Dec 1, 2010
Maynards Bids on the Future of Auctions
Timothy Taylor

There was a telling scene at an auction I attended recently. It was the Modern Woman show at Maynards, where the 108-year-old auction house had assembled a group of 35 contemporary fine-art works from 24 emerging artists. Unlike the typical...

Nov 3, 2010
The Vegas Cut Diamond
Catherine Dunwoody

The Las Vegas Cut diamond contains 111 facets in a modified round brilliant cut – that's enough sparkle to get the attention of the luxury goods market. You’re at a craps table in Sin City and just about to implore those dice to bring you luck. Forget “Mama needs a new pair of shoes.” What Mama really wants is a big ol’ rock. A Las Vegas Cut diamond, to be precise.

Aug 4, 2010
When Retail Pops Up in Vancouver
Dee Hon

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood, and a horde is stampeding through the Latest Scoop, hauling clothes and housewares to the till with the frenzy of a going-out-of-business blowout. Indeed, the West Fourth Avenue boutique will have...

Feb 4, 2010
B.C.'s VQA: Quality Control
Peter Mitham

B.C.’s VQA program is a much-lauded effort to create 
standards for B.C.’s wine industry. But does VQA spell 
trouble for retailers? This month, as B.C. entertains the thousands of international visitors who have come to watch and celebrate athletic achievement, many...

Dec 22, 2009
The Wear Else 2009 Fall Collection
BCBusiness D.B.

For better viewing, click the "full screen" button at bottom right. Coinciding with the release of the 2009 BCBusiness Style Issue, and our inaugural Online Style Guide, some 300 stylish businesswomen attended the fashion event of the season. The runway show displayed the spicy fall fashions of the Vancouver clothier Wear Else. Over cocktails and canapes at the Century Plaza, attendees listened to style advice from local image consultant Giovanni Amenta. 

Dec 17, 2009
Lululemon Gets Gold for Guts
David Allison

With its new clothing line, Vancouver brand giant Lululemon Athletica is getting in the face of the VANOC's fashion gestapo. Will the risk pay off? This week, Vancouver brand giant Lululemon Athletica got media-spanked by VANOC for creating and selling a...

Oct 8, 2009
Golden Opportunities
Peter Severinson

While many still fret over 
what the Games will ultimately cost, others are crunching the numbers to figure out how they’ll make a buck from the circus
. Joey Holt’s small, spotless gift shop is not designed for locals. There’s no street entrance to Fairmont Gifts; you’ll only spot it by wandering through the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The store is designed for visitors, it is packed full of Olympics merchandise and, Holt says, it is currently doing very well...

Jul 3, 2009
To Catch a Thief: Shoplifting in B.C.
Myles Murchison

Inside job or outside job. Five-dollar magazine or $5,000 suit. Merchandise is still flying off retail shelves – it’s just that now, in this tough new economy, fewer people are paying for it. Inside the $500-million (and growing) shoplifting problem. Retailers call it “shrinkage” and it doesn’t get much more dramatic than a Honda Prelude backing up at full speed through a plate glass storefront.

Jul 2, 2009
The Kids are Alright: B.C. Book Publishing
Cheri Hanson

When Portia Tickell told people she was opening a children’s bookstore on Vancouver’s Main Street, jaws began flapping. Didn’t she know B.C.’s retail landscape is littered with the ghosts of independent booksellers? Hadn’t she heard the death knell for the...

May 6, 2009
Fighting Spirit | B.C. liquor, Island Spirits Distillery
Chad Hershler

Local distilleries are winning fans all across Canada and around the world. But here at home, where Prohibition-era policies still rule, selling B.C.-brewed hooch is proving a tall order. The building that stands 30 metres from Pete Kimmerly’s house does indeed look more like a cathedral than a high-end gin and...

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