Shop the Neighbourhood: Our 6 Fave Stores on Commercial Drive

The most eclectic neighbourhood in the city offers a unique shopping experience.

The most eclectic neighbourhood in the city offers a unique shopping experience.

1. The Found and the Freed

This hip antique shop is where you’ll find the kind of rough-edged accents that give an otherwise basic room patina and character, like coveted vintage bus-sign rolls, wooden card-catalogue cabinets and mug-potted succulents. 706 Victoria Drive

2. People’s Co-Op Bookstore

There’s a serendipity in old-school bookstores that a screen just can’t replicate. Visit People’s Co-Op Bookstore with a vague idea of what you want, and the knowledgeable staff will send you off with the perfect read. 1391 Commercial Drive

3. Paranada Traders

Vancouver has a hippie history, and, contrary to popular belief, it shines through in places other than Kitsilano. You’ll find the authentic one-love, back-to-nature vibe at Paranada Traders, with a selection of essential oils, bright silks and hand-carved drums. 1505 Commercial Drive

4. Exposure Home

This trendy store is where modern furnishings seamlessly blend with rustic-chic accessories: shop for natural-edge wooden coffee tables, agate-stone clocks and lightbulb crackle vases. 1616 Commercial Drive

5. Kalena’s Shoes

For 50 years, Kalena’s Shoes has been selling Italian-made shoes, boots, handbags and accessories, and artfully mixes traditional and fashion-forward offerings. 1526 Commercial Drive

6. Doctor Vigari Gallery

A one-stop shop for distinctive art works featuring artists from Canada, B.C. and the local area. This shop boasts an eclectic mix of giftables and accessories, plus custom framing services. 1816 Commercial Drive

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