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Sheri Radford

For Dapper Dudes

By SHERI RADFORD

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A peek into Frank & Oak’s flagship boutique

Whether you’re daunted by clothes shopping or fearless in your fashion choices (or somewhere in between), Frank & Oak can help improve your sartorial style. The Canadian menswear company opened a flagship location in Gastown a few months ago, and ever since then its style advisors have been helping gents look their best. With new styles arriving each month, the store definitely requires repeat visits. And the on-site juice bar and full-service barber shop offer added enticements.

Pure Gold: The Who

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Not many rock bands make it to the half-century mark, but The Who isn’t just any group. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their backing musicians have sold more than 100 million records and racked up countless hits, including “Substitute,” “Magic Bus,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can See For Miles,” “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Pinball Wizard.” Catch the band’s golden-anniversary tour—dubbed The Who Hits 50!—at Rogers Arena on May 13. And rock on.

Beautiful Bots

By SHERI RADFORD

Lynne Fahenstalk at her worktable

Lynne Fahnestalk at her worktable

Where others see junk, Lynne Fahnestalk sees potential. Any discarded piece of copper, brass or steel could be just the thing she needs to finish one of her upcycled robot sculptures. It might take her an afternoon to put together a Bot, or it might take months of scouring yard sales and flea markets, looking for the elusive piece of metal that will bring out a Bot’s true personality. But as much as she might like to, Fahnestalk can’t spend every waking moment visualizing her next robot: the Vancouver resident also works full-time at a book-distribution company, and she has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for decades. (more…)

Say Spaaaaaa

By SHERI RADFORD

The serene spa lounge at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

The serene spa lounge at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

Need to unwind? Head to The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. Our favourite indulgence is the five-hour Winter Spa Day package, complete with hot-stone massage, facial, manicure and pedicure, but any treatment will help you to de-stress. And all services include use of the rooftop hot tubs and eucalyptus steam room, ensuring R&R aplenty. Ready, set, relax.

Beauty Inside & Out: RMS Beauty

By SHERI RADFORD

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift may be a New Yorker now—as evidenced by her sassy opinions on everything from airline rules to the over-plucked state of most women’s eyebrows—but she’s still a Vancouverite at heart. Her local roots show in her passion for healthy living. She developed her own organic product line, RMS Beauty, and uses it on celebrities such as Gisele Bündchen. Try it yourself at Kiss and Makeup.

10 Things We Love About Eco-Friendly Vancouver

It’s easy to see how we’re on track to be the world’s greenest city by 2020

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: KK Law)

(Photo: KK Law)

1. Bicycles
Mild West Coast weather forms the backdrop for cycling on the seawall or coasting along in dedicated bike lanes, resulting in Vancouverites’ year-round love affair with two-wheeled transportation. (more…)

Cool Carry-Alls by Herschel and HBC

By SHERI RADFORD

A stylish carry-all with the iconic HBC stripes

A stylish carry-all with the iconic HBC stripes

Popular local brand + North America’s oldest company = this season’s must-have travel accessories. Vancouver’s own Herschel Supply Co. teamed up with Hudson’s Bay to create five limited-edition pieces with the iconic HBC stripes: the Novel weekend duffel (pictured), the Chapter toiletries bag, the Little America backpack and two versions of the Heritage backpack. It all adds up to easy and stylish travel.

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

You could spend your lunch hour eating a sandwich—or you could spend it nourishing your love of ballet, bhangra, tap, hip hop, flamenco and more. Each month, the Discover Dance! series showcases a local dance company in a noon-hour performance. Catch Karen Flamenco (Apr. 21) as they combine music, dance, storytelling and costumes into perfectly fiery flamenco.

Hemp-Based Products From Mettrum Originals

By SHERI RADFORD

Deep Moisturizing Cream from Mettrum Originals

Deep Moisturizing Cream from Mettrum Originals

You’ve probably heard lots of hype about marijuana, but it’s merely the bad-boy cousin of the family’s true superstar, hemp. This eco-friendly, versatile plant can be used to make everything from paper to animal bedding to building materials. Canadian company Mettrum Originals recently launched a line of nutritious hemp-based foods along with other hemp products, including lip balm, massage oil and moisturizing cream.

The Write Stuff

By SHERI RADFORD

Whether you’re seeking a puzzle or colouring page to pass the time during a long flight, or a beautiful volume of paintings and photos to peruse, we have a recommendation for you. Find our choices at local bookstores or online

Discover paintings by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories by Karen Duffek and Tania Willard (Figure 1 Publishing; $45): The local painter’s creations blend art, politics and spirituality, displaying his commitment to First Nations rights. This collection includes 80 of Yuxweluptun’s works spanning 30 years, plus insightful commentary.

See the world through the eyes of Geoff and Katie Matthews

Travel Between the Lines Adult Coloring Book by Geoff and Katie Matthews (Wandertooth Media; $15.52): When this local husband-and-wife duo quit their jobs to see the world, they never predicted they would eventually turn their travel photos into a book of beautifully detailed, colourable scenes and cityscapes.

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O Canada Crosswords Book 16 by Gwen Sjogren (Nightwood Editions; $13.95): Fancy some whimsical wordplay? The 16th instalment of this popular series is filled to bursting with 100 brain-teasing puzzles. Test your knowledge of Canadian pop culture, music, industry and place names—and, of course, hockey.

Soul of Wilderness

Soul of Wilderness: Mountain Journeys in Western BC and Alaska by John Baldwin and Linda Bily (Harbour Publishing; $36.95): Travelling by foot and on skis, partners Baldwin and Bily explored the pristine wilderness of the Coast Mountains, capturing what they saw in stunning photos and thought-provoking essays.

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The Natural Eclectic by Heather Ross (Figure 1 Publishing; $42.95): Using inspirational text and striking images, the local artist, photographer and stylist demonstrates how to cultivate a nature-inspired aesthetic. The book is a natural extension of the artist’s charming South Granville shop.

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Jeff Wall: North & West by Aaron Peck (Figure 1 Publishing; $25): Wall has spent a lifetime photographing his beloved hometown of Vancouver, but his images transcend the city and speak to a larger truth about history and memory. This carefully curated collection showcases the best of Wall’s celebrated oeuvre.

All-Natural Products from Leaves of Trees

By SHERI RADFORD

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All-natural deodorant from Dr. Roohi Qureshi’s Leaves of Trees line

Think natural products aren’t as effective as their chemically enhanced brethren? Think again. Dr. Roohi Qureshi whips up small batches of all-natural deodorants (pictured), lotions, soaps, lip balms and more in her Toronto store. They all pack a powerful punch, despite containing none of the parabens, phthalates, silicone chemicals or other nasty ingredients found in so many commercial formulas. Find her Leaves of Trees line at BeautyMark.

Canuck the Crow

By SHERI RADFORD

Canuck the Crow, a friendly East Vancouver resident. (Photo: Shawn Bergman)

Canuck the Crow, a friendly East Vancouver resident. (Photo: Shawn Bergman)

The latest Vancouver celebrity has been spotted commuting on the SkyTrain, flipping through the pages of a newspaper, strolling into a McDonald’s, and riding a skateboard—none of which might seem unusual, except this particular celeb is a bird. Canuck the Crow was found as a hatchling and raised by humans until he was able to fly, then he was released, but he never lost his fondness for people. He befriended Shawn Bergman, who for almost a year now has been documenting Canuck’s avian antics on Facebook. So if you’re in East Vancouver and notice a friendly crow with an orange band on his leg, you should stop to say hello. You just might end up with a story worth crowing about.