In Conversation with Mackenzie // Upcycle Clothing Collective

August 19, 2020

"We have many unique pieces in the shop, but we also have a lot of basics that would pair well with anything. I do try to take a little of everything, even if it’s not my particular style. I wanted to create a space where individual styles are celebrated and people feel like they can come to us to find whatever is missing in their closet."…

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In Conversation with Margot // Verve Fashion

August 9, 2020

"My style is a little street, with a classic twist. I love mixing pieces and 'MacGyvering' them to work for me. I am petite, so sometimes I can take a sweater and turn it into a dress, or I can take a cowl neck, flip it around and it becomes an off-the-shoulder sweater with a high ripped waist. I enjoy wearing fashion, even if sometimes it's not how it is meant to be worn. I am famous for cutting clothes…

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In Conversation with Natalie // The Natural Hair Salon

August 2, 2020

"I am always learning and working on the next project. It’s who I am, same with Philip. We are people that take on everything all at once, we just can’t help ourselves. Both Philip and I were raised by immigrants, and the work ethic and values we bring to the table are deeply rooted in our culture and upbringing."…

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In Conversation with Natalie // Pom Pom Boutique

July 29, 2020

"Pom Pom is a combination of all things lovely over 36 years. It was a lifetime of curtain calls, many loving years of business, and marriage with a partner that can realize dreams. There were unbelievable losses both personal and financial and wonderful triumphs. Pom Pom will never be a grand salon of Paris, but it can offer a customer warmth and mesmerizing style. We know the part by heart on this business stage and hope to get a standing…

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In Conversation with Bianca // Biophilia

July 26, 2020

"Our design process is to treat each project as unique. Projects are most successful when there exists a trusting, open collaboration between all of the parties involved in the design and build process. I believe the general design consciousness is becoming more attuned to the importance of landscape and natural elements to the enjoyment and health of the people that will be living in the space."…

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In Conversation with Talia // Love Medals

July 22, 2020

"Be open to what makes sense. If you need to adjust and shift gears, do it, and if you can find a way to be excited about it, even better. Victoria has a strong sense of community. Connect with people who believe in what you’re doing and build your support team. Think creatively and always be open to opportunities, as you never know where they can lead. Dr. Bonnie Henry wearing a Love Medal on TV was a result of…

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Fashion Lifestyle

In Conversation with Khloe // Amelia Lee Boutique

July 19, 2020

"I did what I had to do to keep my business going and my children fed. I had to lay off my entire staff and could not pay rent at one of my locations for two months. I was hit hard financially, but because of all the hard decisions I made during closure, it allowed me to reopen both the stores now. I find strength because I have two beautiful children, an incredible team of women that work for me,…

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Design Lifestyle

In Conversation with Alison & Darian // Noanoko

July 15, 2020

"We don't tend to look at trends – I have never worked that way. It feels as though you aren't growing, reaching or challenging yourself as a designer if you only talk about what's current or on trend. The more important focus to me is how can we create something which draws people in, or how do we re-interpret a specific design detail, and so on. Be aware of your industry at large but try to interpret what that looks…

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Community Food

In Conversation with Ariel & Jess // Iyé Creative

July 12, 2020

"During this COVID crisis, the inequalities within oppressed communities increased exponentially, unveiling the incapacity of the system to distribute the wealth and work on systemic issues. Taking accountability in this historical time in humankind, we started to create different garden beds in our backyard to limit our dependence on grocery stores and stop supporting the international agricultural business. In our search for answers about how to give people tools of liberation, we found out that gardening is a resilient act…

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In Conversation with Nicole & James // Mango’s Boutique

July 8, 2020

"Our clients’ style changes as they age, so we have to always be careful and pay attention to what they are wanting. Sometimes when you’ve carried a line too long it gets “old” ... you have to learn to let go and find something new and fresh. Over all the years in business, it doesn’t get easier, it gets more challenging in what you bring in, as there are so many different styles and trends to accommodate for."…

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