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Hot Shopping: Shop Talk: Style Maven

Joan Druxman-Jones, the leather-clad, rock-star chic owner of Joan’s Accessories and More, says she’s “starting over at 73,” but that’s not quite accurate. Although her trend-setting boutique has been in its current home above Eyelet Dove for just two years, Druxman-Jones (mother-in-law of Winnipeg jewellery designer Hilary Druxman) has been in the fashion business for more than five decades. “I’ve seen bell-bottoms three times,” she laughs. Indeed, she’s seen it all, which is precisely what makes her Academy Road shop so special. Druxman-Jones has a discerning eye for hunting down beautiful bags and bold cocktail rings you won’t see anywhere else. Inspired by fashion’s constant evolution, her drive to find the next big thing is reflected in her thoughtfully chosen wares. “When I started in the business, you matched your shoes to your handbag. Now, there are so many possibilities.” 485 Academy Rd, 204-415-4564.

Hot Dates: Canadian-Designed Jewellery for Valentine’s Day

Treat your sweetie to jewellery by Canadian designer Anne Sportun

February 14

It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day, when Cupid takes flight and the air smells of red roses and chocolate. Treat your number-one love to a gift that lasts a lifetime with beautiful Canadian-designed bling by Anne Sportun, an East Coast jewellery designer who has wowed with her stunning designs since the early ‘90s. Peruse her pieces at Kiss & Makeup.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot shopping: Winter Bling at Halifax’s Jewellery Shops

Rolex is one of many brands available at Touch of Gold on Spring Garden Road.

Located at the corner of Spring Garden Road, Charm Diamond Centre is Canada’s largest family-owned jewellery company. Shoppers will find a range of Canadian diamonds, as well as collections and gifts.

At Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street, Old World designs meet New World technique, resulting in fine jewellery of gold, platinum, diamonds and coloured gemstones.

Unique and custom pieces by Canadian and European designers are the specialty at Frida Custom Jewellery Design in Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax waterfront.

Locally owned and operated, Touch of Gold on Spring Garden Road offers an extensive selection of engagement rings, Italian gold and sterling silver, as well as Swiss watches such as Rolex, Tag Heuer, Montblanc and Swiss Army.

Hot Shopping: Holiday Charms from Thomas Sabo

Thomas Sabo holiday charms

The season’s a-jingle with sounds of joy as loved ones open gifts filled with dazzling charm bracelets and necklaces from Thomas Sabo. Choose from hundreds of different charms—there’s something for every special occasion—including holiday-themed gingerbread men, angels, snowflakes and good ol’ Saint Nick. On that note, with such thoughtful gift giving, you might just secure a spot on Santa’s nice list.—Nicole Capelo

Hot Shopping: Pendants by Pyrrha are Lovely Holiday Gifts

Pyrrha necklaces, made in Vancouver

Pyrrha breathes new life into reclaimed 18th- and 19th-century wax seals by using them as casts for sterling silver, bronze and 14k-gold jewellery. Since 1995, every necklace, ring, earring and bracelet has been handcrafted in a small Vancouver studio—no mass production here. Find talismans that capture everything from luck to friendship to devotion, or engrave a pendant with names or initials. Shop online at www.pyrrha.com.—Jennifer Patterson

Who Won the 2012 Vancouver Where to Shop Awards?

We asked. Where readers voted. Here are your favourite spots to shop

By Jennifer Patterson

Heritage department at The Bay. Photo by KK Law

Department Store
The Bay
This Canadian company, founded in 1670, is one of the oldest in the world. Over the past few years, this downtown hub has turned into a don’t-miss fashion destination. Label lovers visit The Room, a high-end space filled with the crème de la crème of designer goods, and young trendsetters head to the world’s second-largest Topshop, on the lower level. For holiday decor, see the Christmas Street department.
Holt Renfrew; Army & Navy.

China & Crystal
Drop by this elegant South Granville space for classic collectibles, including Waterford Crystal or dinnerware by Iittala, Versace and Wedgwood.
Birks; Chintz and Company.

Antiques & Collectibles
Antique Warehouse
There’s no time like the present to redecorate. Luckily, Antique Warehouse has over 1,115 sq m (12,000 sq ft) of vintage and antique home furnishings. There’s something for everyone, as this massive collection ranges from 18th-century decor to mid-century modern furniture, all sourced from France, England and Belgium.
Antique Market; Scott Landon Antiques; Three Centuries Shop.

Children’s Clothing
This popular shop for tots and tweens carries clothing and accessories perfect for school, a holiday party or just playing in the yard. Big-name designers (think: Diane von Furstenburg and Stella McCartney) often design limited-edition collections for the chain.
Hip Baby; Beansprouts; Redfish Kids Clothing.

Men’s Clothing
Harry Rosen
Dapper gents head to this downtown store to fulfil all their style-related needs. The rich wood interior complements the custom-made suits, classic casual wear and colourful ties, alongside leather loafers and great-for-winter puffer jackets.
Holt Renfrew; Roden Gray.

Ladies’ Clothing
Vancouver’s own Aritzia started life in 1984 as a store-within-a-store, inside Hills of Kerrisdale (page 27) to be exact. Now, many years and stores later, the edgy, on-trend fashions and multiple in-house labels cater to a loyal legion of customers, including much-photographed celebrities and fashionistas.
The Bay; Holt Renfrew.

Glasses at Bruce Eyewear. Photo by KK Law

Bruce Eyewear
Stylish specs and cool sunglasses line the cases at this Gastown spot. Unique frames by sought-after labels such as Cutler and Gross, Oliver Peoples and Mykita are just a sampling of what’s in store.
Eyes on Burrard; Spectus Eyewear.

Sporting Goods
Sport Chek
No matter what your age or sport, you’ll find all the gear you need—from skis to golf clubs to inline skates—at this mega chain.
Mountain Equipment Co-op; Lululemon.

Change Lingerie
This Danish brand designs sweet skivvies and bras, with cup sizes ranging from A to K. Find pyjamas, slips and bathing suits, too. Free bra fittings.
Dianes Lingerie; La Vie en Rose.

Spend an hour—or four—exploring this palatial, multi-level bookstore. Everything from cookbooks to architecture to language has a dedicated section, as do the hottest best-sellers and magazines. Take the tots to the colourful kids’ section, then browse the expanded gift and decor area. Monthly author events.
Banyen Books & Sound; Black Bond Books.

Purdy’s Chocolates
Since 1907, this iconic Vancouver chocolatier has satisfied sweet-tooth cravings with sweet Georgia browns, hedgehogs and mint melties. The recognizable gold and purple box—chock-full of assorted chocolates, nuts and caramels—makes a great gift, whether for a hostess or for that chocolate-loving friend.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Rogers’ Chocolates; Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie.

Fine Art
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
This elegant and spacious Gastown gallery has been in business for over 30 years. Peruse the fine Inuit sculptures, along with prints, original drawings and museum-quality Northwest Coast First Nations art. Regular rotating exhibits feature stunning pieces by both established and new artists.
Jennifer Kostuik Gallery; Granville Fine Art.

Jewellery & Watches
Tiffany & Co.
This year marks the 175th anniversary for the coveted jewellery label. Expert craftsmanship and attention to detail—not to mention the recognizable robin egg–blue box—keep customers coming back. Don’t miss the eye-catching collections by Elsa Peretti, Frank Gehry and Paloma Picasso. Be sure to check out the selection of crystal, sunglasses, leather goods and home decor, too.
Birks; Pandora Jewelry.

Bentwood box at Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Photo by KK Law

Spas & Salons
Vida Spa
The goal of this chic, relaxing spa is to bring your dosha into perfect harmony, helping to promote well-being and restore energy. Treatments are based on Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of Indian medicine.
Chi, the Spa; The Spa at the Wedgewood.

Fluevog Shoes
Flights of fancy for your feet. Vancouver’s own Fluevog continues to push boundaries when it comes to footwear, with the help of custom buckles, curved heels and sculpted toes. The motto behind these whimsical shoes: unique soles for unique souls.
Browns; Gravitypope.

Shopping Centre
Pacific Centre
In the heart of downtown sits this massive shopping mall housing some of the biggest brands: H&M, Apple, Sephora, Club Monaco, BCBG and Harry Rosen. It’s also home to ultra-luxe retailer Holt Renfrew.
Metropolis at Metrotown; Richmond Centre; Park Royal.

To vote for next year’s winners, click here.

Who took top spots in Whistler’s Where to Shop awards? Pick up the new issue of Where Whistler to find out, or click here.

Hot Shopping: Give the Gift of Jewellery

Rings from Pandora

When it comes to gifts, nothing tops jewellery. Show that special someone they’re loved with a brilliant bangle, or reward personal success with a new pendant.

  • Keir Fine Jewellery offers a wide range of Canadian diamonds—complete with the laser-engraved maple leaf or polar bear—as well as gold, titanium and pearl pieces.
  • Ruby Tuesday keeps it casual with playful necklaces, bracelets and earrings by Canadian designers.
  • Pandora (pictured) fans come for the charm collection but stay for the stunning assortment of gold and silver bling.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dates: See Artists in their Studios at Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl

“And the oak tree told the chicken about the day the sky fell” by Ross den Otter

November 16 to 18

Art lovers, lace up your walking shoes for this weekend-long East Vancouver festival that combines aesthetics with exercise. Download a map from the Crawl’s website and embark on a self-guided walking tour to 75 venues, where you’ll meet painters, photographers, jewellers and sculptors in their own workspaces. Support our homegrown talent by purchasing one-of-a-kind pieces, including those by local artist Ross den Otter (pictured). You won’t find a better Vancouver souvenir.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Shopping: Channel James Bond with OMEGA’s Limited-Edition Seamaster Watch

James Bond Seamaster Planet Ocean watch. Photo courtesy OMEGA

Look as dapper as 007 himself by donning the limited-edition James Bond Seamaster Planet Ocean watch (pictured). With only 5,007 of these tickers available worldwide, you’ll want to hold your martini order and hurry to OMEGA so you can emulate Daniel Craig in the latest Bond installment, Skyfall, in theatres Nov. 9. Now all you need is an Aston Martin and a moonraker laser.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Shopping: Designer Craft Shop Stands Out

A handmade creation at the Designer Craft Shop

Add some artistic flair to your home at the Designer Craft Shop at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design on Marginal Road. Check out handmade creations that make a statement in any room, including vibrant ceramic bowls, textiles, paintings, wood prints, jewellery and more. The shop also makes sure to showcase local artists’ work. Whether you’re looking for a special gift or something to call your own, there’s something for everyone.

Hot Shopping: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pandora’s new Murano charm supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month, and stores across the country stock pink ribbon–adorned products to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Pandora adds a new Murano glass charm to the existing collection, and when paired with the pink, braided-leather bracelet, it becomes the ultimate show of support.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Bling it at The Vault

Bracelet at the Vault

Revamp your jewellery collection and step into The Vault. From classic flower and heart designs to vibrant beads, pearls and modern gems, there’s a wide style selection for any occasion. Located at The Halifax Shopping Centre and Spring Garden Place, the store boasts 16 designer collections, including Sara Blaine, Pandora and more.