Vegan bake sale at Nice Shoes to benefit Liberation B.C.

Poppy seed and raspberry muffins

Freshly baked poppy seed and raspberry muffins. (Stephen Hui)

Vegan bake sale alert!

Vancouver’s only vegan footwear store plans to hold a holiday bake sale on December 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Here’s what Nice Shoes (3568 Fraser Street) says about the event in its latest e-newsletter: Continue reading

10 things for vegans to do in Vancouver

Loving Hut Express

Grilled mushroom cheese burger at Loving Hut Express. (Stephen Hui)

Are you planning a vegan trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada? If not, perhaps you’re a local resident looking to discover more of the vegan food and activities in your own Pacific Northwest city.

Either way, the Vancouver area offers plenty of possibilities for vegans—locals and tourists alike. Here’s the Veg Coast list of 10 things for vegans to do in Vancouver. Continue reading

Karmavore launches vegan dessert lounge, opens pop-up juice bar

Karmavore Café + Dessert Lounge

Karmavore Café + Dessert Lounge has lemon meringue pie. (Karmavore on Facebook)

The first vegan shop in Metro Vancouver is no more. But New Westminster’s Karmavore isn’t going anywhere. Owner Salim Jamal has just morphed his vegan business from a retailer into an eatery.

This week, Karmavore launched a dessert lounge at its space in downtown New West. Back in February, Karmavore celebrated the grand opening of its café at the same location. According to an August 7 press release, the rebranded Karmavore Café + Dessert Lounge (610 Columbia Street) still has a deli—which is now on the main floor rather than downstairs—and serves everything from vegan poutine and chick’n gyros to tiramisu and ice cream cake.

(Update: After this post was published, a reader let us know that Karmavore has put its business in downtown New West up for sale. We’ve confirmed this is indeed the case. According to listings dated July 25, the asking price is $149,000.) Continue reading

Sarah Kramer to close her vegan shop in Victoria

Sarah's Place

Sarah’s Place will close on June 1. (Sarah Kramer on Instagram)

As many of you know, Sarah Kramer has been dealing with breast cancer since her diagnosis earlier this year. Since then, the vegan cookbook author and entrepreneur has faced many challenges, including keeping her curio shop open in downtown Victoria.

In April, Sarah’s Place (106-560 Johnson Street) temporarily closed while Kramer underwent and recovered from surgery. Now, Kramer says she’s made the tough decision to shut down her brick-and-mortar store for good on June 1. Continue reading

Earthsave Canada updates Metro Vancouver Veg Directory for 2013

Metro Vancouver Veg Directory

The Metro Vancouver Veg Directory lists local veg-friendly businesses.

Those familiar green pamphlets will soon begin reappearing at local restaurants and shops. Earthsave Canada has printed the 2013 edition of its free Metro Vancouver Veg Directory, and the new PDF is already online.

This handy guide lists vegan, vegetarian, and veg-friendly restaurants, retailers, and products in the region. Gluten-free options and accessible facilities are noted. Additions in this year’s directory include Golden Aura, the Slow Bean, Three Jewels, and the forthcoming Graze.

I contributed the colourful cover photo. It’s a shot of the dips at Heirloom Vegetarian. Continue reading

Vegan shoe store Vshoen Boutique closing in Victoria

Vshoen Boutique

Vshoen Boutique opened in 2011. (Vshoen on Facebook)

After almost two years in business, the first vegan shoe store on Vancouver Island is holding its final clearance sale. Located in downtown Victoria, Vshoen Boutique (620 Broughton Street) is set to close on April 29. Continue reading

Sarah Kramer could use a little help from her vegan friends

Sarah Kramer

We’re all pulling for you, Sarah. (Graham Powell)

We all know Sarah Kramer as the coauthor of How It All Vegan! and The Garden of Vegan, and the author of La Dolce Vegan! and Vegan à Go-Go! If you follow the vegan cookbook author and entrepreneur on social media, then you also know she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since revealing the news on March 14, Kramer has continued to blog about her experiences dealing with infiltrating ductal carcinoma, and become the inspiration for the awareness-raising hashtag #feelyourselfupforsarah on Instagram. She’s scheduled to undergo surgery on April 9.

Of course, Kramer has many friends and admirers who want to help. On her blog, she notes that the best way to support her during this challenging time is to shop at her vegan store, Sarah’s Place (106-560 Johnson Street) in Victoria. Continue reading

Nice Shoes anniversary party to benefit Fur-Bearer Defenders

Nice Shoes tickets

Fundraiser tickets are $35. (Nice Shoes on Facebook)

Two weeks after Fairy Cakes (3586 Fraser Street) celebrates its first birthday, Nice Shoes (3568 Fraser Street) will mark its second anniversary just down the block.

Vancouver’s first vegan shoe store plans to party on April 5 with a fundraiser in support of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. Tickets for the evening event are $35 and include dinner catered by Loving Hut Express. Continue reading