Vancouver Christmas Shopping: 6 Holiday Markets and Pop-Ups

Holiday Cards at We Are Local. Photo credit: We Are Local

With just two weekends to go before Christmas, it’s time to start or finish your holiday shopping. I respect both camps of shoppers: the early birds and the swift’n’serious. Early birds know what they’re after and exactly how long it takes to secure such a prize. The swift’n’serious crew relies on last minute inspiration.

Whichever camp you belong to, here’s a round-up of Vancouver’s most exciting, Christmas-only shopping options. You’re already familiar with the big malls and shopping districts. These are the seasonal gems that feature unique, often locally-made goods.

From holiday craft markets to holiday pop-up shops, here are some ideas to help you find something special for everyone on your gift list.

6 Holiday Markets and Pop-Ups

1) The Great Canadian Craft Fair: Saturday, Dec. 15 – Sunday, Dec. 16
Bah-zillion (200) B.C. vendors take over the iconic Salt Building in False Creek selling handmade indie wares including ethical baby clothes, quilts, terrarium globes and so much more. There will be cocoa and face painting for the kiddos, plus workshops and music. It’s open 10am-6pm. Tickets are $7 on Eventbrite. Continue reading:
Vancouver Christmas Shopping: 6 Holiday Markets and Pop-Ups

Holiday Shopping? Check out the Örling & Wu Christmas Pop-Up Shop at Holt Renfrew

Holiday shopping can be daunting. The new Örling & Wu holiday pop-up shop in the downtown Pacific Centre’s skybridge to Holt Renfrew has the seasonal charm that encourages a lazy linger rather than hurried, list-based browsing. The Gastown-based retailer has curated a lovely selection of Christmas decor and hostess gifts which will be on sale there through Dec. 24.

The Örling & Wu holiday pop-up is Holt Renfrew Vancouver’s first-ever home decor pop-up shop. It’s reassuring that the 175-year-old queen bee of exclusive fashion made it a point to work with a local business. The pop-up has old-fashioned holiday decorations by Jan Constantine, festive tea cozies by Poppy Treffrey, historical bone china mugs by Cole of London, sparkly Sabre serving spoons and clever ornamental creations by Italy’s Miho Unexpected.

“Our business has always been about making homes and lives feel beautiful. Adding beauty to simple moments is what makes the holiday season memorable,” explains Julie Wu, co‐founder of the local biz.

Holt has also partnered with Vancouver-biz Soirette Macaron on a Christmas macaron and tea shop in Holt Renfrew, so you can power up with gingerbread and mint-choc macarons while shopping.

And now for a montage of glamour shots from the Örling & Wu holiday pop-up. Continue reading:
Holiday Shopping? Check out the Örling & Wu Christmas Pop-Up Shop at Holt Renfrew

The Chinatown Experiment: Chinatown’s Exciting New Space

434 Columbia Street. Photo credit: The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver loves pop-up shops. You know, the edgy boutiques that appear in vacant Gastown and Chinatown storefronts for a weekend, purveying fashion, home decor and food curated, or made, by talented Vancouverites. Good news for both entrepreneurs and discerning consumers. The Chinatown Experiment, a new Chinatown business, is taking the Vancouver pop-up shop to the next evolutionary level, providing a permanent home for revolving pop-up shops at 434 Columbia Street.

In the past few months, The Chinatown Experiment has hosted the Black Lodge Diner pop-up, a delightfully creepy, Twin Peaks-inspired diner serving pie and “damn fine coffee.” The pie sold out in two hours.

This weekend, November 9-12, The Chinatown Experiment space transforms into a Hey Jude Fall Pop-Up Shop, featuring a curated fall vintage clothing collection. Find out what’s next after the jump. Continue reading:
The Chinatown Experiment: Chinatown’s Exciting New Space

Gather Pop-Up Shop in Gastown, July 27-29: Creativity, Community and Collections to Covet

Urban socials are the new craft fair and Gather Pop-Up Shop, on in Gastown July 27-29, is your chance to find out more about the latest breed of creative community shopping event.

More intimate and more curated than a market, Gather takes place in the former Boneta space at 1 East Cordova and features collections by 20 local designers plus eight creative workshops.

The designers (AW by Andrea Wong, Love Jules Leather, Fleet Objects) are unquestionably a draw. The workshops add the extra dazzle to a fun, summer social event.

Attendees have a chance to learn all the latest Instagram tricks, hairstyling, how to build a terrarium, cocktail mixology with a Boneta bartender and even embroidery, while making new friends.

Find out more about Gather Pop-Up Shop designers and workshops after the jump. Continue reading:
Gather Pop-Up Shop in Gastown, July 27-29: Creativity, Community and Collections to Covet