“There are plenty of locally owned shops on The Drive. If you have little ones, you’ll definitely want to check out the fabulous selection of children’s clothes and toys at Room for 2, Dilly Dally(pictured) and Dandelion Kids. And be sure to make time for a coffee or treat break – we love Fratelli’s yummy Italian baking for a sweet stop.”
“As a vegetarian, I love the menus at Bandidas Taqueria and Cafe Kathmandu. For takeout, we have Volcano Sushi on speed-dial. I have to say that I’m a sucker for comfort food and if you ever find yourself on the south end of Commercial, be sure to pop by the Commercial Street Café (pictured) for their grilled cheese and dill pickle sandwiches.”
Clayton Perry (Commercial Drive) and Clinton Hussey (Lorraine Pond)
Children’s entertainer Lorraine Pond of Bobs & LoLo reveals her favourite haunts on Commercial Drive
WHY LORRAINE LOVES WHERE SHE LIVES
“What’s not to love about The Drive? My busy brood (two kids, hubby, a giant dog) and I love the booming population of young families and friendly neighbours in our area. We also enjoy the convenience of the close proximity to Downtown Vancouver, highways and transit – not to mention all the community parks (we call Trout Lake our backyard), schools and independent food outlets. All of these things make neighbourhood adventures and family entertainment easy. The Drive is known for its quirkiness and character, both of which are super appealing to me. It’s a community that embraces originality, diversity, fun and activity for all ages and interests – perfect for my energetic family!”
Click through for Lorraine's favourite places to eat, drink, shop and play on Commercial Drive.