Mall turns 50

Brentwood Town Centre is having a party. The mall is celebrating its 50th birthday this year with a party on Aug. 13 with prizes, a band and fun activities, according to a press release from the centre.

One of those fun activities is The Brentwood Claw game, which is at a kiosk in the mall but can also be played on the centre's Facebook page, www.facebook. com/BrentwoodTownCentre.

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There are more than 500 prices available.

"We're excited to have such tremendous participation from our retailers," said the centre's marketing director, Janna Meneghello, in a press release.

She added the prizes range from roasted turkey club sandwiches from Roasty Jack to portable DVD players to a luggage set from Sears.

The Claw game will be at Brentwood and on Facebook until Aug. 14.

The claw can also be followed on twitter @BrentwoodClaw.


Two Burnaby sisters are raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society with a fundraiser at Pricesmart Foods in Burnaby on Aug. 21.

The Lend a Hand to Fight Cancer fundraiser is running at the 7501 Market Crossing Pricesmart location from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with hotdogs and drinks for sale.

A large canvas will be on site, where people are invited to stamp their handprint to show support for the cause.


The Waterworkz Paw Spa is offering free pet seminars this summer. The company at 3831 Still Creek Ave., which was featured in a Burnaby NOW article in May, provides hydrotherapy for dogs.

Owner Tanya VanderHammen is hosting the Waterworkz Summer Saturday Series at the spa.

Topics range from Tellington TTouch therapy, which uses circular movements to massage animals to how to keep cats healthy on cruises.

The seminars take place each Saturday, with the last one on Aug. 27. For a schedule of specific topics and more information, go to www.


Take Five Café, founded by Burnaby's Punzo family, has redeveloped its look this summer.

Over the next few weeks, the café's locations - including the one at Metropolis at Metrotown - will reopen with a more modern appearance and a focus on the café's inspiration, coffee.

"We've changed the look and feel of the cafés, but the much-loved coffee and Italian-inspired foods remain the same," said co-founder Steve Punzo in a press release.

Steve opened the first Take Five Café with his brother, Dean, in 2003 on Granville Street in Vancouver.

Both worked at Caffé de Medici in the '80s and took over the business from their father in 1995.

The company is also expanding, with a new location in Richmond, and one opening in the Brewery District in New Westminster this fall.


Small Business Week, organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada, takes place this year from Oct. 16 to 22.

Are you the owner of a small business in Burnaby? Contact me at jfuller-evans@ to be part of a feature on small businesses in the city for Small Business Week.

Do you have news to share from the Burnaby business community? Contact Janaya by email, jfuller-evans@burnabynow. com.

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