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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!

 

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all photos copyright filmcamera999    2014

 

 

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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 years...my first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money back...no arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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