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Sheri Radford

Canuck Clothing

By SHERI RADFORD

Channel your inner Canadian with patriotic pieces from Roots.

Channel your inner Canadian with patriotic pieces from Roots.

Whether you’re a Canadian or you just want to dress like one, Roots has something for you. Founded in 1973 in Ontario, the company is virtually synonymous with the True North Strong and Free. Especially popular this year is the Cooper Canada Kanga Hoody (pictured), part of the Canada 150 collection that celebrates the country’s sesquicentennial. Consider it Canadian camouflage: slip one on, grab a hockey stick and a beer, and you’ll blend right in, eh.

Fresh Food at Starbucks

By SHERI RADFORD

Fresh, fast, fabulous. Now that’s how we like our lunches.

For a healthy meal on the run, look no further than Starbucks. The perpetually popular coffee chain recently launched four protein-rich options for quick and easy lunches: butter-chicken wrap, egg-and-cheese protein box with apples and grapes, chicken-and-quinoa protein bowl, and (the one vegan selection) baby-greens-and-brown-rice protein bowl. Who knew fast food could be so good for you?

Jersey Boys at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

By SHERI RADFORD

Jersey Boys is a classic show that hits all the right notes. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Nov. 14 to 19, 2017 Relive the 1960s—even if you weren’t born yet—with Jersey Boys. Bursting with golden oldies, this Tony Award–winning show is based on the true-life history of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Sing along to “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and lots more crowd-pleasers. This slice of rock ’n’ roll history fills the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for just a week, so mark your calendars.

Meet Miniso, the Japanese Lifestyle Shop

By SHERI RADFORD
Nov. 2017

Find everything you need (and plenty of things you didn’t know you needed) at Miniso.

Whether you’re searching for sparkly nail polish, a picture frame, a charging cable or a quirky tote bag, you’re sure to find it at Miniso. The Japanese-designed lifestyle retailer opened a new store right downtown on Granville Street and filled it with all the beauty products, stationery and digital accessories that fans already adore from the brand. And with new products arriving in store every week, there’s always a reason to return.

Omega Pays Tribute to Apollo 17 Astronaut

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2017

A timely tribute to astronaut Gene Cernan.

Gene Cernan explored infinity and beyond. He flew in space three times and was the last person to walk on the moon, leaving his footprints (and his daughter’s initials) on the lunar surface during 1972’s Apollo 17 mission. Omega released the Speedmaster 45th Anniversary Apollo 17 watch to honour Cernan’s death earlier this year. Limited to just 1,972 pieces, it’s a fitting tribute to an astronaut, made by a company long affiliated with the American space program.

Ultimate Travel Jacket: Arc’teryx

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2017

Warm, dry, stylish. What more could we possibly want in a jacket?

Autumn weather can change in an instant, from sunny and summery to wet and wintry, then back again. Fortunately, the Codetta Coat from Arc’teryx has you covered. Made from Gore-Tex fabric, it keeps out Vancouver’s infamous rain but looks more stylish than most waterproof jackets. It’s lightweight and breathable for warm days, and also roomy, to fit cozy layers underneath in chilly weather. The adjustable hood and double back vent ensure a comfy fit. Plus it’s long enough to keep your derrière dry in a downpour, yet light enough to fold up small in a suitcase. In other words, the ultimate travel jacket.

Get Squeaky Clean with Lush Cosmetics

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2017

Follow your nose to the fragrant offerings at Lush’s newly renovated space.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian bath bomb, bubble bar or body butter, you’re in luck. For over 20 years, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has been making cruelty-free skincare and haircare products, using as little packaging and as few preservatives as possible. The Vancouver-based company recently renovated its flagship location on Robson Street, expanding it to almost double the size. And Lush’s commitment to the environment is as strong as ever: reclaimed wood and salvaged vintage decor fill the updated space, making it bigger and better.

Festivals for Writers

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct./Nov. 2017

Meet the great minds behind your most beloved books. (Photo by Rawf8/Fotolia)

Various Dates Calling all bookworms and bibliophiles: you can meet like-minded bookish folks at three big events this fall. The Vancouver Writers Fest (Oct. 16 to 22), Whistler Writers Festival (Oct. 12 to 15) and JCC Jewish Book Festival (Nov. 25 to 30) feature authors such as Margaret Atwood, Andrew O’Hagan, Barbara Gowdy, Susin Nielsen, Ruby Namdar and Rachel Kadish. Readings, poetry slams and writing contests are just a few of the attractions for lovers of the printed word. Write on!

In Good Spirits: Meet Four Award-Winning Vancouver Bartenders

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2017

Raise a glass to four bartenders who are shaking up the local cocktail scene. (Photo by KK Law)

“Sweetheart, do you know how to make an Old Fashioned?” 

Female bartenders hear a variation of this question every day—proof that there’s still a long way to go when it comes to gender assumptions. But Vancouver has a bevy of fierce females who are defying stereotypes and shattering glass ceilings.

The first woman to win the Diageo World Class Canada bartending competition, and Vancouver magazine’s Bartender of the Year for 2015, Lauren Mote has revamped the cocktail lists at Yew, Café Medina and Burdock & Co. and spent years behind the pine at Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar. She’s also the co-founder of Bittered Sling Bitters, which makes award-winning bitters and extracts, and the Diageo Reserve & World Class Global Cocktailian. (more…)

Pacific Theatre Opens Season with “The Christians”

By SHERI RADFORD

The Christians photo by Emily Cooper

To Oct. 7, 2017 What happens when a pastor suddenly announces a change in doctrine? In The Christians (page 58), that radical change sends one church on the path to schism. But, miraculously, the two sides express their views in a loving and respectful way. Pacific Theatre’s season opener continues its tradition of staging thought-provoking plays that encourage dialogue about faith and religion.

Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams Tour Comes to BC Place

By SHERI RADFORD

Fill your head with dreams when Coldplay comes to BC Place. (Photo by Sam Neill)

Sep. 29, 2017 It’s hard to ignore the media circus surrounding Chris Martin’s personal life. The marriage to Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The naming of his daughter, Apple, and his son, Moses. The description he gave of himself as an “all-theist,” meaning he believes in all religions. The “conscious uncoupling” and divorce from Paltrow. With all the noise, it’s easy to forget where Martin’s fame originated: in the chart-topping music he creates with Coldplay. At BC Place this month, the Head Full Of Dreams Tour—not to mention 50,000 screaming fans—provides a vivid reminder of why Martin and Coldplay still top the charts today.

Sweet Treats for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

We’re over the moon for these delightful desserts. (Photo courtesy TWG Tea)

Sep. 14 to Oct. 4, 2017 Celebrate fall with mooncakes. These sweet treats appear each year in time for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a time of gathering and thanksgiving in Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. Visit TWG Tea to pick up a luxurious gift box filled with either four tea-infused mooncakes or Lotus Jade Tea paired with two tea-infused mooncakes. Word to the wise: pick up an extra box for yourself, because these gorgeous goodies are extremely tempting.