Oct 18, 2016
WiFi and your business

BCBusiness + Shaw Business A common sight across the country is walking past a café and seeing patrons messaging on their phones via complementary WiFi. However, it’s no longer just cafés where this is happening. Look closer and you’ll see small- to medium-sized businesses, such as beauty salons, hockey arenas and retail stores offering complementary WiFi to customers that are increasingly dependent...

Oct 11, 2016
Vancouver's coworking community continues to grow
Amy Watkins

Cafés used to be the only affordable “office” choice for the self-employed. Now, fuelled by an increase in demand, coworking shared offices offer amenities and camaraderie from drop-in day rates of $25 to monthly memberships from around $200. Beyond a physical space, coworking outlets such as Spacekraft in Burnaby also offer health care plans, and many places hold information sessions for...

Sep 13, 2016
When is local and organic really local and organic?
Steve Burgess

Marketing is essentially the retail equivalent of politics—promises, promises. Call it “green-washing” or “local-washing,” but when it comes to food, it often seems more attention is paid to the selling than to the processing. At both supermarkets and restaurants, items are sold with feel-good phrases like locally sourced, fair trade, organic and natural. And identifiers like “organic” and “locally sourced” have...

Jul 22, 2016
Office Space: Jewellery designer Leah Alexandra's Gastown gem
Felicity Stone

Up until two-and-a-half years ago, jeweller Leah Alexandra and her employees worked out of her Kitsilano home. When they finally outgrew the space, Alexandra started an office search—looking at one depressing specimen after another before settling on an 870-square-foot unit for sale in Bodega Studios on Carrall Street in Gastown. “When I bought it, it had actually been on the...

Jul 21, 2016
Why Choices Market wants customers to buy less
Marcie Good

Dave Wilson sizes up the pile of white bags of Full Circle topsoil, stacked in a cage behind Choices Market on 16th Avenue in Kitsilano. He manages the produce category for the grocery chain’s 11 stores and notes that 9,000 bags have sold over the past five years. “I’d like to double that in the next two years,” he says.

Jul 13, 2016
Earls restaurants go big in the U.S.
Jamie Maw

Dadeland, Florida, is an exurb of residential bungalows, apartment blocks, office towers and strip malls located 25 kilometres southwest of Miami—a half-hour through the Metroplex’s muggy traffic. This is where the July 1979 “Dadeland Massacre” took place—a barrage of gunfire between rival cocaine dealers inside a Crown Liquor store that left two...

Jun 16, 2016
Inside B.C.'s outerwear advantage
Felicity Stone

When Premier Christy Clark attended the announcement of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new Wilson School of Design in December 2012, she remarked, “B.C. is known as a global hub for technical apparel design.” Along with the design of technical apparel, the school—funded by Chip and Shannon Wilson, their former company Lululemon, Kwantlen and the provincial government—also embraces Kwantlen’s existing clothing-design programs. By one definition...

Jun 10, 2016
Vancouver company brings virtual reality to interior decorating
Felicity Stone

Kabuni, a Vancouver company that connects interior designers, products and shoppers through a web app, opens its first bricks-and-mortar studio to the public on Monday. Located at 1378 West Pender Street, the 3,000-square-foot space has been conceived as a hub, co-sharing work space and incubator for local designers, artists and artisans where they can display their work and meet with...

May 9, 2016
The Lower Mainland's battle of the outlet malls
Felicity Stone

When the Canadian dollar was worth something, crossing the border to shop made economic sense—plus we had no other options. The Shops at Morgan Crossing in South Surrey, built by Larco Investments as a mixed-use village-style development in 2010, has a few outlet and factory stores, but the dearth of outlet centres in the Lower Mainland was a major reason...

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