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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...

Apr 11, 2016
Meet the woman who made Vancouver's Lush a cosmetics powerhouse
Lucy Hyslop

Karen Delaney-Wolverton enjoys getting naked for work—whether wearing only an apron to serve customers in a campaign against unnecessary packaging or doused in red paint, wearing just underwear, at a seal hunt protest outside one of the Lush stores she owns with financier husband Mark Wolverton. “We’ve done a lot of...

Mar 9, 2016
Indochino lands $42 million from Chinese manufacturer
Felicity Stone

Dayang Group, a China-based garment manufacturer, has invested $42 million in Vancouver menswear retailer Indochino, making it one of the company's top five shareholders. The investment will help the company accelerate its growth, significantly expand its retail footprint in North America and introduce a series of new product lines for both its online and retail...

Mar 9, 2016
Vancouver’s Indochino gets $42 million from China’s Dayang Group
Felicity Stone

Dayang Group has invested up to $42 million in custom menswear retailer Indochino, making it one of the company's top five shareholders. The investment will help accelerate the company’s growth and significantly expand Indochino’s retail footprint in North America; generate operate efficiencies; and introduce three new suit silhouettes, triple suit and shirt...

Mar 7, 2016
4 shops and restaurants to watch
Felicity Stone

Retail / Metro Vancouver is getting a Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store. The 32,687-square-foot B.C. store will be one of the anchors of the 1.2-million-square-foot Tsawwassen Mills being built by Ivanhoé Cambridge. It is expected to open in fall 2016. Eatery / Chinatown has a fresh new restaurant: Juniper at Keefer...

Feb 16, 2016
By the numbers: luxury car sales boom in B.C.
Melissa Edwards

And with this month’s auto show at the Vancouver Convention Centre expected to break 100,000 in attendance, 2016 is looking to keep up. “There was the biggest implosion in our industry globally in 2008,” says Blair Qualey, president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. “Now we...

Jan 13, 2016
Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes launches stand-up desk
Felicity Stone

Stand-up guyRyan Holmes, founder and CEO of Hootsuite, has launched a low-tech alternative to pricey stand-up desks. His new Oristand laptop stand is made of industrial-weight recyclable cardboard, folds up for carrying or storage and costs US$25 (or US$100 for five). Unable to sit for long periods due to back problems...

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