“When you focus on the good, the good gets better.”
― Abraham Hicks
How far we’ve come, Gastown.
Looking back at this roller coaster of a summer, we are more thankful than ever for the continuous support from our people. While it hasn’t been an easy one, we are proud of the resiliency that this neighbourhood has displayed, and continues to display.
Here is just a short recap of some of the things that we have seen around Gastown since we Opened With Care on June 1st.
- Businesses supporting local artists through the Murals of Gratitude project/outdoor gallery, Waste Wear garbage bin project, and the Gastown Unplugged outdoor music series
- Partnerships with countless organizations to bring you more art, dining, and shopping experiences – including Vancouver Mural Fest, Dine OutSide, On the Table BC
- A visit from our dear friend Dr. Bonnie Henry
- Bringing you more outdoor space through the launch of Patiotown and the Maple Tree Square Plaza.
It is clear that Gastown is more than just a neighbourhood, we are a community that is full of support, passion and love for our neighbours.
So please, hold on tight to those summer feels and support #OurGastown with more afternoon patio session, strolls through the many iconic shops, and early morning hangs/evening chills in our pop-up plaza.
Gastown Unplugged Continued
It’s the final month of the Gastown Unplugged pop-up outdoor music series. An initiative put on by our businesses to help support local musicians.
Food + Drink
On The Table BC
We’ve teamed up with On the Table BC and the Vancouver Foundation to encourage Vancouverites to hold their @onthetablebc events at Patiotown; a great way to reconnect with friends and support local businesses, safely. The sun is still shining, summer is stretching itself out a little bit longer, and it’s the perfect time to make use of these outdoor spaces!
Learn more about On the Table and how you can support conversations while supporting local businesses
Dine Outside Vancouver
From patios to picnics and all the special offers in between – Dine Out Vancouver invites you, food and drink lovers, to safely and carefully savour this 21st century renaissance, our fabulous summer weather, and our city’s exceptional restaurants and pubs to not just dine out again, but to dine outside, Vancouver style.
Aug. 21 – Sept. 21, 2020
Participating Gastown restaurants include:
- Al Porto Ristorante
- Ampersand Bistro & Bar
- Bamboo Cafe
- Blarney Stone
- Ignite Pizzeria
- Old Spaghetti Factory
- The Portside Pub
- Robba da Matti Gastown
- Steamworks Brewpub
- The Flying Pig Gastown
- Water St. Cafe
… And Shop
Oh, Happy Day!
Who ever said that Happy Hour needed to be constricted to a couple of “hours”?
Gastown Thursdays are back and we’re celebrating it the best way we know how – with a full day of Happy Hour specials. Shop + dine at these participating hot spots every Thursday throughout the summer and be treated like Gastown royalty all day long. Besides, you deserve it.
Arts + Culture
Van Mural Fest x Murals of Gratitude
It’s your last chance to view the Murals of Gratitude outdoor gallery before they go to their new homes on October 1st. The gallery can still be viewed in the alleyway north of Water St. between Carrall and Abbott St. from now until the end of summer.
The gallery is in partnership with Low Tide Properties, Museum of Vancouver, Van Mural Fest, Port Authority, CP Rail.
Van Mural Fest x Waste Wear Garbage Bin Project
Although Van Mural Fest may have “officially” come to an end, these new and improved garbage bins are here to stay. Join us on our journey to address issues surrounding pollution and climate change, both in our community and the wider world.
‘Waste Wear’ is a mural series featuring 7 new dumpsters in Powell Street alley, painted by artist Tyler Toews with bold images. The collection seeks to spark conversations around the current and future impacts of garbage on the planet, and the need for not just greater awareness, but action.
New Kids on the Block
Check out these businesses that have newly set up shop in the hood. Now go show them some love!
- Twisted Fork Bistro, 213 Carrall St.
- The Lemon Square, 110-332 Water St.
- Avelyn Florist, 67 East Cordova
- Primp and Proper Vancouver, 73 East Cordova
- Cappelleria Bertacchi Italian Hatcrafter, 131 Water St. (new location)
Meet the head of the Gastown Clean Team, Ka-On-Li and learn how he keeps himself and the streets of Gastown clean. Ka-On-Li is Gastown.