Retail

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Brooke Johansen makes you want to be the bridesmaid at Park & Fifth
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: Brooke Johansen grew up in Port Coquitlam with her mother, father and younger sister. She graduated from SFU (coincidentally, where her parents met) with a degree in business in 2014, but starting one of her own wasn’t top-of-mind:...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Mikaella Go and Tony Yu are kicking it with Vessi Footwear
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: When Mikaella Go met Tony Yu at a restaurant in Vancouver’s Yaletown, she didn’t realize that she would spend the next six years of her life as a serial entrepreneur. Working as a City of Richmond lifeguard at...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Michelle Tran is building an empire with Meraki Beauty Bar
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: Michelle Tran’s first “job” was serving frozen yogurt at the Yogen Früz franchise her father owned. “I was seven years old, and I was too short–my dad would put down pineapple cans so I could stand on top...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Kaylee Astle enables digital retailers with Spocket
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: Saskatoon-born Kaylee Astle spent her formative years being homeschooled in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her entrepreneurial parents–dad was a financial planner, mom an interior designer–retired early and moved Astle and her sister to the Baja Peninsula. An internship...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Alexa Suter harnessed the power of social media to create two companies
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: When Langley-born Alexa Suter was 13, she discovered her love of storytelling. Scrawling in journals, spinning short stories and crafting poems throughout her teens led her to pursue an English degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University–and to leave school...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Business is hopping for Bite Snacks Nutrition founder and CEO Sydney Koby
Dee Hon

Life Story: By the time Sydney Koby graduated in 2013 with an engineering degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, a semester in Singapore had introduced her to scuba diving, travel and other ideas. “I didn’t want to be an engineer...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Marissa Grootes is staying on schedule with Stil Classics
Dee Hon

Life Story: Starting a business wasn’t on Marissa Grootes’ busy agenda in 2013, when she made a notebook-style planner to manage her schedule. The Zurich-born SFU communications grad was working full-time in design and marketing while selling jewelry on the...

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...

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