Stars of Vancouver 2019: Frank Shang’s best of the city

Frank Shang, MRD Landscaping Inc.

Second place in best landscaping and second place in best environmentally responsible business.

Favourite thing to do in Vancouver:

Spend a day on Granville Island with my kids.

What’s one thing you’d change about Vancouver if you could?

Housing affordability would be the No. 1 issue.

What’s one thing you’d like everyone to shut up about in Vancouver?

“Best place on earth.” In fact, housing affordability in Canada’s most expensive market — Vancouver — is at crisis levels.

You’ve been given $100, where are you spending it?

Donate to BC Children’s Hospital.

Favourite spot in the city to walk:

Cycle around Stanley Park.

Best patio:

The Boathouse on Arbutus Street.

Favourite local restaurant:

Kirin Restaurant, Vancouver West at City Square Mall

Favourite local grocery store:

Kin’s Farm Market.

Favourite Vancouver neighbourhood:

Kitsilano. It’s recognized for its beach park and saltwater public pool — both filled with people in summer. I like walking and eating in this area.

Best local venue to see live music:

Rogers Arena.

Favourite place for people watching: 

English Bay Beach.

Favourite coffee shop:

Honolulu Coffee in Kerrisdale.

Favourite brewery: 

Granville Island Brewing.

Favourite Vancouver building:

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.

Favourite Canuck of all time:

Henrik Sedin.

Where’s one place you’d recommend in Vancouver that feels nothing like Vancouver?

Granville Island Public Market. I feel like I am in a Barcelona market.