Buro, a new espresso bar has emerged at the gateway of Gastown. Nestled inside the historic Holland Block, the corner cafe takes inspiration from the French word, bureau, providing a chic meeting place to socialize, plan and make things happen. Coffee is made from Kold Electronic Grinders that run on reduced heat, perfect for anyone who likes a hint of floral in their cup.

Australian apothecary brand, Aesop, has garnered a devoted fanfare around the world for its botanical skincare products, so when they opened their first Vancouver stand-alone store in Gastown, a local following ensued. Aesop has incorporated Douglas fir tiles into the store design for a unique display that references B.C.’s forest industry.

Nicole Bridger has become a household name in Canadian fashion. The Vancouver designer got her start working with Vivienne Westwood, and has gone on to launch her own line of eco-friendly womenswear that’s taken sustainable fashion into new heights. Look out for her flagship store on Water Street.

Another stylish shop has opened its doors on Water Street. Lifestyle boutique, Poppy & Rye features men & women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and novelty gifts. Comb through the racks to find boho-chic styles and one-of-a-kind items.


Bridalwear designer Gaby Bayona has branched into retail, opening a new loft boutique where bride-to-be’s can view her entire collection. Gaby’s line, Truvelle offers elegant gowns for modern brides with a penchant for refined aesthetics.

Over at Wardrobe Apparel (left), you’ll find a different kind of shopping experience. Owner, Alex Thompson, works with up-and-coming designers exclusively to purvey bold, sartorial treasures from around the world. If you have a fashionable soiree on your calendar, book an exclusive shopping appointment and the shop gals will glamourize you from head to toe.

Looking to fashion your head for fall? Cappelleria Bertacchi has relocated from Italy to Gastown, displaying a diverse collection of Italian-made hats crafted by three generations of artisan hat makers. Find everything from colourful organza sinamay hats to wool bonnets.


Eyewear aficionados can get educated on the art of handmade craftsmanship at Durrant Sessions (above). The shop’s team of opticians and consultants invite each customer to learn more about their selection – from the brand’s origin and materials being used, to signature designer details. You can even choose a specifc shade and have your sunnies custom tinted and sandblasted in-store.

Every man should experience a hot towel shave at least once in his life. At Gastown’s newest barbershop, 18th Amendment, veteran groomers, Jake Hurn and Nick Hickling offer some of the city’s best beard trims and haircuts, along with rockabilly hairstyling. Chew the fat with these gregarious gents and have your coifed styled with a 1950’s jelly roll.

Speaking of hair, House of Blond is a new salon nestled inside the historic Malkin Building at 55 Water. Enjoy a stunning loft view of the North Shore Mountains while getting beautified by their team of experienced stylists.


A delightful café has recently opened on Powell. The Birds & The Beets (left) offers breakfast, sandwiches and salads, baked goods, and a strong espresso lineup. Almost everything on the menu is prepared behind the counter including brioche bread, yogurt, pickled vegetables, and kombucha. If you’re craving an afternoon drink, the new cafe also serves ciders and beers from local breweries.

Across the street, casual pan-Asian eatery, Bao Down, delivers a new take on hawker-style eats, serving steamed bao rice buns wrapped taco-style with savoury fillings, banh mi sanwiches, kimichi fries, and salad rolls.

In the age of smart phones, going #unplugged can be difficult – but M.I.A. is doing things differently. The new nightlife project from Blueprint Events welcomes guests to put their phones away and live in the moment. The crew provides all the essentials to keep you entertained with a solid lineup of international producers and up-and-coming DJs.

Planning on going off the beaten path? Sign up for Evo Car Share. The local car-share service offers an easy way to get from point A to B, and has set up shop at Le Magasin building on Cordova. Evo cars have lots of cargo space, along with with bike & ski racks, so you can take all your gear for an impromptu outdoor adventure.

There’s going to be more change in the air. We’re expecting a new addition to unveil on Water Street when the new season hits, so stay tuned for more details to go up on the blog soon!