A study of buying preferences in British Columbia says people want food that is fresh, safe to eat and supports the local economy. The study funded by the provincial and federal governments shows people are strongly influenced by a desire to support local producers, whether they are at a grocery store or choosing an entree at a restaurant. A key finding says shoppers would be more inclined to buy local if the product carries an identifiable “from B.C.” logo or seal.
Internationally renowned couturier Andrew Gn presented a two-day trunk show in Vancouver’s most engaging retail space, Leisure Center. With a selection of over 150 pieces from his Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, PreFall 2018, and a limited amount from Fall/Winter 2018 (which debuted at Paris Fashion Week last March).
The first restaurant in the King of Donair chain outside the Halifax area opened in Edmonton on Friday to long lineups, and it’s two Cape Bretoners who are running the show. Kayla Burke and Colin Abbass, both from Sydney, bought into the franchise after inquiring about taking on the business opportunity about 10 months ago. The couple have lived and worked in the Fort McMurray-area oilsands for the past six years. “When we got a hold of them, they showed interest in partnering with us,” Burke, 26, said from her home in Edmonton. “We both wanted to get out of the oil industry.”
Downtown Kamloops will be getting a unique store in just a couple of weeks. The duo behind Makeshift Kamloops, the creative workshop, are putting their money where their mouth is, they say, and opening up a retail shop called Far & Wide at 167 Fourth Ave., featuring artisans from, well, far and wide. While there are other shops with local products, they aim to make Far & Wide a little different. "We don't want this to feel like a regular store, where you walk in, look at the products and walk out," co-owner Brianne Sheppard, 32, says. "We want it to feel like you're part of the community. You can come in and work during the day if the workshop space isn't being used. "This is part of the experiential retail that we're trying to do."