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  • Events! May 17/12

    A hidden history of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside?

    Maybe you’ve seen the old antique lock box at the front door of Save On Meats, or heard of the cryptic fortune cookies being given out by the butcher next door to the diner? Or maybe you’ve noticed some of the strange graffiti and posters on sidewalks and alley walls in the area. There’s even […]

  • Events! May 07/12

    locoBC and HxBIA partner for a delicious night of networking

    More than 40 local businesses enjoyed a tour of 4 great local restaurants in the DTES after work last week and from the feedback we’ve been getting this is probably a model we’ll be replicating! Bitter, Calabash, Potluck Cafe and Wild Rice were all hosts for the evening and at each location either the owner […]

  • Small Business May 05/12

    Playing music in your business? Think SOCAN…here’s why

    Full disclosure: I pilfered this directly (all of it) from a letter sent to me from SOCAN. If you play music in your businesses, you need to be aware of licensing and copyright laws as that music, though enriching the public realm, is not public property. Please have a read through this to familiarize yourself […]

  • Events! April 24/12

    Army & Navy Shoe Sale a great reason to check out new DTES cafes

    As a straight man in his early thirties I know firsthand that the next best thing to finding an insane deal on a pair of Prada pumps is reveling in the glow of that victory with your girlfriends over an americano and a slice of coconut cream pie. Actually, that memory is kind of blurry…that […]

  • Small Business April 23/12

    Vinyl Records: Helping the DTES get a groove on since 1998

    Shop Profile This week’s blog post is courtesy of Pauline Dan Vinyl Records, 319 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H6 (604) 488-1234 Yes, vinyl records are making a big comeback! More and more music lovers are buying these old fashion discs to get the classic listening experience. Vinyl Records is a small used record […]

  • Social Enterprise April 11/12

    Community Thrift and Vintage Frock Shoppe…is awesome

    This week’s guest post is courtesy of Christine Klar At 311 Carrall, between Cordova and Hastings, there’s a trendy little fashion boutique, full of light and very inviting. An interesting mix of women are moving in and out – locals, super cool hipsters and tourists. Inside, despite its beautiful and very organized boutique look, the […]

  • Events! March 22/12

    PolyEra Spring Masquerade (SATURDAY) now by donation!

    TODAY (Saturday March 24th) is the PolyEra Spring Masquerade and Strut-Off and I can’t even begin to explain how rad I think I look in my 1920s Great Gatsby style Tuxedo from deLux Junk. Thinking about making it my regular style…. Some people have expressed an interest in donating more to OSF and HxBIA for […]

  • Social Enterprise March 11/12

    What vintage era and theme will you be wearing March 24th?

    In partnership with local social enterprise Our Social Fabric, the Board of HxBIA and I are excited for our first ever fundraising event, the PolyEra Spring Masquerade and Strut-Off! This is going to be a ridiculously fun vintage fashion show and masquerade ball that we’re holding at the Rickshaw Theatre on March 24th. Local stores […]

  • Social Enterprise March 09/12

    Social Entrepreneurship – Engage, Empower & Educate

    This week’s post is courtesy of guest contributor Hope Wang Social enterprise has many definitions and is geographically dependent. With a deepening curiosity about what this concept actually means, we asked Shawn Smith, a social entrepreneurship instructor from Simon Fraser University to give us insight on this business emergence. Social enterprises can be defined as […]

  • Social Enterprise February 16/12

    A Short History of HxBIA- who’s idea was this anyway??

    Curious about how HxBIA got up and running? So are we sometimes! Perhaps a good retrospective is in order… The Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association Formation Committee first met in April of 2009 to discuss the feasibility of a new BIA in Vancouver’s DTES and what kind of approach it could take, considering the unique […]