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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Locally Made Vancouver Gifts for that Person You’re Sorta or Seriously Seeing

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Sourced from Wikimedia Commons – Evalowyn

My boyfriend is lovely but gift-giving is not his strong suit. His first present to me consisted of a hockey stick and baseball glove (and believe me, I’m not the sporty type). When it was my birthday, he begged me to take him shopping and not so subtly point out items I might want. He’s even admitted to breaking up with girls before the holidays because he wanted to spare himself the ordeal of shopping for them. I tried not to judge him.

I, on the other hand, come from a family that adores presents, both giving and receiving them, and so, over time, I’ve somewhat perfected the art of giving good gifts. I will admit though that presents to significant others can be tricky, especially in the early stage of dating when you want to set the tone right. Here are some basic strategies and ten gift ideas that may help you as you start your shopping this month.

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Surrey Road Trip! Potters Top Ten Crazy Christmas Gifts Revealed

Because nothing says 'Christmas' like underpants in a can...

Because nothing says ‘Christmas’ like underpants in a can…

It’s western Canada’s biggest dedicated Christmas store and it’s just a short trip out of VanCity to Surrey. Each year Potters transforms into a winter wonderland of 28,000 sq ft of santa-tastic space full of quirky gifts, stocking stuffers and all things holiday-related. On weekends there is also festive live music and Mr and Mrs Claus will be in attendance from 10am–3pm Saturdays and 11am–3pm Sundays, through December 13.

This year Potters has outdone themselves in the crazy gifts department, in absolutely no particular order, here are our ten favourites.  Continue reading:
Surrey Road Trip! Potters Top Ten Crazy Christmas Gifts Revealed