Connect with us


Rent increase forces closure of Kitsilano brunch spot after 30 years of business –



Since 1993, loyal patrons have flocked to Nelly’s Grill, a casual brunch place on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver’s Kitstilano neighbourhood, known for its friendly service and eggs benedict.

But Nelly’s Grill — formerly Joe’s Grill — will be closed by the end of the month. 

Owner Nelson Ma told CBC he made the difficult decision to close due to an impending rent increase of at least 40 per cent.

“When my rent goes up at least by 40 per cent, there’s no way we’re going to survive … I’ve decided that it’s time to move on,” said Ma.

Their building’s new owner, who bought the place last September, told Ma they will increase the restaurant’s rent when their lease ends at the end of 2023. 

Joyce and Nelson look at each other at the front door of Nelly's Grill. They are both wearing glasses.
Nelly’s Grill owner Nelson Ma and long-time manager Joyce Yee are pictured at the restaurant on Tuesday. Ma was told their rent would increase by 40 per cent after their lease ends. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Ma initially tried to sell his business when the new landlord took over, but said buyers were not interested because of the rent increase. 

“I’m just closing because of the rent, nothing else … It’s not because we’re not doing good business.” 

‘Smiling faces and the best bennies ever’

Fiona Scott, who lived in one of the two residential suites above Nelly’s Grill for over seven years, was a regular customer. She went to Nelly’s the first week she moved in, and said Ma and the staff soon became family friends. 

“They were always very welcoming and it was very obvious from the regulars that they had in the diner. I was happy to become one.”

Fiona Scott is pictured. She is a blonde woman wearing a black shirt.
Fiona Scott lived in one of the residential suites above Nelly’s Grill for seven years and was a regular customer. (Fiona Scott)

Scott had to move out last month because the new owner is renovating the suites for over a year, she said, adding she does not plan to return.

“I don’t think I really ever got a clear answer whether I could come back. I’m sure the rent is nearly doubled,” said Scott. 

Scott said she will miss the community at Nelly’s and her favourite order, the ‘Kitchen Sink,’ which she describes as “a good plate of everything.”

“They’re a family … their legacy is smiling faces and the best bennies ever.” 

Two men sit across each other at a diner.
Patrons at Nelly’s Grill in Vancouver on Tuesday. Many say the restaurant is known for their friendly service and eggs benedict. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Jane McFadden, executive director of the Kitsilano Business Association, said Nelly’s is a staple in the neighbourhood — a great spot for early risers who want a good breakfast, those nursing a hangover, and everyone in between.

“Everyone’s really going to miss that staff and that environment.

“It’s just sad to see it go.” 

‘Local treasures will be priced out of the market’

The building’s new landlord, a company called Novena Land, also owns the buildings on West 4th Avenue that housed Bishop’s Restaurant and Peak Golf’s former location. 

Bishop’s closed earlier this year because of a rent increase, while Peak Golf told CBC they relocated to a new building for the same reason.

Novena Land did not respond to CBC’s request for an interview.

Nelson smiles at the camera. He is wearing glasses and a Nelly's Grill uniform, with the logo on his hat and black shirt.
Nelson Ma pictured at Nelly’s Grill in Vancouver on Tuesday. He says he is looking for a new venue to operate in the future. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Vancouver city councillor Colleen Hardwick, a long-time customer of Nelly’s, said she is “heartbroken” to see the restaurant go. 

She says there is little the city can do to protect local businesses, as commercial tenancy protections fall on the province. 

“Speculators are getting in on the action and this will transform the neighbourhood. As we’re already seeing, the mom and pop shops, the local treasures will be priced out of the market,” said Hardwick. 

While Nelly’s is saying goodbye for now, Ma said he is looking for a space to operate in the future.

“I have a lot of good loyal customers and I thank them very much. I really appreciate all their patronage all these years.”

Adblock test (Why?)


Source link

Continue Reading


Banks lower prime rates in line with Bank of Canada rate cut – Financial Post



[unable to retrieve full-text content]

  1. Banks lower prime rates in line with Bank of Canada rate cut  Financial Post
  2. Bank of Canada rate cut sparks optimism in Ottawa  CTV News Ottawa
  3. Monetary Policy Report Press Conference Opening Statement  Bank of Canada
  4. Bank of Canada lowers key interest rate to 4.5%, hints more cuts could follow  Toronto Star
  5. How will the Bank of Canada rate cut impact the real estate market?  BNN Bloomberg


Source link

Continue Reading


Vancouver City Council passes gas directive and some folks ain't happy – Daily Hive



[unable to retrieve full-text content]

Vancouver City Council passes gas directive and some folks ain’t happy  Daily HiveView Full Coverage on Google News


Source link

Continue Reading


Before Spending Money on a ‘Career Coach,’ Do Yourself a Favour, First Try These Job Search Strategies



I’m sure you’re aware of the “career coaching” industry—Internet talking heads promising job search and career success—that’s sprung up in recent years. Worth noting: The industry is unregulated. All career coaches are self-proclaimed; no certification or licensing is required.


Career coaches have one ultimate goal: To make money off you.


Today’s tight job market is making job seekers frustrated and desperate, which career coaches are taking advantage of with their promise of insider knowledge, personalized guidance, and a direct line to the hidden job market. Career coaches market themselves as a shortcut to finding a job, which is appealing when you’ve been unemployed for a while.


I’m not averse to hiring a career coach to assist you with your job search; it’s your money. However, keep in mind a career coach…


  • is a significant expense, especially if you’re unemployed
  • will only offer common sense advice, nothing that you probably already don’t know or haven’t read or heard before, and
  • doesn’t have insider knowledge


…and you’ll still need to do the activities related to job searching.


When asked, “Nick, should I hire a career coach?” my answer is an unequivocal “No!” Conducting your job search solo will not only save you money, you’ll also be developing job search skills you’ll need for the next time—chances are there’ll be a next time—you’re job hunting. Before spending thousands of dollars on a career coach, I suggest first trying the following job search strategies.


Optimize your online presence.


In today’s digital-first job market, employers will check your online digital footprint to evaluate your candidacy; are your interview-worthy? Start with the obvious: Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and showcases your quantified accomplishments (a non-quantified statement is an opinion) so employers can see the value you can add. Do yourself a favour, read LinkedIn Mastery: A Comprehensive Guide to Navigating Digital Landscapes Effectively, by Benjamin Stone.


Necessary: Stay active on LinkedIn!


Your LinkedIn profile can’t be non-active. Maximizing LinkedIn’s potential requires regularly engaging with content, commenting on posts, and contributing original content. Engaging actively and visibly on LinkedIn will lead to opportunities.




  • List your social media accounts.
  • Deactivate accounts you are no longer using.
  • Set any accounts you don’t want prospective employers or recruiters to see to private.
  • Ensure your social media profiles (g., display name, handle, headshot, bio) convey the same message about your professional background.


Leverage your existing network (a low-hanging fruit few job seekers take advantage of).


Everyone has a network of some sort. This means since all job opportunities are attached to people—good news—there are job opportunities all around you. Often, your barista, dentist, hairstylist, neighbours, fellow members of whatever club or association you’re a part of, and, of course, family and friends can help open doors for you.


Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a new job. Always carry extra copies of your resume and hand them out when appropriate. You’ll be surprised at the number of people willing to help you when they understand your situation.


Read these two books:



Ferrazzi outlines practical strategies for building relationships, networking, and leveraging connections



Hollins provides actionable strategies for achieving your job search and career goals, such as overcoming procrastination and boosting productivity with focus and discipline.


Apply less, connect more.


Applying online is a waste of time. In previous columns, I’ve noted that applying online is comparable to playing the lottery; you’re hoping a stranger hires you. Numerous studies have shown that most jobs aren’t advertised; they’re filled through connections and referrals.


Job searching today is a long game; you need to be patient. Today, you need to network your way into a company and identify opportunities, which no career coach can do for you. It’s unlikely the resume you submit online will be reviewed. Paying to have your resume redesigned won’t get it more views; getting it in front of people who can hire you will.


Take what you will from the following.


A few months back, a job seeker asked me, “I’ve been working as a help desk agent at a healthcare software company for five years. I want to become a Director of IT at a large multinational company. What should I do?”


How should I know? I’m not a Director of IT. Why not ask the Director of IT at a large multinational company?


Take advantage of the fact that people love talking about themselves. Dinner with someone who holds the position you aspire to is a better investment than hiring a career coach who lacks your dinner partner’s real-world experience. I charted my career path by observing those ahead of me and seeking their advice. Talking to people who are where you want to be will benefit your job search and help you achieve your career aspirations.


By shifting your mindset, optimizing your online presence, leveraging your existing network, staying engaged on LinkedIn, and connecting with the right people, you won’t need to hire a costly career coach, and you’ll develop skills you can use throughout your career.



Nick Kossovan, a well-seasoned veteran of the corporate landscape, offers “unsweetened” job search advice. You can send Nick your questions to


Continue Reading