Langley What’s in Store: Serving up deserved kudos

A roundup of business news by Langley Advance editor Roxanne Hooper.

A new shopping centre in Murrayville, the new Porsche dealership in Langley City, a new professional building in Fort Langley, the new McDonald’s on 200th Street, a Roman Catholic church parish in Walnut Grove, a restaurant at the Cascades Casino, and the new Kensington development in Willoughby were all recognized among the best of the best in commercial buildings in the Fraser Valley.

During an awards event in Langley recently, these accolades were handed out – Langley handily scooping most of the ceremonial hardware, noted awards coordinator Mark MacDonald.

Kudos, all the way around.

And, I’d like to commend the seniors residence, Element, which just walked away with a Globals Award for sustainable community design.

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Coming off Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and heading into the holiday season, I think it is worth mentioning again the importance of buying local – especially the impact each purchase has on Langley’s economy.

Whether you’re searching for that perfect gift, wanting to make some home improvements before the entertaining begins, or indulging in a night out, you can find it all here in Langley.

Worth keeping in mind during BC Local Week, which runs until Sunday (Dec. 6).

With roughly 7,000 licensed businesses operating in Langley Township alone, the selection is plentiful, explained Val Gafka.

“There’s a lot to be gained by shopping locally,” Gafka said, citing the creation of good jobs, contributions to the tax base, and the support for local charities.

“For every $100 a consumer choses to spend at a local business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy,” she explained.

“As well, there is a sense of pride that comes from knowing what you are serving your guests or using in your home was grown or made in your own hometown.”

I concur. It feels good to shop local. See you in our local stores in the weeks to come.

Food, song, accolades

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the Christmas season, with some plans to give.

Specifically, they’ll be giving out the annual H.D. Stafford Citizen of the Year award.

This meeting is set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, but typically sells out, so – my advise to you – reserve your space now at 604-530-6656.

The night will also feature a turkey dinner and entertainment by Steve “Elvis” Elliot. Networking begins at 5 p.m.

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