Hospitality

Jul 13, 2021
Vancouver’s Coho Collective embarks on journey from local success story to the national stage
Nathan Caddell

It was just three years ago that Amrit Maharaj and Andrew Barnes leased an East Vancouver building with the hope of eventually quitting their day jobs. Maharaj was working for his family’s real estate business, and Barnes was a tech exec...

Jul 9, 2021
Two B.C. breweries earn recognition from Craft Beer Marketing Awards
By the Editors

Five Canadian companies accounted for all 10 of the country’s Craft Beer Marketing Awards (also called the Crushies ) this year. The second annual Crushies gave out branding awards to beers from five regions around the world. Of the 10 prizes...

Jul 2, 2021
How a Vancouver wine store owner is trying to change the game with a proprietary delivery system
Nathan Caddell

John Clerides may have trouble getting on his feet right now, but his company is up and running as well as it ever has. The longtime owner and operator of Marquis Wine Cellars in Vancouver’s West End recently had surgery on...

May 12, 2021
Asian ghost kitchen operator with B.C. connection cooks up a new business model
Nick Rockel

Jason Chen is calling from Taipei, but he’s kind enough not to rub it in. Unlike B.C. and most other places around the world, Chen’s native Taiwan has been virtually COVID-free since the pandemic took hold early last year. “We’ve been...

Apr 28, 2021
With Boldr, Aquilini Investment Group thinks it can crack the crowded vodka soda market
Nathan Caddell

Is there a B.C. industry more absolutely stacked to the wall with competition than the flavoured vodka soda market? Maybe, but there’s no denying that the hard-drink-with-low-calories game has more rivals lurking around every corner than a Batman comic. So why...

Apr 27, 2021
How a Vancouver entrepreneur wants to help restaurants pay the bills
Nathan Caddell

Sometimes the most boring, boilerplate city regulations can have massive implications. In the summer of 2019, the City of Vancouver started cracking down on businesses and residences to install backflow prevention assemblies and have them professionally tested on each year. The...

Apr 14, 2021
How a Victoria whisky distiller pledges to fight a “ridiculous, frivolous” lawsuit
Nathan Caddell

There are a few elements to Graeme Macaloney being sued by the Scotch Whisky Association for, among other things, using his own name. The first is that Macaloney, who talks with a thick Scottish accent that shows zero sign of fading...

Mar 29, 2021
This female-led B.C. restaurant plans to uplift women and reinvent the business
Nick Rockel

Who launches a restaurant during a pandemic? If that sounds like a crazy idea, Elizabeth Mah, Melissa Steacy and Kelly Ann Woods should convince you otherwise. The three partners will open Cordelia’s Locket, a downtown Squamish café, wine bar and pantry, in May. Besides offering career opportunities to women who have been left jobless and time-strapped by coronavirus outbreak, the female-led enterprise will take a new approach to running a restaurant, drawing on lessons learned from COVID...

Mar 19, 2021
The Innovators: A&W is bringing sustainability to fast food
Michael McCullough

What’s innovative about flipping burgers? Well, what if those burgers aren’t made with meat? In the fall of 2018, A&W Food Services of Canada became the first fast-food chain in North America to add plant protein-based Beyond Meat patties to its menu, and unlike another chain with strong Canadian ties...

Nov 17, 2020
Yellow Dog has the best reputation among B.C. breweries: report
Nathan Caddell

What’s the best brewery in B.C.? It’s a divisive topic. And, like arguing about the best Spice Girl or the top Pixar movie of all time, it’s all a matter of taste. (Posh and Toy Story for the win; sorry not...

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