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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...

Apr 8, 2019
Pot Shots: Legalization stokes a cannabis culture clash
Guy Saddy

Walking the floor of the Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo, you can hardly see the reefer for the bongs. The sheer breadth of products and services being hawked is astounding: from production machinery (extractors, CO2 control systems, trimmers) to pest...

Apr 1, 2019
Her Railtown jewelry line is sold worldwide
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: The name inspires curiosity, and so does its creator. Fiona Morrison was a second-year student at UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business when she learned how to wire-wrap crystals from YouTube. She started selling her creations to friends...

Apr 1, 2019
Her eyelash-lengthening serum is natural, vegan and cruelty-free
Felicity Stone

Interested in herbs and self-care as a child growing up in Richmond, Mia Fiona Kut took a course in alternative medicine at SFU while getting her BA with a major in communications. “That reignited my spark, and I fell back in love with it,” she says. When her younger sister experienced side effects from a chemical eyelash-lengthening serum, Kut decided to create a natural alternative.

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