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

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 25, 2023
Vancouver-based Naetal Skincare is delivering organic solutions for moms and babies
Rushmila Rahman

When Vivian Lam was 36 weeks pregnant with her first child, she got a red rash around her baby bump. It flared up after she scratched it, leaving her with angry, itchy spots all over her body. “After a couple...

May 18, 2023
Vancouver entrepreneur rocks on to the semifinals of national Total Mom Pitch competition
Rushmila Rahman

After having her second baby, Ireland native Lisa Hawthorne experienced a loss of self-identity. “I had been pregnant or breastfeeding or had a tiny person attached to me for four years,” she says. “I was trying to go back into the...

May 11, 2023
Mother's Day 2023: Three local gift ideas for the matriarch in your life
By the Editors

Any excuse we have to promote the buying of local goods is something we will always take. And hey, if it aligns with a chance to give your mom the thoughtfulness she deserves, then we're double in. Check out a...

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

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...

May 5, 2023
Meet Hangry Unicorn Snacks, a Vancouver lawyer's latest venture to feed cravings
Rushmila Rahman

As a busy real estate lawyer in Vancouver, Vyvyan Rose claims to get hangry a lot. “I literally always skip breakfast, sometimes even lunch if it's a busy day,” she says. “I've been grabbing snacks here and there but it's...

Apr 21, 2023
Unsung Heroes 2023: VP of supply chain Jeff Starnaman is steering London Drugs out of choppy waters
Rushmila Rahman

Vice president of supply chain management and merchandising systems Jeff Starnaman calls London Drugs a "family company," as both an inspiration and a warning. Run by the Louie family since the late ’90s, the Richmond-based retailer has 79 physical stores...

Apr 20, 2023
To put it bluntly, young weed brands like Zyre are bound to burn cash
Rushmila Rahman

As an Asian-Canadian woman, Audrey Wong feels lonely in the cannabis industry. “It is very much dominated by white men and a lot of legacy players as well,” say the founder of Zyre. Since we last spoke in 2022, Wong’s vape brand...

Apr 20, 2023
Vancouver's Nada Grocery announces closure of its physical location
By the Editors

After some five years redefining what it’s meant to grocery shop in Vancouver, Nada Grocery will be closing its brick-and-mortar store on Broadway. The store sent out an announcement today to customers that it will be moving fully online. The letter...

Apr 14, 2023
Westcoast Fishing Tackle is reeling in avid fishers with a fresh approach
Ryan Stuart

At the beginning of March 2020, Jeff Leung was running a thriving bus and shuttle company with $5 million in annual revenue. A month later, with lockdowns in place, he had laid off all of Vanwest Charters’ staff and parked...

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