What’s in Store: New kids in Langley’s luxury auto mall

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New kid on the block

Some days the life of a reporter is just too busy.

I would honestly love to attend all (okay, most) of the community happenings going on in and around Langley every day. Unfortunately, the nature of the job doesn’t allow for that.

But I was particularly bummed not to be among the 350 guests checking out the new Porsche Centre Langley, when they held their official grand opening “event” this past Saturday.

This new dealership is only the second Porsche service and showroom in the Greater Vancouver area, and while I don’t ever anticipate being in the market for one of these cars, I would have liked to have taken a look.

I’m not even talking test drive.

While I wasn’t in attendance – and admittedly not terribly missed, there were a few special guests, including OpenRoad racecar driver Scott Hargrove, the winner of the 2014 GT3 Porsche Cup.

As well, even before being officially sworn in, Langley City’s recently elected Mayor Ted Schaffer was on hand to congratulate the OpenRoad Auto Group and general manager Aly Jiwani on the realization of this multi-million dollar facility.

Well, maybe one day soon I’ll have the opportunity to drop in and browse (yeah, right). In the meantime, I’ll just welcome them as the newest edition to the luxury auto mall that is bedazzling the intersection of the Langley Bypass and Glover Road.

New dealer in handcuffs, batons

Speaking of grand openings, there’s a new retail store opening in downtown Langley this weekend, as well.

Searching for SWAT boots, batons, or handcuffs, or armour to fill that special someone’s stocking this year, this might be worth a look.

It’s MD Charlton Company, and it’s a safety store (sounds much like PoCo Military, across the street from Willowbrook Shopping Centre).

This law enforcement supply store, opening up at 20253 Fraser Hwy., is holding a grand opening celebration this Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offering a barbecue, prizes, giveaways, and free samples.

The 35-year-old Victoria-based company provides workout gear, winter gear, and clothing for Canadian police, military, and other law enforcement and security professionals, said spokesperson Alec Rossa.

Willowbrook catching the spirit

Okay, I was among those lined up to get photos with Santa – no, not my picture. The grandbabies.

But apparently I missed a cool feature that’s going to draw me back to the mall this holiday season. I’m talking about the Catch the Spirit Fun & Games site.

Okay, so I’m not so keen on taking the personality quiz component, which will define what kind of holiday shopper I am – even though some decent shopping sprees are up for grabs.

But I was interested in the Catch the Spirit element.

It’s where you nominate a Holiday Hero. This program allows applicants to nominate a notable person in our community – someone we feel is committed to making a difference, whether that be a school teacher, firefighter, caregivers, coach, etc.

The selected winner will receive a $500 prepaid Visa, plus hopefully some notoriety in this column in future.

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