New and Improved: The latest developments in the world of lifestyle, from hotels to eyewear (and more!)

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SEE/ Founded by Vancouver optometrist Harbir Sian, online retailer Kingsley Eyewear sells a range of eyeglasses with handmade Italian acetate frames. For every pair purchased, a person in need receives a full eye exam and a pair of glasses through Optometry Giving Sight.


STAY/ This month, Marriott International Inc. expects to open its Civic Hotel at Surrey City Centre. The Autograph Collection business hotel offers 144 guest rooms, the Dominion Bar + Kitchen, a rooftop deck and coworking space. The ballroom, with its own kitchen, can accommodate 230 dinner guests or 250-plus with theatre-style seating.


WEAR/ Tense Enterprise Inc. has been handcrafting watches in Vancouver from recycled or reclaimed wood since 1971. Its new Hybrid Watch Series contains Swiss movements. Tense’s customizable timepieces allow customers to choose from a variety of watch faces, wood or leather bands, colours and engravings.



BUILD/ East Vancouver’s Union Wood Co. has started a commercial division to make custom desks, storage, boardroom tables, millwork and more for business offices, retailers, restaurants and hospitality spaces. Clients include Earls Restaurants Ltd., Lululemon Athletica Inc., the Me&Lewis Ideas Inc. advertising agency and Unbounce Marketing Solutions Inc.


DRINK/ Delta-based Goodridge & Williams Distilling recently launched Nütrl Vodka Soda, made with small-batch handcrafted vodka, soda water and natural lemon. Free of sugars, sweeteners, additives and preservatives, the soda has just 98 calories per 355-millilitre can.