Gastown + East Van
Hello one + all!!!! Come join us as we walk our way around Vancouver’s hip (do people still say hip?) destinations for some snap-your-fingers hepcat coolness!!!!
I like to say, “Oh, you MUST take a jaunt to charming Gastown + East Van!!!! It sure is a swell time! AND HOW!”. And don’t worry I’m totally not going to watch any One Direction interviews. I haven’t completely lost my mind yet!
Jeff was really exhausted from work + was quite the cranky pants as we headed out. My mom on the other hand was all Oooooooohs + Aaaaaaaaaahs as is her usual state of being – look at that Cranky Face!!!!
Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest downtown core. It was named after “Gassy” Jack Deighton a steamboat captain who opened up the first saloon in 1867. Gastown fell into hard times + after the depression the area fell into neglect + deterioration. It is now revived as a major tourist attraction – which sometimes is associated with major cheese. Oh, but wait my patient friends!!!! As we meandered around, Gastown began to renew my faith in Vancouver in terms of fashion + design!!!!!!
My new favorite shop in Vancouver!!!! One of a Few!!! Rachel Comey shoes, new young designers + beautiful baubles!!!!!
Another shop that I’ve been dying to visit was Old Faithful Shop.
They specialize in the rustic + woodsy. The simple life. The back to nature life. I loved all the thoughtfully picked out items that they had for sale. There were many other great design shops + vintage shopping to enjoy, but I can’t fit them all in this post! It’s all good stuff!!!!
It was originally placed there to harness the the steam streaming from a steam grate + to deter homeless people from sleeping on the spot during cold weather.
After we had our fill of Gastown, we walked our way into East Vancouver. “East Van” as the locals like to call it! Cha cha cha!!!! Jeff kept reminding us gals that it was a “sketchy” area. Yo, we are from Los Angeles! We know how to defend ourselves – we three were clutching our purses in our little fists in such a manner to be ready for smashing people in the face!!! We ain’t skerred!!!!!
An old part of the neighborhood that we walked through used to be a huge Japanese neighborhood before World War II. Cordova, Powell Street + beyond was the home to an entire community of Japanese Canadians until they were all forced into relocation camps. Their property was seized + sold without consent in 1943. It’s so sad. There were even 3 Japanese bath houses within the community at one time!!!! The majority of them did not return to their once vibrant neighborhood after the war. My mom + I noticed an old run-down home, ready for bull-dozing with a Japanese mon (emblem or family crest) at the top of the house. Do you see it???
Earlier in the week, my sister Ashley + I saw a flyer for Noche Buena Holiday Market Fair, when we were at Le Marche St. George. So we walked + walked + walked the mean streets wondering if we would ever find it! It was a small, cozy event full of vendors selling their locally made crafts, canned goods + whatnot! My sister found a couple of vintage items that she scooped up – which is rare because my sister is cheap + VERY PARTICULAR!!!!
Earlier in December I went to another craft fair that was like 70 times bigger than Noche Buena + I felt that the latter had more unique vendors + a cooler aesthetic! Oh + there was spicy hot chocolate there as well! Score!!!
I really love walking around Vancouver – we saw so many amazing things + people that we would have definitely missed if we were zooming by in a car! I miss my family being in Vancouver + dragging them around! Gastown + East Van are a good time for people who don’t want the bright + sparkly of chain stores! Support local stores + vendors! Yay!