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Shopping Local This Holiday Season Is Easy With These Local Stores

19 Dec



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


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

Make It! At The PNE Forum December 12 -16, 2018

12 Dec

MakeIt!2018One of the biggest maker markets Make It! happens starting today and runs through to this Sunday, December 16th at the PNE Forum.  There is a whole lot of talent packed under one roof with over 215 makers in attendance.  Over the 5 days of Make It! you are bound to cross a whole lot of people off your gift giving list.  You can expect to find clothing, accessories, home décor, gourmet foods, items for kids and babies, art and much more. Did we mention a beer garden in case you get thirsty as well as food trucks on hand for sustenance.  Make It! kicks off this evening at 5:00 pm till 9:00 pm with drinks to toast their 10 year anniversary and continues through to Sunday. Admission is $8.00, kids 12 and under are free.

Artisan Markets & Craft Fairs In East Van 2018

19 Nov

Christmasblue&whiteballsIt’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.  There is a phrase that 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. 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 support some of your local makers  this holiday season.


Nov. 22: The Art Studios Winter Sale & Silent Auction – Heritage Hall 12-8 pm
Nov. 22: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre
Nov. 23: Holiday Market – Italian Cultural Centre 5-9 pm
Nov. 23: Makers Market At The Ellis – 1024 Main St. 5-10 pm
Nov. 23: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community 4-9 pm
Nov. 24: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Nov. 25: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4

Nov. 30: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 6-10 pm
Nov. 30: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 2-7 pm


Dec. 1: Crafty Affaire – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 1: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave 11-6
Dec. 1: Antipod Workshop Studio Sale – #201 – 1610 Clark Drive 10-5
Dec. 1: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 1: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5
Dec. 1: Kensington Holiday Crafit Fair – Kensington Community Centre
Dec. 1: Strathcona Christmas Craft Fair – 601 Keefer St.
Dec. 1: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave 11-6
Dec. 2: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5

Dec. 8: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market-2010 E. Kent Ave. S. (Victoria Dr.) 11-4
Dec. 8: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 8: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 8: Weirdos Holiday Market – Wise Hall
Dec. 8: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 9: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 9: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 9: Eastside Flea – 550 malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 9: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 9: Weirdos Holiday Market – Wise Hall

Dec. 12: Make It! – PNE Forum 5-9 pm
Dec. 13: Make it! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 14: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 14: Makers Market At The Ellis – 1024 Main Street 5-10 pm
Dec. 15: The ARC Holiday Makers Market – 1701 Powell St. 11-6
Dec. 15: Jones General Store Holiday Market – Cambrian Hall 10-6
Dec. 15: Make It! – PNE Forum 10-6
Dec. 15: Winter Women’s Faire – Heritage Hall
Dec. 16: Holiyay Pop Up – Crème de la Crème, 1215 Clark Drive 11-4
Dec. 16: Make It! – PNE Forum 11-5
Dec. 16: Winter Women’s Faire – Heritage Hall

Did we miss one? We will be updating this list as we learn of other markets. Drop us a note with what you think should be added at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

Winter Farmer Markets In East Vancouver

30 Oct

FarmersMarketProduceRiley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday

In case you missed the news, Riley Park Farmers Market is now a year round market happening every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 30th & Ontario.   This is a great space located next to a community garden with ample parking and located on a bike route.

Hastings Park Farmers Market – Sundays Nov. 4 – April 28, 2019

The Hastings Park Farmers Market kicks off Sunday, November 4th at Hastings Park and happens weekly every Sunday until April 28, 2019 except for Sunday, December 30th. The market is located on the PNE grounds by the Hastings Skatepark.

Whichever market you choose, stop by and support your local makers!

Maker Market At The Ellis Building Launches Friday October 26th

24 Oct

MakerMarketAtTheEllisSo in case you missed the news, The Eastside Flea, which was until recently located at 1024 Main Street in the Ellis Building, has moved to the Eastside Studios at 550 Malkin Avenue in Strathcona.  Which we might add is a great cool space. This though left the window open for someone to organize and takeover the space at now vacant Ellis Building and that they’ve done. This Friday, October 26th is the launch of the Maker Market At The Ellis which features you guessed it local makers, food trucks and more.  We see our friends at Sriracha Revolver will be on hand with their amazing spicy sauces AND one of their sauces we hear will be added to a spicy drink collaboration at the bar. Yes there’s a bar, cash only.  This new Makers Market happens from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  If you can’t make this one, two more are lined up Friday, November 23rd and Friday, December 14th. If you are a local maker looking for a cool new spot, they are taking applications for their upcoming markets.  To learn more, visit them on Instagram @makermarketattheellis.

Make It! 10 Year Anniversary Market At The Croatian Cultural Centre September 21st and 22nd

19 Sep

MakeItSeptember2018Make It! has been part of the handmade revolution for the last 10 years in Vancouver.  As such, they are celebrating with a throwback style Make It! at the Croatian Cultural Centre this Friday & Saturday.   You can expect to find many local makers including a few of our favourites: Beth & Olivia, Sarah Mulder Jewellery, The Lemon Square, The Branch and Vine and East Van’s Sriracha Revolver. As this event kicks off on Friday night, you will also find a bar with $5 drinks, music and food trucks for a fun shopping experience.  Also on hand, will be a charity silent auction with items donated by various participating Makies. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Union Gospel Mission. This Make It! Market happens Friday, September 21st from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, September 22nd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Tickets for admission are $3.00 for advance purchase on Eventbrite or $5 at the door. Children under 12 get in free.

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