One Business has Plans of Riding the Covid 19 Economic Tsunami Topside and Online

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The Covid 19 Economic Tsunami is hitting the world hard; with tourist destinations and services possibly taking the brunt, and in turn, many businesses will be closing their doors for good globally. A second or third wave is not out of the picture.

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Living in White Rock, BC Canada on the edge of the Pacific Ocean for 9+ years and catering to the tourist market, Ric Wallace has met and overcome many unexpected challenges and overcome them with success. Ric has seen dozens of businesses sell or close the doors over the years in White Rock / South Surrey. His philosophy is DO NOT FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN’T DO, but rather, FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO.

In the summer of 2018 British Columbia and Washington State, USA and neighboring areas had to endure the health risks and damages associated with wildfires. Most people were complaining and sitting back watching the news. ARTographer Ric Wallace was out capturing dramatic sunsets and foggy imagery due to smoke, as the air quality was not ideal for setting up at the beach. He would prefer NOT to be taking photos of events like this, but if it is there why not document it. Many of these photos are sold as postcards, greeting cards, and Wall art.

On December 20 2018, the famous White Rock Beach Pier was destroyed in what Ric calls the Storm of the Century which saw him out snapping photos of the action. On the following day (December 21st) Ric Wallace was set up at the White Rock Beach waterfront under the Artist Walk program, with printed photos he took the day before. People were walking the promenade looking at the missing middle section of the 100+ year old pier and crying over what happened to a landmark that has meant so much to many people. Poster prints and other sized photos of the helicopter rescue – taken less than 24 hours before – were on display and selling like hot cakes until they sold out.  


December 24th Christmas Eve day, Ric was set up once again at his White Rock Beach Gallery (https://whiterockbeachgallery.com/), attracting as much attention as the broken pier. Ric had plans of maybe setting up on Christmas day, but the long cold days at the beach, power outages, no heat, puffy eyes, sore back & joints he decided to take the day off. After turning on the computer, checking email and the weather forecast, plus paying off his Mastercard, a thought popped into his head he claims NOT to be his. The thought was to check out the domain WhiteRockPier.ca, so he entered the web address. PAGE NOT FOUND was displayed – years ago someone was using this domain to sell real estate or some service, so then he visited a domain register site to see if it was available.

With his screen saying, “Available to register”, but not wearing his glasses he could not believe what he was seeing so he enlarged the screen 800%. When he is tired, his speech and spelling goes out the window. Not wanting to spend money on a misspelled domain (happened once before), he asked his wife as she was putting the Christmas turkey in the oven “How do you spell PIER?” she replied it is a 4 letter word – P   I   E   R  – it is PIE with an R. He said that is what I typed, and one click of the mouse and $11.55 plus tax was applied to his credit card.

On December 30, 2018 – The Pier Guy shown in the above photo,
receives a FREE 13″x 19″ poster print on the promise NO more helicopter rides. LOL 

He loves to share the story of why he went out to take photos the day the pier was destroyed; you can ask him if he is set up at the beach (a good story to hear). He feels the UNIVERSE rewarded him for being the only ARTIST WALK photographer (hundreds of people were out snapping photos) to be capturing the events leading up to the helicopter rescue and the stunning sunset that lasted just 4 seconds.

On July 19, 2019, once again a thought came into Ric’s head to check out WhiteRockPier.com. He repeated what he had previously done on Christmas Day and it was available for purchase – click, registered, no need to backorder a domain.

In Jan 2019 a series of Storm of the Century postcard sets were produced and offered for sale listing the newly registered domain WhiteRockPier.ca. The City of White Rock was even selling the $30 & $40 sets with a portion to go for the pier reconstruction project.
white-rock-02With the pier reconstruction starting in March 2019 and lasting until late August 2019, sales for artists at the beach were the worst ever for many long time artists, and Marine Drive merchants also had the same fate. In 2019, Ric lost a few months because of surgery and also had to find a new place to live as his landlord had a family member moving back to Canada. All the White Rock Beach Gallery tents and products were placed in storage while looking for a new place to live. Two days before he was to take possession of a new place July 15, it was found he was a victim of a rental scam in White Rock. With the help of and a visit by White Rock RCMP to the person who took his money, he was able to get his money back but had nowhere to move to. His current landlord offered to extend his stay while a new place was found. Not giving up, a place was found and days before the pier reopening last week of August 2019, the White Rock Beach Gallery was open up for business overlooking the beautiful Semiahmoo Bay and the restored pier. Long story short, after 5+ months closed at not able to go to the beach – setup stuff in storage – 2019 turned out to be the best year for sales in BC for Ric.

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Jumping ahead to June 2020, White Rock Beach Gallery sales were down 99.9% from Jan to June over the same time period in 2019. With the pier closed, promenade closed until near the end of May, and with most stores that sell Ric’s postcards, greeting cards, magnets, etc also closed, things were not looking good. Sales at Save On Foods at Semiahmoo Shopping centre were not greatly affected. With the onset of the pandemic, people were told to stay home, and scared to go shopping. Putting Ric in front of a TV will put him to sleep.

Ric was thinking he needs a million dollar idea.

The odds on the lotto are bad in Canada, so he said:

DO NOT FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN’T DO,
but rather, FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO.

With the USA border closed, no cruise ships, air flights to BC at a fraction of what they used to be, people out of work, stores closed, no toilet paper in stores, and disposable incomes vanishing due to the need for rent or food money, Ric wondered what he could offer for $10 to $30 with an average sale of $25 being his TARGET. People will still pay $5 to $25+ for coffee and a treat or sandwich.
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In Stock Wall ART

Large wall art costing hundreds of dollars will be a harder sell this year.

The Christmas, Season Greetings, winter scenes, etc set a record for 2019 at the waterfront and in stores due to them being new cards. The Storm of the Century postcards were a very profitable idea (no other product on the market). Wanting to minimize spending in a time of uncertainty and having stock of 300+ different postcard designs, Ric needed an idea to suit the times. Conducting business during the Covid 19 pandemic means changing the way business is transacted, so he had the idea to assemble postcard packs sealed in plastic with a mini contact sheet showing the enclosed postcards. He knew this would be the idea he needed to surf the Economic tsunami topside and online.

After 4+ weeks, 500+ hours (He was able to do this only because of Covid 19 – bored), and some more $$$, Ric Wallace (MR WHITE ROCK) now has 16 postcard packs offering a savings over single-card purchasing. The names of the postcard packs would also play a factor to get people’s interest.  Retail stores only have up to 40 of the 300+ postcards found on WhiteRockBeach.ca and do not offer the sets. If at least one of these themes does not interest you, there’s no need to come to White Rock.

  1. The Best Deal Pack
  2. White Rock Snow Pack
  3. Crescent Beach
  4. The Crow ART Pack
  5. Value Deal Pack
  6. Amazing Tourist Pack
  7. Amazing Sunsets
  8. Amazing Sunrises
  9. Santa Hat Pack
  10. The White Rock Beach Pier Pack
  11. Birds Of Canada
  12. Wildlife Of Canada
  13. Storm of the Century Postcards – 14 storm
  14. Storm of the Century Postcards – 14 storm + 10 White Rock Beach 
  15. Storm of the Century Postcards – 14 storm + 31 White Rock Beach 
  16. Storm of the Century Postcards – 14 storm +31 White Rock Beach + Lucky Coin

Special discount for pickup or in person sales – contact for details.

All packs are for sale on WhiteRockBeach.ca, a catalogue can also be downloaded for FREE as a PDF. Ric is also offering a further discount for in-person sales (no shipping charges and a discount equal to the tax charged online) in White Rock/South Surrey or the promenade (if allowed by the city).

On June 10th an Amazing Tourist Pack was purchased at 5:59 am while Ric woke up at 6:13 am – YES, RIC hit the $25 target with the first sale. Making money while you sleep is a great excuse for afternoon naps. A past customer at the White Rock Beach Gallery made the purchase online. Upon delivery they also wanted a Santa Hat pack which was in my trunk, so another sale was made and an email receipt (with a link to my website) issued to support this story. This would not be the first time Ric has made a sale from the trunk of his car. One morning he woke up to find over $900 USD in his email inbox with orders all going to the United Kingdom and had no idea for the spike in sales. He wrote to one customer asking what prompted the purchase and she replied, “I saw you on the BBC1 last night.” I have never been to the UK and if you meet me at the beach, I will tell you the story and show you what she saw on TV.

If the White Rock Beach Gallery / Ric Wallace is  ALLOWED open for business at the beach (2020?), the wheels have been turning on how to be open for business. Gloves, face protection, etc and even QR codes can be displayed so people can see postcards, greeting cards, magnets, poster prints, wall art on their own smart devices to help Ric quickly find what they want to purchase, something other artists and businesses should consider. He has even created a layout, to scale, or blueprint on how his setup can be changed working within the confines of the new normal for doing business. It is easier to work things out on the computer than trying to move tents, tables, products on site to come up with an ideal setup. Using Square for tap or email payment, credit or debit sales can be made and an email or text of the payment receipt can be issued. (Cash can still be accepted.)

Every postcard or greeting card produced by Ric Wallace works as an advertisement showing the beauty of White Rock Beach or birds & Wildlife of Canada with zero tax dollars spent. If you want to brag about White Rock Beach to relatives or friends anywhere in the world, these make great keepsakes or collectibles for generations to come. Have some relatives you do not want to see? Send some the Snow Pack postcards and scare them away saying we have too much snow here (LOL). One customer has sent these to relatives in the UK doing just this.

The above stories are NOT meant to be bragging but maybe inspire people.

Do you want to be BULLIED out of business by the Covid 19 virus?

Or do you want to adapt to what they are now calling the new NORMAL?

Ric does more than snap photos and sell postcards & greeting cards – see VirtualEdge.ca.

Final words:

DO NOT FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN’T DO, but rather, FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO.

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Amazing Wall ART of the Famous White Rock Pier & White Rock Beach in STOCK By Mr White Rock

These framed prints in this posting are in STOCK and ready to be picked up.  Stock is limited, Contact Ric Wallace @ 604-259-0105

Framed Matted 12”x 24” Photo Prints at $250
Large PANO Print – PANO-03-00-001

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We have only 2 large CANVAS prints
1- 25″ x 49″ with frame and 1 – 30″ x 60″ (no frame)
left at $600 CASH / DEBIT
$625 Visa / MasterCard

FREE Delivery within the South Surrey / White Rock area.


Now in stock 24”x 36” acrylic print $750 tax included pickup or delivery in White Rock & South Surrey.

Cash / Debit / MasterCard / Visa – Pay CASH get a FREE Greeting Card.
You MUST come to White Rock – NO SHIPPING.

Pay CASH & get a FREE GREETING CARD
(email or text receipt available)

We could meet at the beach or Tim Horton’s Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints at $125 Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints at $125 Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints at $125 Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints at $125 Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints at $125 Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints at $125 Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints at $125 Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints at $125

Framed Matted 14”x 14” Photo Prints at $125
Framed Matted 11”x 11” Photo Prints at $100
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Have a limited budget or want to frame yourself?

The photo prints are available separately in 2 sizes.

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Mini Pano Prints
4”x 12” Photo Prints @ $15
Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints @ 45
Framed Matted 8”x 16” Photo Prints @ $125
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Pano prints
6”x 18” Photo Prints @ $30
Matted 12”x 24” Photo Prints @ $90
Framed Matted 12”x 24” Photo Prints @ $250
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Santa Eagle (Santa CLAWS), Santa CROW and the REAL Santa Claus are ALL found ONLY at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre in White Rock / South Surrey

No other place in the WORLD – Mall / Shopping Center or even the North Pole can make the claim Santa CROW, Santa Eagle (Santa CLAWS) and the REAL Santa Claus are ALL found in one location like Semiahmoo Shopping Centre in White Rock / South Surrey, British Columbia CANADA.

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All the WhiteRockBeach.ca, Crowart.ca, RICco.ca postcards and Greeting cards are SANTA APPROVED.

Save On Foods has the postcards near checkout #9 with 40 top selling images.
The WhiteRockBeach.ca & RICco.ca are found on a side wing in the book Aisle #9 in the center of the store. The WildlifeOfCanada.com, RICco.ca and CrowART.ca are in Aisle #8 beside the GOLDFISH crackers.
All the winter, Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings cards will be replaced with the Spring / Summer cards December 26 / Boxing Day 2019. Shop early or online 24-7-365 for access to all cards that are for sale WhiteRockBeach.ca even in off seasons.
 
Framed photos which make ideal Christmas gifts are also for sale directly from Ric Wallace.
 

LOOKING FOR UNIQUE GIFTS? Think HARRY the Seagull

To purchase a HARRY the Seagull framed print
(frame size 11″ x 11″) for $100 contact Ric Wallace

HARRY the Seagull is a very unique bird with his own personality. Harry lives at White Rock Beach, British Columbia, CANADA.

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (ABOVE)
$125 all taxes included
Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

This ready-to-hang framed print is in stock and ready to purchase from

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
$135 all taxes included
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Both of these ready-to-hang framed prints are in stock and ready to purchase from

 

Santa CROW & Santa Eagle Greeting Cards NOW ON SALE Online

Purchase Online – CLICK HERE

https://whiterockbeach.ca/greeting-cards/

 

 
 
 
 
 
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WALL ART – CLEAR OUT SALE – 25″x 49″ & 30″ x 60″ canvas prints

We have only 2 large CANVAS prints
1– 25″ x 49″ and 1 – 30″ x 60″ left at $500 CASH.
$525 Visa/ MasterCard

Built a new house and need some COOL PHOTOS or the wall?
Are you a top selling Realtor needing
some COOL WALL ART to help stage your next listing?

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Outside Frame Size 25″ x 49″
 Canvas Size 30″ x 60″ – no frame

FREE Delivery within the South Surrey / White Rock area.


13″ x 19″ Poster Print Catalog Jan 2018

 

For the Love of Crows By Sheila T

I had never paid much attention to crows. I thought they were just noisy, obnoxious pests. At least, that’s how I saw them when I lived back in Ontario. But then we moved to “Supernatural” British Columbia in 2012, and a couple things changed my mind about these black rascals.

It was low tide and we were strolling along the beach out in front of the 486-ton white rock looking for interesting stones and shells. Although I heard no sound other than the light lapping of waves, I started to get an odd sense – as if we were being followed.

I stopped suddenly, turned around and saw one lone crow following in my footsteps as I picked up and discarded unwanted stones. My sudden stop and about-face caused this crow to stop suddenly as well, and he seemed to look around as if to ask, “What’s wrong – is someone following us?” It was a comical moment and I began to wonder if there was more to crows than I’d previously noticed.

Shortly after that day, we noticed a particular crow near our own home. He had a broken beak but it never seemed to prevent him from hunting for food and having success. We named him “Brokebeak” and began throwing a few peanuts out for him and a couple of his pals.

About this time, we also embarked on an intensive walking program to both lose weight and get in better shape. Our walks would usually take us from our East Beach location heading west along the White Rock Beach promenade, all the way uphill on Oxford Street, then east on 16 Avenue into town where we would stop sometimes for a cold drink before continuing the trek back home.

What we noticed when we reached the alley leading to our home – and with still about one kilometre to go – was the sudden appearance of our new friends. I commented that they seemed to recognize us. Ric threw them some peanuts that he had in his pocket and they dove for them.

Yes, they had recognized us as we’ve since learned. They can recognize faces and they know people who are kind to crows and those who aren’t. While they can be both thieves and pranksters (more on that to follow), they also demonstrate a lot of intelligence.

They tend to follow us some distance when we go for walks – even as far as the White Rock pier or farther. Often Ric has gone out among the tidal pools at low tide with his tripod and camera, and our feathered friends will show up, patiently waiting for treats to follow after he takes his pictures.

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Our crow pals also seem to watch the house, and when they spot our car pulling out, they swoop in and fly along beside the car to get our attention. They’ll often fly along side until they get their peanut rations. And they also watch for us to return home. But we have one rule: if they’re noisy, they get no reward. Only quiet birds get treats.

Edgar Allen Crow - Approved Recipes to Feed Crows

NOTE: Humans will enjoy these as long you do not add any bugs or roadkill to these recipes.

We don’t expect everyone to share our love of crows, but there’s no denying their intelligence and cleverness. While that might not encourage affection, it should at least afford them a bit of respect.

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (ABOVE)
$125 all taxes included
Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

This ready-to-hang framed print is in stock and ready to purchase from

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
$135 all taxes included
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Both of these ready-to-hang framed prints are in stock and ready to purchase from

Come to White Rock Beach, BC April 1, 2018 for the Annual Counting & Instagramming of the CROWS

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It will be a fun day at White Rock Beach the first day of April 2018.  We are looking at having a monthly day for Instagramming of the CROWS. Check CrowART.ca for details.

COMING SOON – Our NEW line of CrowART.ca Greeting cards.

The 3 Amigos of the West BeachEdgar Allen Crow, Victoria, EJ (Edgar Junior – born 2017).

Edgar Allen Crow - Approved Recipes to Feed Crows

NOTE: Humans will enjoy these as long you do not add any bugs or roadkill to these recipes.

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
$135 all taxes included
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Both of these ready-to-hang framed prints are in stock and ready to purchase from

TRY OUR LUCKY CROW

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (ABOVE)
$125 all taxes included
Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

This ready-to-hang framed print is in stock and ready to purchase from

Get the WOW-Factor with these 20″ x 28″ Acrylic Prints by ARTographer Ric Wallace

Get the WOW-Factor with these 20″ x 28″ Acrylic Prints by ARTographer Ric Wallace
Seeing these photos as Acrylic Prints is an eye-popping experience. The combination of super-vivid printing, professional-quality materials, and the depth and details of these photos creates a truly magical effect.  We have one of each of these in stock for $500 each (tax included). The above is a sunset and the photo below is a sunrise.

Artist Ric Wallace & The White Rock Beach Gallery invite you to try Square for FREE

Virtual Edge Communications & the White Rock Beach Gallery invites you to try Square

 width= Easy-to-use tools for every little thing. From mobile point-of-sale tools and online invoicing to next-day deposits and inventory management, Square has everything you need to run your business anywhere. Virtual Edge Communications uses this COOL device to process charge card & debit payments as well as document cash sales. We can use this on our iPad, Mini iPad or iPod (we do not have an iPhone). If you sell products or services, you can boost your sales by offering to accept charge cards. We use the Square device to accept sales at The White Rock Beach Gallery - Waterfront Promenade Gallery. Want to see how simple this Square is to use? Come to White Rock Beach and if we are set up, buy some postcards, greeting cards, magnets or canvas prints and we will show you how simple it is to use and email you a receipt, saving the trees for the squirrels or postcards. LOL  whiterockbeach-gallery-02
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (ABOVE)
$125 all taxes included
Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

This ready-to-hang framed print is in stock and ready to purchase from

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
$135 all taxes included
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Both of these ready-to-hang framed prints are in stock and ready to purchase from

Happy St Patrick’s Day from GREEN Rock Beach (formerly #WhiteRock)

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The Lucky McSquirrels decided it was TIME to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and paint White Rock Beach GREEN.

Would GREEN Rock Beach catch on?

Virtual Edge Communications invites you to try Square. You will receive free processing on up to $1,000 in credit card transactions for the first 180 days*. Afterwards, you pay the standard 2.65% per swipe for all major credit cards**.

The Irish celebrate with Irish beer, two cold pints for these very thirsty Lottery Squirrels.

 The LOTTO Dream eBook - FREE DOWNLOAD

WinBig.ca — Helping Canadians Dream Big & Win BIG

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To finish a perfect meal was the blueberry cheesecake dessert with 2 forks and 41.3 seconds later it disappeared.

After 4 pints of Irish beer, the 2 Lottery Squirrels were full and a little tipsy.

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