5 Best Bookstores in Kits


Most of us enjoy a lazy meander around Chapter’s every now and then. You can get your favourite Starbucks treat, peruse Heather’s Picks, spend some time dreaming in the travel section, and even pick up a snazzy candle or ornate teapot on your way to the cashier. While we definitely fall into the Chapter’s fan club when it comes time for a rainy afternoon activity or a quick gift purchase, there’s still nothing like a one-of-a-kind bookstore to wile away the hours. Kits isn’t necessarily overflowing with them, but there are a couple of special spots hidden throughout the neighbourhood.

Here are our picks for Kitsilano’s best bookshops.

5 Best Bookstores in Kits

1) Banyen Books & Sound
Banyen has been on West 4th Avenue for 45 years, and is a true neighbourhood jewel. Read more…

UBC Ranked #2 Among Canadian Universities


In the midst of UBC‘s leadership crisis, some good news: the university has ranked 2nd in Canada, after University of Toronto, and 40th worldwide in an annual academic ranking of world universities conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The index is weighted almost entirely by the number of high profile academics, citations in hard science journals and Nobel Prize wins (of which UBC faculty and alumni have won seven)—it’s a good barometer of R&D spending and hard research at big institutions. A little further down the list, Simon Fraser University is ranked 10th in Canada and University of Victoria is ranked 14th.

Middle Sister Boutique Now Open on West 4th

Image: Middle Sister

Image: Middle Sister

Middle Sister boutique is now open on West 4th between Yew and Arbutus. Why are we excited about this cute little spot? It solves the where to shop conundrum for the neighbourhood ladies who are looking for something more sophisticated than Urban or Plenty, more distinctive than Kit & Ace, and more affordable than Gravity Pope.

The clothes and accessories have a global sensibility and a design-conscious aesthetic. Designers include Karine Sultan, Ti:baeg and more. This is our new go-to for unique jewelry and standout cocktail dresses.

2137 West 4th Avenue, Middlesister.ca

Cool Thing We Want: Hammond Multiplex Vintage Typewriter from Stepback

Image: Stepback

Image: Stepback

If you’re looking for unique spots to shop for interior decor in Kitsilano, visit Stepback at 2936 West Broadway. Leather suitcases, taxidermy pheasants, botanic prints, maps, vintage file drawers, vintage office chairs, and more.

At the moment, we’re lusting after their vintage typewriters, all of which inspire us to put down the smartphone and compose thoughtful, old school snail mail. The clunky beauty pictured above is a Hammond Multiplex, c. 1913. Just our type…

What You Really Need To Know about the B.C. Oyster Ban

Image: Chewie's

Image: Chewie’s

On August 18, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a Canada-wide warning about B.C. oysters. There are infected oysters on our coast. In summer months, vibrio bacteria often bloom. –

But with the unusually warm weather we’ve been having, B.C. has seen a significant uptick. If oysters with vibrio are cooked, they are safe. Raw, however, a risk of infection does exist.

Beyond that, what you need to know is the warning it posted refers to oysters harvested on or before Aug. 18. The CFIA has not updated their info. Many commercial oyster farms on the coast (and there are several score) don’t have a problem with vibrio.

If the shellfish are kept in deeper water, where temperatures are lower, they should be safe. Many producers take this precaution. The CFIA doesn’t inspect each farm, and the tests it does perform aren’t necessarily reliable. Read more…

LUSH Grand Opening Party Saturday, August 22

Image: Lush

Image: Lush

As we recently reported, LUSH West 4th reopened its doors at the beginning of August after a month-long renovation that saw the 15-year-old shop completely gutted and reborn with a whole new look and feel (same smell). This Saturday, August 22, the shop will host its Grand Opening party, and you don’t want to miss it.

The day kicks off at 11am with skincare demonstrations, so that customers can get an in depth understanding of how to use the fresh clay cleansers, alcohol-free toners, solid serums, and more. Read more…

Gigantic Egg Mural Painted on Kitsilano Intersection

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Image: Instagram user tokenmale

There’s a giant egg at the intersection of Trafalgar Street and West 5th Avenue. It’s painted on the ground. Why? Because 65 per cent of local residents in the immediate area agreed on the concept. Why? You’ll have to go knock on some doors.

According to VanCityBuzz, artist and resident Vanessa Mackenzie is the creative force behind the art piece with the support of the Vancouver Foundation and the municipal government. Read more…

Free Pink Salmon Festival Returns to Kits Point August 30


Free fish bbq anyone?

In a year that has been particularly challenging for salmon, the Pacific Salmon Foundation is asking for your help in celebrating salmon’s most abundant species. Pink salmon are traditionally undervalued as a seafood source even though they are the most sustainable species.

On Sunday, August 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm, at Vanier/Haddon Park behind the
Maritime Museum the Foundation will be serving up pink salmon barbecuedonated by Canadian Fishing Company and prepared by executive chefs including RobertClark, Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk and Garrett Schack. All barbecue will be available bydonation with proceeds supporting community-led salmon conservation projects across British Columbia.

Why are they throwing this fishy shindig?  Because we, as consumers, have the power to ensure that salmon have a healthy future in British Columbia. Read more…

Bon Macaron Patisserie Now Open in Kitsilano

Image: Bon Macaron

Image: Bon Macaron

Bon Macaron Patisserie has a cult following in Victoria, BC since opening there in 2013. It launches two new locations in Vancouver this month: a Kitsilano patisserie which opened August 8th at 2823 W. Broadway, and a Granville Island storefront will open its doors soon after.

Owners David Boetti and Yann Fougere, both French, met at university in the South of France and later moved to BC, where Fougere completed his degree at University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. After working at several bakeries in Victoria—Fougere was manager at the iconic Murchie’s for four years—the friends opened a patisserie dedicated to macarons.

Boetti and Fougere create an inventive and constantly expanding array of sweet and savoury macarons. Think white truffle sea salt, bubble gum, lavender chocolate, bacon, goat cheese and fig and more. Read more…

Where To See The Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight. And It’s Gonna Be Amazing.

Image: 2010 Perseids / Fred Bruenjes via NASA.

Image: 2010 Perseids / Fred Bruenjes via NASA.

It will be a spectacular light show tonight with as many as 100 meteors streaking across the sky every hour, according to our very own local expert Derek Kief, astronomer at the HR MacMillan Centre.

Kief spoke to The Vancouver Sun about where to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. Here’s what he had to say. Read more…