Strathcona neighbourhood in Vancouver is a changing scene and the picture of gentrification in it’s early stages. Mixed in with heritage homes and manufacturing warehouses are hipster hotspots and cultural venues. Truth is, if I could put a pin on a map and live in any neighbourhood of my choosing, Strathcona would be top of the list. The rumour is that real estate is slightly more affordable in Strathcona.
I recently hopped on the Made In Strathcona tour which features new and old manufacturing and production businesses in Strathcona. We learned about the fine art of coffee roasting at A.G.R.O Roasters, visited a huge commercial kitchen to witness how The Butler Did It Catering Company can feed a small army, stopped in at Yew Woodshop to see how reclaimed wood can become your kitchen counter, ogled over the delicious loungewear at Christine Lingerie’s warehouse and sipped the fine wine at Vancouver Urban Winery. There’s nothing that tickles my fancy more than seeing behind the scenes and discovering how things are made. I love that Vancouver has a manufacturing scene quietly producing world class products. Christine Lingerie is designed and produced in Vancouver and sold every where from Holt’s to Neiman Marcus. And she’s been at it for 40 years! In contrast to Christine Lingerie, Vancouver Urban Winery is a baby business that is going to boom. We visited the winery on a historic day. It was their first day of brewing!
The Made in Strathcona Tour is happening for the public on May 31st and June 7th. There are two different tours; the one on May 31st highlights manufacturing and hidden gems. The June 7th tour features Creative and Food. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at www.madeinstrathcona.com.