Mar 26, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Welk’s General Store goes to Google
Nathan Caddell

Welk’s General Store sells food, sure, but it would be something of a stretch to call the most interesting retailer on Vancouver’s Main Street an “essential business.” Cricket bars and kombucha aren’t exactly necessary for survival. For many in the...

Feb 28, 2020
2020 HR Report: The B.C. apparel industry fights back against a talent shortage
Felicity Stone

When Chip Wilson talks, other clothing manufacturers listen. And for good reason. When he spoke in October at a meeting of the newly formed BC Apparel & Gear Association (BCAG) at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on SFU’s...

Feb 6, 2020
10 Things You Didn't Know About... Obakki Foundation founder Treana Peake
Nathan Caddell

Treana Peake started fundraising at a very young age, when she would run garage sales and the like in the small rural town of Hanna, Alberta. Eventually she started organizing concerts featuring her future husband, Ryan Peake, who would later...

Feb 4, 2020
Inventory: B.C.-crafted jewelry could make a lasting impression on your valentine
Felicity Stone

Leah Alexandra is both a jewelry business started in 2006 and the first two names of its founder, Leah Belford. In addition to demi-fine items, the Gastown studio produces handmade earrings, necklaces and rings using 14-karat gold, pearls and semiprecious...

Jan 20, 2020
The second annual Made in Vancouver awards celebrate small business
By the Editors

Our sister publication, Vancouver magazine, has once again put a call out for the best makers in the city. The second annual Made in Vancouver awards program is now accepting your entries so it can spotlight even more of our province's serious creative talent. This year...

Jan 14, 2020
10 Things You Didn't Know About... Article's Wendy Youds
Nathan Caddell

Originally from the U.K., Wendy Youds has worked and lived around the globe for some of the world’s most admired brands. That’s meant everything from in her home country managing products for storied companies like Dr. Martens and Next, as well...

Dec 13, 2019
Pot Shots: A gift guide for the marijuana enthusiast in your life
Guy Saddy

God rest ye, merry gentlefolk Let nothing you dismay For you can purchase rolling kits For five bucks on eBay Or vapourizers, joints and grinders At your local mall ’Tis the season, why not buy it all? (I mean, it’s your call…) It’s legal now, so why...

Dec 9, 2019
Sole Survivor: Q&A with John Fluevog on 50 years of kicking butt
Nick Rockel

In his long jacket and tall black boots, John Fluevog still looks every bit the dandy who started making his mark on the fashion and retail worlds five decades ago. He glides down into the showroom of his gorgeous, high-ceilinged flagship...

Nov 28, 2019
Arc’teryx opens “lifestyle” store
Michael McCullough

Performance clothing brands like the North Face and Canada Goose long ago noticed that more of their jackets could be spotted on the streets of big cities than above treeline. North Vancouver–based Arc’teryx Equipment decided to go with the flow by unveiling its first “lifestyle” concept store, at Burnaby’s Metropolis at...

Nov 5, 2019
Young Guns: Alexa Suter harnesses the power of social media to run two companies
Nathan Caddell

If there’s any doubt about the immense power of social media, one needs only look at Alexa Suter. Back in 2013, when Instagram was still a shadow of what it has become, Suter gained notoriety as an influencer, commanding tens...

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