Get ready for the annual Gastown Shop Hop

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After a stunning summer, it’s time to trade in your flip-flops and flimsy tanks for all things fall. And that means it’s time to shop.

In answer, Gastown is getting ready to host their semi-annual Shop Hop event on Thursday, October 15. More than 40 stores will stay open late for the evening event, offering refreshments, music and in-store specials. In short, it’s a chance to mix and mingle with the stylish set while getting great deals on fabulous pieces.

The neighbourhood is known for its diverse collection of independent boutiques, each offering a range of exclusive labels and local brands. And when it comes to Shop Hop, they seriously up the ante. Its retail therapy in a party atmosphere where shoppers can browse the stores while eating cotton candy and listening to music from pop-up DJs.

Image: Gastown Shop Hop

Image: Gastown Shop Hop/ Nouvelle Nouvelle

Ready to Shop Hop? Here are a few tips to make the most out of the annual event.

1. Bring a friend, or five

Shop Hop is a social evening that’s best shared. Whether you need a second opinion or an extra pair of arms to carry all of those bags, it’s the perfect excuse for mid-week get-together.

2. Meet up for cocktails

Sure, that other store has a lounge in it, but Gastown has dozens. Get your evening going with appys and some show-stopping concoctions at one of the neighbourhood’s bars.

3. Don’t leave the boys at home

Gastown has been recognized as a mecca of menswear shops, each carrying a cool array of casual and dapper attire.

Image: Gastown Shop Hop/ Mosquito

Image: Gastown Shop Hop/ Mosquito

4. Remember the basics

Styles change every season, but denim is forever. And, when it comes to jeans, Gastown’s got you covered with boutiques offering everything from the basics to the latest Japanese imports.

5. Once you’ve shopped, drop

Wind down at one of Gastown’s finest establishments. There are dinner and dessert specials on offer at 11 spots throughout the neighbourhood for Hop-pers to take advantage of; so you can hit your favourite hangout or try something new.

6. Be seen

Don’t forget to share your #GastownShopHop moments on social media. Select shots from the evening will be featured on the @MyGastown Instagram feed.

Image: Gastown Shop Hop/ Orling & Wu

Image: Gastown Shop Hop/ Orling & Wu

For more on the Gastown Shop Hop, check out the event listing on Facebook.

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