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Indigo opens the book on Vancouver flagship

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Indigo opens the book on Vancouver flagship

Book retailer Indigo is staking out its turf in downtown Vancouver’s retail hub, opening a flagship location in the former Forever 21 spot on Robson Street between Burrard and Thurlow.

The two-storey site has brought the outside in with natural light flooding through massive overhead glass panels and a photography installation by artist Edward Burtynsky. The images of old-growth forest accompany shoppers as they go up and down the in-store escalators.

The nearly 30,000 square feet of floor space has also allowed the retailer to set up specific zones based on different interests, which has been dubbed a “shops within a shop” concept. Cookbooks, cooking gizmos and mugs are clustered in one spot; stationery, writing instruments and cards in another; and children’s toys and books in a third. Beyond convenience, it also creates a natural way to host different events and workshops for different groups.

Indigo’s previous incarnation, Chapters, closed its Robson flagship in 2015, citing a rent increase for the decision.

The seismic upgrades at MOA require moving the massive sculptures in the Great Hall, which will be captured in a new exhibit.


MOA exhibit takes a seismic shift

A necessary seismic renewal project for the Great Hall at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC has also created an opportunity to consider what it means to live in an earthquake zone. Shake Up: Preserving What We Value will run from December 2 through to the fall of 2019.

The exhibition will examine both current earthquake science and oral history from local First Nations, involving multi-generational experiences of earthquakes and natural disasters. The upgrade for the Great Hall will require moving more than 20 enormous wooden carvings first put up more than 40 years ago; each will undergo conservation work before being re-installed next year. Real-time and time-lapse video of that work will be incorporated into the exhibition as the work progresses.

The seismic upgrade for the Great Hall involves digging out its foundation, installing ways to absorb seismic waves, and then putting up additional support columns. The project is expected to take up to a year to complete.

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It’s all hearts as Jillian Harris and Etsy team up for the holidays.


Etsy and Jillian Harris launch holiday collection

Online retailer Etsy Canada has teamed up with interior designer Jillian Harris of Love It or List It Vancouver to feature the creative work of nine Canadian makers. Harris had a voice in co-designing the items in the JH x Etsy collection, which encompass home décor, clothing and home products.

The colour palette is heavy on white, cream and oatmeal, with accent pops of pink, red and gold, as befitting a seasonal collection. Cuddle up with a chunky knit heart blanket, rest your head on a tasseled heart pillow or keep warm with crocheted heart hats—Harris’ signature shape is a sign that love is in the air for the holidays.

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