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Events on Main Street this Week

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

There are a couple of events on Main Street this week that you might want to check out.

The Drift

Friday, September 28 and Saturday 29th/Sunday 30th

The Main Street Art Drift is back! The Drift kicks off with a Gala opening on September 28th at 8pm at Cambrian Hall (215 East 17th). Then on Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th you can check out the art in boutiques, shops and cafes the length of Main Street.

To get a map of which artists are showing in what venues go to The Drift website at www.thedrift.ca.

The Gluten Free Epicurean

The Gluten Free Epicurean is dedicated to hand crafting the most delicious, sustainable, gluten-free, organic, nutra-farmed, free range AND unsprayed baked goods. The owner and baker, Delainy Mackie comes from a family of gluten free bakers and has been successfully running her own bakery in the Lower Mainland.   Her foremost goal is to provide customers with the highest quality ingredients creating amazing flavor and texture in all her creations.

Vancity provided this local gluten-free bakery with some start-up capital, in the form of a micro-loan, which aided this baker to continue her exciting journey of sustainable, organic and gluten free baking with quality ingredients.

Delainy will be visiting us at the Main Street Community Branch (4205 Main Street) on:

Friday, September 28th 2012, 12pm-2ish. She will be bringing some delightful samples!  Be sure to stop in!

To learn more you can visit www.glutenfreeepicurean.ca The Gluten Free Epicurean is located at 633 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6

Lüt Boutique Supports the Get Warm Project

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The ‘Get Warm Project’ is a community blanket and coat drive that strives to ensure that members of our city will be safe and warm this winter.

Lüt Boutique is thrilled to be hosting a ‘Get Warm Project’ donation box where you can donate blankets and coats needed to keep homeless members of our community warm this winter.

We are offering a 20% discount on all regular priced clothing as our Thank You to YOU for donating and partaking in this project, that is so close to our hearts. Donations are accepted starting Nov 1st.

(Please note: donation is needed at the time of purchase, some restrictions apply.)

Here is a link to the Get Warm Project Facebook page
Here is a link to info on our blog

Lüt Boutique
4219 Main Street
Vancouver, B.C
V5V 3P8
t. 604.568.1188
f. 604.586.5918
c. 604.782.0920
www.lutboutique.com

Neptoon Records – A Family Affair with a Long History on Main Street

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Family run businesses continue to be seen as the heart and soul of Main Street in Vancouver. This tradition has been around for as long as we can remember, and Neptoon Records is no different. Now celebrating 30 years as Vancouver’s oldest independent record store, Rob Frith is proud to be running this iconic institution with his son, Ben.

The family, however, has been doing business in the area since the early 1900s. According to Frith, “My grandfather owned Arthur Frith’s Clothing for Men, at the corner of Main and Broadway, around 1910. The street was different back then and they tore down the building the store was in when they widened Broadway. He moved the store near the theatre on Main St. and was there until the mid 50s.”

Neptoon Records during Car Free Days 2011

Although he grew up in Burnaby and his first storefront location was on Fraser Street, Frith was always drawn to the Main Street area. After almost 20 years in business and with Neptoon Records continuing to grow, Frith was starting to outgrow his first location. He saw Main Street as an up and coming area and started looking to relocate there. “One day, about eight or nine years ago I saw a ‘for sale’ sign on the building that we are now in, I wrote down the number and made the call. It was a great deal.” He bought the building with his brother, and together they also own a construction company.

Frith was actually in construction when he started Neptoon Records in 1981. He was offering renovations and at that point there was a huge recession, the market fell apart and not many renovations were going on. “I put on record swap meets, collected records, and was trying to figure out what to do.” Along the way he thought “I should open a record store” and figured that “If it doesn’t work, I won’t lose too much.” But it did work and he did really well from the beginning, enjoying every step of the journey. “It was fun and I really liked the hours. I was used to getting up at 6am or 7am for construction, so getting up at 11am was a great new lifestyle.”

The business has been doing well ever since and with a bigger store on a busier street, the business continues to thrive. As an added bonus, one of his son’s is now involved and manages the store. Both Frith and his son have a long history of having great ties to bands and the local music scene. They do what they can to support them and the industry on a regular basis.

Neptoon Records sells new and secondhand records/CDs that represent a broad and eclectic selection of music. They also host a series of live in-store performances to help promote local bands and Frith even owns a record label (currently has three bands signed on – Belladeans, Theemanipulators (son’s band) and The Orpheans). Neptoon also participates in Record Store Day every April which has 14 bands over the course of the day performing live. Frith was involved with arranging music for Car Free Days on Main Street last June and twice a year he organizes a local swap meet called the “Record and CD Convention” (coming up on September 25th at the Croatian Cultural Centre). He also sits on the “Executive” for ShopMain.ca.

And, if all this wasn’t enough, Frith is also working on a book covering the history of Vancouver concert posters. He is an avid collector and despite an impressive personal collection, he is still on the hunt for more. In particular, he is avidly looking for one that featured Bill Haley and The Comets. This was one of the first rock and roll concerts in Vancouver in the 1950s.

Neptoon Records
3561 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 324-1229
www.neptoon.com

Busy day on Main Street during Car Free Festival

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Father’s day was a busy day on Main Street in Vancouver. Thousands of people came to celebrate and take part in the Annual Car Free Festival. ShopMain.ca was there offering rides through pedicabs supplied by Cruise Cabs and handing out ShopMain.ca brochures with the support of some wonderful young volunteers.

ShopMain.ca volunteers - Elizabeth and Paige



Main Street businesses were are also busy and found creative ways to take part in the festivities.

C'est La Vie and Bohemia Gallery had live music and DJs on hand all day

Plush and their team of volunteers offered fun crafts to children all day

Locus Cafe set up outside seating for hungry festival goers

Beefy Beef served up the most amazing chicken nuggets

Neptoon Records rocked the day away with live bands outside and in the shop

Baker's Dozen Antiques invited the Queen to join in on festivities

Many thanks to the Car Free Days organizers for putting on such a wonderful day of festivities and to all our ShopMain.ca volunteers and supporters for helping us to get the word out.

Shop Main crew spreading the word

Car Free Days Festivities on Main Street

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

 

If ever there was a time to come and check out what all the Main Street businesses have to offer…it would be this weekend on Sunday, June 19th for the Annual Car Free Festival.

 

Main Street will be closed from 12th Avenue all the way up to 28th Avenue. Plan to check out the entire street and don’t worry if you feel like it might be a long walk…we at ShopMain.ca have hired Cruise Cabs to offer pedicab rides (by donation) to tired walkers…young and old! There will be available from 1pm to 5pm all along Main Street. This is a family event with lots of great activities for both kids and adults!

Several music stages will be set up featuring some of Vancouver’s favourite musicians and DJs. In particular check out DJs Elan and Sandra (Tube Socks) at Bohemia Gallery (16th/Main) and then head up to Neptoon Records (Between 19th and 20th) where their stage will be rocking all day long with local indie bands (e.g., Wonderful Diving Horses, the Blue Bus – Pete Bowman’s Band, DB Buxton, Blondewich, The Beladeans, Captain Dust, Bleeding Horse Express, Terminal Station, The Strugglers and Poolhall Gospel)…definitely a highlight at last year’s event.Don’t forget to also check out what is going on inside the stores at both these locations.

Along with all the music stages, several local businesses have set up tables and booths outside their shops to offer fun activities and great deals.

Plush (4296 Main) will be offering DIY craft activities for kids.

On The Fringe Hair Design<, will be offering draws for makeovers and hair products. They also have new OTF reusable tote bags to give away with purchases. There will also be temporary tattoos for the kids and free styling done. All the volunteers will get 15% off until the end of July.

The Locus Cafe will be offering an outside patio with full menu. (4121 Main)

Two of Hearts Boutique (3728 Main) will be offering 20% off regular priced merchandise as well as an additional 10% off sale items. A one day only sale, just for Car Free Day!

Barefoot Contessa (3715 Main) will have two tents set up outside the store containing a ton of fabulous sales, special offers and surprises exclusively for Car Free Day!

Birkeland Bros. (3573 Main) will be doing demos and weaving with a 4 shaft table loom and spinning as well as having a knitting circle going!

Avalon Dance Shop (4532 Main) is offering 10% off on almost everything in their store.

Stay tuned for More!

We want to send out a special thanks to Ben Didier of Pretty/Ugly Design, Niki Campbell from Free Lunch Print Co, .Patrik Balian from Cruise Cabs and to Digitech Printing for their support.

Nifty Under Fifty Sale

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The sale of the season is back! More than 18 Vancouver designers will be gathering under one roof to sell everything from dresses to shirts, shoes, and accessories, from sizes 0-24, all for $50 or less.

The feverishly fashionable head out early, but, no matter what, mark your calendar for the one-day Fourth Annual Nifty for Fifty Sale happening on Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 11am to 8pm at Heritage Hall on Main Street (3102 Main Street).

Shop coveted local designers like Adhesif Clothing Co., Aneu, Ashley Watson, Bianca Barr, Billy Would Designs, Bueno Style, Carny Love, Clutch Jewels, Creampuffs by GG, Dotted Loop, Dru’s Designs, Flightpath Designs, Forsya Boutique, Little Houses, Poodlebreath, Schaart Clothing, t o o d l e s BY TOODLEBUNNY, Trunk Show, Raven’s Rest Studio, Unconventional Jewellery, Sola Fiedler, Hawks Ave., and Jacqui Kerr.

Don’t miss out on this one-day blow out sale at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver), happening Sunday, April 3 from 11am to 8pm. Bring along some friends and remember to stock your wallet with cash so you don’t miss out on the cash-only vendors.

Admission to Nifty for Fifty is free.

SCRAPS Christmas Trunk Sale

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

CHRISTMAS TRUNK SALE at SCRAPS (4770 Main St) featuring ODP Designs. Karen Green from ODP will be at SCRAPS from 10am to 6pm offering 20% off her fabulous designs. For more information call 604-569-0144 or check out their Web site.

Halloween Festivities on Main Street

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Starting this weekend Main Street, Vancouver will be host to a series of fun and entertaining events related to Halloween.

For those still trying to decide what to wear for Halloween head to Bohemia Gallery’s Holy Horrors!!! A Humungus Halloween haberdashery garage and costume sale for him and her. This sale will feature vendors with vintage, retro crazy and clothing for creating costumes. The sale starts on Saturday Oct. 23 (11am to 6pm) and runs through to Sunday Oct. 24 (12 to 6pm). The store is located at 3243 Main St. (at 16th). For more info check out their Web site www.bohemiagallery.ca or call (604) 874-2781.

Next, head up to Flaming Angels Boutique at 4307 Main St (@ 27th) as they love Halloween and have amazing and fantastical masks, scary butcher aprons, spooky hair fascinators, sexy bustiers and other costume ideas for this Halloween season! For more information check out their Facebook Page and then mention that event and receive 10% of any purchases between now and Halloween. They are also selling tickets to a variety of Halloween parties – Something Wicked This Way Comes 11 on OCT 30th, Sin City Halloween on OCT 31st – and they offer low service charge rates: $1 service charge if paying cash, $2 service charge if paying with a card. Call for more information: (604) 689-3224

Then if you still need some ideas for a costume or need to alter something that you just purchased from stores like Bohemia or Flaming Angels…the next stop you want to make is at Plush (4206 Main St.) and join them for their “DIY OR DIE!!! FREE CRAFT DROP-IN” on Sunday October 24th. They invite you to come and make your Halloween costume from 12 noon to 4pm. Bring your costume materials and they will provide sewing, cutting, glue gun stations, as well as some of their bits and pieces (buttons, fabric, ribbon, beads, etc). For more information call (604) 708-5199 or check out their Facebook Page. While there ask to see the Christmas Ornament Felting kits…they are amazing!

Then plan to wear your fabulous new costume to Neptoon Records (3561 Main St) for their annual “Halloween Hullabaloo” on Sunday October 31st from 3pm to 7pm. It is an all ages free concert featuring an exciting array of live music that includes Hospital Blonde, Yung Mums, The Split Ups, Needlesxpins, Thee Manipulators, Hard Drugs, and The Orpheans. For more information check out their Web site www.neptoon.com or call (604) 324-1229.

Some other events happening in and around Main Street for include a Halloween Event for kids at the Hillcrest Aquatic Centre at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way (Ontario Street & 30th Avenue) from 1pm to 4pm on October 31st.