Open With Care

What is #OpenWithCare?

The Open with Care campaign is about coming together as a community to support local businesses—and about doing it safely. Started by the Business Improvement Associations of BC, this initiative aims to make the public feel more comfortable in revisiting local businesses and to show how valuable they are to our community. 

Throughout this campaign, we will be highlighting open businesses in our area and letting you know what they are doing to keep both their customers and employees safe. Additionally, we will also be providing you with tips on how you can support local businesses safely during this time!

Alongside our business spotlights, we will also be giving away gift cards from local restaurants to encourage engagement and participation. Below is a list of weekly ongoing giveaways, however we will be having giveaways almost daily on our channels – so make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Giveaways

I Helped Open With Care Photo Contest (Ongoing)

Where: Instagram & Twitter

What: Post a photo of how you supported one of our businesses in our neighborhood to get entered in a draw to win a $50 gift card!

Rules: 

    • Entry by Instagram post, stories, or tweeting a photo of supporting a local business (selfie with OWC sticker, photo of purchased product/service, etc.)
    • Must be following us on either Twitter or IG 
    • Tag us in your post, as well as the business if applicable (Make sure you’re not on private so we can see it!)
    • Use the hashtag #SurreyOpenWithCare

 

Open With Care #TriviaTuesday & #BlurryPhotoThursday (Ongoing)

Where: Twitter and Facebook

What: Every week, we will post a trivia question related to the businesses in our neighbourhood or ask you to identify a blurry photo – be one of the first to answer correctly to win a $50 gift card.

Rules: 

    • Entry by commenting on our post or replying to our tweet
    • Must be following us on either Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook

 

Chalk Art Contest (Ends July 26, 2020)

Where: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email

What: Send us a photo of your/your child’s sidewalk chalk art to enter in a draw to win a $50 gift card.

Rules: 

    • Entry by tagging us in your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (make sure you are not on private so we can see it) OR by emailing it to samantha@downtownsurreybia.com
    • Must be following us on either Twitter, Instagram, or ‘like’ us on Facebook if posting on social media
    • Participants under 13 years of age must enter with a parent/guardian

 

Participating Businesses (more coming soon!)




  • Alebi African Cuisine



  • Bacayon’s Chibugan



  • Bozzini’s Restaurant



  • Bubba Tea



  • Central Cafe



  • Di Reggae Cafe



  • Face 2 Face Studio



  • Melanin Aesthetics & Laser Clinic



  • Taste of Africa

We’re Open for Business

Please note: St Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre is now open on Saturdays to buy frozen Ukrainian meals 13512 108 Avenue
Please call 604- 581. 0313

Looking for Professional Services in Downtown Surrey
Click here for a list of Services currently open

Looking for automotive service, repair or parts Click here for a list of Automotive services in Downtown surrey
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Looking for Girl Guide Cookies?

Safeway and Thrifty Foods are supporting the  Girl Guides of Canada’s amid
the COVID-19 pandemic by selling their famous chocolate and vanilla sandwich
cookies at the checkstands.

Girl Guides sell cookies as a
major fundraiser to support their programs which offer girls and young women
opportunities to develop confidence and life skills. Traditionally, local units
set up outside of retail stores to sell the cookies or go door-to-door to their
neighbours.

Because of the pandemic and due
to the ongoing need for social distancing, Girl Guides suspended all in-person
Girl Guide activities to ensure the health and wellbeing of girls, adult
members, volunteers and the greater community.

This suspension has virtually
halted the annual spring Girl Guide cookie campaign, one of the organization’s
two major fundraising initiatives. As a result, Girl Guides put out a call for
help to safely sell the cookies.

In B.C., we have distributed
4,600 cases which equals 55,200 single boxes of cookies. 55 locations including
Safeway and Thrifty Foods in BC have cookies. 
All Surrey Safeways are included in this venture.

Support our local restaurants and say “Thanks” to the hospital workers

DOWNTOWN SURREY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION FUNDS MEAL PROGRAM TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND HOSPITAL WORKERS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Association encourages residents wishing to join in to donate to ‘thank you heroes’ program

The Downtown Surrey BIA (DSBIA) has designed a rapid response program to help struggling restaurant businesses in it’s region at the same time saying thank you to the employees working long hours at Surrey Memorial Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We wanted to acknowledge the incredible work being done by hundreds of employees at Surrey Memorial Hospital,” says DSBIA Executive Director Elizabeth Model. “Surrey Memorial is the second largest hospital in the province, with the busiest Emergency Department. We know that the hundreds of employees of the hospital – the doctors, nurses, office/ support staff and cleaning crews, are working extremely long hours under very stressful conditions. Buying a meal for one of these incredible employees is a small way of saying thanks for their dedication to care provision.”

The meals will be purchased from participating restaurants in the hospital district, thereby supporting the struggling local businesses as well as thanking the hospital staff. “As a business organization we are searching for ways to support our businesses in a tangible way in this unprecedented time,” says Model. “So far we have two restaurants in the area surrounding the hospital who are set up for delivery, operate seven days a week and are committed to longer hours in order to service nighttime and early morning workers. We expect more restaurants to come on board as we move forward.”

The Downtown Surrey BIA is hoping that individuals and organizations who want to say thank you to the hardworking staff keeping the hospital running will contact one of the participating restaurants and purchase a $20 gift card. The gift card will be added the growing funds collected to feed the hospital staff on an ongoing rotation. If a tax receipt is required, please donate directly to the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation https://surreyhospitalfoundation.com/covid19/ .

Participating restaurants include:

Dominion Bar & Kitchen  604-330-0229

Bozzinis     604-588-6880   

Movies Under the Stars 2020 – Vote for featured movies

The DSBIA is currently planning our 2020 Movies Under the Stars event for later this year! What movie would you like to see on the big screen at Holland Park? You can vote for up to 4 movies. Deadline to vote is March 30. You can send votes to info@downtownsurreybia.com 

NOTE: This event is family oriented. All films must be family friendly, less than 2 hours in length and rated G or PG.

MOVIES:

o   Frozen 2

o   Toy Story 4

o   The Lion King

o   Onward

o   Mulan

o   Sonic the Hedgehog

o   Other (please specify) ___________________. *Must be under 2 hours and G or PG rated.

2020 AGM

Downtown Surrey BIA’s Annual General Meeting will take place this year on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Registration will begin at 11:30AM, with the event coming to a close at 1:30 PM. Taking place at the Civic Hotel, this year’s AGM will include the presentation of special awards to several long-time businesses in our area.

The 2020 Annual General Meeting will also consist of time devoted to networking alongside a complimentary light lunch—followed by presentations of the 2020 Budget, 2019 Year End Report, and the 2019 Audited Financial Statement.

Movies Under the Stars 2020

The DSBIA’s annual Movies Under the Stars is returning this summer for its 16th year! The popular family-friendly event will be showcasing 4 different movies at dusk throughout the month of August. In addition to fan-favourite movies being displayed, you can also expect to be immersed by fun activities, exciting performances, and local community exhibitors.

Dates are as follows: August 1, 8, 15, 23.

Movie lineup to be announced.

Meet the DSBIA’s New Bike Patrol!

Effective January 6 of this year, the Downtown Surrey BIA will be working with security company GuardTeck to continue our bike patrol service with a brand new team. The two-person team— donning vibrant blue jackets—will provide the Patrol’s well-known reliable service to the DSBIA area Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. If you see them, say hi!

Since initiating the Bike Patrol program in 2008, the Downtown Surrey BIA has seen considerable effectiveness in curbing street nuisances for the benefit of businesses in our area. In addition to riding throughout the area each shift monitoring “hot spots” for potential trouble, the Patrol will also be visiting businesses and regularly liaising with the Surrey RCMP to discuss incident reports.

2020 – Our Surrey Vision

We are excited to present our “2020 Vision” for the coming year! Click the link here to have a look at what’s in store for the future of Downtown Surrey’s rapidly accelerating expansion, and what we aim to achieve in order to make such an expansion beneficial for the community.

The 2020 Our Surrey Vision community engagement project was launched by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) to facilitate conversation and community feedback for its 2020 Strategic Planning Document.

The main objectives of this project were to:

• Conduct community engagement in various parts of Surrey to identify key opportunities for growth and seek input on identified areas of strength in Downtown Surrey

• Capture both high level and low level input from these engagements in an overview document

In total, there were 4,677 in-person engagements, 168,996 online engagements including 998 online surveys and 318 paper surveys for a total of 1,316 completed responses.

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