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

Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Robson

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The holidays are upon us and while deals across the border might seem tempting, merchants around the city are stepping up their game to offer discounts, packages, and unique retail experiences for shoppers. To promote local spending, I’ve talked to several local business improvement associations about what makes their neighbourhood shine for shoppers. This week’s feature for last-minute shopping is Robson Street. Continue reading:
Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Robson

Vancouver local goods gift guide and Giveaway

Clockwise from top left: Butter Baked Goods, Giovane Cafe, Earnest Ice Cream, Thierry Patisserie Chocolaterie Cafe

Clockwise from top left: Butter Baked Goods cook book, The Market at Giovane Cafe, Earnest Ice Cream, Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe festive log (Photo by James Stockhorst)

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me….a basket full of B.C.-made goodies. I hope.  Vancouver is home to a bounty of creative, delicious and stylish shops, schools and makers, so shopping (and therefore receiving) local is easy during the holiday season.

Below you’ll find a list of present ideas for the writer, the cook, the pregnant gal, the constant class taker and the clothes horse. Happy local goodie gift giving – to help you out we even have a giveaway for two fantastic prizes at the end of the post!

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Vancouver local goods gift guide and Giveaway

Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant

Photo credit: JWOX.  From the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Photo credit: JWOX. From the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

The holidays are upon us and while deals across the border might seem tempting, merchants around the city are stepping up their game to offer discounts, packages, and unique retail experiences for shoppers. To promote local spending, I’ve talked to several local business improvement associations about what makes their neighbourhood shine for shoppers. This week’s feature is Mount Pleasant. Continue reading:
Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant