The commercial landscape along East Hastings in the Hastings Sunrise area has seen a few changes lately and we expect there will be a few more in the coming months. We went to check out the most recent addition, being Plenty + Spare located at 2168 East Hastings Street. If you need any inspiration, they are conveniently located next to East Village Bakery. Plenty + Spare had their grand opening one week ago today after spending a few weeks getting organized in their new space. They carry their own line of soap and skincare products that are made without a long list of items you don’t want in your skincare products which are locally sourced whenever possible. The store also has a selection of houseware items which they will be adding to in the coming weeks and months. If you can’t make it over to this part of East Van, their products are also available in a number of other retail locations including a few favourites of ours such as The Soap Dispensary and Much & Little on Main Street, Scout & Co. in Steveston and The Good Omen in New Westminster. For a full rundown of where their products are available, visit their website at Plenty + Spare. On the other hand if you wish to learn to make products yourself, you may wish to check our their do-it yourself workshops they will be hosting. Self-Care Sunday Workshops begin Sunday, April 30th at a cost of $56 per person. Plenty + Spare is open Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Stop by and support this great new addition to our local business community.
For those not familiar with Tugboat Landing, this is a great little community along the Fraser River in SE Vancouver located just below SE Marine Drive. Many of you may have heard the news about the new River District development, well under way just to the East. Whereas, Tugboat Landing has been a bit of a secret. Many people don’t know about the area, and as one of its many residents, I haven’t minded it all that much. The community comes, in part, from the geographical layout of the area, as we are a bit cut off from the rest of the City. Add to that, what keeps us below Marine Drive, are the river walkways on which you can catch daily glimpses of eagles soaring over the Fraser River, hummingbirds flitting about the bushes, the ever present herons and beavers on the edge of the river banks. Tugboat Landing is situated next to Gladstone Park, which has walking trails that continue into Burnaby and beyond. The river views, nature and wildlife, along with the central location, are the reason many people move, but once here, most don’t leave.
This weekend, you are invited to come down and experience some of the community that is Tugboat Landing. They are hosting a smaller, intimate, artisan market on Saturday, December 17th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at 2010 East Kent Avenue (foot of Victoria Drive). There will be a number of local residents participating including, Jill Bartlett of Cord & Stone, who makes beautiful jewellery crocheted from reclaimed Argentium sterling silver wire, and Deborah Wilkins, with exquisite infused glass pieces. They’ve invited a number of other local makers to join them in offering some opportunities for gift giving this holiday season including, The Uncommon Good with beautiful wooden Christmas ornaments made from salvaged wood, DiG Leather with handmade leather goods, Pep Soap, with beautiful gift sets, North Bay Candle Co. with great scents like Big Sexy, LuLu Island Honey and Non La Designs with stunning shawls and cowls. Organizers will also be hosting a raffle with a gift basket that includes a number of great offerings donated to raise funds for two charities near and dear to this pet loving community 1) Vancouver BC SPCA and 2) SAINTS Rescue, an end of life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals. Some of the gracious donations include the new book ‘East Van Foodie’, driftwood coasters made by artisans in Victoria, coffee by The Drive Coffee Bar, a beautiful cowl by Non La Designs, some jewellery by Cord & Stone, and delish macarons by East Van Sweets. There will be hot coffee brewing, sweet treats and a fireplace roaring to keep those brave enough to face the cooler temperatures, warm and toasty. The coffee and treats are available by donation with all proceeds going to the two sponsored charities.
Hope to see you down by the river this Saturday. It’s a great place to walk and take in the river views. If you get hungry, we invite you check out Romer’s Burger Bar within walking distance or a short drive. Or if you are thirsty, stop in at our local brewery, Dogwood Brewing offering BC’s only organic beer. So many reasons to come down to the river.
Tis the season is upon us for an array of craft markets and artisan fairs. The collection of local talent is rather awe inspiring when you attend any of these events. If you are looking for a gift for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas, you are likely to find something at any one of these markets. You will find an array of items including art work, pottery, clothing accessories, baked goods, local spirits, gifts for that foodie in your life or beard kits for the man in your life. Of course, it goes without saying these markets are a great way to support local enterprising entrepreneurs. Each market has its own unique feel, whether you are looking for a smaller market such as River District Winter Craft Fair or something on a bigger scale like Make It! At the PNE Fourm or Shiny Muddy Fuzzy. We have set out below a rundown in date order of the upcoming markets in East Van for November and December. We will continue to update this list as we learn of more. We hope you will join us in supporting local this holiday season.
Nov. 18: 33rd Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair-Britannia Com Centre 3-8
Nov. 19: 33rd Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair-Britannia Com Centre 10-5
Nov. 20: River District Winter Craft Fair – 8683 Kerr Street 11-4
Nov. 20: BLIM – Heritage Hall 120-6
Nov. 25: Italian Indoor Christmas Market – Italian Cultural Centre 4-8
Nov. 25: June Hunter Holiday Studio Sale 2 – 7 pm
Nov. 25: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 4-9
Nov. 26: June Hunter Holiday Studio Sale 10 – 5
Nov. 26: Strathcona Winter Fair – Strathcona Community Centre 10-4
Nov. 26: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Nov. 26: Renfrew Craft Fair – Renfrew Park Community Centre 10-3
Nov. 27: River District Winter Craft Fair 11 – 4
Nov. 27: June Hunter Holiday Studio Sale 10 – 5
Nov. 27: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Nov. 27: Market For A Cause (Canucks Autism Network) – Heritage Hall 11-4
Dec. 2: Eastside Flea – 1024 Main Street 6-10 pm
Dec. 2: TOQUE: Western Front’s Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair 6-10 pm
Dec. 3: Eastside Flea – 1024 Main Street 11-5
Dec. 3: Aboriginal Christmas Fair – 1607 East Hastings St. 10-5
Dec. 3: Artisan Market – Collingwood Neighbourhood House 11 – 4
Dec. 3: TOQUE: Western Front’s Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair 11-5
Dec. 3: Odd Fellows Market – Wise Hall 10-4
Dec. 4: River District Winter Craft Fair 11-4
Dec. 4: Odd Fellows Market – Wise Hall 10-4
Dec. 4: Eastside Flea – 1024 Main Street 11-5
Dec. 4: Aboriginal Christmas Fair – 1607 East Hastings St. 10-5
Dec. 4: TOQUE: Western Front’s Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair 11-5
Dec. 4: Vintage Handmade Society Pop Up – Art & Leisure
Dec. 8: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 9: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 10: Holiday Sip & Shop – The Aviary 12-4 pm
Dec. 10: East Van Ham – The Hall: 1739 Venables Street 11-6
Dec. 10: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall
Dec. 10: Make It! – PNE Forum 10 am – 6 pm
Dec. 11: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall
Dec. 11: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 17: Crafty Affaire – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 17: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 E. Kent Avenue 11 – 4
Dec. 17: Women’s Winter Faire – Heritage Hall 11-5
Dec. 17: Winter Craft Fair – Homestead Junction 10-5
Dec. 18: Women’s Winter Faire – Heritage Hall 11-5
Dec. 18: Winter Craft Fair – Homestead Junction 10-5
Dec. 18: Love It. Craft It. 2016 – The Aviary 10-5
If you missed last weekend’s showcase of local talent, being Elemental Trends, you are in luck. This Sunday, October 30th is The Artisan’s Event at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street. This event features some 35+ local artists and artisans and we have the rundown of those that will be on hand including:
A paper life
AHOY SOAP COMPANY
Bouquets by Mary
Bushel + Peck
Canvas Candle Company
Darling + Bandit
Franc Heart Collective
Is It Bath Time Yet?
Judy Mojo Art
Little + co.
Mesic Living Creations
Moo and the Bear
Nón Lá Designs
Sable Shortbread Company Ltd.
Sea To Sky Baby
Stay Magical Studios
Three Feet Below
Tumble and Roar
Waggin’ Tails Barkery
West Coast Coaster
West Coast Leslie Designs
With Love by Ash
The Artisan’s Event runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is by cash donation which funds support the Vancouver Food Bank. Stop by and shop local.
Photo Credit: Non La Designs
Vancouver Farmers Market host two great markets during the winter months. We’ve set out the dates and times below, but both have some great additions to entice you to join them, rain or shine, in January and February. Hastings Park is showcasing some new vendors that can only be found at Hastings Park including The Smallflower Gluten Free Bakery, Tempea Tempeh, North Pacific Kelp & Wild Foods, Cedar Isle Farms, Georels Smokehouse, Lita’s Mexican Foods. This February Food Truck February is back at both markets, Nat Bailey Stadium and Hastings Park with the biggest line up ever of food trucks. Purchase a Food Truck Passport and get it stamped at each stop and you have the chance to win a Food Truck Golden Ticket which means a free food truck meal every week for a year! Just a little extra entice to get out and support local.
Nat Bailey Stadium – November 5 to April 22 / 10 – 2
The biggest Winter Farmers Market is at Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street on Saturday November 5th and runs each Saturday until April 22nd, 2017 save for December 24th and 31st. The market will run each day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Hastings Park – November 6 to May 1 / 10 – 2
If you prefer heading to the farmers market on a Sunday, then be sure to check out the now popular market at Hastings Park. This farmers market will run every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until April 30, 2017 save for December 25th and January 1st. The market is located on the PNE grounds by the Hastings Skatepark.
Photo Credit: Deborah Waller
If you have some birthdays coming up or want to get a jump on Christmas. Alright we know some of you don’t want to think about Christmas until after Halloween. Generally speaking, we are in that camp as well, but reality is that it’s just over 8 weeks away and once Halloween is behind us, time will fly by quickly. So for those that wish to get a jump start on things, you may wish to check out the Elemental Trends Fall Harvest Market happening at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, this Sunday, October 23rd. They will have over 30 vendors lined up including Wild & Raven, Art & Soul Collective, Mixers & Elixirs, Spiceworks Food Creations, Sable Shortbread Co., Blossom Jewellery, C Yarn Hut, Canvas Candle and Beth & Olivia to name just a few. The market runs from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and there will be shopping totes for the first 50 people through the door. For those that get hungry, we hear some food trucks will be on hand including the Cycling Croissant. Hope to see you there.
Christmas is officially less than one month away. We here at IliveInEastVan.com are big fans of supporting local. With that in mind, we would like to highlight some of the many East Van businesses and artisans that have an online shop which of course allows you to shop from your laptop, home computer or your smart phone. Some will even offer a pick up service so you can save money on shipping costs. We’ve tried to include a variety of businesses, but if you think there’s one that should be listed that isn’t, we invite you to drop us a line. Note, we have included a link to each business, just click on their name.
ANTIPOD Workshop is a creative design studio with a focus on bold textiles in particular, handmade pillows. They are made by transplanted local Stephanie Symns who hails from New Zealand. Thus, the name of her business. Antipod which is an affectionate term for a Kiwi or Aussie. Did we mention, Stephanie also holds workshops on how to make the pillows yourself should you be so inclined. Or you can check out her bold collection online anytime.
This is a great shop located in Mount Pleasant at 2535 Main Street. Bird on a Wire Creations supports artists, artisans and the buy local movement. They curate Vancouver’s best art and artisanal objects and all one-of-a-kind and handmade. They have a large selection instore and online and free shipping in Canada for all orders over $100.
Locally made here in Strathcona by Spencer Baker and Dustin Bentall. BB Gun Leather makes a range of leather products including bags, wallets, belts, guitar straps, purses and small luggage. Did we mention the beautiful designs? Their working studio is located 1133 Keefer Street and their online store available 24/7.
Award winning chocolates, need we say more? Purchases can be made online or you can visit them in person at 413 Industrial Avenue (off Main Street).
Dilly Dally is an independent toy store that likes to inspire play and creativity. They carry toys made from around the world including a great selection of wooden toys which also make great heirlooms to be passed on to future generations. They are located on The Drive at 1161 Commercial Street and have a great online store. Note, they are also offering free shipping for orders over $100.
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. You will find Gwen and Chris at craft and artisan fairs this holiday season including TOQUE on December 5 & 6. They also have a great online store. Right now, if you sign up for their newsletter, receive $5 off your first order.
Truth be told, we love June Hunter, have for many years. Many of her pieces whether art or jewellery are inspired by the nature that surrounds us and well that speaks to us. You will also find June Hunter in many of the craft and artisan fairs this holiday season as well as her Festive Studio Sale on December 11th and 12th at her East Van studio. Her online shop is currently offering 20% off until Monday, November 30th.
Know someone that loves entertaining and enjoys making great cocktails, then you should check out Good Sips Cocktail Emporium. They have everything to make the perfect cocktail minus the alcohol, think bitters, syrups, cocktail shakers, martini glasses, flasks, recipe books and so much more. If you can’t decide online, you can check out their store at 339 E. Broadway. For those wishing to make an online purchase, note they are offering FREE shipping till the end of November for all orders over $20.
If you have a foodie in your life, this is the place to go whether in store or online. They have everything for the cook, baker and entertainer. The store is an array of choices which include olive oils, balsamic vinegars, salts, sauces, cookbooks, jams and of course all the utensils needed to cook and bake everything. You can find their physical location at 1340 East Hastings (at Clark Drive).
Mike Jackson’s Grubwear Brand of clothing was born out of the back of a Honda Civic hatchback way back in the day. Today he is located in Mount Pleasant at 617 Kingsway in a very happening area just around the corner from Robson Park. He has a great selection of t-shirts, bags, hoodies and hats many that will showcase your East Van pride. His online store features the full line up clothing.
Decadent gourmet handmade marshmallows made by Carly Bloch in some truly amazing flavours such as Salted Caramel, Holiday Mint Chocolate and Classic Baileys and Cream. You can order her marshmallows 24/7 online and what a great stocking stuffer or house warming gift these would make. You can also find her marshmallow at Much & Little at 2541 Main Street or visit Carly at the Baker’s Market on December 6th & 13th at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre.
Love where you live? Then you may wish to check out their East Van toque for $35 available online only from Neighbourhood Threads.
The MakerLabs at 780 East Cordova Street has recently launched a retail space on the first floor of this working studio which is open from Noon to 9:00 pm daily. If you are unfamiliar with the MakerLabs, it is a 26,000 square foot that provides people with the tools, space and skills to make just about anything. There are many great artisans working out of this space and their products are also available online 24/7.
If you wish to give a gift basket this holiday season, whether large or small, practical or not, we invite you to check to check out any one of the following: