

One Year Celebrations

Yes, it’s been one year in the great neighbourhood of Kitsilano and it’s time to celebrate. As many of you know it’s been a year of trial and error, long hours and ultimately success. What more success could I ask for than the great people who frequent Norton Commons every day. It has truly been my pleasure getting to know you and to serve all of you.

Please join us, my friends and your neighbours on Thursday September 26th, 6PM to closing … for laughter, great food and great company.

You’ll want to attend just for the great food alone. From delicious locally made pies to world famous salmon from St Jeans, the best chocolates and superb coffee – all local, all natural, all superb.

Plus, I’d love the opportunity to thank you in person for your patronage and friendship. And it’s a chance for me to let you know of the great new changes at Norton Commons, like the new coffee bar and some excellent new items on the shelves.

Please mark the date on your calendar Thursday September 26th, starting at 6 PM. And should you not be able to make it Thursday have no fear, the special treatment lasts all weekend – so drop by any time.

Julie

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Rain Goose Textiles

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog / News | Comments Off

Rain Goose Textiles

New to Norton Commons, Rain Goose Textiles

Everyone cherishes their kitchen, and nothing adds a smile to a cooks face faster than the smell of fresh baked goods. The aroma and sweet memories of a grandmother baking give us all a feeling of belonging, comfort and cherished memories. It’s a delight many people look forward to every day. Then of course comes the tedious task of cleaning the dishes. Why oh why does life always have a down side? Ahh, but now we can even throw some pleasure your way while you lift those hot pans or towel dry the freshly washed glasses, cutlery and dishes everyone has left covered in gravy stains and beet juice.

From Rain Goose Textiles, beautiful designs and handcrafted workmanship by Jocelyne Mange in her North Vancouver studio. These delightful pot holders and tea towels are of the highest quality materials, lovingly made with care and designed to be functional for many many years.

We have a great selection of both. The pot holders are made with 560 grams cotton quilted backing for a maximum heat resistance, and are machine washable. The tea towels are 100% Linen, super absorbent and colour fast. Fun, funky and colourful designs, also machine washable.

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Spice It Up Indian Cuisine

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog / News | Comments Off

Spice It Up Indian Cuisine

Spice It Up Indian Cuisine, delicious frozen foods that make a meal worth savoring in every way.

Now that summer is heading for cooler weather and the BBQ is being abandoned in the back yard or balcony corner, why not try something a little spicy and warming the next time rain drizzles over your plans. Or serve up something exotic to your family for a special treat. Look no further than Norton Commons for some great Indian cuisine that’s simple to prepare and enjoy.

Enjoy a fine selection of inviting Indian dishes from Spice-Up Exclusive Indian cuisine. In crafting their menu they have combined the best of fresh ingredients and spices to present a wide range of dishes and appetizers inspired by the millenia of culinary heritage that is Indian cuisine. In observing the traditional cooking styles of India they ensured delivering an authentic dining experience; whether you crave red-hot spices or calmer flavours.

Try some excellent Masala Chicken Bites, Daal Pakoras Lentile Fritters or Veggie Pakoras, each in packages of 15 pieces, quick frozen and ready to enjoy. No preservatives, gluten free, low in saturated fats – all natural.

We only carry great foods we have tested and loved and Spice It Up’s selections always delight. Spice It Up Indian Cuisine, Vancouver. Also serving delicious meals at 4191 Main Street, Vancouver.

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