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Shopping Vancouver

Beautiful Bots


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…)

Beauty Inside & Out: RMS Beauty


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.

Cool Carry-Alls by Herschel and HBC


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.

Hemp-Based Products From Mettrum Originals


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


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.


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.


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.


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


All-natural deodorant from

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.

Indie Designs at Nifty for Fifty


Find clothing by local designer Adhesif at Nifty for Fifty

Find clothing by local designer Adhesif at Nifty for Fifty

Sometimes the name says it all. Nifty for Fifty (Apr. 10) is a budget-friendly bonanza, where local goods can be scooped up for $50 or less. Thirty Vancouver designers, jewellers and artists assemble under one roof with their one-of-a-kind wares, including hand-dyed textiles from Daub + Design, playful upcycled clothing from Adhesif (pictured), and handcrafted leather goods from Bronsino. Nifty and thrifty? No need to tell us twice.

Home Decor by Samantha Pynn


Fall in love with decor by Samantha Pynn

Fall in love with decor by Samantha Pynn

Fallen out of love with your home decor? Well, we’re sure that what Samantha Pynn loves, you will, too. The Canadian decorator, TV host and stylist is head over heels for pretty colour palettes, mix-and-match styles, and feel-good fabrics. Make a date with Simons for her new line of beautiful bedding, kitchen linens, shower curtains and rugs, all perfect for layering to create your very own sweetheart style. Now that’s amore.

Happy Hour


Get great hair in a snap at Drybar in Nordstrom's

Get great hair in a snap at Drybar in Nordstrom

Need a hairdo for a special night out? Drybar, which opened recently in Nordstrom, offers a bevy of blowout options with libation-inspired names, including Mai Tai, Dirty Martini and (for tots and tweens) Shirley Temple. Whether you order your tresses straight up or with a twist, you’ll be drunk with happiness—and toasting your divine ’do—in no time. Cheers!

Hop to It

Give the Easter Bunny a helping hand this year with an assortment of goodies ideal for filling any basket



Chocolate from Thomas Haas (more…)

So It Is: Vancouver


An intriguing mix of Vancouver locations, prominent people and... water

An intriguing mix of Vancouver locations, prominent people and, well… water

Take about 100 prominent locals, soak them in water, then photograph them in locations around the city—that’s the recipe behind So It Is: Vancouver. This unusual coffee table book is the brainchild of Adam Schelle and Kev Holloway, who wanted to reveal the inner beauty behind Vancouver’s pretty exterior. Scientist David Suzuki, chef Robert Clark and shoe designer John Fluevog are among the folks who ultimately took the plunge. Available at Walrus and online at www.soit.is.

The Must List

Your must-do activities and must-see attractions for March and April 2016


Cherry blossoms turning the city pink. (Photo: Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver)

Cherry blossoms turning the city pink. (Photo: Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver)

Visit the belugas, dolphins, penguins and turtles at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Lace up your shoes and join 50,000 other walkers, joggers, runners and wheelchair racers for the Vancouver Sun Run (Apr. 17), Canada’s largest 10K road race—or just cheer from the sidelines.

Eat sushi.

Dress in green for St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17), and join in all the CelticFest activities (Mar. 10 to 17).

Take a yoga class.

Travel by mini ferry to Granville Island, then browse for fresh produce and artisan crafts in the Granville Island Public Market.

Buy an umbrella, because you’re bound to need one at this rainy time of year.

Fill your camera with images of local landmarks such as the Gastown Steam Clock, Canada Place, Olympic Cauldron, Digital Orca, Inukshuk and A-maze-ing Laughter.

Explore a whole menagerie of plastinated creatures at Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out, running to Mar. 28 at Science World.

Clip-clop around Vancouver’s favourite green space with Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours, and make sure to snap a photo of the totem poles.

Go skiing on one of the local mountains or at nearby Whistler.

Enjoy a coffee while visiting all the friendly felines at Catfé, Vancouver’s first cat cafe.

Cross the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Attend a performance of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Go for a stroll—or, if you’re feeling energetic, a run or a bike ride—along the seawall.

Spend some quality time in an off-leash dog park, watching all the joyful canine antics.

Take the kids for a ride on the Easter Train in Stanley Park.

Bounce on the famous sprung dance floor of the Commodore Ballroom.

Snap a selfie with cherry blossoms in the background.

Cheer on the Vancouver Canucks or the Vancouver Whitecaps at a home game.