Retail

Sep 19, 2022
Inventory: Healthy, made-in-B.C. snacks you can take on adventures
Alyssa Hirose

Anamika Gioia has been professionally popping lotus seeds since she launched Sacred Foods in 2020. (Her small-batch biz earned her a spot on our 30 Under 30 list last year.) But the Vancouver outfit’s roots go back much further: the...

Sep 16, 2022
A new look, old beer on tap for Granville Island Brewing
Nathan Caddell

The name and brand advantage that one of Canada’s oldest microbreweries has had on newcomers has slowly but surely run out over time. Started in 1984, Granville Island Brewing has been an institution since its inception. For a long while, it...

Jul 21, 2022
Invermere's Wild Mountain Chocolate is raising the bar, but will consumers bite?
Nathan Caddell

When Helen and Glen Davies moved from Vancouver to Invermere some seven years ago, they weren’t sure exactly what the plan was. They did know they wanted to start a company of some kind. After a couple of different ventures...

Jul 18, 2022
On Trend: These vintage stores in Vancouver offer style on a budget
Rushmila Rahman

You may not score $10 finds at ex-celebrity stylist Courtney Watkins’s designer consignment store Mine & Yours, but you’ll bag vintage statement pieces from the likes of Gucci, Chanel, Prada and more. Clean black-and-white interiors make up the 1,100-square-foot posh...

Jul 14, 2022
Vancouver-based Blume closes first fundraising round after bootstrapping to $7.5 million in sales last year
Nathan Caddell

Asked when she knew that her company was actually going to make it, Blume co-founder and CEO Karen Danudjaja gets earnest. “I don't know if I’ve had that moment yet,” she says with a chuckle. Maybe we can help her with...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: The sibling founders of Teaspoons & Co. realize their dream
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Joshua and Joyce Yim’s bubble tea obsession started young. The siblings were under 10 when their parents would bring them to local boba shops around Vancouver. After awhile, they didn’t want to ask their folks for bubble tea...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Justin Kopetzki goes deep on plant-based dips
Nick Rockel

Life Story: In 2019, tired of what he calls the “bland, watery hummus and other dips” at the grocery store, Salt Spring Island native Justin Kopetzki made his own at home in 45 flavours, using a food processor. “I started...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Stephanie Huen keeps customers comfy with Plenish
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Helping people always came first for Stephanie Huen. When she was young, she thought the best way to do that would be as a forensic scientist, but that vision quickly morphed into social work while she was pursuing...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Tess Gobeil and Ariss Grutter run B.C.'s only female and queer-owned leatherwork shop
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Ariss Grutter and Tess Gobeil knew they didn’t look like typical cobblers when they went into boot manufacturing. The co-founders of B.C.’s only female and queer-owned leatherwork and shoe repair shop connected on a very important note: they both...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Kayla Gabelhouse makes nickel-and-lead-free jewelry that won't stain your skin
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Childhood bake sales and lemonade stands may have triggered her passion to be an entrepreneur, but Kayla Gabelhouse never imagined herself a jewelry baron. Growing up in Edmonton and Kelowna, she didn’t know a ton about making jewelry to begin...

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