Halloween charms from Thomas Sabo
Celebrate Oct. 31—grown-up style—with autumn-inspired charms from Thomas Sabo. Sure, you’re no longer getting decked out in your ghoulish best, trick-or-treating from house to house, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop celebrating All Hallows’ Eve altogether. Pop by Thomas Sabo’s new Oakridge Centre store to choose charms of your own, or model your bracelet or necklace after the acorn and pumpkin combo shown above. Other options for ringing in this scary holiday: pints of pumpkin ale and creepy, festive decorations at HomeSense.—Jennifer Patterson
Thomas Sabo, Oakridge Centre, 650 West 41st Ave. 604-263-7226.
Homesense, 493 Robson St. 604-683-4406.
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Vancouver brewers celebrate Halloween early with a bevy of pumpkin ales. Taste the best of the season at Steamworks Brewing Co., Granville Island Brewing Taproom and Central City Brewing Co. in Surrey. Or try them all by the flight at St. Augustine’s Pub on Commercial Drive, which also boasts no less than 40 beers on tap.—Tim Pawsey (more…)
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Sipping iced coffee or tea is the best way to beat the heat in caffeine-friendly Vancouver. Create your own icy bevvy at Starbucks: combinations such as the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino are sure to refresh. Or indulge in the Dark Chocolate Freeze served up by the award-winning baristas at Caffè Artigiano. Tea infusions at DavidsTea are perfect over ice; try Luscious Watermelon or Banana Daiquiri and drink in the flavours of summer.—Jill Von Sprecken
These fun water bottles from S'Well come in a rainbow of colours
Forget plastic! Cool down on a hot day with a swig from a colourful stainless steel S’Well water bottle ($35; purchase online at www.swellbottle.com). Each one of these sleek canteens comes insulated to keep icy cold drinks chilled for 24 hours or piping hot bevvies sip-ready for 12.—Jennifer Patterson
Locally made sake makes for a tasty souvenir. Photo by KK Law
Down a small alley on Granville Island, discover small but remarkable Artisan SakeMaker, where Masa Shiroki set up Canada’s first sake maker. Stop by to sample a range of styles (including hand-pressed, premium Junmai and sparkling sake), as well as kasu (favoured by top chefs as a marinade), sauces and dressings, and even a cherry drink. Also available at several Japanese and other restaurants around town.—Tim Pawsey