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The portmanteau of “web” and “seminar” is, in case you’re wondering, a presentation, lecture or workshop that’s transmitted over the Internet. Encompassing meetings that take place in real time (a university class, say) as well as those recorded for anytime-anywhere...
A great thing about being a franchise operation in B.C. is that you just have to look a short way across the border to see how it’s done. Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) could give yeast cells a lesson in propagation. But Vancouver-based trash trucker 1-800-Got-Junk LLC recently got more than just tips from the neighbouring giant: it scored a new president.
A strong dollar, high fuel prices and economic storm clouds south of the border dogged B.C. tourism operators through this summer. Advance bookings were soft as tourists put off making plans until the last minute – and even then, favourable...
Robert Butchofsky smiles a lot for a man trying to sell the hope that his company has fallen as low as it can go. “We’re not dead,” says the president and CEO of QLT Inc. (QLT-T) as he guides this reporter out of his sleek office on Vancouver’s Great Northern Way.
The man who introduces himself as Casey Bear is pacing quickly, flustered, having just experienced what he calls one of the most violent altercations of his life. He laughs hysterically and nervously pulls a bear mask on and off his face as he describes how a man snuck up behind...
Fashion is a world of symbiotic relationships. The designer provides clothes that are the lifeblood of the retailer. The stylist picks the items that become the “must-have buys.” And then the consumer rushes to the store, purchases the shirt or shoes or pants – and everybody’s bills get paid.
While many people help set fashion’s trends, only a select few get to play God – and Vancouver’s Amy Lu is one of them. As a stylist with clients that include Cover Girl, Molson and Levi’s, and with work published in Vanity Fair and Interview magazine, Lu holds the coveted position of deciding what looks, labels and designers gain entry into the public arena.
A budding retail magnate has to start somewhere. For Kitsilano-born, Whistler-raised Scott Walhovd, Gastown was just the place to plant his flagship store, 212, which opened its doors in the fall of 2007. The former model, 22, owns the exposed-brick-and-pipe boutique 80-20 with partner and Parsons design school grad Anthony Castro, whom he met through a Dolce & Gabbana assignment in 2003.
Whether you like it or not, you are what you wear. And each time you step out of the house, you make a statement – telling the world something of how you see yourself (or don’t). If you happen to be wearing one of Dace Moore’s creations, you might well be saying: “I will not pander to the style whims of Paris Hilton.”