Flat-pack furniture and hand-me-down lamps were fine for your first apartment. But now that you're a (gulp) grown-up, you may prefer decor that reflects your style and maturity in ways that a futon just can't. If you're looking to elevate your style with some quality antiques, reclaimed furniture or quirky collectibles, it's time to pay a visit to these Vancouver antique stores.
Want to step up your at-home bartending game? From small boutiques to restaurant suppliers, Vancouver is home to plenty of shops that cater to amateur mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts of all sorts. Deck out your bar cart and master the Old Fashioned by visiting these fine retailers. [Photo courtesy of Sips Cocktail Emporium]
For locals, it goes without saying that our Native art is a cultural treasure, and for tourists, it represents a resource for great discoveries. Vancouver is a hotspot for art collectors, with a wonderful range of options for purchasing. From Inuit to Northwest Coast, contemporary to classic, here are some key Native art galleries in the city. [Photo courtesy of Lattimer Gallery]
The right candle can turn a practical bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary or a plain bedroom into an intimate Goop-worthy oasis. If you’re looking for an easy and affordable decor update, why not add the finishing touch to any room and set the mood with a beautiful candle? These Vancouver shops offer options that are sure to make you wax poetic. [Photo courtesy of Vancouver Candle Co.]
What’s the best part of summer, you ask? Why, shopping for new warm weather gear, of course! Prepare for Vancouver’s rain-free days filled with beach visits, camping, parties and barbecues by visiting these local boutiques, which offer the latest in summer essentials including sandals, bathing suits, sunglasses, towels and more. [Photo credit: iStock.com/GOTO_TOKYO]
Vancouver is a haven for musicians in more ways than one. Whether you play professional concerts on stage, busk on the street, or simply enjoy musical performances at home, you’ll find the instrument you need in these fine musical establishments. From guitars to pianos to violins, these shops have something for everyone. [Photo credit: iStock.com/AlexRodavlas]
The first day of school, the last day of school – or that day the tooth fairy had to leave $20 because she didn't have change – there are a lot of big days in a child's year, but none are as big as their birthday. Say "Happy Birthday" to the boys and girls on your shopping list with the perfect present from one of these kid-approved Vancouver retailers. [Photo courtesy of dandelion KIDS]
Decorate your home in style – without breaking the bank. You can have gallery-quality artwork in your home for under $500, even as low as $100 in many cases. Check out the budget-friendly eclectic collections at these vibrant Vancouver shops and galleries to add a little artistic flair to your space. [Image courtesy of Lattimer Gallery]
There’s nothing quite like flipping through the pages of a new (or new-to-you) book. Whether you’re a casual reader or a dedicated bibliophile, there are plenty of great independent stores in Vancouver to find the latest chart-topping paperbacks, classic literature and niche specialty books. Take a peek inside these local bookstores and keep the love of reading alive.
Every city has those amazing, out-of-the-way stores that tourists often don’t know about. Whether they’re stocked with beauty products, unique clothing, quirky cards or vintage pieces with a story, these are the essential Vancouver stores that you need to have on your shopping radar. No rainy afternoon is wasted perusing these boutiques while stopping in at cute cafés along the way! [Photo courtesy of Neighbour / Woman]
They don’t call it Raincouver for nothing! Cloudy skies and wet weather are plentiful in Vancouver, especially during the grey winter months. Next time you need to shield yourself from a light drizzle or a full on thunderstorm, these local shops will have you covered (so to speak) with sturdy umbrellas and protective rain gear.
Once upon a time, weddings were more than a celebration of love – they were an opportunity for a young couple to set up a new home with gifts from their extended family. Times have changed and many couples have already established a home before getting married. If you need a gift that truly stands out, pay a visit to these Vancouver shops.
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