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.

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 $94M in wages to workers in B.C. Check out more reasons to buy local.

About East Van

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.

Sponsors & Partners

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Luppolo Brewing Company

About Luppolo Brewing Company At Luppolo Brewing Company our beer is equally as important as the atmosphere we create in our lounge. Enjoy our selection of craft beers and delicious food in a warm and welcoming environment, your home away... Continue reading »

Miscellany Finds

Miscellany Finds is a thriving Commercial Drive thrift store that offers a warm welcome, fabulous selection and exceptional prices on clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, housewares, antiques, vintage, retro and one of a kind pieces, books,... Continue reading »

Crisp Media

Crisp Media delivers results-driven digital solutions to launch businesses to the next level. We are marketing and content specialists that work as an extension of your in-house marketing team. We offer digital strategy, Facebook ad management, influencer... Continue reading »

Uprising Breads Bakery

About Uprising Breads Bakery Uprising Breads Bakery has been baking great tasting breads and baked goods for over 40 years. We look for every opportunity to offer healthy choices without compromising those small indulgences that a terrific bakery can offer. At Uprising... Continue reading »

Tiny Finery

Tiny Finery (now closed) is a cozy shop that exclusively carries handmade jewellery and gifts made by local artists. They proudly support many of the artisans working right in our communities. Tiny Finery carries an excellent selection of pottery, leatherwork, textiles,... Continue reading »

La La’s On The Drive

About La La’s 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... Continue reading »

East End Food Co-op

About the Co-op The East End Food Co-op (EEFC) is Vancouver’s only consumer-owned grocery store. We’ve been a pioneer in the organic food movement, serving the local community and involved in the politics of food, the environment, communities, and more.... Continue reading »

Bandidas Taqueria

Bandidas Taqueria provides handmade, Mexican-inspired, vegetarian food in the heart of East Vancouver. Co-owners Jackie-Rae Avery and Aiyana Kane opened their doors with the support of many friends in January 2009 to an immensely supportive community. Then and now, they... Continue reading »

Callister Brewing Co.

Callister Brewing Co. opened in July 2015, establishing firm roots in the ever-expanding brewing neighbourhood of East Vancouver at 1338 Franklin St. (one block north of Hastings at Clark). Callister operates the first co-working, collaborative brewery in Canada, with... Continue reading »