Retail

May 9, 2022
New Vitruvi president Cindy Bokitch talks learning from B.C. success stories and the importance of smell
Nathan Caddell

For years, Cindy Bokitch’s family had to deal with her sense of smell. “I have this thing, if I smell strong perfume, I get a headache within five minutes,” she says. “When we’d go to hotels, my kids would send...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: Environmental Sustainability
Nick Rockel

Helena McShane didn’t always know that supermarket produce displays are just for show. “Not to shame other grocery stores, but I never realized that those piles of oranges are there for me to look at, not to buy,” says McShane...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: Community Involvement
Nick Rockel

Amelia Warren never planned to go into the family business. “In our family, it was always, Find a way to give back,” says the CEO of food maker and retailer Epicure. “I always thought that would be through charitable work.” So...

Mar 2, 2022
After getting laid off from her 20-year career due to the pandemic, this Vancouver woman is showing her daughter how to be a boss
Alyssa Hirose

Mirabela Muresan worked for the same luxury automotive business for more than two decades, but when the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, she was laid off. “I felt very vulnerable,” shares Muresan. “After dedicating my career and my life to the...

Feb 10, 2022
There’s a Richmond-based garment factory making clothes for the metaverse
Alyssa Hirose

You might not expect a 29-year-old garment factory to embrace the cutting-edge, complex technology of 2022 (most 29-year-olds I know don’t even have TikTok), but that hasn't stopped Precision Design Group. The Richmond-based company has been pattern-drafting, cutting, sample-making and manufacturing...

Feb 4, 2022
Vancouver-based Loba is destigmatizing medication, one super-stylish pillbox at a time
Alyssa Hirose

Like dirty laundry or loose receipts, pill boxes are a household item that most of us tuck away when company’s coming. When Kate Bouchard, founder of Vancouver-based marketing agency Armature Collective, was looking for a storage solution for her vitamins...

Feb 3, 2022
Inventory: These B.C. businesses run by Black entrepreneurs are walking the walk
Alyssa Hirose

From jewellery to soaps to handwoven bags, here are some of the best local goods from Black-owned companies. Inspired by artisans from her tribe, Lois Okello started selling handwoven baskets as a side hustle in 2018. But Vancouver-based Boostani isn’t your...

Feb 2, 2022
A first look inside Vancouver’s new 2,800-square-foot Herschel Supply store
Alyssa Hirose

Remember the boring old days, when a store was just a store? Now there’s rarely a retail opening that doesn’t involve some other interesting angle, whether that’s a workshop space, an art exhibition area or, in Vancouver-based Herschel Supply Co.’s...

Feb 1, 2022
On Trend: These B.C. companies are using TikTok for marketing muscle
Alyssa Hirose

There’s nothing like a viral video to make a business blow up (that’s Gen Z for prosper, oldies). Video-sharing app TikTok has turned social media marketing into an entirely different game, and these B.C. companies are in it to win...

Jan 13, 2022
Meat soap? This all-natural skincare company’s “Slightly Imperfect” collection makes sure flawed product doesn't go to waste
Alyssa Hirose

Body and skincare companies tend to romanticize their products and their process. But what happens when that ultra-satisfying soap cutting doesn’t go as planned? When Indigenous entrepreneur Francesca Amine started making her own soaps, it took her an entire year to get...

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