Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Mr Lee's Grocery Store, Vancouver [Canada ends]

So I finally made it to Vancouver. My last Canadian stand. I loved the city - a chilled, stylish town with real personality and cool distinct areas. Faves - Kitsilano for boutique shops, quirky diners, a stunning mix of architecture (both old and new) and Gas Down for cheap eats, thrift stores and a bit of an edge.

A shopping highlight was actually recommended by a friend in London and I was very pleased to have found my way to Mr Lee's Grocery Store on Broadway.
This cool paired down shop says all best things about hip Vancouver. It's a simple, small but perfectly formed shop selling homeware and accessories with an old-fashioned masculine slant. And what could be more old-fashioned gent than classic, beautifully-made umbrellas?

Mr Lee stocks some very cool brands like - super-stylish chocolate from Mast Brothers, Holler Mountain coffee and Lucky Tiger grooming products perfect for gifts or, of course, personal indulgences too.
Even the cards were suitably chic - I've never come across quite such cool Father's Day cards before...

The shop fittings were all laid-back 50s style too...
Ah Mr Lee, thanks for a great end to my Canadian adventure. A typically chilled store, reflecting the lovely laid-back feeling that Vancouver is famous for.

NB. In an amusingly contradictory way after visiting this store we walking right into this - the least typical Canadian thing ever. Canada: does like to keep you guessing!

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