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Kate MacLennan

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Mar 3, 2014
The Sea to Sky Gondola Arrives

The B.C. Mountaineering Club was founded in Vancouver more than a century ago. A model of gender equality, it represented a wide variety of professions in the young city: lawyers, land surveyors, bankers, nurses, stenographers, a cigar maker and a piano tuner among them. The group was among the cognoscenti...

Nov 4, 2013
Arizona's Desert Rose

It’s just after 6:30 a.m. The mercury has passed 27 degrees Celsius and is climbing steadily when I begin the hike up Camelback Mountain. At 825 metres, it’s a prominent landmark in the flat Phoenix valley, but it’s no match for a British Columbian accustomed to the Grouse Grind. That...

Oct 7, 2013
2013 B2C Products & Services EOY: Thomas Skidmore

In 1985 Thomas Skidmore and his brother, Alan, were running Speedy Auto Glass and Apple Auto Glass when they partnered with Rogers Cantel (now Rogers Wireless) to sell mobile car phones. The brothers opened Speedy Celtel, a Cantel service centre, in Surrey. Over the next five years Speedy Celtel grew to...

Oct 7, 2013
Fishing Lodges Grapple to Find a Hook

In March, Northwest Angling Adventures Ltd., proprietors of the King Pacific Lodge wilderness resort, silently made an assignment into bankruptcy. A seasonal resort in the Great Bear Rainforest renowned for its ocean fishing and fly-fishing expeditions, King Pacific Lodge was on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List from 2009 to 2012...

Sep 3, 2013
Power Lunch: Catalano Restaurant and Cicchetti Bar

"It all happened pretty fast,” recalls co-owner Dave Craggs, describing the opening of Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar, in Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel. “We signed the lease in January this year and opened April 1st.” Such a quick turnaround may have thrown a newbie restaurateur for a loop, but Craggs, long a...

Sep 3, 2013
Arc'teryx: Retail Storytelling

Storytelling is the drive behind Arc’teryx Equipment Inc.’s entry into retail, as the manufacturer of outdoor and climbing equipment and clothing launches flagship stores around the world. Adam Ketcheson, global vice-president and senior director of marketing and business-to-consumer for the company, says the stores are an essential response to the brand’s...

Aug 6, 2013
Bar Stool Company Skips Straight to E-Comm

When the brass at Richmond-based Möbler Furniture saw a shift in furniture trends that reflected smaller, open-concept urban living spaces, they recognized that bar stools were going to be big business. They also realized that if they wanted to do big business selling them, the expense of a bricks-and-mortar set-up...

Aug 5, 2013
Spirit-Maker Opens Doors in Downtown

Portland’s intoxicating influence is at play in Vancouver again, this time at Long Table Distillery Ltd., the city’s first spirits-maker to open its doors in more than four decades. The idea to open a distillery came to founder Charles Tremewen and his wife, Rita, during a tasting tour of the Oregon...

Aug 5, 2013
Marketing B.C. Tourism to the U.S.

Of the approximately 60 million Americans who travelled outside their country in 2011, about six million went to Canada. That number dropped dramatically to about three million last year. Yet the Canadian Tourism Commission has halted media and public relations, social media and direct-to-consumer marketing and advertising in the U.S. The...

Jul 31, 2013
Industry Appointments Announced for Destination BC Tourism Marketing Committee

The names of tourism industry representatives selected to serve on Destination BC's Tourism Marketing Committee were announced today by board chair Andrea Shaw. The committee's mandate is to provide the Crown corporation's board of directors and CEO with input and recommendations on tourism marketing strategies, tourism performance indicators, and ways to...

Jul 24, 2013
Hawksworth Offers $10K Scholarship to Culinary Top Talent

Today Vancouver's venerated Hawksworth Restaurant annouced its inaugural Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition, a national initiative with a grand prize of $10,000. A non-profit program, the scholarship will see 10 future culinary stars from across the country showcase their skills in the competition. Three finalists will be judged by a panel...

Jul 24, 2013
Gear Up For Wanderlust With These B.C. Companies

The yoga and musical festival Wanderlust returns to Whistler August 1 - 4. Over these four days, thousands of yogis from around the world will land in B.C.'s renowned mountain town to practice with several of the world's leading yoga instructors, dance to music performed by famous names (Moby!), hear...

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