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Shopping Vancouver

Relive Vancouver’s Gold-Medal Glory

The 2010 Winter Games may have been eight years ago, but when it comes to Olympic activities, the city is ready for its victory lap

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

The Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza was lit by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. (Photo by KK Law)

In 2010, Vancouver had a gold-medal year. World-class athletes and their spirited fans crowded the streets to gasp and cheer over every triumph and defeat—from the mechanical malfunctions at the opening ceremonies to Sidney Crosby’s gold medal–clinching overtime goal.

From Feb. 9 to 25, the world is turning its attention to PyeongChang, South Korea, the official venue of the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. But in Vancouver, the legacy still lives on. Here’s where to recapture that Olympic spirit. (more…)

Time to Glow: Vichy’s Liftactiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2018

Brighten up your skincare this season.

Extra-special events call for an extra-special skincare routine, and Vichy has just the thing: the Liftactiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector. This potent radiance-boosting treatment is formulated with 15 percent vitamin C, plus vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. It’s only meant to be used for a 10-day period, three to four times a year—the perfect prep for an event, or to give a dull complexion a boost. Get yours at Shoppers Drug Mart

Souvenirs in Transit

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Find all of these souvenirs and more, on the Translink website.

Vancouver is known as one of the greenest cities on the planet, and our extensive transportation system is key to that reputation. Each day, TransLink’s buses, SkyTrains and SeaBuses are boarded more than one million times. Now you can show your love for eco-friendly transit with a cute new collection of TransLink t-shirts, mugs, water bottles, pillows, shower curtains, posters, phone cases and more. Find them all online.

Barber & Co: A Close Shave

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2018

Clary sage aftershave tonic from Barber & Co.

Gentlemen, whether you ascribe to less-is-more maintenance or prefer to be pampered, Barber & Co. has a product—or three—for you. The Vancouver-based company’s barbershop beginnings quickly grew to five locations and a line of small-batch grooming products. Go-to picks like the Aftershave Tonic, Beard Oil and Classic Pomade are infused with natural essential oils, for masculine scents like dry English gin (juniper berry and lime) and old-fashioned bay rum (mandarin peel and black pepper). Look good, smell good.

Taikan Bags: Form + Function

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Travel bag by Taikan

If you’re seeking a versatile bag, with clean lines, that is built to last for decades, look no further than Taikan. The Vancouver brand focuses on simple but timeless designs for all of its durable backpacks, duffels and tote bags. Consider it a luxury brand without a high-end price tag. Roden Gray, Gravitypope and Livestock carry select pieces, or shop the entire collection online.

Blundstone’s Special Edition Eh! Boots

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Things just got a little more Canadian at the Australian Boot Store.

These boots were made for walking—and proclaiming your love for the True North Strong and Free. The eye-catching leather Eh! Boots from Blundstone let you show patriotic pride while stepping out in style. Find your own perfect pair at the Australian Boot Company.

Clever Clothing by Ably Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Less on-the-road laundry? Yes, please.

What do you get when you use Filium technology on cotton? A natural, eco-friendly fabric that dries quickly and resists water, stains and odours—with no synthetics and no nanoparticles. See the results for yourself in tops, pants, shorts and hoodies from Ably Apparel. They feel as soft and breathable as regular cotton, but they can go weeks or even months without being washed. In other words, the ultimate clothing for travel. Available at Zebraclub Vancouver.

Top Titles for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Before boarding your next plane, train or automobile, stop by a bookstore to pick up these entertaining reads.

City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes by Kate Bird (Greystone Books): In conjunction with an exhibit of the same name at the Museum of Vancouver (to Feb. 18), this book shows Vancouverites demanding change. Photos from the Vancouver Sun and Province archives depict citizens peacefully protesting injustices, rioting over a Stanley Cup loss, and everything in-between. (more…)

Designer Finds at Turnabout

By CHLOË LAI
Dec. 2017

Welcome to your new happy place.

Fashion maven Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City famously said, “I like my money right where I can see it . . . hanging in my closet.” If Bradshaw had stepped out of the TV and into Turnabout Luxury Resale, she could have filled her closet with designer labels and still had enough left over for matching shoes. For nearly 40 years, this locally owned consignment boutique has showcased expertly curated clothes, jewellery, shoes and accessories for men and women. Find well-priced like-new pieces by catwalk veterans such as Manolo Blahnik and Gucci alongside gems from beloved local brands like Nicole Bridger, Aritzia and Lululemon. Pro tip: labels are colour-coded for additional markdowns. We’re going to need a bigger closet.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Globetrotters

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Trying to find the perfect present for the die-hard traveller on your list? This final piece in our five-part gift guide series is full of essentials for far-flung expeditions.

Lightweight and breathable, the Atom LT Hoody from local brand Arc’teryx feels as warm and cozy as a sleeping bag but can be packed down to almost nothing and stored inside its own pocket. (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide: For Cool Kids

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Can’t figure out what wee ones might want to find under the tree? Part four of our five-part gift guide series has you covered.

Hudson’s Bay reveals its true stripes by donating the proceeds from Hudson—this year’s limited-edition Charity Bear—to Headfirst, which supports mental health initiatives across Canada. (more…)

Handmade Holiday Market: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Letterpress stationery from Porchlight Press warms up our cold, Grinchy hearts.

Dec. 9 to 10, 2017 It’s all handmade for the holidays at Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s 15th annual show. More than 30 local designers, jewellers and artists make gift-giving merry and bright with one-of-a-kind wares, including hand-dyed textiles from Daub + Design, upcycled cashmere accessories from Winterluxe, and letterpress stationery from Porchlight Press (pictured). We guarantee that there’s something for everyone on your list—whether naughty or nice.