Luxe Australian brand Aesop to open permanent flagship on West 4th

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Upscale Australian skincare brand Aesop is committing to a permanent retail location on West 4th. They are currently in a temporary location at 2072 W 4th Ave. This will close for construction once permits are granted. The new store will be 1,950 square feet and serve as the primary showroom for Aesop’s Vancouver operations.

Aesop launched in Melbourne in 1987. Their mission is to create a range of superlative products for skin, hair and body. They use plant-based ingredients and non-botanical elements such as anti-oxidants. The well-respected label is known for chic, simple packaging and the intense botanical aromas of their product lines.

Aesop currently has stores in Gastown, Montreal, and Toronto.

You’re a poet even if you don’t know it. Check out Kits Poetry Group.

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Michael Sean Morris, Bonnie Nish, Sita Carboni and Daniela Elza at a Kitsilano Writers’ Group in January, 2004. Bonnie was the guest at the Kitsilano Poetry group in October, 2015.

Are you a closet poet? Want to get together with others who write — or like — poetry? In 2015, Sarah Ripplinger got a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation (managed by Kits House) and started the monthly Kits Poetry Group. Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

Image: Live Kitsilano

Image: Live Kitsilano

Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

New ice cream shop Tangram Creamery now open in Kitsilano

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Tangram Creamery opened this January at 2729 Arbutus Street. There hasn’t been this much social media buzz about frozen treats in Kits since Rain or Shine opened. Residents are praising their gourmet ice creams, made on site, in flavors such as double chocolate, Guatemalan coffee, salted caramel, hojicha, and black sesame. Non dairy flavors include lychee and mango. There are macaron ice cream sandwiches. We’ve also heard they make a killer cookie cone from a type of French biscuit called the Langue de Chat with the end sealed in chocolate to avoid drippy leaks. Single scoops are $5, regardless of cup or cone. The special cookie cone is $1 more. In terms of scene, the shop is minimalist wood with once interesting now ubiquitous bare bulb pendants.

Go visit, taste, and let us know what you think.

Kitsilano fondues to melt your winter doldrums

Image: Aimee Custis Photography (Flickr)

Image: Aimee Custis Photography (Flickr)

If you find yourself craving some comfort in the cold, dreary, and rainy days ahead, look no further. Comfort comes calling by way of a cheesy fondue. Fondue will warm your spirits and bring out your inner child; dunking food into gooey pots of cheese is fun. Depending on whether you want to make your own fondue or let someone else do the work, here are a couple of fondue options in Kitsilano for you. Read more…

3 cheap, fun things to do in Kitsilano

$9 Linguini at Basil Pasta Bar. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

$9 Linguini at Basil Pasta Bar. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

Trying to save for that terrifically huge down payment? Thinking of your RRSP contributions? Expenses coming up for Valentine’s Day? We hear you. So here are some budget deals to take advantage of in Kitsilano to help you out.

3 cheap, fun things to do in Kitsilano

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Dine Out in Kits: 7 restaurants offering three-course meals for $20

Vancouver Icon Bimini’s is one of seven Kits restaurants with a $20 prix fixe menu till January 31, 2016.

Dine Out Vancouver is an annual event by Tourism Vancouver to encourage us all to try some new restaurants with a set menu in the range of $20 – $40.  It is going on now through January 31. It offers limited but excellent choices always, in our experience.

It’s a great chance to try out a place you haven’t been before or invite some friends to one of your long time favorites. And here’s the really good news for Kits folk on a budget: Seven of the restaurants in our area are only $20 for a three course meal.

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3 open houses in Kits this week

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Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

Pirate Joe’s owner proposes building a wooden pirate ship in Kits for new shop location

Image: Flickr/Anderson

Image: Flickr/Anderson

You’d expect the corsairs at Pirate Joe’s to think outside the box/standard retail shop. They did not disappoint. While we count down the days until the wrecking ball smashes up their current digs on West 4th across from Safeway, they’re busy plotting their new location.

“Word is the wrecking ball won’t swing for another month or two so pirate operations as usual until then,” said owner Mike Hallat, in a comment on our post about the real estate changes. “What if we built a wooden pirate ship in someone’s yard in Kits and operated out of that? I don’t see how we could get in that much trouble…” Read more…

Visit 5 Vancouver museums for $5 at Winter Wander: January 23, 2016

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Hurrah!  Winter Wander returns to Vanier Park this Saturday, January 23.  For just $5 you can enjoy a wonderful day of music, science, history  and art at five Vancouver museums.

Your $5 admission will get you into all of Vanier Park’s attractions; The Museum of Vancouver (MOV), H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives.  And, as in previous years there will be performances by Academy of Music students and Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans, some of Vancouver best food trucks will be on site and there will be contests for the chance to win great prizes. Read more…