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Where to Shop Vancouver

Tea Time

By CHLOË LAI

A soothing sip of tea.

A soothing sip of tea.

No time to meditate? Sip your way to sweet serenity with blissful oolong teas by local company Golden Tea Leaf. From earthy to airy, oolong’s impressive diversity of flavour, complexity and body means there’s a blend for every mood. Hand-picked and thoughtfully prepared, these delicate leaves harbour the subtle flavours and fragrances of Taiwan’s crisp mountain landscape. Pour yourself some Golden Oolong (available at T&T Supermarket) or Honey Red Jade Oolong (at London Drugs) and take a deep breath. Each cup, like each moment, is unique.

Top Picks for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Do you suffer from incurable wanderlust? The only cure is another globetrotting adventure—but pick up these essentials before you hit the road again.

Untitled collage (1)Shadow Floral passport cover and luggage tag, at Indigo 

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Land of Smiles

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A relaxing getaway is closer than you think.

A relaxing escape is closer than you think.

There’s nothing like a traditional massage on one of Thailand’s beautiful beaches, but the Phuket room at Smile Thai Wellness is a close second. The beach-themed oasis is one of 14 treatment rooms that are inspired by destinations across the Southeast Asian kingdom. Traditional Thai massage draws from its 2,500-year history, working to harmonize and align the body’s energies through compression, acupressure and actively stretching aching limbs into glorious submission. Expect to feel relaxed and invigorated. That means more energy for sightseeing, even if the sights are inside another of the spa’s tranquil treatment rooms.

Au Naturel

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Give your frazzled curls a tropical vacation

Give your frazzled curls a tropical vacation

An island getaway can be as close as your shower with Maui Moisture’s vegan haircare products. Say aloha to nourished locks with shampoos, conditioners, masks and mists that replace water—often the main ingredient—with aloe juice. Plus, tropics-inspired ingredients like coconut water, macadamia oil and pineapple extract leave no room for parabens, sulfates and synthetic dyes. To stock up, take a trip to London Drugs or Shoppers Drug Mart.

Runway Ready

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A bright future for every face

A powerful tool in a petite package

For an elixir that protects and energizes skin from take-off to touch-down, try Bare Minerals’ Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Serum. This pick-me-up is spiked with antioxidant manganese to combat environmental stress, plus vitamin C for a brighter and more refreshed complexion. Age-defying chai hu and olive leaf extract enhance skin’s resilience. All that in one carry-on-friendly package. Find this multi-tasker at Sephora.

Artfully Furnished

By CHLOË LAI

Classic meets contemporary at the Moissonnier showroom. (Photo: Kim Bellavance Photographe)

Classic meets contemporary at the Moissonnier showroom. (Photo: Kim Bellavance Photographe)

There are statement pieces, and then there are stately pieces. The bold, elegant designs by Moissonnier are both. These French master cabinetmakers have spent over a hundred years pairing the iconic luxury of 18th-century France—the Golden Age of furniture—with bright colours and unexpectedly playful patterns like leopard print or wildflowers. Their whimsical Yaletown showroom makes shopping for furniture feel like a ride on an eccentric, first-class time machine. One visit and you’ll understand why the French government has called Moissonnier “living heritage.”

A Gem of a Store

By SHERI RADFORD

Find your sparkle at Lao Feng Xiang

Find your sparkle at Lao Feng Xiang

Whether your budget veers more toward the Average Joe or the Kim Kardashian end of the spending spectrum, you’re sure to discover the perfect piece of jewellery at Lao Feng Xiang. Located right downtown, on high-fashion Alberni Street, the only LFX store in Canada sells jadeite, nephrite, pearls, coloured stones and diamonds, all set in stunning white or yellow gold. Find the perfect gift for a wedding, birthday, anniversary or (our favourite) no occasion at all.

Dapper Dudes

By CHLOË LAI

A well-groomed gentleman is ready for anything

A perfect gift for the modern gentleman

Vancouver’s lush beards, hand-twirled moustaches and crisp jawlines are evidence of a grooming revolution. Joining the fight against wild whiskers is Groom, a Montreal-based company producing small batches of beard oils, moustache waxes and shaving products. Their ingredients are as straightforward as their name, and never tested on animals. Subtly scented with natural oils like sandalwood, clary sage and tobacco blend, these handcrafted products will keep gents looking and feeling like they’ve just left the best barbershop in town. At Frank + Oak.

Hop To It

By SHERI RADFORD

Snuggle up to Easter with the Blossom Posy Bunny

Snuggle up to Easter with the Blossom Posy Bunny

Give the Easter Bunny a helping hand this year with these goodies, ideal for filling any basket.

1 Available for only a short time in the spring, Always Sakura is a green tea with notes of Rainier cherry and sweet florals at TWG Tea.

2 Handcrafted in Vancouver, the Hare Kinship talisman from Pyrrha (www.pyrrha.com) symbolizes peace and harmony.
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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…)