guest post :: the little destination that could

VEV_GuestPost_1To celebrate our new home in the gym at Templeton Secondary School (727 Templeton Drive at Turner), we invited Vancouver East Village to share a post with us on what makes this neighbourhood such a great place to visit!

A few years ago, when people would ask where I live & shop, they could never seem to get a mental map of the area around Nanaimo & E.Hastings. Even many East Van folks seemed not to know. Then I’d say ‘you know, around Donald’s Market, (not the one on Commercial Drive)’. After a few moments they’d say ‘Oh, yeah, there’s not much around there…”  It’s true, we had a plethora of vacant shops and the good ones were few and far between at that time. Well, things have changed a little. People now recognize that the (now named) Vancouver East Village is actually a chill place to eat and to shop.

Hastings Sunrise residents shopping for their meals love supporting our long time merchants like Wheelhouse Seafoods, Rio Friendly Meats and Donald’s Market, but there is more going on over here than food!

VEV_GuestPost_2VEV_GuestPost_4VEV_GuestPost_3New endeavors like Tiny Finery, feature local artisans work in a bright & tiny location that is quickly becoming the go-to shop for gifts & cards. My City Photos offers unusual photo shoots and an outstanding quality of work. Black Rook Bakehouse and East Village Bakery, are directly across the street from one another and neither are to be missed. Walk towards the mountain views, past Pandora Park and downhill to Dundas where you’ll find Far Out Coffee Post, an amazing little neighbourhood gem of a cafe and lunch stop in a most unusual location at Templeton on Dundas. Into craft beers? How about free tastings at Parallel 49 Craft Brewery or Powell St. Craft Brewery, both walkable from the Got Craft?.

A big thanks to Vancouver East Village for giving us a tour of their neighbourhood!

Got Craft?
Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Gym at Templeton Secondary School – 727 Templeton Drive (between Turner and Adanac)
$3.00 admission

images 1 + 3 via Vancouver East Village | image 2 via Ryan Tessier for Vancity Buzz | image 4 via hummingbird604

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