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Where to Shop Vancouver

Fantastic Finds at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmer’s Market

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM

All kinds of treasures await at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers' Market. (Photo: Mira Agron/Dreamstime.com)

All kinds of treasures await at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Mira Agron/Dreamstime.com)

Love to shop local? Look no further than the idyllic Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market in North Vancouver. Searching for treasures there is a fun and picturesque way to spend a sunny Saturday. Foodies, jewellery collectors, green thumbs and BC wine enthusiasts find their bliss seaside while taking in music from live performers. Discover the best locally grown and crafted goods the region has to offer: treat taste buds to a tempting whipped matcha tea–flavoured chocolate from Solasta Chocolate, sample a signature chilli vodka from Sons of Vancouver Distillery or exfoliate with a coffee scrub soap bar from Reward Your Skin. Located in Lonsdale Quay, the market boasts a book exchange, children’s activities, kids’ clothing, handcrafted pottery and a newspaper-reading station perfect for unwinding. This vibrant market has so much mouth-watering fare and organic produce—not to mention unbeatable harbour-front views—that locals and travellers just might find the “Quay” to their hearts.

Oh Canada! Online Art Auction

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Indian Encampment" by  Thomas Mower Martin. (Photo: Heffel Fine Art Auction House)

“Indian Encampment” by Thomas Mower Martin. (Photo: Heffel Fine Art Auction House)

Jul. 6 to 27, 2017 It’s a True North takeover at Heffel. Raise a virtual paddle at the Oh Canada! online auction, which features historical Canadian works to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. Stop by the auction house to view watercolours, oils and pastels by celebrated artists like Cornelius Krieghoff and Thomas Mower Martin (“Indian Encampment,” pictured). Let the bidding begin.

Souvenir Shop On Wheels

By CHLOË LAI

Keep an eye out for this tiny taxi laden with Canadian-made gifts

Keep an eye out for this tiny taxi stocked with Canadian-made gifts

To Jul 31, 2017 Great souvenirs are a reminder of your favourite things about a trip, but when the “shop” you find them in is a fabulously festive Canada 150 cab, the shopping experience might actually be the best part. Hop into the True North Taxicab—possibly the world’s smallest gift shop—to pick up Canadian-made culinary gifts by Edible Canada. It’s a visit you won’t soon forget.

Well-Heeled

By SHERI RADFORD

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

In the words of the great Carrie Bradshaw, “The fact is, sometimes it’s hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.” The Sex and the City heroine and all her friends—both single and coupled-up—would love the women’s shoe hall in Holt Renfrew. Newly expanded to a glorious 790 sq m (8,500 sq ft), it’s overflowing with Carrie’s favourite brands, including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. Bonus: tucked off to the side is a petite Ladurée shop, because macarons are the best fuel for trying on fantastic footwear.

More Than Skin Deep

By SHERI RADFORD

Get a complexion that feels as good as you do.

Make your complexion look as great as you feel.

It’s glow time at SkinCeuticals by Project Skin. Whether you’re concerned about aging, hydration, sensitivity or acne—or all of the above—you’ll find skincare help here. Medical aesthetic treatments such as facials and peels are tailored to your specific needs, resulting in a healthy, glowing complexion. Consider it the next best thing to discovering the Fountain of Youth.

Massage on Demand

By SHERI RADFORD

Staying in never felt so good.

Staying in never felt so good.

After a long day, what’s better than going for a relaxing massage? Not having to leave the comfort of your hotel room, home or office to get that R&R. Fortunately, Soothe can send a certified massage therapist to you in as little as an hour to deliver a deep-tissue, Swedish, sports or prenatal massage, from 8 a.m. to midnight. Visit www.soothe.com or call 1-800-960-7668 to book yours—or surprise your partner with a treatment for two.

On the Cutting Edge

By SHERI RADFORD

Stay sharp with Ai & Om Knives.

Stay sharp with Ai & Om Knives.

Calling all gourmets: Ai & Om Knives is a must-visit on your trip to Vancouver. Conveniently located close to other foodie favourites—including The Modern Bartender  and Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie—the shop sells a carefully curated selection of Japanese knives, sharpening stones and cutting boards. Owned by chef Douglas Chang, whose impressive resume includes stints at Sai Woo and West, Ai & Om also offers sharpening services and knife-skills classes and workshops. Definitely a cut above.

Top Titles for Travellers

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

Lonely Planet VancouverLonely Planet Vancouver, 7th Edition (Lonely Planet): This newly revised guidebook is crammed full of honest reviews of places to go and things to do in the city, including Gastown, Granville Island and Grouse Mountain, plus further-flung destinations such as Whistler, Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Pacific Reef and Shore: A Photo Guide to Northwest Marine Life, 2nd Edition by Rick M. Harbo (Harbour Publishing): This compact guide includes colour photographs and up-to-date scientific information on 300 marine plants and animals found off the coast of North America, from Alaska to California.

O Canada Crosswords 17O Canada Crosswords 17 by Gwen Sjogren (Nightwood Editions): Grab your pencils, cruciverbalists: this book of 95 new crossword puzzles runs the gamut from “NHL Icons” and “Beer O’Clock” to “Only in Saskatchewan” and “Christmas in Canada,” testing your knowledge of the True North Strong and Free.

Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine from Nature, Revised Edition by Dan Jason (Harbour Publishing): Featuring charming line drawings, this classic guide provides information on how to use (and when to avoid) more than 100 herbs, shrubs, berries, seaweeds, trees and poisonous plants. (more…)

Fiercely Feminine

By CHLOË LAI

Take your statement pieces from the streets to the symphony.

Take your statement pieces from the streets to the symphony.

Bold urban style meets high-society swank in Tiffany & Co.’s new HardWear collection, inspired by the streets of New York. Heavy-gauge chains with graduated links feature padlocks and charms reminiscent of wrecking balls at demolition sites, their utilitarian aesthetic elevated by elegant design details—clasps vanish seamlessly into each piece for ultimate symmetry and flow. Rock a pair of triple-drop earrings, available in sterling silver or 18K gold, at an underground club, evening opera or Sunday afternoon brunch. These pieces, like the women who wear them, are ready for anything.

Happy Mother’s Day

By SHERI RADFORD

On May 14, delight your dear mama with the perfect gift, something she can treasure all year long.

FreyWille-DivaBangleHundertwasser-inspired 24K-gold-plated bangle by FREYWILLE  (more…)

The Write Stuff

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

 

150YearsCdnBeerLabels

150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels by Lawrence C. Sherk (TouchWood Editions): Raise a glass to this collection of 150 beer labels ranging from the 1870s to today. Beer buffs and newbies alike will enjoy the artwork from ales, porters, lagers and malts. Cheers! (more…)

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.