Salt Spring in the City Brings Bohemian Back to Vancouver

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Salt Spring Kitchen Co.
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Salt Spring Island, one of the largest gulf islands just a ferry ride away from Vancouver, is a bohemian haven and is often considered to be one of B.C.’s worst kept secrets and finest treasures.

For the first time ever, on March 14-16, Salt Spring in the City will be bringing the island’s bohemian lifestyle and hand-crafted goodies from the hottest artisans to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall (15th & Main).

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Salt Spring in the City Brings Bohemian Back to Vancouver

Curious Flea Market Transforms the Traditional Flea Market into Social Event

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You’ve never been to a flea market like this before! The Curious Flea Market this weekend is a new kind of flea market for the adventurous and inquisitive. Billing itself as a “social flea market”, Curious Flea Market aims to transform the traditional basement flea market into a social shopping event where customers are invited to hangout, engage, and explore.

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Curious Flea Market Transforms the Traditional Flea Market into Social Event

Attention Shoppers: 100-Store Luxury Outlet Mall Coming to Vancouver

A McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre, like this one in Athens, Greece, is coming to Vancouver.  Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis | Flickr

A McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre, like this one in Athens, Greece, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis | Flickr

Love outlet shopping but hate that long trip to Seattle Premium Outlets in Washington?

You may be in luck.  Construction is now underway on B.C.’s first luxury outlet mall … and it happens to be conveniently located along the Canada Line.

The mall is situated on a parcel of land owned by Vancouver International Airport, next to the Templeton SkyTrain Station on Richmond’s Sea Island, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. Plans call for 100 stores in an initial phase, ultimately growing to 35,000 square feet of retail space.

The layout will be familiar to anyone with outlet shopping experience.  The mall is designed as a kind of open-air village, with pedestrian-only streets linking up different stores. It will be a partnership between the U.K.’s McArthurGlen Group and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

As for the proposed name for the new complex, it’s a bit of a mouthful: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre Vancouver Airport. (Here’s hoping they come up with a catchier name than that. Maybe a crowd-sourced contest is in order?)

But now onto the important stuff: Which luxury stores are going to set up shop in the new outlets?

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Attention Shoppers: 100-Store Luxury Outlet Mall Coming to Vancouver

Score Some Sweet Finds at ICONS Vintage Market at the Biltmore

Icons Vintage Market Vancouver 2014

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If you’re looking for something a bit different that you’d never be able to find at a mall, circle Sunday, January 26, 2014 on your calendar because the ICONS Vintage Market is coming to the legendary red-velvet draped Biltmore Cabaret!

Brought to you by The Eastside Flea, the ICONS Vintage Market will be a labyrinth of counterculture, focusing on vintage clothing vendors, with some local artisans & cool flea market collectors thrown into the mix – aside from the clothes, expect to find psychedelic posters, antiques & curiosities, records, taxidermy, retro lamps & small furniture, cameras, and other oddball objects.

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Score Some Sweet Finds at ICONS Vintage Market at the Biltmore

New “Little India” Neighbourhood Coming to Metro Vancouver

Women wearing saris in India. Photo credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive | Flickr

Women wearing saris in India. Photo credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive | Flickr

Vancouver already has a Chinatown, a Little Saigon, a historic Japantown and a Little India.

Now it’s about to get a Little India . . . er, well, another one.

Plans are in the works to transform a portion of the Newton neighbourhood in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey into a dedicated South Asian-themed shopping district.  The commercial precinct would feature an outdoor mall set amid tree-lined boulevards, with shops selling everything from saris and bangles to chai and traditional Indian foods, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun by Kelly Sinoski.

If this sounds an awful lot like the existing Little India on Main Street, technically called the Punjabi Market, there’s a reason.   Continue reading:
New “Little India” Neighbourhood Coming to Metro Vancouver