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Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

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Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

Will be in Vancouver in a month, pre-cruise, and staying at Pan Pacific. DH would love to buy an Olympic stocking cap for a souvenir, and want to pick up a couple bottles of wine. Can anyone advise us where we might be able to pick up these two things within walking distance of the hotel?

This is our first trip to the city and we aren't familiar with the shopping areas yet. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks, and can't wait to see this beautiful city we've heard so much about.

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1. Re: Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

btw, what is a stocking cap?

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2. Re: Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

There is a BC liquor store about 4 blocks from where you will be staying - at the Harbour Centre

http://www.bcliquorstores.com/store/53

As far as Olympic souvenirs go, they can be found here and there throughout downtown, but not a huge selection left of certain lines. Not sure about stocking caps. Are you referring to the hats the US team wore at the opening ceremonies? Don't think you'll have much luck finding US team merchandise in Vancouver.

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Stocking hat will be a tuque. (also spelled toque) Head to Gastown. If an Olympic tuque is anywhere it will be in Gastown. On the way, and across from the liquor store is a wine store (connected to Steamworks pub). There are a few good restaurants in Gastown so the whole area is worth exploration.

Edited: 07 May 2010, 17:35
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If you are looking for a great selection of British Columbia wines then Taylorwood Wines in Yaletown at 1185 Mainland Street is the place. The shop only has B.C. wines. If you're not a walker you can take the Canada Line from Waterfront Station and get off at Yaletown/Roundhouse. Once you are at street level turn right and you will see the shop right next door to what else? but a Starbucks.Otherwise most liquor stores have a wonderful selection of wines from around the world. Downtown the best one for wine is on Alberni street. Taylorwood is a private shop where most Liquor stores are government run. However dont' think that as a bad thing since the government buying power for wines etc is huge and the selection is amazing. Places like the Alberni store are designated Signature stores meaning the wine selection is larger than a normal store and usually have a wine expert to help you. You might end up with more than just a couple of bottles !!!Google BC Liquor Stores and check out their site. Olympic clothing souvenirs are pretty much gone and picked over, you might have better luck on ebay.

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5. Re: Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

Forgot to add that even though the Harbour Centre liquor store is the closest, it is a smaller store and doesn't have the choice of the Alberni Store. The largest government liquor store in Vanocuver is at Cambie and 41st, on the Canada line route if you really want to be overwhelmed by wine choices.

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6. Re: Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

The Bay (department store) is a little further away from the Pan Pacific at Granville and Georgia, a ±10 minute walk. They are the official suppliers of any remaining Olympics stuff until 2012. The Olympics wear department is on the main floor.

Shopping areas: Gastown, Robson St., Pacific Centre (100+ shops, bordered by Granville, Howe, Georgia and Pender) In fact, from the Pender St entrance to Pacific Centre, you can walk through and take the mall connection to The Bay.

Edited: 07 May 2010, 19:14
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7. Re: Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

Thanks to all for the suggestions.

We are planning to go to Gastown for dinner anyway, so will have a look there. May have time to check out other suggestions as well.

Sorry for the misleading "stocking cap"....my midwestern roots are showing :) Believe it or not, DH is still wearing his 1988 Olympic hat and has decided this may be an excellent opportunity to replace it. He has really gotten mileage out of it I must say.

Thanks again. I can always count on TA for good advice.

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8. Re: Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

I was just at the Hudson House in Gastown yesterday morning and they have tons of Olympic items. Just a stone throws away from the Steam Clock.

Other good wine stores - You can walk up to Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard Street, which is walkable from the Pan Pacific. Or a bit further if you are on Robson Street is Liberty Wine Merchants. If you're not too picky, BC Liquor stores has plenty of options. However the private wine shops have more unique wines not usually found in the BC Liquor store.

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9. Re: Where to pick up a couple items near Pan Pacific

And note the distinction between wine speciality stores (like Taylorwood or Liberty) and "cold beer & wine stores" (like Jimmy's)... the former specializes in wine, the latter specializes in charging a lot more $$$!

Edited: 07 May 2010, 22:50
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