In Their Habitat - Jessica Blossom ClarK

Words by Ženija Esmits. Photography by Helena McMurdo

It was three years ago that Jessica Clark moved back to South Granville. Jessica is the owner/operator/brains and beauty behind Quince Fine Florals: A most delicious flower shop on MacKenzie St between West 34th and West 32nd. However, it was in South Granville where she and her now husband found the rare combination of a dog-friendly apartment rental.

This was not however her first stint in SG. Jess grew up on the West Side of Vancouver and over the years has called several of Vancouver's neighborhoods home. Her most fortuitous move (for the sake of the profile) was into her first Vancouver apartment a few blocks from where she resides now. The space was compact but afforded her a pretty view. 

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

From an inherited (and all too fitting) middle name to her first job, flowers have always been a significant part of Jessica (Blossom) Clark’s life. Her formative years were spent in Kerrisdale - high school, home and Hobbs. She began working in a local flower shop and did so until school ended and it was time to pursue her studies elsewhere. She headed to NYC to attend theatre school. An abundance in education often goes hand in hand with a lack of funds. Thanks to her experience in the floral industry she assisted an event planner, which not only helped make ends meet but continued to keep her hands dirty.

Years passed, fun and education was had. But with theatre school completed and a new skill set in florals and events – Jessica headed back to Vancouver to pursue her career in acting.

Back to Jess’s first apartment in Vancouver: She moved into the building on the SE corner of 12th and Hemlock. A little cramped perhaps, but central and bright and with a beautiful Quince tree right outside her window.

Settled in her new place, the auditions began . . . as did the stereotypical serving jobs. Not entirely up her alley (and rightfully so) She turned to her faithful friends; flowers. Finding space where she could she began creating arrangements for local weddings and events. Her clientele grew as her acting bug diminished and after a tricky few years it was clear to Jess what needed to happen. It was time to go back to New York. This time she enrolled in Interior Design school.

When 9/11 happened it triggered the need for many to not only leave New York but to get home to family and friends. Which is exactly what Jessica did. It was time again to move back to YVR and think about growing her business. But before that, an educational/inspirational trip to Europe was in order. Besides who knew when she’d get the chance to go for an extended vacation again? She took a few months to visit gardens and markets across the continent.

Armed to the teeth with talent and inspiration it began time to look for a location. South Granville reared its beautiful head by way of a little two level location on 14th. In the end however we were blessed with Peridot and Kerrsidale was blessed with Quince.

Jessica’s busiest day of the year is almost upon us. Valentines Day. The orders and last minute panicked purchases come in droves - so what does poor husband do for the queen of Quince? With flowers completely covered – it’s fortunate Jess has a favorite treat. And as luck and location would have it, it’s just a short dog walk down the road on SG. Daniels chocolates.

Jessica’s love affair with flowers began as an after school job and "blossomed" into a wildly successful business. Quince Fine Florals may reside in Kerrisdale but it's 'roots' are in SouthGranville thanks to a first apartment with an inspiring view. 

Posted on February 4, 2016 .

Granville & 12th

Notorious and disastrous, the corner of Granville and 12th is prone to accidents. 

The most recent destruction happened last month when a chunk of Douglas Lodge was dislodged after it was plowed into. Now the retailer in the base of the building requires some serious TLC.

 Although no laughing matter - the quantity of accidents is laughable. In fact if you're a longtime resident the multitude of accidents warranted clever wall art (and branding) by Baccis. For years a multi-colored bullseye has been painted on the Bacci's exterior wall on the North East corner of the intersection.

After repeat accidents culminating in damage to their building the idea was to make the wall a focal point. Even today the metal Bacci's 'Home' lettering remains twisted due to repeat traffic abuse. The bullseye too, is still there. A more subtle version embellished with vibrant florals was painted a couple of years ago. 

Our stretch of Granville is a favorite spot for speeding traffic going to and from downtown. People are in a rush to get in and out of the city and inevitably run red lights, can't stop or are just plain unaware. Most of the intersections between 16th and 6th see their fair share of action (see our most recent incident above) - but it's the intersection at 12th that sees the majority.

It's not Monaco folks. Leave your Formula 1 tendencies at race-tracks in Abbotsford and out of South Granville.


Posted on February 3, 2016 and filed under Neighborhood Observations.

Two Cents in Two Sentences - Ever committed a crime?

Illustration by Zenija Esmits

From grand larceny to vandalizing a shop front with silly string - have you ever landed in the back of a squad car with only your regret and a sloppily painted woman named Candy to keep you company?

ZE: "A crime - technically - but VERY low on the spectrum. Mainly I just did stupid things that could've got me killed." 

HM: “I could tell you but…"

LC: “Its only bad if you get caught….amirite? I’m an angel… Seriously though, I pay for samples of bulk. “

HP: “I honestly don’t think I’ve really done anything wrong, but I have thrown hash out ­ TWICE (fairly recently too) because I though it was dirt. Depends who’s judging??”

Posted on January 14, 2016 and filed under 2 cents in 2 sentences.


First, lets all breath a sign of relief - the Hols are over, no more muss and fuss for at least another two weeks - We can see you Valentines Day. Ugh.* But with the New Year some folks like to set goals for themselves that seem all to realistic until they find themselves propped up at a bar - waist deep in Pinot Gris, sobbing that their relationship is in shambles, and that new exercise bike they got under the tree is already gathering dust. Here are our Two Cents on consciously becoming better, more fulfilled humans. 

Illustration by Zenija Esmits

ZE: "Yes, to exercise more. . . . HAHAHAHAHAHA! wheezing*"

HM: “Not really. Maybe this year I should resolve to make resolutions.”

LC: “I don’t typically make resolutions, rather, I use the New Year as one of those ‘clean slate’ allowances - much like ‘back to school’ time in September. 

HP: “Yes, I do - I love making lists.  I notice you haven't asked if I KEEP them...”


Illustration by Zenija Esmits

Flashing lights, crowds and terrible music. Hooray it's New Years Eve! One of the worst times of year to leave the house, hunt for a cab and mingle with the masses (see Hallowe'en) Lets keep it civilized people. Great minds think alike - See below. 

ZE: " As the years wear on - New Years Eve loses its appeal more and more. Last year was the best NYE ever - Bubbles and cheese, party of two."

HM: “In. With loved ones, good food and bubbly.”

LC: “Definitely home, with friends,cheese, bubbly, and hopefully bathrobes…”

HP: “I went big years ago and it was always fun.  Now, I really like being home with a civilized glass of bubbly and my hubby or just at a quiet, fun intimate evening at friends (Coughs:...Zenija-ahah..ahaHelena....hhhahemLouisaaa!!).

Posted on December 31, 2015 and filed under 2 cents in 2 sentences.

TWO CENTS IN TWO SENTENCES : Double the opinions double the fun - Christmas Eve Edition

As a Christmas present for EVERYONE - we've compiled two TWO CENTS topics to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It's the way he would've wanted it.

Tearing apart presents, decorating while absently drinking a gallon of eggnog with a quart of rum, the Holidays have their pluses. They also have their minuses - I think we've all seen National Lampoons Christmas Vacation - Estranged family comes out of the woodwork, your cat gets set on fire, your Christmas bonus ends up being jam and no matter how well you plan the year before, the xmas lights are a colossal mess. Yet, every year we take pleasure in these nuisances and niceties.

No matter what you celebrate, you get a day off tomorrow. So shut up and enjoy it. Happy Hols!


ZE: "Watching the Monkees Christmas Special and listening to Vince Guaraldi on repeat. Also indulging . . . in everything."

HM: ” Christmas Eve and that feeling of anticipation.”

LC:”That they inevitably end. This season gives me anxiety… commercialism on steroids, “spiced” lattes *barf*, scary jolly man intruder climbing down chimney, gluttonous behaviour… Ok, I am being a scrooge… I like being a Jew ; ) “our" Christmas dinners usually consist of Chinese Food and a movie. Happy Bday JC!!!”

HP: “It's a slow and anticipatory build up:  First we put up our lights, then the tree, then shopping for others (me), opening our stockings, and last but not least...Turkey dinner!” 

Illustration by Zenija Esmits


ZE: "Having to accommodate others. Christmas is a time for being selfish."

HM: “Traffic”

LC: “See above. But really… I get grossed out seeing all the Black Friday stuff. I am a consumer too - but I have real fear about being ‘consumed’ by it all."

HP: “Slow line-ups and running out of money are a nuisance.  Not getting enough turkey leftovers REALLY bum me out.”


illustration by Zenija Esmits

Whether you're putting cookies and bourbon out for Father Christmas, airing grievances or making persimmon pudding - every family has its traditions. These are ours.

ZE: "High on the list is Pīrāgi. But my main tradition is to virtually ignore the 25th and only celebrate that if forced to - Christmas Eve is where it's at."

HM: ” We light our Christmas pudding on fire, which I thought everyone did but I found out recently it’s more of a British thing.”

LC: “We celebrate Channuka and always manage to play a round of “Mystery Moses” with the family. We cap spending at $40 which forces some serious creativity… Last year my brother had me, and gifted me a taxidermy duck. Her name is Mallory and she lives in my den.”

HP: ” When I was a kid we had the turkey in the oven at the crack of dawn so we could eat "dinner" at twelve noon-ish which was followed by digesting, a walk, then home to plum pudding.  These days it's a morning mimosa, stockings, then repeat at the in-laws.”


Posted on December 17, 2015 and filed under 2 cents in 2 sentences.

Pantone in the sky

 Fair SG in all its Pantone-hued glory.

Fair SG in all its Pantone-hued glory.

As soon as Pantone's color(s) of the year was announced it was clear where they got their inspiration. South Granville, naturally.

Rose Quartz & Serenity are the flowery names the color conglomerate has chosen for essentially pink and blue. It's the first time two hues have tied for winner(?). The reasons Pantone picked what they did span issues of gender equality to feelings of tranquility in a time when the world is under great stress. 

Regardless of reason - this shady forecast will undoubtably be seen heavily on runways, on walls and online until 2017's color of the year is chosen.