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Day Of The Dead Tequila + Mezcal Tasting At Everything Wine October 31st

16 Oct

DayOfTheDeadIf you are looking for something very adult to do this Halloween we’ve got one idea for you. Everything Wine Vancouver, located in the new River District Town Centre in SE Vancouver, is hosting a Day of The Dead Tequila and Mezcal Tasting on Thursday, October 31st.  This is your chance to learn about the history of these two spirits and the process of these iconic spirits and traditions from Mexico. If you didn’t already know mezcal is made from the heart of the agave plant. We hear it’s been pretty much made the same way for the last 200 years.  We expect his to be another fun informative class in a great space in store.  Cost for the tasting class is $35 and it begins at 6:30 pm.  To grab your ticket(s), visit Everything Wine Vancouver.

First Pick Home Decor At The Heritage Hall October 19 & 20

9 Oct

FirstPickHomeDecorFirst Pick Handmade Home Décor is launching their first home goods marketplace at Heritage Hall on October 19th and 20.  The marketplace will feature over 30 local artisans hand creating objects of beauty for every room in your home.  This new to Vancouver and exclusive home and lifestyle show will run from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.  You can expect to find a wide range of unique items including textiles, plants, artwork, cushions, beeswax food wraps, bed linens and lighting.  We see a personal favourite in the line up being East Van Light. If you’ve not checked our their unique designs, we encourage you to pay them a visit along with the rest of this very talented group of makers. Admission is $3 and payable at the door, or you can grab a ticket in advance through Eventbrite.

Sake & Umeshu: Japan Visits Vancouver At Everything Wine October 3rd

1 Oct

SakeBottleOn Thursday, October 3rd Everything Wine located in River District in SE Vancouver is hosting Sake & Umeshu Tasting Class: Japan Visit Vancouver. You will have the unique opportunity to meet four luminaries of sake and umeshu (plum wine) who have come to Vancouver from Japan. They will introduce you to the making of sake and umeshu and discuss their historic breweries and products alongside finger food and of course tastings.  Cost of the class is $30 and it happens this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  If you haven’t already been to this store, they have a beautiful space for conducting workshops and lots of free parking close by.  For tickets or more information, visit Everything Wine Vancouver.

Lakehouse Foods Calling It Quits … For Now

30 Sep

For those that don’t know, Lakehouse Foods has been creating amazing organic whole grain sourdough bread that has been available at a number of Neighbourhood Drop locations.  Four of those locations are in East Van at Plenty + Spare, Second Nature Home, Coco et Olive and Luppolo Brewing.  To us, nothing is as sweet as freshly baked bread.  Lakehouse Foods has been growing their business for the last 5 years, but have now decided to take a break and will cease production at the end of October.  We understand that they have hit some limitations with working out of a commissary kitchen and the next step for them would be a big one. They are hitting pause on their business so they can step back and figure out what is the right fit for them.  In the meantime, there amazing bread is still available until the end of October and you can also find them at the following Vancouver Farmer Markets:

October 6th – Kitsilano Farmers Market

October 12th – Trout Lake Farmers Market

October 19th – Riley Park Farmers Market 

Rackle Monthly Storytelling Continues At Café Deux Soleils October 30th

25 Sep

RackleLocal and award winning storyteller, Jo Dworschak who has brought us Story Story Lie, Oh Man and Weekly Stories brings Rackle to Café Deux Soleils. First up, the name Rackle. What does it mean?  We learnt it is Scottish slang for headstrong which is fitting we would say. We’d say Jo is no wall flower.  Jo is again assembling her favourite performers to share stories on a monthly basis at Café Deux Soleils. We are quite sure the stories will inspire and entertain you.  Rackle continues October 30th.  Cost is $10. Doors open at 8:00 pm and show begins at 8:30 pm.

New In Town: Jackson’s General – Catch All For Cool

24 Sep

JacksonGeneralMike Jackson is a long time small business owner in Vancouver with a loyal following. To learn more about his now 30 years in business, check out our previous feature on what he did to celebrate 30 years in business.  Today, we want to tell you about how Mike has reinvented himself one more time. I’d say this is his swan song, but with Mike you just never know. Mike’s been pretty busy, these last 6 months creating Jackson’s General  Store which officially opens any day now at 1490 Kingsway (at Dumfries) at Knight. It’s located right next to the White Spot you can’t miss it. Some of you may remember this space as Franks Y Parts & Service. We got a sneak peak of this totally reworked space and we have to stay it’s pretty darn cool.  It is a general store in the front with a focus on supporting small independent businesses.  The majority are Canadian and local and throughout the store you will find some of the coolest vintage items.  We were particularly fond of the working PayMaster Ribbon Writer. Many will recognize some local East Van businesses including Sriracha Revolver, ChopValue coasters and Plenty + Spare soaps and skincare. You will also find wallets, t-shirts, ball caps, sunglasses, mugs, totes and some very unique books. There is a cooler section not yet fully stocked, but we did find some Kaylin & Hobbs Pickles.  For kids of all ages, there is a great retro candy counter, think Popeye Candy Cigarettes, gum in the Gold Rush bags and candy necklaces. If you are looking for fun unique gifts, there is lots on offer at Jackson’s General Store with a distinct East Van flavour.   Show some East Van love and stop in and say hello once they officially open. We’ll give you a heads up as soon as that happens.  In the meantime, you can also find Mike on Facebook and Instagram.

 

June Hunter Fall Studio Sale September 28 & 29, 2019

23 Sep

JuneHunterStudioSale2019East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting a Fall Studio Sale Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th.  If you follow us regularly, you know we are big fans of her work.  Vancouver’s urban nature features prominently in June’s work as do some iconic East Van landmarks. If you wish to know more about the crows and other birdlife that inhabit the green space in our neck of the woods, you may wish to check out some of her blog posts. June also captures some truly amazing photos of the visitors that come to her idyllic backyard. During her Studio Sales, June transforms her working space to showcase all her creative works which include cushion covers, jewellery, small prints, large scale wall art, totes, wall decals and more. She has lots of beautiful new designs this Fall which will help you bring a touch of nature indoors.  Her rescue dog Geordie is usually on hand as ambassador to greet you. June Hunter’s Studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Studio Sale runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

If you are not able to attend this weekend’s Studio Sale, we invite you check out her online shop which is open 24/7.  You can also find some of June’s pieces at Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive and Bird on A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street.

 

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