London Drugs doesn't do used camera gear anymores : (
And I agree that I'd like to see a real camera store, especiallly in the downtown core- maybe a Kerrisdale or a Lens and Shutter type of thing would be great, although probably not going to happen soon but who knows?
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What's Nanaimo missing? I don't think we have a good head shop since Electric Lettuce closed, unless you count the Smoke Zone, but that place is more about weed than about rock and roll.
I think we also don't have a place that does cheap late-night gyros.
And how about a non-smorgasbord all-you-can-eat, like Dr Munchies? Not that I need such a place anywhere near me - bad scene.
I was in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago and had a slice of pizza at 4 diferent places for $1.43 a slice, That would work here for me
I love how so many people in this town bitch and moan when city council finally decides enough is enough and starts to tear down some of the crap that's been in our downtown forever. That old Woolworths store and that whole block deserved to be demolished in my opinion, it was just one big old disgusting eyesore. For years the only development we saw was in the north end, and now finally, we're starting to see changes in some of our older areas such as the downtown and <gasp> Harewood Mall. I can't believe how awesome downtown is starting to become, remembering how crappy it used to be back in the late 80's and 90's.
Sure, keep some of the heritage buildings, but progress is progress and we're a growing city.
As the downtown continues it's rebirth, hopefully we will begin to see a lot of cooler businesses, restaurants etc opening up.
Yes, big changes at Harewood Mall. I think they are going to rename it to University Village.
Many of the shops aren't moved it yet. The Subway is in it's new digs there and the new Shoppers Drug Mart is going up rapidly. I hear there is a Starbucks going in.
It looks a lot better - really makes the neighborhood look more vibrant. I will be interested to see how it all comes out.
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Sorry Geo, I thought this thread was titled Lacking services in Nanaimo I must be on the wrong page.
After living here in Nanaimo, the only store I really miss from a bigger city is IKEA, otherwise we're good. I occasionally think about a restaraunt like red lobster, but then, we have other cool places here that are locally owned, which is nice. Yes, I'm a member of the facebook site about Ikea coming to the island. I just priced out taking greyhound to ikea, and the Victoria shuttle, but it still costs too much just to have a day trip to ikea. Would I trade Nanaimo for the busy urban lifestyle just to be close to an IKEA? No way!
I'd love to see a retro store, selling furniture and housewares of the 50's 60's and 70's. Maybe a consignment store? Do you think there would be a maket for anything like that here?
I think it's a great idea especially the the cosignment store or maybe have both together in one. I think Festus that rent for spaces like this could be very expensive but it just may work.