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Full-service pop-up production agency.
434 Columbia St., Chinatown | 778.839.2828 |

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Yashar Nijati, Creative Director

About thisopenspace

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thisopenspace is a full-service pop-up production agency. Their flagship storefront in Chinatown is an idea playground and a pop-up ready space. It’s where they have hosted over 70 pop-up concepts since 2012. But there is so much more…

POP-UP READY SPACES
Empty space sucks and space for short-term use is rare. We help clients find flexible space and open underutilized space for temporary use. We’ve done this around Vancouver neighbourhoods including Mount Pleasant, Gastown, South Granville, and Fraserhood. Do you have or need space for temporary use? Contact us.

PROMOTION AND PRESS RELATIONS
It ain’t a party if no one shows up. We provide promotion and press relations exclusively to short term pop-up shops, exhibitions, and events. Whether it’s happening at one of our spaces or not, we help clients connect with their audience. Here’s the proof.

AN ENGAGED AUDIENCE
A pop-up is a limited time offer and we make sure that clients get noticed by an engaged audience that we’ve built over the last two years. This includes over 1000+ subscribers to our monthlycoolkids newsletter, 3000+ Instagram, 1900+Facebook, and 1500+ Twitter followers. We leverage our audience and get clients noticed.

EVENT PRODUCTION
Over the past two years, we’ve seen the best and the less than stellar. We know the elements that make a pop-up event successful and those to avoid. Our team has a track record of producing successful retail, food, and entertainment events. We design unique and memorable experiences.

ACCOLADES
“The incredibly successful rotating pop-up shop that offers people the chance to try out a storefront” – Vancouver Sun, August 2014

VANCOUVER LEXICON | Cheater Floor

Cheater Floor | Legend | Back in 2011, we told you about Chinatown’s many Cheater Floors: ”The story goes that during the construction boom in Chinatown at the beginning of the 20th century, property taxes were levied against building owners using a formula that multiplied the footprint of the building by the number of its floors. The stunted 2nd storeys didn’t count toward this total, and thus provided tax-free storage and ancillary space. The term emerged from the xenophobia of the 1950s and not-so-subtly suggested that Chinese property owners were deliberately hiding a secret floor. The appropriate nomenclature is ’2nd floor mezzanine’, and there is little to suggest that builders at the time could hide an entire floor from a building inspector, nor were there any discernible property tax incentives to do so.”

Usage: “I told my kids that the Cheater Floor was where they put kids who cheated on their homework…”

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GOODS | Chinatown’s “Mamie Taylor’s” Set For First Birthday Pig Roast On August 10th

Mamie Taylor’s is a new restaurant and bar at 251 East Georgia Street in the heart of Chinatown | mamietaylors.ca

Mamie Taylor’s is a new restaurant and bar at 251 East Georgia Street in the heart of Chinatown | mamietaylors.ca

The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s

Vancouver, BC | It’s been a year since Mamie Taylor’s opened its doors in Chinatown. As a thank you to the friends and neighbours who have helped to put the regional American restaurant on the city’s dining map, owners Ron Oliver and Simon Kaulback will be hosting a Southern-themed BBQ Birthday Bash on Sunday, August 10 from 5 pm until late.

Guests are invited to the Mamie Taylor’s lounge to tuck into Chef Tobias Grignon’s complimentary, buffet-style Southern pig roast with all the not-so-traditional fixins’, while it lasts. In addition, Mamie’s will be pouring drink specials all evening with $3 draft, wine and well specials and $5 Mamie Taylor cocktails.

The dining room will remain open for regular evening service from 5pm to 12am. Take a gander at the Southern BBQ Birthday Bash Buffet Menu after the jump… Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #509 | Geeking Out On Rare Coffees At Chinatown’s Matchstick

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by Joey Armstrong | Matchstick Coffee Roasters recently held a free public coffee tasting of Tim Wendelboe coffees at their Chinatown location. Since Wendelboe is from Oslo, it’s a rare thing for the beans to make a Vancouver appearance, so members of the local coffee trade – who usually only get together in competitive settings - were invited to partake.

If you’ve never been to a “cupping” before, it’s similar to a wine tasting. There are stations set up for people to smell the freshly ground beans. Then hot water is poured in and you wait. After that you break the crust of the coffee with a spoon and take in the aroma. Once the coffee is cool enough, you go around slurping spoonfuls. You swallow the coffee or spit it out in a cup, rinse the spoon in a cup of hot water, and repeat until you feel you’ve gotten the full measure of the bean. Esoteric fun. It was nice to see the crowd gather in a relaxed setting and nerd out. Oh, and there was beer flowing, with proceeds going to improve worker housing at the El Diamante farm in Guatemala.

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SEEN IN VANCOUVER #506 | “Snack City” Neighbourhood Shop Opening In Chinatown

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by Andrew Morrison | Dormant 441 Gore Street in Chinatown is about to get its first tenant in many years. The space, which used to house a Chinese grocery way back in the day, will become “Snack City” at the end of the month, a 1,000 sqft victualling station offering everything from smokes, candy, organic produce, coffee, and Cartem’s Donuts to locally made jewelry, ceramics, art books, and vintage porn zines. It’s coming to the neighbourhood courtesy of Celia Hamilton, who has a background in film industry catering, and Aisha Davidson, lately of Community Thrift & Vintage. Though the interior still has a ways to go before it’s ready, it’s clearly a neat little box of potential. Take a look at some photos after the jump… Read more

HEADS UP | Wine, Music, & Picnic Dinners Make For Enchanted Evenings In Chinatown

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The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden began it’s Enchanted Evenings summer concert series last Friday with an al fresco performance by Chinese-Western musical fusion ensemble Silk Road Music. Scout contributor Luis Valdizon attended and took the shots above and below. They’ve really shaken things up this year with reservable seats, gourmet picnic dinners (order in advance for $10-$29), plus wine and beer. There are four more Enchanted Evenings concerts this summer and each will have a unique feel and tempo. It’s Tomoe Arts on July 17th, Jim Byrnes on July 24th, the Vancouver Piano Ensemble on Jul 31st, and Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars on August 7th. The shows cost $25 each. Doors open at 7pm for each concert at 578 Carrall St. Read more

HOODS | Kelowna’s Best Food, Chinatown’s Best Drinks, Victoria’s Best Coffee, & More

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You, Scout reader, have good taste. We’ve always known this, but we don’t often take advantage of it. This new feature changes that. From here on in, we want your help in refining our HOODS MAP so that we can keep steering locals and visitors alike to the best of our place in the world. There are five different geo-specific questions that we need answers to this month. We’ve done the initial curatorial leg-work of narrowing down the options to a shortlist, but we need you to finish the job.

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Which East Side brewery has the best tasting room? Is it Brassneck, Bomber, Powell Street, 33 Acres, Parallel 49, or Main Street Beer?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our EAST VAN or MAIN STREET pages.

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What’s the best restaurant in Kelowna? Is it RauDZ, Waterfront Wine Bar, The Terrace at Mission Hill, Bouchon’s Bistro, Old Vines at Quails’ Gate, or Sunset Organic Bistro?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our OKANAGAN page.

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What’s the most emblematic fixture of Kitsilano? Is it the Planetarium, Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, Bishop’s, Zulu Records, Jackson’s Meat, or Kits Pool?

VOTE for your pick (and view results)  on our KITSILANO or WEST SIDE pages.

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What’s the best place for a properly made cocktail in Chinatown? Is it The Emerald, Bao Bei, The Parker, The Keefer Bar, The Union, or Mamie Taylor’s?

VOTE for your pick (and view results)  on our CHINATOWN or DTES pages.

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Which cafe serves the best coffee experience in Victoria? Is it Habit, Bean Around The World, Cornerstone Cafe, Discovery Coffee, 2 Percent Jazz, or the Parsonage Cafe?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our ISLANDS page.

HONOUR BOUND | Volunteer At The Golden Dumpling Cook Off In Chinatown, August 10

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The organisers of the Golden Dumpling Cook Off need your help! They’re looking for volunteers on Sunday, August 10th to give them a hand in making the outdoor festival a delicious reality. Volunteers should be energetic, fun and team-oriented folks with big hearts who are looking to support our fundraising goals and increase awareness for the Chinatown Elders Community Kitchen, a local food security initiative. Duties will range from stamping Golden Dumpling Passports to guest relations. Every interested food and community-lover is invited to apply here now.

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Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent our city extremely well or are inherently awesome in one way or another.

GOODS | The Parker’s Tiny Chinatown Patio Lands Summer-Inspired Dishes & Cocktails

The Parker is located at 237 Union Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | www.theparkervancouver.com

The Parker is located at 237 Union Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | www.theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | The Parker’s summer menu from executive chef Curtis Luk is sure to be the hot ticket this summer. Highlights include ratatouille with heirloom tomatoes, sea asparagus and labneh as well the daily house-made alkaline noodles with fresh summer vegetables and spicy Sichuan tomato sauce. The gorgeous house-made cheese (plated with torched local honey, poached rhubarb and our caraway lavash crackers with edible flowers) was built to pair with Steve Da Cruz‘s wine program and is best served on our petite patio. Drawing rave reviews for dessert is the new cucumber sorbet served with summer fruit and olive oil cake (have it with a splash of chilled Pimm’s Nø.1 for the definitive summer dénouement). At the bar, manager Nich Box has personally selected a list of his favourite aperitifs to start your evening and continues to impress with new cocktails. Try the Saemundur made with Longtable Aquavit, fresh mint, cherry syrup and lemon bitters with soda – it’s the tall, cold drink for long, hot summer nights. Read more

HEADS UP | Vancouver’s Best Restaurants Get Set For Chinatown “Dumpling Cook-Off”

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Some plump, extra-delicious news from the inbox:

“Passports go on sale today for the 2nd annual Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby. Last year’s Cook Off was a sellout, so advance purchase is encouraged at www.goldendumpling.ca. On August 10th from 12pm–5pm, in conjunction with the Chinatown Festival and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association, 20 restaurants will compete for the top prize. Competitors include Ask For Luigi, Bestie, Harvest Community Foods, Homer St Cafe and Bar, Maenam, Wildebeest, Vij’s, Winner Winner and returning champion, Pidgin.

All those who purchase a Golden Dumpling Passport can fill their bellies by travelling to each of 20 restaurant stations, where they’ll receive a passport stamp and a freshly prepared dumpling. One restaurant will be crowned the winner and will receive the one-of-a-kind Golden Dumpling Trophy, designed by local artist Diane Espiritu. The contest will be judged by Scout Magazine’s Andrew Morrison, Bao Bei’s Joël Watanabe, food stylist and food and travel journalist Nathan Fong, and Global BC’s Sophie Lui.

In addition to the Cook Off, don’t miss the excitement of the Dumpling Derby, where speed eaters will bring big appetites to the table for the ultimate showdown. Men’s and women’s heats will see one winner in each category taking home coveted prizes and undisputed bragging rights. Heightening the tension is last year’s winner, John Jugovic, who will be returning to defend the men’s title and confirm his legendary status in Dumpling Derby history. Contestants are limited to eight men and eight women, so those with cavernous bellies and a competitive nature are encouraged to sign up immediately via the website.

Proceeds from the Golden Dumpling Cook Off will be donated to the Chinese Elders Community Kitchen, a program of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. The Program creates a safe space where Chinese elders gather each week to cook and share a meal, and have the opportunity to connect with each other in a social setting. The Chinese Elders Community Kitchen allows participants to engage in educational activities such as learning about food safety and healthy eating. Over 80 Chinese elders participate in the Program year-round and the demand continues to grow.

To purchase Golden Dumpling Passports for the Cook Off and Derby, or to throw your hat in the ring as a Derby contestant, please visit www.goldendumpling.ca. Purchase online in advance for $30 plus Eventbrite fee, or plan to arrive early on the big day; 100 passports will be available at the door for $35 each.”

Some shots from last year…

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SMOKE BREAK #1117 | “Munchies” Digs In For Chef’s Night Out At Chinatown’s Bao Bei

It’s been about four and a half years since Bao Bei opened on Keefer Street. Despite its many awards, accolades, and nightly queues, sometimes it takes the jolt of an outsider’s perspective to be reminded of its unique awesomeness. This Munchies video from Vice certainly does the trick…

Tannis Ling is an ex-bartender and chef Joël Watanabe is a French Japanese ex-Montrealer. Together, they run Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district. They let us follow them around for a night to their favorite Vancouver haunts—Keefer Bar, Damso Modern Korean Cuisine, and Cascade. But to finish off the night right, the crew headed back to Bao Bei, where Joel cooked up copious amounts of fried chicken and pork belly.

Beyond the food porn (mmm, truffled dumplings!), dig the natural symbiosis between Bao Bei and The Keefer Bar down the block.

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DETAILS

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251 East Georgia Street | Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-620-8818 | Email: info@mamietaylors.ca
Web: www.mamietaylors.ca | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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Owners: Ron Oliver and Simon Kaulback
Chef: Tobias Grignon

ABOUT MAMIE TAYLOR’S

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Named after its signature cocktail—a Golden Age concoction of scotch, fresh lime juice, ginger beer and Angustora bitters— Mamie Taylor’s is an 85-seat regional American restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food with a contemporary twist.

At the vanguard of Chinatown’s new culinary scene, the relaxed and casual ambiance of exposed brick walls and kitschy Canadiana play into the neighbourhood’s up-and-coming charm.

We also have taxidermy. Lots of taxidermy.

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Set To Host New Series Of Pop-Ups Through July

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. & 585 East Broadway | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. & 585 East Broadway | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | The Chinatown Experiment is set for July with five new pop-up shops. There’s a full line up of one-of-a-kind shops in Chinatown this month. The space begins as part architectural installation and part café, and then transforms into a street art gallery, a women’s clothing store, a hand-crafted Japanese knife shop, and finally into a home for the new collections of five Montréal-based designers. As always, expect a dynamic storefront showcasing the unexpected. To stay on top of it all, like The Chinatown Experiment on Facebook for updates.

July 2 – 16 | FARADAY CAFÉ | Social artist Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) are opening the first coffee shop that repels wireless signals. In a space devoid of cell phone or digital connections, the team hopes to create personal ones instead. To achieve their desired effect, the team has completely enclosed the café in mesh that shields electromagnetic signals while producing a distinct visual form. They’ll be serving a rotation of artisanal coffees by donation (Heart, Bows & Arrows, Ritual, & more) and will be home to events. Expect pop-up dinner parties Wednesdays at 7p.m., afternoon DJ sets on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 3p.m., and even a storytelling night on July 15. Open daily 10am – 6pm, closed Sundays. Follow them on Instagram for daily updates. #faradaycafe

June 17 | STREET SCRIPT: DEBUT GALLERY | Street Script is the intersection of Art & Hip-Hop. Local street artist & designer MEGA is presenting her debut gallery ‘The Vapours’ for one-night only exhibition. Her hand-painted, classic hip-hop lyrics can be spotted in the streets of Gastown and Chinatown. Through lyric design and illustration, MEGA is creative a movement that transcends cultures and generations. The gallery will feature all brand new original pieces by MEGA. DJ Icy Touch will be spinning fresh cuts for the evening with collaborative works by The Dark, Doug Weir, and JB. Bonus: Watch this short film about MEGA & StreetScript. The show goes from 7pm to midnight. Arrive early; it’ll be a packed house. #streetscript

July 18 – 20| LUCKY BABE POP-UP SHOP | The local online women’s clothing brand is launching soon and has put together a pop-up shop to celebrate. For their first release, expect leggings and clutches in store. It’s the first foray into fashion for founder Mafidon (Lucky) Osaigbovo. Although, fashion has always been in the family and largely influenced by the women in the West African born Mafidon’s family, starting with this mother and sister. A percentage of proceeds from the pop-up are supporting the Salvation Army. Open Friday, 4pm – 9pm and Saturday/Sunday 11am – 7pm. #luckybabeshop

July 22 – 27| KNIFEWEAR: HAND CRAFTED JAPANESE KNIVES | The chef-owned independent Knifewear opened in their doors in 2007 and already have fives stores across Canada from Ottawa to Kelowna. For the first time ever, owner/knife-nerd Kevin Kent is bringing Canada’s first Japanese knife shop to Vancouver with a one-week pop-up. Expect to find hundreds of knives from more than 40 of the best Japanese knife brands including, Masakage, Fujiwara San, and Moritaka Hamono. They’ll also have chef-curated cookbooks, beautiful made in Canada Larchwood brand cutting boards, and exceptional kitchen gadgets. There’s also the classic shave shop with high quality shaving gear; straight razors, safety razors, soaps, aftershaves, badger and horsehair brushes. “Cooking is the new rock and roll,” Kent says. “And the new black leather pants are Japanese knives.” Open daily 11am – 7pm. Follow them on Facebook for updates. #knifewearpopup

July 28 | THE STOWE: SERIES 3 LAUNCH | Montréal-based The Stowe is coming back home for the launch of their Series 3 collection. Founded by designer Molly Spittal, The Stowe began out of a desire to produce beautiful, functional accessories. Using carefully selected materials sourced in North America, the studio reflects the values of traditional craftsmanship and classically designed products to compliment one’s life. The Stowe is joined by Box Agency, representing five exceptional designers from Montréal including Ursa Minor, Little Houses Clothing, Assembly Home Goods, Elaine Ho Jewelry, and Amanda Moss. Open by appointment only. Industry may contact Box Agency at info [at] agenceboite.com

July 29 onwards | OPEN BOOKINGS! | Do you have an idea in need of a storefront? Get in touch with us info@chinatownexperiment.com for your pop-up shop, exhibit, or gallery.

GOODS | A New Line Of Local Bitters Is Now Available At Chinatown’s Modern Bartender

The Modern Bartender is located at Unit 28 East Pender Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-684-1747 | www.themodernbartender.com

The Modern Bartender is located at 28 East Pender St in Vancouver | 604-684-1747 | themodernbartender.com

The GOODS from The Modern Bartender

Vancouver, BC | The Modern Bartender is excited to announce the arrival of a fantastic new line of small batch bitters – “Apothecary Bitters” – which are made right here in Vancouver. We will be stocking all flavours, and as soon as their new seasonal and barrel-aged bitter are ready we’ll have those too! These small batch craft bitters are loaded with flavour and incredibly deep and complex, so come by and pick up a bottle or three… Read more

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