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Dec 1, 2006
Flight Centre: Jet Set
by Katya Holloway

It’s a bright Monday morning and a deep rumble is resonating from within the Flight Centre shop in Kerrisdale. Locals flickering past the red-and-white storefront cast knowing glances at the rattling doorframe as they dash into coffee shops for their morning hit of java.

Dec 1, 2006
Handle with Care
Yolanda Brooks

The drab industrial landscape of Mitchell Island in Richmond is the last place you’d expect to find occupational nirvana, but here, within the walls of new 250,000-square-foot plant, you’ll find more contented workers than anywhere else in B.C. Scheduler Carrie Dawson first arrived at GLBC as a pregnant temp in...

Dec 1, 2006
Aritzia: A Leg Up
Katya Holloway

A leggy blonde emerges from a change room, gazing into the three-way mirror at her pin-up model reflection. Wearing nothing but a knitted sweater pulled down over her hips and a pair of tan cowboy boots, she hinges over at the waist, perking her bottom toward the ceiling as her long hair sweeps toward the floor.

Dec 1, 2006
European Travel: Norse Code
John Lee

It’s minus-seven degrees Celsius, I’m encircled by a jagged crown of snow-capped mountains and the white breath tumbling from my open mouth suggests a serious attempt on the world chain-smoking record. But even though I’m only wearing swimming shorts, I can’t remember ever feeling so toasty.

Dec 1, 2006
Nanotech: Think Small
Ryan Stuart

The powder is so fine that Burgess needs extremely high-powered microscopes and special equipment, labs and expertise just to see and work with it. Each speck is so small it is measured in nanometres: one-billionths of a metre. The material Mettech is working on is considered a nanopowder, and it’s...

Dec 1, 2006
Open Auto Group: Revved up
Ian MacNeill

I have to admit I’m a little nervous. It’s my first day on the sales floor at OpenRoad Toyota in the Richmond Auto Mall and I keep thinking of Jimmy Pattison, who used to keep the sales kernels popping in his car-dealership frying pan by firing the bottom sales person at the end of each month. I’m relieved to find the mood disarmingly relaxed.

Dec 1, 2006
Old Spaghetti Factory: That's Amore
Elizabeth Hoath

“Come on, it’s time to sing ‘Happy Birthday!’” calls Ryan Mountain over his shoulder, as he sweeps by with an impossibly full tray of dishes heaped with spumoni ice cream. He leads a troupe of young male servers to a table of giggling pre-teen girls.

Dec 1, 2006
Vancouver and Corporate Headquarters: An Exodus
Don Whiteley

The contrast couldn’t be more telling. In Calgary, energy giant EnCana plans to build a spectacular $1-billion, 59-storey office tower headquarters that will be the second highest in Canada. That’s assuming Imperial Oil, not yet out of the starting gate...

Dec 1, 2006
Boomtown Sports Inc.: Cutting Edge
Ryan Stuart

After 11 years in the ski retail business, Dale Arsenault knew if he wanted to be on the cutting edge and sell any Boomtown Sports Inc. skis made at the company’s Kootenay plant, he had to be at demo days.

Dec 1, 2006
Destiny Media: A Penny for your Stocks?
David Jordan

Entering the downtown head office of Destiny Media Technologies, it’s immediately obvious that the company has seen better times. The expansive lobby screams opulence, with its slate-tile floor, its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking West Hastings Street 10 floors below, and the massive boardroom table visible through an aqua-tinted glass wall.

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