Giving Gifts & Co is one of Main Street’s best kept secrets! This little gem began as a pop-up in spring of 2013, and proved popular enough to become a permanent fixture on the street. The collective has grown in the last year and a half from a dozen artists and vendors to more than twenty, resulting in a range of goodies that will help you cover all your last-minute shopping this holiday season: they host everything from jewelers, to floral designers, to photographers, to chocolate makers, and beyond!
Giving Gifts & Co provides a year-round home for some of the artisans you might otherwise only find at a market or fair, like Golem Ceramics, Green With Envy, Tracy Tomtene Photography, and Inner Fire yoga apparel.
This Thursday (December 18th), Giving Gifts & Co is hosting a holiday sale for last-minute shoppers! Drop by between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for light refreshments and 15% off everything in the store.
Red Cat Records is breaking in their new stage with a local favourite! Dan Mangan + Blacksmith will be performing songs from their soon-to-be-released album Club Meds this Saturday (December 13). Refreshments will be served! The event is free, but space is limited. The line-up starts outside the store at 5:30 p.m., and they’ll let folks in at 6 p.m. for the show.
It’s that time of year again! Time to finish up those sweaters you’ve been knitting all year for your loved ones, time to slap fancy labels on the blackberry jam you slaved over in a hot kitchen one weekend in late summer, time to put the finishing touches on the cookies/ornaments/candles/jewelry you’ve been in a frenzy to finish before party season hits.
We all love giving and getting handmade goodies for the holidays -but let’s face it, we don’t all get around to completing our projects, whether it’s due to lack of time, lack of interest, or a perceived lack of talent. Never fear, Main Street has a heap of shops that can help you out! Over the next few weeks, our “Handmade Holidays” posts will feature a few of our favourite boutiques that can supply you with handmade goodies this holiday season.
Nineteen Ten Home Boutique (4366 Main Street) is home to a selection of home decor items that range from small gifts to mid-sized furniture pieces and lighting. Their passion for beautifully made, functional, and entirely special items make your holiday shopping easy, and their eclectic collection of modern, vintage, upcycled, and handmade items by local and international designers mean you can feel good about your purchases.
As an added bonus, this year Nineteen Ten is hosting a series of “Meet The Maker” events -the next best thing to making something yourself is getting to know the person behind the product!
November 29th 2:00-4:00
DW Leatherworks goodies are handmade from start to finish using high quality leather and waxed linen threads. Founder Derrick Wong will be setting up in the shop and taking orders for complimentary stamping on pre-paid key fobs and wallets.
East Van Jam
December 6th 12:00-2:00
Meet the force behind East Van Jam! East Van Jam produces fun food using local and mostly organic ingredients. And less sugar means MORE FRUIT. Natalie will have selection of her delicious jams available to try and buy!
December 13th 10:00-6:00
Bare Knitwear is a handmade luxury alpaca knitwear brand born in North Vancouver. Kelsey is the maker of Nineteen Ten’s exclusive Everdeen throw and will be showcasing her new collection of Peruvian alpaca scarves and toques.
There’s always a tonne of original art to be found on Main Street -many of our awesome eateries, boutiques, and coffee shops host a regular rotation of works by local artists. This week, there will be even more to check out, as two of our favourite events are returning: Rove happens October 2nd, followed by The Drift on October 4th.
ROVE is a wandering art-opening tour of Main Street and the surrounding area. Rovers grab a map at any of the participating locations and rove between 8 venues showcasing awesome local artists. Don’t forget to get your map stamped at each opening you visit! Rovers with at least four stamps on their map can enter the draw for a prize at the end of the night.
Guests will meet talented local artists in person, and maybe even take home a new piece of original art! ROVE guarantees an evening of community, art, and culture, and is a brilliantly unique way to spend a fall night in Vancouver. Rovers can follow the suggested route on their free maps to end their art opening tour at the final art show called “Four by Four” at Meccanica (#102 East 1st Ave @ Quebec Street), where artist and Rove founder Jamie Smith has teamed up with local painters Donna Giraud, April Lacheur and Sarah Clement for a group show.
ROVE starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m., with the prize draw taking place at Cressey’s Meccanica Presentation Centre at 9:30 p.m. ROVE is free, open to the public, and a fun event for art collectors and enthusiasts of all kinds. Come out and meet the artists, hear their stories, and be a part of supporting local talent! For more information, maps, and a list of participating artists and venues, visit jamiesmithstudio.com/rove.
Also happening this week is the 2014 incarnation of The Drift. This year, The Drift is taking place on Saturday, October 4th at Renegade Arts Company. This year’s show features live music in addition to a great selection of local artists! Admission is free from 2:00-7:30; the show re-opens at 8:00 with a special evening show and an admission fee of $5 (get advance tickets here).
Fore more information, visit The Drift’s Facebook event, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 604-685-0435.
Another gorgeous Vancouver summer has come and (nearly) gone, and what better way to celebrate the changing seasons than a visit to the 5th Annual Autumn Shift festival this weekend?
The family-friendly festival hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA will feature no less than THREE stages, a market, the much-anticipated Annual Smoking Sausage BBQ Cook-off (proceeds to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank), a BLIM fashion show, a mini SNAG, a flash mob organized by ImproVancouver, and free cotton candy, free popcorn, and free pony rides. Yes, you read that correctly. FREE PONY RIDES.
The festival takes place on and around Main Street from 7th Avenue to Broadway from noon to 6 on Sunday, September 14th, 2014; please check the Mount Pleasant BIA website for more information.
$5 entry fee per participant.
Have you ever found yourself caught between your desire to support local businesses and the temptingly easy process of online and big-box store shopping? Maybe you ordered an item from Amazon, and suppressed a twinge of guilt that you weren’t picking it up from a local retailer instead, or maybe you grabbed something mass-produced at a big-box because it was convenient, when what you really wanted was something local and handmade. Help is at hand! Vancouver-based startup Locasity has partnered with more than 30 local businesses to completely revamp the shopping experience.
The process couldn’t be easier – choose what you want, select a delivery time and location, and get what you want, when you want it. And if the delivery address falls within Vancouver city limits, everything gets even more awesome – orders placed before 4:00 p.m. are eligible for free, same-day delivery!
Main Street retailers like Lüt, Lifetime Collective, Nineteen Ten, and Giving Gifts & Co have embraced the concept, and you’ll find chic, ethical, and just plain awesome items on the site. Order something for yourself, or treat someone else – why send flowers when you could send jewelry instead?
To learn more about Locasity and to receive a first hand experience of their service, please visit locasity.com.
If you’ve been to one art opening, you’ve been to them all, right? Think again! ROVE is Vancouver’s only recurring multi-venue art opening event, and it’s happening again on Thursday, August 7th, from 6-10 p.m.
ROVE includes eight opening night receptions taking place on and around Main Street, giving art enthusiasts a chance to explore a variety of work and to meet the artists in person.
“Art galleries and art venues all around Main Street are currently working hard to get artists and the community together. ROVE is a great way for people to experience all the art, venues, and artists around Main Street in one fun and interactive night out,” said artist and organizer Jamie Smith.
You can grab a free ROVE map at the first location, Meccanica (102 East 1st Ave), and then walk, cycle, bus, or drive between locations along and around Main Street. At each location be sure to take a picture of the featured ROVE art and tweet it with the hashtag #roveYVR. Every tweet enters you into the draw to win an original painting by Jamie Smith.
Locations and artists involved in the tour are:
WAAP – Various artists
MakerLabs – Various Makers
The Archer and the Horseman – Raymond Chow and more
Join Magpie on Main Street next month for a trunk show from artist, fashion designer, and jewelry designer Masha Archer! The trunk show runs for three days only -August 8th, 9th, and 10th 2014, from 12-6 each day. There will be hundreds of Masha’s one-of-a-kind creations available.
Masha Archer has been creating dramatic and gorgeous pieces of wearable art for decades. Her works feature coral, amber, bone, jade, and antique African trade beads, as well as Czech and Chinese glass and Tibetan silver. Her creations are highly sought after and collected by discerning people the world over, including Barbara Walters, Beyonce Knowles, HRH Princess Turki Bin Nasser, and Oprah Winfrey, among others.