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

Sourced from Wikimedia Common - Evalowyn

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

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

Need fresh? Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Markets Set to Open

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

Nothing says winter like … farm-fresh fruits, veggies, meats and more.

Just as the days are getting shorter and the cold is creeping in, two of Vancouver’s unique winter farmers markets are set to open this month. For locavores, the markets offer a one-of-a-kind chance to stay stocked with fresh-from-the-farm goodness all through the long Vancouver winter (er … rainy) season.

A local institution, the Nat Bailey winter market at Nat Bailey Stadium opens shop on Nov. 7.  Each Saturday through April 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., dozens of vendors from throughout the region come together to offer everything from fresh leafy greens to local cheeses and artisan meats – all outdoors in the parking lot next to the historic stadium in the leafy Riley Park neighbourhood.  Continue reading:
Need fresh? Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Markets Set to Open

Need gear? MEC Moving to Olympic Village

11435061Outdoor lovers in Vancouver may soon have a new MECca.

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), the BC-born chain famous for its wilderness and outdoor gear, is planning to open a new flagship store in Olympic Village. The 45,000-square-foot space, to be located at 2nd Avenue and Quebec Street, will replace the nearby MEC store on Broadway.

The new location plans to offer outdoor gear buffs two full storeys of climbing, biking, camping and hiking equipment and clothing. In addition to having a lot more space than MEC’s current Broadway store, the new site will conform to LEED Gold standards, complete with a green roof to capture rainwater.

If approved by the city, construction of the new building is set to begin in early 2017, with a mid-2018 opening date.   Continue reading:
Need gear? MEC Moving to Olympic Village

Unique Shopping Opportunity at Etsy: Made in Canada Marketplace

Etsy Craft Market 2015

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On Saturday, September 26, 2015 Etsy, the much-loved online craft marketplace, is hosting a series of pop-up craft markets across Canada, including one in Vancouver.

The Vancouver version of the Etsy: Made in Canada Market will be held this Saturday at Robson Square in the centre of Downtown and will feature some of the amazing craftsters who call Vancouver home. Whether you’re looking for some early holiday gift ideas, unique birthday presents, or just a little something for yourself, the Etsy Craft Marketplace in Vancouver will be a great place to support local entrepreneurs.

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Unique Shopping Opportunity at Etsy: Made in Canada Marketplace

Attention Shopaholics: Vancouver is officially Canada’s “2nd-Most Luxurious” Shopping Spot

8198705547_674ee14c25_zIt’s official: Vancouver’s “mini Rodeo Drive” is the second-most luxurious shopping zone in all of Canada.

For years, Vancouverites who love to shop have known that the strip of Alberni Street between Burrard and Thurlow is the place to go for luxury and designer goods – from Brooks Brothers suits to Tiffany jewelry. Now, a retail research firm has confirmed that with a brand-new study.

Downtown Vancouver’s Alberni Street district is soon to have 21 “free-standing luxury brands,” second only to Toronto’s glitzy Bloor Street, which is home to 23 “free-standing luxury brands,” according to the Winston Collective’s 2015 Top-10 List of Canadian luxury retail nodes. Continue reading:
Attention Shopaholics: Vancouver is officially Canada’s “2nd-Most Luxurious” Shopping Spot

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