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Black Friday Shopping in Vancouver & Posh Shopping Tours

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Around the time of the US Thanksgiving it is not unusual to have many of us Canucks flock down to the States to enjoy the copious amount of Sales that Black Friday brings. It is true that many of us north of the border wish that we will see more Sales happening here and in all fairness some retailers are starting to buy into the idea so that more consumers shop here locally.

The last few years around the Thanksgiving period we have seen many retailers along Robson St, Pacific Center Mall and of the huge Metrotown metropolis mall have some amazing sales in the week leading up to and beyond Thanksgiving, we anticipate that this year will be no different. In fact, with the Canuck Dollar dropping we feel that more and more Canucks will want to shop locally due to the difference in the Dollar. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope that Black Friday makes Vancouver proud!

Best shopping Districts of Vancouver
Robson St
Just a 10 minute walk north from the Sunset Inn & Suites hotel this is the most well known shopping district in the downtown core. Here you will find all the premier well known Brands, international designers and high fashion. A great street lined with benches, street artists and many places to dine and drink in between shops, this is the place for the serious shopper!
Website: http://www.robsonstreet.ca/

Pacific Centre Mall & Granville Street
This is pretty much a continuation of the Robson St District – the Vancouver Art Gallery is the dividing point between the 2 areas, where Robson St and Granville St connect you will find more popular stores and places to eat for you pleasure. Head one block north on Granville Street and you will come across some very popular stores such as The Bay and across the street the Pacific Center Mall which has popular brands such as The Apple Store and H&M to name but a few.
Website: http://www.pacificcentre.ca/en/Pages/default.aspx

Metropolis at Metrotown Mall
Metrotown is the Daddy of all the malls and is by far one of the biggest Malls in Western Canada and BC – boasting over 400 different shops, Food mall and more this IS the place to enjoy. They are partaking in the Black Friday sales so be sure to check them out on November 28, 2014 starting at 7am, Metropolis at Metrotown will be offering amazing deals and promotions on Black Friday.
Website:http://metropolisatmetrotown.com/

There is another great way of shopping so why not try a Shopping Tour?
Posh Shopping Tours
Posh Shopping Tours have it all figured out, not only will they help you with your Shopping needs but you will also get to visit the best shopping districts that Vancouver has to offer, we feel this is a great concept as the majority of visitors that come to the city do not get to explore these districts which is a shame. Vancouver is actually a surprisingly small city considering its stature and status in Canada and the world stage, however, many visitors tend to stay put in the ‘bubble’ of the downtown area and like many that live here we tend to stay where we are. Posh Shopping tours will actually take you a that little bit farther afield to some very special districts such as the eclectic and bohemian areas like Commercial Drive (which is in the East Vancouver area), Main St and of course the older and very trendy downtown area that is Gastown and the downtown shopping district that is of course Robson St.

The Tours are run by the wonderful Brandy Kawulka who is a self made entrepreneur – Brandy is no stranger to running a successful business as she and her husband Paul Keller set up their first venture called Wood be Art http://www.woodbeart.com/ which specializes in custom made wood furniture and has been a success for quite some time now, they both met in school while studying woodwork so you are seriously talking to the real deal professionals in Wood work.
Brandy’s latest venture Posh Shopping Tours looks set to just grow and grow – Brandy has an obvious eye for detail and is attentive to what people need, it is such a good idea to fuse sightseeing and shopping in one package with someone who is knowledgeable of the surroundings and obviously cares for Vancouver and fashion.

Not only will you be able to shop for what you desire, the tour will also help you get to know the areas you are in while you are at it, so your group will be able to get some sightseeing around the district that has been specifically chosen to suit your needs, and, when you are ready you can shop shop shop to your hearts content.
The tours will completely cater to the fashion and style that you are looking for, so if you are a complete Fashionista that
cannot get enough of the variation of styles such as Vintage, high end expensive brands or something that is cheap and comfy this will be no challenge at all!
Website: http://www.poshshoppingtours.com/

Last minute Halloween costume, decorations & other preparations

Monday, October 27th, 2014

With just a few short days to go for Halloween there is a good chance that some of us may be a little behind with the preparations. If you still need to find a cool and scary costume or need some trinkets for this ghoulish festival we will show you where to go in time for this Friday October 31st.

Dressew – Fabrics, sewing & other clothing materials
337 W Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H6
Phone number (604) 682-6196

This store is incredible if you are looking for clothing materials and fabrics – not only that it also has an extensive costume selection all year, however, once Halloween rolls in the costume selection certainly takes on a more sinister theme! We feel that this IS the daddy of all costume stores, it can get very very busy there, so do not be surprised if you encounter a line up at store – it is popular for a reason and it will be well worth the wait as you will be sure to find an awesome costume and some funky and scary trinkets to accompany your gear.
Website: http://students.bcitwebdev.com/stephanepj/finalproject/index.php

The Party Bazaar!
1296 STATION ST., VANCOUVER, BC V6A 2X3
one block east of Main St. and Terminal Ave, at the Main St Skytrain Station.
604-873-5241 or Toll Free 1-800-563-5200
Fax 604-873-1644
Email: sales@thepartybazaar.com

This is a great place that sells items specifically for your costume and party needs all year round, they have everything you need for party tricks, games, trinkets, face paints and more – you can easily spend a pretty penny for your tickle trunk at this shop!
Website: http://www.thepartybazaar.com/

Dollar Stores on Davie St – Davie Village
There are Dollar stores everywhere in Vancouver and there are a handful that are very close by to the Sunset Inn and Suites Hotel in the Westend- they will have a limited selection of costumes, but you will be sure to find Face Paints, Balloons, scary goodies, trinkets and more here, our go to is Amy’s.
Amy’s Jr. Loonie Toonie Town
1050 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
604-689-9719
Amy’s is the largest and closest of all the dollar stores on Davie St, it will be highly likely you will find a great deal here.

Shoppers Drug Mart
Thurlow & Davie St Vancouver BC V6E 1N2; Phone: 604-669-2424; Fax: 604-681-2328; Email: asdm272@shoppersdrugmart.ca
Shopper’s which is just a short 5 minute walk behind on Davie Street always has a festive aisle available for whatever the event is occurring at the time of year. They will surely have some cool costumes and decorations for you to buy here. The store is 24 hour so easy to find something on the hop!

Website: http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/store-locator/store/272

Halloween Events in Vancouver: http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=6028

Celebration of Light Fireworks and Shorefest at Sunset Beach

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The Sunset Inn hotel and the West End is getting ready for the return of the annual Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks display.
The first of 3 displays begins on Saturday July 26th with two more following on Wednesday July 30th and Saturday August 2nd which is also Pride Weekend in the district, this spectacular pyrotechnic display that is a staple in the Vancouver Festival calender lights up the sky at English Bay.
The fireworks displays are an actual competition and each year a different country is chosen to create an impressive display all in sync to the music of their choice. Previous participants have used creative ideas such as James Bond theme and The Wizard of Oz film which was fantastic.
This is an event that is by far one of the most popular in Vancouver, and for all those who live in the West End we see this as the true beginning of summer and its time for the West End to show off and party in the gorgeous Summer weather.

Shorefest at Sunset Beach
Not only are we treated to a late evening display there is a live music festival that begins at 2pm down at Sunset Beach which is only a five minute walk away from us. This is a great day out and best of all it is free and runs up until the fireworks display.
The bands are really really good and in the past we have been treated to great live music from well known bands such as The Trews and The Barenaked Ladies to name but a few.
Please click the following link to know what to expect:
http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/artists/shorefest-2014

Celebration of light website:http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Sunset Suggestion and tips!
We always suggest that you head straight down to the Beach via the seawall on Thurlow Street to Sunset Beach and towards English Bay…..you do not have to be right at English Bay to see the display, it will be pretty crazy and crowded and if anything Sunset Beach will be quieter with an amazing vantage point, try and go early as there will be plenty of entertainment to occupy you before the big show shoots into the sky at 10pm.

Road Closures at 4pm
This is a major event in the city, and with any huge event such as this you will have to expect road closures, so, we do strongly suggest that if you do have a vehicle this will be the best day to leave it at the hotel, the West End completely shuts down for traffic at around 4pm, so the streets can let around half a million people migrate through the West End towards English Bay.
Click on this link to see the Map of the event road closures – you will see that we are in the closure zone at Burnaby St and Thurlow St. https://www.dropbox.com/s/b6qx1bwbpgwhpoq/HCOL2014%20FINAL%20Site%20map%20with%20flags.pdf

Natural display rivals the fireworks!
In 2009 during the South African display at the celebration of light, a very rare strong thunderstorm moved over the city and very nearly upstaged the event itself, I believe the footage will speak for itself…..the first is a timelapse of the day which is pretty breathtaking, the second video is the full display itself…enjoy!

Exploring Vancouver’s West End. Part 3. Beaches and Seawall.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

On Sunday evening the skies were clear and you could feel the warmth of Spring in the air, the breeze had a slight chill to it but nothing to make you uncomfortable or ruin the moment. It was the perfect evening to catch the Sunset at one of the beaches that hug the Seawall around the West End.

Beaches of the West End
Walk westbound for around 10 to 15 minutes down the hill on Davie Street and you will reach the western boundary of the West End district – here you will be greeted by the very popular English Bay Beach and the entrance to Stanley Park with the gorgeous Lost Lagoon dividing suburbia and nature – read our next Blog installment on the West End and we have more to say about the Lagoon.

As the Sun was setting on Sunday April 14th there were many many people who were gathering at the English Bay to see it, we were at the peninsula where the stunning Inukshuk is standing – which is an excellent area to watch the Sun set. The waters of English bay were quite calm and had a stunning metallic gold shimmer with dashes of blue reflecting from the stunning blue skies above. As the Sun was setting the crowds had swollen in size and there were lots of cheering and drumming as the spectacle came to its finale!


Photo courtesy of Kyle Pearce at Unifiedstream – visit their site at http://www.unifiedstream.com/

Inukshuk Monument at English Bay
Standing by the Inukshuk you really get to see the beauty that this city has to offer and also the realisation of what a wonderfully cute area that the West End is, the location of the Sunset Inn and Suites hotel is indeed a prime spot for us and our guests.
The Inukshuk itself looks very majestic overlooking the ocean and the North Shore mountains as a great backdrop, it is a great opportunity for some incredible photographic shots and memories of your stay in Vancity. It is also one of the most recognised landmarks in this part of the world and is a symbolic representation for the First Nations peoples and adopted for the Winter Olympic Games of 2010. Traditionally the Inukshuk were used as markers for a point of reference when navigating the land especially during hunting in the more northern climes of Canada- they were also used as Sign posts for settlements in the area.

Click Inukshuk and you will see a great video on the meaning of this symbolic monument is.

Looking at the map, you will find the Inukshuk is located at the South Side of English Bay at the mouth of False Creek – our Hotel is at the same spot marked where the HI Hostel is..

The Seawall
The Seawall is one of the most walked, run and biked paths in Vancouver and at 22km long it encompasses Stanley Park, and much of the Downtown peninsula with a plethora of sights to absorb and photograph- one things for sure you will certainly remember this part of your visit.

Balancing Rocks
We suggest that you walk from English Bay back South to South East where you start to follow the seawall along the opening of False Creek towards Burrard Bridge and Granville Island, along this path you will come across some really cool Rock structures balanced on the large boulders and rocks embedded among the pebbles and sand.
Everywhere you go along the beaches in Vancouver, if there are rocks, there are likely to be plenty that are balancing on top of each other, and as much as you may believe that they are glued on, well, you will be wrong, the glue that is holding them together is quite literally the natural force of gravity and the awesome art of balance!

Rock Pools and Sandy Beaches at Sunset Beach.
Further along the Sea Wall you will notice that there are more options to hang out at the waters edge, here the rocks make way for Sandy beaches and large Logs that have been lined up for you to hang out and have a picnic. This is called Sunset Beach the hotels namesake and is the quieter option in comparison to the popular English Bay.
As the Rockier beaches transition to more Sandy style beaches you can easily explore the area with your family, just be mindful of the tides of course. Along the beaches you can come across some cool Rock Pools and see some smaller fish, crabs and all varieties of colour from the Seaweed and Algae that adorn the rocks and pebbles. It is also a great area to watch all the local Birds such as Geese, Gulls, Crows and the majestic Herons, if you have a really keen eye, you may even catch a glimpse of a Seal popping its head up from the water…

Events that are best seen from Sunset Beach and English Bay during the Summer
There are lots of events that happen in Vancouver throughout the year, here we will highlight a couple of the major events that come to our neck of the woods.

Celebration of Light Fireworks Display.
These Fireworks come to Vancouver every single year and draw in very large crowds of locals and tourists alike every year, the display is a competition that travels the world each year and our turn comes at the end of July and the beginning of August – the masses love to get their prime seat down at English Bay, but for us, we feel that Sunset Beach will do the job and is quieter too, so if you do not like the crowds – Sunset Beach it is!
Celebration of Light: http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Pride Parade and Festival.
Davie Village which is adjacent to the Hotel is home to the Gay District of Vancouver so naturally that means we have fun with the annual Gay Pride Parade. This event always happens on the final weekend of the Celebration of Light fireworks.
The Parade winds it way from Robson St through to Denman where the procession ends at Sunset Beach and then the party truly begins!
Vancouver Pride Parade: https://vancouverpride.ca/

For further information on other Vancouver Top Attractions – click here: http://www.sunsetinn.com/leisure/attractions