Recently I decided to do some posts about shops and businesses that interest me in and around the Vancouver downtown area.
The first post was about the quirky bookshop that is called Spartacus, based in the Strathcona area of VanCity DTE.
Today’s post is also about another unique shop.
It is located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is called Studio 126
It’s run by a collection of rather cool guys and gals, Chris (he of the full ginger beard!), Ryan Quirico, Gabriel Wilde and Anna Karolina Szul (and of not forgetting little baby, too!). Ryan told me that Anna is an accomplished artist and some of her work is available to see and purchase in the shop.
I’m sure these guys will correct me if I have missed anyone out, as my visit to their shop was a little short time-wise.
Walk down E Pender St, past an eclectic mix of oriental shops, selling anything from dried fish, squid, herbs and berries to Feng Shui buddhas, and you will most probably walk right past Studio 126.
The reason for that is because it is such an unpretentious place, with it’s display window placed some 2 feet back from the sidewalk, it is easy to miss. Immediately you enter the place, on your right will be the chance to sample a cup of the original Stumptown coffee, served by an equally original, charming and beautiful young lady called Gabrielle Wilde (correct me if I’m wrong!).
So with a cup of Stumptown in your hand, you lead the way as your eyes take you. There’s no distinct separation between the different areas of the shop, meaning you are encouraged to ramble slowly through.
There’s so much here that you really need to set aside at least an hour for rummaging through the stuff they have…I mean, there’s things you and me and a thousand million other folks threw out with the garbage decades ago…things like tape cassette players, manual typewriters (yes!), handmade artwork, classic film cameras, odd animal skulls, small pieces of odd wood, some carved, some driftwood I would say…
All in all, a superb place to browse away your weekend…I heard the quote “Sip n Shop” about this place somewhere!
Too right…we need far more shops like these…beats strolling around in a featureless mall any day!
all photos copyright filmcamera999 2014