(This article is sponsored by Point Grey Village Business Improvement Association.)
In case you hadn’t already noticed, the countdown to Christmas is well underway. But if you’re finding yourself still in search of your holiday spirit, might we suggest a little trip to Vancouver’s beautiful Point Grey Village?
From now until December 24th, the area's shopping district along West 10th—between Tolmie and Discovery Street—will host a number of fun holiday activities to get you in the mood.
There will be carolers every Saturday afternoon before Christmas—not to scare you, but there’s only two left! And be sure to look out for the town mascot, Bear Claus, in some beautiful window paintings by artist Nicholas Frenette.
Check the online interactive holiday calendar for daily deals, as well as games to keep the kids occupied while you decide who’s been naughty or nice.
With everything from high fashion to crafts and toys—and beyond—you’ll be able to check off everyone on your gift list. Even better, you’ll be supporting some of the wonderful, independent businesses in the area.
And there’s no time like the present—pun intended. Here are a few of our favourite stores and who we’ll be buying for this year.
For the fashionista
The fashionista’s favourite for more than three decades, Enda b has a wide variety of clothing, bags, and accessories to suit every style. The beautiful 4,000-square-foot space showcases more than 30 collections from well-known brands like DKNY, to local, emerging designers. Its spacious ambiance, many fitting rooms, enormous mirrors, and relaxed décor provide the very best shopping experience. Treat her to a gift card and she can choose the perfect outfit for herself. But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not ask an Enda b stylist for their advice?
For the playful kid
The neighbourhood toy store since 1980, Kaboodles is the perfect place to pick up a parent-approved gift for the little one in your life. Kaboodles selects toys, games, and puzzles based on quality, play value, and “fun-quotient”, while also recognizing that play is an important part of how children learn and grow. If you’ve got the family in tow, it’s definitely worth paying this place a visit. Kaboodles caters to the little ones with kid-friendly cash desks, fun displays, plenty of toys to try out, and kids’ washrooms too.
For the hard to buy for
No matter who you are, or what you’re into, the right pair of frames is always going to make you feel good about yourself. At West 10th Eyes, you’ll find the latest in smart-spectacles, chic sunglasses, and everything in between. From sporty frames made of exotic metalsto colour-enhancing Maui Jim’s, there’s a pair of sunglasses for even the most difficult to buy for on your list.
For the energetic one
Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts offers a variety of programs in karate, Don Jitsu Ryu, kick-fit boxing, self-defence, and karobics, in a safe, fun and caring family environment. Purple Dragon promotes discipline, focus, respect, leadership, and confidence. For kids aged four years and older, this is the perfect gift to teach them the life skills to give them the best start in life—while also putting some of that excess energy to good use.
For the gift to self
After all that shopping, we suspect you might need a little break—and perhaps a drink. Reward yourself with a signature cocktail and the ultimate comfort food at Burgoo. Enjoy the old-world, countryside bistro feel, as you’re served seasonal favourites like cheese fondue or decadent French onion soup. Bliss.