Supporting Local: 7 Main Street Boutiques Worth Checking Out

In recent years, Main Street has gone through a transformation, becoming the new energy centre of Vancouver. Today, this stretch is lined with well-curated shops, friendly eateries and has maintained its dynamic, creative air. Newer boutiques live alongside original shopfronts, balancing the old with the new.

What’s more is that most of these boutiques are owned locally, so shopping on here means you’ll support local business owners, not big box brands – here’s a list of the top 7 Main Street boutiques that are worth checking out.

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A perennial favourite, Front & Company is a carefully curated consignment store with an ever-changing collection. They bring in quality consignment clothing from mid- to high-end brands, in addition to an array of accessories from emerging and more established designers (like Matt and Nat and Herschel Supply). Items here are one-of-a-kind, so if you find something you covet, don’t wait – when it’s gone, it’s gone for good.

Location: 3772 Main St.

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Don’t let this store’s rather unassuming exterior fool you. Welk’s is based on the principle that general stores sold quality goods you need for everyday living, but it’s much more than that. Shelves are stocked with thoughtful and unique merchandise: popular S’well waterbottles, neon desk lights in the shape of a pineapple, cookbooks and candles. Welk’s merchandise often comes from independent designers in Canadian cities like Vancouver and Toronto, such as cards from Smitten Kitten, coordinated household items from Danica Studio and candles from East Wix.

Location: 3511 Main St.

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This independently-owned clothing store is always on point, on trend and carries a wide variety of clothing for women and men at affordable prices. Great for scouting out basics like tee’s and tanks, one can also find trendy gems that won’t cost an entire paycheque.

Location: 2403 Main St.

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Much & Little sources their products from independent designers, local gems, heritage brands, and fair trade artisans, with everything from little trinkets to beautifully textiled rugs and blankets (each with its own story).

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Located at Main and 19th, Van Caissey describes themselves as a “multi-brand lifestyle boutique” with edgy men’s and women’s streetwear (think printed sweatshirts ubiquitous these days) and rings and necklaces embedded with natural crystals.

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Stepping into Barefoot Contessa’s store brings to mind visions of tea parties and garden soirees. All the clothes here are detailed with ruffles, tulle and floral prints – in other words, delightfully feminine.

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Turnabout is all about luxury resale. They carry lightly used items from renowned fashion labels at a discounted price (think Prada, Hermès and Ferragamo). Instead of wandering through Holt Renfrew’s luxury section, try Turnabout – they just may have something that fits the body, and the budget.

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