“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.
These are difficult times. Scary and uncertain. But hope is not lost in the fray of the world we knew.
Look for hope and you’ll find it; in the smile of another, in the nightly cheer at 7pm for our courageous health care workers, in the quiet of a warm spring morning.
Our little neighbourhood is a survivor. Gastown rebounded and rose again after The Great Fire of 1886, avoided being torn down and turned into a highway in the 1960’s, and now in perhaps the most challenging period of our lifetime, it will stand firm to emerge stronger than before.
Stay apart, while staying connected with each other. Remember, you are not alone.
This is #OurGastown.
Food + Drink
Community > Covid
You can still enjoy plenty of delicious food from your favourite Gastown restaurants. Many are open for curbside takeout only and delivery. Check out Vancouver Is Awesome’s comprehensive list on who’s open and what they’re offering, as well as the Breaking Bread initiative created by the very own Vancouver restaurant industry to help combat COVID-19 concerns..
Water Street Cafe
This Easter weekend, enjoy all your Water St. Cafe brunch favourites from the safety and comfort of your home! They’ve prepared two Easter Brunch Box Sets plus a Mimosa Kit. Available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Pre-order your Take Out Brunch online or by calling in at 604.689.2832.
Tuc Craft Kitchen
Enjoy a selection of your favourite ready-to-serve dishes (just pop them in the oven) for pick up.
A selection of beer and wine is also available at liquor store prices.
Grab and Go Menu here.
The Local Corner Store
Quality grocery & liquor essentials. Delivered right to your door through @doordash with $0 DELIVERY FEE or 10% OFF pick-up curbside.
Fresh produce, baked goods, protein, bar mixes, snacks, TP & more. OPEN 7 DAYS a week, visit your new favourite neighbourhood store here.
Launching tomorrow! Featuring a different menu each week. Includes house-made bread, a starter, main course with a side dish and dessert.
Available for pick-up or delivery Tues – Sat: 5pm-7pm, starting on Wednesday, April 8th (open Sunday, April 12th for Easter Sunday).
Pre-orders must be received by 4pm on the day of pick-up/delivery. for Easter Sunday).
Full menu available here.
Nicli Antica Pizzeria (Gastown neighbours)
Pidgin (Gastown neighbours)
Nuba (Gastown neighbours)
Nelson the Seagull
Order sourdough, food & drinks online! Order your favourite Nelson the Seagull products as an addon on Fresh Prep. All proceeds go directly back to support Nelson.
Weekdays: 8am-3pm / Weekends: 9am-3pm
Full menu available here.
Check out the Juice Bar Instagram page to see what juicy natural wines are up for delivery this week.
Open for take out.
When the going gets rough…the tough go shopping (from our living rooms).
You can continue to support many of your favourite local Gastown shops and boutiques by buying online. This is a tough time for them too, and your purchase goes a long way in helping our retail community stay in business and in Gastown.
A number of our retailers are offering special promos and discounts.
The Block is inviting you to celebrate their 21st anniversary by giving you 21% off your full price purchase for a limited time. Enter thankyou21 at checkout.
For a limited time, take 20% off your order, with a few exceptions. Enter RG20 at checkout.
Continuing to honour the TWELVE2FIVE 20% off code.
Offering free shipping to Canada and the USA on orders over $100.
They’ve updated their website to help make online shopping a breeze like their new currency converter that adjusts to your national currency automatically, and Free Worldwide Shipping!
Out & About
City of Vancouver: please enter code: localpickup to waive shipping fee but we will still deliver your order to you for any amount purchased.
Canada: free shipping over $50 or flat-rate $5 shipping fee. U.S.: free shipping over $100 or flat-rate $10 shipping fee.
Plus 20% off on all spring arrivals at checkout.
All Desigual for men, women and kids is on sale 20%-50% off. Angel is offering private shopping using social distance guidelines (call 604.681.0947). Free local delivery and shipping in North America on orders over $100.
Free shipping over $50 with many additional sales to support local artists.
Get up to 15% off on selected items throughout the month of April, plus free shipping in Canada on orders over $50
Newly launched website and ordering system with a ton of discounts (note, BruceToo on Main Street is still offering curbside pick-ups)
Lemongrass offers online discounts and free shipping over $50.
Tees.ca also offers free shipping over $50, have many items on sale supporting local artists that way
Shop online and use code: cozy20 at checkout for 20% our entire online store, including sale items.
Enjoy 10% off order, 50% off rush order fees.
25-60% off everything online at checkout.
The Latest Scoop
Free shipping on all orders til April 30.
Whitecaps FC Store
Free shipping over $75.
Free domestic shipping on all orders.
Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
Shop online & enjoy:
Complimentary shipping within North America
– OR –
10% off purchases for locals
Complimentary shipping is valid on minimum purchase of CDN$200 before taxes.
Offer available on new purchases only until further notice. Some restrictions/conditions may apply.
Coastal Peoples is opened by appointment only.
Arts + Culture
Move over Gassy, Drs. Tam & Henry are in Town.
While storefronts remain shuttered, plywood boards protecting the shops windows have been transformed from crude tabula rasas into pictorial homages to our nations frontline heroes battling the Covid-19 epidemic.
The movement started by Kim Briscoe, owner of our local custom framing and art shop Kimprints. It has since then spread to over 15 murals completed by local artists throughout Gastown. And the good news is, the murals aren’t stopping anytime soon.
The acrylic odes are testament to the influence the frontline staff has has on our province and on Gastown in the hope that we will get through this together.
As the artwork continues to roll in, we will be hosting the pieces on the @mygastown Instagram page. Be sure to check out the page if you’re in need of some cheering up.
Images from CBC News.
Local Super Hero: Ka-On-Li
Yes – Gastown has many of it’s own superheroes, including Ka-On-Li, head of Gastown BIA’s Clean Team.
In rain or in shine, in good times or in bad, Ka works hard keeping our neighbourhood streets looking effervescent. Though Gastown may be hibernating right now, we’d like to acknowledge that Ka is still out there working his magic.
As always, thanks Ka for being super-awesome