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Shopping Vancouver

Pop-Up Shop: First Pick Handmade

By SHERI RADFORD

Fill your bags (or fingers) with fabulous finds by Canadian designers.

Unleash your inner magpie at First Pick Handmade, where there’s no shortage of shiny objects and fashions by Canadian designers.

Sep. 16 and 17, 2017 Whether you’re looking for vegan boots, period-proof panties, purposely mismatched socks, a recycled cashmere toque or cufflinks made from a broken skateboard, you’ll find them all at First Pick Handmade. This event is transforming Heritage Hall into a pop-up boutique department store featuring 27 designers from Vancouver and beyond. Some of our favourites include Kat Cadegan Jewellery (pictured), Daub + Design clothing, Zed Handmade scarves and cowls, and natural-textile accessories from Le Fil Rouge. It’s a fashionista’s dream come true.

25 Things We Love About Gastown

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM
Sep. 2017

The charming Gastown Steam Clock lets off an impressive show of steam and whistle chimes every quarter hour. (Photo: SSUNI/iStockphoto.com)

The Gastown Steam Clock lets off an impressive show of steam and whistle chimes every quarter hour. (Photo: SSUNI/iStockphoto.com)

1. The charming exposed-brick buildings and cobblestone streets that tell stories of years past.

2. Iconic landmarks such as the Gastown Steam Clock, Victory Square and statue of Gassy Jack.

3. Sipping a perfect brew from Prado Cafe, where each cup brims with local roasts from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. Soak up the lively atmosphere and fill your plate with sweet waffles, poached eggs, salads and more. (more…)

35 Things Kids Love About Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD + Photos by KK LAW

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

  1. Splashing around in seaside Kitsilano Pool and Second Beach Pool.
  2. Grinder and Coola, two orphaned grizzly bears at Grouse Mountain.
  3. Putting the pedal to the metal at Richmond Go-Karts.
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Fantastic Finds at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmer’s Market

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM

All kinds of treasures await at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers' Market. (Photo: Mira Agron/Dreamstime.com)

All kinds of treasures await at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Mira Agron/Dreamstime.com)

Love to shop local? Look no further than the idyllic Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market in North Vancouver. Searching for treasures there is a fun and picturesque way to spend a sunny Saturday. Foodies, jewellery collectors, green thumbs and BC wine enthusiasts find their bliss seaside while taking in music from live performers. Discover the best locally grown and crafted goods the region has to offer: treat taste buds to a tempting whipped matcha tea–flavoured chocolate from Solasta Chocolate, sample a signature chilli vodka from Sons of Vancouver Distillery or exfoliate with a coffee scrub soap bar from Reward Your Skin. Located in Lonsdale Quay, the market boasts a book exchange, children’s activities, kids’ clothing, handcrafted pottery and a newspaper-reading station perfect for unwinding. This vibrant market has so much mouth-watering fare and organic produce—not to mention unbeatable harbour-front views—that locals and travellers just might find the “Quay” to their hearts.

Oh Canada! Online Art Auction

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Indian Encampment" by  Thomas Mower Martin. (Photo: Heffel Fine Art Auction House)

“Indian Encampment” by Thomas Mower Martin. (Photo: Heffel Fine Art Auction House)

Jul. 6 to 27, 2017 It’s a True North takeover at Heffel. Raise a virtual paddle at the Oh Canada! online auction, which features historical Canadian works to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. Stop by the auction house to view watercolours, oils and pastels by celebrated artists like Cornelius Krieghoff and Thomas Mower Martin (“Indian Encampment,” pictured). Let the bidding begin.

Souvenir Shop On Wheels

By CHLOË LAI

Keep an eye out for this tiny taxi laden with Canadian-made gifts

Keep an eye out for this tiny taxi stocked with Canadian-made gifts

To Jul 31, 2017 Great souvenirs are a reminder of your favourite things about a trip, but when the “shop” you find them in is a fabulously festive Canada 150 cab, the shopping experience might actually be the best part. Hop into the True North Taxicab—possibly the world’s smallest gift shop—to pick up Canadian-made culinary gifts by Edible Canada. It’s a visit you won’t soon forget.

Happy Mother’s Day

By SHERI RADFORD

On May 14, delight your dear mama with the perfect gift, something she can treasure all year long.

FreyWille-DivaBangleHundertwasser-inspired 24K-gold-plated bangle by FREYWILLE  (more…)

A Gem of a Store

By SHERI RADFORD

Find your sparkle at Lao Feng Xiang

Find your sparkle at Lao Feng Xiang

Whether your budget veers more toward the Average Joe or the Kim Kardashian end of the spending spectrum, you’re sure to discover the perfect piece of jewellery at Lao Feng Xiang. Located right downtown, on high-fashion Alberni Street, the only LFX store in Canada sells jadeite, nephrite, pearls, coloured stones and diamonds, all set in stunning white or yellow gold. Find the perfect gift for a wedding, birthday, anniversary or (our favourite) no occasion at all.

Dapper Dudes

By CHLOË LAI

A well-groomed gentleman is ready for anything

A perfect gift for the modern gentleman

Vancouver’s lush beards, hand-twirled moustaches and crisp jawlines are evidence of a grooming revolution. Joining the fight against wild whiskers is Groom, a Montreal-based company producing small batches of beard oils, moustache waxes and shaving products. Their ingredients are as straightforward as their name, and never tested on animals. Subtly scented with natural oils like sandalwood, clary sage and tobacco blend, these handcrafted products will keep gents looking and feeling like they’ve just left the best barbershop in town. At Frank + Oak.

Hop To It

By SHERI RADFORD

Snuggle up to Easter with the Blossom Posy Bunny

Snuggle up to Easter with the Blossom Posy Bunny

Give the Easter Bunny a helping hand this year with these goodies, ideal for filling any basket.

1 Available for only a short time in the spring, Always Sakura is a green tea with notes of Rainier cherry and sweet florals at TWG Tea.

2 Handcrafted in Vancouver, the Hare Kinship talisman from Pyrrha (www.pyrrha.com) symbolizes peace and harmony.
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Art & Sole

By SHERI RADFORD

Statement sneakers with a feel-good twist

Statement sneakers with a feel-good twist

Seeking an unusual souvenir that comes with a side of philanthropy? Look no further than Six Hundred Four. This new boutique in Gastown partners with Vancouver artists to produce limited-edition footwear. Each artist creates a new piece of art, which is then digitally printed onto 604 pairs of hand-crafted shoes, spread across four unisex styles. These cool kicks are guaranteed conversation starters. And visiting the sneaker gallery is less like a typical shopping trip and more like an excursion to a funky underground gallery. Bonus: 6.04% of each sale is donated to a charity chosen by the artist, which means you can look good and feel good at the same time.

Top Dogs

By SHERI RADFORD

Get your best friend on the best-dressed list.

Get your best friend on the Best-Dressed list.

Pampered pooches and well-heeled hounds get outfitted by Danes and Divas. The local company crafts stylish bowties, collars, leashes, bandanas and more for dapper dogs (and good-natured cats). Shalla Black established the business in 2012 because she saw a need for accessories that went beyond basic nylon or leather. Designed and manufactured in BC, Black’s creations express each pet’s personality. Outfit your own precious pup at Barking Babies or online.