This small specialty store has some really awesome finds.. I like that everything here is made from something else, things you would not expect to see.. like a belt made from pop can tabs, etc. Original jewelery made from old watch parts, belt buckles made from skateboards - prices were fair, so I was tempted to empty my bank account on a lot of their stuff...
This place really helps environmentalists 'be part of the solution' without having to go to the second hand stores. Excellent ideas and original, well constructed designs really make their stuff look brand new/high end.
What to buy: Their specialty is womens' & mens' bags.. really cool one-of-a-kind bags designed from wool, and leather coats, cargo pants, even sturdy, stylish ones made from rubber tires. THe t-shirts are only $20 and have unique prints, which I found out the owner screen prints herself.
What to pay: Prices vary, but mostly modest.
If you want to buy some traditional art or just to stroll around through the shops you will find something in Gastown. The art is not cheap, but handcrafted. Partly you can see people working on it. Very nice!
What to buy: Traditional art.
Most every non-Canadian I've met who has visited Vancouver is determined to buy maple syrup to bring back to their friends & family. The fact is that maple syrup is not at local to anywhere in Western Canada, but this seems to make no difference to them!
Now, if you're looking for the very best price in the city then go to one of the many Superstore locations. But realize that they only stock fairly large bottles of syrup.
What to buy: If you're looking for smaller bottles to give out to a great number of people then I'd suggest you check out the offerings at Hudson House in Gastown.
An interesting bit of trivia about this store is that it was the original location of the Hudson's Bay Department store in Vancouver.
Gastown is Vancouver's version of "Old Town." Cobble stone streets run next to 19th century buildings, housing clothing botiques, toursit trap souvenir shops, and good cafes and restaurants. Originally this quarter of Vancouver was called Gassy's after saloon proprietor "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a former sailor who loved to talk and talk and talk...and hence his nickname became "Gassy." Gassy
In 1886, a fire destroyed much of Gassy's as well as much of Vancouver at that time, forcing city planners to rebuild the city. Gassy's was rebuilt, renamed Gastown, and the rest is history. In 1971, the Victoria government finally recognized the area's importance, naming it a provincial historical site, preserving the area from any major future development from nearby downtown.
Aside from its shops, restaurants and cobble stone streets, perhaps Gastown is best known for its steam clock, the world's first of its kind. Yes...the clock is run entirely by steam! The clock constantly filters steam out from its vents and gives a toot every 15 minutes.
What to buy: Various stores, cafes and restaurants.
Everybody takes souvenirs home like maple syrup, T-shirts, hats, keyrings, postcards, etc. but make sure to take original ones!!