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Where to Shop Vancouver

The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel

By SHERI RADFORD

The relaxation room at The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel

The relaxation room at The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel

Whether your goal is rejuvenation, wellness or pampering, you’ll find it at The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel. Leave your troubles behind as you unwind with a cup of tea in the luxurious relaxation room, then head to a treatment room for your choice of R&R. A customized facial targets exactly what your skin needs, while a massage works out aches and stiffness after a long flight. Also on the spa menu: body scrubs, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, waxing and more. Ready, set, relax.

Weird & Wonderful: This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven

By SHERI RADFORD

Find a collection of curios at This Monkey's Gone to Heaven

Find a collection of curios at This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven

If you’ve ever wondered where to buy a voodoo doll, taxidermic baby rat, edible-ant lollipop or knitted version of a dissected frog, you’re in luck: This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven opened recently on Main Street. Filled with oddities and curios, the shop caters to those seeking something a little (or a lot) peculiar. As Alice in Wonderland would say, “Curiouser and curiouser!”

Made In Canada: Etsy Vancouver Market

By SHERI RADFORD

The Etsy Vancouver Market: Made in Canada. (Photo: JuMi Story)

The Etsy Vancouver Market: Made in Canada. (Photo: JuMi Story)

Seeking a special souvenir? Circle Sep. 24 and 25, 2016 on your calendar, because that’s when The Etsy Vancouver Market: Made in Canada returns. Newly expanded to two days, and now taking place in the spacious Pipe Shop Building, this year’s marketplace is bigger than ever. Browse all the quirky creations by local artists and artisans, including wooden coasters from Reclaimed Print Co., cozy toques from Woolvan Knits, sweatshirts from My Cat Is People and pocket squares from Vancity Squares.

Green Grocer: Be Fresh Local Market

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Produce at Be Fresh Local Market

Produce at Be Fresh Local Market

Picking up provisions can feel like a chore, especially when on the quest for healthy, convenient cuisine. That’s why Be Fresh Local Market’s diminutive cafes and grocery store really pack a punch. Local products—think Nice Vice ice cream and Erin Ireland’s To Die For banana bread—a juice bar, bakery and to-go meals line the carefully curated shelves, for a fresh take on refuelling. Plus, the Kitsilano location boasts a grocery shop on-site, with plenty of farm-fresh produce and artisan fare. Added bonus: the focus on sustainability. Over-ripe produce gets slated for the juicer, and grocery delivery by bike through partner SPUD is on offer. Easy as (organic) pie.

Unique Umbrellas From Pluvio

By SHERI RADFORD

A unique umbrella from Pluvio

An umbrella from Pluvio

Vancouver is known for its stunning scenery, eco-friendly ethos, plethora of outdoor activities all year round—and rain. Lots of rain. Before you lament the abundant liquid sunshine, consider it an excuse to buy a fancy new umbrella. Jonathan Bonder, a Vancouverite who was fed up with boring brollies, started Pluvio to create well-constructed, limited-edition bumbershoots. He partnered with various artists to build these cool creations. End result? Umbrellas so eye-catching that you’ll be looking forward to rainy days.

Hot Styles for Summer

Spruce up your summer wardrobe with these festival-friendly fashions that work equally well at the beach or cabin

By SHERI RADFORD

Cotton mochilla from Hudson’s Bay

Cotton mochilla from Hudson’s Bay

1. Hand-woven by the women of the Wayuu tribe in Colombia, and featuring the iconic HBC stripes, a colourful cotton mochilla from Hudson’s Bay is the perfect way to carry warm-weather essentials. (more…)

Top Picks for Travellers

Must-haves for those bitten by the travel bug and suffering from incurable wanderlust

By SHERI RADFORD

Toast your travels with the Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Toast your travels with the Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Tedious travel time can often be improved with a tipple or two. The Carry On Cocktail Kit contains almost everything necessary to mix up a duo of delicious cocktails while high in the sky. All that’s missing from the perfect Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule or Gin & Tonic is the liquor, which a flight attendant (or hotel minibar) can supply. At Kiss and Makeup. (more…)

Makes Perfect Scents

By SHERI RADFORD

Saje

A peek inside the Saje At Home concept store

Follow your nose to Saje Natural Wellness, which recently launched its first Saje at Home concept store, inside its popular Robson Street location. This new space features all-natural aromatherapy products for the home or office, including ultrasonic nebulizers, candles and room sprays. Each one is designed to remove toxins and freshen the air. Founded in Vancouver in 1992, Saje now has stores all across the country. What’s that delicious aroma? The sweet smell of success.

For All Senses

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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From Teeez Cosmetics Sugar Rush collection, at The Bay

An oh-so-sweet colour palette and eye-popping packaging are just the start for Teeez Cosmetics. The cherry on top? The brand’s interactive counter set to arrive at the downtown location of Hudson’s Bay in early May. Alongside a veritable candy bar of cosmetics such as the Sugar Rush collection, find a video booth for recording make-up applications and a “play bar.” The future of make-up is a real treat.

The Eyes Have It

By SHERI RADFORD

C4-Lily Shiny Black

Geek-glasses are so chic at C4

These are not your granny’s reading glasses: the latest C4 collection features four edgy styles that make a bold fashion statement. And $5 from each pair goes to the Cause We Care Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity that helps single mothers and their children. Who knew charitable giving could look so good? Available at Nordstrom or online.

DBelt: Clever and Comfy

By SHERI RADFORD

DBelt Pink On Model

Keep essentials cleverly concealed with DBelt

Need a cunning spot to stash your cash while travelling? The DBelt can hold money, keys, a cellphone (even the large iPhone 6 Plus) and more, and it hugs the body, hiding comfortably underneath clothing.

Beautiful Baubles at Van Cleef & Arpels

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Van Cleef & Arpels shop within the Birks boutique

Grace Kelly. Elizabeth Taylor. Marlene Dietrich. Van Cleef & Arpels jewels are nearly as iconic as the leading ladies photographed wearing them. The Paris-based brand recently opened a jewel-box boutique inside Birks, and brought its seminal sparklers, timepieces and that certain je ne sais quoi along. Collectors and fashionistas will find the famed jewels in an elegant setting of black and gold, plus a private library for getting to know the sparkling selection a little better.