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jewellery

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.
Finalists
Holt Renfrew; Army & Navy.

China & Crystal
Atkinson’s
Drop by this elegant South Granville space for classic collectibles, including Waterford Crystal or dinnerware by Iittala, Versace and Wedgwood.
Finalists
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.
Finalists
Antique Market; Scott Landon Antiques; Three Centuries Shop.

Children’s Clothing
GapKids
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.
Finalists
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.
Finalists
Holt Renfrew; Roden Gray.

Ladies’ Clothing
Aritzia
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.
Finalists
The Bay; Holt Renfrew.

Glasses at Bruce Eyewear. Photo by KK Law

Eyewear
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.
Finalists
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.
Finalists
Mountain Equipment Co-op; Lululemon.

Lingerie
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.
Finalists
Dianes Lingerie; La Vie en Rose.

Books
Chapters/Indigo
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.
Finalists
Banyen Books & Sound; Black Bond Books.

Chocolate
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.
Finalists
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.
Finalists
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.
Finalists
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.
Finalists
Chi, the Spa; The Spa at the Wedgewood.

Shoes
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.
Finalists
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.
Finalists
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.

Hot Shopping: London 2012 Olympic Summer Games Jewellery from Links of London

The dog tag necklace in Links of London’s commemorative collection for the 2012 Summer Games

The Olympics culminate on Aug. 12, but Links of London’s official jewellery collection for the London 2012 Games ensures we’re united in style until Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The Union Jack–stamped dog tag (pictured) commemorates this quadrennial event and gives fashion-forward guys an excuse to sport some bling of their own. For ladies looking for something with a less-masculine edge, there are plenty of products available: charm bracelets, earrings, trinket boxes and compact mirrors, to name a few. Shop online at www.linksoflondon.com or visit the in-store boutique at Holt Renfrew.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Art: Local Works in Whistler for ArtWalk

ArtWalk photo by Joern Rohde

Art lovers, you’re in luck. Whistler is brimming with local talent on any given day, but through July and August, it’s overflowing. That’s when ArtWalk comes to town, bringing in regional artisans to display their paintings, pottery and jewellery in local galleries, cafes and retail spaces. Live demos and music make this a festival you don’t want to miss. Visit www.artswhistler.com for more information.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Shopping: Fresh from the Field at the Whistler Farmer’s Market

Farmers' market photo by Chad Chomlack courtesy Tourism Whistler

Locals love the bustling Whistler Farmers’ Market for just-picked fruit and veggies. Purchase a loaf of fresh bread and some home-made jam, then head to the hills for an impromptu picnic. Keep an eye out for handmade souvenirs such as jewellery, candles and art.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: New Spring Jewellery Line from Pandora

Bracelets from Pandora

Nature reigns in Floral Nostalgia, the new spring and summer line from Pandora. Bouquets of flowers adorn cocktails rings and earrings, while dragonfly pendants make stunning statement pieces. Stackable bracelets in sterling silver and gold round out the collection.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Good Bling by Foxy Originals

Necklaces by Foxy Originals

Support Earth Day Canada with the purchase of a bracelet or necklace (pictured), in silver or gold, from Foxy Originals’ new collection “Teach Today. Change Tomorrow.” At www.foxyoriginals.com.—Jennifer Patterson