Posts Tagged: gastown

field trip :: nelson the seagull

A few years ago, I would have never thought to walk down Hastings and Carrall Street in Vancouver. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t even go past Dressew, but the City has changed. Holy moly, has it changed! One early morning walk later, we discovered fantastic eateries and shops such as Old Faithful Shop, Cartem’s Donuterie, Revolver Coffee, Meat and Bread, and Nelson the Seagull. And really, with a tagline of “Bread and Coffee”, did you expect anything else, but brilliant toast and flat whites? Yes! Flat whites!

Nelson the Seagull
315 Carrall Street, Vancouver

in the city ::

I have been working out of the home since we returned from London, so please excuse the silence over here. I have to admit that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, and the blog is always the first to fall off the wagon. I made myself a work timeline that hopefully will keep me on track with all of the different projects that I am working on, but I seriously thought I was my losing my mind last week when I couldn’t recall past conversations or retain any new information!

We did carve out some “me” time during the weekend and while the sun was shining, spent the morning strolling through Gastown. We discovered some new to us shops such as Nelson the Seagull, Old Faithful Shop, Save On Meats, and attempted to visit Cartem’s, but it was early and they weren’t quite open yet. Much of the evening was then spent sitting in front of the telly with Cleo and finishing up crocheting an apple cozy order.

Hope you had a great weekend too! Happy Monday!

city guide :: vancouver, bc (part 1)


photo credit: Emily Bee ♥ Follow The White Rabbit

I have been contacted a few times by people visiting Vancouver, British Columbia, most recently by a lady from Tennesse, for where to go for craft supplies and indie crafts in the city. So I figured that it would be handy to have a page with a few of my favourite spots that I could direct people to and you can add your favourite finds below. I will be breaking the post into sections of the city to make it more manageable, so let’s start off with downtown / chinatown / gastown.

Dressew – 337 W. Hastings Street

If you are looking for craft supplies, this is the mother ship! Two floors of fabric, notions, select findings and quite an assortment of 80’s jewelry downstairs on the back wall.

Button Button – 318 Homer Street

Just around the corner from Dressew, this is a small shop filled to the brim with all kinds of buttons. You can read my guest post about them for DIY Vancouver Granville Online.

Opus Art Supplies – 207 W. Hastings Street

Great place for art students and those that like to draw and paint. I like to pop in here to refill my supply of blender pens.

Erin Templeton – 511 Carrall Street

The most softest and scrumptious handmade leather bags ever. Full stop.

Blim – 115 E. Pender Street

Part art studio, workshop space and retail shop.

honourable mentions for local handmade finds + a quick bite to eatOld Faithful Shop – 320 W. Cordova Street, Dream – 311 W. Cordova Street, Meat + Bread – 370 Cambie Street, Nuba – 1489 E. Hastings Street, La Taqueria – 322 E. Hastings St, New Town – 158 E. Pender St (best steamed bbq pork buns + butterfly pastries)