New High-End Stores Open in Vancouver’s Pacific Centre

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

Granville Street shopping just got a little bit glitzier in downtown Vancouver.

Eight new high-end stores have opened in the revamped Pacific Centre mall, near the space once occupied by Sears at Robson and Granville Streets. Shoppers looking for some luxe retail therapy can now pop into Hugo Boss, Kate Spade New York and UK retailers AllSaints and Ted Baker London, among other stores.

Of course, all this is just a prelude to when the big tenant moves into the new space. Nordstrom has set a September opening date for its new three-level department store in the revamped Sears building. The gala opening is part of a chain reaction in and around Vancouver, as high-end retailers set up shop to capitalize on wealthy overseas shoppers and Vancouverites looking for luxury products.   Continue reading:
New High-End Stores Open in Vancouver’s Pacific Centre

Hop through 16 galleries at South Granville’s annual ArtWalk

Michael Tickner's Drawn To The Light | Pousette Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

Michael Tickner’s Drawn To The Light | Pousette Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

It’s time for one of the most sophisticated block parties of the year.

This Saturday (June 20) is the annual South Granville ArtWalk. If you’re on the hunt for that perfect piece to hang above your mantle or are just curious about the latest in Canadian and British Columbian art, come on down: everyone is welcome.

Just south of downtown over the Granville Street bridge, the South Granville neighbourhood is an area of high-end boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. (The latter include the famed Vij’s restaurant, which is near the Stanley Theatre.)

Stretching over about 10 blocks, South Granville has the highest concentration of fine art galleries in Vancouver.

They feature a diverse range of art, including Canadian and international conceptual, European modernism and old masters, and photography. There are also two galleries devoted to First Nations and Inuit work.

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Hop through 16 galleries at South Granville’s annual ArtWalk

Nordstrom, A&F, AllSaints Ready to Move into Vancouver’s Revamped Pacific Centre

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

The ugly marshmallow palace in downtown Vancouver that was the old Sears building is ancient history. The dingy off-white facade has been replaced by gleaming glass and steel and the interior completely redone. Now it’s time for Vancouver’s retail renaissance to kick into high gear.

After years of renovation, the Pacific Centre expansion on Granville Street is finally ready to take in new tenants. High-end department store Nordstrom, which will anchor the new facility with a 230,000-square-foot space, is set to open its doors on Sept. 18. Meanwhile, a host of chic chain stores will move in this summer and get the retail party started.

From across the pond, U.K. retailer AllSaints is scheduled to open a 2,200-square-foot store on June 17. Known for its “rock-and-roll chic” aesthetic, AllSaints is strongly associated with the music industry, featuring trendy apparel with lots of leather. Later in the summer, U.S.-based clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch will brings its line of casual wear to Pacific Centre. The 4,000-square-foot location will be the first A&F in Vancouver since an outlet in the Oakridge mall closed in the early 1990s.   Continue reading:
Nordstrom, A&F, AllSaints Ready to Move into Vancouver’s Revamped Pacific Centre

New Luxury Outlet Mall Set to Open Near Vancouver’s YVR Airport

Artist rendering sourced from YVR.ca

Artist rendering of the outlet mall

The Templeton station on Vancouver’s Canada Line is about to get a lot more popular.

Just two stops from Vancouver International Airport, the SkyTrain station currently sees little traffic. But – in just a few weeks time – it will begin welcoming visitors to Canada’s newest luxury outlet mall.

The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport – 240,000 square feet of premium shopping and restaurants in its initial phase – is set to open its doors on schedule later this spring. (The exact date is a tightly kept secret.) The unique outlet mall, which has a “European” sensibility, complete with cobblestone streets and sweeping piazzas, will ultimately be home to 80 high-end and designer stores and occupy 380,000 square feet.  Continue reading:
New Luxury Outlet Mall Set to Open Near Vancouver’s YVR Airport

3 Vancouver Farmers Markets open this week: here’s when and where

Trout Lake Farmers Market Facebook | Julia Montague photo credit

Trout Lake Farmers Market Facebook | Julia Montague photo credit

Get out your reusable shopping bags! Spring has sprung and summer is on its way…and with that, Vancouver Farmers Markets are gearing up for a busy season.

Three of the seven markets are opening this week (Yaletown, Trout Lake, and Kitsilano). The West End market opens on May 30, and three others follow in June.

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3 Vancouver Farmers Markets open this week: here’s when and where