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The Ovaltine Cafe is in the Downtown Eastside, but there was a time when it was a diner in Nazi-occupied America. And another time when it was a diner in a Chicago of 2035, run by robots.
“Customers will come in and tell us, ‘We saw you on TV!’” said Rachel Chen, who owns the cafe with her mother, Grace.
As Metro Vancouver’s reputation as Hollywood North continues to grow, many small businesses are getting their time in the limelight. …
Richmond’s old fishing village of Steveston has also been used regularly for television productions. Since 2011, it’s frequently redecorated to become the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, for ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
The show celebrated its 100th episode earlier this year, with congratulations by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who thanked ABC for helping raise Steveston’s profile as a tourist destination.
“It depends on what they’re filming, but if it’s a big scene, we can have up to 300 [fans and tourists wanting to see the production],” said Sharon Gallaher, an employee of Serenity Home Decor Boutique in Steveston.
The show’s production investment in B.C. since 2011 sits at approximately $276 million, according to MPA-Canada. …
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