We spent an afternoon with the Strathcona Business Improvement Association folks touring their upcoming Made In Strathcona Tour Vancouver which will take place May 31st & June 7th 2014. Did you know that Strathcona is an area that many people have yet to explore, with little knowing what great brand reside in our own Vancouver backyard. (Yup, guilty as charged). On May 31 and June 7, featured tours will give Vancouverites an exclusive look into the amazing local talent and artistry of the Strathcona district in East Vancouver, focusing on the manufacturing industry, food industry, creative works and unique hidden gems.
Made In Strathcona Tour Vancouver
- May 31st | Manufacturing & Hidden Gems: This ticket allows you two tours of your choice as well as a complimentary drink and hors d'oeuvres at The Settlement Building afterwards.
- June 7th | Food & Creative: This ticket allows you two tours of your choice as well as a complimentary drink and hors d'oeuvres at The Settlement Building afterwards.
So where exactly is "Strathcona"? Strathcona resides within the historic boundaries of Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street. Strathcona is generally recognized as Vancouver’s oldest residential neighborhood. Strathcona is quickly emerging as the new business hub in Vancouver. It is growing with some of the best Vancouver restaurants such as: Cuchillo, Ask For Luigi, The Union Bar, The Parker, Kessel and March, and even Phnom Penh. Strathcona is home to over 500 businesses populate the area, making it a stable and celebrated local community where independent businesses are coming to thrive. Alongside some of Canada’s most well-known brands such as Herschel Supply Company and Aritzia. Hey, I picked up my Mackage leather moto jacket for my engagement photos there too!
So what happened on the Made In Strathcona Media Tour? We first became at AGRO Cafe to talk shop about coffee. AGRO stands for Agricultural. Growers, Resource. Organization. Founder and CEO Blake Hanacek opened the doors to A.G.R.O. Cafe & Roasting House in October 2006. Blake cups every bag of coffee spends alot of time on the roaster. A Dark Roast bean contains more caffeine than a Light Roast bean due to its stronger flavor? False. Light Roast actually has more caffeine!
Next stop was The Butler Did It Catering Co 620 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3H8 (604) 739-3663. For as long as I remembered, my company is a client Butler Catering. Butler Did It Catering offers Outside/In-house Catering, Weddings Catering, Corporate Catering, Catered Breakfast, Lunch Catering, Full Service Dinner Buffet, Sit Down Catering, Cocktail Catering, Christmas Catering and BBQ Catering. It was interesting to see their operations and nibble on some samples before heading off to the next stop. Every day, orders are prepped for the following day, marked and packaged.
These goat cheese coated grapes were really delicious and refreshing. Who knew grapes and goat cheese would go well together!
Then it was off to see some local wood work manufacturing at Yew Woodshop 1295 Frances St Vancouver BC V6A 1Z4 778-999-9667 / House of Doors 1295 Frances St, Vancouver, BC V6A (604) 737-1748. Yew Woodshop and House of Doors shared space and provides local business in Vancouver with custom wood design solution. Did you know? 90% of their wood are reclaimed? How seriously beautiful is making something discarded and upcycled to something beautiful like that table below? I really wanted to take that table home for my new home!
Then we were whisked off on a bus to Christine Lingerie 821 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1H7 (604) 253-0350. Christine has been in the garment industry for over 40 years in Vancouver. She has seen the robust era of garment manufacturing in the 80s and still continues to makes silk lingerie, silk gowns, bridal, luxury sleepwear, pajamas. Her line is carried at Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, etc. If you shop store front at 821 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1H7, you may be able to score some pieces at a discount.
Nomss fans use Christine Lingerie promo code: MEDIA303 to receive 15% off.
Our last stop for the night ended at the Vancouver Urban Winery 55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3 (604) 566-9463. The winery features a tasting bar and wine tours where Vancouerites can explore wine-on-tap via freshTAP. The winery manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands including Roaring Twenties Wine Co. Has a The Belgard Kitchen with high ceilings, button tuft booths and brunch on the weekends.
Made In Strathcona promo code: BLOGGER50 for 50% off.
Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.ca