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Step Back

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

Yoga But­tons

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

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