It’s been almost 17 years since I started Miss604 from my hometown of Surrey and I’m finally launching a merch store, for a cause! Thanks to my friends at MAKE Vancouver, the Miss604 Surrey Nostalgia Collection is now OPEN, for a limited time only…
About the Cause
For its 50th Anniversary, Options Community Services has united 50 influential South Fraser women, myself included, for the Women of Options campaign to help raise $1.5 million in support of a new affordable housing build. Our goal is to each raise $25,000 in support of this project. Options board members and staff have also contributed to the cause and the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society has contributed $250,000. The $1.5 million raised through Options will go towards a 100-unit complex on King George Blvd.
My fellow fundraisers have been hard at work hosting auctions, art sales, gift card campaigns, and more. It’s been wonderful to see how all of these women have been supporting this cause. For my personal fundraiser, I wanted to offer something a little different. I thought about my hometown, I thought about special places and moments, and I decided to create the Miss604 Surrey Nostalgia Collection – for a cause, of course!
Miss604 Surrey Nostalgia Collection
“Meet up at Muffin Break and do some shopping at the mall before heading to a birthday party at Stardust, or grab a Froster at Mac’s after the Trojan Class basketball tournament. Hop on the nostalgia bus at Whalley Exchange and reminisce about growing up in the City of Parks in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.”
I picked Surrey Place Mall, West Whalley, and the legendary Rodeo Drive-In to start, representing my own sense of nostalgia and kick-starting my memory bank. HUGE shout out and thank you to my friends at MAKE Vancouver for not only hosting the store, but running with my ideas and creating some awesome products for this campaign!
“MAKE is the most creative store in the universe! Our Granville Island store is THE place to find one-of-a-kind, hand-made, local, and quirky gifts as well as being the ultimate place to create your own custom work. We have the technology in our store, and our website, to help you customize just about anything with printing, laser engraving and embroidery too.“
West Whalley Jr High: Striving for Excellence! West Whalley Junior High was a fixture of the neighbourhood from 1958 to 2002. The home of the blue and orange played host to the annual Trojan Classic Basketball tournament.
Surrey Place Mall: Before the big city centre redevelopment at the turn of the century, there was Surrey Place Mall. Built in 1972, the original shopping centre, with its iconic brown brick floors, was anchored by The Bay and Sears. Maybe you bought your first tape or CD at Sam the Record Man or stocked up at High Low Groceries too. A hop skip and a jump away from Stardust and A&B Sound in the heart of Whalley.
Rodeo Drive-In: This Surrey landmark closed in 2006, and was a fixture on the corner of 152nd Street and Highway 10 for 45 years. Mosey up to a picnic table under the recognizable orange tarp and order yourself a Rodeo Burger, made with fresh, lean ground meat – never frozen. Pair it with a fries, onion rings, a shake — or a helping of nostalgia!
Working on community projects has always been a passion of mine and I attribute that to the caring, diverse, and inclusive community I grew up in. This project evokes nostalgia but it also gives back.
We have t-shirts, hoodies, water bottles and mugs in the store right now! 25% of your purchase will be donated directly to Options Community Services as part of the Women of Options campaign to fund an affordable housing build at King George at 81st.
The collection is only available for a limited time so act fast! You have until June 15, 2021 to purchase your items and support the cause.
NOTE: Products will ship just twice, so please know your order will be printed and shipped either May 30th or June 15th. This helps keep costs down so more can go to the cause.
Thank you so much, dear readers, for your support over the last 17 years. I hope you enjoy this collection and supporting the campaign for affordable housing.
Enter to Win
I would like to ship one winner the collection item of their choice! Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The prize is one single item (t-shirt, hoodie, bottle or mug) from the Miss604 Collection. UPDATE – the winner is Linda!
Related: 50 Women of Options