The Block has been a Vancouver fashion mainstay since 1999, locking down a prime piece of real estate long before the city’s Gastown neighborhood became a hot property. Locals know this is the spot in the city centre for quality goods, and owner Jennifer MacKay knows the best in North American and European designers when she sees (and hand picks) them. She gave us a peek at the life on the Block.
What tunes are on regular rotation in your shop? I really like the classics playing. I could listen to David Bowie, Television and the Velvet Underground all day. Sometimes on Sunday or at the end of the day on Friday, Duke Ellington will get played.
What’s the best thing about doing business in Gastown? Gastown has done a good job of evolving over the years, but not too quickly. Some of the shops have been here forever. It's a really neat mix. The great thing now is that you can spend an entire day in the area—there are great restaurants, bars, shops and really good people-watching.
What’s another must-visit spot in your hood? I love Old Faithful. It is a great place to buy a gift—there is something there for everyone, plus the store smells great! In the evening I love to go to Bao Bei or Ask for Luigi. Both are great restaurants with amazing food, drinks and staff.
What’s your fave Bridge & Burn piece? The Warbler jacket is amazing, it always sells out and is reasonably priced. We are in Vancouver, you may as well have a cute rain jacket!
Describe your ideal Vancouver weekend: I love to ride my bike around the city, through Stanley Park and around the Seawall with my husband and 3-year-old boy. It is so beautiful and relaxing. The best is when we stop at Third Beach with a picnic and some wine and stay till the sun is almost down.