Feb 6, 2012
Sweet Style: Gourmet Chocolates
Steven Schelling

As these local companies prove, 
chocolate is a growth industry in 
B.C. – and we don’t just mean for 
your waistline. (Top) For nearly three decades, Vancouver-based, Belgian-born chocolatier Daniel Poncelet has been tempting chocolate lovers across Canada with the creations of Daniel Le Chocolat Belge.

Feb 6, 2012
Dressew's Old-School Empire
Lana Mador

How Vancouver sewing supercentre Dressew built a retail empire, one button at a time. In the 21st century, selling sewing notions in the heart of Vancouver without credit cards, social media, or even a website defies all business logic, but that’s exactly what Roger McKie and his family have been doing for 51 years, and business is booming.

Jan 25, 2012
Lunar New Year Brings Big Retail Boost
L Peacock

As Lunar New Year celebrations ramp up around Vancouver, many retailers are celebrating the accompanying ring of cash registers. Last week, I accompanied a friend on my first trip to Aberdeen Centre. Since I’m still new to Vancouver, I was curious to see the Asian-themed mall.  

Jan 16, 2012
Fresh Truffles at Hawksworth Restaurant
Kristen Hilderman

Jan 4, 2012
Lululemon Stock Gets Boost from Goldman Sachs
L Peacock

Our favourite homegrown fitness-wear retailer got a big vote of confidence this morning from Goldman Sachs. The global investment bank added Lululemon Athletica Inc. to its “Conviction Buy List,” or the list of the bank’s top stock picks, according to The...

Jan 3, 2012
Ultra-Luxury Shopping Hits Vancouver
Amy Tyler Mair

On a recent Wednesday night in downtown Vancouver, a group of well dressed 20- and 30-something female executives from the non-profit group YES (Young Executives for Success) gather to network and take in a fashion show featuring designers such as...

Dec 6, 2011
2011 Best Companies: Retail
Jessica Barrett

The value of constructive criticism in a customer-centric business. In the world of retail the customer is king, but his or her experience is not the only one that matters. When it comes to building a healthy work environment that attracts and retains the necessary talent, the companies that top this year’s Best Companies list know frontline workers need to feel supported on the job.

Dec 6, 2011
Outdoor Retail Brands Flock to Vancouver
Steve Burgess

Global outdoors brands like Salomon and Icebreaker keep coming to Vancouver to break into its under-served retail market. There are mountains, and then there are mountains. When the French executives of the Salomon ski gear firm arrived in Vancouver in October to celebrate the opening of a new Park Royal concept store, they were excited. “They wanted to know, ‘Are there black bears around? Can we see them?’” recalls Salomon marketing manager Francis Argouin. “You don’t get that in the European...

Nov 30, 2011
The Black Friday and Boxing Day Indulgence
Tony Wanless

Like our Boxing Day, the Black Friday shopping blitz isn't just about providing great deals. It's more like retail therapy for the scared and angry consumer. The shopping phenomenon that’s called Black Friday, Small Business Thursday, and Cyber Monday certainly had big retailers giving thanks this past weekend in the U.S. Some $53 billion was dropped on retailers through the biggest shopping period of the U.S. calendar. I know – on Thanksgiving?

Nov 7, 2011
Creating a Car-Dealership Enterprise
Tony Wanless

For almost a century, the Canadian auto sales industry has been the shining example of local entrepreneurship in action. In every town and city, individual dealers own one or several showrooms. In Canada there are 3,300 car dealerships owned by...

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