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Retail

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...

Jan 8, 2016
2015 was a honey of a year for B.C. beekeepers
Felicity Stone

Sweet successB.C. retail sales of honey almost doubled in 2015 over 2014 to almost $16.5 million thanks to more people buying direct from beekeepers, according to a release from the B.C. government. Retail sales include farmers markets, roadside stands and direct sales to consumers and restaurants. In 2015 beekeepers’ farm...

Dec 10, 2015
SPUD pedals grocery delivery, and Meinhardt goes downtown: roundup
Mary Beach

Power to the pedallers! Hungry Vancouverites eager to increase their intake of local organic food can now decrease their carbon emissions by having their groceries delivered free–and free of guilt–by bicycle. Be Fresh Market Cafés, the brick and mortar shops of SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), have three locations in Kits and downtown where locals...

Dec 9, 2015
12 local businesses that kick into high gear during the holiday season
Felicity Stone

Too busy to shop in Toronto, Kate goes in search of gifts in B.C. For her nephew Ryan, she heads to Knotty Toys on Granville Island to add to his wooden train set Finding a present for her mom, Laura, can be a challenge. For that, Kate turns to personal shopper...

Dec 9, 2015
Lululemon reports sagging revenues, inventory overflow
Marcie Good

Profits downFollowing on the heels of a not-at-all-glowing analyst report last week, Lululemon Athletica Inc. reported its own disappointing third-quarter results on Wednesday. Net income totaled $53.2 million, a 12 per cent drop from the same period in 2014. These numbers caused the company to reduce its annual revenue and profit...

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