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Old Faithful Shop, Vancouver, British Columbia

320 West Cordova Street
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6B 1E8
Tel: 778 327 9376's insider take:

Housed in a heritage building, many of the items stocked in this Gastown store seem from another century. Old Faithful is built on the concept of a general store and sells everything from household items to grooming products and pantry goods. Owners Savannah Olsen and Walter Manning hunt down the best handcrafted goods and then sparsely populate the store with their finds, lending a sense that it's not only a store but an art gallery for bygone times. The products are beautiful to look at, and the classic designs have a lasting appeal. You'll pay for their expertise—$275 for a chrome-detailed three-piece men's shaving kit made by renowned apothecary, D.R. Harris & Co., who's been in business since 1790, $139 for a maroon or gray Foot Soldier army blanket woven by Faribault Mills, or $280 for a vintage-inspired industrial task lamp with a braided brown fabric cord that's as beautiful as it is functional. Still, many of these items are hard to resist because they're so difficult to find anywhere else.—Kasey Wilson

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