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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.

Coast Hotels & Resorts to Open 77-Room Hotel in Surrey, B.C.

Coast Hotels & Resorts today announced that is has signed a franchise agreement with Guildford Hotel Ltd. to rebrand the Ramada Guildford Surrey Hotel as the Coast Surrey Guildford Hotel effective January 1, 2011., B.C.

This is the fourth hotel agreement Coast Hotels & Resorts has signed with Bob Mandair, President of Guildford Hotel Ltd., which purchased the Surrey hotel in September.  Mr. Mandair is also part owner of the Coast Discovery Inn & Marina in Campbell River, B.C., the Coast Canadian Inn in Kamloops, B.C. and the Coast Fraser Inn in Williams Lake, B.C. 

“Coast Hotels & Resorts is a premier hotel franchise and outstanding business partner,” said Bob Mandair. “With the strength of the Coast Hotels brand behind us, this new hotel has tremendous potential to capture a larger share of the business and leisure travel market in one of the fastest growing communities in British Columbia.” 

“The addition of a Surrey hotel provides Coast Hotels & Resorts with a vital link between our Vancouver properties and our hotels in the Fraser Valley further strengthening our expanding network throughout western Canada,” said Graeme Barrit, President of Coast Hotels & Resorts. “Based on our long history of working with Bob Mandair, we anticipate this Surrey property will be an extremely successful hotel and an integral part of the Coast Hotels’ chain.” 

The Surrey hotel, located at 10410 158th Street, is approximately 32 kilometres (20 miles) from Vancouver International Airport and 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Abbotsford International Airport, located one block from the Trans Canada Highway and is within walking distance of the Guildford Town Centre (B.C.’s second largest indoor shopping mall).  The hotel features 77 beautifully appointed rooms, including 21 suites, three meeting rooms capable of seating up to 100 people, a fully equipped business centre, year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness facilities, and an on-site ABC Family Restaurant. 

The Surrey hotel recently completed a $1.1 million renovation which included a complete upgrade of all guest rooms featuring new furniture, 37 inch flat-screen TVs, carpeting and draperies, along with a makeover of the lobby area and exterior painting. 

About Surrey BC

Situated 26 km (16 miles) southeast of Vancouver and directly north of the U.S. border, the City of Surrey is B.C.’s second largest city. Billed as “The City of Parks,” the city’s more than 600 parks and greenbelts totals a whopping 2,300 hectares (5,400 acres). One such park is the internationally renowned Darts Hill Garden Park, featuring thousands of species of plants. Other notable attractions include Bear Creek Park, a large recreation area that is a favourite among kids, and Stewart Farm, a restored 1894 homestead offering interpretive programs. Sun bathers can bask at the popular Crescent Beach, which is a great place to break out the beach towel. From majestic parks and big-box shopping to art galleries, museums, golf courses and spectator sports like hockey and rodeos, Surrey is a multicultural 21st century destination.  

About Coast Hotels & Resorts  

Coast Hotels & Resorts is a leading hotel chain in western North America. The company’s philosophy of serving its guests through a superior standard of value, hospitality and service enables its continuing expansion. Coast Hotels & Resorts now owns, manages and franchises over 40 hotel and resort properties located throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories, the western United States, Alaska and Hawaii. Visit www.coasthotels.com or call 1-800-663-1144 for more information.