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Shopping Vancouver

Cute Creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

Hardy, one of the Vancouver Aquarium’s rescued sea otter pups, strikes an adorable pose. (Photos courtesy Vancouver Aquarium)

You don’t have to deep-sea dive to discover the wonders of the ocean—simply ride the tides to the Vancouver Aquarium. Inside, find 50,000 incredible animals ranging from sloths to sea otters. Roll up your sleeve and pet a stingray, pop over to Penguin Point, tour the tropics, and discover all the life flourishing right here on BC’s coast. And don’t just bring home memories—the gift shop carries an array of souvenirs such as jewellery, Inuit art, plush toys, local cookbooks and upcycled glass sea stars that are worth the suitcase space. Bonus: gift-shop purchases fund aquarium programs that keep oceans wonderful. Now that’s deep.

LanaBetty: 3D-Printed Jewellery With a Vintage Twist

By CHLOË LAI
Feb. 2018

The art deco-inspired Plymouth Triangle necklace from LanaBetty. (Photo by GH Photography)

Tired of trying to keep up with trends? Meet LanaBetty, a line of timeless keepsakes by Vancouver-based jewellery designer Lana Lepper. Pieces combine classic aesthetics with bold pioneer spirit: Lepper is one of the only jewellery designers in Canada using 3D-printing technology alongside traditional methods. Inspired by geometry and architecture—especially art deco—the collection is produced in North America using an efficient, nearly zero-waste printing process. No surprise, then, that Lepper’s high-tech approach to “slow fashion” has earned her a loyal following: in Vancouver, creativity is always in style. Available at Bird on a Wire.

Put Your Best Brows Forward

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

Embark on a beautiful brow journey at Benefit BrowBar, in Sephora stores.

For beautiful brows in a hurry, head to a Benefit BrowBar. Staffed by highly skilled aestheticians, Vancouver’s two BrowBars are located inside the Sephora stores on Robson Street and in Pacific Centre. While the concept of in-store waxing may raise a few (perfectly groomed) eyebrows, rest assured that the treatment is quick, professional and almost painless. It starts with brow mapping, to find your brows’ ideal start, arch and end. Then waxing, using sticks that are never double-dipped. And finally tinting, to give a perfect pop of colour. Who knew impeccable eyebrows were so easy to achieve?

Kids: Booties for Cuties

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

Adorable fox booties by Stonz.

As any parent knows, getting boots onto the tender tootsies of tiny tots can be a supreme struggle. Vancouverite Lisa Will experienced the challenge firsthand when her son was an infant. Out of that struggle, Stonz booties were born. Loosen the two adjustable toggles to slip them on, then tighten the toggles to keep them in place. The fleece lining ensures teeny feet stay warm and cozy, while the soft, non-skid soles help little ones to develop balance. Available at MEC or online.

Cool Chronicle: Sculpture in Canada

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

Uncover Canadian art history, one sculpture at a time.

Chock-full of for-the-ages art, Sculpture in Canada: A History (Douglas & McIntyre) chronicles the country’s past through sculpture—from a hand-chipped bone shard that dates back to 13,000 BCE, to pieces created through modern-day 3D modelling. History buffs and art enthusiasts alike will appreciate the eye-catching colour photos and Dr. Maria Tippett’s encyclopedic knowledge of art, and how the economy and culture of the nation influenced the works. In short: prepare to be fascinated. Find it at local bookstores.

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.