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Shopping Vancouver

Reach the Beach

Ready for a long, lazy day on Kits Beach, First Beach or (for the truly brave) clothing-optional Wreck Beach? Don’t forget these warm-weather essentials

By SHERI RADFORD

A beach chair sporting the iconic HBC stripes

A beach chair sporting the iconic HBC stripes

BEACH CHAIR Hudson’s Bay was established way back in 1670, and it’s been a Canadian mainstay ever since. No patriotic Canuck can resist the iconic HBC stripes on everything from beach chairs, baseball hats and pocket knives to water bottles, patio umbrellas and wooden canoes. (more…)

Top Timepieces: Global Watch Co.

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Longines shop-in-shop at Global Watch Co.

The Longines shop-in-shop at Global Watch Company

A trove of treasured timepieces can be found at Global Watch Company, a boutique devoted to haute horology and fine diamond jewellery. The swish space is home to three unique shop-in-shops, including 165-year-old German watchmaker Glashütte Original—one of the few showrooms to carry the brand in BC. Rounding out the collection: a range of sophisticated sparklers, some featuring rare coloured diamonds. Adore adornment? Then this venue is a must-visit.

G&T Design’s Luxe Linens

By SHERI RADFORD

A whimsical throw pillow by G&T Design

A whimsical throw pillow by G&T Design

Beavers and chickens and ravens, oh my! These are just a few of the critters you’ll find screen-printed on earth-friendly textiles from G&T Design, along with moose, pineapples, bicycles and inspirational sayings. Vancouver resident Stephanie McRae uses natural linen to create her vintage-looking pillows, tea towels and napkins, because she likes that the durable fabric is also sustainable. She’s even been known to create custom designs for clients celebrating special occasions. Available at Barefoot Contessa and at Etsy.

Tops for Shops: Robson Street

By SHERI RADFORD

Ecco's new store on Robson Street

Ecco’s new store on Robson Street

Long considered Vancouver’s mecca for savvy shoppers, Robson Street now ups the ante even more with the recent addition of Ecco (pictured), the Danish brand known for stylish but comfy footwear. The store is mere steps away from the intersection of Robson and Burrard, where you can find well-crafted leather bags at Roots, stylish yogawear at Lululemon, alluring lingerie at Victoria’s Secret, beauty products galore at Sephora, sweet-smelling skincare products at L’Occitane en Provence, and intricately designed greeting cards and gift bags at Papyrus. It’s enough to put a spring in the step of any serious shopaholic.

Sitting Pretty: Vancouver Beach Chair

By SHERI RADFORD

This Vancouver souvenir is as stylish as it is comfortable

This Vancouver souvenir is as stylish as it is comfortable

There’s no better way to soak up some rays than in a folding beach chair from Gallant & Jones. Designed and handmade right here in Vancouver, each one features a frame stained with a natural, eco-friendly oil and a cotton back screen-printed by hand. Bonus: for each chair sold, $10 goes to Covenant House, a local charity that supports homeless youth. Buy online at www.gallantandjones.com.

Quick Pick: 4 of Our Favourite Things

Along with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of our favourite things this month

By SHERI RADFORD

Find the iconic HBC stripes on everything from shirts to blankets

Find the iconic HBC stripes on everything from shirts to blankets

STRIPES
Hudson’s Bay was established way back in 1670, and it’s been a Canadian mainstay ever since. No one can resist the company’s iconic stripes on everything from t-shirts, running shoes and onesies to beach towels, lawn chairs and patio umbrellas—and it’s the rare Canadian household that doesn’t own at least one
of their striped blankets. (more…)

Fabulous Finds at Renew Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Renew Gallery's showroom is chock-full of elegant pieces

Renew Gallery’s showroom is chock-full of elegant pieces

If any shop should be stocked with treasures, it’s hidden gem Renew Gallery. Tucked away near Main Street, this bright showroom is the perfect setting for the collection of stunning antiques, vintage decor and beautiful period lighting. The carefully curated pieces range from furniture to stained glass to glittering chandeliers, and each is one of a kind. Consider Renew the pearl of second-hand shopping.

A Few of Our Favourite Things

Along with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of the things we can’t live without this month

By SHERI RADFORD

Outfit little ones in the iconic HBC stripes

Outfit little ones in the iconic HBC stripes

Hudson’s Bay
Youngsters and oldsters alike love the iconic HBC stripes on everything from onesies, polo shirts and running shoes to beach towels, lawn chairs and patio umbrellas. At Hudson’s Bay. (more…)

Simple Luxuries at Le fil rouge Textiles

By SHERI RADFORD

Indulgently soft textiles from Le fil rouge

Luxurious textiles from Le fil rouge

When Ellen Walde couldn’t find the natural-textile accessories she was seeking, she decided to make them herself. The result is Le fil rouge Textiles. Walde’s company uses eco-friendly linen in pillows, tablecloths and bedding that are produced in North Vancouver, and sustainable but luxurious baby alpaca in scarves and blankets that are produced in a fair-trade-certified production facility in Peru. The fabrics look great, feel amazing and don’t harm the environment, so you can indulge guilt-free.

Satya Balm

By SHERI RADFORD

Satya's calendula balm is certified-organic, chemical-free and fragrance-free

Satya’s calendula balm is certified-organic, chemical-free and fragrance-free

Patrice Mousseau faced a challenge: her baby had developed eczema, and the only remedy offered by doctors was a steroid cream. Mousseau, an experienced journalist based in Metro Vancouver, employed her researching skills to seek a safe but effective alternative. Soon she discovered the flower Calendula officinalis, and she used it as the starting point to create Satya calendula balm. This certified-organic, chemical-free, fragrance-free balm relieves inflammation, soothes irritations and reduces itching, making it ideal for treating eczema, psoriasis, burns, rashes, chafing, insect bites and chapped lips. It comes in a 50-ml jar or a 7-ml travel-sized sliding tin (pictured) that can be refilled easily, so relief is always on hand. At Dandelion Kids and Lussobaby.

Local Spotlight: Lumin Concepts

By SHERI RADFORD

A design-forward light fixture by Lumin Concepts

Light fixtures by Lumin Concepts use reclaimed materials

The bright idea behind Lumin Concepts is also a simple one: reuse materials. Based in Vancouver, this design and fabrication company uses reclaimed wood and salvaged materials in interesting, eye-catching ways. The team scours old houses, hotels, barns and warehouses to find material that’s often more than a century old, then they create one-of-a-kind lighting and furniture that appears to be art but is meant to be used every day. Recycling never looked so good.

Keep it Moving: Fitness Classes in Vancouver

Even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast can be thrown off their game when travelling. Luckily, creative and convenient classes offer special drop-in rates tailor-made for visitors.

By LAURA DENNIS

Keep it moving while on vacation in Vancouver

There are plenty of ways to keep fit while on vacation in Vancouver

BARRE
Imagine the delicate and graceful movements of ballet combined with high-intensity strength training and conditioning. Barre Fitness takes elements from ballet, pilates and interval training to create a workout focused on total-body conditioning and the development of lean muscle mass. The hour-long classes make use of the barre (a stationary handrail about belly-button height), free weights, balls, straps and body weight to target specific muscle groups, followed by deep stretching. Enjoy upbeat music and encouraging instructors in the light and airy Yaletown studio. A perfect pirouette may never be in your future, but toned buns certainly are. Drop-in classes are $22 and can be reserved online. (more…)