If you have lately walked by the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station, you may have noticed the KARMA pop-up store on Davie Street. KARMA is a local active wear company made in Vancouver.” We design clothing with subtle logos, clean lines and hidden features. By avoiding over the top details, KARMA clothing remains classic.” From now until April 24th, the KARMA pop-up shop featuring stockroom sale items will be located at 289 Davie Street in Yaletown. Hours are Monday to Friday: 10am – 7pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 6pm. In addition to already reduced prices, they will be having daily promotions. For more information, check out the Karma Pop-up Shop Facebook Group.
If you are fortunate enough to make it through the LiveCity Yaletown‘s lineups, check out Samsung’s OR@S Pavilion, where Olympic fans can become a snowboard designer for a day. Visitors are invited to create their own unique snowboard design using the graphic assets of Samsung’s CORBY phone. Visitors can have fun and design their own exclusive look of the 2010 Winter Games and then email their snowboard creation which becomes a souvenir of their experience at the Games. Visitors are also entered daily into a contest to win a free snowboard, Samsung is giving away a snowboard for each day of the Games.
The OR@S is free to the general public and will be open daily 11am to 11pm from February 12 to 28, 2010.
George Ultra Lounge is the Godfather of Vancouver’s cocktail culture. Modeled in the London style, George pioneered the cocktail kitchen concept in Canada when it opened in 2005. Today, with award-winning Shaun Layton behind the bar, George continues to pour proper classic and market-fresh cocktails, complimented by a dinner and late night menu through 2 a.m
George Ultra Lounge (1137 Hamilton Street) is taking a page from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and holding their own “Mixlympics”, a competition featuring ten bartenders (6 international, 4 local) competing head-to-head in a black box style event. Sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin & Arc’teryx, these masters of mixology will be vying for the top prize – $500 cash provided by Martin Miller’s Gin, but there will be medals too. Gold, silver and bronze, just like the athletes competing in Vancouver and Whistler. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 12:00 pm but it might be best to get in line a little bit earlier.
The international contestants are:
- Joe Stokoe – Bar Manager for all three All Star Lanes, London, UK
- Abdul Kpekawa – Bartender, All Star Lanes, London, UK
- David Grieg – Bartender, All Star Lanes, London, UK
- Ola Carlson – Bartender, Box 101, Stockholm, Sweden
- Nicolos de Soto, Bartender, Experimental Cocktail Club & Curio Parlour, Paris, France
- Charles Tan – Bartender, China Club, Paris, France.
Representing Canada will be:
- Mark Brand – Owner, Boneta and The Diamond, Vancouver
- David Wolwidnyk – Bar Manager, West, Vancouver
- Jay Jones – Owner, The Pourhouse, Vancouver
- Darryl Macdonald – Bartender, Port, Toronto
I had the opportunity to check out Bombay Brow Bar (1056 Mainland Street), a new concept boutique specializing in shaping your brows but with Yaletown service style. Newly opened by sisters Ravy and Amy Minhas, Bombay Brow Bar brings in a Bollywood experience, with a Yaletown twist! Ravy is a business graduate from Thomson Rivers University, while younger sister Amy is a freshly trained esthetician from Vancouver Community College.
Noir Lash Lounge, Vancouver’s first and only exclusive boutique lash extension service, opened its first location in Yaletown in March 2009. Within six months, Noir has appeared in numerous media including The Globe and Mail and the 2009 Juno Awards. “It’s no wonder the city’s turned from lash virgins to full-blown lash addicts!” And now, congratulations once again, as Noir is opening its second location in South Granville – conveniently located next door to Pure Nail Bar and around the corner from Blo Blow Dry Bar. What a great addition to the neighbourhood!
Doors open February 11th, 2010. Call 604-738-LASH (5274) to book your appointment.
The Glowbal Collection (restaurant group) will be extending its hours during the Olympics:
Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay: Sun to Sat – Open 9:30am to 2:00am
COAST Restaurant: Sun to Sat – Open 10:00am to 2:00am
Sanafir Restaurant and Lounge: Sun to Sat – Open 11:00am to 2:00am
Italian Kitchen: Sun to Sat – Open 10:00am to 2:00am
Trattoria Italian Kitchen: Sun to Sat – Open 11:00am to 2:00pm
SOCIETY Restaurant and Lounge: Sun to Sat – Open 9:30am to 2:00am
Also, throughout the month of February THE GLOWBAL COLLECTION is launching a Central Reservations Hotline to accommodate bookings in all THE GLOWBAL COLLECTION Restaurants. This will be a great option for those last minute lunch and dinner reservations. Call Central Reservations at 604-629-3424.