Cupcakes Bakery – $1 to Breast Cancer (October)

If you live in Vancouver, who hasn’t heard of the Cupcakes store? When its first bakery opened in 2001 on Denman street, the cutesy vintage cupcake shop was the talk of town. Platters of colorful pastel cupcakes sit behind the counter and the bakery has now expanded to two other locations on West Broadway and Edgemont Blvd in North Vancouver.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Cupcakes is proudly donating $1 from every specialty “breast cancer cause cupcake” sold to help fund research for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, in hopes of a future without breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Cupcake is a pink vanilla cupcake finished with pink buttercream and decorated with the Breast Cancer Ribbon in pink icing. This is an annual cause cupcake in partnership with The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to help create a future without breast cancer; the breast cancer cupcake will be sold throughout the month of October at all Cupcakes Bakery locations.

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Modern Mix Monday – Traffik at Tunnel

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

On Friday I went to Tunnel Multi-Lounge (622 West Pender Street) for their Traffik Fridays. I haven’t been to Tunnel since May when they first opened for their media/industry party (I wrote an entry about it here) but the service at Tunnel was as if it were opening night all over again. Friendly bouncers, patient bartenders and an efficient door girl who instantly sorted out my guest list issues. The white couches are definitely comfortable to just chill on when you’re taking a break from the dance floor and we didn’t get snobby treatment for turning down bottle service although we definitely gave more than enough business to the bar with our rounds of jagerbombs and gladiators!

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Mavi Jeans – Dress in Good Conscience for Breast Cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month and Mavi Jeans is jumping on board to help this charitable cause by developing a special edition “Dress in Good Conscience” t-shirt. Support the Canadian breast cancer foundation by purchasing a stylish tshirt from any Mavi store in Vancouver this month for a minimum donation of $25. Here are the addresses of three free-standing Mavi shop locations in Vancouver:

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Harajuku Lovers Fragrance (by Gwen Stefani) – free samples here

Love. Lil ‘Angel. G. Music. Baby. What do these five things have in common?? They are all the names of scents from Gwen Stefani’s new Harajuku Lovers Fragrance! I am super excited to be one of the 50 female bloggers in Canada to receive an exclusive Harajuku Lovers Fragrance kit in a promotional blitz by the word of mouth marketing company Matchstick. This morning, a big box was delivered to my front door containing a whole bunch of cutesy Harajuku branded items….and of course, there are perks and free samples for my Modern Mix Vancouver readers! Click HERE to get mini samples of all five scents of Gwen Stefani’s new Harajuku Lovers Fragrance!

Fashion & Retail

Mintage – opening on West 4th (October 17, 2008)

Mintage Vintage is coming to West 4th! Also located in Gastown and on Commercial Drive, this vintage clothing and accessories store is perhaps best known for it’s clothing by the pound sales. At price points including $5, $10 and $15 for a pound of clothing, Mintage Vintage would be a great place to shop for unique textile patterns or for clothing to cut up and alter…or even for Halloween! Earlier this year, at their Commercial Drive location, they had an innovative $5/bag sale: buy a bag for $5 and take home all the clothing you can stuff into it! It’ll be interesting to see how a store like this will fit into the Kitsilano neighbourhood…

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DJ Armin Van Buuren – Concert at Plush Nightclub (Oct. 9 & 10, 2008)

Armin Van Buuren, the number 1 trance DJ in the world (according to DJ Mag) and best known for radio show A State of Trance, is playing at Plush this week, on Thursday October 9th and Friday October 10th. His Friday show sold out ages ago and there are only a limited number of tickets left for Thursday night! Tickets are steeply priced at $60 (before taxes and extra charges) but if you’re willing to get over that hurdle, you can purchase your ticket through Clubzone.