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Dec 13, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Mixer
Nick Rockel

To mark the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, we check in with some of the key players in the B.C. cannabis world. From pot growers to government officials to medical professionals, meet the people helping move the industry forward and keep British Columbians safe. Today’s subject is Keith Dolo, president and CEO of Sproutly Cannabis

Dec 11, 2018
Gift Guide: Give at the office
Amanda Ross

For everyone from moguls to minions, here are this season’s promotion-worthy presents When your iCal crashes–and it will–B.C. brand Stil is there to cushion the fall with thick, old school paper. Its Pro weekly planner comes ready to do business with...

Nov 27, 2018
Inventory: Athleisure is here to stay
Aleena Deandra

A lifestyle shift and the ascent of Lululemon created athleisure, a trend that has reached beyond activewear’s traditional market—those who exercise—and become a culture in itself. Now, people wear yoga pants like they would jeans and will buy anything with...

Nov 23, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Gatekeeper
Nick Rockel

“Startup” isn’t a word normally associated with government, but that’s how Blain Lawson describes the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch’s cannabis division. The BCLDB has assembled a group of some 175 people, including contractors, to oversee its new role as the...

Sep 24, 2018
If the Shoe Fits: Five B.C. retailers put their best foot forward
Felicity Stone

Beginning with logging footwear in 1946, Dayton Boots, still located in the same factory store on Vancouver’s Hasting Street, now manufactures a range of styles for men and women. Options include stock (standardized style and sizing), made-to-order (standard sizing, choice...

Jun 18, 2018
Entry Level: A day in the life of swimwear maker Julia Church
Nathan Caddell

Julia Church launched her “swimwear brand for everyday women” in 2014, hoping its crowdfunding campaign would hit $10,000. Nettle’s Tale raised more than $70,000. Church has since opened a flagship store in Vancouver’s Gastown and sold thousands of swimsuits, posting...

Jun 12, 2018
Herschel Supply opens North American flagship in Vancouver
Felicity Stone

Herschel Supply’s new North American flagship, which opens on Saturday, June 16, at 347 Water Street in Gastown, will showcase the largest physical collection of the company’s products anywhere in the world. Lyndon Cormack, who founded the company with his brother...

May 29, 2018
5 B.C. brands that are making the case for sustainable fashion
Jessica Natale Woollard

When Vancouverite Sarah Stewart learned that the average American tosses away more than 30 kilograms of attire and textiles each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, she rolled up her sleeves and started researching the sustainability practices of various...

Apr 20, 2018
Watercooler: Price-fixing isn't what it used to be
Steve Burgess

Earlier this year, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. offered customers $25 gift cards as recompense for the grocery retailer’s part in a price-fixing scandal. The product involved was bread. This is not corny slang referring to the thing at the heart of...

Mar 5, 2018
Victoria's Secret: How the government city is attracting notable retail names
Jessica Natale Woollard

Last June hundreds of shoppers lined up along Lower Johnson Street in downtown Victoria, waiting for hours in the blistering heat, to attend the opening of John Fluevog Shoes. The new store, in American Apparel’s former space, was a homecoming...

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