If you love heading down memory lane, you have to stop in at Stepback. Their trademark vintage suitcases are perfect for photo props, family room décor, or even kids toys. The items here aren’t just vintage, they’re completely unique and unusual. Our latest favourite is the authentic old bus rolls – remember when the bus driver had to stand up and turn the sign himself, before the age of digital? And when you see something you like, don’t wait. Most items are one of a kind and original, and they may not get another.
2936 West Broadway, Vancouver | www.stepback.ca
Commercial Street Café
Tucked away just up Commercial Street at East 20th Avenue, (one block off of where it turns off from Commercial Drive), is one of East Van’s best-kept secrets, the Commercial Street Café. The espresso is expertly brewed, and the muffins and pastries are made in-house, along with the rest of the menu of sandwiches, salads, breakfast stuff (the gluten-free quinoa waffles are spectacular), and a wonderful selection for vegetarian and vegan customers. Two comfortable rooms with large tables make it an inviting place to come with your kids, or to meet with all your besties after yoga.
3599 Commercial Street, Vancouver | www.commercialstreetcafe.com
Carolyn is a primary school teacher and a mom of a very active toddler, who saw a need for a happy community space to bring kids, parents, and families together. She opened Yoga Buttons as Vancouver’s first kids and family yoga studio, offering drop-in yoga classes seven days a week at a variety of times to suit every age. Independent classes start as young as two years old, where parents can leave their kids to have fun and get an hour of time on their own. Classes include baby/ parent, prenatal, adult-only, family, and more. The studio is fun, bright, and inspiring, and kids classes are imaginative and active where yoga poses and techniques are mixed with music, drama, creative play, and art. What more could you ask for?
525 W Broadway Vancouver | www.yogabuttons.com