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Where to Shop Vancouver

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…)

It’s Glow Time

By SHERI RADFORD

Look lustrous in no time at Project Skin MD.

Look glowing skin in no time at Project Skin MD.

When your complexion needs a pick-me-up but the clock is ticking, it’s time to visit the Glow Room at Project Skin MD. A customized Glow experience delivers all the benefits of a facial in just 25 minutes. Consider it the fast track to healthy, radiant skin.

Canadian Crunch

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Neale Brothers' Kettle Chips come in a range of all-Canadian flavours.

Neale Brothers’ Kettle Chips come in a range of all-Canadian flavours.

What do you get when you pack Canada into a crispy snack? The answer is Neal Brothers’ Kettle Chips. Sweet and smoky flavours mingle deliciously in cool Canuck options such as Maple Bacon, while each bite of Montreal Steak Spice is loaded with East Coast zing. Other True North Strong and Free selections include Spicy Srirachup, Salt and Vinegar, and Vij’s Delhi-licious. Available at Choices and Urban Fare.

Great Gifts for Valentine’s Day

By SHERI RADFORD

A love pendant from Tiffany & Co. (Photo: Tiffany & Co.)

A love pendant from Tiffany & Co. (Photo: Tiffany & Co.)

Surprise your loved ones with the perfect presents on Feb. 14. Pamper her with a necklace from Tiffany & Co. or cozy pyjamas from La Vie En Rose. Spoil him with a timepiece from the Rolex Boutique, and treat a tiny tot to Chunky Pack: Valentine, which includes three heart-warming board books by Roger Priddy (at local bookstores).

Skincare with Seoul

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

What do you get when you combine up-to-the-minute Korean skincare with a 150-year-old Scottish apothecary? Beauty brand Belif. The cult-favourite skincare products are infused with traditional herbal formulas from Scotland, but are free from synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances and mineral oils. To combat cold-weather concerns, try the skin-quenching True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, which contains hydrating comfrey leaf for up to 26 hours of moisture. Stock up at The Face Shop.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Aberdeen Centre boasts activities galore for Chinese New Year

Aberdeen Centre boasts activities galore for Chinese New Year

The Year of the Rooster arrives on Jan. 28, and from the fiery to the tranquil, Chinese New Year festivities abound across the region. The annual Chinese New Year Parade fills the streets of Chinatown with lively lion dances and martial arts performances, while LunarFest’s cultural exhibitions, games and craft-making lessons are at Oakridge Centre from Jan. 17 to Feb. 5. In Richmond, a huge selection of festive goodies and beautiful flowers are on offer at Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair, while the International Buddhist Temple’s restful New Year’s Eve celebrations are a great option for those seeking something Zen.

Chocolate Chronicle

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Delicious Crunchetti clusters from Brockmann's Chocolates

Delicious Crunchetti clusters from Brockmann’s Chocolates

Once upon a time there was a chocolate-maker named Willy. Only in this particular story, his tempting confections were brought from Europe to Canada, where they were crafted with care for another 30 years. The third-generation chocolatiers now offer two locally made treats: the creamy Truffini truffles, which are available in 11 flavours, including Canadian maple; and the addictive Crunchetti clusters, with toasted almonds and cranberries. Indulge your sweet tooth with treats by Brockmann’s Chocolates at Urban Fare and Nesters.

Ice Ice Baby

By SHERI RADFORD

The Inverse Hair Conditioning System

The Inverse Hair Conditioning System

If frizz is the name of the game, then it’s time to free your follicles from years of heat damage. The Inverse Hair Conditioning System uses ice to lock in hydration, resulting in stronger, healthier, shinier hair. The simple system consists of ice cores that pop out to go in the freezer, a sleek body, ice mist spray and a carrying bag. The best part? No nasty chemicals and no cord. Buy online at ca.inversehair.com.

Purely Canadian Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD

Get cozy and Canadian with a Mary Maxim sweater from Roots.

Get cozy and Canadian with a Mary Maxim sweater from Roots.

Hand-knit from warm and cozy tri-blend yarn, the Mary Maxim sweater for men is decorated with a friendly beaver and a series of maple leaves. The only way the sweater could be more Canadian is if it came with maple syrup, a side of poutine and a hockey stick. Pick up this comfy Canuck creation at Roots, eh.

To Vancouver Christmas Market!

By TIM PAWSEY

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

Through Dec. 31, Jack Poole Plaza is transformed into an authentic German Christmas market, unlike any other outside of Germany. The feel of the Vancouver Christmas Market is more like a quaint country village than downtown Vancouver, as families browse a wealth of handmade European crafts, all perfect for gift giving. Sip glühwein and sample bratwurst and schnitzel as you wander through this magical, cinnamon-scented paradise, aglow with Christmas lights. Get a head start on holiday gift giving or just pamper yourself with more treats, while you listen to carols, watch the kids ride the carousel and soak up the Kris Kringle spirit.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit www.hiredbelly.com

Happily Ever After

By SHERI RADFORD

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

Once upon a time, a beloved moisturizer company met a talented author and a gifted illustrator, and it was love at first sight. Udo Weigelt wrote four stories that Joelle Tourionias illustrated, and these winter-themed tales inspired four charming limited-edition tins of Nivea Creme, available in December at stores such as London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. Read the digitally animated stories online, and prepare to fall in love, too.