Experience HxBIA

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Stay tuned for Experience Hastings Crossing 2018! The event will happen February 23-March 4, 2018. Learn more about how to participate as a business here.

In the meantime, check out last year’s event below:

Welcome to the inaugural Experience Hastings Crossing!

From February 10—19th, check out the exciting restaurants, pubs, artisans, gyms, and businesses in the Downtown Eastside that are each partnering with a local social enterprise or non-profit to offer special promotions and deals! Each promotion will expose you to a unique product or service while showcasing and raising funds for a local social enterprise or non-profit working in Hastings Crossing and the Downtown Eastside.

Come on your own throughout the week and join the guided crawl on Friday, February 17th (see below for more details). Also check out our special Feature Friday events for more deals, parties, and fun!

Get to know all of the great products and services our businesses have to offer and support the amazing organizations in our community.

Participating Businesses | Feature Friday | Sponsors | Event Contact

Participating Businesses


Academie Duello
Partner: Mission Possible
Promotion: Stop by Academie Duello anytime from Feb 10-19 for a trial class! (Check the schedule here) All profits from trial class fees will go to support the work of Mission Possible!

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Cartems Donuterie
Partner: Hives for Humanity
Special Product: From Feb 10-19, Cartems will be selling Hives for Humanity honey and candles at their Pender Street location! Come learn about H4H, and don’t forget to try their doughnuts that are made with H4H honey, including the honey parm!


Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary
Partner: Union Gospel Mission
Promotion: In the neighbourhood and want to help restock UGM’s cupboard and closet? Bring any non-perishable food item or warm item of clothing to Eastwood Cycle from Feb 10-19, and receive a free spin class! Check the schedule here.


Hey Jude
Partner: DTES Women’s Centre
Promotion: From Feb 17th-19th, for every pair of denim sold, Hey Jude will donate a piece of clothing as well as a portion of sales to the DTES Women’s Centre.

HiVE Vancouver
Partner: Multiple
Special Event: HiVE is more than just a co-working space, but also a social impact hub! Many nonprofits and social enterprises are housed here, and HiVE itself is a nonprofit! Stop by for a tour of the space and don’t miss their Island Vibes: A Caribbean Fête Friday, February 17!


Lost+Found Cafe
Partner: Vancouver Women’s Health Collective
Promotion: Need that caffiene boost on a Friday? Make sure to get your fix at Lost+Found on Feb 17, as $1 from every coffee sold will go to support the work of Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, which is an incredible organization supporting DTES women in so many ways.



Opus Art Supplies
Partner: Enterprising Women Making Art
Promotion: Have some gifts that you need to buy or simply want to buy some art supplies for yourself? Purchase any amount of gift card at Opus from Feb 10-19, and the same amount of donation will be made to EWMA! Opus will be showcasing artwork from the talented women at EWMA as well!


Partner: Responsible Indigenous Strategy for Empowerment (RISE)
Promotion: Friday evening calls for a meal at Pidgin. 10% of the profits from all food at Pidgin on Friday, Feb 17 will go to support the work of ALIVE’s RISE program, which is a powerful player in improving the graduation rates for indigenous inner-city youth. Check out the full menu and make a reservation here!



Partner: EMBERS
Special Treat: Everyone needs their sweet tooth fix! Make sure to fulfill it at Purebread from Feb 10-19. The special “EMBERS Bar”will be featured, and 50% of the proceeds will go to support the work of EMBERS!

Save On Meats
Partner: A Better Life Foundation
Promotion: Coming soon!
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Smallflower Cafe & Bakeshop
Partner:A Better Life Foundation
Promotion: Mmmm cinnamon buns… For every cinnamon bun sold from Feb 10-19, Smallflower will donate $3.50, the value of one meal to A Better Life Foundation!

Super Champion Cycle Shop
Partner: Spikes on Bikes (an initiative of PHS)
Promotion: Ready for your spring bike tune up? Get that flat tire repaired at Super Champion Cycle from Feb 10-19, and $2 from every repair will be donated to the Spikes on Bikes program!


The Pint Public House
Partner: Mission Possible
Promotion: After work burger and beer? Why not make that happen at The Pint one day (or multiple days) from Feb 10-19. The Pint will donate $1 from every burger sold during the event to support the vital work Mission Possible!

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Wishing Treats Caramel Studio
Partner: Knack
Promotion: Wishing Treats is donating a batch of custom branded “Knack” handmade candy for promotional purposes and will have an in-shop display with more Knack mix candies for sale with all of the profits donated to Knack. Wishing Treats will also be an active partner in Knack’s employment program by being a guest speaker! Learn how to get your own custom candy here!
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Yagger’s Downtown
Partner: Covenant House
Promotion: From Feb 10-19, stop by Yaggers for that after work burger and beer and order a Yagger’s Famous Cowburger & a 16oz sleeve of Old Style Pilsner for $13.99. It’s a house blend of beef & pork patty, double smoked bacon & aged white cheddar on a sesame seed ciabatta bun, served with fries. A portion of the proceeds will go to Covenant House!


Zero Zero Pizzeria
Partner: CleanStart
Promotion: On Saturday, Feb 11, ZeroZero will feature a pizza from which a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit CleanStart!


Feature Friday — February 17

Experience Hastings Crossing Crawl — Join your host, Wes Regan, for a FREE crawl between several unique HxBIA businesses, partake in their treats, and learn about their connections to the community! We will meet at Cartems Donuterie (534 Pender St) at 5:30pm. Click here for full details and to RSVP.

Coffee with a Cause @ Lost+Found Cafe Visit Lost+Found Cafe on this day, where $1 from every coffee sold will go to support their neighbour Vancouver Women’s Health Collective!

HiVE Vancouver Island Vibes, A Caribbean Fête
Join HiVE Vancouver for a night of warm, island vibes as we celebrate Caribbean culture with Soca, Calypso, Reggae, and Dancehall. Beats provided live in house by DJ LT. (Tickets $20 here)
HiVE also houses hundreds of social enterprises, nonprofits, and socially minded businesses under one roof!

Support ALIVE @ Pidgin — Friday evening calls for a meal at Pidgin. 10% of the profits from all food at Pidgin on Friday, Feb 17 will go to support the work of ALIVE’s RISE program, which is a powerful player in improving the graduation rates for indigenous inner-city youth. Check out the full menu and make a reservation here!

Denim Weekend @ Hey Jude — From Feb 17th-19th, for every pair of denim sold, Hey Jude will donate a piece of clothing as well as a portion of sales to the DTES Women’s Centre.


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Printing needs for your personal or business use? Ultra XPress Printing has unbeatable prices and service, and is a huge supporter of local nonprofits and community organizations when it comes to printing. They are supporting the overall Experience Hastings Crossing event through a printing partnership with the BIA.


Spring University will be offering a FREE workshop for nonprofits and social enterprises! This workshop will take place following the event. More details to come.
Thinking about expanding to new markets, launching new products, or offering new services? Join Spring in an hour long workshop on lean business and customer validation to ensure you do it right. You will learn about: Business experimentation methods, customer discovery methods, and how to test assumptions.


SFU Woodward’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement supports multiple DTES organization, including Megaphone Magazine, PHS Drug Users Resource CentreKaren Jamieson Dance Company, Heart of the City Festival, Binners’ Project, True Voice Theatre Project.


Event Contact

Dates: February 10—19, 2017
Cost: Free (price of features will vary by vendor)
Location: Throughout HxBIA
See map and a full listing of participating businesses below!

Organizer: Hastings Crossing BIA
Phone: 604-219-3196
Email: hello@hxbia.com

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