If you’ve ever wanted to experience all the great flavours of Vancouver’s very own East Village shopping district, here’s your chance. The Hastings North Business Improvement Association invites you to enter The East Village Experience summer contest for a chance to win $500 worth of gift certificates from their merchant members, including two PNE ride passes.
The retail strip along E. Hastings between Commercial and Renfrew has long been a main thoroughfare connecting the city centre and regions surrounding Vancouver. The area’s working class character, cultural diversity and social values make it an attractive destination to live and shop.
Businesses in the East Village serve residents in the Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview-Woodland neighbourhoods, and the shops – many independently-owned – offer unique tastes and treasures set in two distinct and historically significant Vancouver neighbourhoods.
Here you’ll find places like Wheelhouse Seafoods, voted Local Food Heroes by readers of Edible Vancouver last fall, which provide fresh, sustainable seafood choices, as well as organic milk and cheeses, and mainstays like Rio Friendly Meats, owned by brothers Ed and Jim Musto, who have served the community quality meats for over 25 years. Other businesses, like Ugo and Joe’s Fine Foods (where you can find 50 varieties of olives), have been around since 1969.
Specialty shops like Steam Tea House, Vancouver’s smallest tea shop offering micro-batch tea blends, and Black Rook Bakehouse, the from-scratch bakery that created the Black and Tan cake that recently made Vancouver Magazine’s list of “25 Things To Taste Before You Die.” Admirers of hand-crafted gifts and art will love Tiny Finery, offering beautiful, original, locally-designed and produced jewellery, ceramics, and gifts (and recently chosen as one of Vancouver Magazine’s favourite new stores).
Newer additions to the East Village include Campagnolo Roma, sister to Campagnolo Main, serving up Roman style fine dining made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and the Red Wagon, where menu items like pulled pork pancakes in Jack Daniel’s syrup draw a crowd every weekend, even attracting the attention of the Food Network’s Guy Fieri. Another newcomer, Tamam Fine Palestinian Cuisine, a family-run restaurant, has received rave reviews from the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail.
And of course there are local social hubs, like the Laughing Bean, where all the locals meet for coffee, and the Sweet Tooth Café where vegan cinnamon buns and gluten-free baked goods can be found along with Ganji’s famous Pad Thai. There are also local gems like Miscellany Finds, a social enterprise thrift shop encouraging responsible re-consumption while providing programs, and support for women. And last, but not least, The Press Box, where you can relax and catch the game over a burger and beer.
Also take the chance to visit The Fair to see some shows and go on some rides at the PNE. The PNE has been operating since 1910 and is the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in B.C. It has been a staple landmark of this historically rich area and definitely worth a visit.
Enter the contest to explore a shopping and retail district that includes all these and more. Prize pack that includes gift cards from Black Rook Bakehouse, Campagnolo Roma, The Laughing Bean, Miscellany Finds, The Press Box, Rio Friendly Meats, The Red Wagon, Steam Tea House, Sweet Tooth Café, Tamam Fine Palestinian Cuisine, Ugo & Joe’s Fine Foods, Wheelhouse Seafoods, Tiny Finery and PNE ride passes!
Visit The East Village on Facebook to enter. Contest closes August 23.
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