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Jul 7, 2019
Inventory: Take it outside with sporting goods designed in B.C.
Juan Rivera

SPOKES PEOPLE Landyachtz, launched in 1997 on Vancouver Island by UVic students Mike Perreten and Tom Edstrand, gained its fame for high-quality skateboards and longboards. In 2016, with the goal of improving customers’ lives in the cyclist heaven that is Vancouver...

Jun 19, 2019
The 2019 Top 100 All-Stars: Jim Pattison Group
Richard Littlemore

It’s always risky to judge a book by its cover—or a man by his plaid jacket. But everything you need to know about 90-year-old Jimmy Pattison is evident, instantly, in the grip of his handshake. You know what handshakes are like. Some are too weak, some too strong—some people hold on...

Jun 19, 2019
On Trend: Helping people age well is a maturing industry in B.C.
Felicity Stone

SOCIAL LIFE In April, 23 Canadian women business owners interested in catering to the elderly in Japan travelled there under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Kris Stewart, CEO and clinical director of Advanced Home Care Solutions in...

May 30, 2019
10 Things You Didn't Know About... Livingspace founder and president Ross Bonetti
Felicity Stone

When furniture’s your thing but you just can’t squeeze any more in, there are basically two options: move to a bigger place or enlarge your existing one. Ross Bonetti did the latter. Established in 1988, home furnishings retailer Livingspace occupies a 1930s-era...

May 30, 2019
Opinion: Leaning into cannabis retail with lessons from liquor
Mike McKee

After 38 years in liquor retail in B.C., we’re breaking into the cannabis industry. And it’s all possible because of the lessons we’ve learned from liquor. At first we thought marijuana might be a substitute for alcohol, but now we see the two products in a more complementary light, even though they...

May 10, 2019
10 Things You Didn't Know About... Article CEO Aamir Baig
Nathan Caddell

One of the coolest companies in the province was started by four software engineers. In 2011, Aamir Baig, along with Fraser Hall and twin brothers Sam and Andy Prochazka, launched Article. Since then, the Vancouver-based furniture e-tailer has made every list of hot...

May 8, 2019
Pot Shots: Four B.C. cannabis companies that continue to grow
Guy Saddy

As of March, the value of Canada’s six largest cannabis companies totalled almost $43 billion—that’s a lot of cash (or kush). But not all the buzz is reserved for the biggest firms. Take these four B.C.-based companies, all of which...

May 3, 2019
7 B.C. companies rank among top 100 most valuable brands in Canada
Juan Rivera

B.C. brands seem to be doing just fine in the national arena. As BCBusiness gets ready for this year’s B.C.’s Most Loved Brands in the June 2019 issue, we take a look at global consultancy Brand Finance’s Canada 100 2019 Report, which outlines...

Apr 12, 2019
Inventory: Street smart rain gear
Felicity Stone

DRY DENIM In 2013, Vancouver jeans maker Gary Lenett partnered with performance fabric expert Abid Hafeez to form Pimlico Performance Apparel, producing denim clothing that combines fashion with function. The company’s new Duer Weatherproof Denim jeans incorporate a wind- and waterproof...

Apr 11, 2019
On Trend: Fashion recycling comes alive in B.C.'s capital
Jessica Natale Woollard

SPICE ROAD The reds, pinks, greens and golds of silk saris are repurposed into women’s attire at Chai Fashions. Owner Lindsay Jones up-cycles textiles from Indian wholesale markets, turning the fabric into light, comfortable, colourful dresses, blouses and pants sold at...

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