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Shopping Vancouver

Art & Sole

By SHERI RADFORD

Statement sneakers with a feel-good twist

Statement sneakers with a feel-good twist

Seeking an unusual souvenir that comes with a side of philanthropy? Look no further than Six Hundred Four. This new boutique in Gastown partners with Vancouver artists to produce limited-edition footwear. Each artist creates a new piece of art, which is then digitally printed onto 604 pairs of hand-crafted shoes, spread across four unisex styles. These cool kicks are guaranteed conversation starters. And visiting the sneaker gallery is less like a typical shopping trip and more like an excursion to a funky underground gallery. Bonus: 6.04% of each sale is donated to a charity chosen by the artist, which means you can look good and feel good at the same time.

Top Dogs

By SHERI RADFORD

Get your best friend on the best-dressed list.

Get your best friend on the Best-Dressed list.

Pampered pooches and well-heeled hounds get outfitted by Danes and Divas. The local company crafts stylish bowties, collars, leashes, bandanas and more for dapper dogs (and good-natured cats). Shalla Black established the business in 2012 because she saw a need for accessories that went beyond basic nylon or leather. Designed and manufactured in BC, Black’s creations express each pet’s personality. Outfit your own precious pup at Barking Babies or online.

The Great Indoors

The weather outside is sometimes frightful, but the indoor activities are always delightful

By SHERI RADFORD

Take in spectacular views of Canada Place, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean from the Vancouver Lookout's observation deck, 169 m (553 ft) above the city. (Photo: KK Law)

Take in spectacular views of Canada Place, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean from the Vancouver Lookout’s observation deck, 169 m (553 ft) above the city. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Get an unparalleled 360-degree view of the city from the Vancouver Lookout.

2. Learn about balloons, bubbles, bodies, beavers, bears, butterflies, bugs and a whole lot more at Science World.

3. Paint your face blue and green and cheer for the home team at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game in Rogers Arena. Or do up your face in blue and white and root for the Vancouver Whitecaps at a soccer game in BC Place. (more…)

First Class Travel Kit

By SHERI RADFORD

Charals offers a range of high-quality grooming products, including travel kits from Skinny and Co.

Charals offers a range of high-quality grooming products, including travel kits from Skinny and Co.

Get the skinny on coconut oil: Mother Nature’s miracle product boasts a cornucopia of health and beauty benefits, from moisturizing skin and conditioning hair to boosting immunity and improving heart health. The coconut oil travel kit from Skinny & Co. includes facial oil, body butter, soap, lip balm and more, all in TSA-compliant sizes and tucked into a jute bag. Stop by Charals before jetting off to your next destination.

It’s Glow Time

By SHERI RADFORD

Look lustrous in no time at Project Skin MD.

Look glowing skin in no time at Project Skin MD.

When your complexion needs a pick-me-up but the clock is ticking, it’s time to visit the Glow Room at Project Skin MD. A customized Glow experience delivers all the benefits of a facial in just 25 minutes. Consider it the fast track to healthy, radiant skin.

Canadian Crunch

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Neale Brothers' Kettle Chips come in a range of all-Canadian flavours.

Neale Brothers’ Kettle Chips come in a range of all-Canadian flavours.

What do you get when you pack Canada into a crispy snack? The answer is Neal Brothers’ Kettle Chips. Sweet and smoky flavours mingle deliciously in cool Canuck options such as Maple Bacon, while each bite of Montreal Steak Spice is loaded with East Coast zing. Other True North Strong and Free selections include Spicy Srirachup, Salt and Vinegar, and Vij’s Delhi-licious. Available at Choices and Urban Fare.

A Sweet Story

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Jackie Kai Ellis creates tasty treats at Beaucoup Bakery. (Photo: KK Law)

Jackie Kai Ellis creates tasty treats at Beaucoup Bakery. (Photo: KK Law)

Biting into a perfectly crisp, flaky pastry can certainly feel like a life-changing experience, but in the case of Jackie Kai Ellis, that indulgence actually helped the Beaucoup Bakery owner whip up a new life. When Ellis flew to Paris to study pastry making at École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil, she left behind her life as a graphic designer with her own firm. The catalyst? A cookie. (more…)

Great Gifts for Valentine’s Day

By SHERI RADFORD

A love pendant from Tiffany & Co. (Photo: Tiffany & Co.)

A love pendant from Tiffany & Co. (Photo: Tiffany & Co.)

Surprise your loved ones with the perfect presents on Feb. 14. Pamper her with a necklace from Tiffany & Co. or cozy pyjamas from La Vie En Rose. Spoil him with a timepiece from the Rolex Boutique, and treat a tiny tot to Chunky Pack: Valentine, which includes three heart-warming board books by Roger Priddy (at local bookstores).

Skincare with Seoul

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

What do you get when you combine up-to-the-minute Korean skincare with a 150-year-old Scottish apothecary? Beauty brand Belif. The cult-favourite skincare products are infused with traditional herbal formulas from Scotland, but are free from synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances and mineral oils. To combat cold-weather concerns, try the skin-quenching True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, which contains hydrating comfrey leaf for up to 26 hours of moisture. Stock up at The Face Shop.

Chocolate Chronicle

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Delicious Crunchetti clusters from Brockmann's Chocolates

Delicious Crunchetti clusters from Brockmann’s Chocolates

Once upon a time there was a chocolate-maker named Willy. Only in this particular story, his tempting confections were brought from Europe to Canada, where they were crafted with care for another 30 years. The third-generation chocolatiers now offer two locally made treats: the creamy Truffini truffles, which are available in 11 flavours, including Canadian maple; and the addictive Crunchetti clusters, with toasted almonds and cranberries. Indulge your sweet tooth with treats by Brockmann’s Chocolates at Urban Fare and Nesters.

Ice Ice Baby

By SHERI RADFORD

The Inverse Hair Conditioning System

The Inverse Hair Conditioning System

If frizz is the name of the game, then it’s time to free your follicles from years of heat damage. The Inverse Hair Conditioning System uses ice to lock in hydration, resulting in stronger, healthier, shinier hair. The simple system consists of ice cores that pop out to go in the freezer, a sleek body, ice mist spray and a carrying bag. The best part? No nasty chemicals and no cord. Buy online at ca.inversehair.com.

Purely Canadian Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD

Get cozy and Canadian with a Mary Maxim sweater from Roots.

Get cozy and Canadian with a Mary Maxim sweater from Roots.

Hand-knit from warm and cozy tri-blend yarn, the Mary Maxim sweater for men is decorated with a friendly beaver and a series of maple leaves. The only way the sweater could be more Canadian is if it came with maple syrup, a side of poutine and a hockey stick. Pick up this comfy Canuck creation at Roots, eh.