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Thanks for picking the winners — again. Even after 14 years, WE’s annual BEST OF THE CITY Reader’s Choice poll continues to be our most talked about edition. After all, who doesn’t want to discover amazing new places to eat, dance or get tattooed? (Like this week’s cover girl and Best Local TV Personality winner Fiona Forbes, who had her victory immortalized by Dave Green, owner of the Best Tattoo/ Piercing Studio, Sacred Heart Tattoo.) Of course those are just a few of the categories in this year’s issue. In the pages that follow, find out about the best this city has to offer, as voted on by you, our readers. Enjoy! The WE team

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February 24 - March 2, 2011

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Best West Coast Cuisine/ Best Seafood: Coast

DINING OUT NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN 2010) 1. L’Abattoir (217 Carrall, LAbattoir.ca) 2. Bao Bei (163 Keefer, Bao-Bei.ca) 3. Cafeteria (2702 Main, CafeteriaVancouver.ca)

CHAIN RESTAURANT

• Bin 941/Bin 942 (941 Davie, 1521 W. Broadway; Bin941.com) (tie)

CHEF (FINE DINING) 1. John Bishop (Bishop’s) 2. Hidekazu Tojo (Tojo’s) 3. Pino Posteraro (Cioppino’s)

CHEF (CASUAL)

1. Cactus Club Cafe (various locations, CactusClubCafe.com) 2. Joeys (various locations, JoeysRestaurants.com) 3. White Spot (various locations, WhiteSpot.com)

1. Rob Feenie (Cactus Club Cafe) 2. Robert Belcham (Refuel, Campagnolo) • Chuck Currie (White Spot) (tie) 3. Cory Chapman (Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar)

ONE-OF-A-KIND RESTAURANT

WEST COAST CUISINE

1. Salt Tasting Room (45 Blood Alley, SaltTastingRoom.com) 2. The Eatery (3431 W. Broadway, TheEatery.ca) 3. The Alibi Room (157 Alexander, Alibi.ca)

1. Coast (1054 Alberni, CoastRestaurant.ca) 2. Raincity Grill (1193 Denman, RaincityGrill.com) 3. West (2881 Granville, WestRestaurant.com) • Bishop’s (2183 W. 4th, BishopsOnline.com) (tie)

Chef Rob Feenie’s Soy-dijon Ocean Wise Salmon, the newest edition to our fresh, local and sustainable menu.

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You are invited to enjoy authentic Thai food at the original Sala Thai Restaurant. Reservations recommended.

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN 2010): L’ABATTOIR “We really want to offer our guests the best aspects of a fine-dining restaurant in an atmosphere that’s casual and approachable,” chef Lee Cooper said to WE restaurant critic Andrew Morrison in April of last year, shortly before the opening of L’Abattoir (217 Carrall, LAbattoir.ca). At that time, no one knew what to expect of the Gastown restaurant, which would be the first business to take over the former home of the original, beloved Irish Heather pub (which relocated to larger digs across the street). But from its very first night, it was clear that Cooper — alongside business partners Paul Grunberg and Nin Ari — had created a winner. Cooper’s French-influenced West Coast cuisine is a primary draw, of course, but it’s the complete package at L’Abattoir that has made reservations a necessity virtually every night of the week: a stunning but funkily relaxed room, an exemplary (and ridiculously well-dressed) service staff, and the thirst-slaking skills of barman Shaun Layton and sommelier Jake Shakun.

1. Coast (see West Coast Cuisine) 2. C (2-1600 Howe, CRestaurant.com) 3. Blue Water Cafe (1095 Hamilton, BlueWaterCafe.net)

HapaIzakaya.com) Honourable mention: Toshi Sushi (181 E. 16th) • Octopus Garden (1995 Cornwall, OctopusGarden.ca) (tie)

JAPANESE

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1. Tojo’s (1133 W. Broadway, Tojos.com) 2. Guu (various locations, Guu-Izakaya.com) 3. Hapa Izakaya (various locations,

1. Bao Bei (see New Restaurant) 2. Kirin (various locations, KirinRestaurants.com) 3. Hon’s Wun-Tun House (various locations, Hons.ca)

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Banana Leaf

award winning best Malaysian cuisine

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3. Banana Leaf (various locations, BananaLeaf-Vancouver.com) • Tropika (various locations, Tropika-Canada.com) (tie)

THAI 1. Sawasdee (4250 Main, SawasdeeThaiRestaurant.com) 2. Thai House (various locations, ThaiHouse.com) • Maenam (1938 W. 4th, Maenam.ca) (tie) 3. Sala Thai (102-888 Burrard, SalaThai.ca)

MALAYSIAN 1. Banana Leaf (various locations, see Singaporean) 2. Tropika (various locations, Tropika-Canada.com) 3. Chili Garden (4186 Main, ChiliGarden.ca) • Hawker’s Delight (see Singaporean)

KOREAN 1. Jang Mo Jib (1719 Robson) 2. Shabusen (202-755 Burrard, 2993 Granville; Shabusen.com) 3. Nor Boo (1536 Robson)

VIETNAMESE 1. Pho Hoang (238 E. Georgia, 3388 Main) 2. Phnom Penh (244 E. Georgia) 3. Bao Chau (2717 E. Hastings) Honourable mention: Chau Kitchen & Bar (1500 Robson, ChauKitchenAndBar.com)

SINGAPOREAN 1. Kam’s Place (1043 Davie) 2. Hawker’s Delight (4127 Main)

INDIAN

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Thank You! Authentic Food. Friendly Service. Warm Atmosphere. Come experience the best that Malaysia has to offer.

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ITALIAN 1. Italian Kitchen (1037 Alberni, TheItalianKitchen.ca) 2. La Quercia (3689 W. 4th, LaQuercia.ca) 3. Il Giardino (1382 Hornby, HotelVillaDelia.com) • Cioppino’s (1129 Hamilton, Cioppinos.Wordpress. com) (tie)

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1. Vij’s (1480 W. 11th, Vijs.ca) 2. Nirvana (2313 Main, NirvanaRestaurant.ca) 3. Maurya (1643 W. Broadway, MauryaIndianCuisine.com)

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DELIVERY

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3. Migz BBQ (2884 W. Broadway, MigzBBQ.com)

BREW PUB 1. Yaletown Brewing Co. (1111 Mainland, MarkJamesGroup.com) 2. Steamworks Brewing Co. (375 Water, Steamworks.com)

for Voting us the #1 Vietnamese Restaurant in Vancouver!

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LATE-NIGHT DINING 1. The Naam (2724 W. 4th, TheNaam.com) 2. Lucy’s Eastside Diner (2708 Main, LucysEastsideDiner.com) • Denny’s (various locations, Dennys.ca) (tie) 3. Hamburger Mary’s (1202 Davie, HamburgerMarys.ca) Best Burgers: Vera’s Burger Shack

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OLD-SCHOOL DINER

FRENCH 1. Les Faux Bourgeois (663 E. 15th, LesFauxBourgeois.com) 2. Le Crocodile (909 Burrard, LeCrocodileRestaurant.com) 3. Bistrot Bistro (1961 W. 4th, BistrotBistro.com) Honourable mention: La Brasserie (1091 Davie, LaBrasserieVancouver.com) • Le Gavroche (1616 Alberni, LeGavroche.ca) (tie)

GREEK 1. Stepho’s (1124 Davie) 2. Takis Taverna (1106 Davie) 3. Maria’s Taverna (2324 W. 4th)

VerasBurgerShack.com) 2. Splitz Grill (4242 Main, SplitzGrill.com) 3. White Spot (see Chain Restaurant) • Fatburger (various locations, Fatburger.com) (tie)

PIZZA 1. Flying Wedge (various locations, FlyingWedge.com) 2. Nat’s (1080 Denman, 2684 W. Broadway, NatsPizza.com) 3. Lombardo’s (1641 Commercial, 970 Smithe; Lombardos.ca) • Nook (781 Denman, NookRestaurant.ca) (tie) Honourable mention: Uncle Fatih’s (various locations, UncleFatih.com)

MEXICAN 1. Las Margaritas (1999 W. 4th, LasMargaritas.com) 2. Don Guacamole (1333 Robson) 3. La Taqueria (322 W. Hastings, LaTaqueria.ca)

Open 7 days a week: 10am - 10pm 3388 Main St (at 18th Ave) 604-874-0832

1. The Templeton (1087 Granville, TheTempleton.blogspot.com) 2. Lucy’s Eastside Diner (see LateNight Dining) • Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe (2095 W. 4th, SophiesCosmicCafe.com) 3. Acme Café (51 W. Hastings, AcmeCafe.ca) • Hamburger Mary’s (see Late-Night Dining)

BARBECUE 1. Memphis Blues (various locations, MemphisBluesBBQ.com) 2. Re-Up (700 Hornby, ReUpBBQ.com)

VEGETARIAN 1. The Naam (see Late-Night Dining) 2. The Foundation (2301 Main) 3. Gorilla Food (436 Richards, GorillaFood.com)

FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT 1. White Spot (various locations, WhiteSpot.com) 2. Little Nest (1716 Charles, LittleNest.ca) 3. Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. (1876 W. 1st, RockyMountainFlatbread.ca)

CARRIBEAN/WEST INDIES 1. The Reef (4172 Main, 1018 Commercial; TheReefRestaurant.com) 2. Calabash (428 Carrall, CalabashBistro.com) 3. Lion’s Den Cafe (651 E. 15th, LionsDenCafe. Oxyfx.com)

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STEAKHOUSE 1. The Keg (various locations, KegSteakhouse.com) 2. Gotham (615 Seymour, GothamSteakhouse.com) 3. Hy’s (637 Hornby, HysSteakhouse.com)

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BURGERS 1. Vera’s (various locations,

2884 West Broadway migzbbq.com

604.733.3002

T H A N K YOU F O R VOT I N G F O R US One-of-a-kind taste is just one of the things that makes White Spot so special. Variety is another. From our award winning burgers served with fresh cut fries, to our big bowl salads, BC chicken, pastas and stir-frys, there’s truly something on the menu for everyone. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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February 24 - March 2, 2011

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RESTAURANT FOR A DATE 1. Chambar (562 Beatty, Chambar.com) 2. Bin 941/942 (see One-of-a-Kind Restaurant) 3. Le Gavroche (1616 Alberni, LeGavroche.ca)

BREAD BAKERY 1. Terra Breads (various locations, TerraBreads.com) 2. COBS Bread (various locations,

CobsBread.com) 3. Uprising Breads (1697 Venables, UprisingBreads.com)

PATISSERIE 1. Thomas Haas (2539 W. Broadway; 128-998 Harbourside Dr, North Vancouver; ThomasHaas.com) 2. Patisserie Lebeau (1728 W. 2nd, GrabABetterWaffle.com)

3. Ganache Patisserie (1262 Homer, GanacheYaletown.com) Honourable mention: La Baguette et L’échalote (1680 Johnston, Granville Island; LaBaguette.ca) • Notte’s Bon Ton (3150 W. Broadway) (tie)

BAGELS 1. Solly’s (various locations, SollysBagels.com)

Best Restaurant For A Date: Chambar

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2. Siegel’s (1883 Cornwall, Granville Island Market, SiegelsBagels.com) 3. PHAT (1055 Mainland, PhatDeli.com)

DESSERTS 1. True Confections (866 Denman, 3701 W. Broadway, TrueConfections.ca) 2. Sweet Obsession (2611 W. 16th, SweetObsession.ca) 3. Sweet Revenge (4160 Main, Sweet-Revenge.ca)

ICE CREAM/GELATO 1. Mario’s Gelati (88 E. 1st, MariosGelati.com) 2. La Casa Gelato (1033 Venables, LaCasaGelato.com) 3. Bella Gelateria (1001 W. Cordova, BellaGelateria.com) Honourable mention: Mondo Gelato (1222 Robson, 1094 Denman; Gelarmony.com)

THANK YOU VANCOUVER

BREAKFAST 1. Deacon’s Corner (101 Main, DeaconsCorner.ca) 2. Medina Cafe (556

Maria’s taverna TRADITIONAL GREEK CUISINE

VOTED VANCOUVER’S BEST BARBEQUE RESTAURANT FOR 2011 VOTED VANCOUVER’S BEST BARBEQUE RESTAURANT FOR 2010

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1867 W4th Ave, Vancouver | 604-734-1310

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Best Coffee Shop (Independent): Melriches

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Beatty, MedinaCafe.com) 3. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe (see Old-School Diner) • Denny’s (see Late-Night Dining) (tie)

4250 Main St. 604-876-4030 www.sawasdeethairestaurant.com

COFFEE SHOP (INDEPENDENT) 1. Melriches (1244 Davie, Melriches.com) 2. Re-Entry Espresso (4363 Main, Re-Entry.ca) 3. 49th Parallel (2152 W. 4th, 49thParallelRoasters.com)

COFFEE SHOP (CHAIN) 1. Starbucks (various locations, Starbucks.ca) 2. JJ Bean (various locations, JJBeanCoffee.com) 3. Blenz (various locations, Blenz.com) Honourable mention: Caffè Artigiano (various locations, CaffeArtigiano.com)

TEAHOUSE 1. The Secret Garden (5559 West Blvd., SecretGardenTea.com) 2. Urban Tea Merchant (1070 W. Georgia, UrbanTea.com) 3. DavidsTea (2199 W. 4th, DavidsTea.com)

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663 East 15th Avenue – Just off the little park at Fraser & Kingsway

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Thank you for voting us best dessert in the city and for helping us be Vancouver’s leading independent cake shop for the past 17 years.

Thank You for voting us Best Independent Grocer

Sweet Tooth, meet Sweet Obsession! We believe that desserts of the highest quality must be made from fresh & natural ingredients like pure butter, seasonal fruit & Belgian chocolate. You won’t find any powdered mixes, stabilizers or preservatives in our tasty treats. Be sure to leave your will power at home, you might even want to order a second piece!

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For the restaurant with the biggest dessert list in the city, join us two doors down at Trafalgars Bistro. Along with extraordinary food, service, and atmosphere (and a year-round $34 prix fixe menu) we offer Sweet Obsession’s entire selection of cakes & pastries. We hope to see you soon!

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DINING IN TAKE-OUT

WINDSOR PACKING CO. LTD WINDS

1. Thai Away Home (3315 Cambie, 1206 Davie, ThaiAwayHome.com) 2. The Noodle Box (1867 W. 4th, TheNoodleBox.net) 3. Hon’s Wun-Tun House (various locations, Hons.ca) • Dougiedog (1011 Granville, Dougiedog.com) (tie)

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1. Panago (various locations, Panago.com) 2. Pizza Hut (various locations, PizzaHut.ca) 3. Megabite Pizza (various locations, MegabitePizza.com) • Thai House (1103 Denman, ThaiHouse.com)

MAKE-AT-HOME MEALS 1. Vij’s (available at various retail food shops, Vijs.ca) 2. Fresh Dish (1412 E. 49th, FreshDish.ca) • Indishpensable (2779 Arbutus, Indish.ca) 3. Quince (1780 W. 3rd, Quince.ca) • Whole Foods / Capers (various locations, WholeFoodsMarket.com; WholeFoodsMarket.com/Capers) (tie)

Best Fresh Seafood: Granville Island Market 2. Donald’s Market (2279 Commercial, 2342 E. Hastings; DonaldsMarket.com) 3. Famous Foods (1595 Kingsway, FamousFoods.ca)

ORGANIC PRODUCE 1. Whole Foods (see Grocery Chain) 2. Choices (see Grocery Chain) • East West Market (4169 Main) (tie) 3. Kin’s (various locations, KinsFarmMarket.com) • Vancouver Farmers Markets (various locations, EatLocal.org)

SPECIALTY WINE STORE 1. Liberty Wine Merchants (various locations, LibertyWineMerchants.com) 2. Marquis Wine Cellars (1034 Davie, Marquis-Wines.com) 3. Firefly (2857 Cambie, FireflyFineWinesAndAles.com)

GROCERY STORE (CHAIN)

SPECIALTY BEER STORE

1. Whole Foods / Capers (see Make-atHome Meals) 2. Choices Markets (various locations, ChoicesMarket.com) • Safeway (various locations, Safeway.ca) 3. MarketPlace IGA (various locations, MarketPlaceIGA.com) Honourable mention: Urban Fare (various locations, UrbanFare.com)

1. Brewery Creek (3045 Main, BreweryCreekLiquorStore.com) 2. Firefly (see Speciality Wine Store) 3. Viti Wine & Lager Store (900 Seymour, ModaHotel.ca)

GROCERY STORE (INDEPENDENT) 1. Stong’s Market (4560 Dunbar, Stongs.com)

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BUTCHER 1. Windsor Meat Co. (3108 Edgemont

1. Thomas Haas (2539 W. Broadway; 128-998 Harbourside Dr, North Van; ThomasHaas.com) 2. Purdy’s (various locations, Purdys.com) 3. Chocolate Arts (2037 W. 4th, ChocolateArts.com) • Daniel le Chocolat Belge (various locations, DanielChocolates.com) (tie)

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1. Les Amis du Fromage (various locations, BuyCheese.com) 2. Benton Brothers Fine Cheese (2104 W. 41st, BentonsCheese.com) 3. La Grotta Del Formaggio (1791 Commercial)

1. Granville Island Public Market (GranvilleIsland.com) 2. Seven Seas (2328 West 4th, 7Seas.ca) 3. Finest at Sea (4675 Arbutus; 1805 Mast Tower Rd, Granville Island; FinestAtSea.com) • The Lobsterman (1807 Mast Tower Rd, Granville Island; Lobsterman.com) (tie)

1. Granville Island Brewing (GIB.ca) 2. R&B Brewing Co. (R-and-B.com) • Storm Brewing (StormBrewing.org) (tie) 3. Steamworks (375 Water, Steamworks.com)

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THANK YOU VANCOUVER! Granville Island 1360 Johnston St.

OPUS

Downtown Vancouver 207 W Hastings St. opusframing.com

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NEWS • ENTERTAINMENT • LIFE

AFTER DARK BARTENDER 1. Jay Jones (Market by Jean-Georges) 2. Lauren Mote (The Refinery) 3. Shaun Layton (L’Abattoir) • Wendy McGuiness (Chambar) (tie)

: because we know

BAR (CASUAL) 1. The Alibi Room (157 Alexander, Alibi.ca) • 1181 (1181 Davie, TightLounge.com) (tie) 2. The Diamond (6 Powell, Di6mond.com) 3. The Five Point (3124 Main, TheFivePoint.com) • Pourhouse (162 Water, PourhouseVancouver.com) (tie) Honourable mention: The Score (1262 Davie, scoreondavie.com)

BAR (FORMAL) 1. The Diamond (see Bar — Casual) 2. George (1137 Hamilton, GeorgeLounge.com) 3. The Keefer (133 Keefer, TheKeefer.com) • Uva Wine Bar (900 Seymour, UvaWineBar.ca) (tie)

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3. 1181 (see Bar — Casual) Honourable mention: Lick (455 Abbott) • The Fountainhead Pub (1025 Davie, TheFountainheadPub.com) (tie)

DESIGNATED-DRIVER-FRIENDLY BAR 1. Republic (958 Granville, DonnellyGroup.ca) 2. The Roxy (see Dance Club) 3. BierCraft (3305 Cambie, 1191 Commercial, Biercraft.com)

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1. Fritz (718 Davie, FritzEuropeanFryHouse.com) 2. Denny’s (various locations, Dennys.ca) • The Naam (2724 W. 4th, TheNaam.com) (tie) 3. Lucy’s Eastside Diner (2708 Main, LucysEastsideDiner.com) • Dougiedog (1011 Granville, Dougiedog.com) (tie)

COMEDY CLUB LIVE MUSIC VENUE 1. Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville) 2. Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward, BiltmoreCabaret.com) 3. Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender, FortuneSoundClub.com) Honourable mention: Venue (881 Granville, VenueLive.ca) • The Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir, TheRailwayClub.com) (tie)

DANCE CLUB 1. Fortune Sound Club (see Live Music Venue) 2. Five Sixty (560 Seymour, FiveSixty.ca) • Celebrities (1022 Davie, CelebritiesNightclub.com) (tie) 3. The Roxy (932 Granville, RoxyVan.com) • Ginger 62 (1219 Granvile, Ginger62.com) (tie)

1. The Comedy Mix (1015 Burrard, TheComedyMix.com) 2. Vancouver TheatreSports League (104-1177 West Broadway, VTSL.com) 3. Lafflines (26 Fourth St., New Westminster; Lafflines.com)

PLACE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE 1. Biltmore Cabaret (see Live Music Venue) 2. The Cambie (340 Cambie, TheCambie.com) 3. The Roxy (see Dance Club)

LOCAL BAND 1. Louder than Love 2. Black Mountain • AK-747s (tie) 3. Mother Mother

LOCAL DJ GAY BAR/CLUB 1. Celebrities (see Dance Club) 2. Five Sixty (see Dance Club)

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1. DJ Flipout 2. DJ Pandemonium 3. DJ Adam Dreaddy

BEST DANCE CLUB (GOLD)/ BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE (BRONZE): FORTUNE SOUND CLUB Garret Louie and Robert Rizk (a.k.a. promoters GMAN & Rizk, who have been bringing international DJs and hip-hop acts to Vancouver for years) refused to compromise their vision when they began conceptualizing Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender, FortuneSoundClub.com), which opened in August of 2009. Tired of dance clubs and live-music venues that gave little consideration to ambience or quality of sound, the duo sought to offer the best of everything. That meant transforming a neglected upstairs space in Chinatown (formerly home to Ming’s Chinese Restaurant) into the most ear-friendly, mid-sized venue in the city — thanks to a quarter-million-dollar sound system (called Funktion One) and acoustically pristine renovations that let the system sing. As Chinatown continues its transformation into one of Vancouver’s foremost ‘it’ neighbourhoods, expect Fortune to establish itself as the gold standard other clubs will aspire to match.

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SHOPPING FOR THE HOME

Best Florist: The Flower Factory

HOME FURNISHINGS (CHAIN)

Proudly Serving our Community for Over 50 Years

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1. IKEA (1000 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam; 3200 Sweden Way, Richmond; IKEA.com/ca) 2. HomeSense (493 Robson, 491 W. 8th, HomeSense.ca) 3. Urban Barn (various locations, UrbanBarn.com) • Nood (151 Water, NoodDesign.ca) (tie)

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HOME FURNISHINGS (INDEPENDENT) 1. Parliament Interiors (115 Water, ParliamentInteriors.com) 2. The Cross (1198 Homer, TheCrossDesign.com) 3. Provide (529 Beatty, ProvideHome.com) Honourable mention: Inform Interiors (50 Water, InformInteriors.com) • Chintz & Company (950 Homer, Chintz.com) (tie)

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Silver Winner: Vancouver’s Best Plumber

HOME ACCESSORIES

www.milani.ca | 604-737-2603

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Quality Consignment Ltd.

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We buy, sell and consign the best in antique, vintage and used furniture. A Vancouver gem frequented by locals and visitors alike, The Sellution really has something for everyone!

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HOME APPLIANCES 1. Sears (various locations, Sears.ca) 2. Trail (2752 Rupert, TrailAppliances.com) 3. Home Depot (various locations, HomeDepot.ca) • Coast Wholesale Applicances (8488 Main, CoastAppliances.com) (tie) Honourable mention: Midland Appliance (210-188 Kingsway, 2912 W. 4th, MidlandAppliance.com)

OFFICE FURNISHINGS

KITCHENWARE/COOKING

1. Staples (various locations, Staples.ca) 2. IKEA (see Home Furnishings — Chain) 3. Office Depot (310 W. Broadway, OfficeDepot.ca) Honourable mention: Sears (Sears.ca) • Heritage Office Furnishings (1588 Rand, HeritageOffice.com) (tie)

1. Ming Wo (various locations, MingWo.com) 2. Cookworks (1548 W. Broadway, 377 Howe, Cookworks.ca) 3. Gourmet Warehouse (1340 E. Hastings, GourmetWarehouse.ca)

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES 1. Bakers Dozen (3520 Main) 2. Sellution (3206 Main) • Second Time Around (4428 Main, STA-Antiques.com) (tie) 3. Refind (1849 Main, RefindHomeFurnishings.com) • Attic Treasures (944 Commercial)(tie)

We can’t be-leaf it! Thank you Vancouver for voting us Best Gardening Source.

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gardening

home decor

Your garden centre and so much more.

1. Art Knapp (1401 Hornby, ArtKnapps.ca) 2. GardenWorks (various locations, GardenWorks.ca) 3. Home Depot (see Hardware—Chain)

LIGHTING

1. Sellution (see Antiques & Collectibles) 2. Refind (see Antiques & Collectibles) 3. Fullhouse (1445 W. 8th, FullhouseConsign.com)

HARDWARE (CHAIN)

HOME ELECTRONICS

1. Home Depot (various locations, HomeDepot.ca) 2. Home Hardware (various locations, HomeHardware.ca) 3. Rona (various locations, Rona.ca) • Canadian Tire (various locations, CanadianTire.ca) (tie)

1. Best Buy (2220 Cambie, BestBuy.ca) • Future Shop (various locations, FutureShop.ca) (tie) 2. London Drugs (various locations, LondonDrugs.com) 3. Visions (1672 S.E. Marine, Visions.ca) Honourable mention: Commercial Electronics (1335 Burrard, CommercialElectronics.ca) • Sony Style (various locations, SonyStyle.ca) (tie)

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1. Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre (2285 Cambie, RLRBC.com) 2. Light the Store (2045 West 41st, LightTheStore.com) • LightForm (1060 Homer, Lightform.ca) (tie) 3. Norburn Lighting & Bath Centre (4600 Hastings, Burnaby; 19300 Hwy. 10, Langley; NorburnLightingAndBath.com)

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1. The Little Hardware Co (1320 Davie) 2. Magnet Home Hardware (1575 Commercial, HomeHardware.ca) 3. Dunbar Lumber (3637 W. 16th, DunbarLumber.com) • The Kerrisdale Lumber Co. (6191 West Blvd., KerrisdaleLumber.com) (tie)

FLORIST 1. The Flower Factory (3604 Main, FlowerFactory.ca) 2. Get Fresh Flowers (1688 Davie, GetFreshFlowers.com) 3. Hilary Miles Flowers (1854 W. 1st, HilaryMilesFlowers.com)

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1849 Main St.(and 3rd) 778-855-0969 Best of the City 2011

Thank you for voting for us #1! Love, the Ministers of Parliament 115 Water Street, Vancouver 604-689-0800 www.parliamentinteriors.com

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SHOPPING FOR THE SELF UNIQUE GIFTS 1. Fine Finds (1014 Mainland, FineFindsBoutique.com) 2. Front & Company (3772 Main, FrontAndCompany.ca) 3. Obsessions (101-595 Howe Street, ObsessionsOnline.com) • Walrus (3408 Cambie, WalrusHome.com) (tie) Honourable mention: The Cross (1198 Homer, TheCrossDesign.com)

3. Spank Clothing (various locations, SpankClothing.ca)

WOMEN’S APPAREL (FORMAL) 1. Holt Renfrew (see Men’s Apparel—Formal) 2. Wear Else (various locations, WearElse.com) 3. Obakki (44 Water, Obakki.com)

VINTAGE CLOTHING 1. True Value Vintage (710 Robson) 2. Woo Vintage Clothing (4366 Main, 321 Cambie; WooVintage.com) 3. Deluxe Junk (310 Cordova, DeluxeJunk.com) • Mintage (1714 Commercial, MintageVintage.com)(tie) Honourable mention: Front & Company (see Unique Gifts)

SHOES 1. Gravity Pope (2205 W. 4th, GravityPope.com) 2. Umeboshi (3638 Main, UmeboshiShoes.com) 3. Fluevog (65 Water, 837 Granville, Fluevog.com) • Browns (various locations, BrownsShoes.com)(tie)

SHOPPING CENTRE 1. Pacific Centre (W. Georgia & Howe, PacificCentre.ca) 2. Oakridge Centre (W. 41st & Cambie, Shopping.ca) 3. Metropolis at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby; MetropolisAtMetrotown.com)

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Sitka Ardea Books & Art as Best New Books in Vancouver—Bronze. Best Cit y 14th ANNUAL

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Come visit us. We have books & art.

Ardea BOOKS & ART 2025 West 4th Ave., Vancouver 604.734.2025 • info@ardeabooksandart.com www.ardeabooksandart.com

SHOPPING STREET MEN’S APPAREL (CASUAL) 1. Roden Gray (8 Water, RodenGray.com 2. Boys’ Co (various locations, BoysCo.com) 3. Lloyd’s of Gastown (157 Water, LloydsOfGastown.com) • Brooklyn Clothing Co. (418 Davie, BrooklynClothing.com) (tie)

MEN’S APPAREL (FORMAL) 1. Harry Rosen (Pacific Centre, HarryRosen.com) 2. Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir, HoltRenfrew.com) 3. Mark James Clothing (2941 W. Broadway, MarkJamesGroup.com/clothing)

WOMEN’S APPAREL (CASUAL) 1. Twigg & Hottie (3671 Main, TwiggAndHottie.com) 2. Aritzia (various locations, Aritzia.ca)

1. Robson Street 2. Main Street 3. West 4th Avenue

TOY STORE 1. Toys ‘R’ Us (1154-1174 W. Broadway, ToysRUs.ca) 2. Beansprouts (4305 Main, Beansprouts.ca) • Granville Island Toy Company (1496 Cartwright, Granville Island; 3298 Main; ToyCompany.ca) 3. Strategies Games & Hobbies (3878 Main, StrategiesGames.ca)

JEWELLER 1. Blue Ruby (various locations, BlueRuby.com) 2. Tiffany & Co. (723 Burrard, Tiffany.ca) 3. Birks (various locations, Birks.com) Honourable mention: Spence Diamonds (888 Burrard, SpenceDiamonds com)

Woo Hoo! Thank You! Come see our collection of restored & restyled vintage fashions!

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www.woovintage.com • 4366 Main St. • 604.687.8200

thank you for voting gravitypope the best shoe store in vancouver!

2205 west 4th ave vancouver | 2-10442 82 ave edmonton | 524 17th ave sw calgary Tailored Goods 2203 west 4th ave | 8222 gateway blvd edmonton www.gravitypope.com WEVancouver.com

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604.996.7701 Patricia Collins

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Thank you for your support and business over the past year! I am committed to providing you with the best customer service in the industry and am very honoured to have been recognized as one of the best in the city. I look forward to working with you again this year!

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1. Chapters (2505 Granville, 788 Robson, Chapters.Indigo.ca) 2. Book Warehouse (various locations, BookWarehouse.ca) 3. Banyen Books & Sound (3608 W. 4th, Banyen.com) • Ardea Books & Art (2025 W. 4th, ArdeaBooksAndArt.com) (tie)

3. Mercedes (1395 West Broadway, MBVancouver.com)

CAR DEALERSHIP (USED) 1. auto/ONE (AutoOne.ca) 2. Dueck Auto Group (various locations, DueckGM.com) 3. Budget Car Sales (1404 S.W. Marine, BudgetCarSales.ca)

BOOKS (SECOND-HAND) 1. Pulpfiction (2422 Main, 3133 W. Broadway PulpfictionBooksVancouver.com) 2. MacLeod’s (455 W. Pender) 3. Tanglewood (1553 W. Broadway)

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SERVICES AUTO REPAIRS & SERVICE

3878 Main Street, at 23rd Ave. 604.872.6911 #3 Main St. bus Free underground parking

www.strategiesgames.ca

Get together. Play games.

CAR DEALERSHIP (NEW) 1. Jim Pattison Toyota Downtown (1290 Burrard, JPToyota-Downtown.com) 2. Clarkdale Volkswagen (4575 Main, ClarkdaleVW.ca) • Carter Honda (2390 Burrard, CarterHonda.com) (tie)

1. Pawlik Automotive (966 S.W. Marine, PawlikAutomotive.com) • Ootmar Automotive (65 E. 3rd, Ootmar.ca) (tie) 2. Tremblay Motors (1505 W. 3rd, TremblayMotors.com) 3. Minit-Tune & Brake (1390 W. 4th, Minit-Tune.com)

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www.hillcrestplumbing.com | Vancouver (604) 879-1415 | Kerrisdale/Kitsilano (604) 266-1178

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Best Travel Agency: Flight Centre

ROBACK TRAVEL Specializing in: gs - Honeymoons Weddin Grou n o i p Tra at n i t vels D es

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TRAVEL AGENCY

REAL ESTATE AGENCY

1. Flight Centre (various locations, FlightCentre.ca) 2. Travel Cuts (various locations, TravelCuts.com) • Roback Travel (TPIWorldwide.com/BobbiJoRobackTPI) 3. Omega Travel Service (3230 W. Broadway, Omega-Travel.com) • Expedia CruiseShipCenters (400-1055 W. Hastings, CruiseShipCenters.com) • Marlin Travel (various locations, MarlinTravel.ca) (tie)

1. Century 21 (Century21.ca) 2. RE/MAX (Remax-Western.ca) 3. Royal LePage (RoyalLePage.ca) • Sutton Group (Sutton.com)

1. Mike Wilcox & Will Pratt, Royal LePage (204-345 Robson, MikeAndWill.com) 2. Susan Cameron, Coldwell Banker (SusanCameronRealtor.com) • Clair Rockel, Macdonald Realty (ClairRockel.com) (tie) 3. Amalia Liapis, RE/MAX (WeSellVancouver.ca)

TH18 1281 W Cordova St.

1. Bosa Properties (BosaProperties.com) 2. Rennie Marketing Systems (Rennie.com) • Onni Group (Onni.com) 3. Cressy Development (Cressey.com)

LUXURIOUS waterfront townhome at the Calisto in Coal Harbour! This incredible 3 level, 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home enjoys what is easily the best layout in the building! Corner unit with floor-to-ceiling, windows facing 3 directions offers unparalleled views of Coal Harbour & plenty of natural light! Features include an amazing & large custom gourmet kitchen, quality appliances, granite countertops, top of the line finishings, air conditioning and private elevator to all floors. Just steps to downtown Vancouver has to offer. Private 2 car secured garage attached. This is a unique & rarely available home that should not be missed!

1. Gina Best, Meridian Pacific (MeridianPacific.ca) 2. Patricia Collins (PatriciaCollins.com) 3. Ryan McKinley, Vancity (Vancity.com) Honourable mention: Rowan Smith (103-1245 W. Broadway, MortgageLocator.ca) • Jeff Trounsell (1385 Homer, JeffTrounsell.com) (tie)

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65 East 3rd Avenue (3rd and Quebec) We invite you to call us with any questions regarding automotive service or repair. WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

604-681-1727 • www.ootmar.ca

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Thank you to the readers of WE Vancouver for choosing Century 21 In Town Realty as the Best Real Estate Company in town! Proudly Serving Vancouver for 23 Years! WEVancouver.com

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421 Pacific St. (corner of Homer & Pacific) 1030 Denman St. (Denman Mall) 673 Abbott St. (Chinatown)

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SPRING MAINTENANCE PACKAGE 1. OIL, LUBE & FILTER: Change the oil, install a new oil filter and lubricate the chassis

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moving • labour • storage Thank you to all our customers and business partners for your support in voting us in the Best of Vancouver 2011. And a special thanks to my staff who make the business what it is. The staff and I at Madden Solutions would like to wish you all a prosperous 2011 and hope we can continue to improve the level of personal and professional Best service that you would expect when moving, Cit y storing or when you just need that extra hand either in your home or business. Best Moving Company – Max Madden 14th ANNUAL

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FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

CONSTRUCTION/RENOVATION CONTRACTOR

1. Vancity (Vancity.com) 2. RBC (RBC.com) • TD Bank Financial Group (TD.com) (tie) 3. CIBC (CIBC.com)

1. Klondike Contracting (300-1375 W. 6th, KlondikeContracting.com) 2. Revision Custom Home Renovations (RevisionRenovations.com) 3. Level One Renovation & Maintenance (LevelOne.ca)

HOTEL (CHAIN) 1. Fairmont (various locations, Fairmont.com) 2. Westin (various locations, Westin.StarwoodHotels.com) • Four Seasons (791 W. Georgia, FourSeasons.com/Vancouver) (tie) 3. Pan Pacific (300-999 Canada Place, PanPacific.com)

CONTINUING-EDUCATION FACILITY 1. Langara (Langara.bc.ca) 2. UBC (UBC.ca) • VCC (VCC.bc.ca) (tie) 3. BCIT (BCIT.ca) • Vancouver School Board (VSB.bc.ca) (tie)

HOTEL (INDEPENDENT) 1. Opus (322 Davie, OpusHotel.com) 2. The Loden (1177 Melville, TheLoden.com) 3. Wedgewood Hotel & Spa (845 Hornby, WedgewoodHotel.com) Honourable mention: The Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford, SylviaHotel.com)

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PLUMBER 1. Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating (212 E.17th, HillcrestPlumbing.com) 2. Mr Rooter (MrRooter.ca) • Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating (3433 E. 25th, Milani.ca) 3. CC Mechanical (CCMechanical.ca) • Dunbar Plumbing (DunbarPlumbing.ca) (tie)

MOVING COMPANY 1. Two Small Men with Big Hearts (TwoSmallMen.com) 2. Madden Solutions (MaddenSolutions.com) • Easy Around Moving & Delivery (2540 Larch) (tie) 3. The Move Man (1806 Victoria, TheMoveMan.com)

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Susan Cameron 6 YEARS IN A ROW!

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www.doctorschoicenutrition.ca 1190 Thurlow Street | 604-688-1169

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Wellness WithIn, Beauty WithOut Personal Wellness Programs • Weight Loss • Stop Smoking • Allergies • Insomnia

• Immune disorder • Stress management

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Medical Aesthetics Programs • Body contouring & Cellulite reduction • Facial rejuvenation & Wrinkle removal • Dermal Fillers

• Abbies Sports Shop (4774 Main, AbbiesSports.com) (tie)

Health & Fitness Thank you for voting us Silver Winner for Best Chiropractor in the city!

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1. lululemon athletica (Lululemon.com) 2. Mountain Equipment Co-op (see Sporting Goods — Chain) 3. The North Face (2136 W. 4th, TheNorthFace.com) • LadySport (3545 W. 4th, LadySport.ca) (tie)

SPORTING GOODS (CHAIN) 1. SportChek (various locations, SportChek.ca) 2. Mountain Equipment Co-op (130 W. Broadway. MEC.ca) 3. Sport Mart (various locations, SportMart.ca)

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1. Comor (1980 Burrard, ComorSports.com) 2. The Board Room (various locations, BoardRoomShop.com) 3. Pacific Boarder (1793 W. 4th, PacificBoarder.com)

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Thank you everyone who voted Main Street Chiropractic as “Best Chiropractor”!

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BIKES & BIKE REPAIR 1. Bike Doctor (137 W. Broadway, TheBikeDr.com) • Our Community Bikes (3283 Main, PedalPower.org) (tie) 2. Denman Bike Shop (710 Denman, DenmanBikeShop.com) 3. Reckless (110 Davie, Reckless.ca)

FITNESS FACILITY 1. Steve Nash Fitness World (various locations, FitnessWorld.ca) 2. Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard, RobertLeeYMCA.ca) 3. She’s Fit (1845 York, ShesFit.com)

2. Kits Family Dental (209-2223 W. Broadway, KitsFamilyDental.com) 3. Okamura Dental (2635 W. Broadway, OkamuraDental.com)

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CHIROPRACTOR 1. Main St. Chiropractic (4260 Main) 2. Dr. Randall D. Trester (3-1864 W. 1st, DrRandallTrester.com) 3. Dr. Shelley Adams (450-2184 W. Broadway, Back2Health.ca) • Jassel Chiropractic (204-950 W. Broadway, JassalChiropractic.com) (tie)

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YOGA STUDIO 1. Y / Flow (various locations, YYoga.ca) 2. Exhale (1083 Cambie, ExhaleStudio.com) 3. Semperviva (various locations, Semperviva.com)

PILATES STUDIO 1. Exhale (see Yoga Studio) 2. Y / Flow (see Yoga Studio) 3. Beyond Pilates (928 Davie, BeyondPilatesVancouver.com) • Vancouver Pilates Centre (719 W. 16th, VancouverPilatesCentre.com) (tie)

SPECIALTY HEALTH STORE 1. The Garden Health Foods (1204 Davie) 2. Finlandia (1111 W. Broadway, FinlandiaPharmacy.com) 3. Choices Markets (various locations, ChoicesMarket.com)

NATUROPATHIC RETAILER/CLINIC 1. Finlandia (see Specialty Health Store) 2. Sage Clinic (487 Davie, Sageclinic.com) 3. South Granville Naturopathic Clinic (212-3195 Granville, DrLederman.com) • Vitality Clinic Wellness Centre (827 Hamilton, VitalityClinic.ca) (tie)

NATURAL-HEALTH PRACTITIONER 1. Dr. Navi Badesha (MySportDoctor.com) 2. Kelli Taylor, Five Elements Wellness Centre and Studio (207-2678 W. Broadway, RootsOfNature.com) • Dr. Aaron Hoo (1190 Thurlow, DoctorsChoiceNutrition.ca) (tie) 3. Shannon Larson, Registered Acupuncturist (VancouverTCM. com)• Dr. Adeola Mead (605-1200 Burrard, DrAdeolaMead.com) (tie)

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DENTAL CLINIC 1. Aarm Dental Group (various locations, Aarm-Dental.com)

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Looking Good Best Hair Salon: Suki’s

HAIR SALON 1. Suki’s (various locations, Sukis.com) 2. Essensuals (794 Richards, Essensuals.ca) • Rain (1544 W. 2nd, RainHairSalon.com) 3. Aveda Brand / Ego Aveda Lifestyle Salon (1228 Robson, 101-111 Water; Aveda.com) • Axis (various locations, AxisHairSalons.com) (tie)

MANICURE/PEDICURE 1. Pure Nail Bar (various locations, PureNailBar.com) 2. Main Nail Studio (4405 Main) • Cranberries Spa (330 Robson, CranberriesSpa.com) 3. La Lotus (625 Davie, LaLotusNailSpa.com) • Absolute Spa (various locations, AbsoluteSpa.com) (tie)

LASER EYE CENTRE 1. Lasik (2788-1177 West Hastings, LasikEyeCentres.com) 2. Coal Harbour Eye Centre (2788-1177 W. Hastings, SeeWell.ca) 3. Pacific Laser (5th Floor, 1401 W. Broadway, Pacific-Laser.com)

BEST EYEWEAR: BRUCE

EYEWEAR

Things didn’t always look so bright for Bruce Eyewear (219 Abbott, BruceEyewear.com). In its first incarnation in 2000, the eyewear retailer was a part of fashion impresario Campbell Macdougall’s doomed, high-end Alberni Street. “anti-department store,” Bruce. When the whole shebang went into receivership in 2004, owner Nada Vuksic picked up the pieces and moved her wares to the store’s current Gastown digs. In its cozy loft-like space, Bruce has found its footing, growing from underground secret to chic avant-garde fashion destination. Its beautifully curated selection of frames and sunglasses (including exclusive-to-the-store lines like Claire Goldsmith Legacy, Lancier, Kirk Originals, and bespoke Oliver Goldsmith) has made the shop a must for fashion-lovers seeking that last, fabulous touch. Indeed, at times, Bruce seems more like a stylish salon than a retail store: A recent Thursday afternoon saw the manager of a trendy Yaletown restaurant patiently awaiting her fitting, while a Gastown club owner and a well-known graphic artist poured over the shelves of merchandise and two stylists jostled over a very rare pair of Derome Brenners. You won’t see that at LensCrafters.

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1. Bruce (219 Abbott, BruceEyewear.com) • Iris (various locations, Iris.ca) (tie) 2. Della Optique (2589 W. Broadway, DellaOptique.com) • LensCrafters (various locations, LensCrafters.ca) (tie) 3. Granville Mall Optical (807 Granville, GranvilleOptical.com) • Urban Eyes (1620 Davie, UrbanEyes.Optometry.net) (tie)

SKIN CARE (RETAIL) 1. SKN (1152 Mainland, SKNClinic.ca) 2. Skoah (various locations Skoah.com) 3. Masc (433 Davie, ShopMasc.com) • Renu Cosmetic (350-1152 Mainland, RenuCosmetic.com) (tie)

SPA 1. Spa Utopia (1001-999 Canada Place, SpaUtopia.ca) 2. Absolute Spa (various locations, AbsoluteSpa.com) 3. Spruce Body Lab (1128 Richards, SpruceBodyLab.com) Honourable mention: Cranberries Spa (330 Robson, CranberriesSpa.com) • Le Petit Spa (4-3701 W. Broadway, LePetitSpa.ca) (tie)

COSMETICS 1. Sephora (Pacific Centre, Sephora.com) 2. Mac (908 Robson, MacCosmetics.com) 3. BeautyMark (1120 Hamilton, BeautyMark/ca) • Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir, HoltRenfrew.com) (tie)

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1. Albert’s Tailor Alterations (1-712 Robson, AlbertsTailor.com) 2. Townline Tailors (541 Howe, TownlineTailors.com) 3. Rose Stitch (116-1030 Denman) • Oakridge Tailors (5534 Cambie) (tie)

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DVD RENTALS (CHAIN) 1. Rogers (various locations, RogersVideo.ca) 2. Blockbuster (various locations, Blockbuster.ca)

LIFESTYLE MOBILE-DEVICES RETAILER 1. Rogers (various locations, Rogers.com) 2. Fido (various locations, Fido.ca) • Telus (various locations, TelusMobility.com) 3. Bell (various locations, Bell.ca) PERSONAL COMPUTERS 1. Apple Store (Pacific Centre, Oakridge Centre, Apple.com) 2. NCIX (1711 W. Broadway, NCIX.com) 3. Best Buy (various locations, BestBuy.ca) • Future Shop (various locations, FutureShop.ca) Honourable mention: Mac Station (1014 Homer, MacStation.com) MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 1. Tom Lee (929 Granville, TomLeeMusic.ca) • Long & McQuade (368 Terminal, Long-McQuade.com) (tie) 2. Rufus’ Guitar Shop (2621 Alma, RufusGuitarShop.com) 3. Bone Rattle Music (2012 Commercial, BoneRattle.com) • Prussin Music (3607 W. Broadway, PussinMusic.com) (tie)

Best Independent Music Store: Red Cat

INDEPENDENT MUSIC STORE 1. Red Cat (4307 Main, RedCat.ca) 2. Zulu Records (1972 W. 4th, ZuluRecords.com) 3. Highlife World Music (1317 Commercial, HighlifeWorld.com) MUSIC STORE FOR VINYL 1. Red Cat (see Independent Music Store) 2. Zulu (see Independent Music Store) 3. Audiopile (2016 Commercial, Audiopile.com) • Scratch Records (1 E. Hastings, ScratchRecords.com) (tie) Honourable mention: Neptoon Records (3561 Main, Neptoon.com)

DVD RENTALS (INDEPENDENT) 1. Black Dog Video (3451 Cambie, 1470 Commercial, BlackDogVideo.bc.ca) 2. Videomatica (1855 W. 4th, Videomatica.bc.ca) 3. Happy Bats Cinema (2830 Main, HappyBatsCinema.com) Honourable mention: Limelight Video (2505 Alma, LimelightVideo.ca) • Independent Flixx (976 Denman) (tie) TATTOO/PIERCING STUDIO 1. Sacred Heart (various locations, SacredHeartTattoo.ca) 2. Adrenaline (1014 Granville, 1926 W. 4th, AdrenalineVancity.com) 3. Next (1068 Granville, NextBody.com) • The Fall (644 Seymour, TheFallTattooing.com) (tie) VIDEO-GAME RETAILER 1. EB Games (various locations, EBGames.com) 2. GameStop (various locations, GameStop.ca) 3. HMV (1160 Robson, HMV.ca) PET SUPPLIES 1. Tisol (various locations, Tisol.ca) 2. Bosley’s (various locations, Bosleys.com) 3. Mr Pet’s (1710 Commercial, MrPets.ca) ART SUPPLIES 1. Opus (100-207 W. Hastings; 1360 Johnston, Granville Island; OpusFraming.com) 2. DeSerres (1629 Main, 1431 W. Broadway; DeSerres.ca) 3. Michaels (various locations, Michaels.com) SEX-TOY SHOP 1. Womyns’ Ware (896 Commercial, WomynsWare. com) 2. Little Sister’s (1238 Davie, LittleSisters.ca) 3. Honey Gifts (3448 Cambie, HoneyGifts.com) • Priape (1148 Davie, Priape.com) • The Art of Loving (1819 W. 5th, TheArtOfLoving. ca) (tie)

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Honourable mention: Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society (ScreamingChicken.net)

CULTURE

DANCE COMPANY PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL

1. Ballet BC (BalletBC.com) 2. Goh Ballet (GohBallet.com) 3. Harbour Dance (HarbourDance.com) • Kokoro Dance (Kokoro.ca) (tie)

1. Vancouver International Fringe Festival (VancouverFringe.com) 2. PuSh Festival (PushFestival.ca) 3. Bard on the Beach (BardOnTheBeach.org)

CHORAL GROUP MUSIC FESTIVAL

1. Chor Leoni (ChorLeoni.org) 2. Vancouver Bach Choir (VancouverBachChoir.com) • musica intima (MusicaIntima.org) (tie) 3. Elektra Women’s Choir (Elektra.ca) • Vancouver Men’s Chorus (VancouverMensChorus.ca) (tie)

1. Vancouver International Jazz Festival (CoastalJazz.ca) 2. Vancouver Folk Music Festival (TheFestival.bc.ca) 3. MusicFest Vancouver (MusicFestVancouver.ca)

CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL 1. The Drift (TheDrift.ca) 2. Eastside Culture Crawl (EastsideCultureCrawl.com) 3. Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF.org) Honourable mention: Vancouver Queer Film Festival (OutOnScreen.com) Best Visual Arts Festival: The Drift

1. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VancouverSymphony.ca) 2. Vancover Opera (VancouverOpera.ca) 3. Vancouver Chamber Choir (VancouverChamberChoir.com)

BEST FIRST-RUN MOVIE THEATRE/BEST REPERTORY OR ART-HOUSE MOVIE THEATRE: FIFTH AVENUE CINEMAS

ART GALLERY (PUBLIC) 1. Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby, VanArtGallery.bc.ca) 2. Museum of Anthropology (6393 N.W. Marine, UBC; MOA.UBC.ca) 3. Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson, ContemporaryArtGallery.ca)

ART GALLERY (PRIVATE) 1. Bau-Xi Gallery (3045 Granville, Bau-Xi.com) 2. Diane Farris Gallery (1590 West 7th, DianeFarrisGallery.com) 3. AydenGallery (88 W. Pender, AydenGallery.com) Honourable mention: Buschlen-Mowatt (1445 W. Georgia, BuschlenMowatt.com)

LOCAL TV NEWS HOST

LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY

1. Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard, FestivalCinemas.ca) 2. International Village (formerly Tinseltown) (88 W. Pender, Cineplex.com) 3. Scotiabank (900 Burrard, Cineplex.com)

1. Chris Gailus (Global) 2. Tony Parsons (CBC) 3. Sophie Lui (Global)

1. Kid Carson (The Beat 94.5) 2. Rick Cluff (CBC Radio One) 3. Teddy Smooth (CiTR 101.9)

LOCAL TV SPORTSCASTER

REPERTORY/ART-HOUSE MOVIE THEATRE

1. Squire Barnes (Global) 2. Don Taylor (Sportsnet) 3. Jay Janower (Global)

LOCAL CELEBRITY YOU’D LIKE TO INVITE TO DINNER

FIRST-RUN MOVIE THEATRE

NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVAL/EVENT 1. Car Free Vancouver Day (CarFreeVancouver.org) 2. Eastside Culture Crawl (EastsideCultureCrawl.com) 3. Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival (VancouverPride.ca) Honourable mention: Greek Day (Greek Day.com) • Davie Day (DavieDay.com) (tie)

THEATRE COMPANY 1. Arts Club (ArtsClub.com) 2. Bard on the Beach (BardOnTheBeach.org) • Vancouver Playhouse (VancouverPlayhouse.com) (tie) 3. Pacific Theatre (PacificTheatre.org) • Electric Company Theatre (ElectricCompanyTheatre.com) (tie)

It says much about the rare eclecticism of the programming at Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard, FestivalCinemas.ca) that it was chosen by WE readers as both Vancouver’s best first-run movie theatre and its best repertory or art-house theatre. This, in a nutshell, is what’s long been so appealing about the place. It does not have stadium seating, or a selection of fast-food outlets, or an arcade and a ball pit for impatient kids — and that’s the point. This is a place for serious movie lovers who are open to all manner of foreign and independent releases, but who also aren’t averse to the occasional Hollywood blockbuster (Inception, for example, had a healthy run there last year). Audiences at Fifth Avenue tend to reflect the venue’s reverence for film, too, browsing the review clippings posted in the lobby before turning off their cellphones (thank you!) and making their way inside.

1. Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard, FestivalCinemas.ca) 2. Hollywood (3123 W. Broadway, HollywoodTheatre.ca) 3. Rio on Broadway (1660 E. Broadway, RioTheatre.ca) Honourable mention: Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe, Cinematheque.bc.ca)

MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LOCAL TV NEWSCAST 1. Global BC News Hour 2. CTV News at 6 3. CBC News

1. Michael Bublé 2. Trevor Linden 3. Ryan Reynolds

LOCAL TV WEATHERPERSON 1. Tamara Taggart (CTV) 2. Mark Madryga (Global) 3. Wayne Cox (Global)

LOCAL BLOG 1. Miss604.com 2. VancityBuzz. com 3. GourmetFury.com

LOCAL CABLE SHOW 1. Urban Rush 2. Breakfast Television 3. Studio 4

LOCAL PODCAST

LOCAL TV PERSONALITY

LOCAL SPORTS TEAM

1. Fiona Forbes (Shaw Cable) 2. Dawn Chubai (Citytv) 3. Tamara Taggart (CTV)

1. Vancouver Canucks 2. Vancouver Giants 3. Vancouver Whitecaps

LOCAL FM RADIO STATION

CANUCKS PLAYER

1. CBC 88.1 2. The Beat 94.5 3. The Peak 100.5

1. Roberto Luongo 2. Ryan Kesler 3. Alex Burrows

LOCAL AM RADIO STATION

LIONS PLAYER

1. CBC 690 2. News 1130 3. Team 1040

1. Geroy Simon 2. Travis Lulay 3. Angus Reid

1. CBC Radio 3 2. CabaRadio

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PEOPLE

BEST GRASSROOTS POLITICAL ORGANIZATION 1. Green Party 2. Vision Vancouver 3. COPE / Work Less Party (tie)

MOST WONDERFUL VANCOUVERITE 1. David Suzuki 2. Trevor Linden 3. Gregor Robertson

MOST SPECTACULAR FAILURE (PERSON) 1. Gordon Campbell 2. Gregor Robertson 3. Carole James

UNSUNG HERO 1. Trevor Linden 2. Brent Granby 3. Spencer Chandra Herbert

MOST SPECTACULAR FAILURE (THING) 1. Olympic Village 2. Bike lanes 3. HST

LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR 1. Melody Fury (Vancouver Food Tour) 2. Jim Pattison 3. Chip Wilson (lululemon)

BIGGEST WINDBAG

MOST TRUSTWORTHY POLITICAN

BEST USE OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY

1. Gregor Robertson 2. Spencer Chandra Herbert 3. “None”

1. Bike lanes 2. Olympics 3. Canada Line

MOST ENTERTAINING RABBLE-ROUSER

WORST USE OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY

1. Bruce Allen 2. Bill Vander Zalm 3. Marc Emery

1. Gordon Campbell 2. Gregor Robertson 3. Bill Vander Zalm

Most Trustworthy Politician: Gregor Robertson

1. Bike lanes 2. Olympics 3. Olympic Village

LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR: MELODY FURY (VANCOUVER FOOD TOUR) Cocktail ninja, culinary geisha, whatever you want to call her, Melody Fury claims this year’s top spot as best new entrepreneur for her wildly popular Vancouver Food Tours. After making a splash on NBC during last year’s Olympics, Fury launched her inside-scoop-tours of culinary offerings from Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and Yaletown to rave reviews. Both locals and tourists alike are atwitter over her selfguided or custom group adventures in eating well, while her red-hot blog and bubbly on-screen personality have only whet our appetite for more offerings from this feisty foodie. VancouverFoodTour.com.

LIFE

PLACE TO TAKE A TOURIST 1. Stanley Park 2. Granville Island 3. Grouse Mountain

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY (IN GOOD WEATHER) 1. Walking 2. Cycling 3. Snowboarding

PLACE TO TAKE YOUR PARENT(S) 1. Stanley Park 2. Granville Island 3. Grouse Mountain

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY (IN BAD WEATHER) 1. Walking 2. Running 3. Skiing

PLACE TO TAKE YOUR KID(S) 1. Vancouver Aquarium 2. Stanley Park 3. Science World

INDOOR ACTIVITY 1. Yoga 2. Sex 3. Movies

BEST WAY TO MAKE VANCOUVER A FRIENDLIER PLACE 1. Smile 2. Say “Hi!” to strangers 3. Talk to strangers

PLACE TO ESCAPE URBAN STRESS (WITHOUT LEAVING THE CITY) 1. Stanley Park 2. Queen Elizabeth Park 3. Pacific Spirit Park

1. Stanley Park 2. Queen Elizabeth Park 3. Pacific Spirit Park

NEIGHBOURHOOD THAT BEST REPRESENTS VANCOUVER

LOCAL CHARITY

1. Kitsilano 2. West End 3. Commercial Drive

1. Vancouver Food Bank 2. A Loving Spoonful 3. Covenant House

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BEST USE OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY/WORST USE OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY: BIKE LANES

GREEN SPACE

Love ’em or hate ’em, we just can’t seem to get away from the great bike-lane debate. The more than $4 million in municipal funding that went into completing separate, dedicated bike lanes on Dunsmuir and Hornby Streets won your votes for Best and Worst Use of Taxpayers’ Money — and kept our Rant/Rave! phone line and inbox full of colourful submissions throughout last year. Whether you’re a cyclist or a driver — by the looks of things, both camps are well represented in our readership — one thing’s for sure: Those bike lanes divided more than just traffic.

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© 2011 Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. 1Savings calculated on MSRP of the Special Edition Package options less dealer discount. Total list price of a new 2011 C 250 Special Edition is $38,800 which includes base MSRP $35,900. *Lease and finance offers based on a new 2011 B 200 AVANTGARDE Edition/C 250 Special Edition available only through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services on approved credit for a limited time. Lease example based on $298/$388 per month for 39/39 months. Down payment or equivalent trade of $2,400/$4,075 plus security deposit of $300/$400 and applicable taxes due at lease inception. Receive the value of three months payments (up to a maximum of $1,050/$1,350 including tax) for lease and finance programs. Payment waivers are only applicable on new 2011 B 200 AVANTGARDE Edition/C 250 Special Edition models. Not applicable to AMG models. MSRP starting at $31,650/$38,800. A.P.R. of 0.9%/3.9% applies. Total obligation is $13,273/$18,267. 18,000 km/year allowance ($0.20/$0.20 km for excess kilometres applies). Finance example is based on a 60/60 month term at an annual rate of 0.9%/2.4% and an MSRP of $31,650/$38,800. Monthly payment is $460/$618 (excluding taxes) with $3,165/$3,590 down payment or equivalent trade in. Cost of borrowing is $622/$2,171 for a total obligation of $29,722/$39,321. Freight/PDI (up to $1,995 - dealer may charge less), license, insurance, registration, taxes, EHF Tire, Filter and Battery fees, “green levy” and similar taxes levied on the manufacturer (if charged by the dealer) and PPSA are extra. Additional provincial specific fees, taxes and charges may be extra. Dealer may lease or finance for less. Offers may change without notice and cannot be combined with any other offers. Some vehicles are shown with optional equipment available at extra cost. See your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for details or call the Mercedes-Benz Customer Relations Centre at 1-800-387-0100. Offers end February 28, 2011.

March 1-19 Deborah Dunn March 8-9, 2011 @ 8 pm Roundhouse

TICKETS ON SALE NOW VIDF.CA / 604.662.4966 EXHIBITION HALL — @ 7PM

PERFFO PERFORMANCE CENTRE NTRE — @ 8PM

SHADBOLT BOLT CENTRE FOR FOR THE ARTS RTS — @ 8PM M

(free with one-time $3 VIDF membership)

• EDAM (Vancouver) ( ) • Yvonne Pouget (Germany/Italy) • Trial & Eros-Deborah Dunn (Montreal) • Cruceta Flamenco (Spain) • Marc Boivin (Montreal)/ Ichigo Ichieh (Nelson) • Kokoro Dance & Vancouver

• SiNS SD Dance (Halifax) For this show only, purchase tickets at shaboltcentre.com or by phone at 604.250.3000

• battery opera (Vancouver) • The Source (Vancouver) • Arts Umbrella (Vancouver) • Khambatta Dance Company (USA) • T42 Dance Projects (Switzerland/Japan) • Now or Never (Vancouver)

Enjoy the creative talents of dance artists from Vancouver, Nelson, Montreal, Halifax, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, and the United States. Dance performances at the Roundhouse & the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. For more information or to order tickets call 604.662.4966 or visit VIDF.CA

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