Archive for the ‘Gastown’ Category

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


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. •

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The Purple Lights Of Our Ancient Basements

November 16th, 2015


Have a stroll around the older parts of Vancouver – specifically in and around the periphery of the Downtown Eastside – and it likely won’t take long for you to spot the little 3″ purple glass squares embedded in the oldest sections of sidewalk. These are known as vault lights or sidewalk prisms.

Read more here Via @#Scout

Paris Annex and Paris Block take home UDI Award of Excellence

November 9th, 2012

Paris Block / Paris Annex - Best Urban Infill - UDI Award of Excellence

We are proud to announce that two of our Gastown projects were recently recognized by the urban development industry.  Paris Block and Paris Annex received a 2012 Award For Excellence at the Urban Development Institute’s biennial awards. The projects won Best Urban Infill at a black tie gala held on October 26.


New Gastown condos 21 Doors 90% sold out opening week

November 7th, 2011

21 Doors debuts courtyard homes this fall, starting at $209,900

21 Doors, the latest Gastown project by Robert Fung’s Salient Group, sold just over 90% of homes during its opening week, with the majority selling to local homebuyers.

“21 Doors buyers are a diverse demographic including all age ranges, couples and singles” says developer Robert Fung of the Salient Group. “Most of the homebuyers are currently renting in Gastown, were looking to own their home, and who plan on moving into their new suites when 21 Doors is ready for occupancy in December.”


Vinyl Retro Lounge opens in Gastown

October 25th, 2011

Vinyl Retro Lounge

Boasting a massive light dance floor and great retro tunes, Vinyl Retro Dance Lounge opened its doors in Vancouver this fall.

Thanks to great music and awesome atmosphere, the lounge has already generated serious buzz amongst Vancouver’s partygoers. Recently actor Isaiah Mustafa, whose popularity skyrocketed after starring in a series of successful Old Spice commercials, made a special appearance in the lounge.


The Salient Group Opens 21 Doors Show Suite

October 19th, 2011

We’re excited to announce that the 21 Doors show suite is now open for appointment only viewing.

Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect from the one bedroom show suite:

21 Doors will be ready for move-in by November 15th.

We invite you to visit the 21 Doors show suite located at 370 Carrall Street in Vancouver. We are open from noon to 6 p.m. every Saturday to Thursday. You can also contact us by calling 604-689- 5638 or by sending an email to

Vancouver Sun profiles 21 Doors

October 17th, 2011

The Salient Group's 21 Doors in the Vancouver Sun

The Salient Group’s 21 Doors was profiled recently in the Vancouver Sun WestCoast Homes section, highlighting the features that set 21 Doors apart from most Vancouver condo projects.

Here’s a short quote from the article:

In short, while the Salient Group boasts a decade-long record of widely admired renovation and restoration elsewhere in Gastown and the city, Fung approached even this modest-sized project as a one-of-a-kind — and with uncommon attention.

“We’re providing cost-effective suites with a high level of design,” he says of the work by building envelope specialists RDH Engineering and Taylor Kurtz Architecture & Design, both of Vancouver. “These are good, thoughtful spaces that make sense.”

Visit the Vancouver Sun website to read the full article. For more information about 21 Doors, please visit or read our previous blog post.