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Retail

Sep 13, 2016
When is local and organic really local and organic?
Steve Burgess

Marketing is essentially the retail equivalent of politics—promises, promises. Call it “green-washing” or “local-washing,” but when it comes to food, it often seems more attention is paid to the selling than to the processing. At both supermarkets and restaurants, items are sold with feel-good phrases like locally sourced, fair trade, organic...

Jul 22, 2016
Office Space: Jewellery designer Leah Alexandra's Gastown gem
Felicity Stone

Up until two-and-a-half years ago, jeweller Leah Alexandra and her employees worked out of her Kitsilano home. When they finally outgrew the space, Alexandra started an office search—looking at one depressing specimen after another before settling on an 870-square-foot unit for sale in Bodega Studios on Carrall Street in Gastown.

Jul 21, 2016
Why Choices Market wants customers to buy less
Marcie Good

Dave Wilson sizes up the pile of white bags of Full Circle topsoil, stacked in a cage behind Choices Market on 16th Avenue in Kitsilano. He manages the produce category for the grocery chain’s 11 stores and notes that 9,000 bags have sold over the past five years. “I’d like...

Jul 20, 2016
Interactive map: Is Alberni Street Rodeo Drive North?
Amanda Ross

Over the past two years, a two-block-deep section between the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and the Shangri-La Hotel has morphed from a place where you bought lottery tickets at the now-closed 7-11 to one of Canada’s most rarefied stretches of retail—requiring you to win that same lottery ticket to partake in...

Jul 13, 2016
Earls restaurants go big in the U.S.
Jamie Maw

Dadeland, Florida, is an exurb of residential bungalows, apartment blocks, office towers and strip malls located 25 kilometres southwest of Miami—a half-hour through the Metroplex’s muggy traffic. This is where the July 1979 “Dadeland Massacre” took place—a barrage of gunfire between rival cocaine dealers inside a Crown Liquor store that left two...

Jun 16, 2016
Inside B.C.'s outerwear advantage
Felicity Stone

When Premier Christy Clark attended the announcement of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new Wilson School of Design in December 2012, she remarked, “B.C. is known as a global hub for technical apparel design.” Along with the design of technical apparel, the school—funded by Chip and Shannon Wilson, their former company Lululemon, Kwantlen and...

Jun 10, 2016
Vancouver company brings virtual reality to interior decorating
Felicity Stone

Kabuni, a Vancouver company that connects interior designers, products and shoppers through a web app, opens its first bricks-and-mortar studio to the public on Monday. Located at 1378 West Pender Street, the 3,000-square-foot space has been conceived as a hub, co-sharing work space and incubator for local designers, artists and...

May 9, 2016
The Lower Mainland's battle of the outlet malls
Felicity Stone

When the Canadian dollar was worth something, crossing the border to shop made economic sense—plus we had no other options. The Shops at Morgan Crossing in South Surrey, built by Larco Investments as a mixed-use village-style development in 2010, has a few outlet and factory stores, but the dearth of...

Apr 20, 2016
Vancouver developers eye benefits of car-sharing
Jacob Parry

When PCI Development Corp. trialled car-sharing in a heritage building conversion in 2006, the embrace by its strata was at best lukewarm. The building’s residents didn’t use it, and by 2014 the car was sold off. Car-sharing at the time was “more paperwork more cost,” says Brad Howard, senior development...

Apr 19, 2016
Are Vancouver pot dispensaries’ dreams up in smoke?
Felicity Stone

As Vancouver marijuana aficianados gather at Sunset Beach to celebrate 4/20, the city’s board of variance will be hearing appeals from four dispensaries whose business licence applications were refused. And the clock is ticking: as of April 29, unlicensed dispensaries have to shut down. Of the 176 dispensaries that applied for...

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