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Kyubu Market Launches September 9, 2017 In Strathcona

28 Aug

You are invited to check out a new project that has been many months in the making Kyubu Market.  Pronounced kyoo boo, this new market is one of the tiniest shops in East Vancouver located in the MakerLabs at 780 East Cordova Street. Outside of their retail space, Kyubu Market is an online marketplace with one-of-a-kind and custom pieces from a variety of makers & artisans. Kyubu Market is the brainchild of Jen Yamasaki and Gloria Kang. Their varied backgrounds including law, business, science, graphic design, marketing and communications puts them in a unique position to assist and feature independent artists and makers from across Canada.  Gloria and Jen already have a long list of artisans that are being featured on their site including Konisa Studio, Cord & StoneJoanne Sawatsky, DIG Leather, Bare Skin Bar, Steidle Woodworking Co., SAD Magazine, Piton Pottery and many more. To see the full list of artisans featured visit the online marketplace at Kyubu Market, or check out the Grand Opening on Saturday, September 9th which kicks off at 6:00 pm and runs till 9:30 pm. The event is being billed as a Garden Party. We understand some of the artisans and makers will be on hand for the opening event which also features local eats and local brewers.  Stop by and see what’s in store. Kyubu-Market-full-store


Foto Friday – Vancouver Mural Fest – Amazing Street Art

26 Aug


MuralFestPolarBear2Did you catch Vancouver’s Inaugural Mural Fest on Saturday, August 20th?  We caught some of it and were excited by the energy, artistry and collaboration that went into this amazing event.  If you missed the festival, you have ample time to take a walk and/or cycle anytime and take in the newest murals created on the East side of the city.  Many of the murals are located in and around the Mount Pleasant area, but there are a few spread out a bit further like the walls of MakerLabs.  We actually had the pleasure of meeting one of the artists, Ben Tour, just prior to the inaugural event whose mural is now located at 49th Parallel Coffee on Main Street. We enjoyed a fun evening hosted by Ford Canada celebrating the Vancouver Mural Fest with a scavenger hunt and an opportunity to drive the new Ford Fusion 2017. The icing on the cake for that evening was the opportunity to create our own graffiti street art under the guidance of Ben Tour, but we won’t be showcasing ours. We’ll leave that to the true artists. Speaking of which, we have included some photos of some of the new murals that went up during the Vancouver Mural Fest. There are some 40 odd murals so these photos are only a small representation of what was created, but we have to say the polar bear in a bottle is our personal favourite. We understand this was created by an  international artist, but the message within the bottle speaks volumes.  We look forward to checking out more of the murals and encourage you to take a walk and/or cycle to see what’s been created. There are, of course, lots of stops along the way to refresh, be it beer, coffee or ice cream along the way.  We are looking forward to seeing what next year brings and give high marks to all those that helped make this event happen in Vancouver.


New In Town: Gift-A-Green – The Greeting Card That Grows

4 Aug

Postcard-mini_2048x2048It’s been a little while since we’ve featured a new business in East Van and we recently came across something we loved.  It’s called Gift-A-Green and it’s another great thing to come out of the creative space that is the MakerLabs. Cam Auge and Bryan Kinney have based their business in Strathcona and are single handedly bringing “LIFE” back to the greeting card industry.  What is “Gift-A-Green”?  It’s much like a postcard, but it’s actually a pouch with seeds for micro-greens which grow in the pouch itself. And yes, it’s edible, that is the point. Once you’ve purchased the pouch, you just write your personal message to the recipient, their name and address, affix a stamp and pop in the mail.  For the receiver of the Gift-A-Green, you just tear along the dotted line, remove the small bag filled with seeds and add water to it, place the pouch in a sunny location and watch the microgreens grow.  They should be ready to eat in about 14 days time.  The greetings currently come in 5 themes including Thank You, Congratulations, I Love You, Thinking Of You and Happy Birthday. All the seeds are locally sourced and non GMO.  You can purchase their greeting cards online for $9.95 for a single Gift-A-Green or all 5 messages for $45.95. You can also find these unique greeting cards locally at KimPrints in Gastown, Benny’s Market at 598 Union Street, MakerLabs Store, also Vancouver Special at 3612 Main Street, Walrus, Vancouver Art Gallery, Indigo and Garden Works.  You can bet we will be watching this young company grow and we hear via the grapevine they will be featured on the upcoming season of Dragons’ Den that starts this September.  In the meantime, we invite you to check out their very cool informative website.

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread – The Jean Hanger Being Designed At MakerLabs

18 May

JeanHangerSomething very cool has been happening at MakerLabs in East Vancouver. This creative co-operative hub space is currently home to another innovation.  Steven Sal Debus, a Vancouver designer, has been working on a new product idea and prototype, specifically the Jean Hanger.  His initial steps with his new design were met with quick success.  He recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise a funding goal of $20,000 to cover his initial costs which goal he reached in under 48 hours.

So what is the Jean Hanger?  The Jean Hanger is made for yes, you guessed it jeans. It is one solid piece of  beech wood with no moving parts, but allows for easy hanging by the belt loops of your jeans.  As we know, putting jeans in the dyer, shortens the life span, so the Jean Hangar can be used for drying your jeans as well as hanging them right into the closet.  Steven Sal Debus believes that nothing needs to be created unless it solves a problem.  He hopes to use the proceeds from a successful crowdfunding campaign to launch a design company dedicated to building smarter products that save time and conserve energy. Steven’s aim now that he’s recovered his initial design costs is to raise $100,000 to launch his design company at MakerLabs.  If you would like to learn more about Steven’s Kickstarter campaign and the Jean Hangar, we invite you to check out Kickstarter-Jean Hanger.  Last check we made, Steven had 888 backers and has raised over $50,000 so he is well on his way. Of course, we think it’s great to see so much support for this local designer.  The kickstarter campaign runs till June 17th, we invite you to check out the best thing since sliced bread.

East Van Makers: Tyler Spence Making One Of A Kind Furniture

9 Feb

14We love featuring makers and on this past year’s Eastside Culture Crawl, our group started off at the Maker Labs. There we met Tyler Warren Spence, one half of Warren & Wayne Wood Co. The other half being Rory Wayne Bushfield.  These two love the great outdoors and turned their love of collecting old stumps and logs into one of a kind furniture. Tyler works out of Maker Labs in East Vancouver designing and building custom handmade coffee and dining room tables from reclaimed wood. His passion is finding the right piece of wood for each project and creating beautiful, functional furniture that will last a lifetime. Tyler uses recycled material whenever possible and is inspired by the great outdoors.  Tyler has been making furniture for 7 years on a part-time basis, but has in the last 6 months moved to making furniture full-time. He recently completed his first commercial project, being two large banquet style tables for The Airhouse which is a freestyle training centre in Squamish. He used reclaimed fir that was repurposed from a demolition project at The Guildford Town Centre in Surrey. Some of his smaller projects include guitar stands made from red wine barrel staves from the Okanagan (pictured above).   We have set out below photos of some of Tyler’s other projects along with a brief description of where he sourced the wood:

The table top for this piece is from a cedar tree that Tyler found on the shore of Lillooet Lake. The legs of the table are from fallen Arbutus branches from the Sunshine Coast.26

This cabinet was made from Cedar dock boards reused from Tyler’s family cabin on the Sunshine Coast. The wood was originally milled by his grandfather from a fallen tree on their cabin property. After a few decades of use, it was time for the dock to be replaced so he salvaged as much of the wood as he could and created the piece you see below.


Tyler made this table from a Driftwood log found on Spanish Banks in Kitsilano.  It took months for the wood to dry out after which the log was milled into slabs using an Alaskan Mill.

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Tyler is passionate about what he does and welcomes any custom orders. We invite you to check out his website which has some great photos of his work. You can also find him on Instagram at @warrenandwayne. To chat with Tyler directly, you can email him at e: tyler.spence@warrenandwayne.com.

Photo Credit: Pera Hardy

The MakerStore Now Open In Strathcona

9 Oct

MakerStoreYou are invited to come check out the MakerStore opening in Strathcona on Saturday, October 10th. The MakerLabs in collaboration with Basic Design, Haeccity Studio Architecture and other contributors is launching their own retail space. If you are unfamiliar with the MakerLabs, it is a 26,000 square foot space located in East Vancouver that provides people with the tools, space and skills to make just about anything. MakerLabs now has over 200 members since its launch in April of 2014 and provides creative and economic opportunities for individuals and small businesses.  The MakerStore will feature local makers offering one of kind products and small run products designed and produced at the MakerLabs. Some of the items you will find include hand crafted furniture, housewares, natural body care products, jewellery, stationary from vendors such as Tubify, Goliath Coffee and Living Lotus to name a few. The opening event takes place this Saturday, October 10th from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at 780 East Cordova Street. There will be games, food, drink and the opportunity to meet many of the makers.   In true East Van style, there will be craft beer available from a local brewery which be sold by donation in support of Binners Project. Come out and support these local makers.  Now if you miss the opening, you can visit the MakerStore Noon – 9:00 pm daily.  You can also check items on their new online store with Antsquare.

Interesting Vancouver Is Hosting A Do Shop at MakerLabs July 25th

6 Jul

InterestingVancouverThere are some very neat events coming up this summer.  One that caught our eye was a partnership between Interesting Vancouver and MakerLabs. They are hosting DoShops with a view to gathering the curious to explore, discover and learn through hands-on demonstrations.

Their first DoShop takes place on Saturday July 25th and features Piñata Making with Meaghan Kennedy.  If you are not familiar with the name or her work, Meaghan made her first piñata over 5 years ago for a local cable show and fell in love with the process. She left the professional work world to pursue a life as a piñata artist. Just goes to show when you follow something you love. Meaghan’s piñatas have been featured in GQ, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Huffington Post, the Globe and Mail, CTV News, Elle Canada, Ion Magazine, Vancouver is Awesome and The Georgia Straight. Her work was also recently exhibited at Hot Art Wet City.

Also lined up for this DoShop is YoYo Tricks with Harrison Lee. In the world of yo-yo’ing, Harrison is known as the ‘hurricane’. Harrison has been yoyo’ing since the age of 11 and  became the 2013 Canadian National Freestyle YoYo Champion and represented Canada at the 2014 World YoYo Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

These look to be truly interesting and fun events at a minimal cost. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite for $30.00. Choose between one of the two activities and they will start you off with a 2 hour session before a 1 hour lunch break at Noon and then you complete your ‘Do’ session from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  Lunch, supplies and even beer are covered.   The event runs on Saturday, July 25th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at MakerLabs 780 East Cordova Street.  Interesting Vancouver and MakerLabs invite you to come out “roll up your sleeves and get ready to ‘Do’!”

Photo Credit: Kris Krug

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MakerLabs A Makerspace In Strathcona Where Ideas Come To Life

5 Jun

MakerLabsToday we are featuring the last of four participants in this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. MakerLabs is “a makerspace that provides you with the tools, space, and skills to bring ideas to life.” They are located at 780 East Cordova in Strathcona in a 26,000 square foot space. Having just moved into this space in April, they are just now opening their doors to the public.  The space allows individuals access to digital fabrication tools (laser cutters, 3D printers/scanners, CNC routers), a woodshop, textiles lab, photo studio, and a whole lot more.  To ensure that people know how to use the tools, they also provide a basic use and safety orientation on all the different tool families. MakerLabs will be at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this weekend at the PNE Forum demonstrating some of the projects that have been made over the past year. As mentioned in a previous post, this is the space Basic Design uses to make amazing products from items that would normally end up in the landfill. So be sure to visit them at the Mini Make Faire and get creative. Who knows what you could make?

Basic Design Gives Second Life To Landfill Bound Materials

21 May

Basic-OfficeSpace-MakerlabsVancouver Mini Maker is coming to the PNE Forum this June 6th & 7th.  There will be over 100 exhibitors featuring a host of creative minds.  One of which we really like, Basic Design which works out of the Makerlabs in Strathcona.  Basic Design is a great initiative co-founded by Jesi Carson and Theunis Snyman. Basic Design is actively redefining the value of waste by giving a second life to landfill-bound materials and creating unique, cruelty-free products. The waste materials that Basic Design uses come from unexpected places, including a “leather-like”, black rubber called EPDM. These are materials used on movie sets in the film industry that came in odd shapes and sizes. With the help of an industrial sewing machines and a laser cutter, Basic Design up-cycles this waste into stylish wallets, card holders, bags and more. They hope to make a difference, one product at a time. Basic Design also does custom design projects including furniture and interior design.  They are currently designing and building 100% up-cycled furniture for Lupii Café in Champlain Heights which will be Vancouver’s first zero waste coffee shop which is scheduled to open in June. When working on these projects, they use up-cycled, local and sustainable materials whenever possible. Basic Design firmly “believes that good design is responsible design, and that their clients, customers and planet Earth deserve the extra effort”.

Basic Design will be showcasing their line of up-cycled products at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. If you are not able to catch them at the Mini Maker Faire, you can also watch for them at the Eastside Flea, Make It Vancouver or visit their Etsy site. They also have some of their products at Nice Shoes at 3568 Fraser Street. We love what they do.  We will certainly be stopping by and checking out some of their work at the upcoming Mini Maker Faire.

Photo Credit: Basic Design

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Meet The Makers Expo June 13 At The Makers Lab

15 May

MeetTheMakersStrathcona is an area we love. It is a multicultural neighbourhood and home to one of Vancouver’s oldest residential area. Within Strathcona there is much industry and business which is still fuelled by the railway and port, but there is also so much new industry in this area. The Strathcona Business Improvement Association is a very proactive organization that works with the community to develop this area and promote the businesses within it.  This June, they invite you to check out what is actually made in Strathcona in the Meet the Makers Expo.  You will get a chance to see some unique, innovative and delicious businesses through demonstrations, panel discussions, networking and yes tastings. The event will feature restaurants, breweries and cafes including A.G.R.O. Roasters and Yolk’s Breakfast to name but two. On June 13th, you are invited to come down to the MakerLabs at 780 East Cordova Street from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to meet the makers behind the businesses in Strathcona. This is a free event open to the public.  In order to ear mark your free ticket, visit Eventbrite.

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