GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | From shopping to art exhibits, there’s something for everyone this month at The Chinatown Experiment. Take a look…

March 31 – April 7 | Obviously Chic
Women’s online boutique brings their brand of shabby chic to Vancouver.

April 9 – 14 | Riverlife
Solo art exhibit by vancouver based artist Hamish Todd.

April 11- 13 | Güd
Güd, a fabulous new line of natural personal beauty from the makers of Burt’s Bees, is opening a pop-up shop this April in Greenstems, an award winning florist located at 315 Abbott St. in Gastown.

April 18 – 21 | Terminal City: Rewired
Architect and visual artist, Peter Ridgeway presents a multi-media art exhibition.

April 29 | Neighbourhood Photographs
The Chinatown Experiment presents their 2nd Neighbourhood group exhibit. Read more

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | March ushers in Spring and our most fun calendar of pop ups yet! Take a look…

March 14 – 16 | Evelyn Iona Cosmetics
The launch of Evelyn Iona Cosmetics, a new organic, natural makeup line with the mission to pay-it-forward. The pop-up boutique is an opportunity for the modern woman who care to sample and buy organic, socially conscious cosmetics, skin & hair care.

March 18 – 26 | Dreamlover Pop Up
This pop-up is presented in part by Neighbourhood Collective, a collection of the best of Vancouver’s artists, designers and makers. It features high quality, handmade products that punctuate your life.

March 22 – 23 | Shanti Ugranda Pop Up at 87. E Pender
Vancouver based NGO Shanti Uganda brings their annual warehouse sale of handmade African handbags and jewelry to a storefront space generously provided by Company’s Coming at 87.E Pender.

March 27 | “I got lost, then I got found” Solo art exhibit by Sarah Gee Miller
Sarah Gee Miller works with archival cardstock, often painted in acrylics, to make collages revealing her interest in regularity and equilibrium. Sarah is largely concerned with the implications of totemic signage and the formalities of hard-edged abstraction.

March 28 – April 3 | Obviously Chic
A pop up shop presented by women’s online retailer Obviously Chic. Hand-picked from markets in Bangkok to hidden corners in L.A, Obviously Chic brings their brand of shabby chic decor, statement baubles, and swoon worthy style to Vancouver.

This month The Chinatown Experiment is also pleased to announce our temporary pop-up at Broadway and Carolina. It’s called The Midtown Experiment.

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

January 29, 2014 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | January was a fantastic month! Blumin Warehouse, Sincerely Slow, and our pop-up workshops were huge successes thanks to your support, Vancouver. February provides opportunities to hide from the winter doldrums and experience some of Vancouver’s finest emerging artists. From a Ben Barber solo exhibition and an art + design show to a Spanish inspired tapas gallery cafe, there’s plenty popping up on Columbia St. this month. Take a look after the jump… Read more

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

January 8, 2014 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be an exciting year full of pop up shops, experiments and art exhibits! Our focus this year is to continue to strengthen Vancouver’s creative community by providing accessible space and support at our storefront in Chinatown and around the city. We are pleased to announce our unique and eclectic calendar for January…

January 14 – 18 | Sincerely Slow
The Sincerely Slow event “Dear Wanderer, slow down to see the beauty” asks that we consider pace of life so that we enjoy life’s precious details.

January 24 – 26 | Blumin Pop Up Shop
Blumin Warehouse is a co­working space for writers. This dedicated writers’ centre will act as a community to provide members with the synergy and support needed to refine their work. Blumin will offer semi­-private, customizable space for members, with WiFi, fresh coffee, printing and photocopy facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

January 28 | From Craft Market to Pop Up Shop: The How, what, where and why?
Free information session for those looking to host their own pop up shop in 2014. **SOLD OUT: We are at capacity for this workshop, please email us at info@chinatownexperiment.com to get on the waitlist or hear about future workshops.**

January 30 – February 4 | Very Rare: A solo exhibition by Ben Barber
Comprised of paintings, sculptures and other media; VERY RARE displays works that explore the means of which culture becomes fetish, and products turn to icons. Using well known objects from daily life countered with artmotif’s,the viewer is givena view into a world that is uncomfortable yet seemingly familiar.

If you are an entrepreneur or artist looking to get in front of a new audience, we want to hear from you! Contact us today at info@chinatownexperiment.com.

GOODS | “Chinatown Experiment” Hosting Special Pop-Up Workshop On Jan. 28 (Free)

December 27, 2013 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | Are you ready to take the next step? After the busy holiday market season you may be wondering what’s next for your small business. If Craft markets are a great starting place and can help get the ball rolling, a Pop-Up Shop is an opportunity to build on the experience for your customers and distinguish yourself from the crowd. It is easier than you may think! On January 28th from 6pm to 7pm, we will be providing answers to questions like What is a pop-up shop? while providing answers about the benefits and giving examples of businesses that successfully went from craft market to pop-up shop a special free workshop. If you are ready to take the next step and think a pop-up shop could be right for you, this event (and the Q&A that follows) will give you the knowledge you need to move forward. Secure your spot here!

GOODS | Neighbourhood Photography Sale At The Chinatown Experiment On Dec. 3rd

November 28, 2013 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | Building on the success of Neighbourhood Collective, The Chinatown Experiment is presenting a series of art sales beginning with Neighbourhood: Photographs. Our focus is to bring attention to emerging local artists and have them showcase their work outside of the traditional art gallery model.

We are hosting an art sale on Tuesday, Dec 3 from 6:30pm ­to 11pm. All art is available for $100 or less. Guest curator, Becky Philpott has brought together six local photographers under the theme of neighbourhoods. These six photographers include Kamil Bialous, Shannyn Higgins, Kane Hopkins, Leigh Righton, Eldon Underhill, and Mel Yap. Read more

GOODS | “The Chinatown Experiment” All Set For November With New Pop-Up Series

October 28, 2013 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | November brings another unique listing of events to The Chinatown Experiment, starting with the Bingo Bill Exchange and wrapping up with Citizen Grace (with plenty of awesomeness in between). The following all take place in our little pop-up shop in Chinatown…

October 25 – November 5 | Bingo Bill Exchange | Vancouverites Nina Watts and Ann Klaveness travelled to Kyrgyzstan last March to find the best examples of local handiwork and to commission more. The pop-up shop will feature brightly coloured and soft Shydraks as well as other furnishings and wearables from Kyrgyzstan such as ottomans, cushions, hats, scarves, slippers, bracelets and more. Prices will range from $15 to $3000.

November 8 – 24 | Forest & Waves | Forest & Waves began in 2012 as a way to combine the maker’s love for design with his experiences backpacking and surfing around the world. The company’s name pays homage to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest: the smell of cedar, the waves hitting the shore, and the winds rustling throughout. It also reflects Ed’s childhood growing up in a seaside village in Taiwan.

November 26 | The Big Help | The Big Help is a series of drawings based on giving directions. It explores the informal process whereby people are able to define markers as a way of illustrating a path. Casually recounting landmarks, buildings, objects, shapes, even colours, each direction brackets out something memorable or important about how to get somewhere. Open from 6pm – 10pm.

November 29 – 30 | Citizen Grace | Fresh from the successful Neighbourhood Collective shop, local online fashion retailer Citizen Grace returns for their second solo pop-up.

GOODS | The October Line-Up Of Events At The Chinatown Experiment On Columbia St.

September 27, 2013 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | October brings another unique listing of events to The Chinatown Experiment. The journey starts in the Albertan tundra and then across to the villages of Central Asia. It all takes place in our little pop-up shop in Chinatown.

Sept 25 -­ October 22 2013 | IZM Furniture (www.izm.ca) | Izm is a furniture design/manufacturing studio based in Edmonton, Alberta. Izm’s modern aesthetic is one of simplicity. Raised on the Alberta prairies, IZM founders Jerad Mack and Shane Pawluk developed a design aesthetic inspired by low horizons and minimalist vistas. Every line has a function; every detail, a utility. Reinforcing this style is a refined craftsmanship honed over a decade of furniture production. Izm has been recognized as a leader in the North American design industry winning the Best of Year award from Interior Design Magazine (New York), Best of Canada from Canadian Interiors, and Canadian Designers of the Yearfrom Western Living.

October 25 ­- November 5, 2013 | Bingo Bill Exchange (www.bingobillexchange.com) | Shyrdaks are soft, 100% wool felt carpets made in bold and contemporary colours. They are striking but simple appliqué designs handmade in Kyrgyzstan. Vancouverites Nina Watts and Ann Klaveness travelled to this little known country in Central Asia last March to find the best examples of local handiwork and commission more work. This enables Kyrgyz women to pass on thousand­year­old techniques to younger generations of artisans. Originally made to decorate and insulate the portable dwellings of the nomadic Kyrgyz, contemporary Shyrdaks are now being snapped up by design sophisticates internationally. Read more

HEADS UP | “Chinatown Experiment” To Celebrate Anniversary WIth Group Pop-Up

September 17, 2013 

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by Michelle Sproule | To mark The Chinatown Experiment’s impending first year anniversary, they are organizing a pop up shop of their own called “Neighbourhood Collective”. Starting today and running through to the 22nd, it will feature many of the space’s alumni together with fashion retailers like Hey Jude, Citizen Grace, Strathcona Stockings, Chikum, Charlie & Grace, Jordan River Soapworks, and Truce Bags; artisanal food producers like Pella’s Gourmet, Yummus, Sugo Sauce, Edible Mark, Caramels by In the Oven, Sunday Morning Ice Cream, Nice Pop, Panoramic Coffee, and The Pie Shoppe; plus local artists Tristan Casey, Deirdre McAdams, Andy Grellman, and Janice Wu

The space will be arranged as a retail store with vendors products mixed throughout. “The goal is to see how each business’ products sell with the support of the others,” they write. “There is a very supportive community of young entrepreneurs in Vancouver and bringing them all together will help everyone’s brand. At the same time, they are all competing for shoppers’ wallet share so it will be interesting for businesses to see how their brand competes.”

The 1 Year Anniversary Party will take place from 7pm to 11pm on Friday, September 20th, and we hope to see you there. The shop – located at 434 Columbia St. in the heart of Chinatown – will be open during those hours for late night shopping, drinks, and music. They also plan on hosting a Neighbourhood BBQ on Sunday, September 22th to cap it all off (weather permitting).

HEADS UP: Get Creative With “The Laser Cutter Cafe” At The Chinatown Experiment

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by Michelle Sproule | Derek Gaw owns the coolest machine. Give him a jpeg, word document or vector file and he can use his Full Spectrum Laser Cutter to burn it in to anything from wood veneer to glass (I’ve even seen him use a potato chip as a canvas). With access to this laser cutter you can design and make art, puzzles, sculpture, signage — the sky’s the limit. Once you see what’s possible, you won’t be able to stop yourself from imagining what you could do if you could only get your hands on such a contraption. The lucky thing here is that Derek has set up said wonder-machine at The Chinatown Experiment on Columbia Street for the month of July (and a bit of August). Everyone is invited to check it out. Wander in to see what it can do and sign up for a 30 minute Safety and Basic Usage tutorial (that includes 30 minutes of laser cutting) for $25. Get busy now through August 6th. Doors are open and the machine is on from noon to 9pm every day.

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434 Columbia St. | 30 Minute Laser Reservation $15, 120 Minute Laser Reservation $50 | DETAILS

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #425: How Our Most Iconic Intersections Are Seen By Designers

January 31, 2013 

As noted in the Scout List this week, every major city intersection has a personality that is characterized by its architecture, its environment, and the velocity of its traffic. They are markers, meeting places and transfer points; places where fascinating stories begin, end, or pass right on by. To celebrate Vancouver’s intersections, seven of the city’s top graphic designers have created posters representing the most iconic ones. Scout has been given exclusive access to these, and you can take a peek below, together with explanatory notes from the designers themselves. The series is to debut tonight at The Chinatown Experiment (434 Columbia St.) from 6pm to 9pm. Note that none of the posters are on sale just yet. There will be a special postcard set featuring all the designs for free tonight, and then all the posters will move to Waterfront Station where they will be displayed until some point in the summer. Prints may be available down the road, so stay quick on the draw by following them on Twitter, Facebook, and on their website.

The one of Denman & Davie is our fave. Check them all out after the jump… Read more

HEADS UP: Creative Community To Reveal Vancouver Intersection Posters This Week

January 28, 2013 

Each intersection has a personality that is characterized by its architecture, its environment, and the velocity of its traffic. They are markers, meeting places and transfer points; places where stories begin, end, or pass right on by. With that in mind, The Platform Gallery - in collaboration with Working Format, Lizzy Karp, Anthony Casey, and Luis Sanchez – came up with the idea to ask seven of Vancouver’s top graphic designers to create large 36″ x 54″ posters to represent a specified local intersection. These were Fraser & Kingsway, Main & Hastings, SE Marine & Knight St., Davie & Denman, Water & Carrall, 4th & Vine, and Broadway & Granville), with the design shops being 10four, Glasfurd & Walker, Post Projects, Seterah Shamdani, State Creative, Zach Bulick, and Working Format. The two posters above are just a taste. All of them will be revealed at Waterfront Station and other highly visible locations along the Canada Line route in February, with the series debuting at The Chinatown Experiment this Thursday night. See you there!

January 31 |  |  6pm – 9pm | The Chinatown Experiment (434 Columbia) | Free | DETAILS

HEADS UP: “Black Lodge Diner” Pop-Up To Serve Pie & Damn Fine Coffee In Chinatown

September 13, 2012 

Twin Peaks was something of a divisive show. Either people thought it sucked hard or it was the greatest thing on television during its brief and often bewildering run in 1990-1991. We thought it tripped the light fantastic, so we’re glad to announce the Black Lodge Diner pop-up at 434 Columbia St (aka the Chinatown Experiment). The pop-up was inspired by the surreal show, particularly its memorable fetishization of coffee and pie. It’s being organised by Ken Tsui and Genevieve Mateyko – two big TP fans – with support from Scout (Ken put on the delicious Hawker Street pop-up at Main’s Gene Cafe back in March, and Genevieve is the L’Abattoir staffer who is launching the Sunday Morning Ice Cream subscription program this winter. Two awesome people, for sure).

The Black Lodge Diner goes down on Sunday, September 23rd. The cost is $12, and those in attendance will be served a slice of fresh cherry pie, a damn fine cup of Panoramic Coffee’s special Twin Peaks blend, and a big scoop of Sunday Morning‘s brown butter pecan ice cream. There will only be 60 slices of pie, so make sure you show up on time as space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Vancouver is filled with AudreysBobs , and Log Ladies, so top marks if you show up in costume. We’ll see you there.