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Hot new April rooms we love.
One-of-a-kind, handcrafted items are the bread and butter of Magenta Home, a home-decor biz you may recognize from pop-ups around town.
They’re now permanently settled into the bustling (and also relatively new) Avenida Food Hall and Fresh Market in Lake Bonavista. Husband-and-wife owners Ian and Cindy Shurville capitalize on their creative talents—woodworking and interior design, respectively—with a selection of reclaimed-timber tables, trays and frames, decorative pillows and on-site consultation services for your next ambitious reno.
The third addition to the Gastown-based Neighbour family, Neighbour Objects defies restrictive labelling as a home for a rotating cast of pop-up shops, with any given month showcasing apothecary goods, seasonal homewares or print publications.
Previously featured, um, objects have included hand-blown glassware from Japan’s Studio Prepa, multi-coloured pepper mills by lifestyle brand Dimes and scallop-edged plates from Vancouver’s own Nathalee Paolinelli, plus modernist furnishings crafted by the New York City-based Green River Project LLC. Opening hours are sporadic, so call before you head out on your next shopping spree.
Gift Shop at the RAM
There’s a lot to see at the relocated Royal Alberta Museum, which settled into a new, 419,000-square-foot downtown space in October, but it’s the gift shop that’s caught our attention. Open also to non-museum-goers, the boutique carries a beautiful selection of regionally produced knickknacks.
Think handmade ceramics by Medalta, leather-and-wood keychains from Brickbubble and peppermint-sage shampoos by the Indigenous-owned Mother Earth Essentials. And, for that extra boost of local spirit, all proceeds go right to the RAM to support its programming.
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