Free Admission & Thousands of Plants at the VanDusen Gardens Plant Sale

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The VanDusen Botanical Garden will be buzzing with more than bees this weekend as thousands of avid gardeners descend on the hotly anticipated VanDusen Plant Sale. This free event takes place on Sunday, April 24th and typically attracts over 10,000 people looking for great deals on over 20,000 plants.

The sale lasts for just one day and is only made possible by the 400 volunteers that pitch in to help with the event. Best of all, admission is 100% free, so after checking out the plants (and the crowd) you can take a quick wander around the beautiful gardens.

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Free Admission & Thousands of Plants at the VanDusen Gardens Plant Sale

Eastside Flea Market Unveils its Permanent Location this Weekend

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One of Vancouver’s most unique shopping markets has found a new, permanent location inside the once-decrepit Ellis Building located near Main & Terminal in East Vancouver. The Eastside Flea is a “modern day flea market” that has taken place across the city at various venues (including the Wise Hall), events (including the Food Truck Festival), and universities (including UBC).

The market is inspired by the Brooklyn flea market culture and brings a diverse mixture of vendors into one location. Past markets have had local vendors hawking vintage clothing, crystal jewelry, delicious smelling candles, animal skulls, collectibles, leather goods, and artisan food.

After roving the city in various locations, the Eastside Flea has finally settled itself down at Main & Terminal (fairly close to its much bigger brother, the Vancouver Flea Market). And after a huge renovation, the location is finally ready to open with a highly-anticipated grand opening event this weekend to celebrate.

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Eastside Flea Market Unveils its Permanent Location this Weekend

4 Spots to Find Fashion in Vancouver’s Gastown Neighbourhood

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Vancouver’s Gastown has grown to become a hub for women and men’s fashion. Whether you’re looking for high-end luxury brands or vintage styles, these shops have you covered.

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4 Spots to Find Fashion in Vancouver’s Gastown Neighbourhood

Score Designer Deals at the 9th Annual Nifty for Fifty Sale

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It’s like boxing day in April!”

Looking for a great deal on locally-made jewelry, fashion, accessories, and more? This weekend, the 9th annual Nifty for Fifty sale will be taking over the Heritage Hall on Main Street (3102 Main Street) this Sunday to sell handmade goods all for $50 or less!

This is a great opportunity to score some nifty deals on fashion by independent Vancouver designers at excellent prices that are much cheaper (and much more original) than what you might find at the mall!

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Score Designer Deals at the 9th Annual Nifty for Fifty Sale

Ready to Shop? 3 Vancouver-Area Malls Make Canada’s Top 10 Ranking

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Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

If you want to shop ’til you drop in Canada, Vancouver is the place to be.

The city boasts three of the top-10 performing malls in Canada, according to a new ranking released by Retail Insider. Demand for luxury goods, not to mention fancy perks like valet parking and personal shopping services, is driving sales to unprecedented heights in Vancouver.

The city’s top-ranking mall is downtown’s Pacific Centre, which came in second overall on the list, behind Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Pacific Centre averaged $1,599 in annual sales per square foot, a 6.7-percent increase over last year.

Oakridge Centre ranked third on the list, with $1,537 in sales per square foot, an increase of 10.2 percent. Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown earned the ninth-place spot, with $1,008 in sales per square foot, up 13.8 percent from last year.

But how to explain these skyrocketing sales during a year when markets were bearish and the economy overall seemed on shaky footing?  Continue reading:
Ready to Shop? 3 Vancouver-Area Malls Make Canada’s Top 10 Ranking

New Prada Store Coming to Vancouver’s Alberni Street

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Photo credit: Ca0572 | Wikipedia

Luxury shoppers, get your credit cards ready.

Vancouver’s “mini Rodeo Drive” is about to get even more luxurious. A flagship Prada store is officially under construction at the corner of Alberni and Thurlow Streets.

Right now, the site is covered with sleek black construction hoarding emblazoned with the Prada name. An exact opening date has yet to be announced, but work is clearly underway on Canada’s second Prada flagship, according to articles in Vancity Buzz and Retail Insider. (The first Prada stand-alone store opened on Toronto’s Bloor Street back in 1997).

Once completed, the new store will join an expanding hub of luxury shopping in downtown Vancouver. The Prada flagship is located next to De Beers and Tory Burch. Across the street, shoppers can check out Escada and Burberry, as well as a newly opened Brunello Cucinelli store.  Continue reading:
New Prada Store Coming to Vancouver’s Alberni Street

Indigenous-Owned Tea Shop Pops Up with 12 Days of Local in Vancouver

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An Indigenous-owned tea shop with very local roots and a global mindset is coming to Gastown in February, and during their 12 Days of Local pop-up shop you can try their teas, sodas, and bannock while shopping for gifts from a rotation of local makers.

“Tea is something that everyone around the world has; it’s something that connects cultures,” says Paisley Nahanee, who runs The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda co. with her mother, Michelle Nahanee, both of whom are from the Squamish Nation.

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Indigenous-Owned Tea Shop Pops Up with 12 Days of Local in Vancouver