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Where to Shop Vancouver

The Greatest Gift: Seasonal Shopping

By CHLOË LAI

Illustration ©Svetlana Chistobeva/iStockphoto.com

Nov. 7 to Dec. 24, 2018 It may be too early to hear sleigh bells ring, but it’s never too early to start whittling away at your shopping list. Make spirits bright with locally crafted treasures from one of the many studios and shops on Granville Island, or fill stockings with offerings from more than 300 Canadian artisans at the Circle Craft Christmas Market (Nov. 7 to 11). Nostalgic merrymakers love Christmas at Hycroft (Nov. 15 to 18), where festive vendors fill every nook and cranny of an Edwardian mansion decked out in traditional finery, and revel in the open-air magic of the German-themed Vancouver Christmas Market (Nov. 21 to Dec. 24). An exemption from the panic of last-minute shopping? That’s the greatest gift of all.

Tiffany & Co.: Put a Ring On It

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2018

The Tiffany True engagement ring

Beyoncé said it best: “If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.” Gentlemen, don’t miss out on the love of your life—run, don’t walk, to the nearest Tiffany & Co. and select the perfect ring to go in that unmistakable blue box. No woman can resist the stunning new Tiffany True engagement ring, available in either platinum with a colourless diamond (pictured) or 18k yellow gold with a yellow diamond. Queen Bee herself would, no doubt, approve.

Brunette’s Witty Shirts Say It All

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Two of our favourite things—wine and fashion—together at last, thanks to Brunette

Whether you’re a oenophile or a neophyte or something in-between, take note. Local label Brunette has discovered the perfect pairing for fall: a “Pinot Please” sweatshirt and an overflowing glass of wine. The shirt is even the exact right shade to hide any spills incurred while sipping. Find the sassy shirt at Brunette or Nordstrom, then head to Legacy Liquor Store for a vast selection of vino. Cheers!

Head Over Heels for Sole’s Beach Flips

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Keep summer alive until the last possible moment with Sole’s Beach Flips

Seeking your sole-mate? Meet Sole’s Beach Flips. Made from recycled wine corks, these eco-friendly flip-flops are destined to find a place in your heart. The all-natural cork wicks moisture, reduces odour, absorbs shock and even moulds to your feet over time, creating the ultimate custom fit. Pick up a pair of these cute kicks at The Boardroom, so you and your feet can live happily ever after. 

Local Linens by Flax Sleep

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2018

Linens by Flax Sleep are sure to inspire dreams of Vancouver

Sweet dreams are made of Flax Sleep’s luxe linens. Early birds and night owls alike love the Vancouver-based label’s beautiful bedding, crafted from 100 percent French flax. That’s because linen is stronger, softer and more durable than cotton, plus it’s naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Even the environmentally savvy can rest easy: flax is more sustainable than other crops, using less water, energy and pesticides to produce. To cozy up to these bed sheets, score a set online at www.flaxsleep.com or at Gastown’s Litchfield. A dream come true.

Osprey’s Ozone Duplex Pack is Twice as Nice

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Osprey’s Ozone Duplex pack is perfect for those who travel light

No one likes the endless wait at the baggage carousel. Skip all the hassle with the new Ozone Duplex from Osprey. This two-in-one design combines a full-sized daypack with a carry-on-sized cargo bag. Sporting a lightweight frame, the daypack can hold all your valuables and stay by your feet on the plane, while the cargo bag full of clothes and gear gets stashed in the overhead bin. The two bags clip together easily or can be used separately. Pick up this doubly clever creation at MEC.

Shop Local: First Pick Handmade

By CHLOË LAI

Sterling silver pieces by Vancouver-based jewellery designer Kolton Babych

Sep. 15 and 16, 2018 Tired of knickknacks? For stylish souvenirs as dreamy as the memories you’ve made on holiday, head to First Pick Handmade. This market showcases the latest made-in-Canada fashions and accessories by more than 30 indie designers. Bring home the wild beauty and eco-friendly ethos of the West Coast with reclaimed-wool shirts by Anián, recycled-cashmere accessories from Winterluxe, and signature jewellery by Kolton Babych (pictured)—all created in Vancouver. You’re going to need a bigger suitcase.

Toronto-based Beauty Brand Deciem in Vancouver

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Deciem’s Vancouver location

Tired of run-of-the-mill skincare? It’s time to try something a little, well… abnormal. Toronto-based beauty brand Deciem, aka The Abnormal Beauty Company, has set up shop in Vancouver, bringing the bulk of its 10 sub-brands along. Among them: immensely popular The Ordinary, known for cutting-edge science at teeny-tiny price points—think retinol serums for the price of a latte. Also find Fountain’s sippable supplements, HIF’s haircare and AB Crew’s grooming for men. Now that’s extraordinary.

One Perfect Day: Fun for Foodies, Shopaholics & More

Whether you get fired up about food or are delighted by the outdoors, here’s how to make the most of your time in Vancouver

Vancouver’s northern waterfront at sunset (Photo by Barbershop Films/Tourism Vancouver)

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

FOR FOODIES

Beat the crowds and kick off the day at Granville Island Public Market, a foodie’s paradise stocked with smoked salmon, gourmet cheese, baked goods and more. Peruse the wares while munching Lee’s Donuts or a croissant, but save space for a sit-down brunch at downtown’s popular Café Medina, known for heavenly Liège waffles and lavender lattes. (more…)

Scents of Thailand: Handmade Spa Products by Lemongrass House

By SHERI RADFORD
Jul. 2018

Lemongrass House in Vancouver (Photo by Alison Boulier)

Folks around the world have long enjoyed the essential oils, body lotions and soaps from Lemongrass House. Until recently, North Americans were left out of the fragrant fun. Now, finally, the popular Thai brand has opened its first store on this continent, in Gastown. It’s filled with all-natural spa products for grown-ups, babies and even the family dog. Stop by the welcoming store to pick up a new lip balm or room spray—or just take a deep breath and enjoy all the enticing aromas.

One of a Kind: Handmade Leather Souvenirs by Trace of Grey Designs

This local artisan crafts souvenirs you won’t find in any shopping mall

By SHERI RADFORD
Jul. 2018

Photos by KK Law

Monique Ouellette never does things the easy way. Visit her studio, and you won’t see a single sewing machine. All of the gorgeous leather totes, satchels, journal covers and bracelets hanging from the walls were cut and stitched—painstakingly—by her own hand. She embraces the distinctive marks and textures that make each piece of leather different, not viewing them as flaws but rather as evidence of character, and she leaves the leather raw and uncut as often as possible. Before making a single stitch, she carefully measures out where each stitch will go, then punches a hole in the leather for each one. A journal cover might take two hours in total to construct, while a complex bag with zippers and pockets requires nine or 10 hours. Each creation is undeniably unique—just like Ouellette.

Stop by Trace of Grey Designs, Ouellette’s studio/store in Railtown, to customize your new favourite bag by choosing the leather, pockets, hardware and more.

Adventures by SkyTrain: Vancouver’s Trains Take You to Exciting Places

By LUCAS AYKROYD
July 2018

Photo by Edgar Bullon/Dreamstime.com

Exploring Metro Vancouver by SkyTrain this summer is a fast, fun, and family-friendly way to go beyond the downtown core. (more…)