Retail

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Jessica Luongo wines and dines clients with AmoVino Distributors
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Some coincidences follow you around for much of your life. Like when you grow up in North Vancouver during the 2010s with a grandfather who runs a wine business called Burrows, Luongo & Associates and a dad who...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Katherine Backman is scooping up customers with Nora's Non-Dairy
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: The brainchild that would become Nora’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream was hatched on a family trip to Vancouver Island. Katherine Backman had spent years following in the footsteps of her psychologist mother (by majoring in psychology at McGill University)...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Eve Laird eats away at the gluten-free cracker market
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Raised in Nanaimo, Eve Laird found herself working at a Whistler art gallery after studying art history at McGill University. But it wasn’t a good fit, and she was soon looking for something else. That something became two...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Ryley Humphry juggles snacks and education fundraising
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: The early stages of Ryley Humphry’s life seemed to go exactly according to plan. Get into UBC; take some time off to model in places like Tokyo and Paris; graduate with a degree in sociology and the most...

Jun 4, 2020
10 Vancouver-based Black businesses to support
Nathan Caddell

This list is not meant to be exhaustive in any way—we’re just hoping to highlight some Black-owned businesses and get them on your radar. Let’s get to it. Batiqua Though its brick-and-mortar shop remains closed for now, the textile maker’s online store, featuring fair-trade, ethically...

May 20, 2020
Pot Shots: Cannabis drinks haven't reached the sipping point in B.C. yet
Guy Saddy

This article was originally published in our April issue, and was written before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. Happy with your chocolate CBD bar? Blissed out by your banana sundae with THC sauce? Well, that’s good news! Seriously, I mean...

Apr 24, 2020
Pot Shots: The legal cannabis market hasn’t lived up to investors’ high hopes. Will that change?
Guy Saddy

This article was originally published in our March issue, before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. For the national costume segment of the 2019 Miss Universe competition, Alyssa Boston, our very own Miss Universe Canada, came out wearing a smoking ensemble—literally.

Apr 16, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Vancouver clothing line Duer moves to a new business model
Nathan Caddell

I should say up front that I own a pair of Duer merchandise. Did they perfectly solve my need to have pants I could bike to fancy events in and not look ridiculous? Yes, yes, they did. OK, fine, maybe I shouldn’t...

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...

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