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Shopping Vancouver

Seasonal Shopping at Circle Craft Market

By CHLOË LAI

This merry market puts all the perfect gifts under one roof.

Nov. 8 to 12, 2017 The secret to enjoying the most wonderful time of the year? Shop early. Deck the halls with one-of-a-kind treasures from the Circle Craft Christmas Market, where over 300 artisans fuel the spirit of giving. Keep it local with quirky dolls by Monster Lab, wraps by Chloë Angus Design, organic potato vodka from Pemberton Distillery, and more. Don’t forget to check your list twice—and make sure your name is on it, too.

Sekkisei’s Herbal Gel: One-Step Skincare

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2017

Small but mighty, this powerful herbal gel is a the perfect travel companion.

Two in one is great—but five in one is even better. Especially when you’re trying to pack it all into one suitcase. Enter Sekkisei’s Herbal Gel, a hard-working multi-tasker that combines an emulsion, serum, cream, massage gel and mask into one carry-on-friendly package. The formula is infused with Japanese and Chinese herbs, including angelica for hydration, coix seed for radiance, and melothria to plump the skin. Use it as a day cream, or as a night mask to give travel-weary skin a boost. In this case, less really is more. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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.

Simons Unveils Ocean-Themed Collection

By CHLOË LAI
Oct. 2017

Whale hello there, ocean aficionados!

Sea-loving style seekers, it’s time to dock at Simons. Their new Ocean-to-Ocean collection of whale-themed apparel celebrates cetaceans with cute prints and playful messages that range from punny to poetic. And these t-shirts, dresses and sweaters show your love in more ways than one: every purchase reels in much-needed funds for marine mammal research programs in Quebec and British Columbia. Talk about a prize catch.

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.

Hudson’s Bay and Levi’s: Trucker Jacket Collab

By CHLOË LAI
Oct. 2017

Wondering whether you can rock a Canadian tuxedo? The answer is yes.

Don’t drive a big rig? No problem. High-octane heritage brands Hudson’s Bay Company and Levi’s recently teamed up to roll out a pair of timeless styles—the women’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket and the men’s Type III Trucker Jacket—that look as slick on the street as they do on the highway. Featuring classic denim detailing by Levi’s, and lined with the iconic stripes of Canada’s oldest department store, these jackets are well worth a detour to Hudson’s Bay.

All Hail Holt Renfrew’s New Beauty Hall

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2017

Devoted to beauty? So is Holt Renfrew’s new beauty hall.

Beauty worshippers, take note: there’s a new temple in town. Bedecked in European marble, Holt Renfrew’s new beauty hall is a sanctuary of skincare, cosmetics and fragrance. The 4,876-sq-m (16,000-sq-ft) space boasts 29 counters, nine of which offer private rooms for by-appointment facials and treatments. Hard-to-find brands include Louboutin’s nail lacquers and lipsticks, and Sulwhasoo’s holistic South Korean skincare. But there’s plenty more to venerate: make-up by Charlotte Tilbury, skincare by La Prairie, Jo Malone’s interactive fragrance wall—and everything in-between. It’s the answer to any beauty maven’s prayers.

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.