The new Olives Community Market has fast become a hub for the community. The organically-inspired market opened its doors just after Christmas and has been adding to their shelves since.
Since early January the store is being visited by an average of about 150 customers per day. Many of these customers are locals, but the word has spread quickly to Lower Mainland visitors who have already made the store a must-stop location when they come to town.
The quick response has exceeded the expectations of owners and longtime locals Angela Perzow-Pelz, Martha Heintzman and Michael Hawes. Perzow-Pelz has lived in Whistler for eight years and has looked forward to making her dream business a reality for ages. Her partners, husband and wife team, Heintzman and Hawes, were anxious to come aboard as soon as they heard the news of the new market coming to town.
Heintzman is well known as one of the founding member of Nesters Market and has lived in Whistler for 44 years. The goal of the store is to cater to people with special dietary wants and needs. Olives carries a great selection of grocery items, fresh produce, frozen foods and more for those who choose to eat organically, gluten-free, have food sensitivities, or have simply chosen to follow their own path towards healthy eating. As for household products, a variety of "green" options are stocked.
"We are always changing," said Perzow-Pelz. "New products are being added all of the time in response to customers requests."
They recently expanded their prepared foods selection in response to the requests from their customers. Many of our local Sea to Sky and B.C. brands can be found on the shelves. They strive to stock high-quality products while keeping the prices reasonable. Olives has received tons of support from their Function neighbours, who especially enjoy the convenience of stopping by for their quick lunch and dinner options. Hot soups and other prepared entrees add to their full range of fresh baked goods and desserts for food on the fly. Next Thursday (Feb. 14) the store will be holding their grand opening party. They welcome all to enjoy Love soup, product demos from local vendors and amuse bouche with Schramm vodka elixirs. For more information on Olives Community Market you can visit them at Unit #102-1200 Alpha Lake Road, phone them at 604-932-3484 or visit them on Facebook.
More stuffies needed
Finnigan the frog is on the move again. The Be the Change for Kids team along with their stuffed frog mascot have handed out 200 stuffed toys to four and five year olds in Colonia Leonardo Gastelum Mexico on Jan. 23. The Oracle family and the Be the Change family have returned to the area to provide programming for the children of one of the poorest colonies on the Baja in Mexico.
At Christmas 300 small new and previously used "beanie sized stuffies" were collected at Oracle's Whistler store and 100 were collected out of their Sechelt location. Since then they have distributed 300 of these to children in kindergarten and daycare classes. The "stuffie" drive is just one of the ways that they have made a difference.
Last April, The Oracle, along with the Ray Thomas Group opened the doors to a school kitchen that currently feeds 100 hungry school children every school day. Volunteer moms staff the kitchen with the food being generously donated by various grocers and corporations. The Oracle Be the Change group works diligently to keep the kitchen up and running. They shop and prepare food themselves whenever possible. The team also collects things like toothbrushes, toothpaste and bandages to distribute through two other local Gastelum foundations. They also aid in educational programs.
Currently the team is collecting more small stuffies and is in need of a used laptop or notebook for the team's on-site volunteer English teacher. If you would like to help you can drop off your donations at The Oracle at Whistler at its Marketplace location across from the Olympic Plaza. For more information on their efforts you can visit them on Facebook.
Ski Butlers raising money for local non-profits
Ski Butlers has started a program called Round-Up, to raise money for local non-profits. Customers are now given the option to "round-up their bill" to the nearest dollar or donate a flat amount of $5, $10, or $20 at all 10 Ski Butlers locations to help raise funds within their communities.
The popular ski and snowboard equipment rental business has had a great year and are pleased to be able to share the love.
"Ski Butlers Core Value No. 7 is to make a difference in the community," said Karin Schulze of Ski Butlers Whistler. "The round-up program is another way to give back to the communities that have given us so much."
Whistler's Ski Butlers chose to raise funds for the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and help them with their vision of making alpine recreation accessible to everyone. All of the Ski Butler locations are taking part of this program that was launched for the 2012-13 season. Founded in 2004, Ski Butlers now serves over 30 North American resorts in Colorado, California, Utah, Wyoming and British Columbia.
For more information visit www.SkiButlers.com, call Karin Schulze at 604-932-7548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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