Shop + Style
Pop Up Takeover, Year-round
This was the year of pop-ups as we saw many storefronts transform into collaborative spaces, welcoming many creatives and artists alike to come together in one happy space. Here one day, gone the next – sharing really is caring.
Our first holiday giveaway was a huge success. Thanks to our many businesses who contributed such unique gifts that can be be found Only in Gastown.
Food + Drink
We partnered with Grey Goose Vodka and local restaurants to turn Gastown into the best kind of back nine – one involving golf themed cocktails.
The neighbourhood came alive again this summer with the sound of music. From jazz, to steel drums to traditional Irish ditties, there was something for everyone.
Art + Culture
Dancers and musicians took over the streets and store windows for, yet another, Gastown Thursday Night. This time with a special window takeover at Inform Interiors with Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s Mixed Nuts – a Nutcracker inspired ballet with a Gastown twist.
Additionally, there was a roaming brass band and performers, Patrick Gavigan, Marie Hui and Krystle Dos Santos sang their little hearts out in Maple Tree Square Plaza.
We’ve realized, now more than ever, the importance of partnership. We partnered with other BIA’s from across Vancouver to show our love to this city. So much so that we decided to keep the pink tree as a permanent installation.
New to Gastown
We then turned to our community for feedback to help shape our advocacy position and highlight community priorities to the City of Vancouver for focused action. This is only the start to a very long process.
Gastown gained a ton of media attention throughout the campaign. Read one of the many articles at Vancouver Sun, Revitalize Gastown’s alleys as business hubs: new urban study.
New Year, New Executive Director
The Gastown Business Improvement Society saw some changes as we welcomed a new Executive Director, Walley Wargolet. A long time Gastowner, Walley’s dedication to serving this neighbourhood could not be more clear.
Get Your A** To Gastown
It doesn’t matter how you get here, just make it happen. Don’t miss out on the action – get your a** to Gastown.