East Vancouver/Commercial Drive

East Vancouver is known for its independent spirit, and that extends to the business community. People come from all over the region to visit the unique shops, restaurants and coffee shops in East Van. The Commercial Drive area alone has 300 shops and restaurants in just over 20 blocks. It’s small, walkable, vibrant and fun. Many of East Van’s small format commercial spaces are filled with independent businesses.

The B.C. Buy Local campaign encourages consumers to shift at least 1% of their spending – just $15 – to a local business, or a local grown or local made product. If all consumers make a 1% shift, it will create 3 100 jobs and sends $94 M in wages to workers in B.C. Check out more reasons to buy local.

Buy Local East Van

When you buy local, you support a business that supports an eco-system of other local businesses in the community – from farmers and growers to makers and manufacturers, to business support service providers like graphic designers and credit unions. So many of East Van’s businesses are committed to buying local and supporting a strong community – discover the stories of how Commercial Drive and East Van businesses keep your community strong! Excerpts are below, and the full stories can be found here.


Thanks to our partners on this campaign:

Vancity is a values-based financial co‑operative serving the needs of its more than 525,000 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw territories, with 59 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay. Check them out for your business and personal banking needs.


The Commercial Drive Business Society represents the Commercial Drive Business Improvement Area (BIA), serving over 600 businesses and property owners in the Commercial Drive area from Adanac Street to 13th Avenue, and one block East and West of Commercial Drive.