Archive | November, 2014

This Holiday Season SHOP LOCAL & Check Out Fable Naturals

29 Nov


At we are passionate about supporting local businesses.  With the upcoming Christmas season, we would like to introduce you to some local businesses whether online retailers or brick and mortar stores. Our goal is to let you know about some of the great products, retailers and artisans right in your own backyard.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fable Naturals which is a relatively young company run by Gwen Richards and Chris Nicol. Fable Naturals is based in Mount Pleasant and makes a line of fair trade certified bath and body products. They are inspired by locally sourced ingredients as well as ethically sourced ingredients from afar. All of their products are made by hand in small batches in their Mount Pleasant studio. Their line includes organic lip balms, skin exfoliators, moisturizers, soaps, lotions, body wash, sugar scrubs and more. Gwen and Chris focus on making healthier skin care products without unnecessary fragrances and chemicals.  Their newest product is their Vanilla Orange lip balm which Chris thinks smells just like a creamsicle. Their lip balms will be on our Christmas shopping list this holiday season.

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If you wish to try their products, Chris and Gwen recently revamped their website and to celebrate they are offering 20% OFF all orders made on or before December 24, 2014.  They invite you to use the Coupon Code EAST VAN  in order to obtain the discount. If your order is over $60, Fable Naturals offers free shipping. If you are local in East Van and do no wish to pay for shipping, you can also pick up from their office.

If you wish to see their products in person so you can sample and smell this great line, you can visit Chris & Gwen at the following events in and around East Vancouver:

Saturday, November 29th

Strathcona Winter Craft Fair
Strathcona Community Centre
601 Keefer Street

December 4th – December 7th

Make It Vancouver
PNE Forum 2901 E Hastings Street

December 5th –  December 6th 

Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue

Saturday, December 20th

Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market
Nat Bailey Stadium
4601 Ontario Street

You can also find their products at a few select retailers around town. For a rundown of where, visit them online at Fable Chris and Gwen also just announced their Holiday Giveaway. You have the opportunity to enter to win their organic facial care line which includes their Quinoa + Almond Facial Exfoliator, Rosehip + Olive Facial Oil and Chamomile + Shea Moisturizer. For an opportunity to enter, check out Holiday Giveway.

We hope you will join us in supporting local this holiday season.



4th Annual Strathcona Winter Craft Fair November 29th

27 Nov

StrathconaCraftFairYou are invited to the 4th Annual Strathcona Winter Craft Fair. This event will take place at the Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street from 10:00 am –4:00 pm this Saturday, November 29th. There will be many great local artisans including Andrea Hooge, a Vancouver based artist who will be showcasing her original works, City Creations with puppets galore including finger puppets, East Van Jam with fun gourmet jam using locally sourced ingredients, Fable Naturals with a line of fair trade certified bath and body products. Be sure to check out their lip balms in biodegradable cardboard tubes. Also on hand will be Missy So with handmade cards and Tessa Manu Photography. Tessa is a self-taught photographer that is fascinated by intricate details, bright colours, crumbling paint and brick walls, be sure to check out her unique pics.  For a full rundown of all the vendors this Saturday, visit Vendors 2014.  Admission for the Strathcona Craft Fair is $2.00, children under 12 are free.

Giving Locally: Vancouver BC SPCA Wish List

25 Nov


We at are big supporters of all the great work the staff and volunteers do at the Vancouver SPCA.  The SPCA is a non-profit organization that helps nearly 37,000 injured, abused and homeless animals each year and relies on generous donations from supporters.  We provide our support wherever we can. If you follow us, you know we regularly feature many of the pets waiting for adoption.  Today, we would like to tell you about a different way you can support the Vancouver SPCA. That is by contributing some much needed items from their Wish List.  Maybe you have some extra items at home that they could use, or maybe you would like to purchase a few items from their Wish List for them this Christmas. Which ever way you choose to support them, these items go a long way to helping them do the great work they do.  If you do purchase new items to be donated, keep your receipt and drop it off with some identification and you are eligible for a tax receipt for income tax purposes.  We have set out below a short list of some of the most wanted items that would help them immensely, we invite you to take a peek:

Animal Care

  • Gently Used Bedding, Towels & Blankets
  • Clumping litter for cats
  • Fancy Feast or Tiki cat tuna for adult cats & senior cats
  • Treats for cats: They love Temptations
  • Smart toys and kongs of any kind
  • Leashes/collars
  • Bully sticks and hard chew toys for dogs
  • Training treats for dogs
  • Small animal toys for -chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats & gerbils
  • Craisins, Cheerios, Shreddies
  • Romaine lettuce, bok choy, carrots, cilantro & parsley for the rabbits

Cleaning – Office

  • Eco friendly cleaning products
  • Paper Towels
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Photocopy paper

Donations can be dropped off at the Vancouver Shelter at 1205 East 7th Avenue (at the corner of East 6th Avenue & Keith Drive). For those taking transit, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter is located across the street from the VCC-Clark Skytrain Station.  The shelter is open Monday to Friday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 4:00 pm and items can be dropped anytime during those times.  If you have any questions, you can phone or email the Vancouver shelter directly at T: 604-879-7721 or We thank you in advance for helping support the great work these folks do speaking for all those that cannot speak for themselves.

things near + far At The Firehall Arts Centre December 3 – 6

23 Nov

thingsnearandfar2014The Firehall Arts Centre presents an intergenerational dance piece featuring two of Canada’s most famous choreographers who are premiering things near + far from December 3rd to 6th. Two choreographers from opposite ends of Canada, veteran Ottawa dance icon Tedd Robinson and young contemporary Vancouver trailblazer Josh Martin create two new works for the eclectic trio of Anne Cooper, Ziyian Kwan and Ron Stewart. This bold and unusual meeting of generations, ideas and interdisciplinary innovation is completed with original music by electroaccoustic Quebec composer Charles Quevillon and Vancouver’s Stefan Smulovitz.  The work is about both the accumulation and dissipation of what has come before, exploring the past works and bodies these artists have each inhabited in their expansive careers thus far – some together, some apart – triggering a shared state of recall in one another and infusing the movement of this eclectic dance.  These memories are woven together to build a poignant intersection of people and histories, forming the here and now, before again moving outward.  Things near + far runs December 3rd – 6th with a talkback show on December 4th.  Tickets are available online from $22 – $32.


31st Annual Christmas Craft Fair At Britannia Secondary School November 21 – 23

20 Nov

2014_Britannia_Craft_Fair_PosterThe Britannia Christmas Craft Fair is back for its 31st year this weekend. The event will be held in Gyms A & B at Britannia Secondary School, 1001 Cotton Drive. You can expect to find a large array of handmade goods including Aboriginal artwork, jewellery, pottery, woodwork, celtic knots, food vendors and live entertainment.  Admission is $2, but children under 12 are free. The event is sponsored by the Britannia Community Education with all proceeds raised going to inner-city youth programs. The craft fair runs Friday, November 21st from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on the Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

4 Days, 417 Artists, 79 Buildings … This Is The Eastside Culture Crawl: One of East Van’s Iconic Events

18 Nov

EastsideCrawl2014The Eastside Culture Crawl is a now an expanded 4 day arts extravaganza which officially kicks off this Thursday, November 20th . During ‘the Crawl’, over 400 artists in and around the heart of East Vancouver open their studios to the public. The event comprises some 79 buildings from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to Powell Street. The mediums vary and include painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, wood carvers and photographers. There is no set schedule for this event, you go where your mood and interests take you. To help guide you, the Eastside Culture Crawl has a great rundown of all the artists on their website including a printable .PDF map to help you find your way. The Crawl runs November 20th and 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For those with wee ones, this year there is an opportunity to bring them along and have them participate in artistic endeavours. With the support of the Eastside Culture Crawl and Opus Art Supplies, melk art & design has extended an invitation to parents to bring their children into the melk studio, 936 Clark Drive, to create screen-printed and stenciled works of art. This event encourages children’s participation during the Crawl while allowing them to experience their own creativity in a unique studio space with guidance from a working artist. This event will run from Noon – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd. Cost is by donation.

If you wish to mix things up and do some side trips in and around the East Vancouver while on the Crawl, there are so many wonderful stops along the way. For instance, in Railtown there is Vancouver Urban Winery & Lounge for a bit of wine or beer tasting. There are more beer options if you head West a little ways including Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Bomber Brewing and Powell Street Craft Brewery. If Belgian beer is more up your alley Biercraft on Commercial Drive or if you prefer to try some beer from the Pacific Northwest, Stateside Craft is your spot (also on Commercial Drive).  Or you could make a stop at Odd Society Spirits to give their East Van Vodka a try or any one of their specialty cocktails. Then there is les amis du fromage, 843 East Hastings, if you wish to do a little cheese tasting.  If you find yourself there on the weekend, check out their Pop Up Shop featuring The Lemon Square, East Van Jam and The Salty Cookie Company. Lots of delicious samples will be on hand.  For some more sweet stuff, the Licorice Parlour is a great stop with over 65 flavours on hand. If you are looking for coffee, there are many great options including the Wilder Snail in the heart of Strathcona, Pallet Roasters, 323 Semlin Drive and, of course, an array of excellent choices along Commercial Drive. But if you find yourself in the Stratchona area, don’t pass up a chance to stop by Crackle Crème at 245 Union Street. This sweet little dessert cafe serves up artisan crème brûlée and authentic Belgian liège waffles as well as coffee. It will certainly be one of our stops. There will be many local restaurants, breweries and coffee shops at the ready to help you recharge your batteries before, during or after the Crawl.

See you on the Crawl.

Pop Up Shop at les amis du Fromage With 3 Local Vendors November 22nd and 23rd

16 Nov

TheLemonSquare2Les amis du FROMAGE is hosting another delicious Pop Up Shop during the weekend of the Eastside Culture Crawl. Their East Van location at 843 East Hastings is a hop, skip and jump from many of the artist studios participating in the Eastside Culture Crawl on November 22nd and 23rd. We encourage you to stop by les amis du Fromage between Noon and 4:00 pm to check out one of these great local vendors.  On hand will be The Salty Cookie Company which is the brainchild of Meredith Kaufman who has been a pastry chef for many years and The Lemon Square which make delicious handmade lemon squares with fresh lemons, butter and a dusting of coconut. Very addictive speaking from experience.  Natalie Ferrari-Morton brings you her locally made East Van Jams.  Natalie is all about “more love, less sugar”. Unlike conventional jams, East Van Jam is made with a 4:1 fruit to sugar ratio. That means four cups of real fruit (not juice from concentrate) to one cup of sugar and using 95% BC grown fruit (organic as often as possible and some straight from East Van backyards).  You can bet there will be lots of samples on hand.  Les amis du fromage will be open from 10:00 am- 6:00 pm during the weekend of the Eastside Culture Crawl (November 22nd & 23rd). Come out and support these budding entrepreneurs and, of course, the artists participating in the Eastside Culture Crawl!

Photo Credit: The Lemon Square

Rescue Me: Snow White Cat Marlee Looking For Her Forever Home

14 Nov

MarleeWelcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to a sweet girl appropriately named Marlee.  This snow white female short hair cat is approximately 1 year old. She came to the Vancouver SPCA as a stray and although she had a tattoo, the SPCA was unable to reach her owners.  So now this happy little spitfire of a girl is looking for a forever home.  But full disclosure, Marlee is deaf. Thus, she must be a strictly indoor cat for her own safety because of her hearing impairment.  Marlee loves to perch herself by a window and meow at a passerby. She is a happy loving girl who is a bit half dog/half cat and the SPCA feels she might do well with some harness and leash training so she can safely enjoy a bit of outdoor time with you.   She is a very confident and social cat and loves to be around people.   When alone she can sometimes be rather vocal and since she can’t hear herself meow, it’s a little louder than she realizes. For this reason, her friends at the Vancouver SPCA think that apartment dwelling might not be the best for her.  This blue eyed beauty would love to find herself a loving forever home with a family that will nurture her for the rest of her days. Could that be you or someone you know? If so, Marlee’s friends at the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch would love to hear from you whether by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at As always, we thank you in advance for sharing this information to help find this lovely girl find her forever home. Purrrrrr.

UPDATED November 20th: Marlee has found her forever home.

ICONS: Vintage Clothing Market At The Biltmore Cabaret November 16th

12 Nov

IconsNov16thICONs is back for a second Fall edition this Sunday, November 16th at the Biltmore Cabaret. The theme ICONs represents the racy subculture of modern vintage lifestyle which takes design and style cues from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & a bit of early 90’s cultural icons. Think “Keith Richards, Bridget Bardot, Iggy, Twiggy, Andy Warhol, Jane Birkin, Farrah Fawcett, Madonna, Steve McQueen, Patti Smith, Townes Van Zandt ” and many more.  Expect to find items such as psychedelic posters, antiques, records, taxidermy, retro lamps as well as small furniture, cameras and a bit of this and that.  There will also be a photo booth, drink specials, a DJ spinning tunes from the 60s and 70s and Local Omnivore food truck serving up burgers and more all day long. The event is being held at the Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street.  ICONS gets under way at 11:00 am and goes till 5:00 pm.  This event is for 19+.


East Van Jewellery Collection Launch Party November 17th

9 Nov


IloveEastVanBeneeWe would like to introduce you to a great new jewellery collection that speaks East Van. Benée Rubin, local jewellery designer and goldsmith is excited to officially launch her new collection East Van Cross Jewellery on November 17th. Benée has lived in Vancouver’s eastside and wanted to use her talent as a master goldsmith and designer to help the women and children in her own neighbourhood. As a long-time supporter of the YWCA and a single mother herself, Benée is donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the East Van Jewellery Collection to Crabtree Corner.  If you are unfamiliar with Crabtree Corner, it houses a range of programs and services under one roof to help marginalized women and families living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside feel safer, less isolated, healthier and more empowered to make positive choices.

Benée is proud to say all of the jewellery is locally made and materials are locally sourced. In addition to being available online at and at her downtown studio, the collection will soon be in select stores and galleries.   To see the full collection in person, we invite you to the Launch Party on Monday, November 17th which takes place at Catalog Gallery, #2061 – 88 West Pender (Tinseltown Mall) from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. RSVP requested to: or 604.764.6216.

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