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Sep 5, 2017
Top 100 2017: Aritzia rides out stormy retail year with style
Marcie Good

The past year was tumultuous in the world of retail. The first quarter of 2017 saw record bankruptcies in the U.S., and in B.C. companies such as Vancouver startup Shoes.com folded and technical clothier Kit and Ace closed down all...

Aug 29, 2017
Vancouver company aims to help charity organization furnish its office

Vancouver-based Buy Rite this month has an initiative aimed at helping a local charity furnish its entire office. The Furnish Me initiative targets a not-for-profit organization that needs furnishing for its office of about 20 staff, including chairs, desks, file cabinets...

Aug 11, 2017
How Uniqlo hopes to win over Vancouver shoppers
Amanda Ross

Generally, Vancouver has two gears when it comes to clothing: lounge wear and workout wear, both with an emphasis on technical fabrics and comfort. So, when Japanese retail juggernaut Uniqlo announced it would land on our shores this fall*, it felt...

May 24, 2017
B.C. has gone to the dogs—and that's a good thing for local businesses
Felicity Stone

Auntie Kim’s Better Bickies are small-batch dog treats produced in Squamish using organic ingredients. Flavours include Peanut Butter and Jam (oats, peanuts, blueberries), Outback Snack (oats, kangaroo, blueberries, pumpkin) and Buffalo Cheese Puffs (brown rice, bison, cream cheese). HydroPaws Hydrotherapy and...

May 8, 2017
4 new Vancouver shops and restaurants to check out in May
Felicity Stone

The new 98-seat Hendricks Resto-Lounge occupies the Westin Grand hotel’s upper lobby overlooking Library Square in downtown Vancouver. What’s a resto-lounge? It’s a 1,300-square-foot space with a cocktail bar and a full-service restaurant, plus live music or a DJ twice...

Feb 21, 2017
These stores have nothing to hide from the customer
Amanda Ross

Listening in on shoppers is all in a day’s work for the team at Dish & Du/er, a recent addition to Vancouver’s athleisure line-up. In its hipster Gastown perch, the local brand doubles down on tech-forward fabrics (think pants that...

Feb 6, 2017
How Best Buy built up its brand by focusing on customers
Marcie Good

Late last November, a video shot at a Best Buy store in Halifax went big on Twitter. The scene: staff lined up near the front door, applauding, as dozens of customers strolled in to kick off Black Friday. That week...

Jan 25, 2017
A tale of two burger joints: How A&W and White Spot strengthened their brands
Christopher Donville

Five years ago, with sales far from sizzling, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. set out to boost its brand. The plan, according to chairman and CEO Paul Hollands: offer younger, food-savvy consumers something they’d never expect from a fast-food...

Nov 21, 2016
Lunch With Lucy: Salt Spring Coffee's Mickey McLeod on brewing controversy
Lucy Hyslop

It’s not often you hear a CEO talking about the upside of LSD while discussing business. But then lunch with Mickey McLeod—the “still-a-hippie-at-heart” president and CEO of Salt Spring Coffee Company and pioneer of organic coffee—was never destined to be...

Nov 8, 2016
John Fluevog's big shoes to fill
Jim Sutherland

John Fluevog is puffing a little as he climbs Soames Hill, near the Sunshine Coast property where the 67-year-old finds himself spending more and more time. The founder and sole owner of Fluevog Shoes is far from retired, but he’s...

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