Bloggers showcase Kerrisdale’s unique shops in stop-motion video

When Andrea Mueller from North Vancouver visited her friend Judi Patson, who lives near MacKenzie Heights, a few weeks ago, it was a gorgeous Sunday. A perfect day, the friends decided, to go about and shoot another stop-motion video for their blog Curious in Vancouver.

If you use the hashtag #Kerrisdale on Hootsuite, as I do, you mostly find tweets about stores, the community centre and real estate listings. But once in a while, you find a little jewel posted by a private person like the Kerrisdale video which appeared last Tuesday, March 5.

The 2 ½-minute video, consisting of hundreds of photos edited in stop-motion, shows Mueller entering unique Kerrisdale stores such as Benton Brothers cheese, Faubourg bakery and Hill’s of Kerrisdale clothing. Mueller is also seen stopping for tea at the Secret Garden tea house and entering Thomas Hobbs’ flower store. Music from Vancouver artist Patrick Spencer of the band Coldwater Road delivers the score.

Kerrisdale's shopping area at West Boulevard and West 41st Ave. is central in the video.

Kerrisdale’s shopping area at West Boulevard and West 41st Ave. is central in the video.

“We met Patrick when he was busking on Granville Island,” said Mueller, who emphasized there is no brand or business improvement association behind the blog.

Showcasing unique boutiques

“The blog is a project to promote the city that we love, and the unique things and shops in the city,” said Mueller. “We’re trying to hit every neighbourhood, following the motto ‘What are we in the mood for today?’”

So far, the friends made videos of places like Main Street, Commercial Drive, Chinatown, Yaletown, Horseshoe Bay and even Victoria.

The idea is that Patson shoots the photos and edits the videos on iMovie. The videos are to appear on Tuesdays. The following Thursday, Mueller is to post a blog about the area.

In this week’s blogpost, Mueller wrote about the history of Kerrisdale, including that it was named in 1905 after a Scottish estate called “Kerrydale”, and about her favourite stores and eateries. She said she hadn’t been to Kerrisdale for a while and was happy to see a traditional Canadian eatery such as Avenue Grill still around. I agree!

Mueller, a jeweller who currently juggles several part-time jobs, was inspired by a stop-motion video she saw at her employer, an online flight website.

Kerrisdale's commercial district on West 41st Avenue.

Kerrisdale’s commercial district on West 41st Avenue.

For each 3-minute video, they shot around 500 photos. How it works is, they decide on a route first, then shoot a photograph every couple of steps. They only photograph shops they actually like and most store owners are ok with them making photos inside, Mueller said.

Mueller met Patson seven years ago, when the two jewellers shared studios in the same downtown building.

“We are totally opposite characters,” said Mueller. “For example, Judi is a vegetarian and I am not, but we wanted to something together.” The two enjoyed working together for the One of a Kind show in Toronto and started the blog last January. Patson is a full-time jeweller with her own brand evendesign.

“Our aim is to get a readership, show people our discoveries and the hope is to someday start doing giveaways, maybe even find advertisers,” Mueller said.

Kerrisdale's popular French bakery Faubourg was a big surprise for Andrea Mueller.

Kerrisdale’s popular French bakery Faubourg was a big surprise for Andrea Mueller.

Are Dunbar, Marpole and Oakridge also on the list?

“You bet, all of the above, and more,” said Mueller, who revealed the next video will be shot in Ambleside, West Vancouver.

Report and photos by Katja De Bock

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