Felicity Stone

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Nov 21, 2014
Canada's first Dogtopia arrives in Coquitlam

When Peter Thomas, who founded Century 21 Real Estate Canada, looked at the burgeoning dog daycare industry, he saw a branding and franchising opportunity. He counted more than 80 dog-care facilities in Vancouver alone but only small, independent operations. Then he found Dogtopia, started by Amy Nichols, in Washington, D.C. "She had...

Nov 6, 2014
B.C. tourism industry reckons with the rise of online reviews

Our perception of destinations is being shaped less by traditional marketing and more by people sharing photos and experiences online, according to Chris Fair, president of Resonance Consultancy, which analyzes and advises regions and cities on travel and leisure trends and consumer behaviour. Speaking at the BC Tourism & Hospitality Summit...

Nov 6, 2014
Vancouver Island is B.C.'s top destination, say TripAdvisor users

Vancouver Island received the highest number of positive reviews in the most categories. To see where the other destinations ranked—and the sometimes surprising categories for which they received the most recommendations—click through the slideshow. (Vancouver Island 17. Chilliwack was most highly rated for convention facilities, performances and culture. (Credit: Flickr/University of...

Nov 4, 2014
How Vancouver retailers can get online by the holidays

Heading into the busiest retail period of the year, 40 per cent of Canadian independent retailers say they will not be advertising online—and yet 72 percent of Canadians plan to research their holiday purchases on the Internet, according to a recent poll conducted by Google Canada. "Of the small and independent...

Oct 29, 2014
Central City Brewers launches its first distilled spirits

With its new Seraph vodka and gin, in liquor stores by early November, Central City Brewers + Distillers joins a growing number of B.C. micro-distillers. In 2013, the provincial government eliminated the markup on distilled liquor made from 100 per cent B.C. agricultural products if directly distributed by the producer. "Basically...

Oct 23, 2014
Online custom suit retailer Indochino opens Gastown storefront

Vancouver-based custom online suit retailer Indochino launched a walk-in storefront at 159 Water Street in Gastown on Wednesday, closely following recent brick-and-mortar store openings in Toronto, New York and San Francisco. But Indochino, which lets customers order tailored suits online at bargain prices, insists it's simply evolving, not changing. “We never...

Oct 16, 2014
The next big thing in retail: the human touch

The next big thing in retail is the human touch, says Claire Booth, president of Lux Insights, a Vancouver marketing research company. Booth was the keynote speaker at the Retail Council of Canada’s Retail West Conference in Vancouver on October 15. When Booth, who had interviewed shoppers, retailers and marketing agencies...

Oct 10, 2014
B.C. grocery stores to sell booze next spring, but many will lose out

The B.C. government has announced new details for the sale of all types of liquor in grocery stores, starting in spring 2015. Grocery stores of a minimum 10,000 square feet (for reference, the Urban Fare stores in downtown Vancouver are around 20,000 square feet) that generate 75 per cent of...

Oct 9, 2014
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts frustrated by lack of government funds for transit

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts expressed frustration with the lack of provincial and federal support for transit at a recent Urban Design Institute event. “The idea that a transportation system can be funded on the property tax is the most ridiculous thing I think I’ve ever heard,” said Watts. “The whole system...

Sep 16, 2014
Nectar Juicery supplies juice on tap to corporate clients

Juice on tap is like the new water cooler, says Tori Holmes, co-founder of Vancouver’s Nectar Juicery. When she and Lara Kozan, who also co-founded YYoga, launched the company in February, their first client was Hootsuite. Tori and Lara had originally planned to sell their cold-pressed juices to young, health-focused women...

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