March 08, 2007 | Tips from Travellers >
t’s a fact. Hidden gems can often be unearthed in your very own backyard. And for Vancouverites, we know a thing or two about the fabulous finds rife for discovery in the little pockets and funky neighbourhoods which define our fair city. The booty to be bought in one of my favourite spots falls under the categories of frocks, formal wear and even a bit of frivolity. Indeed, for the serious shopper, one need venture no further than Main Street. On Main and 21st Avenue in particular, browsers can stumble upon a host of tiny shops bursting at the seams – and all within a short stroll from one other. Think local designers, jewelers and the like. Fine frocks and trinkets for the home define Barefoot Contessa www.thebarefootcontessa.com. A dress for every occasion can be snagged at Narcissist www.narcissist.com. One-of-a-kind pieces promise pleasure at Smoking Lily www.smokinglily.com. Need shoes with that? Scoot over to Umeboshi www.umeboshishoes.com for the perfect fit. And after mining each locale for the latest and greatest and this season’s must-haves, stop in at Liberty Café, a family-run bakery which offers yummy homemade soups and killer cookies. Perfect for re-fueling should you decide to go back for yet another look.
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