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Potters Christmas Shop and A Spot of Tea at Honeybee

An Adventure to Surrey for Holiday Shopping and Afternoon Tea

Celebrations of any sort were big at my house, and Christmas was no exception. Our house was fully decorated with a good measure of garlands, ribbon and the occasional poinsetta, and each year my sister and I would get an ornament on the night before Christmas, adding yet another decoration to the tree.  My mother has an eye for creating a festive space, and my parents home is always a welcoming space, at any time of year.

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In Ontario, where we lived until I was eight, we actually lived just down the street from a Christmas shop, so perhaps it just got into my veins at an early age, this Christmas spirit I have. So when I was asked to drop by a store entirely devoted to Christmas, I jumped at the chance and hence arrived at Potters Christmas Store in Surrey.

Potters Christmas Shop

My favourite decoration!

The owner, Ed Holden, met us when we arrived and gave us a bit of a guided tour, after which we were left on our own to peruse the aisles. It’s a good thing I had to keep an eye on the time as I could have spent a good deal of both my day and my holiday budget there.

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There were tree lights of every kind, from skulls to hello kitty, and ornaments for every possible obssession from bacon to golf. There were santa hats and turkey hats, and elves on the shelves, floors and celings.

Potters Christmas Shop

We found a Christmas tree with snow spewing out of the top, snow globes, nutcrackers galore, and hot chocolate in every flavour you could think of; everywhere you turn at Potters something catches your eye. I left with numberous ornaments, a barbeque brush, marinating sauces, and chocolate spreads but did manage to at least leave the silly hats for others.

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After working up quite the appetite we ventured on to The Honeybee Centre, where they’re serving up a festive holiday tea. The shop carries all sorts of things bee related and the cafe has a high tea available year round.

Honeybee Centre

For December  there’s a special Holiday High Tea which includes holiday flavours in the cupcake, macarons, and cheesecake, shortbread cookies, cranberry orange scones and, on the savoury side, a brie and roasted chicken panini, artichoke baguette, and a turkey and cranberry roll, all served with a choice of a variety of teas, or a peppermint honey mocha or egg nog latte should you with. There’s plenty on the plate for those suffering from post holiday-shopping starvation.

Potters Christmas Shop

If you’re up for a little adventure,  pack up a couple friends and plan on a good half day for a little Surrey-based adventure. Make sure there’s room in the car for your packages though, because I guarantee you won’t leave without at least a few decorations and stocking stuffers; you are bound to find something that you just can’t resist. Potters is open until Christmas Eve.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s Beekeeping is a First!

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is always thinking outside the box when it comes to sustainable initiatives and its commitment to the environment. Taking an unprecedented look “inside the box” for the hotel’s new beekeeping initiative is a first of its kind for an airport property to take on and call its own. With 24 colonies happily residing in their new homes at McDonald Beach Park, located just five minutes from the hotel, Sous Chef, Brent Stevenson has his hands full tending to a million busy honeybees.

In partnership with the Honeybee Centre, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is anticipating a ton of the liquid gold harvest and twice the amount the following year. It’s no wonder that Executive Chef, Kamal Silva is planning a signature line-up of honey harvest offerings as well as a multitude of uses such as sweeteners for teas, coffees, yogurt, waffles, pancakes, dressings, garnishes, cocktails and more.

“After many months of coordination with YVR, our hives are now installed and are a first for any airport and hotel partnership,” says Executive Chef, Kamal Silva. “We’re already seeing the fruits of our bees’ hard work as they forage and produce some of Richmond’s best local honey. In just the first couple of weeks, I’ve tasted raspberry and

blueberry notes in our honey that will continue to be infused with flowers and herbs throughout the season. Tasting honey from the hives brings back childhood memories in Sri Lanka where I use to smoke the neighbour’s bee hives in the night and use a stick to pull out the golden treasure. The bee stings would give me away the next day and inevitably land me in trouble with my parents.”

Book a stay at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport and take advantage of all the great summer rates for business or pleasure. In addition to experiencing gracious Fairmont hospitality, explore Richmond for its diverse offerings from bustling Asian Night Markets to eco-adventure whale watching tours and more. Reservations can be made by calling 1.800.441.1414 or are just a click away at www.fairmont.com/vancouverairport.


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