We’re highlighting spots along the Canada Line, if you need reasons to explore! Check out earlier posts in this series, and if you have spots to share, e-mail me with photos and I’ll put it up. (Fewer spots are fine too, and they can all be at one station or spread out.)
This entry is by Erica Lam of TheStyleSpy.com, a fantastic style blog based in Vancouver! They’ve always got fresh looks for inspiration and the inside scoop on deals and events.
Now that the Canada Line is open, there’s a whole new range of possibilities for accessible shopping. As a city shopping expert on TheStyleSpy.com (my credit card is also my best friend), I wanted to share a few of my favourite spots.
Station: Yaletown – Roundhouse
Fine Finds, 1014 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Known for its top-notch restaurants, Yaletown is also an area with undiscovered boutiques. I get my regular fix at Fine Finds Boutique, a store filled from top to bottom with women’s shoes, clothing and handbags, along with a whimsical mix of jewellery, accessories, baby items and fun gifts. What’s on my wish list right now? The cute and colourful umbrellas from Cheeky Umbrella. A trusty blazer from Lily + Jae. And sustainable jewellery from Dotted Loop. To the guys – this is the perfect boutique to visit for girlfriend/wife gifting.
Oh Oakridge, known for its luxury offerings, this is also the shopping centre I grew up at! It’s the only place in Vancouver you can find a Michael Kors store. I’m also a fan of the independently owned women’s boutique Ishara. Owned by Vancouver’s Amrit Baidwan, the store carries a host of brands seen regularly on Hollywood starlets. A denim collection of J Brand, Anlo and Frankie B, soft scarves from Love Quotes and classic coats from Montreal’s Smythe. And for the stylish men, J2 Mens, Boys’ Co and Harry Rosen are always trusty destinations.
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
The super Asian shopping centre is packed full of foreign delights. I can’t get enough of the $2 Japanese department store, Daiso. Everything in here is $2! From kitchen knives to school supplies to beauty items to men’s ties, you’ll find it all at Daiso. Famished from all the shopping? Head upstairs to the food court for some cream puffs. Japan’s Beard Papa is famous worldwide for its delightful cream puffs in flavours like vanilla and green tea.
Station: Richmond – Brighouse
6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Shhh…I’ll let you in on a little secret. Richmond Centre will be home to the first Bath & Body Works in BC. Coming this October, the chain of Bath & Body Works is known for their spa worthy collection of body care, fragrances and beauty. I’m anxiously counting down the arrival of this American giant. You’ll also find the usual suspects at Richmond Centre: Aritzia, Old Navy, The Bay, Jacob, Aldo, Feet First, Banana Republic and Sony Style. The shopping centre is just the right size for an afternoon shopping fix. Need a quick snack, my picks are Cobs Bread for yummy fresh baked goodies (especially Aussie favourite, the Cheesymite Scroll), or Goodah in the food court for tasty bbq’d satays.