Fashion & Retail

Modern Mix Monday – Gravity Pope

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-liner review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!

I am currently in Edmonton, Alberta and strangely enough, on my first full day here, I came across a Gravity Pope warehouse sale, just off Whyte Avenue. Gravity Pope is located on the West 4th shopping district in Vancouver, but its first location was actually founded in Edmonton in 1990. The retail shop has an incredible selection of footware from “Acne” to “Zinda“. In between, there are Converse sneakers and Ugg boots. In the words of my Albertan friend with whom I have been staying, “quirky but upscale footware – located in a place where most passer-bys would see only as a hole in the wall but familiar to all the locals”.
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Speaking of shoes, on a side note, I’m only here for five days but I brought four pairs of shoes with me and I have already worn all of them at least once! Better to over-pack, right?

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Charity

Holt Renfrew – Holiday Bear’s 10th Anniversary

Every year since 1999, Holt Renfrew introduces a new “Holiday Bear“.

This endearing and beloved bear has become an important heirloom piece and collector’s item. Each year, great care is taken to create a unique bear and sweater, which stays true to Holt Renfrew’s style of reflecting today’s latest trends. And no one is more ON TREND than dynamic Canadian designers Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2.

For $49, the price is steep, but 10% of proceeds are donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

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Events & Lifestyle

Circle Craft Christmas Market – 35th Year Anniversay (Nov 11 to 16th)

It’s that time of the year again!! The weather is getting colder, the clocks have been switched back an hour and Halloween is over. Keep reading Modern Mix Vancouver for updates on Holiday Craft Fairs happening all over the city and get your shopping done early!

For 35 years, Vancouverites have been enjoying the Circle Craft Christmas Market. An annual tradition for thousands of holiday shoppers, today, adults who attended as children with their parents are now bringing their own kids!
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From Tuesday, November 11 to Sunday, November 16, 2008 more than 260 Canadian artisans (48 new this year) will gather under the sails of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre to present their wares at Western Canada’s largest one-of-a-kind gift fair. That’s one more day than usual!
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Shoppers and attendees will find gorgeous clay work, the newest and hottest of Canadian fashion and jewellery design, stunning glasswork, handmade candles and soaps, unique clothing and toy items for children, an assortment of amazing home décor items, fine art from acclaimed visual artists, and many more carefully handcrafted items in felt, wool, wood, leather and metal. And, there’s food—delicious chocolates, sauces, dressings and more!
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Tickets for adults are $12, Students and Seniors are $8 but any ticket purchase entitles you to unlimited re-admission for any day of the show. Just don’t forget to pick up your re-entry pass before leaving the premises.

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Events & Lifestyle

One of a Kind – Christmas Show (November 20th to 23rd) at BC Place

…consumers who realize the value of purchasing from local artisans as opposed to mass-produced, factory-made goods.

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Events & Lifestyle

OPUS Hotel – Rooftop Restaurant Approval Meeting (Nov. 7, 2008)

This past Halloween, I started off my night of barhopping in Yaletown at Elixir and Opus Bar and arguably one of the cornerstone venues most representative of the YUPPIE crowd. Now, Opus Hotel needs our help and support! Opus Hotel has made an application to the City of Vancouver to allow additional height and floor area to accommodate a seasonal 250-seat rooftop restaurant.
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Their fifth and final approval meeting will be at City Hall (457 West 12th Avenue) this Friday, November 7th from 6pm to 8pm and the owner of Opus Hotel, John Evans, is soliciting your presence, support and positive feedback at the meeting.
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For more information about the rooftop project, check out their official site.
For more information about the meeting at City Hall, check out the Facebook event.

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Fashion & Retail

Modern Mix Monday – Winners

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-liner review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!

In a desperate attempt to get out of the house to beat the post-Halloween blues, I went to the new Winners (491 West 8th Avenue) on Sunday afternoon. In my excitement at low prices, I exclaimed to my friend, “why doesn’t everyone shop here?!” but I soon found out. Because of its sheer size (and attachment to HomeSense), it can be quite overwhelming to shop there. If you have the patience to look, you may be able to find something to your liking. There were some Seven and Guess Jeans for way below retail price. A plain brown Coach purse from a few seasons back. Nonetheless, we both agreed that the real deals were in the bath and body section with trendy looking lotions, soaps and bath products at ridiculously discounted prices.

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