“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
― Artist @mr.scriptkeeper + @mariabertosh.art
Food + Drink
Anyone for Take Out?
You can still enjoy plenty of delicious food from your favourite Gastown restaurants. View our full compiled list of operating restaurants and cafes here.
A New Kid in Town
You Asked for Luigi, and guess what Gastown? We got him… Introducing the newest kid on the block! Pastificio di Luigi may only be operating temporarily out of its pop-up location at Pourhouse on Water St., but we will take what we can get. Enjoy the elevated, takeout-friendly spot serving fresh handmade Italian fare, including take home pasta, sauces, groceries and more.
Delivery available via Uber Eats, or pickup online through their website.
7 days / week: 12pm-8pm
Mother’s Day Eats
Our friends at Water Street Cafe are once again bringing their infamous brunch to you! Keep that Mother’s Day brunch tradition alive, and pre-order today. Brunch not your thing? Water Street Cafe is also offering a special turkey dinner on May 9/10. Pre-order online or by calling in at 604.689.2832.
Don’t forget about National Takeout Day and recieve 15% off all takeout orders ordered through their website or at their take out window every Wednesday.
Delivery / takeout: 11am-9pm, 7 days / week
Give your mom the full package: dinner + wine + flowers. Make Tuc Craft Kitchen your one stop shop with their special Mother’s Day bundles. Wine and dinner bundles available for pre-order from May 6-8 online. Curbside pickup or delivery available.
Choose from 3 Brunch Kit options: Braised Beef Hash, Classic Eggs Benny & Belgian Waffles. Included with each are 2 waffles for the mini LOCALs (/kids), cookie dough to bake fresh treats & 4 Tazo Tea bags.
They also have a Rosé All Day Kit (3 bottles of rosé) & Mom-osas too. Available this Thursday to Sunday. Call 1 778.737.4277 for pick-up & receive 10% off or have it delivered for free through @doordash
The finest Charcuterie, Cheese, Condiments with Wine and rich Chocolate Mousse to finish. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Local Dining Spotlight
When the going gets tough, the tough bake bread. Nelson the Seagull are making it even easier to get your caffeine and gluten fix at home. Got the craving? Their famous sourdough, brunch specials, coffee or pantry goods are available through the following:
- Their website – updated every evening with the next days offerings
- Walk-In – through their safe pickup system
- Fresh Prep – a selection of options are available as an Add On. New customers can use the code BDNELSONSEAGULL to receive 3 free meals (thanks Nelson for that one!)
They are also in the process of launching a sourdough starter kit project (that’s right – you too can can make your own Nelson bread!) after sending 500 starter kits across the world. Sound exciting? Sign up sheet is available here + learn more about the partnership with the law solutions company called Clio here.
And last but not least, check out their Mother’s Day Brunch Kit (with an adorable handmade card) and Mother’s Day Gift Set. Available here.
How can customers continue to support Nelson the Seagull during these times and during the recovery phase?
“Keep telling us what you want to see from us! Having connection to one another has honestly helped us navigate what is the most important focus’ right now… The support we’ve seen for small business by our customers has been so heartwarming.” – Evelyn Neves, Co-owner Nelson the Seagull.
Connect with Nelson the Seagull on Instagram – you won’t be disappointed!
Open weekdays: 8am-3pm / weekends: 9am-3pm
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.
For more information on individual store offerings, hours and shipping information, visit our directory here.
Local Shop Spotlight
If you haven’t met our friends at Nika Design, we strongly recommend that you do. While the future is unclear, they continue to keep their doors open for all of your leather needs. A tiny shop, with a big selection and an even bigger heart, Nika is offering tax included (12% discount) on all their leather and shoe repair services. Drop offs or pickups can be arranged by sending them an email at email@example.com, or by giving them a call at 604.669.8090.
Open Monday – Friday: 10am-3pm | Saturday: 11am-3pm
Shop Mother’s Day
Stil Classics wanted to celebrate moms in a big way this year by collaborating with One Wednesday! “As women we wear many hats and we often forget to take care of ourselves so this collaboration is here to celebrate you and encourage you to take a little time for yourself while you’re curled up in a blanket you can use for anything and everything.” Bonus! They’re adding 25% off of purchases for Canadians. Use code ohcanada at checkout.
Parliament has partnered with fellow local brands to create a delightful and delicious gift box to be delivered to your mom’s door. Contact the shop to place your order. Quantities are limited. All orders need to be placed by Thursday, May 7th. Free delivery applies to Vancouver, North Shore, Burnaby and Richmond. In-store pick up also available. Enjoy 20% off other purchases.
Angel Vancouver is offering 30% to 50% off all Desigual clothing- for women, men and kids – for Mother’s Day. Visit their website to see the new Spring-Summer 2020 collection.
The Block is celebrating the moms this year by offering 20% off all clothing, shoes and jewellery (sale on until Mother’s Day). Discount applied automatically at checkout. Complimentary local delivery & curb side pickup available. Free shipping within North America.
Happy Anniversary to one of our favourite Neighbours! They are celebrating their 9th year with a big sale. Shop the sale here.
Here for the Community
Herschel – We’ve Got Your Back™ Campaign
Here for the front lines. To say thank you, Herschel packed up 1000 bags and dropped them off at Vancouver hospitals to help front line workers on their journeys to and from work. We’ve Got Your Back™ is here for our global community when they need it most. #HerschelWGYB
Follow the campaign on Instagram.
Kit and Ace – Frontline Thank You + Mental Health Week
As we band together to do our part, our heroes are those on the frontlines of this pandemic, fighting for the health and safety of so many communities. Kit and Ace would like to express our gratitude by gifting them with over $25,000 of Kit and Ace product + 20% off at kitandace.com.
In honour of Canadian Mental Health Week (May 6-12), Kit and Ace is focusing on mental literacy and mindfulness. They are celebrating the small doses of happiness and positivity, Remind yourself that you matter, with their mood boosting phone backgrounds.
Check out their Instagram for more positive vibes.
To help support our healthcare workers to stay mobile, Evo allocated 250 Evo vehicles to provide each one to a healthcare worker for their exclusive use. They partnered with local Health Authorities who gave each Evo to an individual frontline worker in need of a vehicle. Each car came sanitized and fuelled up, designated for that individual to use for free for 30 days, and may be extended as appropriate.
On behalf of everyone at Evo and BCAA, they thank you for helping to make this new initiative possible by staying home and only using Evo for essential trips.
So you’ve probably received a few emails from This is Blueprint announcing cancelled or postponed concerts, festivals and other events by now. While this is an extremely challenging time for the entertainment industry, This is Blueprint is bringing a new livestream to your home every Saturday in May at 8pm. Get your fix by logging into twitch.tv/blueprintevents. More information can be found on their Instagram page. You can also get your music fix by following along with their Instagram stories as they continue to post the newest song releases.
Arts + Culture
Long Live the Murals
While storefronts remain shuttered, plywood boards protecting the shops windows continue to be transformed from crude tabula rasas into pictorial homages to our nations frontline heroes battling the Covid-19 epidemic. We are so proud of our community and how everyone has come together to bring hope to the streets of Gastown, and furthermore the city of Vancouver. We remind everyone that until further notice, please enjoy the mural from the comfort of our online gallery. But fear not, we are working on a plan so that these murals can be enjoyed in real life when the time comes.
Movement at Home
Being at home doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be thinking about your health and fitness. The fine folks at MVMTLAB are offering our online neurological reprogramming classes as pay-what-you-can. For more information visit here.
Looking to learn something new while at home? Vancouver’s pole and aerial studio is offering a full schedule of Livestream classes (starting at a donation of $3), in addition to the hundreds of tutorials that they have online. View their schedule here, or follow their Instagram for to join the action.
Keeping #OurGastown Safe
We’d like to give a special shout out to our very own Gastown Patrol Team who have been working tirelessly to keep the streets clean and safe. Gastown continues to see a decrease in break and enters, thanks to both these guys and the Murals of Gratitude project. Our patrol team reminds everyone to stay safe both inside their homes, and as we begin to see our community gradually reopen.