Continuing on where I left off yesterday with a selection of Vancouver design stores... starting the tour in the east, on Main Street, before heading into the city of Vancouver.
If you ever had a pen pal as a child, you will love The Regional Assembly of Text! 12 year old me would have loved the button making station, or the typewriters set up to type a letter to a friend. (Let's be honest, grown up me thinks it's pretty neat as well!) There are quirky postcards and original cards for sale, as well as a tiny nook for reading tiny books. And yes, they have a letter writing club as well. Adorable.
The Regional Assembly of Text
3934 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Further down Main Street is the adorable home store, Nineteen Ten. You will find a mix of vintage, up-cycled, hand made and modern homewares here, including purses made from vintage, iconic Hudson Bay blankets, timber and marble chopping boards... plus it was exciting to see they stock Turnco Wood Goods made by some personal friends.
4366 Main Street, Vancouver
Also on Main Street is my personal favourite, Vancouver Special. (The store derives its name from home from the period of 1965-1985... basically a two story rectangle box with a low pitched roof, balcony stretching across the second level at the front, brick exterior on the lower level and stucco exterior on the second.) Vancouver Special specialises in contemporary furnishings including Muuto, Norman Copenhagen, Alessi. They also have a wide range of design books which can be very dangerous if you love design and books!
3612 Main Street, Vancouver
Love eclectic cafes? Love window shopping for handmade items while you eat? If so, then Le Marche St George is where you will want to be. A short walk from the shops on Main Street, Le Marche St George is perched on the corner of a residential neighbourhood. Pastries and other treats are served up on silverware, just begging to be Instagrammed!
Le Marche St George
4393 St. George, Vancouver, BC
While waiting for a table at Catch 122 just next door, we popped into Stylegarage on West Hastings. I loved the thread of Canadiana that runs through their products; from their furniture being signature, made-to-order, to the Prairie tables (yes, three individual tables in the shape of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, click here to see them), to the stylish cushions by Nicole Tarasick. I don't know why I walked out of the store without buying the YVR cushion, but have since discovered that they are also available through Etsy should you not be able to get to the store. I'm always on the look out for beautiful table lamps, as I find them hard to come by... they stock gorgeous ones by Caravan Pacific. Sadly, because of the voltage in Australia, I couldn't bring one home. :(
124 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
This trip I discovered that Gastown is undergoing a home renovation, quite literally! Parliament is another homeware store in the area, specialising in modern furniture and furniture for small spaces.
115 Water Street, Vancouver, BC
Saving the best for last is the beautiful Old Faithful Shop, also in Gastown. It occupies the space of a landmark building. Original industrial detailings have been maintained and black and white photography of life in 1900s Vancouver decorates the back wall. Enamelware, glassware and pottery lining the wooden shelves with the brick wall as a backdrop is a visual feast.
Old Faithful Shop
320 W Cordova St, Vancouver
After all that shopping, you will need a pick me up! Revolver Coffee is just around the block from the Old Faithful Shop. Though I don't know how relaxing it is, because they are pretty serious about their coffee! (How gorgeous is that mosaic tile... found on the floor as you enter the toilets. Yes, design inspiration can be found anywhere!)
Revolver Coffee Inc
325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC
325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC
One more store I wanted to mention, though I didn't get any photos of it is The Cross... which is truly a destination for all things home, as well as baby, cards, and they have a fabulous selection of ribbons.The Cross Décor & Design
1198 Homer Street