What’s in Store: Luau carwash helps kids


A group of Langley business owners are getting wet and dirty this weekend, and all for a good cause.

And to make things more interesting, their charity car wash – set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – will have a luau theme and former Big Brother Canada houseguest Sarah Miller is expected to be on-hand to shine up some of the cars.

This car wash is being organized to benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Langley, but it’s being coordinated by a group of local business owners who participate in the Murrayville chapter of Think Referrals Business Network (TRBN).

TRBN is a group of business owners who meet weekly in one of the 13 chapters operational in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

Not only do they support each other through business referrals and camaraderie, but each chapter also helps raise money for local endeavours such as the Langley Christmas Bureau, through what they call their Think Generously Society, explained president Rainer Schmoll.

“Small business owners survive on support from local consumers and they want to give back in some way,” Schmoll said. “Through our not-for-profit arm, Think Generously, we provide business owners a way to give back to the same community that supports them.”

Scott Waddle, owner of Precision Auto and president of the Murrayville TRBN chapter, said this weekend’s luau car wash is intended to provide a fun way for Langley residents to help out, too.

“This is just one of many. We just had our annual golf tournament, we have an Oktoberfest party coming up, and I’ve heard a rumour there is a go-cart race on the horizon,” Waddle said.

The car wash is being held in Precision’s parking lot at 22575 Fraser Hwy. (near the new Tim Horton’s) and car washes are being offered with a suggested donation of $10.

There will also be facepainting and a children’s craft table set up.

MTF rebranded as Big Box

In a drive across the Golden Ears Bridge recently, I noticed the MTF Price Matters store on 201st Street has been rebranded. It now bears a Big Box Outlet sign, and likewise after noticing that, I spotted the change to the Murrayville location as well.

Mark Funk, who I remember from my days of shopping at Funk’s Market in Clearbrook some 30 years or so ago, is now president and general manager of Big Box.

“I learned about offering great value for a fair price working with my dad in our family business,” Funk said. “It’s become our mission to help families save more by searching the world for the best deals,” he elaborated. “We continue to evolve how we do business and right now we are converting our Price Matter stores to Big Box Outlet stores.”

So, if I’m reading between the lines correctly here, watch for more and better deals at the newly rebranded shops.


Disappointment for cupcake lovers

Much to my disappointment – or actually that of my daughter-in-law and granddaughter (the real cupcake lovers in the family), Frosting Cupcakery has had to postponed its second annual cupcake eating contest.

The event was slated for this Saturday afternoon, and we were planning to take a leisurely walk down – I say leisurely because our daughter-in-law is eight months pregnant (sure to be another cupcake lover of a yet undetermined gender) and while Mom loves to walk everywhere, it was sure to be a slow moving excursion.

Anyway, I’ve sent a note off to shop owners Craig and Melanie McDougall to find out if it’s cancelled for good, or just being postponed, and heard back it’s likely to be resurrected in September, if there are more entries.

In the meantime, I want to commend these shop owners on the absolutely great job they did breathing new life into the children’s venue at last weekend’s Arts Alive Festival. It was stupendous.

And I wanted to mention that they’ve recently expanded their repertoire at this high-profile bakery and coffee shop at Glover Road and Fraser Highway. They’re now serving lunches too, complete with sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads.

• Stay tuned for information about Angie Quaale and her ninth annual barbecue that is being moved off the bypass. By the way, my apologies Angie for mixing up the relocation date for you. Well Seasoned gourmet food didn’t relocate yet, contrary to my original post on the subject. She’s set to open in the new location at the beginning of September.

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