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

Dietitian Ginny Messina to speak at Victoria Vegan Festival 2013

Victoria Vegan Festival

The Victoria Vegan Festival is returning to Market Square. (Sarah Kramer on Instagram)

Got plans for Canada Day (July 1)? If not—and you’re willing to take a long-weekend ferry ride—the second annual Victoria Vegan Festival may be your best bet.

Like last year’s inaugural fest, the 2013 edition will take place in downtown Victoria’s Market Square (560 Johnson Street). The historic shopping mall is home to Green Cuisine, a vegan buffet restaurant. (Sarah’s Place, a vegan curio shop in the square, closed on June 1.)

This year’s speakers will include dietitian and Vegan for Her coauthor Ginny Messina, vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, Lesley Fox of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, and Dave Shishkoff of Friends of Animals and The Victoria Vegan. There will also be cooking demonstrations featuring local chefs, such as Danielle Arsenault of Pachavega. 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

Vegetarian Shoes X Trainer sets the ground for spring walking

Vegetarian Shoes

The X Trainer is available at Nice Shoes. (Stephen Hui)

New season, new shoes. I don’t get a kick out of shopping for footwear, but I had little trouble picking out this pair from England’s Vegetarian Shoes.

The X Trainer is made in Portugal with a vegan material called Vegetan Bucky. It’s a breathable microfibre that resembles leather but isn’t derived from animal skin. These men’s casual shoes feature padded collars, tongues, and insoles, so they’re very comfortable. Despite their name, they’re really for walking, not running. 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

Fairy Cakes and Nice Shoes help Small Animal Rescue Society of B.C.

Fairy Cakes

Fairy Cakes is Vancouver’s first vegan cupcake shop. (Fairy Cakes on Facebook)

Two of Vancouver’s vegan shops are teaming up to help small animals in need.

On February 10, Fairy Cakes (3586 Fraser Street) will host a book-sale fundraiser. That same day, Nice Shoes (3568 Fraser Street) will hold a Bunny Adoption Day just down the block. Continue reading

Nice Shoes holds vegan food drive in Vancouver

Nice Shoes

A box at Nice Shoes waits for donations of vegan food. (Nice Shoes on Facebook)

There are plenty of ways to help people in need this holiday season—and, more importantly, all year round. Here’s one that doesn’t involve a publicity-seeking meat shop and paternalistic sandwich tokens.

During the month of December, Nice Shoes (3568 Fraser Street) is holding a vegan food drive. You can drop off nonperishable items at Vancouver’s only vegan shoe store, and they’ll be sent to the local food bank. Continue reading