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Open Space Yoga

At Open Space Yoga we believe that yoga is for every body: every age, size and ability. We offer friendly, non-intimidating classes for everyone from beginners to experienced yogis.  For us, yoga is all about community and we are committed to creating it within our studio walls, and to connecting with, and supporting, the local community outside the studio. We try to make Open Space a place where people feel welcomed and known, where they can break a sweat and …

Emma Lea Farms

Emma Lea Farms is located in sunny Ladner – just take a drive across the single-lane, century old wooden bridge onto Westham Island and you’ll be returning often. Emma Lea offers u-pick and ready picked berries, a wide variety of BC Grown fruits and vegetables, as well as SPCA Certified beef, homemade jam, pickled veggies, honey, candles and flowers. Their Ice Cream Shoppe offers the perfect summer treats when you are visiting the farm –  ice cream, sundaes, smoothies, …

Stir Coffee House

Stir Coffee House, at the entry of historic Ladner Village, sits now on a spot that has been vital to the community for many years. In 1963, Johnny Lowe opened Ladner Grocery, a corner store that provided local Ladner residents a place to buy their flowers and groceries, but also a place to connect with other members of the community. Everyone in Ladner knew Johnny and felt welcomed into his store by either him, or a member of his …

Lawlor Goldsmith Shoppe Ltd.

When her father, Patrick Lawlor, decided to retire from the jewelry business in 2010, Janice Lawlor-Cooper purchased his jewelry service department.
Lawlor Goldsmith Shoppe evolved and the store now carries a wide selection of fine jewelry brands. Specializing in diamonds, gold, silver, pearls and gemstones, customers can find distinct pieces at all price points.
Custom design and repair are among the services that can be found only within an independent business such as Lawlor’s. Bring in your custom design ideas and look …

Quilted Bear

The Quilted Bear The Quilted Bear is located in historic Ladner Village! Carol and her staff are known for their friendly and helpful service.  If you need help in choosing colours for your quilt, stuck on a pattern or if you just want a place to hang out, come see us! We encourage browsers.  Even if you don’t quilt come on in and see the samples we have around the store.  Who knows, you might get “the bug” too!
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Backroads Family Farm Market

Backroads Family Farm Market is run by Danielle and Alicia Guichon. They began as entrepreneurs from a very young age, first selling their family’s corn door-to-door in their neighbourhood, and then selling produce at the Ladner Village Market. They were the market’s youngest vendors!
In 2009 they set up a seasonal roadside stand on Arthur Drive with a pop-up tent and 8-10 items. They’ve been steadily growing friendships with customers and suppliers ever since. Wanting to grow the …

J. Baird Cattle Co.

Baird Cattle Co. is a fourth generation family-run cattle business, offering farm gate sales to sell meat and other products directly to the public, from their own farm store. Grandfather Thomas Baird established Baird and Co. at the first public stockyards in Vancouver at the foot of Fraser Street. His son James Baird, went to work with his Dad when he was 16 years old. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s he started feeding cattle at …

Fitness with PJ/The Studio

Fitness with PJ/The Studio support women who are ready to take control of their health, willing to try and to put in the work, and who value their health and time. When women are strong physically they become stronger mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Our purpose is to give women the tools (and the motivation) to accomplish that. The Studio brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the health and fitness field, as well as years coaching women. …

Young Developers Academy

Young Developers Academy, is an Educational institute that creates programs such as Coding and Scripting, Film Production, Digital Animation for Elementary and High Schools in the North Shore. Their program is developed by expert computer engineers and educators to be accessible by children from 10 to 17 years old. Students are placed into age groups with content specifically for their comprehension level. Classes are small to allow personal attention to get your child coding and animating – building core …

Cosy Closet

Cosy Closet offers high quality closet systems and home organizing solutions for every budget. They do everything from walk-in and reach-in closets, to garages, pantries, wall beds, offices and more. They carry a range of closet and shelving options for the budget-conscious clients who don’t want to skimp on quality. Cosy Closet products are made locally in BC. Owner Abtin is doing something right – all his reviews on Houzz and YELP are 5 stars!
Question: How are you supporting …

gogoBags

gogoBags designs and manufactures reusable bags for food and life. The business was born from the founder’s goal to provide her son with the healthiest and most eco-friendly snack options. She enlisted her mother into the business, and a line of reusable sandwich bags was born. They launched gogo Bags at a Christmas Market in November 2010, and have grown to include a line of produce bags that help reduce plastic waste and extend the life of fresh produce.
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Sprout Organic Market

Sprout Organic Market is a charming Queensbury neighbourhood store offering freshly curated organic, locally made artisanal food, personal care items, lifestyle goods and health solutions for every home and everybody. Owner Nicole Robins opened the store in May of 2012, and has two full-time and three part-time staff.
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: We stock local products whenever we can. We work with about 30 vendors, and 70% of them are local – either BC based …

Tao Organics

Café By Tao offers raw vegan cuisine, providing delicious food prepared in a way that preserves nutrients and keeps enzymes alive. Dishes are made with 100% organic ingredients in a process that keeps all nutrients alive and vital. Whenever possible, Café By Tao buys ingredients from local farmers and businesses first. Not only does the cafe offer fresh and colourful dishes, they have a grocery section with foods to assemble meals at home, raw ingredients and recipe books, and …

Bowen Island Pizza Company

Every story starts somewhere, and Bowen Island Pizza Company’s owner Melanie McCready’s comes from Friday Night Pizza Nights in her mom’s kitchen on Bowen Island. Melanie grew up there, spending her youth and 20’s working seasonally for family businesses on both Bowen Island and Horseshoe Bay while she was in school. One of Melanie’s goals is to eventually own a business on Bowen. McCready and her team have been serving pizzas made with local and organic flour to hungry market-goers …

BLVD Bistro

BLVD Bistro is an award-winning breakfast spot in the Queensbury area that is bustling with satisfied customers. Manager Nina Polkinghorne and Chef Erik Smith have run the busy, tiny 17 seat bistro since April 2015. Neighbours and regulars pack into the popular spot to savour the uniquely interpreted and presented brunch dishes. The Spanish-inspired cuisine is prepared fresh daily with local ingredients, sometimes from as close as the backyard garden!
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: We …

Share your favourite BC local businesses and win!

Post a picture of your favourite BC Local Businesses or Products to social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter all work) with the tag #BCBuyLocal and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of these fabulous local prizes from BC businesses.
Prizes
Treat yourself to a local shopping spree with a $500 VISA gift card from Vancity.  This card can be used anywhere where VISA is accepted electronically
Discover Tofino with a two night stay for 2 in the Deluxe Sixplex Suite courtesy  of  Middle Beach …

BC Buy Local Week 2016

This year, the #BCBuyLocal campaign kicks-off with the 5th Annual  BC Buy Local Week on November 28-December 4, 2016. Read our press release
Buy Local Week is an annual celebration of local business to promote the contributions that BC businesses make to our economy and our communities. Look for the pink dot to identify BC Local businesses as well as BC Local Made and BC Local Grown products. Share your favourite local businesses or products and win!
How do we define …

Eat Local this summer and win!

#BCBuyLocal Summer 2016 Eat Local Challenge
Eat Local this summer for a chance to win!
Post a picture of your favourite B.C. local made and grown foods and independent food retailers all summer long for a chance to win local food prizes from Donald’s Market, SPUD, Salt Spring Coffee and Saul Good Gift Co.
How to enter
1. Pic it. Take a photo of your B.C. local made and grown food products and tag them to let them know. Bonus …

The Impact of Online Shopping on Local Business

Read LOCO’s new report on the impact of online shopping on local business in Canada. A study on trends in online retail along with surveys of Canadian independent retailers and consumers reveals the following:

Online shopping is a growing trend in Canada. Sales are expected to double by in the next four years, from $22 Billion in 2014 to $40 Billion by 2019.

B.C. retailers cite “competition from internet retailers” as one of two top challenges they face (tied for top …

BC Buy Local Week 2015

This year, the #BCBuyLocal campaign kicks-off with BC Buy Local Week on November 30-December 6, 2015.
Buy Local Week is an annual celebration of local business to promote the contributions that BC businesses make to our economy and our communities. Look for the pink dot to identify BC Local businesses as well as BC Local Made and BC Local Grown products.
How do we define local? Read here to find out.
Use the hashtag #BCBuyLocal and check out all BC Buy Local postings on our social …

Dress Local: Buying BC Local Made Fashion

Vancouver Fashion Week, held from Sept 28 to Oct 4, 2015 connects local and international designers with fashionistas from around the world.
Look for local designers Allison Wonderland, Eliza Faulkner, Aniimiism, and Sofia who will be presenting their locally made SS16 collections at the LOCOBC Dress Local Show on Sept 29.
Check out this infographic to find other BC based designers and retailers who sell BC Local Made fashion including:
Wren Boutique  on Bowen Island

Shout out to Local Fashion on Sept 29th at Vancouver Fashion Week

 
Vancouver Fashion  Week occurs on Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2015 and features over 60 international and Canadian designers.
This year Fashion Capsule and LOCO BC are partnering with the team at Vancouver Fashion Week to present BC local fashion on Sept 29th. On this evening we will be showcasing local designers and celebrating the industry champions who help our local fashion industry in BC thrive.
Wearing local fashion not only provides an opportunity to find your unique look. These industry leaders have …

HAZEL & JOOLS: 30 Years Experience Helps Women Look & Feel Great

HAZEL & JOOLS designs and produces locally made lifestyle collections for women. This long established business specializes in maternity wear and uncomplicated, versatile clothing for real life, with all its changes. They sell both their own collections, along with other locally made lines, and imported fashions. Their in-house labels HAZEL&JOOLS feature soft textures and simple shapes in bamboo/cotton fabrics for leggings, tees and dresses that build a stylish, easy and ready-for-anything wardrobe. They also  carry selected pants and …

Annimiism: Inspired Local Made Fashions

Aniimiism has a mission to embrace change and collaboration, to create new shapes and forms in understated ways. Their fashions are loose and tailored, detailed and clean, and inspired by inspiring things… All their garments are sewn in Vancouver in local factories by technicians who have spent years perfecting their craft that embolden many of the designs.
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: Although I really make an effort to support local businesses, it also just makes …

Allison Wonderland: Timeless Local Made Fashions

Allison Smith designs clothes for women in their everyday lives of working, running around town and getting things done. Designer and dreamer by day, Allison creates clothes that she and her friends would want to wear, often inspired by references from her favourite decade – the 70s. After graduating from the Fashion Design & Technology program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Allison paid her dues in Montreal before starting her own line in 1998. The line grew in popularity across North …

Sofia Clothing: Natural, Luxurious and Locally Made

Sofia Clothing designs are intended to make women feel effortlessly beautiful. Each design is locally made using luxurious and natural fabrics. Special focus is directed to construction, fit and detail, resulting in beautifully designed, easy-to-wear garments. The pieces are vibrant, feminine, and do not over shadow the woman wearing them. Sofia is perfect for a day about town or a night of wine and laughter; perfect for bringing out the best qualities in you. Sofia Mendez Schenone, the …

Eliza Faulkner Fashions: Clean and Vibrant Local Made Fashions

Eliza was born and raised on Vancouver Island. She trained at Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design in London where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and Marketing in 2008. Eliza has since gained valuable work experience in the London studios of Erdem, Zandra Rhodes, and Roland Mouret. In 2012 she headed back west where the supernatural backdrop of BC serves as inspiration for her clean-cut yet vibrant sportswear-inspired aesthetic. Eliza has been named one …

Feel the Local Love

Check out over 2000 love letters sent to local BC Businesses as part of the #BCBuyLocal week holiday contest.  Look up your favourite local business and see what other fans had to say.
Spending with a local business has ripple effects that contribute to the growth and health of the communities in our province. Local businesses enhance our community, connect and support us socially, and enhance wealth and employment by circulating dollars many times between businesses.
Locally owned businesses circulate …

The Soap Dispensary: Community-based eco-champion helps consumers reduce, reuse and refill

The Soap Dispensary is a retail store dedicated to reducing the plastic footprint of consumer products by refilling household cleaners, personal care products and DIY ingredients. Customers bring in their own clean containers or pay a small deposit fee to use one from the store, and reuse them over and over. The products they source are chosen for their low impact on human and environmental health, and contain no toxic chemicals, fillers, dyes or synthetic perfumes. They also carry a …

LaLa’s: Unique Products From a Retailer That Supports Good Local Owned Companies Everywhere

LaLa’s is an independently owned and operated gift store with locations in Deep Cove and Commercial Drive. LaLa’s are fashion forward gift stores known for it’s unique products, beautiful merchandizing and friendly knowledgeable staff. Their goal is to put the Ooh LaLa into gift giving and receiving! LaLa’s was established in 1996 in Deep Cove North Vancouver. Opened in 2013, LaLa’s on the Drive is the younger sibling to LaLa’s in the Cove.
Question: How are you supporting other local …

Donald’s Market: Supporting Local Suppliers & Greening Operations

Donald’s Market is a local family-owned grocery store owned by three brothers and a friend. The newest of the Donald’s locations is in River Market New Westminster, is run by Eric Siu. At Donald’s Market you won’t find many mainstream brands. What you will find is a focus on providing more local products, economical organics, and environmentally friendly cleaning, and health and beauty products.
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: Donald’s Market will always look to purchase local …

Buy it Forward this year by purchasing from Social Enterprises

Getting ready for the holidays? Enterprising Non-Profits, the BC Partners for Social Impact, Buy Social Canada and LOCO BC are teaming up to encourage you to put a reason into your purchases this season.
When purchasing your holiday treats and gifts this year, think about choosing to buy them from a social enterprise.
When you buy from a social enterprise you’re buying a gift that has three times the impact. Along with wonderful gifts for family and friends, you …

#BCBuyLocal Holiday Gift Guide

Here are some great ideas for holiday gift shopping all from businesses that are owned in BC! Be a local champion and buy gifts from locally owned businesses or look for products that are made and grown in BC.
Check out the #BCbuylocal holiday gift guide.
 
 
 
 
 

Modo: Leading Car Sharing in North America & Enabling Local Community Organizations

Modo is a member-owned not-for-profit carsharing co-op with 300+ locations in Metro Vancouver. It started in Vancouver’s West End in 1997, was the first carsharing co-operative in North America and the first English-speaking carshare in the world! Modo helped carsharing start up on four continents, and they continue to lend a helping hand whenever they can. Modo donates carsharing to support the great work of more than 60 local organizations, including Take a Hike Foundation, Qmunity, Eastside Culture Crawl …

Five Holiday Essentials You’d Be Better Off Buying Locally

Just in time for Buy Local Week, our suggestions for a holly, jolly, socially responsible celebration.
By Jesse Donaldson, 1 Dec 2014, TheTyee.ca
The Christmas season is almost upon us, and with it a slew of turkey dinners, Christmas carols, figgy puddings, and of course that most beloved of holiday traditions, spending approximately $1,500 on your friends and loved ones.
But the first week of December is also the time for a more recent seasonal tradition: the …

Aphrodite’s Organic Café & Pie Shop: Committed to Organic and Local

Aphrodite’s Organic Café and Pie Shop was founded in 2002 by Allan Christian. He was working and living on the Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op in the Fraser Valley. He first opened the Pie Shop and then 1 year later he opened the café, harvesting vegetables from the farm to serve in the restaurant. His daughter Peggy took over when Allan passed away in 2008. She is committed to keeping her father’s legacy alive by continuing to bring local …

Food.ee: Changing the Catering Business through Locally Sourced Foods and Compostable Packaging

Food.ee was created as a greener and tastier alternative to the usual catered fare, delivered in environmentally unsustainable packaging to offices. As a co-owner of Tacofino, Food.ee’s CEO Ryan Spong brought his passions for local slow-food, environmental sustainability and collaboration with local partners to Food.ee to create a catering concierge that curates best-in-class restaurants that share Food.ee’s values. All their restaurant partners are also committed to local sourcing and compostable packaging. In keeping with its commitment to source …

Lunapads: A Mission-Driven, Local Company that Makes a Difference, Locally and Globally

Launched in 1993 by Madeleine Shaw, Lunapads—known for its eco-friendly, body-positive, reusable menstrual products—is a local, women-owned and operated business with both a local and global impact. A certified B Corp since 2012, Lunapads won the Small Business BC Community Impact Award in 2013, and has been a LOCO BC member for two years. Lunapads is driven by a social mission to:
1.Enable women to develop more positive and informed relationships to both their bodies and the Earth;
2.Empower girls …

Saul Good Gift Co: Generating Local Social Impact through Collaboration

When Saul Brown, a founding member of LOCO BC, started Saul Good Gift Co—a certified B Corp—in 2006, it was with the intention of creating and growing an environmentally sustainable gift basket business. In addition to his commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices, Saul’s business practices are also driven by a commitment to local purchasing (73% of his suppliers are locally owned companies) and developing mutually beneficial relationships with other local businesses and social enterprises—a commitment that has …

Glenburn Soda: Serving B.C.’s Abundance by Sourcing Local

Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionary is a retro-style fountain shop on Hastings Street in Burnaby Heights owned by husband and wife team Ron and Roberta LaQuaglia. The soda fountain brings a taste of a time gone-by to the Heights of Burnaby. It’s a neighbourhood place where friends can meet and where families are welcome. They offer nostalgic treats – ice cream, soda fountain specialties like floats and malts as well as an assortment of vintage candy and bottled pop.
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Skipper Otto CSF Holiday Gift Certificates

For the first time, Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF) is offering shares in its 2015 fishing catch in time for the holiday gift-giving season. Memberships for the six-year old operation’s 2015 season are available in amounts that start at $138 and make unique gifts for loved ones in cities across western Canada.
In an industry dominated by big business and fish farms, Skipper Otto’s CSF supports independent, small-scale, low-impact fishermen by paying a fair price for their catch. Consumers …

Give the gift of carsharing with Modo

Modo gift certificates are truly the gift that keeps giving.
Give your favourite person a membership to Modo or top up their existing account with some driving credits, and maybe they’ll be the ones to drive the gang over the Island this time!
You don’t have to be a member to purchase our gift certificates, and they aren’t just for existing members.
They can be purchased in any amount and used toward carsharing payments, sign-up fees or share purchases.
Purchase a Modo gift …

Sea to Sky Corridor Celebrates Buy Local Week

Sea to Sky residents are encouraged to support local businesses from Dec. 1 – 7 , 2014.
Before you head to Vancouver for holiday shopping this season consider the impact spending your gift-buying dollars in the Sea to Sky corridor could have on the community.
Shopping local not only feeds money back into the local economy — which creates more jobs — but it also helps the environment by cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions from travel. Those are the ideas behind Buy …

Enter to Win! Send Holiday Greetings to Your Favourite Local Biz

Local, independent businesses and social enterprises are the engines that drive a strong, vibrant economy. Write a holiday greeting card (or five) to your favourite local business for your chance to win one of eleven prizes worth over $3,000. Brought to you by The Tyee and Vancity. Enter to win today!

BC Buy Local Week Dec 1-7 2014

Celebrate the 3rd Annual BC Buy Local Week from Dec 1 -7, 2014.
Buy Local Week is an annual celebration of local business to promote the contributions that BC businesses make to our economy and our communities. The goal of the BC Buy Local Campaign is to illuminate the local market, making BC-based businesses, products, food and wines more visible to consumers.
Read more about the history of Buy Local Week.