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

Image courtesy of Etsy Vancouver

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

Hop through 16 galleries at South Granville’s annual ArtWalk

Michael Tickner's Drawn To The Light | Pousette Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

Michael Tickner’s Drawn To The Light | Pousette Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

It’s time for one of the most sophisticated block parties of the year.

This Saturday (June 20) is the annual South Granville ArtWalk. If you’re on the hunt for that perfect piece to hang above your mantle or are just curious about the latest in Canadian and British Columbian art, come on down: everyone is welcome.

Just south of downtown over the Granville Street bridge, the South Granville neighbourhood is an area of high-end boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. (The latter include the famed Vij’s restaurant, which is near the Stanley Theatre.)

Stretching over about 10 blocks, South Granville has the highest concentration of fine art galleries in Vancouver.

They feature a diverse range of art, including Canadian and international conceptual, European modernism and old masters, and photography. There are also two galleries devoted to First Nations and Inuit work.

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Hop through 16 galleries at South Granville’s annual ArtWalk