The original concept for Neverland has always been to create a space for the local community to come together for face to face celebrations, collaborations and inspirations. The celebrations and collaborations have caught on like wildfire, but the inspiration bit relies on the artist talks, open mics and guest speakers we have planned.
Literally days before we opened it was brought to our attention that these creative community events were in contravention with our liquor license that forbids entertainment which may entice audience participation. Specifically, if we have a guest speaker and anyone asks them a question, we risk having our license revoked. The solution was to apply for a “patron participation entertainment” amendment to our license. Imagine our surprise when we found out what that entailed!
The 8 x 4 foot sign is required to be posted for 30 days along with two advertisements in a local paper inviting neighbours who live within a ½ mile radius to weigh in on their thoughts about this application. So if you are in the neigbourhood and like the idea of artist talks, open mics and guests speakers please don’t hesitate to email your support! Our current liquor license is valid until midnight however we choose to close at 10pm and have no plans for changing that. We need our sleep!
The bright side is that this monstrosity of a sign will ensure that everyone will now be aware that we actually have a liquor license! So come by and join us for a tea infused cocktail, glass of wine or cold beer and we can discuss the hurdles of trying to open a business in Vancouver!
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, name and address before December 14th if you so desire!