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Gifting An Experience This Holiday Season

19 Dec

GiftsUnderTreeWe are big fans of gifting experiences which is not only fun but creates lasting memories for the recipient.  There are many options locally here whether it’s brewery tours, gourmet tours, dining and dancing, cooking classes and more.  We have set out below a few of our favourites.  We have included links which take you directly to each site to make gift giving that much easier.

Vancouver Brewery Tour – East Van Brewery Tour

Vancouver Brewery Tours does great brewery tours in and around East Vancouver and is a perfect gift for the beer lover.  Vancouver Brewery Tours has  regularly scheduled brewery tours which run approximately 3 hours.

Off The Eaten Track – Culinary Tours

Off The Eaten Track offers a number of culinary tours including Railtown Urban Eats Tour and Olympic Village Tour. Tours all begin at the Waterfront Station and times vary but are approximately 2 ½ hours for each.

Little Italy Food Tour – Taste Vancouver Food Tours

Commercial Drive is host to many delish food spots and Taste Vancouver Food Tours offers regularly culinary tours on The Drive Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. It starts at Fratelli’s Bakery and hits 8 spots. Cost is $79 per person and they are currently offering 15% off gift certificates.

Federico’s Supper Club – Dinner & Dancing

What about a gift certificate for an evening of dinner and dancing. Federico’s Supper Club offers amazing Italian food, wine and impeccable service. You will regularly find owner, Federico Fuoco, belting out tunes but they regularly bring in lots of local talent to mix things up.

Les Amis Du Fromage – Wine & Cheese Tasting

If you know someone that loves cheese, you may wish to consider purchasing a ticket(s) to one of Les Amis Du Fromage’s upcoming wine & cheese tasting classes. The regularly host tastings, but heads up, these classes do sell out quick. Alternatively, what about a gift certificate to use in store. Trying a variety of cheeses is certainly a delish experience and can get costly, so a gift card to this spot would be welcome in our Christmas stocking.

The Cultch, The York, Firehall Arts Centre – Live Theatre

There is some amazing live theatre that happens in East Van.  Some productions are on now into the New Year at The Cultch, The York and the Firehall Arts Centre. Gift Certificate for an evening out makes a great gift.

Terminal City Glass – Glassblowing Workshop

Have a friend on the artistic side, or someone that wants to get in touch with their creative side? What about a gift certificate to a glassblowing workshop at Terminal City Glass? Terminal City Glass offers a host of classes including a Make A Heart Glassblowing Workshop February 1st that looks pretty cool.

The Gourmet Warehouse – Cooking Classes

Do you know someone that loves cooking, or wants to learn how to make easy meals.   Gourmet Warehouse offers a wide variety of demonstration cooking classes for all skill levels and you get to eat what was made after class then shop in store with a discount.  In the New Year, they are offering Healthy Choices on January 16th or learn how to make a Mexican Fiesta at Home on January 23rd although we have our eye on hands on class Crazy For Chocolate Class on February 5th. To purchase tickets, call the store at T: 604.253.3022 or visit Gourmet Warehouse online.

Park Board Gift Card – City of Vancouver

Are you buying a gift for a family? What about a Park Board Gift Card.  Right now a $50 purchase gets you an additional $10 which the recipient can use at any local community centre to swim, skate, do yoga, play golf, take a cooking class, enroll kids in swimming lessons and much more.

These are just a few ideas, but there are many more. Know someone interested in yoga? Why not a gift certificate to a local yoga studio. For something on the artistic side, Collage Collage offers a wide range of craft making workshops for all big kids and wee ones as does 4 Cats on Main Street. The ideas are limitless and the memories are forever.

Great Places To Shop Local This Holiday Season

16 Dec

BuyLocalWe are big supporters of small business. They are the heart of our respective communities. They are opportunities to connect, support other local makers, keep money in our community, a more eco-friendly way to shop which includes less travel time and often less packaging. It’s all around win win in our eyes.  We’ve set out a list of some of our favourite stores for shopping local. One of the many reasons we likes these stores is because they all support other local artisans, makers and small business.  So visit them in person or online and see what items they have that will make that perfect gift for someone special this holiday season.

Bird On A Wire Creations

Bird on A Wire Creations has been a long time supporter of local artists and have gathered quite a collection of beautiful items from a variety of artisans around BC.  If you haven’t checked out this space, we encourage you to stop by. They are located at 2535 Main Street near Broadway.

Doctor Vigari Gallery

Doctor Vigari Gallery is a great space at 1816 Commercial Drive supporting visual artists.  You can find array of items perfect for gift giving including pieces of art from one of our favourite artists June Hunter.

Second Nature Home

Second Nature Home is a home décor boutique located at 3565 Commercial Street in Cedar Cottage.  The store has a wide range of items outside of home décor including  jewellery, gifts for the foodie in your life, something cute for the new baby or new mom and much more. They currently have extended hours running up to Christmas. December 17-23rd they are open until 9:00 pm and Monday, December 24th they are open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Plenty + Spare

Plenty + Spare is located at 2168 East Hasting Street. It’s easy to miss by the smells of their neighbour East Village Bakery which can draw you in by your nose literally, but do stop into Plenty + Spare. They create an array of beautiful handmade bath and beauty products along with a few other items brought in for the holiday season.

Giving Gifts

Giving Gifts is a very cool space located at 4570 Main Street. The store tucked between 30th & 29th Avenue is made of up 5 rooms packed with items from 100 local as well as fair trade artists from around the world.  It is a gift giving boutique so you will easily be able to pick up a few gifts for just about any age.

Tiny Finery

Tiny Finery is a sweet little shop located in Hastings Sunrise at 2629 East Hastings Street that features jewellery as well as local pottery, leather work, prints and some greeting cards.  They also do custom jewellery work if you have something specific in mind.

Jackson’s General Store

Jackson’s General Store is new this year and located at 1490 Kingsway (at Dumfries) near Knight Street. Don’t be fooled on the new, this is an old store reworked and owner, Mike Jackson, has 30 years of business under his belt and eclectic mix of cool and unique items in store. Here you will find a large array of items for gift giving and lots of edibles as well as vintage and retro items. To get a sense of what they have, visit them on   Instagram.

Why we should Shop Local.

For every $100 you spend with a local business, $46 is re-circulated back into the BC economy (vs $18 for multi nationals). Small business re-circulates 2.6 times more revenue in the local economy as do chains. 

The Big List Of Artisan Markets + Craft Fairs In East Van 2019

15 Nov

BlueAbstractBlurTLAMIt’s that time of year again where the opportunities to shop local are abundant.  There are some great artisan markets and craft fairs coming up to help you make your gift giving easy whether for Christmas or birthday gifts.  We would like to repeat the phrase  that often makes the rounds on social media “when you buy from a local maker, someone does a little happy dance”. It really is true.  Did you know:

“for every $100 spent with a BC local business, $46 is re-circulated back into our BC economy versus $18 for multi nationals. Why? Because locally owned businesses circulate more dollars in the community compared to multinational organizations.”

When you buy from a local maker, you’re supporting your neighbor next door, your co-worker working full-time and holding down a side gig, moms carving out some extra income while still being home with their families. All have created a business doing something they love and are passionate about.  We are 100% behind supporting those local dreamers and makers. Also, buying local is better for the environment. Items at markets are not being shipped long distances and there is usually much less packaging involved. All around win win. To that end, we have again created a list of all the artisan markets and craft fairs happening in East Vancouver this holiday season.   We hope you will come out to some of these events and support the local makers and artisans.

NOVEMBER 2019

Nov. 14-17: Eastside Cultural Crawl – Various Locations

Nov. 16: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5

Nov. 17: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5

Nov. 22-44: 36th Annual Christmas Fair – Britannia Community Centre
Nov. 23: IMade Christmas Market – Heritage Hall 11 am – 5:30 pm
Nov. 23: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Nov. 23: Renegade Winter Art Market – 2980 Nanaimo Street 11-5

Nov. 24: Bling: Wearable Glass & Art Show – Heritage Hall 11-5
Nov. 24: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5

Nov. 24: Renfrew Park Craft Fair – Renfrew Community Centre 10-3

Nov. 29: Toque: Western Front Annual Craft Fair – 303 E. 8th St. 6- 10
Nov. 29: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 4-9
Nov. 29: Kiwassa Community Food & Holiday Market–Kiwassa Neighbourhood House 3-8

Nov. 30: Toque: Western Front Annual Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Street 11-5
Nov. 30: Trout Lake Seniors Bake Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-3
Nov. 30: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Nov. 30: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Nov 30: Elders Winter Bazaar – Authentic Indigenous Crafts – 1607 E Hastings 10-3

DECEMBER 2019

Dec. 1: Toque: Western Front Annual Craft Fair – 303 E. 8th St. 11-5
Dec. 1: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Dec. 1: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5

Dec. 4: Italian Christmas Market – Italian Cultural Centre 4-9

Dec. 5: Krampusmarkt Opening – Strange Fellows Brewing 6-10 pm
Dec. 5: Bad Abby Vintage Fashion & Art Fair – Odd Society Spirits 1- 11 pm

Dec. 6: Bad Abby Vintage Fashion & Art Fair – Odd Society Spirts 1 – 11 pm
Dec. 6: Krampus Market – Strange Fellows Brewing 12-8 pm
Dec. 6: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 2-7

Dec. 7: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Avenue 11-4
Dec. 7: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5
Dec. 7: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Dec. 7: Kensington Holiday Craft Fair – Kensington Community Centre 10-4
Dec. 7: Got Craft? Holiday Edition – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 7: Krampus Market – Strange Fellows Brewing 12-4 pm
Dec 7: Annual Indigenous Christmas Arts & Craft Fair – 1607 E Hastings 10-3

Dec. 8: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Avenue 11-4
Dec. 8: Got Craft? Holiday Edition – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 8: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5
Dec. 8: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Dec  8: Annual Indigenous Christmas Arts & Craft Fair – 1607 E Hastings 10-3
Dec. 8: Art To Wear Holiday Party & Sale – 3063 E. Kent Ave 11-8

Dec. 11-15: Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum

Dec. 14: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 14: Crafty Affair Holiday Market – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 14: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Dec. 14: Weirdos Holiday Market – Ukranian Hall 10-6
Dec. 15: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 15: Crafty Affaire Holiday Market – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 15: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Dec. 15: Weirdos Holiday Market – Ukranian Hall 10-6
Dec. 15: Zero-Waste Vegan Holiday Market – The Pace 11-5

Dec. 20: Kind’a Last Minute Holiday Market – Kind Café 5-9 pm

Dec. 21: Women’s Winter Faire – Heritage Hall 11-5
Dec. 22: Women’s Winter Faire – Heritage Hall 11-5

Did we miss one? We will be updating this list as we learn of other markets so check back for updates. Feel free to drop us a note with any market you think should be added at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

East Van Farmer Markets – Spring & Summer 2019

29 Apr

 

Spring is finally here which means lots of farmer markets around East Vancouver. If you’ve attended, you will know there’s always an amazing selection of fresh locally grown produce, handmade goods, artisans breads, locally made jams, cheese, free range and organic eggs and of course wineries, breweries as well as spirits.  Each market is unique and offers a little something different. Trout Lake hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market is the largest.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market which is in Dude Chilling Park is a smaller market, but we love that it’s on a Sunday. Riley Park Farmers Market is next to one of the most beautiful community gardens we’ve seen and is now year round every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Italian Market at The Italian Cultural Centre we see is only being held once this summer on June 14th. This market features all things Italian including gourmet food items as well as the food trucks on hand.  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 encourage you to stop by one or all of these markets during the summer season and support local.

Trout Lake Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: May 4, 2019 – October 19, 2019
Location: Lakewood Drive & E 13th Avenue

Main Street Station Farmers Market
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday: June 5, 2019 – October 2, 2019
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 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
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
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: All Year Round
Location: 30th Avenue and Ontario Street

Italian Market
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, June 14, 2019 (1 Day Only)
Location: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street

Make It Vancouver Spring Edition Is At The PNE Forum April 19-21, 2019

9 Apr

SpringMakeitMake It! Vancouver returns to the PNE Forum April 19 – 21, 2019 with over 200 makers.  This is the show of all shows, creator, Jenna Herbut, and her team always put together an amazing production that features a wide array of talents. The Spring Edition will feature accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home décor, items for babies, kids and your 4 legged family members. We see a few personal favourites in the line up East Van Light, East Van Jam, Sarah Mulder Jewellery, Mameyo with beautiful handcrafted leather goods and Royal City Donuts, I mean honestly who doesn’t love donuts? Admission is $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are free.  Purchase your advance ticket online and save 50%.  To purchase your advance ticket, visit Eventbrite. If you get hungry, food trucks will be on hand as well as a beer garden. Stop by and support local makers. To see a run down of all the makers at the upcoming show, visit Vancouver Makies.

Shopping Local This Holiday Season Is Easy With These Local Stores

19 Dec

 

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Did you miss the flurry of artisan markets and craft fairs this past month? If so, no worries. Lots of opportunities to shop local with the stores we’ve listed below.   They are all awesome supporters of local talent. Shopping with them goes a long way to help support your local makers and local businesses.    Those listed below carry a wide range of items. We’ve included links to each so get a better sense of the items they carry.

Bird On A Wire Creations

Bird on A Wire Creations has been a long time supporter of local artists and have gathered quite a collection of beautiful items from a variety of artisans around BC.  If you haven’t checked out this space, we encourage you to stop by. They are located at 2535 Main Street near Broadway.

Doctor Vigari Gallery

Doctor Vigari Gallery is a great space at 1816 Commercial Drive supporting visual artists.  You can find array of items perfect for gift giving including pieces of art from one of our favourite artists June Hunter.

Second Nature Home

Second Nature Home is a home décor boutique located at 3565 Commercial Street in Cedar Cottage.  The store has a wide range of items outside of home décor including  jewellery, gifts for the foodie in your life, something cute for the new baby or new mom and much more. They currently have extended hours running up to Christmas. December 17-23rd they are open until 9:00 pm and Monday, December 24th they are open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Plenty + Spare

Plenty + Spare is located at 2168 East Hasting Street. It’s easy to miss by the smells of their neighbour East Village Bakery which can draw you in by your nose literally, but do stop into Plenty + Spare. They create an array of beautiful handmade bath and beauty products along with a few other items brought in for the holiday season.

Giving Gifts

Giving Gifts is a very cool space located at 4570 Main Street. The store tucked between 30th & 29th Avenue is made of up 5 rooms packed with items from 100 local as well as fair trade artists from around the world.  It is a gift giving boutique so you will easily be able to pick up a few gifts for just about any age.

Tiny Finery

Tiny Finery is a sweet little shop located in Hastings Sunrise at 2629 East Hastings Street that features jewellery as well as local pottery, leather work, prints and some greeting cards.  They also do custom jewellery work if you have something specific in mind.

Why we should Shop Local. For every $100 you spend with a local business, $46 is re-circulated back into the BC economy (vs $18 for multi nationals). Small business re-circulates 2.6 times more revenue in the local economy as do chains. 

What’s On East Van: December 14th Edition

14 Dec

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming week.  Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Make It! At The PNE Forum – December 12th – 16th

Over 240 makers will be under one roof at the PNE Forum this Friday (day and evening) and Saturday and Sunday.  We are sure you can tick a lot of boxes off your Christmas shopping list in this space.  While you shop we hear there are food trucks and a beer garden for sustenance.  Admission is $8 and children 12 and under are free. To see the full line of up vendors, visit their website Make It!

Bakery Pop Up les amis du fromage – 843 East Hastings –December 15th

Need some fresh baking for your holiday get together this weekend? Head over to les amis du fromage’s East Van location where guest baker Lauren Ritchie will be on hand 11 am – 4 pm with bread and other sweet treats. While there stock up on some great cheeses for your holiday party.  They have an amazing selection.

Jones General Store Holiday Market – Cambrian Hall – December 15th

Looking for a different shopping experience, Jones General Store hosts their first Holiday Market at the Cambrian Hall this Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Great line of vendors with local handmade items alongside vintage. Add to that mistletoe, music and movies.

The ARC Holiday Makers Market – 1701 Powell Street – December 15th

You are invited to stop by and shop directly from artists this weekend at the Arc’s Holiday Makers Market happening at 1701 Powell Street from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. You will find small-batch makers & crafters from The Arc and surrounding neighbourhood.

Holiyay Pop Up At Crème de La Crumb – 1215 Clark Drive – December 16th

Crème de la Crumb is hosting a Pop Up Shop this Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm with Bluebird Cakery and a few other vendors at their location at 1215 Clark Drive.  They will also be offering a FREE kids cookie decorating station throughout the day.  Lots of good reasons to stop by.

Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever – Havana Theatre – Until December 16th

This is the last weekend to catch the Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever showing a Havana Theatre on The Drive. Local theatre company, Naked Goddess Productions, brings you a fun holiday production about six siblings who take over a Christmas pageant and all the nuttiness that ensures.  Of course, Havana Restaurant is a great spot for a bite In advance of the show.  Tickets are $24 for adults and $18 for seniors/children and available through Showpass.

Documentary ‘This Mountain Life’ – Rio Theatre – December 15th & 16th

A documentary with stunning visuals follows Martina and her 60 year-old mother Tania who embark on a 6 month, 2300 km journey from Squamish, BC to Alaska through a relentless mountain wilderness.  This Mountain Life is being shown this Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Rio Theatre. So if you wish to head in doors away from the rain and take in some stunning views, this is your ticket.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York 

The East Van Panto continue this weekend at the York Theatre. This is a whole lot of fun for all ages. You can’t help but laugh at the fun digs and political references which poke fun at the unique aspects of our City.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Daisy Theatre: A Christmas Carol – The Cultch Until December 22nd

If you have not seen Ronnie Burkett perform with his Daisy Theatre, you truly are missing out.  This production, which is puppets for adults, is back at The Cultch and runs till December 22nd.  A must see for a fun night out.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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