By Michelle Hanley
I only first visited a Mountain Equipment Co-op for the first time very recently, and now the mystery of where all the middle aged white people in this town buy their fleece pullovers and rainproof windbreakers has been solved.
The bathroom at MEC was nearly impossible to find. I searched endlessly, past climbing walls and sleeping bags and hiking boots until I finally found it near the bicycle repair shop. The washrooms were sad and grimy and an empty kombucha bottle was sitting on top of the toilet. The bathrooms were very busy with a long wait for the few stalls. If I ever need to return to MEC I will certainly be pooping elsewhere.
Tsawwassen Mills Mall
A brand new outlet mall has just opened in the weird little suburb of Tsawwassen and it is great. There’s a Hot Topic and a Bass Pro Shop and a Build-A-Bear Workshop and even a store that only sells hot sauce! Everything you need is at this mall.
I had really high hopes for the bathrooms but I was a little let down. The stalls were very cramped and small and didn’t have any of the luxuries I was expecting in this dazzling brand new centre for consumerism. However it was very clean and the soap smelled really good and the mall was really cool so I’ll probably be back.
The Storm Crow (Commercial Drive)
The Storm Crow is a great place if you are a huge nerd. I really like getting drunk and I love Harry Potter so this bar is one of my all-time favourites.
On my most recent visit, there was long line for one of the two bathrooms and I got stuck in the grosser of the two. What it lacked in cleanliness it made up for in charm. The toilet was cleverly decorated to look like the titular throne from Game of Thrones. It was very cute despite the grime. The tiles were a beautiful floral print with the occasional bit of graffiti scratched onto it. My personal favourite was the obligatory Commercial Drive “NO PIPELINES,” which somebody responded with, “But where will the poop go?”BC, British Columbia, doo doo, M.E.C., Mountain Equipment Co-op, poop, public toilets, shit, The Storm Crow, Tsawwassen Mills Mall