Giving Gifts Turns One!

April 2nd, 2014

giving-gifts-inviteMain Street’s newest artists’ collective, Giving Gifts & Company, is celebrating their One Year Anniversary this April! Giving Gifts is a cooperative of 20 local artists, all sharing one eclectic and charming little space at 4570 Main Street.

The big event takes place Saturday, April 5th, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Drop by for tea and treats all day long, and for live music from singer/songwriter Josh Niehaus in the evening. And on April 5th, you can get 20% off the registration fee for any of the awesome DIY or Die!!! classes hosted at Giving Gifts if you come sign up in person! They’ve got Trashion 101felting classes, and a fascinator workshop coming up soon in the friendly little shop.


Giving Gifts is also marking the one-year milestone with a month-long Blue Heart Campaign fundraiser: for every person that comes into the store in April, Giving Gifts will donate $1 to the Somaly Mam Foundation to help fund their fight against the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls in Southeast Asia. Did you catch that? All you need to do is walk through the door, and you’ll be helping to make the world a better place! Some amazing prizes from members of the collective are also going to be up for grabs in a fundraising raffle: a terrarium from Green With Envy, a blue topaz and sterling silver necklace from Made By Lex, a tank-top from Inner Fire, a felting kit from DIY or Die!!!, and lots of other goodies!

Upcoming Author Appearances at Y’s Books

March 19th, 2014

Y’s Books continues their series of author readings and signings over the next few months! Here are some of the highlights:

Gordon A. Bailey Gordon A. Bailey, author of The Prayer Book Cowboy and The Jagged Cup, will be in store Friday, March 28th from 2-4pm to discuss the topic of his next novel – the Kinder Morgan and Northern Gateway Pipelines. Mystery lovers and ecoholics should make sure to be in store for a reading at 2:15.




Mark Bentley Cohen

Mark Bentley Cohen will be in store Friday, April 18th from 2-4pm (reading at 2:15).  His book Confession of a Bisexual Husband details his struggles with accepting his bisexuality, and the subsequent transition to non-monogomy he and his partner went through after 15 years of marriage. He is a writer, speaker, facilitator, counsellor and performer in Vancouver, BC. 


A.K. WhiteSet in the beautiful Kootenays, No Reason To Stay is a touching story of one woman’s journey in life.  Meet AK White in store Sunday, May 4th for a book signing from 2-4pm.

“A novel of change and compelling insights into the mind of a woman…the journey that her disease takes her on and the flashbacks of her previous life with her much loved husband, makes for a compelling and poignant read.”   -Roberta Rich, The Midwife of Venice 

Watercolour Classes at Arts Off Main

March 19th, 2014
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One of Main Street’s delightful little gems is about to get even better! Beginning next week, local artist Marisa Pahl is set to host watercolour classes at Arts Off Main (Main and 28th). What makes these classes awesome? Intimate class sizes (no more than 6 students) and manageable time commitments (1.5-2 hours per week), for starters! All the materials and use of tools are included, and participants will also take home an amazing Pocket Palette.  An assortment of classes makes it easy to find something suitable for any skill level, whether you’re a beginner painter or a more experienced creator.

For more information or to register, contact Marisa at 604 619 9748 or


Nifty For Fifty Is Back!

March 10th, 2014

7th Nifty For Fifty

Mark your calendar – the best sale in the city is back! Head down to Heritage Hall on April 6 from 11am-8pm for the 7th annual Nifty for Fifty sale to shop for clothing, jewelry, bags, and scarves by 30 local designers – all for $50 or less.

“Nifty for Fifty started seven years ago as a way to show gratitude to our customers,” says event founder and Adhesif Clothing designer, Melissa Ferreira. “It’s a way for local designers to clear out merchandise and for customers to leave with a steal of a deal. It’s like Boxing Day in April!”

Look for finds from fan-favourites like Adhesif Clothing, Allison Wonderland, Bronsino, Bueno Style, Daub + Design, Elroy Apparel, Flightpath, Floating Gold Iceberg, Irit Sorokin Designs, Kdon, Shop Cocoon, Toodlebunny, and more.

“Our loyal shoppers know that this is the only sale where you can get three outfits for the price of one,” exclaims Melissa. “You can find clothing and other juicy gems for up to 80% off the retail price. This year, we’ve even added handmade children’s clothes by Green Ladybugs Designs.”

So put on your Sunday best, grab some coin for this mainly cash event, and head over to Nifty for Fifty early enough to beat out the crowds. The sale is on April 6 from 11am-8pm at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street). Admission is $1 at the door.

Spread a Little Eco-Love! Support the Adhesif Indigogo Campaign

February 18th, 2014

Main Street is home to many locally-owned and independent fashion shops with eco-friendly or fair trade items, but Adhesif Clothing (2202 Main Street) takes things just a little bit farther: every Adhesif  garment is completely original and lovingly handmade out of new and recycled fabrics to create an original one-of-a-kind piece. Adhesif Clothing is part of the “slow fashion movement”, a philosophy which values quality over quantity and (like most art forms) requires hours of physical production to produce pieces that will be cherished for years. After more than a decade of growing her project independently, the creative force behind Adhesif is looking for some help so that the label can continue to grow.


From the 2014 Adhesif Spring Collection (L-R): Back Seat Bingo Blouse with Pepper Shaker Pencil Skirt; Jets Jacket; Razz My Berries Blouse.

Melissa Ferreira is the Vancouver designer behind the unique brand. She taught herself how to sew at a young age and has been experimenting with textiles for most of her life, but it was working as a buyer in the vintage clothing industry that inspired her to create new garments out of vintage fabrics; the quality and characteristics possessed by vintage materials far outshine most modern goods. Not only does using vintage and recycled materials add distinctive personality to all of Ferreira’s eye-catching, one-of-a-kind creations, it also diverts tons of textiles from landfills – in fact, since 2003 Adhesif Clothing has helped keep more than 10 000 pounds of discarded material out of the landfill!

Ferreira believes consumers shouldn’t have to sacrifice personal style in order to maintain high moral standards, and is devoted to creating one-of-a-kind eco-friendly fashion that will keep her clients looking as great as they feel. She’s equally committed to continuing to spread the message of resourcefulness in her craft,  and is actively engaged in community outreach and educational workshops through local colleges and community centres.

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Support Adhesif’s Indigogo campaign so these one-of-a-kind pieces keep coming! (L-R) Word From The Bird Blouse; Classy Chassis Dress; Made In The Shade Dress.

The Adhesif Indigogo campaign is aimed at helping Adhesif continue to reduce the burden the fashion industry places on the environment by expanding  their zero-waste production studio and growing their upcycled clothing line. Meeting their $6000 goal will allow Ferreira to purchase a new industrial serger, hire some additional help, and procure additional materials. The incentives the campaign offers are enough to tempt any local fashion-lover: discounts at the online store, a signed and framed print, a pair of Ferreira’s signature fingerless mittens, or a 3-hour in-studio upcycling workshop for three people!

For more information about Adhesif, check their website, follow them on facebook, or drop by their boutique (2202 Main Street).




Making honey – in the city!

February 16th, 2014

beekeeperThe Main Street Honey Shoppe‘s inaugural bee keeping class is set to start this spring! This beginner course is designed for anyone interested in beekeeping, and is specifically geared towards hobby beekeepers keeping honey bees in the city. The course is a combination of classroom and field instruction, and covers all the biology and management activities one might expect to encounter in a basic beekeeping operation. The course extends over 3 weekday evenings (March 26-28 from 6:30 – 10:00) and a combination of classroom and field day on Saturday (March 29 from 8:00 – 2:00). The course fee is $200, with additional family members able to attend for $160 each, and includes the text book “beekeeping in Western Canada”.

Graduates of this course can attend the Honeybee Centre’s Winter Management class for free. This one day course in the summer will give a hands on review of what was learned in the classroom, and refresh students on the steps to take in the fall for a successful winter.

Email more information.

Arts Off Main Turns Ten

February 16th, 2014

arts-off-main-collageArts Off Main, Vancouver’s premier independent artist-run gallery, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! This unique cooperative gallery has been home to the works of forty local artists, as well as many Vancouver-based guest artisans and craftspeople, over the past decade -and they’ve done it without any grant funding from governments or foundations! This significant milestone will be marked from 11:30 to 5:30 on February 22nd with an exhibit of new work by the Arts Off Main partners and the unveiling at noon of a metal sculpture by Leslie Leslie. Everyone is invited to attend and help them celebrate!

The celebration will also mark the conclusion of Arts Off Main’s eighth annual week-long fundraiser for The Greater Vancouver Food Bank, “Artists With Heart”. This event includes the sale of heart-shaped cookies and the collection of non-perishable food items and financial donations, so bring your sweet tooth and a donation for the food bank.

Sweets For Your Sweetheart

February 9th, 2014

valentines-honeyLooking for something more original than chocolate for your sweetheart this Valentine’s? (Not that there’s anything wrong with chocolate. We love our chocolate shop on Main Street, and our chocolate shop loves us.) The Main Street Honey Shoppe (4125 Main Street) has a great little gift pack for you: 140 g of Local Wildflower Honey, one peppermint/vanilla beeswax lip balm, and one beeswax tealight, all wrapped up in a red organza bag and ready for you to give to your sweetheart. And at just $10 a pop, you can afford to get one for yourself, too!


Back Down The Rabbit Hole

February 9th, 2014


A new market is coming to Main Street! Bohemia Gallery (3234 Main Street) is currently accepting vendor applications for the inaugural season of the Iron Fairies Vintage Bazaar. The Bazaar is scheduled to run from February 28th until October 31st on Fridays (12-8), Saturdays (11-6), and Sundays (12-6). Vendor submissions for vintage clothing, goth and steampunk items, quirky home collectibles, costume pieces, and vintage jewelry and accessories are now being accepted.

Please email for more information.

Lion Dancers Coming to Vancity

January 30th, 2014

vancity-lion-danceDrop by Vancity on February 4th to mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse with a special lion dance performance!

Starting on January 31st, the 15-day Chinese New Year festival will be celebrated across the city with parades, family gatherings, and mountains of mouth-watering food. Although the New Year takes place around the same time each year, the exact date changes, as it is based on the lunar calendar. Also known as the Spring Festival, the New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year, and families travel long distances to come together, feast, and give children red envelopes with money inside. Traditionally, families share a meal the day before New Years Day for a reunion dinner.

Many towns and cities mark the occasion by holding a lion dance, which is said to bring good luck and fortune to the community. Vancity (4205 Main Street) invites everybody to join them on Tuesday, February 4th at 12:30 to enjoy the show.