Retail

Nov 9, 2021
Inventory: These B.C. subscription boxes make opening the mail more fun
Alyssa Hirose

Nicole McLaren started Raven Reads as a workplace book club that focused exclusively on First Nation, Métis and Inuit authors (she’s a member of the Métis Nation herself). After seeing the impact the books had on her coworkers, McLaren launched...

Sep 24, 2021
Young Guns: Kicking around with Gary Chang, founder of Skye Footwear
Nathan Caddell

Leading a small, burgeoning company that sells luxury products is hardly economic high ground during a pandemic. But Gary Chang still considers himself one of the lucky ones. Because manufacturing was considered an essential service throughout COVID-19, Chang’s shoe business, Skye...

Sep 13, 2021
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 winner: Darrell Jones puts Save-On-Foods at the top of the grocery food chain
Nick Rockel

In the highly competitive grocery business, Darrell Jones knows how important it is to understand what your rivals are doing. “If they do something well, go and copy it and make it better,” says the president of Save-On-Foods, which shares...

Aug 12, 2021
For B.C. dealers and brands, the COVID-induced bike boom is a good bad problem
Saphiya Zerrouk

With summer upon us, British Columbians keep snatching up bicycles faster than stores can stock them. COVID-19 kicked sales into high gear as people sought a safe outdoor escape, and the boom shows no sign of slowing down. We asked...

Aug 6, 2021
For some B.C. shoppers, buying goods to send to China can be a full-time job
Frances Bula and Chen Zhou

Dolly Tan wasn’t planning to become part of a global network of people who buy things in other countries—everything from Canada Goose jackets to makeup to food products—to ship them to people in China for a fee. But a few years...

Aug 4, 2021
Bucha Brew Kombucha’s Kara Sam is going hard with Arlo
Nathan Caddell

Let the hard kombucha races begin. Just days after Vancouver's Plenty became the first Canadian company to launch a hard kombucha in July, Arlo Hard Kombucha made its play, becoming available in select stores in Vancouver. As the ready-to-drink market in the country and...

Jul 19, 2021
A look inside Ecologyst's new sustainable manufacturing facility in Victoria
Alyssa Hirose

As unique and diverse as we claim our home to be, there’s a few brands that really dominate the casual fashion world—especially in the summer. For activewear, it’s Lululemon. Birkenstocks have the sandal category dominated. And when the sun goes...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Courtney Peters turned a home business with her mom into a fast-growing scrunchie specialist
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Courtney Peters found her way to business by way of banking and medicine. Although the Surrey native comes from an entrepreneurial family, she had no plans to head in the same direction. Peters, who got her first job...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Joe Parenteau developed a high-end dinnerware brand for millennials
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: After growing up in Regina with a janitor father and warehouse worker mother, Joe Parenteau knew he just had to go somewhere the weather was a bit better. So he followed a golf scholarship to William Woods University...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Selene Dior took the plunge with fitness line Vitae Apparel
Nathan Caddell

Selene Dior launched Vitae Apparel–named for the Latin word for life–in December 2016 while she was studying for her first-year finals. Dior dropped out of school (“my mom was pissed,” she laughs) to focus all of her efforts on the company, pivoting it to athletic wear in 2018.

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