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April 15th Canada Kicks Off National Take Out Day

14 Apr

CanadaTakeOutAs you may know, local restaurants are struggling in our new reality.  We have in the last week permanently lost 3 restaurants which are part of the heart and soul of Commercial Drive.  Cabrito Tapas, Federico’s Supper Club and Storm Crow Tavern have permanently closed.  We are sorry to see them go, but understand there are slim margins in restaurants and many factors that played a role in their decisions, a pandemic being the tipping point from which they couldn’t come back.

In order to help those in the food services survive during this pandemic, a movement has been started to encourage Canadians across the country to help support this industry which employs millions. Wednesday, April 15th kicks off the first national Take Out Day which restaurant owners and those in the food services industry hope you will make a weekly event for those that are financially able to. We hope you will consider participating whether it’s weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  Every bit helps these businesses be here in The After of this pandemic. To learn more about the campaign and what restaurants are participating, visit Canada Takeout.  To learn more about what East Van businesses are operating take-out and delivery services, we invite you to check out our previous feature Support Local Where You Can which is updated regularly.

East Van Businesses Offering Take-Out, Online Ordering Or Curb Side Pick Up – Support Local Where You Can ♥

5 Apr

BuyLocalThese last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for everyone. It’s quite something to grasp how many things are affected outside of one’s physical health. As most of you know by now, the affects are fair reaching. You can’t turn on the news to see the latest layoffs or closures.  As big fans of small business, we have created a list of local East Van business trying to stay afloat in this new world with the view of wanting them to still be there post pandemic. With that in mind, we have started a list of some favourite spots by demographic area that are still operating and encourage those that are able to support them. We appreciate not everyone can do that with job losses, understandable. Instead maybe share with those that can.  This is not an exhaustive list. There are more and we will continue to update this list.  PLEASE NOTE: We will do our best to maintain the accuracy of the information, but as things are changing so rapidly from day-to-day, please check with each business directly to confirm hours and their service offerings.  Thank you.

Cedar Cottage

Flourist – 3433 Commercial Street – Artisan breads, baked goods, dips, olives, quinoa salad, flour, yogurt, eggs, olive oil and some produce.  Lots of items to choose from their online ordering.

Second Nature Home – 3565 Commercial Street – Operating 12 pm – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. CLOSED Sunday and Monday. They have personal care and cleaning products. Note, although pets have been welcome in the past, it is during this time a pet free space  and solo personal shopping only please.

Commercial Drive 

Earnest Ice Cream – 1485 Frances Street – Open Tuesday to Saturday, CLOSED Sunday and Monday. All physical locations are closed, but online ordering and contactless pick up available at their Frances Street location.

Havana Vancouver – 1212 Commercial Drive – Offering healthy affordable meals. Order by 2:00 pm for same day pick up or delivery.  Curbside pick up from 3:00 – 6:00 pm or contactless delivery to your doorstep.   There’s also a To Go Window open from 12 pm to 6:00 pm Thursday to Monday. CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday.  They have a daily set menu you can get delivered to your In Box. Visit them online to sign up.

La Grotta Del Formaggio – 10:00 – 5:00 pm – Open Tuesday To Saturday.  La Grotta is  offering pre-order pick up, pay and pick up. You can still get your favourite items without going in store. And yes, their famous sandwhichs are still available.

Livia Sweets – 1399 Commercial Drive. Are open for pick up only from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday, CLOSED Monday. An array of bread, pastries, sandwiches and some meal kits.

Lombardo’s Pizza – 1461 Commercial Drive – Open 12:00 – 8:00 pm and is offering take-out and contactless delivery.  Don’t forget if you’ve got a sweet craving, they also offer gelato and tiramisu.

Pepino’s Spaghetti House – 631 Commercial Drive – Pick up and delivery available.

Oh Sweet Day – 1st & Commercial – Open 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, but CLOSED Monday and Tuesdays. They have your sweet fixed covered with cookies, mini cheesecakes and cakes available.  No eat in, take out and pre-order only and no cash, tap only with in-store pick ups.

Super Valu – Il Mercato (1st & Commercial) – This location is open 24 hours a day. 7 days a week  365 days a year.

Fraserhood

Batard Bakery – If you are looking for artisan breads, this is a great spot along with other baked goods. Also available, eggs, jams, olives, soups and other good edibles. Online ordering for pick ups only with 24 hours’ notice.

Breka Bakery – 6533 Fraser Street – Is still open 24 hours a day, but seating is closed. It’s to go only and there are limited numbers allowed in store, so as a popular spot, anticipate a short line up outside. You can also find them on Uber Eats.

Hastings Sunrise

Gourmet Warehouse – 1340 East Hastings Street. This gourmet cook shop has an array of items for cooking, baking and cleaning. Online ordering is available with curbside pick up between 11:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Note: Due to the high volume of orders, they ask that you allow up to 72 hours for your order to be processed.

Iron Dog Books – 2671 East Hastings St. Physical store closed, but access for pick ups available and delivery service for online and phone orders. Pick up at the door is available Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Deliveries happen Tuesdays and Fridays only.

The Learnary – 2643 East Hastings Street.  Provides games, books, textiles, activity kits and learning materials. No contact pick up and local delivery within 10 km of their store is available 3 times per week. They have a new Square site up. You are in invited to check it out to see what’s available.  

Plenty + Spare – 2168 East Hastings Street. The physical store is closed, but online ordering is available with curb side pick up for personal care products.  Email them directly for more information.

Tall Shadow Breads – Looking for fresh baguettes? Offering delivery within 5 km of Clark & Hastings with a $3 delivery fee and 2 loaf minimum. Email tallshowbreads@gmail.com.

Tamam: Fine Palestinian Cuisine – 2616 E. Hastings Street. Offering Traditional Middle Eastern meals available for take-out only from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Kingsway

Jackson’s General Store – 1490 Kingsway.  This retail store is packed with lots of cool items, but is temporarily closed, BUT they are open for on-line ordering. Of note, they’ve teamed up with a number of local suppliers to ‘SPREAD THE LOVE’ which has boxes filled with a variety of items delivered to your door, or someone you love. There are Foodie Care Boxes at varying prices along with a Comfy Care Box with personal care & cleaning products as well as general online ordering.   Check them to see what’s on offer.

Matchstick Coffee – Kingsway & Fraser. We hear on top of great coffee they have a small supply of flour, milk and eggs.

Main Street

Ann & Chi – 3388 Main Street. Open from 11:30 am – 9:00 pm for take and delivery by Uber Eats. Take Out Menu is up on their website as is Drinks To Go if you wish have beer and wine delivered to you as well.

Burdock & Co. – 2702 Main Street – Open for take away only Thursday to Sunday 5:00 pm – 8 pm.

Nanaimo Street

Trocadero Restaurant – 2411 Nanaimo Street. Open 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm for take-out and delivery of pizza, pasta, lasagna, streak and Greek food.  Menu online or give them a call at (604) 253-8714.

Renfrew Street

Whisky Six BBQ – 826 Renfrew Street. If you are craving BBQ, is available for delivery through Door Dash, Skip The Dishes and Foodee.

Rupert Street

Poor Italian – 3296 1st Avenue (at Rupert St) – Reopens for April 15th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday – Sunday for Delivery and Curbside Pick Up. Call to place your order (604-251-1122). Delivery available with Skip the Dishes and Uber Eats. Note: First Responders & Frontline Healthcare Workers receive 20% discount on pick up orders. 

Strathcona

les amis du fromage – 843 East Hastings Street.  Is open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm but CLOSED Mondays.  Missing a cheese fix?  This is your spot and they have a lot whole more including soups and prepared frozen meals. Just ask. They have a wide range of offerings. Online ordering is available with pick up within 3 hours. Please email your orders. For in person, maximum of 6 people in store and no more than 2 per family.

The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street. Is open 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday to Friday for online ordering, curbside pick up, take-out and delivery through Door Dash and Foodora.

Union Market – 810 Union Street. This small family run market is in the heart of the Strathcona neighbourhood and a long standing spot. They are open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Social distancing rules in place to protect everyone which means max 2-3 people in the store at one time. Some online orders and pick ups available for those with special needs.

South Van/River District

Romer’s Burger – 8683 Kerr Street. Open for take out orders and delivery.   Note: 20% off of take out orders at this time.

Sushi Mura – 3545 Sawmill Crescent. Open for take and delivery. Free delivery within 7 km. Visit their website for online ordering.

White Spot – 1126 SE Marine Drive – A classic always still offering burgers & fries and more for take-out and delivery. Beer and wine is available with your order.

Victoria Drive

Figaro’s Garden Centre – 1896 Victoria Drive – The physical store is closed, but online ordering with pick up and delivery is available for plants, seeds and soil.  They are working on a new website for online ordering, so stay tuned.

Bosa Foods – 562 Victoria Drive – Open regular shopping hours, but social/physical distancing and COVID-19 protocols in place.

Kozak Ukranian Eatery – 5077 Victoria Drive (at 34th Ave). Offering pick up and delivery 3 times per week. Offering hearty meals such as cabbage rolls, perogies. borsch as well as soups, baked goods, coffee beans and tea. Visit their website to order online. Delivery also available through Foodora, Skip The Dishes and Door Dash.

Via Tevere Pizzeria – 1190 Victoria Drive. Open 4 pm – 9 pm for take away and delivery orders.  Social/physical distancing required for take away orders. Their take away menu is posted on their website.

Vancouver Farmer Markets

Riley Park – 33rd & Ontario – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturdays offering food items only at this time.  All social/physical distancing protocols in place.

Hastings Park, PNE 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sundays offering food items only at this time. All social/physical distancing protocols in place.

We’d like to leave you with a quote that prompted this feature by Frances Bula:

“Just remember, folks. The world you want after this is all over is the world you’re supporting now. Order everything from Amazon and that’s what will take over. Support your local businesses and you help them be part of The After.” 

Great Places To Shop Local This Holiday Season

16 Dec

BuyLocalWe are big supporters of small business. They are the heart of our respective communities. They are opportunities to connect, support other local makers, keep money in our community, a more eco-friendly way to shop which includes less travel time and often less packaging. It’s all around win win in our eyes.  We’ve set out a list of some of our favourite stores for shopping local. One of the many reasons we likes these stores is because they all support other local artisans, makers and small business.  So visit them in person or online and see what items they have that will make that perfect gift for someone special this holiday season.

Bird On A Wire Creations

Bird on A Wire Creations has been a long time supporter of local artists and have gathered quite a collection of beautiful items from a variety of artisans around BC.  If you haven’t checked out this space, we encourage you to stop by. They are located at 2535 Main Street near Broadway.

Doctor Vigari Gallery

Doctor Vigari Gallery is a great space at 1816 Commercial Drive supporting visual artists.  You can find array of items perfect for gift giving including pieces of art from one of our favourite artists June Hunter.

Second Nature Home

Second Nature Home is a home décor boutique located at 3565 Commercial Street in Cedar Cottage.  The store has a wide range of items outside of home décor including  jewellery, gifts for the foodie in your life, something cute for the new baby or new mom and much more. They currently have extended hours running up to Christmas. December 17-23rd they are open until 9:00 pm and Monday, December 24th they are open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Plenty + Spare

Plenty + Spare is located at 2168 East Hasting Street. It’s easy to miss by the smells of their neighbour East Village Bakery which can draw you in by your nose literally, but do stop into Plenty + Spare. They create an array of beautiful handmade bath and beauty products along with a few other items brought in for the holiday season.

Giving Gifts

Giving Gifts is a very cool space located at 4570 Main Street. The store tucked between 30th & 29th Avenue is made of up 5 rooms packed with items from 100 local as well as fair trade artists from around the world.  It is a gift giving boutique so you will easily be able to pick up a few gifts for just about any age.

Tiny Finery

Tiny Finery is a sweet little shop located in Hastings Sunrise at 2629 East Hastings Street that features jewellery as well as local pottery, leather work, prints and some greeting cards.  They also do custom jewellery work if you have something specific in mind.

Jackson’s General Store

Jackson’s General Store is new this year and located at 1490 Kingsway (at Dumfries) near Knight Street. Don’t be fooled on the new, this is an old store reworked and owner, Mike Jackson, has 30 years of business under his belt and eclectic mix of cool and unique items in store. Here you will find a large array of items for gift giving and lots of edibles as well as vintage and retro items. To get a sense of what they have, visit them on   Instagram.

Why we should Shop Local.

For every $100 you spend with a local business, $46 is re-circulated back into the BC economy (vs $18 for multi nationals). Small business re-circulates 2.6 times more revenue in the local economy as do chains. 

New In Town: Jackson’s General – Catch All For Cool

24 Sep

JacksonGeneralMike Jackson is a long time small business owner in Vancouver with a loyal following. To learn more about his now 30 years in business, check out our previous feature on what he did to celebrate 30 years in business.  Today, we want to tell you about how Mike has reinvented himself one more time. I’d say this is his swan song, but with Mike you just never know. Mike’s been pretty busy, these last 6 months creating Jackson’s General  Store which officially opens any day now at 1490 Kingsway (at Dumfries) at Knight. It’s located right next to the White Spot you can’t miss it. Some of you may remember this space as Franks Y Parts & Service. We got a sneak peak of this totally reworked space and we have to stay it’s pretty darn cool.  It is a general store in the front with a focus on supporting small independent businesses.  The majority are Canadian and local and throughout the store you will find some of the coolest vintage items.  We were particularly fond of the working PayMaster Ribbon Writer. Many will recognize some local East Van businesses including Sriracha Revolver, ChopValue coasters and Plenty + Spare soaps and skincare. You will also find wallets, t-shirts, ball caps, sunglasses, mugs, totes and some very unique books. There is a cooler section not yet fully stocked, but we did find some Kaylin & Hobbs Pickles.  For kids of all ages, there is a great retro candy counter, think Popeye Candy Cigarettes, gum in the Gold Rush bags and candy necklaces. If you are looking for fun unique gifts, there is lots on offer at Jackson’s General Store with a distinct East Van flavour.   Show some East Van love and stop in and say hello once they officially open. We’ll give you a heads up as soon as that happens.  In the meantime, you can also find Mike on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Shopping Local This Holiday Season Is Easy With These Local Stores

19 Dec

 

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Did you miss the flurry of artisan markets and craft fairs this past month? If so, no worries. Lots of opportunities to shop local with the stores we’ve listed below.   They are all awesome supporters of local talent. Shopping with them goes a long way to help support your local makers and local businesses.    Those listed below carry a wide range of items. We’ve included links to each so get a better sense of the items they carry.

Bird On A Wire Creations

Bird on A Wire Creations has been a long time supporter of local artists and have gathered quite a collection of beautiful items from a variety of artisans around BC.  If you haven’t checked out this space, we encourage you to stop by. They are located at 2535 Main Street near Broadway.

Doctor Vigari Gallery

Doctor Vigari Gallery is a great space at 1816 Commercial Drive supporting visual artists.  You can find array of items perfect for gift giving including pieces of art from one of our favourite artists June Hunter.

Second Nature Home

Second Nature Home is a home décor boutique located at 3565 Commercial Street in Cedar Cottage.  The store has a wide range of items outside of home décor including  jewellery, gifts for the foodie in your life, something cute for the new baby or new mom and much more. They currently have extended hours running up to Christmas. December 17-23rd they are open until 9:00 pm and Monday, December 24th they are open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Plenty + Spare

Plenty + Spare is located at 2168 East Hasting Street. It’s easy to miss by the smells of their neighbour East Village Bakery which can draw you in by your nose literally, but do stop into Plenty + Spare. They create an array of beautiful handmade bath and beauty products along with a few other items brought in for the holiday season.

Giving Gifts

Giving Gifts is a very cool space located at 4570 Main Street. The store tucked between 30th & 29th Avenue is made of up 5 rooms packed with items from 100 local as well as fair trade artists from around the world.  It is a gift giving boutique so you will easily be able to pick up a few gifts for just about any age.

Tiny Finery

Tiny Finery is a sweet little shop located in Hastings Sunrise at 2629 East Hastings Street that features jewellery as well as local pottery, leather work, prints and some greeting cards.  They also do custom jewellery work if you have something specific in mind.

Why we should Shop Local. For every $100 you spend with a local business, $46 is re-circulated back into the BC economy (vs $18 for multi nationals). Small business re-circulates 2.6 times more revenue in the local economy as do chains. 

Make It! 10 Year Anniversary Market At The Croatian Cultural Centre September 21st and 22nd

19 Sep

MakeItSeptember2018Make It! has been part of the handmade revolution for the last 10 years in Vancouver.  As such, they are celebrating with a throwback style Make It! at the Croatian Cultural Centre this Friday & Saturday.   You can expect to find many local makers including a few of our favourites: Beth & Olivia, Sarah Mulder Jewellery, The Lemon Square, The Branch and Vine and East Van’s Sriracha Revolver. As this event kicks off on Friday night, you will also find a bar with $5 drinks, music and food trucks for a fun shopping experience.  Also on hand, will be a charity silent auction with items donated by various participating Makies. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Union Gospel Mission. This Make It! Market happens Friday, September 21st from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, September 22nd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Tickets for admission are $3.00 for advance purchase on Eventbrite or $5 at the door. Children under 12 get in free.

Mike Jackson East Van Business Owner Celebrates 30 Years In Business

20 Aug

IMG_2728 (2)Have you made your way to Les Faux Bourgeois, Heartbreaker Salon or Savio Volpe at the corner of Kingsway & Fraser?   If you have, did you catch Mike Jackson’s shop tucked next to Savio Volpe?

It’s a small shop with a retail component in the front and more space at the back for the custom work he does. Thus, the name Studiotique, studio in the back – boutique in the front. We recently started working with Mike and in doing so learned that this is one cool guy who has weathered many incarnations to stay in small business for 30 years. This is quite an accomplishment.

It all began in 1988. Mike was attending the University of Western Ontario, and launched Grubwear Clothing Co. He hit the streets to create and sell streetwear and action sports clothing from the back of his Honda Civic. Soon after, he drove West with his dog Memphis and a U-Haul to open Thriller, his first retail venture. Mike wanted to create bold graphic t-shirts and has a passion for sports, beach lifestyle, surf, skateboard and snowboarding.  He was driven to bring these passions together with a cutting-edge design and unique merchandise.  Grubwear with his now infamous TRI-G logo was born and has led him around the world with one of his passions, snowboarding. This in turn led him to launch Jackson Snowboards in 1991.  The business grew and evolved, Mike had distributors in 11 countries from Germany to Japan.  In 1996, he opened Thriller Shop in Kitsilano which became the head office for all his brands, Grubwear, Boris Brothers and Jackson Snowboards.   After 3 stores, 15 employees, Mike has scaled things back at his store at Kingsway & Fraser and focuses on his brands that he sells from his storefront as well as his online shop and doing custom work.

Now in 2018, things have come full circle for Mike.  To celebrate his 30 years in business, on August 1, 2018 Mike launched a KickStarter Campaign to create 30 special edition Jackson snowboards. He is working with Rob Dow, the creator of WIRED Snowboards in Vancouver who has 25 years of experience in design and production. Mike launched his Kickstarter campaign with the aim of raising $5,000. He reached that mark within 24 hour. If you wish to check out the Kickstarter Campaign to see what reward packages are still available, visit Mike’s Kickstarter.

 

 

It takes a lot to stay in business for 30 years.  Hats off to Mike who has reinvented himself many times over. Madonna comes to mind when we think of all his incarnations over the years. He may not like that we said that, but that’s how we see it. If you wish to check some of his cool designs, stop by his shop located at 617 Kingsway or check out his online store at Grubwear. You will see East Van merchandise figures prominently. If you are looking to have some custom t-shirts, jerseys, bags what have you for your sports team or for your business, Mike’s your man.

We raise a beer to Mike for 30 years in business! Cheers.

Jak’s View: Follow Up To Fets Whiskey Kitchen Raid – Why Did It Happen?

6 Feb

FetsWhiskeyWe are adding another voice to ILiveInEastVan today. We would like to introduce you to Jak King.  If you don’t know him by name, he is a long time resident of East Vancouver. Jak is civic minded, has opinions on a number of issues some light topics, others not and a penchant for history particularly as it relates to Grandview Woodlands.  Jak has his own blog, which we invite you to check out called Jak’s View.  With his permission, we will be reprinting some of his posts here from time to time.  Today we’d like to share Jak’s View on the recent raid of Fets Whiskey Kitchen on Commercial Drive. This event boggles our mind. So many small businesses are struggling with increasing costs such as taxes, rent, attracting and keeping staff with rising costs in Vancouver, this antiquated raid was a slap in the face to small business. Instead of helping small business, this heavy handed approach to enforce antiquated laws seemed beyond fair or reasonable.   We invite you to check out Jak’s View on this recent event:

As I reported earlier, and has been widely reported since, Fets Whiskey Kitchen on Commercial Drive was raided last week and $40,000 worth of bottles were seized by agents of the BC government.

At the time there was some mystery as to why this had happened, but the reason has now been made clear — they were purchased from private liquor stores (which had purchased them legally from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch) rather than from the BCLDB directly. All required taxes had been paid but these bars are only allowed to buy their liquor from the BCLDB — even though the BCLDB won’t sell them these particular whiskeys.

It is worth repeating that all required taxes had been paid.  In other words, this is all about the bureaucratic nonsense that is BC’s liquor laws.

Apparently bars and clubs have been buying from private liquor outlets for years and liquor inspectors have allowed it to go on. Now, suddenly, the Ministry under David Eby has decided to stamp down on the practice. They could, of course, have changed the law so that BCLDB could sell these whiskeys to the bars but no, they wanted to play the heavy instead.

In a long article by Martyn Brown, he suggests that the “prohibition style” raids may have been occasioned by the money laundering crisis in BC casinos:

“It is in an interesting coincidence, I’m sure, that this crackdown has occurred only days after Attorney General Eby launched his own scathing indictment of the inept gaming policy enforcement and money laundering problems that transpired under the former government’s watch. No doubt, the last thing the general manager or others in the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch want to do is to leave the branch vulnerable to being accused of falling short in its enforcement responsibilities.”

However, as the same article notes, the raids have done nothing to enhance BC’s image as a tourist friendly Province. Perhaps more importantly for locals, Eric Fergie of Fet’s notes that his small business could suffer badly.

“Fergie said he’s now worried how his small business will absorb the cost. ‘If we are fined heavily for the infractions and we lose our product, then, you know, we’ve got 20-something people that work for us and it’s going to be difficult’.”

Eric and Allura Fergie have been mainstays of Commercial Drive business since opening their original Fettucini’s Cafe in 1987.

Reprinted With Permission (Jan. 21, 2018)

Photo Credits: Jak King & Fets Whiskey Kitchen

 

 

 

 

This New East Van Business Is Sriracha Hot!

7 Dec

 

SrirachaRevolverIn case you hadn’t heard, Srircha is hot this year, literally and figuratively. If you aren’t familiar with Sriracha, it is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.  It varies in consistency, ingredients and hotness.  We recently met Jordan Hocking, co-owner of the new Sriracha Revolver, an East Van business that’s only been in operation since June of this year, but has been flying off the shelves literally.  Their sriracha-style hot sauce is made in a local commissary in small batches. They use all natural and fresh ingredients to make something unique and delicious. Jordan Hocking works with her business partner and co-owner, Justin Cox, also a tattooer at Funhouse Tattoo on Cambie Street whereas Jordan’s background leans to sales in the wine industry.  They bring a unique combination of talents to Sriracha Revolver. 

Jordan started making sriracha in 2012 when she was 9 months pregnant with her second child. She made and canned small jars as gifts one Christmas and everyone loved them.  Jordan then started experimenting with recipes. We learnt that most sriracha recipes call for red jalapeños, but Jordan wasn’t a fan of the taste so she substituted Thai chili peppers. Once she had the hot sauce down, she experimented with other recipes and created one based on her favourite flavours Beets + Tequila. In The Spring of 2013, a friend took her sauces to foodie party and next thing you know she was receiving orders and requests to buy her sauces. In 2015, her business partner and long time family friend, Justin had a near death experience. He decided life was too short not to take chances, so they formed a partnership to create Sriracha Revolver. It was a year and a half in the making, but they now have 3 sauces available Beets + Tequila, Cilantro + Lime Sriracha and Clean Mango Sriracha. 

Not only do their sauces pair nicely with a variety of foods, we hear they are perfect for cocktails. Jordan says that each sauce works perfectly in a caesar and encourages those to try tequila instead of vodka in their caesars.   We see a cool new drink in the lounge at Odd Society Spirits with this local business, hint hint, nudge nudge.

If you wish to try these sauces for yourself, you have a few options. They have an online shop open 24/7. Cost of a small bottle is $8 plus shipping.  You can also find their sauces on the menu at a few restaurants around town including The Shameful Tiki Room on Main Street.  Jordan and Justin have lined up a number or retailers already including most recently Gourmet Warehouse which has 2 of their sauces in stock. To see the full line up of retailers, visit their website’s Where To Find Us. If you wish to do a bit of taste testing and buy their gift pack with all 3 sauces, check them out this weekend at Got Craft? happening December 9 & 10 at the Maritime Labour Museum from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you missed them at Got Craft?, you can purchase the Gift Pack at Blitzen Pop Up Shop at 623 Kingsway.  Stop by and see what’s hot in East Van. 

New In Town – Golden Thread Consulting: Support For Your Small Business

16 May

GoldenThreadConsultingFor those that follow us regularly, you know that we love featuring local businesses, makers and artisans. If you yourself are a local business, artisan or maker who is trying to do and be everything, we know all too well it’s near impossible.  Not only are there not enough hours in the day, but one’s sanity and quality of life come into play.  So today we would like to introduce you to the cavalry that is here to help, that being Maria Marcakis who is the Principal and Founder of Golden Thread Consulting. Maria is based in East Vancouver and provides customized administrative support solutions for small businesses under the title of Administrative Consultant. An Administrative Consultant is not a virtual or administrative assistant, but a hybrid between one who performs specific administrative work while consulting (providing expert advice, professionally). Assistance is available on an ongoing monthly basis or is offered on a per project basis. Maria has over 14 years administrative experience including executive assistance, recruiting, and all types of administrative work in for profit and non-profit organizations.  Some of the things she may be able to assist you with include:

  • You need to set up relationships with new or existing vendors to ensure smooth running of paperwork,
  • You need research done on a particular software you need to implement,
  • You want to create or finish that employee handbook, toolkit or report that has been on the back burner for 2 years,
  • You want to increase your employee satisfaction and need a survey, data analysis and/or ways to implement the changes you want to see,
  • Drafting presentations, consulting on how to give better presentations, etc.MariaMarcakis
  • Advice on how to streamline your website to create a better user experience,
  • Any miscellaneous higher level items that require time and attention that take you away from other aspects of running and growing your business.
  • Create new procedures to streamline your business
  • Help you plan and organize a Pop Up Shop

If you are wondering what it costs for these services, Golden Thread Consulting uses a value-based model. Maria does not charge by the hour, but quotes are based on individual business needs. Maria is more than happy to provide a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs.  We invite you to check out her website to learn more about how she can assist you.  She’s mastered the art of efficiency, something we aim for every day.  From having met Maria, we are confident she will be able to help you be more efficient in your business and complete projects which help move your business forward.

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