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Shop Local With These East Van Shops

19 Dec

WhiteChristmasFinished your Christmas shopping? If not, the countdown is on. We recommend skipping the craziness that is the malls. Why not stop into one of these great local businesses that will a) not only appreciate the business, but b) offer some truly great service.  We’ve set out a few of our favourite spots we think are great for gift giving. Note, many of the stores have extended hours this week to help you with your Christmas shopping.

Les amis du fromage – 843 East Hastings Street

For the cheese lover, this is a great spot, but that’s not all they have.  They have a host of kitchen accessories and gourmet condiments perfect for giving gift.  Add to that, they are hosting a Sweet Pop Up Shop with delish items from Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar until December 24th.  If you know a true cheese lover, take note of their upcoming Wine & Cheese Tasting classes in the New Year.

Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 East Hastings Street

Who does not love to receive great food at Christmas?  There is such an array of delectable food items in store at Gourmet Warehouse whether for entertaining over the holidays or gift giving.  You can find just about everything here whether it’s small appliances, knives, condiments, baking items or maybe a gift certificate for an upcoming cooking class. There are lots of great gift ideas in store.  This week, they are making it easy for you. Gourmet Warehouse is open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm until December 22nd. Saturday, December 23rd 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and December 24th 8:30 to 4:30 pm.

Bird On A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street

Bird On A Wire Creations is located near Kingsway on Main Street and features a host of new as well as established Canadian artists. They have an amazing selection of one-of-a-kind items.    If you missed artisan markets and craft fairs, you will find many of local makers in this store.  They are are open 10:00 am to 7:00 pm this week.

Giving Gifts Co., 4570 Main Street

Giving Gifts is a unique concept store made up of 5 rooms with items from over 70 local artists and small businesses in one lovely boutique shop.  The items are also eco-friendly and fair trade made. This store also has a great selection of gifts for kids and toddlers.

Little Mountain Pop Up Shop, 4386 Main Street

The Little Mountain Pop Up Shop is currently hosting ‘Holid-eh!’ featuring over 20 Canadian makers.  A few participants include Fox & Fancy, Bar Skin Bar, True North Trading Post and more.  They are open for holiday shopping until December 24th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and for those last minute shoppers, December 24th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Olive & Wild, 4391 Main Street

If you are looking for some beautiful unique home décor items for gift giving this year, we recommend checking out Olive & Wild. Lots of beautiful items in store sourced locally and globally.

Second Nature Home, 3565 Commercial Street

Second Nature Home is great little shop just steps away from the Commercial Street Café in a great little stretch of road nestled next to the Toso Wood Gallery.  It boasts an array of eco-friendly items from Canadian artisans many of them local.  There is a wide selection of products and we might add great knowledgeable service. This week, they are open Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday, December 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive

Doctor Vigari on The Drive boasts quite a collection of art from BC and Canadian artists whether you are looking for large or small pieces, there’s lots of choose from including tiles, prints, jewellery, sculptures, furniture, ceramics and much more.  Also framing is available in store to finish off that perfect piece of art whether purchased in store or elsewhere.

Lala’s On The Drive, 1748 Commercial Drive

A newer addition to The Drive, Lala’s has an array of gift giving items, some silly, some sassy, many just plain fun.  Lots of unique items for gift giving.

Wherever you shop, we hope you will continue to support our local businesses.



Shop Local: Gifts Ideas Under $50

13 Dec

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We are big fans of local, shopping and buying local where we can.  There are so many great opportunities to support local with gift giving, we thought we’d highlight some great finds under $50 to help you with your Christmas shopping.

Walnut Boards $20 & $30 

The folTheWoodShopWalnutBoardsks at The Wood Shop have created these beautiful wooden boards made from reclaimed black walnut. Perfect for serving appetizers or charcuterie. Add a unique cheese, a small jam, some nuts, you are set. Small board is $20 and large is $30.  To order yours, visit them online at The Wood Shop.

Starters, Salads & Sexy Sides $24.95
Starters Salads & Sexy Sides

Caren McSherry, owner and chef of Gourmet Warehouse, recently published a cookbook Starters, Salads & Sexy Sides. This is a collection of over 80 creative recipes for the foodie in your life. Book retails for $24.95 and is available at Gourmet Warehouse in store or online.

Nip In The Butt – $10

This is forNipInTheButtColours the cat lovers, or those looking for a fun gift for the cat lover. 2 Fork Designs has created this fun whimsical design called Nip In The Butt.  This cool catnip cat toy is made with 4 layers of felt and comes in a host of different colours all for $10.  To purchase your Nip In The Butt, check out their Etsy Shop.  Pssst 2 Fork Designs is offering our readers a 20% discount use code 1217EASTVAN20 to get your discount.

Sriracha Revolver Gift Pack – $24

Know someone that loves sauces? We recommend this Gift SrirachaRevolverGiftPack (2)Pack by local East Van business, Sriracha Revolver. It includes their 3 sauces for $24.00 – Beets + Tequila, Cilantro + Lime Sriracha and Clean Mango Sriracha. The Gift Pack is currently only available at the Blitzen Pop Up Shop at 623 Kingsway which is open Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 to 8:00 pm.  You can also order their sauces individually online, or visit their website to see where you can purchase them.

Silver Wrapped Pearl Earrings – $45

SilverWrappedRoseEarringsC&SKnow a special woman that deserves something unique and pretty? We are sure you do and we bet she might like these freshwater pearls wrapped with pure Argentium sterling silver wire. They give the impression of small rose buds in bloom. They are made by local jewellery designers, Cord & Stone and are available online, but you can also find some of their pieces at Second Nature Home on Commercial Street and Scout & Co. in Steveston. To see all their designs, visit them at Crafty Affaire at The Croatian Cultural Centre December 16th.

Carrall Credit & Debit Card Wallet – $30

For the guy that doesn’t like to carry a wallet, but just a few cards. These woodeCarrallKonisaStudiosn credit/debit card holders designed by Jeremy Lee of Konisa Studios hold up to 6 cards. As you might imagine, the wood does keep the cards from bending or breaking.  This is cool gift that will last and at $30 we think a steal. You can find the Carrall Credit/Debit Wallet in person at Kyubu Market located in the Maker Labs or online at Konisa Studios.

Em’Say Lil Squares Planters – $20/$25

We are qEm'SayLilSquaresuite in love with the concrete planters created by Nadia M’Seffar of Em’Say.  Nadia has created a number of different planters in various shapes and sizes, but we quite like the Lil Squares Planters which range from $20 to $25, whether you have 1, 2 or 3 side by side with a living plant, they look darn cool and make a great gift this Christmas. To purchase, visit her store online or stop by the Eastside Flea this weekend for the Holiday Market Saturday and Sunday. Outside of that, you can purchase them at Octopus Studios by appointment.

Macaron 6 Piece Gift Box – Le Gateau Bake Shop – $MacaronsLeGateau215

Who does not love to receive macarons? They are delish and usually gluten free. They make a great hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or maybe that  Secret Santa gift at the office.  You can’t go wrong with this 6 piece set in a beautiful gift box from Le Gateau Bake Shop located on 3458 East Hasting Street (at Cassiar).  Pop by in person, or place your order in advance.


East Van Mule Kit – Odd Society Spirits-$60

OK we know this isn’t under $50, but just over but we think it makes a great gift so felt MuleKitOSScompelled to include.  Check out this East Van Mule Kit by the good folks at Odd Society Spirits which comes with a Moscow Mule Cup, Rootside Provisions Ginger Beer Mix, a bottle of their East Van Vodka and a few fresh limes.  To order your East Van Mule Kit, contact Odd Society Spirits or drop by the distillery.

We hope you will consider shopping local and supporting all the amazing small businesses in our community.

Blitzen Pop Up On Now Till December 23, 2017

11 Dec

IBlitzen Shopn the space next to Heartbreaker Salon, was Whiskey Cake Home, who we’ve learnt has left this space to focus on their store on Main Street. Which means a great little retail space in the midst of a host of restaurants such as Les Faux Bourgeois, Osteria Savio Volpe, Matchstick Coffee, Los Cuervos at the corner of Kingsway and Fraser.  Most of these spots have waits and line ups, so while you wait for your table, why not pop in to the Blitzen Pop Up and get a bit of Christmas shopping done.  Blitzen Pop Up features a range of products from local makers including:

Anita Sikma Jewelry
Handwoven rugs/pillows/garlic baskets by Becky Brisco
Candles by EastWix
Leather Goods by Hannah Joan
Sriracha Revolver Hot Sauce
Patch Planters
Batch salts/scrubs/room sprays By Kis•met Essentials
Andrew Pommier’s Limited Edition Artist Prints
Locally designed textiles and baby swaddlers by Anara
The Vancouver Shop – local neighbourhood patches, prints & giftware
Pacific Northwest Prints
Silk Scarves By Mona Sultan
Handmade Soaps & Balms by Violet Alchemy
Kids clothing and colouring cards by Jamie Anderson
Local Pickles and Pickled Onions by Deandra Vaughn

Blitzen Pop Up is local at 623 Kingsway, corner of Fraser & Kingsway and is open Wednesday to Saturday from Noon to 8:00 pm. Stop by and see what’s in store or check them out on Instagram @blitzenpop.




New In Town: Gatley On Commercial Drive

28 Nov

IMG_1587We recently stopped in to check out another new addition on Commercial Drive recently, Gatley.  Well the store isn’t entirely new, but it has been taken over by a new owner, Erin. She has a background in interior design and was planning a different career trajectory, but was a fan and regular customer of Gatley.  After several conversations with the previous owner, a plan formed for Erin to take over the store. You can certainly see the evolution of the store and the new additions. The store previously was a bit on the sparse side, but that is no longer the case.  Erin has curated a great selection of Canadian made products, many local which include clothing, shoes, accessories, some bath products, jewellery and a bit of home décor.  Speaking of décor, you will find Erin’s interior design touches throughout the store which make for an inviting space.  Gatley is located at 1136 Commercial Drive just steps away from the Portugal Club of Vancouver.  Stop in and see what’s in store.



Winter Farmer Markets Are Back At Nat Bailey Stadium & Hastings Park

31 Oct

ProduceEricUrquhartVancouver Farmers Market hosts two winter farmer markets this year. Both kick off this weekend. Nat Bailey Stadium kicks off this Saturday, November 4th and Hastings Park happens Sunday, November 5th. These markets happen rain or shine and continue into April.  So if they can be out there in all the elements, so can we to support our local growers and makers.

Nat Bailey Stadium – November 4 to April 21 / 10 – 2

The biggest Winter Farmers Market is at Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street on Saturday November 4th and runs each Saturday until April 22nd, 2018 save for December 30th.  The market runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Hastings Park – November 5 to April 29 / 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, 2018 save for December 24th and December 31st.  The market is located on the Centregrounds.

Photo Credit: Eric Urquhart

Artisan Markets This Fall In East Van

3 Oct

FallLeavesColourAre you a fan of shopping local? Do you support small business enterprises in your community?  When you shop local, you support those around you that help create the fabric that is your community.  This fall there are few local events featuring local artisans and makers you may wish to check out. We’ve set out a few below hat we’ve come across. If you know of more, drop us a line and we’ll add them to our list.

EASTSIDE FLEA – Harvest Market
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm
October 21 & 22, 2017 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street

You are invited to check out a great line up of vendors with everything from new to vintage. Friday night is a bit different set up in their full market on the weekend. It features a select group of artisans as well as craft beer & drink specials, pinball and DJs to round out the evening.  Saturday and Sunday is the full market experience with 50 vendors and food trucks on hand. To learn more visit them at Eastside Flea.

October 28, 2017
Croatian Cultural Centre
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm

Whether you are shopping for yourself, or that birthday gift or some early Christmas shopping, the 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Market is a great opportunity to support local makers.  Elemental Trends is hosting this event featuring over 30 vendors.  To keep an eye on which vendors will be on hand visit them on Facebook at Elemental Trends.

October 29, 2017
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Another back to back opportunity to shop local.  The Artisan’s Event happens Sunday, October 29th featuring over 35+ local makers and artisans. Admission is by donation. To learn more about the vendors, visit them at The Artisan’s Event.

Spring & Summer Farmer Markets In East Vancouver 2017

3 May

The warm Spring weather is now finally here which also brings with it more options for local produce.  We are fortunate to have yet another season of farmers markets lined up which offers us not only produce, but handmade goods, artisans breads, locally made jams, cheese, free range and organic eggs and of course wineries, breweries and makers of spirits are now on hand offering tastings as well.  Each market is unique and offers a little something different. Trout Lake is the largest and a great place to sit down and have a picnic on the spot at the park with your new purchases. River District is one of the smaller markets situated just below Marine Drive at the foot of Kerr Street in SE Vancouver, but generally different vendors than the markets organized by Vancouver Farmers Market.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is also smaller than Trout Lake, but we love that it’s on a Sunday so giving some options when faced with a busy weekend. The Italian Market is held on Friday afternoons in front of the Italian Cultural Centre and is a personal favourite. Along with produce, you will find artisans, food trucks, coffee and more. The added bonus is the Italian Cultural Centre often has other events going on including art on display, live music and/or dancing.  The Main Street Farmers Market is a great afternoon market and perfect for those just leaving downtown for home, or a quick cycle from Mount Pleasant and the Olympic Village.  We have set out below the dates when the markets begin and end for the Spring/Summer season. We invite you to get out and support local.

Trout Lake Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: May 6 – October 21, 2017
Location: Lakewood Drive & E 13th Avenue

Main Street Station Farmers Market
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday: May 31 – October 4, 2017
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Sunday: May 28, 2017 – October 8, 2017
Location: Guelph Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park/Dude Chilling Park)

Riley Park Farmers Market (New This Year)
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: June 24, 2017 – October 28, 2017
Location: 30th Avenue & Ontario Street

River District Farmers Market
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Every Saturday:  May 13, 2017 – October 14, 2017
Location: 8683 Kerr Street (at E. Kent Avenue S.)

Il Mercato: Italian Market
Fridays: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 16, July 21 and August 18, 2017
Location: Il Centro, Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street (off Grandview Highway)


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