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FOOD-DRINK
A 100% Canadian Vodka from Odd Society Spirits
It's no secret that vodka is a crowded space in the alcohol industry, often with differentiation between brands seeming to begin and end with the label. So when Vancouver native Gordon Glanz set out to develop a distillery in the Canadian city after...
FOOD-DRINK
BETA5 Chocolate
When CH was in Vancouver, BC for TED week, a friend's recommendation resulted in a pitstop at the BETA5 chocolate and pastry shop. While it's a bit out of the way in an industrial area, the line stretched out the door and we managed to nab some of...
STYLE
Trout Rainwear
While visiting the Westcomb factory in Vancouver, BC earlier last month we happened upon a stack of classic-looking raincoats being sewn by hand. After further inspection, it was revealed that the brand was in fact Trout; a Toronto-based women...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Vancouver
The Great White North isn't all pond hockey and maple syrup—Canada's west coast province of British Columbia holds its own unique identity to the rest of the country and indeed the world. Drawing on influences from home and abroad, the country's largest...
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Victory Gardens
Notions and perceptions revolving around food have changed drastically in recent years. As organic options become the norm for many, the origin and social and environmental impact of food continues to become a greater concern—with many consumers...
STYLE
Prospekt Supply
Classics done extremely well are always welcome in the design world. Newly launched luxury streetwear label Prospekt Supply provides a strong showing with their debut product simply dubbed "No. 1 Windbreaker," which is likely the highest quality...
FOOD-DRINK
Yummus by Yash
Yashar Nijati—known as Yash—was lucky to try hummus for the first time in Allepo, Syria, which set the bar pretty high. Upon returning home to Vancouver following a summer in Beirut, Abu Gosh, Jaffa, and Amman in 2009, Yash found that the same love...
DESIGN
Bestie
Anyone with an eye for minimalist design will tell you, less is more. But do Dieter Rams' sagely timeless words apply to restaurant design? Vancouver-based Scott and Scott Architects believe so. And with a budget of just over $15,000 and 750 square...
STYLE
Neighbour's Vancouver Storefront
Neighbour, a small men's clothing boutique in Vancouver's Gastown area, gets the mix just right through owner Saager Dilawri's personal picks of lesser known brands and unique collaborations. Since the shop's opening, Dilawri has consistently impressed...
DESIGN
Scott & Scott Architects Alpine Cabin
Having grown tired of life in established firms, Vancouver-based architects Susan and David Scott ditched their digs in favor of the road less traveled, founding Scott and Scott Architects to focus on designing projects in more challenging environments...
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Patch Herb Planters
Greens find a new home in the city with self-watering windowsill planters from Patch. The brainchild of founder and CEO Kent Houston, the planters are just one part of Patch's solution for bringing agriculture into personal living spaces. The environmentally...
DESIGN
Sahn Classic
After working for 10 years at Predator creating protective gear for water sports and skateboarding, designer Matt Kelly wanted to work on a different kind of project. Partnering with Sen-Huy Tan, a friend and a noted industry designer, the duo set...
CULTURE
Mark Soo
In his current exhibition, "Neither Camera Nor Companion" at Blanket Gallery in Vancouver, Berlin-based artist Mark Soo has created a series of photographs which thoughtfully and cleverly take the viewer on a journey through photographic history...
DESIGN
Union Wood Co.
Inspired by the nostalgia of old wooden docks, mills and factories that once thrived in Vancouver, Union Wood Co.'s recently opened shop in the city's developing Downtown-Eastside community is a haven for those who covet vintage, repurposed and...
DESIGN
Prototypes
In conjunction with Vancouver's Interior Design Show West last week, local design firm Burnkit launched Prototypes, showcasing the process of a group of notable Vancouver-based designers. The smartly-curated exhibit, impeccably staged within Burnkit...
STYLE
Ken Diamond Moccasins and Leather Goods
Run by partners Ken and Jolene out of their East Vancouver studio, their brand Ken Diamond stays true to the roots of leather craft. Using extremely high-quality materials, minimal die-cutting and hand stitching, the duo create tailor-made leather...
CULTURE
Illustrator Edward Kwong
Vancouver-based artist Edward Kwong makes quasi-retro, noir-ish illustrations that reference old comic books, art deco, and other classic looking aesthetics. Full of angular, expressive figures, high-impact typography and often sepia-infused colors...
CULTURE
Photographer Scott Pommier
We asked Vancouver-based Scott Pommier which photographers or eras he looks to for inspiration. I feel like I've picked up little lessons, or perhaps truisms is closer to the mark, from a lot of photographers. I've never studied the history...
CULTURE
Interview with Artist Eli Bornowsky
Just a few years out of art school, Eli Bornowsky has been included in shows at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery, and has had two solo shows in Vancouver’s delightful Blanket Gallery. I recently...
TECH
Vladmasters
On a recent visit to Blue Bottle art gallery and store in Seattle, I picked up an amazing set of View Master reels. Now normally any old set of View Master reels is enough to get me excited, but these actually caused me to jump up an down a little...
STYLE
Roden Gray Boutique
One of my new favorite stores in Vancouver (well one of my new favorites anywhere, actually) is Roden Gray, a recent addition to Vancouver's trendy Gastown neighborhood. Roden Gray maintains a carefully-selected range of clothing, shoes, bags...
DESIGN
Straight Line Designs
Straight Line Designs is a custom furniture design and manufacturing company whose designs are always quirky and whimsical. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company is owned and operated by Judson Beaumont, who finds much of his inspiration...
CULTURE
Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl
For three days each fall, hundreds of artists who live or work in Vancouver's artist-dense Eastside open their studios to the public for the Eastside Culture Crawl. The event incorporates artists in almost every field—from weavers, furniture...
CULTURE
Scott McFarland: Works on Paper
Vancouver photographer Scott McFarland uses his pictures to rethink the traditional concept of a photograph as a single moment in time. By photographing the same location in the same scale over a period of time, he uses digital technology to combine...
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