Northern Exposure Retail
by JOANNE BLAIN
Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks
604-688-6755 / bookstocooks.com
A comprehensive collection of cookbooks, wine guides, foodie mags and out-of-print culinary books. And they regularly host cooking demos using recipes from featured authors’ books.
604-647-2275 / barkingbabies.com
Want a gift for the pooch back home? Here, they’ll outfit your furred friend in everything from an Italian-leather collar to a pink cashmere-blend sweater dress or a tuxedo with tails...to go with the one he’s already got.
604-669-8021 / circlecraft.net
Seeking a Canadian souvenir classier than a stuffed moose or a jar of maple syrup? This tasteful Granville gallery, across from the not-to-be-missed Public Market, houses the handicrafts of more than 180 B.C. artists.
604-689-2900 / thecrossdesign.com
This 5,000-square-foot Yaletown homage to European-inspired interior design is full of accessories, linens and design books. Owners Stephanie Vogler and Darci Ilich have an eye for eclectic elegance.
604-731-7673 / gravitypope.com
Footwear fans swooned when this oddly named shoe mecca from Edmonton set up shop in the waterfront Kitsilano neighborhood. And next door is Gravity Pope Tailored Goods, where you’ll find something to wear with those snazzy new kicks.
604-733-1037 / gumdropsonline.com
If you’re up this way, a good pair of rain boots is mandatory. Here you’ll find waterproof boots from DKNY, Hunter, Tretorn and Bogs, among other labels—and, natch, slickers and umbrellas.
604-681-3121 / holtrenfrew.com
The local store of Canada’s top fashion emporium moved into a three-level atrium in 2007, carrying top designers like Prada and Armani, as well as Canadians Smythe, Greta Constantine and Dennis Merotto.
Oak + Fort
604-566-9199 / oakandfort.com
Hippie chic gets an infusion of elegance at this airy boutique in Gastown. Its in-house label, once available only online, crafts drapey dresses and separates that manage to be romantic and edgy at the same time.
604-689-7302 / rodengray.com
This whitewashed former hotel in Gastown houses a well-chosen collection of men’s jeans, shoes, accessories...and, as of spring, womenswear from the likes of Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang.
604-683-4305 / canada.roots.com
You learned of this Canadian retailer in 2002, after it outfitted the U.S. Olympic team. But it has long had a reputation north of the border for fashionable and func-tional bags, shoes and casual clothing.
Two of Hearts Boutique
604-568-0998 / two-of-hearts-clothing.com
Main Street has a slew of boutiques focused on independent local and Canadian designers, and Two of Hearts is at the center of it with casual and youthful clothing for women. Sustainable fabrics—organic cotton, bamboo and soy—abound.
604-874-9770 / walrushome.com
This South Cambie shop is both unpretentious and eclectic. A recent trip found cutting boards of cross-cut tree trunks, hand-knit alpaca cushion covers and laser-cut wood jewelry.