Masha Archer Trunk Show at Magpie

July 28th, 2014

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 at Magpie

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.


The event will also feature a book signing by Masha Archer’s daughter, Larissa Archer. Larissa’s book of photographs, The Ritual of the Eye, chronicles Masha’s life and career.

Whip It (Whip It Good)

June 22nd, 2014

Tucked just off Main Street on 6th Avenue is The Whip, a laid-back favourite destination for locals seeking brunch, burgers, and beers. The brick walls and exposed beams provide a warm atmosphere, and the option to grab a seat at the communal table adds to the friendliness of the joint. And now that summer’s officially arrived, the patio is a great spot to put your feet up and enjoy a craft beer on a warm evening.


The Whip is also well-loved for their annual spring Show n’ Shine, and their rotating displays of work by local artists. From now until July 8th, drop by and take a peek at what’s on display from multi-media artists Jason Neve. Since 2008, Jason’s main creative focus has been Disposable Landscapes; a compilation of photography, graphic design, and street poetry collected and inspired by Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It’s a raw look into the doorways and alleyways of the city’s grittiest neighborhood – a record of messages that have come and gone.jason-neve

For more information about The Whip or the artists they host, check out their website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Car Free Day on Main Street

June 14th, 2014

Car Free Day is upon us again, and Main Street is gearing up for a good time! The Car Free activities span from Broadway all the way to 33rd Avenue, and the street will be packed with tons of activities for

With no fewer than ten music stages, Main Street’s got more live music than any other Car Free Day activity in town! Make sure you leave time to catch a few sets at the Neptoon Records Stage (Factories & AlleywaysAllen ForresterLittle WildThe FlintettesPercheronTerminal StationBen RogersThe WILD NORTH) and the Red Cat Records Stage (Invisible Ray, Blind Horses, The Great Outdoors, Lesser Negatives, Skunt, Cloudsplitter, Flying Heads).

soap-dispensaryTake part in some great activities and demonstrations hosted by Main Street shops! The Soap Dispensary will be outside with bubble solution and wands on hand for some GIANT bubble making, The Granville Island Toy Company is hosting an awesome Kids’ Zone, and the Main Street Honey Shoppe is hosting honey extraction demonstrations and a live bee beard demonstration. is home to a Roller Derby Zone,  Organic Acres is holding some demonstrations by Nectar Juicery and Rooted Nutrition, and 4Cats is…. well, 4Cats is keeping their activity secret for now – but they say “it will be worth the stop and there will most likely be glitter and pixie dust involved!”, so we’re pretty sure that it’s going to be stellar, whatever it is!

french-table-car-free-2No street festival is complete without great food! In addition to all the fabulous Vancouver food trucks and carts that come out for the event, Car Free Day gives our own restauranteurs the opportunity to get out of their kitchens and onto the sidewalks. We know that lots of neighbourhood regulars are looking forward to The French Table‘s pulled-pork sandwiches, and The Reef‘s extended patio is a great place to rest your feet and enjoy some great Caribbean food, and maybe a glass or two of their (in)famous Reef Rum Punch.


And let’s not forget one of the other reasons to come out for Car Free Day – sales, sales, sales!!! On The Fringe is offering quick braiding and up-dos and mini manis/pedis by donation; Devil May Wear will have bins full of $5 and $10 items; Hazel & Jools is holding a 20% off storewide sale; Y’s Books is having a sidewalk sale with some great deals on hardcovers and paperbacks; Giving Gifts & Co. is offering 15% off everything in the store; Kali is holding a “buy one, get one 50% 0ff” sale, and Adhesif Clothing will be blowing out specially made upcycled summer designs with nothing exceeding $50 dollars as part of the Canvas Handmade Group between 22nd and 23rd.

Come celebrate with us! The festivities start at noon and run until 7:00 PM, rain or shine!


What’s Up at 4Cats

May 27th, 2014

Summer’s just around the corner, and parents and caregivers are starting to look for activities to keep the kids occupied. 4Cats on Main Street has some of the best summer classes around!


Sign the kids up for one of their awesome summer camp courses, like Space Camp

printmaking-photoPrintmaking Camp

futureworld-photoFuture World Camp

sharkweek-photo…or even SHARK WEEK Camp!

If you’re a traditionalist, never fear – 4Cats still offers its very popular Van Gogh and Monet summer camps. If the multiple-day commitment of a summer camp is too much, 4Cats also has a few great classes that only require a few hours to complete, like their awesome Mermaids and Sparkles class and their polymer clay Minecraft-inspired pixelart class. And on top of their already-packed schedule, 4Cats also hosts the most amazing parties in town!


And wait – do you think 4Cats is just for kids? Think again! They’ve added a few adult classes to their curriculum: check out their adult painting and graffiti classes next time you’re looking for a new hobby!

For more information, check out their website or follow them on facebook.




ROVE for Art, Treats, and Treasures!

April 25th, 2014

Seven artists are launching new shows at various Main Street venues next week -and you can attend all seven openings in just one evening! Thursday, May 1st, 2014 is the inaugural run of ROVE, a free community event put together by a couple of local painters to promote local art. Checking out the event is easy: just grab a map from any of the participating venues or download one in advance and head out for a night of neighbourhood exploration, tasty refreshments, and good times!


Participating venues and artists:

Lüt Boutique – Emily Cooper
The Archer and the HorsemanRaymond Chow 
Bird on a Wire CreationsDana Johnson, Ellen Walde, Twila Olson
Kafka’s – artists TBA
Hot Art Wet City  -  Mark Atomos Pilon, Luc LatulippeLaura Bifano, Gary Taxali
ANZA Club – Jamie Smith
Visual SpaceApril Lacheur


Make sure you stop at at least four of the participating locations and get your map stamped – four stamps qualifies you to enter a draw for a prize pack of artful goodies donated by each location! The draw will take place at 9:30pm at the cocktail reception at the ANZA Club (you must be in attendance at the reception to collect your prize).


The event launches at all locations at 6:00 p.m. on May 1st. More information and a handy “How To ROVE” guide can be found at



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).