February 24th, 2009
Looking to make your “buy local” mantra include more than meat and veggies?
Every designer carried at the new locally-minded boutique Two of Hearts lives within 60 miles. There’s modern Cici, sporty Togs, and playful house-line Two of Hearts, all designed by co-owners Jenny Yen and Tabitha Savoie. Plus lovely leather bags from Kairos, handmade cards from Jennifer Conway and the cutest crotchet Alpaca wool hats that come from Chilliwack.
If all those local wares make you hungry for local fare, they’ve even got dark delectables from new chocolatier, My Chocolate Tree.
Two of Hearts, 3728 Main St., Vancouver, 604-568-0998, www.two-of-hearts-clothing.com
December 9th, 2008
We love a park full of foliage, but one teeming with new frocks we’re more inclined to camp out in.
At brand new boutique Vincent Park, there are many reasons to stay awhile. Other than the clothes, which range from delicate silks by Graham & Spencer to affordable staples by Sweden’s Dr. Denim, and the cute curios like artful Poketo plates, fragrant Illume candles and sassy Sailor Jerry pint glasses, there’s the place, run by two stylishly down-to-earth sisters and adorned with resplendent old relics. At the entryway, an antique grandfather clock turned display case greets you and at the end of the corridor, a restored vintage photo booth will capture you in Amélie-like black and white before you duck into the dressing room.
And Vincent Park outfits both sexes, so no need to feel bad about dragging your other half along on this walk in the shop—especially if you’re both happily hipster.
Vincent Park, 4278 Main St., 604-879-6665, www.vincentpark.ca
August 16th, 2008
Kids’ store? If the venerable farmer had gone into retail, no doubt the offerings would be worthy of new Cambie street entry, EIO.
An outcrop of Yaletown’s Beautymark, they abide by the maxim: A happy mom equals happy kids (or something like that).
So for every teensy Trumpette pink patent leather loafer for kids, there’s a lipgloss, Substance Belly Jelly or foot lotion for mom.
Feeling weary? This onesie should cheer you up: “Beastie Baby: Licensed to spill”
EIO A Kids’ Store, 3404 Cambie St. (at 18th Ave.), 604-873-4543, www.eiokids.com
July 3rd, 2008
Desiring more than cookie-cutter vases and dime-a-dozen decor, we headed to Wanted, a new lifestyle boutique on the edge of Chinatown (look for the sign—it’s the only storefront on the entire block).
Owner Susan Schroeder fills the quaint shop with pretty little things, like indoor plants (think creeping figs, lemon button ferns and peace lilies sourced from local nurseries) and a succulent garden arranged by hand—don't miss the unique selection of bonsai trees.
Add to that clutches and coin purses made from recycled wool blankets, beautifully decorated vases that start from tin pails, charming stationery, locally-crafted soaps, teas and jewellery, and vintage flash cards, quilted blankets and quirky stuffed animals for tots.
What more could a girl want?
Wanted, 436 Columbia St., Vancouver, 604-633-0178, www.wantedshop.ca
May 13th, 2008
If you’ve been in mourning since the demise of Caban, time to shed your blacks (okay, you can keep the Costume Nationale) for the birth of a very special new store.
Launched by UBC architecture grad Anne Pearson, Vancouver Special is packed with covetable grass green Hee lounge chairs ($225) by Denmark’s Hay which are literally flying out (more are arriving next month) as well as Danish sofa beds (from $1,850) in deep fuschias or sophisticated grays that can be yours on the same day.
We loved the stylish (and cheap!) gifts section with all the makings of a picnic (Swedish bucket grills by Sagaform, cigar cases, carafe-and-cup sets) and the wide range of vintage-inspired radios to grace the kitchen counter.
Whether you’ve got $6 to spend (on hot pink door hooks) or $600 to spend (on a modern shag carpet), we dare you to leave empty handed.
Now that’s something special.
Vancouver Special, 3612 Main St. (at 20th), Vancouver, 604-568-3673, www.vanspecial.com