December 6th, 2013
The gingerbread man ran away with the shortbread. Now what?
Jump head first into holiday decadence with fluffy, artisanal doughnuts from Lucky's. An elf dropped a shipment off at our office - Gingerbread (topped with white chocolate ganache, candied orange peel, ginger and cranberries), Red Velvet (topped with peppermint cream cheese glaze and crushed candy canes) and the showstopper - an Eggnog Snowball Bizmark filled with eggnog pastry cream and topped with soft meringue and coconut.
Considering leaving a few out for Santa this year— or risk a stocking full of coal in 2014. —Maria Tallarico
From $3.50/each at Lucky's Dougnuts, 2902 Main St., VAncouver and 2198 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver, www.luckysdoughnuts.com
November 26th, 2013
Local clothing line Lifetime Collective has opened their first flagship shop in the Little Mountain neighbourhood, just south of Mount Pleasant.
While clothing has always been the brand's foundation, its close ties to artists, musicians, photographers and other creatives are the lifeblood. The bright and airy store — with a vintage stained glass window pane over the front door and change room curtains made out of fabric from previous collections — is designed to be a gallery-like space showcasing their collaborations and hosting events.
It's the ideal home for works by photographer Jennilee Marigomen, limited-edition prints by Portland-based artist Mark Warren Jacques ($50) and ceramics by Lindsey Hampton (from $28). The Uniform Standard by Lifetime line, Poler Outdoor Stuff bags (from $79) and the signature Lifetime Collective menswear and womenswear collections line walls, while magazines from Inventory ($22) and The Gentlewoman ($14.99) to in-house publication Free Thinkers are stacked neatly on tables.
When it comes to leading a life worth living, this place has everything you need. —May Globus
4386 Main St., Vancouver, 604-428-2488, www.lifetimecollective.com
November 20th, 2013
There’s something oh-so-sexy about the tortured artist.
But if applying liquid liner is the closest you’ve come to a paint brush since fourth grade, try tapping into your inner bohemian – and spicing up date night while you’re at it – with a life drawing session at Basic Inquiry. The studio features ten three-hour live nude model sessions throughout the week where artists of all levels gather to sketch and paint in a medium of their choosing (from charcoal to watercolour). Get inspired by local artists’ creations displayed in the gallery showroom or, if you can’t seem to make it past a stickman, sign up for an anatomy drawing class.
Much more fun than a fruit bowl, don't you think? —Lise Boullard
$15 per session for non-members, $220 for four drawing sessions. Basic Inquiry, 901 Main St, Vancouver, 604-681-2855, www.lifedrawing.org
November 15th, 2013
Fried chicken and pickled vegetables, gluten free scones with spiced apple preserve, thick chunks of maple smoked bacon: these are the type of hearty and artfully refined dishes coming out of the kitchen at Burdock & Co, whose new brunch is quickly grabbing the mid-day spotlight on Main Street.
Sidle up to the barn-board walls, sling your parka onto a vintage hook, and order up coffee (with refills set on the table) or opt for a glass of the all-organic wine list. Vintage cutlery and natural linens add a farmhouse feel, while the presentations and flavours (don't miss the wild mushrooms served over sunchoke homous) are as sophisticated as a fine dining spot.
Wishing it wasn't time to leave? You can always come back for dinner. —Sarah Bancroft
Burdock & Co., weekend brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 2702 Main St., Vancouver, 604-879-077, www.burdockandco.com
September 23rd, 2013
A decade is a long time in the retail world, so when Main Street fashion boutique Twigg & Hottie announced its tenth birthday and the tenth season of its in-house brand We3, we knew it was time to celebrate.
But let’s not put on a party dress, as that's not really their style. How about the Future Past tunic ($114, left) worn with leggings or tights and chunky jewelry? The Oblong Skirt has a gorgeous front drape ($165, center) or the Golden Age top ($152, right) can be dressed down for day, or dressed up for, say, a birthday party. Made locally, the clothing is versatile, practical, and stylish – the fashion mantra of so many Vancouver women, and the reason why this store is still going strong.
They say that good things usually get better with age, but in this case, we think they've been a goodie for a decade. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Twigg & Hottie, 3671 Main Street, Vancouver. 604-879-8595, www.twiggandhottie.com
July 17th, 2013
Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables.
And this time of year it's easier than ever—the Main Street Station Farmer's Market (in a picturesque park in front of the historic Pacific Central train station) is the place to be Wednesday afternoons (till October 2). Pick out your Chilliwack hazelnuts and biodynamic apricots, (and don't forget a bag of pasta from Campagnolo's by-donation stand to support local kids' school food programs). Then walk a block over to Campagolo restaurant to try the day's special market dish (from 5 p.m.) prepared with ingredients bought that day. We loved this 2-minute video of chef Ted Anderson shopping for ingredients then making a gorgeous traditional brodo with market vegetables, fromage frais and agnolotti).
Your marketing plan is complete! —Sarah Bancroft
Main Street Station Farmers Market, 1100 block Station St., Vancouver, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Campagnolo restaurant, 1020 Main St. 604-484-6018, www.campagnolorestaurant.ca
May 7th, 2013
Like many young designers, Lauren Moffatt started by designing and producing her collection from home. But home was a 31-foot sailboat docked on New York’s Hudson River, so it certainly makes for a more interesting start.
While her clothing isn't necessarily nautical, her spring/summer collection would not be out of place on a sailboat, or any other breezy destination. Her lightweight denim Alley Dress ($325, left) is ideal for throwing over a bikini and her Billie Jean striped dress ($295, right) would look great with a pair of flat sandals on deck.
And if you aren’t spending your summer at sea, her loose, easy dresses are perfect for yacht-watching from a waterfront patio. Ahoy! —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Available exclusively at Much&Little, 2541 Main St., Vancouver, 604-709-9034, www.muchandlittle.com
April 23rd, 2013
As mom always said, "Eat your vegetables."
We'll do just that with pleasure at Chef Andrea Carlson's new venture Burdock & Co., which features a veggie-forward menu with a heavy serving of local ingredients. To that end, the dishes will change with the season, but get there soon to experience the current highlights: fresh oysters with finger lime caviar; halibut with braised spring radish and hop shoots; and fire roasted green farro with spruce tips, black garlic and sorrel.
And it's not just the food that is rustic yet refined - the flavours are complemented by a naturalist wine list from Matthew Sherlock and cocktails by bartender Lauren Mote, while the 30-seat room is a mix of vintage decor and salvaged materials
Finish our plate? We're way ahead of you, mom. —Laura Cropper
Dinner from 5 p.m., 2702 Main St., Vancouver, 604-879-0077, https://twitter.com/BurdockAndCo
April 3rd, 2013
Sporty does it. Especially when combined with chic tailoring.
A Vancouver Island native, Eliza Faulkner graduated from the famed Central Saint Martins in London, and honed her talents working with Erdem and Roland Mouret. Her breezy S/S 2013 collection hits that sweet spot between sporty and dressy, basically describing everything we want to wear this season. A neutral palette of white, black and blue linens is complimented with a vivacious burst of bright orange. The Manoush skirt ($200) might just become our go-to item for summer event hopping—we’ll be the ones looking comfortably chic. —Anya Georgijevic
Available at Eugene Choo, 3683 Main St., Vancouver, 604-873-8874, www.eugenechoo.com, and Dream, 311 West Cordova St., Vancouver, 604-683-7326.
March 25th, 2013
It doesn’t have a sign out front.
Nor does it have a website. In fact, it doesn’t even have an official name yet, but a new store at Main and 8th might just have the distinction of being the biggest clothing boutique on Main Street. Stocked with trendy animal-print tank tops, sleeveless denim button-ups and boho dresses that belong in the desert, it carries cheap and cheerful men’s and womenswear. Our favourite feature? The change room tents.
No name, but plenty of game. —Kelsey Dundon
Boutique at Main and 8th, 2403 Main St., Vancouver.