A stroll down Commercial Drive

Szechuan Chongqing Restaurant - Salted fish & chicken fried rice

Szechuan Chongqing Restaurant – Salted fish & chicken fried rice

Szechuan Chongqing Restaurant - Sweet & sour pork

Szechuan Chongqing Restaurant – Sweet & sour pork

Szechuan Chongqing Restaurant - Boneless Chicken

Szechuan Chongqing Restaurant – Boneless Chicken

Szechuan Chongqing Restaurant - Shrimp & Scallop Dumpling

Szechuan Chongqing Restaurant – Shrimp & Scallop Dumpling

After eating, I thought I’d better walk off what I ate before I headed home to sit in front of a computer again.
Commercial Drive is going through a few transitions with old stores moving to different parts of the street and new stores coming into the neighbourhood. First up is Doctor Vigari, a fantastic store to get locally made and designed furniture, artwork and jewellery. It has now moved closer to 3rd and Commercial from Charles Street. It’s old neighbour, It’s All Fun & Games, also moved to the same block but only a few stores down.

Doctor Vigari

Doctor Vigari – Commercial Drive

It's all Fun & Games

It's all Fun & Games – Commercial Drive

The beauty about It’s all Fun & Games is because it is, well, ALL about fun and games. You can find any of your childhood toys – even the small toys soldier figurines – here.

It's All Game & Fun - Commercial Drive

It's all Fun & Games – Interior

It's All Game & Fun - Puzzle Games

It's all Fun & Games – Puzzle Games

It's All Game & Fun - Commercial Drive

It's all Fun & Games – Games & Toys

It's All Fun & Games - Figurines

It's all Fun & Games – Figurines

In the window of Barefoot Contessa was a cute t-shirt that said “Nerds need love too” which made me giggle a bit and want go back to buy it.

Barefoot Contessa - Nerds need love too t-shirt

Barefoot Contessa – Nerds need love too t-shirt

On my walk back home, I spotted a badass bike. I have no experience with bikes but at first glance I knew it was the kind that would make anyone look uber cool even just sitting on it. I’m tempted to photoshoping myself on the bike… hmmm.

Badass Bike - Commercial Drive

Badass Bike – Commercial Drive

Always on the lookout  for a few good books, I stopped into Bibliophile Bookstore because a Superman book with no title caught my eyes.

Bibliophile Books - Exterior

Bibliophile Books – Exterior

Bibliophile - Superman book

Bibliophile – Superman book with no title

Bibliophile - Interior

Bibliophile – Interior

Walking out empty handed, I stopped by Bone Rattle Music – simply because I haven’t been in there before. From kazoos to electric guitars to an unconventional guitar made from cigar boxes, this place had everything but the vuvuzela.

Bone Rattle Music - Exterior

Bone Rattle Music – Exterior

Bone Rattle Music - Interior

Bone Rattle Music – Interior

Bone Rattle Music - Kazoo

Bone Rattle Music – Kazoo

Bone Rattle Music - Cigar Box Guitar

Right next to Bone Rattle Music is Audiopile. A place where you can find vinyl record geeks hanging out all day. It’s an awesome place where I found classic vinyls such as Eazy-E, The Treacherous Three and N.W.A Greatest Hits.

Audiopile - Exterior

Audiopile – Exterior

Audiopile - Interior

Audiopile – Interior

Audiopile - Vinyl Heaven

Audiopile – Vinyl Heaven

Audiopile - N.W.A Greatest Hits

Audiopile – N.W.A Greatest Hits

Audiopile - Eazy-E

Audiopile – Eazy-E

At the corner of 5th and Commercial Drive are some pretty cool murals.

Commercial Drive Murals

Commercial Drive Murals

Commercial Drive Murals

Commercial Drive Murals

Commercial Drive Murals

Commercial Drive Murals

I have been meaning to take drumming lessons so I stopped by A Small World where they sell crafts from around the world and provide drumming circles.

A Small World - Craft store & drumming classes

A Small World – Craft store & drumming classes

A Small World - Drums

A Small World – Drums

Take a stroll in your neighborhood to appreciate all the uniquely different stores, cultures and arts it has to offer. I love Commercial Drive more today than I did yesterday and I didn’t even think that was possible! Forget taking big long extensive and expensive vacation, discover your own neighborhood first – that in itself is a wonderful adventure.

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