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Made in Strathcona

The businesses in Stratchona, both old and new, are as vibrant and eclectic as the community itself

Just steps away from historic Chinatown and a quick walk or bike ride from Main Street or the bustling downtown core, Strathcona is uniquely positioned in the centre of it all. Here, distinctive architecture and affordable commercial space attract the city’s best and brightest business prospects to create a diverse and prosperous neighbourhood. The area has a broad mix of industrial, commercial, retail and residential zoning, with over 9,000 Vancouverites calling the neighbourhood home, and over 200 heritage designed buildings hosting a diverse array of businesses, filling the area with culture.

“Made in Strathcona” celebrates the best of this thriving area by spotlighting both beloved Vancouver companies and budding, locally owned start-ups through an open house series, allowing the public to learn more about the neighbourhood and participate in innovative programs and events. For example, the Made in Strathcona tours invite the public to explore some of the area’s most interesting new ventures with a sneak peek behind the scenes to meet the makers in their very own workspaces.

Strathcona has a long history with the business world: the port-side neighbourhood was first settled in the mid-1800s, and the longest running known business has existed for 100 years. But today’s creative professionals and innovative companies are flocking to the area now as well, attracted to the cultural diversity, highly supportive business network and entrepreneurial spirit of the neighbourhood, as well as the proximity to downtown and affordable rents. Among the blend of long-standing industrial companies and up-and-coming creative endeavors that inhabit the beautiful historic buildings—over 500 businesses call Strathcona home, among them Herschel Supply Co., Christine Lingerie, The Butler Did it Catering Co., Eclipse Awards, A.G.R.O. Roasters and les amis du FROMAGE—you’ll find an area where individualism is valued and opportunity abounds. Visit, or follow Made in Strathcona on Twitter or Facebook, for more information about the neighbourhood’s wide array of local services and shops, and details on upcoming tours.