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@thisopenspace x London Fields Shoppe

LondonFieldsShoppe7Have you guys checked out @thisopenspace? @thisopenspace helps clients find flexible space and open underutilized space for temporary use. This is perfect for people looking to set up shop, but don’t want to commit to a multi-year lease or want to test out their ideas and see if a certain neighbourhood is a good fit for them. Win / Win, right?

We’re super excited to have the opportunity to open up our Strathcona shop space to you fine folks! London Fields Shoppe is available to rent for workshops, yoga sessions, tastings, meetings, photo shoots, and other special events. Located in the Heatley Block on the corner of East Hastings and Heatley, you can find our full listing on @thisopenspace here.

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Strathcona Community Tees + Totes

StrathconaCommunityTeesStrathcona has always been in our hearts. My relatives moved into a row home, which is still in the family, near Union Street in the 1920s. My grandma used to take tai chi classes at the Ray Cam Community Centre every Saturday and we would meet the rest of the family there before having dim sum at Pink Pearl or lunch somewhere in Chinatown. I used to walk down to Kenny’s convienence store on East Hastings with my aunt for penny candies and if I didn’t like his selection, we would walk half a block further to Penny’s conveience store. We bought our weekly groceries at Sunrise Market, Rice World, Double Happiness, New Town Bakery, and have been going to the recently destroyed, Daisy Garden, for as long as I can remember. I took my first piano and ballet classes at the Strathcona Community Centre, attended family weddings at Strathcona Church, and most recently, celebrated our son’s first birthday at MacLean Park.

When we set out to find a location for London Fields Shoppe, we never thought we would be in the Heatley Block, but we are super proud to be back in Strathcona and for the opportunity to rediscover new gems and past haunts. We were actually so excited that we asked our friends, Locomotive Clothing, to hand print and design a neighbourhood specific t-shirt. Aren’t they amazing? We have also collaborated with Locomotive Clothing to print the cotton totes shown above with 100% proceeds to the Strathcona Community Centre Association. Shirts are available in various sizes including baby, child, youth, men, and women. Show your neighbourhood pride and find both of these items in-store or online here.

For other neighbourhood love, check out The Pleasant Shop (Mount Pleasant), Brick & Mortar Living (New Westminster), Gatley (Commercial Drive), Stepback (Kitsilano), and Spruce Collective (Fraser Valley).

New Workshop with Maurelle Calligraphy

MaurelleCalligraphyWorkshopWe’re pleased to announce that Maurelle Calligraphy will be hosting a beginner calligraphy workshop at London Fields Shoppe on July 18th. Focusing on modern calligraphy, Maurelle will cover the fundamentals including the basics of traditional copperplate style script where you use a sharp pointed nib rather than the flat nib used in most calligraphic writing. You will also learn how to write the complete alphabet and to find your own style, the proper use of calligraphy tools and equipment, and tips and tricks on how to hone your skills. This is a perfect workshop for those with little, or no, experience in using a pointed pen.

The 3 hour workshop includes 1 pen holder, 2 nibs, a calligraphy worksheet, a jar of ink, and a handmade wood pen holder. Light refreshments will be served.


Calligraphy Workshop
Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Sold Out – contact us to be added to the wait list or for new dates
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Cost: $135.00 plus tax. Space is limited to 10 students.

REGISTER online here or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).


Maurelle is a modern calligrapher, who fell in love with the old world charm of writing letters at the age of 15. Inspired by the beautiful nature in British Columbia, old French letters, and vintage calligraphy books, she collaborates with exceptional wedding vendors and has had her work featured in a number of noteworthy and remarkable magazines and blogs (Adore Magazine, Belle Lumiere Magazine, Real Weddings, The Luxe Pearl, Wedluxe and Style Me Pretty Canada). Her clients have also included Dior and I, Nordstrom Canada and L’Oreal Paris just to name a few. Her most recent project was with the ABC series “Once Upon A Time” Season 4, where one of her calligraphy styles was showcased as the handwriting of one of the main characters.

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The Sunday Best Series | Social Yoga

YogaWhy does Saturday night get all the fun?

Social Yoga is bringing their Sunday best to London Fields Shoppe starting at the end of this month! Social Yoga is not your everyday yoga class. Literally. They run weekly small-group classes using yoga as a tool for connection. Classes are held in unconventional places (like us!) where you get to know the people you’re with and you get to call the shots. No fancy frills or add ons, just a straight and original Social Yoga flow class followed by their signature post-yogs activities. Come discover what it looks like to be your best self amongst good company. Sunday best attire not required. We’ll get you stretching your mind and your body, as well as your social circle.


Sundays, May 24 | 31 and June 14 | 21
9:30am to 11:30am
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings at Heatley Street, Vancouver
Spaces are limited to 8 students. Pre-registration required.

For more information and to register, click here.


About Social Yoga… As a Type-A ‘first time yoga class hater’ who had a serious case of the “can’t sit stills”, Anita is now on a mission to bring this ancient practice down to (modern day) earth. Anita has her B’Sc and has studied multiple types of movement ranging from Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) to Pilates, and of course, Yoga. She has participated in yoga trainings in Vancouver, BC and in Melbourne, AUS with Amy Ippoliti.

By weaving her experience as a teacher, facilitator, and real life experience of the power of yoga and meditation, Anita keeps Social Yoga classes intentional, in a light-hearted way.

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new date added :: beginner brush lettering

brushlettering-Apr18Our first workshop sold out, so we added a new date. John Lennig from Big Top Sign Arts will be teaching a second workshop on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Details below…

Course description:
Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie at the Rio Theatre? Sign Painter, John Lennig from Big Top Sign Arts, will be hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used. The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

You’ll take home:
A 1-2 word piece using both upper and lower case in the BullNose lettering style
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint


Beginner Brush Lettering Workshop
Saturday, April 18th, 2015  ** SOLD OUT – thank you!
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
London Fields Shoppe, 692 East Hastings in Vancouver (at Heatley Street)

Space is limited to 10 students.

image via [stu-di-o] by jeanie // see John’s bio here