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Where to Shop Vancouver

One for the Books: Indigo on Robson Street

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Indigo on Robson Street

Calling all bookworms and bibliophiles: a huge Indigo opened downtown recently, and it’s filled with everything to warm a booklover’s heart. More than 58,000 unique titles run the gamut from romances, mysteries and memoirs to cookbooks, travel guides and graphic novels. Browse the departments for children and babies, linger in the wellness area to test a meditation pillow or aromatherapy spray, and check out the impressive selection of board games. Make sure to visit Starbucks on the second level, where floor-to-ceiling windows boast a stellar view of Robson Street. Book paradise, found.

The Sweetest Resolution: Chocolates in Vancouver

This year, we resolve to eat better…chocolate

By CHLOË LAI
Jan. 2018

Photo by KK Law

The science is in: eating chocolate lowers cholesterol and reduces age-related memory loss—hey, we’re not getting any younger. Plus, it releases endorphins that make us feel like we’re falling in love. West Coasters are big on wellness (and love!), so we take these sweets seriously. Vancouver’s cacao connoisseurs craft the finest melt-in-your-mouth magic this side of Willy Wonka’s factory. Ask your chocolatier if these chocolates are right for you. Clockwise from top left: Crave-worthy cocktail chocolates from Beta5. Gourmet ganache-filled chocolate bars from Mink. Mini milk chocolate hedgehogs with creamy hazelnut filling from Purdys. Chic chocolates and truffles from Thomas Haas. Solid dark chocolate medallions with Haida designs, from Chocolate Arts. Beautifully bite-sized chocolate bonbons from Thierry.

Happy, Healthy New Year: Vancouver Edition

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy—keeping them is a little harder. Here’s how to make them stick while enjoying the wellness-friendly West Coast

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2018

YYoga’s airy Northshore Elements studio is ideal for breaking a sweat or finding your Zen (Photo by KK Law)

EXERCISE

Yoga Ready to get your om on? Mat-toting locals abound in yoga-obsessed Vancouver. At YYoga, say namaste to sleek studios that offer more than a dozen different styles of yoga, 800 classes per week, and (at select studios) infrared sauna. Prefer to mix it up? Spin classes, Pilates, floor barre and more can be found here, too. Semperviva also boasts bright and airy studios around the city, with 10 different styles of yoga on offer. Our advice: salute the sun at the Sea Studio on Granville Island where gorgeous waterfront views can be enjoyed from your mat. (more…)

Multi-Wear Clothing by Helene Clarkson

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Versatile travel clothing by Toronto-based designer Helene Clarkson

To Mar. 2019 Are your travel wardrobe and carry-on suitcase, well… not a great fit? Then get ready to fall in love with the jet-setting pieces at the Helene Clarkson Pop-Up Shop at Royal Centre. The Toronto-based designer specializes in stylish separates and dresses that are reversible and versatile (think tops with a second neckline when worn back-to-front, and an additional pattern when worn inside-out). Plus, the made-in-Canada collection is wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying and non-fading. Sounds like there’ll be space for souvenirs after all.

The Perfect Jacket for Raincity (aka Vancouver)

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Defy the elements in a comfortable, waterproof jacket by Columbia

Most Vancouverites spend years searching for the holy grail of jackets, one that’s fully waterproof but also feels nice against the skin. That’s where the OutDry Ex Stretch Hooded Shell from Columbia comes in. Its outer membrane is both waterproof and durable, while its wicking fabric inside feels soft and comfortable. Try one on at Sport Chek or Atmosphere, and you’ll be a true believer.

Shopping for the Man Who Has It All

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Revolucion is full of great gifts

Whether a husband, a father or a friend, there’s at least one man on every gift list who’s impossible to buy for. Fortunately, there’s Revolucion. This Yaletown store looks small from the outside, but inside you’ll find gifts running the gamut from practical to fun. For the man who has everything, how about an elegant spinning globe by Mova, which is powered by ambient light and torque from the earth’s magnetic field—no batteries required. Or a clever RFID-blocking Secrid wallet, which also protects credit cards from bending. With gifts this creative, you might want to pick up an extra for yourself.

Style-Savvy Shopping

By CHLOË LAI
Dec. 2018

Kimono-inspired top by Karen Kane

It’s officially holiday-party season. When a suitcase-based wardrobe just won’t cut it, stock up on designer apparel at Fashion Addition 14+. Curvy fashionistas find soirée-ready styles by labels such as Eileen Fisher, Dex and Karen Kane (pictured), with pieces that range from chic to showstopping. Party on!

Super Fun Stocking Stuffers

Give Santa a helping hand with these quirky gifts

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Pocket-sized flask by Indigo (more…)

Artistic Keepsakes: Douglas Reynolds Gallery’s Haida Repoussé Jewelry

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Eagle & Frog repoussé bracelet by Jesse Brillon

To Dec. 31, 2018 Add a little sparkle to your Christmas by placing a piece of jewellery (or two, or three) by Jesse Brillon under the tree. The Haida carver’s bold silver and gold bracelets are created using repoussé, a technique where a design is formed in relief by hammering or moulding the material. And you never know what the gift may spark—the artist’s own career was inspired by a bracelet carved by Don Yeomans, who Brillon would later study under. Discover all his beautiful bangles at Douglas Reynolds Gallery’s Haida Repoussé Jewelry.

Merry Magic at the Aurora Winter Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Experience the merry magic of the Aurora Winter Festival

To Dec. 30, 2018 We hear the North Pole is beautiful this time of year, but the Aurora Winter Festival offers a holly-jolly Arctic experience, too—and it’s just a smidge closer. This winter wonderland brings brilliant light displays, carnival rides, ice skating and even Santa’s workshop to the city. Introduce yourself to a yeti, race to the bottom of the tube park, peruse the market, ooh and ahh at aurora borealis in the light dome, and indulge in delicious food truck fare. Trust us: the North Pole’s got nothin’ on this.

Holiday Cheer at Vancouver Christmas Market 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Lindsay Elliott

To Dec. 24, 2018 There are plenty of ways to make merry at the Vancouver Christmas Market. Take photos inside the brightly lit walk-in Christmas tree or mistletoe-laden Lovers’ Lane tunnel, each decked out with tens of thousands of dazzling lights. Find treasures for all, from Käthe Wohlfahrt’s classic ornaments to Provence en Couleur’s luxe olive-wood kitchenware. Refuel with mulled wine in the heated lounge, sing seasonal tunes on select karaoke nights, or hop aboard the carousel—there’s no age limit for holiday spirit.

Great Gifts for the Dapper Dude

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Anyone would appreciate the timely gift of a new Rado HyperChrome Chronograph Automatic. At Lugaro and Nordstrom. (more…)