There's international media all over this city right now. When they don't have a news story about one of their own athletes for 30 minutes or so, they run around and look for somebody to interview, often about something unique to Vancouver. Interestingly enough, a number of them are beating a path to The Umbrella Shop.
Maybe it's because they've finally realized that Vancouver isn't the Land of Ice and Snow that many of them believed it was beforehand. Snow? We don't do snow in Vancouver. Rain is where Vancouver really shines, if you know what I mean. If you're going to be stuck in the rain, you'd best have a good umbrella.
Or maybe it was because they like the fact that the store has the only remaining umbrella factory in North America. It's quaint and quirky to look at how an umbrella is made, kind of like going to look at how the Amish put buggies together. Well, guess what? You're probably never going for a buggy ride but I'm willing to bet that you need an umbrella, at least occasionally, no matter where you live. And if you live in the Pacific Northwest you probably need one at least 4 to 5 days per week during the so-called winter.
Anyway, whatever the reason, the Today Show was at the Broadway store on Monday and the material they taped is supposed to be shown on Friday morning's show! Yes, I'm serious. Matt Lauer and the Today Show were there! I talked to Scott about it, but he didn't reveal any details so I guess I'm just going to have to watch to see if he's on it. Uh, "he" being Scott, of course. I know Matt will be on the show!