Jan reporting from Vancouver

Vancouver has a few great areas for shopping, there’s Robson Street for all the latest in fashion, South Granville for it’s amazing art galleries and chain stores like Williams and Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware but if you’re looking for unique handmade, vintage or local designs your best bet is Main Street and even Granville Island.  So I’m going to concentrate on those two areas for this World Tour.  Thank you to Irene for this opportunity, we’re honoured to contribute.

MAIN STREET AREA: Vancouver Special  Named after the infamous house designs of the 80’s here in Vancouver, Vancouver Special is a new store that just opened this past spring.  Carrying local and international designs such as Vancouver-based, Gailan Ngan’s ceramics and Boston’s Tivoli Audio radios. Vancouver Special 3612 Main Street Vancouver, B.C. V5V 3N5 Canada shop@vanspecial.com

The Fabulous Find The Fabulous Find is a great little store for mid-century finds where you’ll almost always be guaranteed to find some Eames or Sarinen’s hanging about.  Lots of teak, old typewriters and lamps.  I see now you can buy their goods online.  Click here to see more. The Fabulous Find 1853 main street vancouver, b.c. V5T 3B8 Tel: 778.836.0480

The Regional Assembly of Text The Regional Assembly of Text is full of original papergoods designed by owners Rebecca and Brandy.  All of their work has an “old school/old office” feel, with unique cards, journals, notebooks, t-shirts and office/desk/home accessories.  They also have a new online shop which is really exciting, so if you can’t make it out here, one can buy many of their sweet things by just a click of a mouse.  The Regional Assembly of Text 3934 Main Street Vancouver BC V5V 3P2 inquiries@assemblyoftext.com

GRANVILLE ISLAND AREA: Gallery of BC Ceramics The Potters Guild of British Columbia (Gallery of BC Ceramics) always has an amazing selection of local potter’s work.  From local favorites like Cul de Sac Designs (Laura McKibbon) to Elizabeth Burritt, there’s always something new to see, and always a great exhibit to see. Gallery of BC Ceramics Gallery Manager: Brenda Beaudoin 1359 Cartwright Street , Granville Island Vancouver BC V6H 3R7 phone: 604 669-3606 galleryofbcceramics@bcpotters.com

Circle Craft Co-operative The Circle Craft Co-operative is a gallery/shop in the Net Loft area of Granville Island.  They host an amazing Christmas Market every year, as well as offer student scholarships.  Their shop and gallery features the work of 200 craftspeople from across British Columbia.  The co-operative has been promoting the work of BC artists since 1972.  (Shown here:  Dresses made from camping tents by Angelica Werth (Nelson, B.C.) and Bear Encounters (Woven tapestries) by Kaija Rautiainen). Circle Craft Shop & Gallery 1 – 1666 Johnston St. Net Loft  Granville Island Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2 shop@circlecraft.net

The Postcard Place ***PoppyTalk

{originally posted in May 2008}

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