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

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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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

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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

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