A weekend rendezvous in Vancouver, B.C. led to the discovery of a upbeat city with an abundance of shops, restaurants, and outdoor activities. I flew to Canada to talk to dealers around the city about making an Antique and Retro Shopper’s Map for Vancouver.
Heading toward downtown Vancouver from the International airport, I could see the huge Olympic Games Symbol rising from the hills and feel the excitement in the air as the city prepares for the 2010 Winter Olympics. I checked into my room at the Metropolitan Hotel and headed straight to Doug, at the concierge desk to investigate the antique and retro scene. I headed south on Main Street toward Antique Row and parked my rental car on 8th St and began walking.
Large vinyl reporter bags in a window caught my eye so I went inside Ark. After looking through the racks of new vintage style clothing I lifted my gaze up to find several old Thai movie posters hung around the store. They were awesome! I ended up buying The Jazz Singer and another that had a sexy James Bond type woman holding a gun. With a big smile on my face I moved on to see what else I could find.
I passed Broadway and peeked inside a serious bike shop. Inside were many young hip bikers getting adjustments and adding parts to their bikes. Canadians take alternative transportation very seriously and the city provides bike lanes, electric buses, and light rails.
My favorite store by far was A Bakers Dozen Antiques where I discovered furniture, antique toys and a unique mixed media gallery. The proprietor of Bakers Dozen, Heather Baker, has a knack for antique toys and an entire room in the back of the store dedicated to her passion. Drew, the shop attendant, was also passionate about the store and was eager to show me some of the retro eccentricities he had created for their mixed media gallery. You can find A Bakers Dozen Antiques on 3520 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N3.
I was very impressed with this western Canadian city and I look forward to my next visit!
Written by Sasha Milena