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Where to Shop Vancouver

Winter Warm-Up: NHL Heated Throws

By SHERI RADFORD

Stay warm while rocking your team colours

Stay warm while rocking your team colours

Has Jack Frost worn out his welcome? Conquer the cold and support your favourite hockey team at the same time with a heated throw from Sunbeam. With three heat settings and a three-hour auto shut-off, this soft fleece blanket cuts through the chill quickly and keeps you toasty warm while showing your love for the Vancouver Canucks (pictured), Montreal Canadiens or 11 other NHL teams. Available at Home Outfitters.

Versace Home’s Fancy Furniture

By LAURA DENNIS

Find designer furnishings at Versace Home

Find designer furnishings at Versace Home

Step from the cobbled streets of Gastown into opulence befitting royalty at Versace Home. This luxurious flagship store—dripping in gold—showcases the ornate and neoclassical designs that Versace is known for. Transform your humble abode into a castle with textiles, tableware, furniture and more. After all, every queen needs her throne.

Vintage Typeface Pendants

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Old linotype repurposed for beautiful pendants

Old linotype repurposed into beautiful pendants

Christi York’s vintage pendants aren’t just pretty—they also hold a little piece of Vancouver’s past. The modern-looking brass columns are actually old linotype, salvaged from Canada’s first Chinese print shop, 106-year-old Ho Sun Hing Printers. Translating the tiny printing-machine moulds proved challenging, but discovering cool symbols such as “fierce like an ancient king” and “a charming woman” seems worth the trouble. Find them at BuenoStyle.

Vancouver Light: Photography by David Nunuk

By SHERI RADFORD

Vancouver Light: Visions of a City

Vancouver Light: Visions of a City

Photographer David Nunuk can find beauty in the unlikeliest of places, such as junkyards, log booms, freight trains and industrial streets. But he also does wonders with familiar scenery, capturing the timeless beauty of Stanley Park, Science World, the Lions Gate Bridge and the Sea to Sky Highway. His latest book, Vancouver Light: Visions of a City (Harbour Publishing; $49.95), proves yet again why Vancouver is known as the supermodel of world cities. At local bookstores.

Bare Essentials: Back & Butt Buffer

By SHERI RADFORD

Buff your behind at Bare Essentials Skin Bar

Buff your behind at Bare Essentials Skin Bar

Why not pamper a part of the body you can’t easily reach yourself? At Bare Essentials Skin Bar, the Back and Butt Buffer “facial” proved so popular in the summertime that it’s now on the menu year-round, deeply exfoliating backsides and leaving skin feeling soft and smooth, thanks to microdermabrasion. This pain-free, laser-free treatment is especially effective on ingrown hairs, cellulite and stretch marks. Let the pampering begin.

Fight Aging at Project Skin MD

By SHERI RADFORD

Try one of the medical facials at Project Skin MD

Try one of the medical facials at Project Skin MD

Everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but fewer folks know that medical facials help keep the signs of aging at bay. At Project Skin MD, each medical facial begins with a skin assessment—analyzing fine lines, enlarged pores, acne breakouts, dull complexions. A deep cleansing follows, then exfoliation, then the best part: a calming masque and a soothing massage. Patients leave feeling relaxed and refreshed, with glowing skin. Just what the doctor ordered.

Closing Time by Daniel Francis

By LAURA DENNIS

Learn about Canada's (short lived) temperance movement

Learn about Canada’s (short lived) temperance movement

Gangsters and smugglers and bootleggers, oh my! These scoundrels and scofflaws appear in Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars by Daniel Francis (Douglas & McIntyre; $39.95), a richly illustrated account of Canada’s temperance movement a century ago. Francis, a Vancouver native, uses photographs, newspaper clippings and his own research to tell a tale of the legislation that saw Canada booze-free for 21 months. The book explores the antics of lawbreakers such as Rocco Perri, the “Canadian Al Capone,” and Hiram Walker, founder of Canadian Club Whisky. Cheers! At local bookstores.

Top Titles for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD

Before your next flight, be sure to stop by a bookstore and pick up one – or all three – of these fascinating reads.

Best Ever Travel Tips

Keep this handbook at the ready when abroad

Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips ($11.99): Small in size but hugely informative, this handy book is crammed full of advice from travel writers and industry experts to keep you safe and stress-free while on the road. (more…)

Dynamite Fashions

By SHERI RADFORD

Check out Dynamite for fresh new looks

Check out Dynamite for fresh new looks

Thirty years ago, Dynamite exploded onto the fashion scene, and the Montreal-based brand has been having a blast ever since. New this season: updated looks for both the stores and the clothing. The stores are looking fresher and more glamorous, while the clothes are more modern—a bit sexier, too—while remaining affordable and on trend. A makeover every few decades? Sounds like a wonderful idea to us.

Artful Shopping at Still Life

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Designer duds from the stylish Still Life

Designer duds at stylish Still Life. (Photo: KK Law)

If any shop should be as pretty as a painting, it’s the aptly named Still Life. Located on hip-and-happening Main Street, this portrait-worthy boutique carries a curated collection of fashion and wares. Scandinavian design influences both the interior and the stock, so shoppers will find many brands from Denmark and Sweden in a bright white oak setting, plus sunny skylights and suspended planter boxes. The store also carries designs from the other side of the world, including local leather goods by Erin Templeton and Ken Diamond, and fashions by Dace and Allison Wonderland. Set aside suitcase space for jewellery by Pyrrha and scarves by the Hudson’s Bay Company, too. Consider it a lesson in the art of shopping.

Location, Location, Location

By SHERI RADFORD

The expansive new location of L'Occitane en Provence

The expansive new location of L’Occitane en Provence

Long considered Vancouver’s mecca for savvy shoppers, Robson Street now ups the ante even more with recent additions to the intersection of Robson and Burrard. Anchored by Canadian stalwart Roots, the corner also boasts a Victoria’s Secret, for alluring lingerie; Lululemon, for stylish yogawear; and L’Occitane en Provence (pictured), for luxury skincare and fragrances. Nearby, find new Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart locations, both filled with popular make-up brands. It’s enough to set a shopaholic’s heart aflutter.

‘Tis the Season

By SHERI RADFORD

Festive treats from Thomas Haas

Festive treats from Thomas Haas

Everyone knows that calories consumed during the holidays don’t count, right? Follow your festive sweet tooth to Bel Café, then sip an eggnog latte while choosing between the spiced whipped shortbread, butter tarts, raspberry linzer cookies, Christmas cakes, chocolate Santas and macaron trees. For even more seasonal sweets, visit Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie for confections such as chocolate trees (pictured), Christmas stollen, vanilla kipferl, Yule logs, chocolate sparkle cookies and holiday marshmallows. Here’s to a flavourful festive season (diets can wait until the new year).