London Drugs, BC Children's Hospital and BC150

Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning I was invited to the store opening of the shiny new London Drugs on West Broadway. The BC-based London Drugs stores have been around for 60 years and have stores across Western Canada.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

This particular location is a few meters away from the old spot (at 525 West Broadway), and as the new flagship store, it’s almost double the size. From kitchen wares, to all-natural cosmetics and MacBooks, it’s the same old LD goodness, only mega-sized.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

However, it’s not every day that a store opening can get me out of bed by 6am, the main reason I attended was to learn about their involvement with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Being a dedicated auntie of 5, this is a facility, foundation, and cause that is very worthy of my attention.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

Before the official announcements and presentations, we were treated to a performance by the Simon Fraser Elementary Children’s Peace Choir.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

“The charitable contributions of London Drugs are based on the philosophy of the Louie family are presented to them by H.Y. Louie in a series of family letters.”

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

On hand to share a very personal story of recovery was a 16 year old girl who had been undergoing treatments since she was in kindergarden and eventually had a kidney transplant. She’s been doing well for the last few years thanks to the care she received at the BC Children’s Hospital.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

Today was the launch of the “Hope Tote” at London Drugs stores. For $3 you can purchase a reusable tote bag that is reflective and that kids can also colour with markers. With 100% of the sales going to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, they’re a great alternative to wrapping paper.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

London Drugs is also selling a BC 150 commemorative calendar for $29 that features images from across BC, $5 from each sale of the calendar goes to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

BC 150 is a year-long celebration of BC’s 150th birthday. I have a few posts up about spirit squares and events across the province, and tomorrow there will be an official ceremony over in Fort Langley. “James Douglas stood in the Big House at Fort Langley on November 19, 1858 and read out the proclamation that declared British Columbia a Crown Colony.” There will be no fees to enter Fort Langley tomorrow for Douglas Day, and there will be a concert starting at 4:30pm featuring The Higgins and Jessie Farrell.

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  1. Duane StoreyTuesday, November 18th, 2008 — 11:23am PDT

    Cool, looks fun. Did you look at their stuff? Any of my photos? They used a few of mine in some of their other publications.

  2. Miss604Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 — 11:25am PDT

    I was going to thumb through the calendar but I didn’t get a chance – I was totally thinking I might see something of yours in there though

  3. JEANNETuesday, November 18th, 2008 — 11:32am PDT

    Speaking of photos, the ones in your post look great. May I ask what you shoot with?

  4. Miss604Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 — 11:34am PDT

    I was just using my husband’s Canon Powershot S5IS, it’s nice and handy and a little more meaty than a pocket-cam.

  5. TawcanTuesday, November 18th, 2008 — 2:22pm PDT

    I walked by the store yesterday and I wasn’t pleased with the crowd drawing stunt they were doing.

    http://tawcan.blogspot.com/2008/11/bit-outraged.html

  6. Miss604Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 — 2:25pm PDT

    @ Tawcan – Oh weird. You’d think they wouldn’t need to do that since a) it was opening this morning and b) it’s only like 200 ft from the old location.

  7. TawcanTuesday, November 18th, 2008 — 4:12pm PDT

    Hmmm weird I was able to walk into the store and check it out last night. Maybe today was the “official” opening.

  8. Miss604Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 — 4:19pm PDT

    Yeah, cause the first guy in today got to cut the ribbon and receive a gift card. That shoulda been you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Tyler IngramWednesday, November 19th, 2008 — 6:58am PDT

    Ah yes the old LD West Broadway location was a bit meh. I wonder if employees still have to pay for parking during their shift. I used to work for LD, just not that location.

    Did you know that their home computer brand Certified Data (made by sister company TLD) is the 2nd largest brand of computers next to Compaq/HP ? Or so their history and marketing people told me. Used to work for TLD for a bit too! lol

    Nice shots though with the Canon S5. Great little camera with a wicked focal length!

  10. 2008 in Review: July to December » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittThursday, January 1st, 2009 — 9:23pm PDT

    […] November I was on a panel at the Making a Scene conference, I covered a store opening/charity announcement, and I had a speaking engagement for a group of First Nations youth embarking on a social media […]

  11. NilaTuesday, January 6th, 2009 — 3:45pm PDT

    The parking was much better at old LD location. You get your $1 reimberced regardless of the amount spent. At the new location you have to spend minimum $15!

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