Alyssa Hirose

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Sep 19, 2023
Inventory: Upgrade your bedtime routine with a little help from these B.C. companies

Chris Manley and Olga Roberts lead the team at Victoria-based organic bedding company Resthouse (founded by Manley in 2014). The brand’s in-house private label Kakun includes mattresses, mattress toppers, body pillows, throws and more—counting all of their naturally breathable, moisture-wicking products...

Jul 27, 2023
Review: Vancouver-designed Seray sleepwear is more than it seams

I’ll sleep when I’m dead. That’s the lighthearted cliché I deliver whenever anyone—friends, coworkers, that one overly friendly gas station attendant—is concerned about my lack of rest. And part of me sincerely believes it. I’ve never prioritized sleep: not when I...

Jul 21, 2023
On Trend: Childcare meets coworking in these new hybrid spaces

At Vancouver-based not-for-profit Nestworks, kids are free to visit their parents in the coworking space when they’re not in the dedicated gym, indoor playhouse or open reading areas. The Nestworks team says that, once acclimatized, most kids will naturally choose...

Jul 11, 2023
Inventory: Refresh your home bar with this drink-focused toolkit from B.C. companies

Sure, 2020 was not the ideal year to start a bar/catering company, but as events shut down, Born to Shake founders Shayne Labis and Nicole Barron stirred up something else. The Kelowna-based brand started manufacturing DIY cocktail kits, bitters and syrups...

May 25, 2023
Inventory: The best hair care products from B.C.-based companies

Bruce Mullen started Jusu Wellness as a cold-pressed juice bar in 2014, and in 2016 launched body care products made from pulp left over from the juice production. Now, the Victoria- based lifestyle brand is owned by Sonya Laurenssen, and...

May 23, 2023
Local Summer Getaway: Explore Bioluminescent Kayaking on the Sunshine Coast

I wonder if the six strangers in this Sprinter van can tell I got engaged three days ago. My parents and sister know, as does my partner—who, of course, engineered the whole thing. But the proposal (and acceptance) happened right before...

May 23, 2023
Local Summer Getaway: 3 Beautiful Okanagan Farm Tours

With a moo-moo here and a pop-pop there (that’s the sound of uncorking a wine bottle), the Okanagan is home to some of B.C.’s best farmland. One of our editors took a summer trip and lined up a few very special...

May 8, 2023
This Vancouver-based vegan shoe company donates to charity with every pair

Max Justus chose a meerkat for his shoe brand’s logo—and not because he has an affinity for The Lion King. To Justus, the animal embodies one of the core values of Grounded People: “The meerkat is one of the most social...

Mar 3, 2023
Burnaby-based Daiya promises "tastier, meltier and stretchier" plant-based cheese by the end of 2023

Prior to today, if you asked me the difference between traditional and dairy-free cheese, I’d say two things: 1) Dairy-free cheese doesn’t hurt cows and 2) Dairy-free cheese tastes worse. Like, a lot worse. Even the CEO of Burnaby-based Daiya, one of...

Feb 14, 2023
Inventory: Where to get low-fuss comfort foods in B.C.

Rushd Khan says it was tough to find halal options growing up in Canada, so after working in his family’s restaurant and earning his MBA from SFU, he founded Barakah Eats in 2018. The Surrey-based company sells gourmet frozen South...

Dec 23, 2022
Meet Vancouver-designed streetwear brand Taikan Everything

Let’s get real for a second: the hottest, freshest looks are born long before you see them in the pages of your favourite local city magazine (wink wink). “Trends are coming from the streets, from the clubs, from skate parks...

Dec 15, 2022
6 spots to get takeout charcuterie in Vancouver over the holidays

So you’re a grown adult that wants to eat cheese and crackers and meat, preferably in teeny tiny sandwich form. I get it. There isn’t a more elegant snack out there. And besides being extremely Instagram-worthy (yes, you have to...

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