by Robyn Yager | Wearing a hat requires confidence. To many of us, the addition of a topper to our everyday attire can feel entirely foreign, but when done right they can add a little extra personality to every outfit.
I recently had the pleasure of talking with Rachelle Cashato, head of Hastings Hattery (no pun intended), one of the newest arrivals to the western edge of Gastown and a descendant of The Granville Island Hat Shop, a retail store that doubles as a studio where hat enthusiasts can customize, alter, repair, and personalize their existing hats. Here’s what she had to say about how hats fit in your personal style and what we can expect when on the hunt for the perfect one at Hastings Hattery.
How do hats fit into personal style? Hats are really the defining accessory in personal style. Most of the people I have worked with over the years have a relationship with their hat. It becomes an old friend, a companion. It gives on the ability to express themselves in a way that no other fashion accessory does. I think our personal style is developed as we experience life and typically your hat is along for the ride.
For someone looking to start wearing hats, what kind of tips would you recommend to them to find the perfect one to suit their style? The basics are to find something that compliments one’s features. Making sure that you are wearing something you reall love and feel confident in will only accentuate your existing style. The nice thing about our new space is that we offer full restoration and custom work, so even if someone has a hat that they haven’t committed to wearing, we can often help find a way to adjust it and make it really work for them, so sometimes its not even about buying new, just working what you already have.
Hats can be a really tricky accessory – it can either pull a look together or totally throw it off. Why would you say hats are so dramatic in this sense? Drama is relative; 80 years ago you couldn’t walk down the street and see someone NOT wearing a hat. It’s all about confidence. Wear what you want and you will feel as comfortable as you do in your pj’s.
Do you have any favourite hat brands that you think do it really well? Any Canadian brands? Aside from all the amazing hats we make in our own studio here, I love Akubra – their Sydney is my go to hat; you can it in so many ways, and Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute from New York. We have a lot of Canadian talent: Magill and Canadian Hat in Montreal, and Lilliput in Toronto.
Are there any particular styles of hat that you see as a trend right now? What do you think will be a trend in the next few seasons? Toppers, traditional and non-traditional – either super classy or very eccentric allowing for a lot of for personalization. I also have a lot of people bringing in hats they received from parents or grandparents that have sentimental value. We restore old hats to be worn so they can be enjoyed. We are also going back to personalized embossing on interior hat bands. We have a machine from the late 1800′s that we have had refurbished, embossing in gold leaf. It lets you put your own stamp on your hat, literally.
- Photo of Rachelle Cashato by Anita Alberto.
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Restaurant is currently seeking a part time lounge server for our very busy cocktail bar. The successful candidate will have a very strong working knowledge of cocktails and food, and the ability to serve in a fast-paced environment. Please send your resume with cover letter to kh [at] hawksworthrestaurant.com. While all applications are appreciated, only successful candidates will be contacted for interview. Read more
M.S. | The Dome of the Sun Tower | 3:30pm | Vancouver, BC | SHARE YOUR VIEW
We’ve long wanted to take a look inside the dome of the Sun Tower on the corner of Pender and Beatty. Earlier today, a story that we’ve been pursuing finally gave us that chance. This shot is taken through the dome’s east oculus…
We love posting the photographs that reveal the views from our reader’s windows. Whether it’s a back alley in the fall or a sandy beach in high summer, we’re always stoked to see what you see from home, work or while on the road. What does your view look like right now? Take a snap of it and send it in. Check out the gallery of reader submissions below… Read more
We’ve invited The Cinematheque to join the Venues & Organisations section of our GOODS program as a recommended place to rejoice in the magic of film. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making the neighbourhood a more interesting place to be.
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The GOODS from Cavalier
Vancouver, BC | Traditionally, the birthstone for June is Pearls – It’s also happens to be the gift for 30th wedding anniversaries. We don’t want you to drop the ball, so if you’re looking to get that someone special in your life a gift this month, come down to the shop and check out the new collection we just got in. These pearls are no longer just for your grandma – Both beautiful and of the highest quality our collection of white, silver, gold and black South-Sea and Tahitian pearls come in many unique shapes and sizes and are decorated with diamonds and set in 18K yellow, white and rose gold. Learn more about Cavalier after the jump… Read more
The GOODs from Thierry
Vancouver, BC | We are currently hiring full time sales associates. The ideal candidate will be available weekends, specifically nights as we are open until midnight. Professionalism and a warm, inviting personality are of utmost importance. Thierry Busset is widely regarded as one of the finest pastry chefs in North America.
Our shop boasts a stunning room featuring classic chocolates, macarons, cakes and pastries: all items are hand-made daily using only premium ingredients. Barista crafted espresso and liquid chocolate are also a central part of the cafe, complimented by a selection of sandwiches, soup and savory products. We are also licensed and offer a selection of wine and spirits to compliment our wide array of products.
If you are seeking a stimulating and rewarding career in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, please email your resume and cover letter to info [at] thierrychocolates.com. Read more
The GOODS from Bel Cafe
Vancouver, BC | David Hawksworth’s Bel Cafe is searching for a new chef to join our dedicated team of culinary leaders. The successful applicant must be highly organized, hard working and have at least 2 years of management experience. Experience in a cafe/bistro environment is preferred, but not required. This is a salaried position with management benefits. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those short-listed will be contacted for interview. Bel Cafe is located at the corner of Howe and Georgia inside the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia and is nestled alongside the acclaimed Hawksworth Restaurant. Read more
The GOODS from Cafe Medina
Vancouver BC | Cafe Medina is moving into its new location at 780 Richards St. and growing its culinary program under the direction of celebrated chef Jonathan Chovancek. We are looking for driven and experienced individuals to join our team. In the back of house, we need a Sous Chef, line cooks, and Chief Steward. A minimum 3 years experience in a similar position is required. We are looking for people with a passion for egg work and working mornings, as well as a focus on consistency and quality. The successful candidates will be team-oriented, self-motivated, and energetic. Wages and benefits are dependent on experience. Please submit your resume in confidence to chef [at] medinacafe.com. We thank you for your submissions but please note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified. The start date will be mid-July. We are also looking to fill a few front of house positions, specifically for server’s assistants and baristas. In addition to a minimum of two years experience, a belief in enlightened hospitality and fantastic strength of character are musts. We are looking for passionate team players who want to grow and perpetuate Vancouver’s amazing food scene. Read more
The Pecha Kucha Night organisers have announced the line-up of speakers for Vol. 33 on July 3rd. Tickets have just gone on sale, so be quick with your mouse, trackpad, or fingers because they usually sell out fast…
• Sam Chandola - Founder and CEO, Victory Square Games
• Sandra Singh - Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
• Laura Barron - Executive Director, Instruments for Change
• Scott Larson - CEO and Co-Founder, Urthecast
• Kevin Lee Royes - Soulcial-Preneur, The Soulcial-Preneurs Club
• Lital Marom - Co-founder and CEO, Beyond
• Christopher Gaze - Actor and Artistic Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach
• Emerson Lim - Founder, Karma Teachers Centre for Yoga and Meditation
• Jonathan Anthony, Corporate Disorganizer, Teekay Corporation
We’re going to be giving away a double pass to the festivities before too long, so be sure to watch our Twitter feed for your chance to win!
The GOODS from Uva Wine Bar
Vancouver, BC | Already celebrated for its broad selection of note-worthy wines, UVA Wine Bar has refined its name to UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar as a nod to Bar Manager Lauren Mote’s renewed focus on creating a truly unique cocktail experience at the downtown hotspot.
Mote, a prominent mixologist, international spirits diplomat and bartender who boasts more than 15 years of experience behind the bar in both Toronto and Vancouver, has custom-designed an eclectic, clever and inventive cocktail menu that has helped position UVA as a trendsetter on the Vancouver cocktail scene.
“This name change is a reflection of the next generation of UVA and a testament to Lauren’s enthusiasm and determination in developing a truly world-class cocktail program over the eight short months she has been here,” said General Manager and Wine Director Robert Stelmachuk. “Lauren has been a one-of-a-kind addition to our team, and her cocktail list follows suit.”
Aficionados of the grape need not worry — UVA’s extensive list of fine wines remains in the skilled hands of Stelmachuk, a certified sommelier with more than 25 years of experience in the industry who maintains a sharp focus on championing small-production, boutique wines. Stelmachuk is currently pursuing his Master Sommelier designation with the Court of Master Sommeliers, which is often regarded as the ultimate professional credential a sommelier can attain. Read more
by Stevie Wilson | The old, neoclassical-style building at western edge of Gastown and the northern end of Seymour Street – now known as Waterfront Station – is one of Vancouver’s many standing examples of civic evolution. Similar to the current structure of the Hotel Vancouver, the Granville Street Bridge, and various other sites across the city, this building has gone through several changes in its 100 years. Though it now operates as a transit hub for the SkyTrain, Seabus, and West Coast Express, it was once a different kind of station altogether: the terminus of the CPR Railway’s transcontinental line. It is the third incarnation in a series of historic sites whose predecessors were ultimately destroyed in favour of new design, new tastes, and the accommodation of civic development.
The first CPR station was constructed nearby at the foot of Howe St. in 1886, but it was not much more than a single-level shed. The second station, designed by Edward Maxwell, opened in 1898 adjacent to the current site, where the Granville Plaza now stands. It featured beautiful chateau-style brick architecture with a large, arched stone entranceway, two imposing tower facades, pitched roofs, and spires similar (though on a much smaller scale) to the current Hotel Vancouver, which was also built by the CPR. The chateau-style design is found throughout many of their other (former) properties, including the historic rail station in New Westminster (now a Keg restaurant) and the Château Frontenac in Quebec City.
The stations third design was constructed between 1912-1914 and reflected the success of CPR’s trade route expansions. The exterior features a colonnade façade typical of the time, with a large interior reminiscent of Beaux-Arts design. Look closely in the photos below and you’ll notice the CPR banner atop the south-facing main entrance. Inside, Canadian landscape murals high across the walls act as a subtle nod to the cross-country route of the pioneering CPR line.
Originally, the interior featured a lunch counter and kitchen, dance hall, and lodging for travellers, in addition to amenities for staff. Outside, the bronze Angel of Victory statue by Coeur de Lion stands as a memorial to CPR employees lost during WWI. It’s worth noting that the locations of the three stations had an impact on the development of the city; their location far west of the Granville Townsite became a new focus for economic growth, which in turn contributed to the area’s evolution into the “downtown” that we recognize today.
By the late 1970s the station had begun its transformation into a modern transit hub. Commuter rail travel was eventually taken over by Via Rail in the 1978, and service shifted to Pacific Central Station off Terminal Avenue. A year after the opening of the Seabus terminal in 1977, the lobby at Waterfront Station was renovated by Hawthorn Mansfield Towers Architects to include shops, restaurants, and offices. The construction of the Expo Line in 1985 required the removal of several CPR tracks. However, the West Coast express, which opened in 1995, operates on original rail lines. Take a look around next time you’re waiting for the SkyTrain, and enjoy a glimpse into one of Vancouver’s busiest landmarks. Like any good historic building, it’s rumoured to have plenty of ghosts, too, so be sure to keep an eye out.
by Andrew Morrison | Seigo Nakamura’s highly anticipated Gyoza Bar is framing up rather nicely. During a recent visit to the construction site at 622 West Pender St. with chef de cuisine Michael Acero, general manager Nicola Turner, and corporate chef Kazuya Matsuoka (left to right, above), I got wind of a few appetizing details.
For starters, the 80 seat, 2,600 sqft eatery won’t be hamstrung by the singular focus of just gyozas (as enticing as that may sound). It’ll also be concentrating on ramen, and in myriad ways. Acero and Matsuoka explained that they’ll be offering several different broths, among them the traditional tonkotsu (pork), miso, chicken, vegetable, and – most interesting of all – a tomato seafood essence.
These will be bowled with ramen noodles made in house with the massive (and hugely expensive) “Richmen” machine that I saw still wrapped up in a crate in the middle of the dining room (see photo #2 below). It was just freshly delivered by the noodle-loving engineers at Yamato Mfg. in Japan. It’s pretty cool that the noodle-making process will be something customers can witness close up, and proof enough that Nakamura – who also owns the innovative Miku and Minami restaurants – is looking to lead rather than compete in the local ramen scene.
But back to the gyozas! Let’s talk stuffings. There will by five: one constant made of barley-fed pork that is done in the “imono” teppan-style (cast iron griddle), and four that will change with the seasons. At launch, these will be chicken, short rib and miso, shrimp, and a vegetarian type – each plated in fives. There will also be bao-style sandwiches, a tapas menu of 12 items, salads, and bar program that will see 8 beers and 8 wines on tap, plus 6-7 sakes (natch).
Opening day is still on track for a mid-July, which can’t come soon enough.
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Jim Sinclair – Executive + Artistic Director
Kate Ladyshewsky – Acting Managing Director
Amber Orchard – Managing Director (on leave)
About The Cinematheque
At The Cinematheque, we are dedicated to bringing Vancouver audiences the Essential Cinema Experience. Home to one of the largest and most extensive programs of curated films in North America, we present over 500 screenings annually that celebrate the richness and diversity of regional, national, and international film culture. We present retrospectives of great directors’ works and historical film movements, new features from Canada’s hottest young filmmakers, prestigious internationally touring exhibitions, plus guest appearances, lectures, panel discussions, and much, much more. From the newest digital restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to a pristine 35mm print of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome; from the all-ages animation of Japan’s Studio Ghibli to the cerebral cinema of French auteur Jean-Luc Godard; from our annual festivals celebrating the best in contemporary European, Francophone, and Canadian cinema to our monthly series spotlighting experimental cinema and mental health; The Cinematheque is proud to offer something for every film lover.
What would the movies be without popcorn? Our concession serves up fresh and delicious popcorn,with free (real) melted butter and special toppings, along with a tasty mix of treats and baked good, including gluten-free options.
Established in 1972, The Cinematheque is a registered non-profit charity that relies on public and private support. We are thankful for the support of our amazing volunteers that work at our box office and concession each night, distribute our bi-monthly Program Guide, and assist in the office.
Not just a movie theatre! Supplementing our rich body of programming are core resources like our Film Reference Library, West Coast Film Archive, the bi-monthly Cinematheque Program Guide, and our unique educational programs.
“Going to The Cinematheque is the closest thing to visiting Manhattan without leaving Vancouver …. Its program is as innovative and entertaining as any you’ll find in New York.” David Spaner, The Province
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The GOODS from CinCin
Vancouver, BC | From June 2nd to 8th, CinCin Ristorante and Bar revisits its Italian roots with “Negroni Week” – an international celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails – and is one of only five venues participating in British Columbia. Restaurants and bars around the globe, from Romania to South Africa, will donate proceeds from their Negroni sales to a local charity during this time.
“Negroni Week is an opportunity for restaurants and bars around the world to unite with a common love of this classic cocktail, but also to give back to the community,” says Adaina Smyth, CinCin bar manager. “Since 2006, the BC Hospitality Foundation has provided a financial safety net that helps to support ill and injured food, beverage, and hospitality industry members in British Columbia, when they need it most. We are honoured to be able to support the BCHF by donating the proceeds of our Negroni Week sales to this important cause.”
In keeping with the spirit of community, the CinCin Bar team – led by Smyth – have collaborated to create a specialty menu of six new Negroni cocktails in addition to its signature CinCin Negroni. Smyth recommends guests try the Negroni Amante, which features locally-produced Long Table Gin, Campari, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and Prosecco for a light summer cocktail, or for a traditional Italian taste, the Tocco Italiano with Beniamino Moscato Grappa, Campari, and Martini Bianco. The full Negroni menu can be found online here. Read more