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Vancouver’s Gastown enjoys retail renaissance Filson, Bailey Nelson and Herschel all set to open stores in the city’s heritage district

April 25th, 2017

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A spate of new retailers is coming to one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, including international brands locating some of their first Canadian locations in the historic Gastown district known for its cobblestone streets and Victorian street lamps.

H&M’s upscale fashion brand, COS, opened a 3,000-square-foot store at 18 Water Street last month. The Swedish giant had opened three central Canadian stores in the previous 18 months and selected Gastown as home to its first store in Western Canada.

Now comes word that international brands such as Filson and Bailey Nelson are planning to open stores in Gastown and that Vancouver-based handbag manufacturer Herschel Supply Co. is preparing to open its first corporately owned store in the neighbourhood.

The newcomers are expected to add a new vitality to the area, but their interest in locating in Gastown is not a surprise to executives at Fluevog Shoes, which has operated a 5,000-square-foot store in Gastown for almost a decade.

“We like the mix of creative people in the neighbourhood and the tourist traffic that comes here as well,” said the company’s COO, Adrian Fluevog, echoing sentiments expressed by many area retailers. “We’re very happy with our store’s performance and have made it our flagship store.”

Fluevog has watched the street evolve and said he thinks traffic has picked up in recent years.

Filson CEO Steve Bock told Business in Vancouver that he decided to locate his 12-store chain’s first Canadian store in Gastown because the area is “gritty” and has a heritage look that reflects well on his brand, which is 120 years old and was founded to supply durable clothing to prospectors during the Klondike gold rush.

Because Filson is a Seattle-based company that has most of its sales in the Pacific Northwest, Bock said choosing to open in Vancouver before opening in Toronto felt “natural.”

The 3,000-square-foot Filson store at 47 Water Street in Gastown is slated to open April 28 and is part of a wave of new stores that Filson is opening to boost its growth rate after decades of slow expansion. The company intends to open four other stores this year, including one in Toronto.

Australian optical chain Bailey Nelson will open its first Canadian store – a 1,200-square-foot boutique – on Vancouver’s Robson Street in June. A month later will come the brand’s second Canadian premises, a 1,700-square-foot store at 202 Carrall Street in Gastown.

(The iconic Hotel Europe building at 43 Powell Street sits on a triangular lot | Chung Chow)

Bree Stanlake, Bailey Nelson’s North American managing director, said Gastown’s young demographic and high concentration of artists was one of the reasons why her 27-store eyewear chain chose to locate in that district.

The company has so far operated only in Australia and New Zealand.

Vancouver beat out Toronto as the site for a first Canadian store because Vancouver’s culture is similar to that of Sydney, she said.

“Although Sydney is much warmer and a little more conducive to surfing and water sports, people in Vancouver are very much into having an outside lifestyle,” Stanlake said.

As for Herschel, it plans to start constructing a 5,000-square-foot flagship store at 347 and 349 Water Street in Gastown, and to open the store in 2018, principal Jamie Cormack told BIV.

He and brother Lyndon Cormack chose to locate the store in Gastown because that is where the duo founded their handbag manufacturing and retailing company. The two also like the area’s demographics.

All these developments prompted retail analyst and Retail Insider Media owner Craig Patterson to say Gastown is basking in a “cool moment.”

He added that the area benefits from heritage architecture, an overall historical aesthetic, decent foot traffic, lots of tourists and rents that aren’t as high as in some other parts of the downtown.

“Having the Downtown Eastside nearby doesn’t help but that’s a whole different story,” he said. •

gkorstrom@biv.com
@GlenKorstrom

Read full article here: https://www.biv.com/article/2017/4/vancouvers-gastown-enjoys-retail-renaissance/


Restaurant review: El Santo freshens up with savoury Mexican flavours in New Westminster

January 11th, 2017

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El Santo

680 Columbia St. | 604-553-1849

Open: Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.;

Hungry for fresh Mexican fare but don’t have the time to board a plane bound down south?

Well, you may want to consider making a stop at El Santo, a contemporary New Westminster eatery that serves up authentic food at a fair price point.

Located along the historic waterfront district, El Santo is an eatery fed by a mission. And that mission is to change the way people think about Mexican cuisine.

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The Enchiladas Flor de Jamaica, $18, at El Santo.

“For me, it’s really important to show people that Mexican food is more than just tacos and enchiladas,” El Santo owner Alejandro Diaz explains.

Diaz says his goal is to make Mexican food synonymous with fresh.

“It’s time to show people the contemporary side of Mexican food,” he says.
Diners looking for the swimming-in-sauce-and-cheese appeal of some Mexican eateries may find themselves disappointed. While El Santo certainly serves up dishes featuring deliciously fresh and gooey cheeses (all sourced from Burnaby’s Scardillo Cheese), the first lesson diners learn upon glancing at the menu is that real Mexican cuisine uses cheese sparingly.

“A lot of food, when you’re actually in Mexico, does not contain cheese,” Chef Shane King, who has been with the establishment since it opened in December 2015, explains. “That is more of a Tex-Mex thing with burritos and nachos. So, there isn’t a lot of cheese in a lot of our items.”
El Santo’s few dishes that do feature cheese — such as the shareable Queso Fundido ($10), a bubbling mini skillet featuring poblano peppers, caramelized onions and tomato, served with a side of fresh tortillas — include traditional options such as Oaxaca and Cotija cheese.

But while the El Santo menu is light on queso, it’s heavy on locally sourced ingredients.

“All of our proteins are locally sourced,” King says. The menu boasts Farmcrest chicken in its Tinga de Pollo (petite tacos featuring slow-roasted chicken, house-made chorizo, cheese and pickled onion for $9), and King says most of their specialty meats are sourced from Two Rivers. The local love doesn’t stop at the meats.

“Throughout the spring, summer and into early autumn, we visit as many local farm markets as possible and all of our vegetables during that time come from local suppliers,” King explains. “And all of our micro-herbs come from local suppliers.”

The Churros at El Santo in New Westminster.

King says some traditional Mexican ingredients present a problem for sourcing locally. And for those, they head straight to the source.

“All of our dried chilis come directly from Mexico,” King says. “We have local suppliers that deal solely with Mexican ingredients of the highest quality.”

The quality and attention to detail comes across in El Santo’s dishes, which are plated in an unfussy manner — and many come in a shareable size.

“Nothing here that is put on a plate comes from a bucket or a jar,” Kings says. “Everything is made in-house, as close to the traditional way as we can.”

That includes the delectable salsas, which King says are all made the old-fashioned way: by dry roasting the ingredients. It’s also the most time-consuming way.

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The bar at El Santo in New Westminster. Credit: Foodie Photography [PNG Merlin Archive]“I don’t believe in shortcuts,” King says. “I do believe in keeping to the more traditional way of cooking because that’s how I feel you find the true flavour of Mexican cuisine.”

That attention to detail can be enjoyed in the shareable Trio of Salsas ($8), which features a heaping bowl of house-made tortilla chips with three salsas: roasted tomatillo and guajillo, salsa verde and salsa roja.

The salsas were fresh and delicious, with mild, medium and hot options. The salsa roja was the table favourite, boasting a rich base of tomatoes that balanced the moderate spice and left our dinner party fighting for the final crispy tortilla chip to scoop up the red sauce.

Passing on the popular Pescado a la Veracruzana ($28), a whole Westcoast rockfish served with Spanish-style olives and capers, our table opted for the Enchiladas Flor de Jamaica ($18), which offered the opportunity to taste an unexpected ingredient: Hibiscus flowers.

The vegetarian dish — El Santo offers 10 veg-friendly items on its regular menu and at least one on its ever-changing seasonal list — was mild and delicious, with a nice crunch thanks to slices of carrot and cabbage.

As for dessert, we tried the churros, deep-fried sticks of dough coated with cinnamon and sugar and served with a small dollop of dulce de leche. Despite a shared sweet tooth, our table found the soft sticks of sweet dough lacked a satisfying crunch.

Next time, we’ll skip the dessert in favour of ordering an extra helping of chips and fresh salsa.

Aharris@postmedia.com

Twitter.com/Aleesha_H

Read the full article here: http://vancouversun.com/life/food/local-food-reviews/restaurant-review-el-santo-freshens-up-with-savoury-mexican-flavours-in-new-westminster


New York could look radically different in just a few years!

November 16th, 2015

The New New York Skyline!

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Manhattan is in the midst of an unprecedented boom in tall buildings. Before 2004, Manhattan was home to 28 skyscrapers 700 feet and taller. Since then, an additional 13 have been built, 15 are under construction, and 19 are proposed—47 more in all. These additions are rapidly—and radically—changing the skyline.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/new-york-city-skyline-tallest-midtown-manhattan/


T+H Breathes New Life Into The Historic Downtown District

July 4th, 2015

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See what REW had to say about Trapp+Holbrook in their NewHomes Real Estate Weekly: http://issuu.com/rew1/docs/ab-jul4

Visit our Sales Centre at 702 Columbia Street, New Westminster, for more information on these homes brining you the best of old and new. We are open daily from 12-5pm, except Fridays or give us a call at 604.525.0223 and a member of our Sales Team will be happy to answer your questions.


GREAT SAVINGS ON LAST 9 HOMES!

March 16th, 2015

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The countdown is on! With just 9 homes remaining at Trapp+Holbrook, now is the time to find your new home at Trapp+Holbrook before it’s too late!

With GST included pricing from only $249,900, and 5% down on these final homes, you could own at New Westminster’s best-selling community with as little as $12,500 down and approximately $1,000 per month*.

From panoramic water views to the impressive heritage details of the quintessential Salient loft, there is no other community in New Westminster like Trapp+Holbrook…and with just 9 homes remaining, time is running out. Here is a closer look at some of our remaining homes:

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With move-ins scheduled for this spring we are pleased to announce we have negotiated one year free Shaw, cable and HDPVR for our homeowners. And with the sun shining, it’s a good reminder to consider where you are going to store your motorcycle…for just $5,000 we have you covered with two motorcycle parking stalls remaining.

Visit us at 702 Columbia Street between noon and 5pm every day except Fridays, and ensure your place at Trapp+Holbrook.

*Ask sales staff for details, pricing, sizing and availability are subject to change, renderings and photography are approximate only. The developer reserves the right to make changes to the information contained herein without notice E.&O.E.


Trapp + Holbrook – Now is your time, move in this Spring!

January 10th, 2015

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GST is now included in all our remaining homes at Trapp+Holbrook, but for a limited time only! We’re just doing the final touches on the building, so you can move into New Westminster’s best-selling new home community this spring.

One Bedroom homes + Parking start at $239,900 INCLUDING GST (Save $7,438.76)
Heritage Lofts + Parking start at $299,900 INCLUDING GST (Save $9,299.22)
Two Bedroom + Den homes start at $465,900 INCLUDING GST (Save $21,740.97)

Trapp+Holbrook is a historically unique building with a modern twist and will serve as a landmark building in Downtown New Westminster. The residents at Trapp + Holbrook can take advantage of a fully-equipped fitness facility, amenity space with outdoor BBQ area, community garden plots as well as free Shaw one year internet, cable and HDPVR. Trapp + Holbrook’s 2 bedroom G2 plans offer panoramic views of the Fraser River. For a limited time, construction tours are available. Ask us how.

Trapp+Holbrook is in the heart of New Westminster, one of Western Canada’s most historic cities. During the city’s establishment many different industries formed in New Westminster attracting many shoppers from across the lower Mainland giving New Westminster the name “Golden Mile”. Today, New Westminster continues to share its history by maintaining its heritage neighbourhood, and incorporating new restaurants, shops, and parks, creating a dynamic community to live and play in.

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Trapp+Holbrook has great links to Downtown Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The SkyTrain station is a short 3 minute walk away and connects you to downtown Vancouver in just 30 minutes. Nearby amenities such as the River Market, Pier Park and newly opened Anvil Centre offer exciting and new activities: festivals, art events, and outdoor volleyball courts are among the many available things to do. Columbia Street and the famous Antique Alley are great weekend streets to explore with unique shops. Not to mention Queen’s Park is filled with a wide range of outdoor amenities from baseball fields, a rose garden and nature-filled trails. These places are within walking distance from Trapp+Holbrook, offering many different events all year round.

Trapp+Holbrook is in its final stages of construction and is ready for you to move into this spring! Take advantage of the limited time GST included offer! Stop by Trapp+Holbrook Sales Centre between 12-5pm daily, except Friday at 702 Columbia Street to learn how you can plant your roots in this vibrant New West neighbourhood.

Sources:
http://www.bcbusiness.ca/sites/default/files/New-Westminster-Antique-Alley.jpg

http://www.newwestpcr.ca/parks/community_parks/queens_park.php

http://rivermarket.ca/

http://www.newwestcity.ca/about_the_city/history_of_new_westminster/history-overview


BLACK FRIDAY HOME SALE AT TRAPP+HOLBROOK

November 28th, 2014

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