One of my favourite stores in Vancouver is the Old Faithful Shop. Situated in a perfectly matched brick and wood space on the edge of Gastown, Old Faithful is the proverbial brick and mortar creation of Walter Manning (of Old Chum fame) and Savannah Olson. They set out to create an updated version of the general stores of old in one of Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods. Their vision was realized in 2010 when the doors to Old Faithful finally opened, and it has since become one of Vancouver’s finest (and most difficult to walk out of empty handed) stores. They stock a wide variety of goods, with the common threads of great craftsmanship and classic design. You can find everything from pine incense to Chemex coffee makers, exceptional light fixtures to ties from The Hill-Side, British enamel housewares to heavy winter blankets and a number of other goods Walter and Savannah have tracked down in their travels. The Makr stools are another top highlight well worth looking into if you’re in the market for new seating options.
Everything is set out beautifully, the staff are exceptional – it’s everything a store should aspire to be. I can’t recommend a visit highly enough. If you can’t make it down in person, their online store is accessible here.
Old Faithful Shop | oldfaithfulshop.com | 320 W Cordova St.
Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm