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Portobello West Holiday Market – Vancouver

Hey hey heeeeeeey!!!!  Holiday season is here!  Avoid the malls + go a’ craft fair-ing!!!


Vancouver is all up in the craft fair biznazz during the holidays.  There are multiple craft fairs every weekend!  I don’t remember Los Angeles having as many craft fairs, but they have 365 days of outdoor farmer’s markets with craft happenings, so it’s a toss up, I suppose…

My new buddy M + I tried out the Portobello West Holiday Market this year.  It’s located in the Olympic Village, which is all fancy + shiny – so I wanted to check it all out!

All the vendors were set up in their little booths.Portobello Craft - 01

There always tends to be vendors that have a similar theme which becomes redundant.  And some questionable booths.  Feather earrings?  So 2 years ago!  Chunky, knitted bow ties?  No nononono.  Thus, I’m only going to showcase the vendors that I lurved + got all excited about.

This gal has her own hives + makes yummy, original honey!  Mellifera Bees showcases various original infusions, like spicy honey, earthy cardamom honey, etc.  I loved her merchandising!  I bought about 5 lbs of honey in Alberta over the summer, so I had to refrain.Portobello Craft - 02

M + I saw Le Fil Rouge at the Vancouver Home + Design Show.  The designer is a charming German woman (she was the one who told us about the Portobello Market) who designs really high quality linen + Peruvian baby alpaca blankets, stoles, scarves + hats.  I want EVERYTHING!!!  I’m a huge fan!!!  Wouldn’t it be so chic to have a row of the beautiful linen towels hanging in your bathroom?Portobello Craft - 03

We were all about Davie + Chiyo bags that day.Portobello Craft - 06

Simple, understated, extremely well crafted + high quality materials!  The girls were Japanese + super sweet! They sew + manufacture all the goods themselves!  Davie + Chiyo are also known for their wedding accessories, so check them out online!

M bought a couple of their items – one of them being this adorbs tote bag!  Adore!Portobello Craft - 05

Stop by M’s awesome blog: Redesigned by M!  Who says you can’t make friends through blogging!

My favorite guy of the day, Taka of Coconama Chocolaterie!!!  His booth was getting swamped with ladies wanting chocolates!Cathy Comic Chocolate











Coconama chocolates are rich + luxurious with flavors like green tea, earl grey + even a spicy one!  Although Taka was extremely busy, he took the time out to help me out with a Japanese translation, going so far as writing the Japanese character on his arm + looking up the word up on his iPhone!  Service with a sweet smile!Portobello Craft - 04

Portobello Holiday Market is relatively small, but we spent an hour + 1/2 in there browsing + having fun talking to the vendors.

The weather in Vancouver has been unbelievable!  Super cold, but bright, blue skies!  If Vancouver was like this all the time I would complain 80% less than I do about the city!  Here’s a view of Science World.  Read my post about it here!Portobello Craft - 07

There goes the water taxi!  Put, put, put!!!Portobello Craft - 08

M + I walked over to check out the big birds in the middle of Olympic Village.Portobello Craft - 09

Here I am contemplating the meaning of these large sparrows.Portobello Craft - 10

M staged a perspective series….Portobello Craft - 11

A kiss on the beak!Portobello Craft - 12

Well, we had some good times at the holiday market + walking around Olympic Village!  In other news, the gorgeous break in weather has officially ended!  Boom!  Two days of snow + ice!Vancouver Snow

It was a light dusting, but still gave a cozy, holiday feel.  Hope you are all enjoying December like we are!  Stay warm + happy!Shelli + Jeff Snow Day

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. i love craft fairs too! i just went to the one at Make It at PNE (similar vendors as PW but bigger). I love Taka too, every time i see him i always end up getting a couple cups of chocolates. My favourite is Lemon Basil.

    December 13, 2013
    • Ooooh, Lemon Basil!!! And the chocolates are really well priced too! Next year I will try Make It!

      December 14, 2013
  2. and i love mellifera honey as well

    December 13, 2013
    • I have a feeling we should hang out…

      December 14, 2013
      • let’s go to the next make it!
        i dont go to PW anymore because it’s the same vendors (I used to have a stand there when it was at the rocky mountain train station) and i think they charge admission too and it’s a smaller venue.

        December 14, 2013
      • PW is pretty small! When is the next Make It? Email me!

        December 15, 2013
      • usually one in spring and fall, so probably around March/April? I’ll let you know!

        December 15, 2013
      • Yay!

        December 16, 2013
  3. kenneth '' Dad's - Papi '' nishino #

    shopping shopping and more shopping gotta
    luv it huh, Nan, glad ur getting around and
    about & enjoying the fine weather!!! when is
    Jeff, getting a hair-cut…hehe….LOL !!!!! Ok,
    enjoy the Holiday, talk soon, cheers, Dads

    December 14, 2013
    • Around + about! Trying to get to know my new city!!! Love you dad, wish you guys were here!

      December 14, 2013
  4. I just want him to curl his hair again.

    December 14, 2013
  5. Moose bag!!!

    December 14, 2013
  6. Those birds are one of the best things about this city! ~M.

    December 14, 2013

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