To describe VFM I think Stuart McLean of the CBC said it best, describing his imaginary "Dave" and his imaginary record store "The Vinyl Cafe" with the store's motto: "We may not be big, but we are small". VFM is small in shopping area but big in content with many small stores. When I say this I exclude stores like "Save on Foods" and "London Drugs" that by no means are small.

I enjoy shopping but I don't like the big shopping malls like "Guilford" in Surrey or "Metrotown" in Burnaby as examples, because you walk for miles to fmd what you are looking for. In this mall you have almost everything you want within a 5min. walk. Granted some specialities items like car parts and lumber you don't find here, but you will find almost anything else.

There are groceries at Save on Foods, medicines at London Drugs and Beer and Wine and more at the BC Liquor Store. (By the way, this is the only mall in Maple Ridge with a BC Liquor Store).

There are clothing stores, gift stores, a health food store, card shops, shoe & shoe repair shop. To make you look good there is a SPA, and hair dressers that are happy to style your hair, or cut it off, male or female, young or old.

In the mall there are also a Dental Clinic, an Eye Specialist, an Insurance Broker and a Travel Agency.

With respect to money issues TD Canada Trust have a large branch here, and in 2011 this branch was voted # 1 by THE NEWS readers the friendliest service in any fmancial institution in Maple Ridge.

For special occasions like X-Mas and Halloween there are always special displays that includes Santa etc. and very scary stuff. For fathers day, they have the last couple of years, had a display of model trains that is the most elaborate I have ever seen. I hope they bring it back next year. If they do, I urge you to go and have a look. It is fascinating.

If you need a brake from shopping there are several restaurants like Red Robin, Iori Sushi Bar, Austin Fish and Chips, Flying Wedge Pizza and Papa Greek, Greek food. For a quick coffee you can visit Starbucks or Bagels & More.

To make you feel safe there is Security walking everywhere, including on the parking lot.

I love this mall and the people in it.

Sincerely, Jostein