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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.

Apr 1, 2019
She sells sustainable, ethically sourced women’s fashion
Felicity Stone

Sarah Stewart named her Vancouver store, which sells sustainable women’s clothing, after Joan of Arc. “Women are warriors trying to do everything, have the career, friendships, families, and try and make the world a better place,” she says. “So Joan of Arc just really resonated with our brand.”

Apr 1, 2019
She helps run one of Canada’s largest natural wellness retailers
Nathan Caddell

Kiara LeBlanc has been unofficially working for Saje Natural Wellness since she would ride her tricycle to her parents’ first store in Lonsdale Quay. Back then, her role mostly involved stocking shelves or wrapping holiday gifts at the essential oils and skin-care products retailer.

Apr 1, 2019
Their women's clothing goes from the office to the gym
Felicity Stone

“Lezé is just like saying lazy but in a fancy way,” says Karen Lee. She and Tanya, friends who share a last name as well as a business, co-founded Lezé the Label last year to produce comfortable women’s clothing that can go from the office to the gym. “We’re kind of in the workwear category but made with leisure characteristics,” Tanya explains.

Mar 27, 2019
Inventory: 7 sock-makers finding the right fit
Felicity Stone

With backgrounds in, respectively, fine art and the skateboard industry, four years ago Christine Breakell-Lee and Matt Kelly launched XS Helmets for urban cycling. When retailers asked for non-biking items, the Vancouver pair began producing soft goods like socks, knits and caps...

Mar 18, 2019
Pot Shots: There’s a new dealer in town
Guy Saddy

In my Vancouver office you’ll find a 2007 iMac, a couple of guitars, an impressive dustball collection and one gram of high-potency marijuana (total THC: 18.5 percent), purchased online through BC Cannabis Stores. The process—once called scoring, if I’m not...

Feb 8, 2019
Inventory: B.C.'s bean-to-bar chocolate hits the sweet spot
Felicity Stone

This Valentine’s Day, check out B.C.’s bean-to-bar chocolate makers. They craft small batches from cacao beans sourced directly from farmers, then used raw or roasted and processed in-house. 1. In 2015, Glen and Helen Davies moved their family from Vancouver to Invermere...

Dec 21, 2018
Go Figure: Munching the numbers on snacking
Melissa Edwards

To honour the season of holiday binges, office party treat tables and nights spent cuddling up with a bowl of chips, we bite into the stats behind B.C. snacks

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