Local Business Story: Who’s Your Bag?

As you make your way to the winery with a baguette…

there’s a certain etiquette…but you don’t have to carry it under your arm – only if you’re in France.  Here at home just make sure the top sticks out of your market bag just so...(as shown in photo).  Otherwise it’s considered gauche.

Le Bag

These locally made market totes are made to shout not high-end designer, but the neighbourhood you live in (or the one you want to live in), while reducing your plastic footprint. They’re also the perfect carryall for daily errands.

I finally met owners Angelica Vargas and Andrew Murray (in below photo) at their pop-up tent outside Container Brewery which I’ve mentioned in previous posts.  It was an afternoon of festivity and feel-good perusing.

I’m familiar with “thebag” as I was one of the very first to get my “Kitsilano” market bag with long leather handles which makes carrying easier and has a wipeable lining and inner pocket. Great for grocery shopping.  Looks stylish too.

When I first noticed it in the window of Coco’s Closet on 4th Ave. I had to inquire.  I can’t tell you how many times I was stopped with people asking me where I bought it. The company even made a prototype of a logo for a business launch I was involved in but unfortunately it was short lived (not the bag, the venture.)

Since then, they’ve expanded the line to include pretty much every other neighbourhood and area of interest.  They have a cute mini market bag for small shopping expeditions or to use as a lunch bag. 





They have a few other goodies too.

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Angelica wearing their luxuriously super-soft Vancouver hoodie. 

Local Business Story: Daub + Design

A West Coast Lifestyle Brand

Daub Design

A few weeks ago I met with the owners of several small and successful local businesses at their pop-up tents outside an industrially chic brewery on the East Side.  At Container Brewery we celebrated summer with a dee-jay, pizza truck, craft beer and a sprinkling of interesting product – everything from coffee to art.

I never miss a sign from the Universe

Some companies I was already familiar with (like Saltspring Kitchen Co. – ok, almost local ) and some not (like Hello Sunday selling handcrafted vegan skincare products). All high quality.  Then I turned a corner and came across DAUB.

If there’s one thing I mean another thing I need want, it’s a comfy pair of yoga pants with deep pockets. I’ve gone back to yoga at my gym and being able to move around with a pair that’s not too snug or loose and keeps its shape is key. Personally I don’t go for tie dye or loud coloured prints but I found a pair of solid print that felt like second skin. With pockets big enough to carry a cell phone. The fit and fabric is awesome.

Featuring a perfectly placed side pocket for all your essentials, the Pocket Legging keeps you hands-free on the go.

Manufactured right here in Vancouver, Daub is a print based activewear and every day lifestyle clothing brand.  The company works in small production runs and in their signature limited edition prints, all made exclusively by Creative Director, Lexi Soukoreff. With their West Coast laid back style they also carry a decent selection of clean beauty & skin care, home, gifts and more. Think yoga mats and swimwear.


– We work in limited editions to reduce our impact on the environment, producing only what we need for each season.
– Our tie-dye pieces are created carefully and we exhaust our dye baths to ensure that we put little to no excess down the drain.
– All our garments are manufactured in Vancouver, BC and all the hand-dyed items are created at our studio in East Vancouver.
– Our retail store is located in the neighbourhood of South Granville at 3012 Granville Street at 14th Ave.

Designer Lexi



Ambleside Ambling

Last Lazy Days of Summer

Sometimes being a tourist in your own city can be very rewarding. Of course it helps if you live in a beautiful city to begin with.

Ambleside Beach with Lions Gate Bridge in background. Photo: d. king

Remember; people travel or used to from all over the world just to be exactly in a place that we tend to take for granted.

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On Sunday I was on my way to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver but remembered along the drive that there is a Farmers’ Market in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street.

It’s on every Sunday from 10am to 3pm, May through October.  Since it was a gorgeous day we stopped there first. I love this market.  They have such a wide assortment of organic foods and a nice varied selection of B.C. crafts including jewelry, clothing, wrought iron, garden sculptures, soaps, pottery and much, much more.

Faces of the Farmers Market

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Photo: d. king   Keeping up good spirits is very important especially right now.

Stock at the Market

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Ambleside Ambience

I must say the market and the whole Ambleside area in general is very dog friendly.  I ended up playing ball with Layla off-leash in a sprawling huge park area across from the beach and we hung out on a blanket for quite some time.  That was after having lunch at The Boat Shed.  And before we listened to live music on the beach and then walked all along the boardwalk.

Chilliwack Corn is the best.  Photo: d. king

They sold out early. Photo: d. king

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Fresh Poke Bowl for lunch. Photo: d. king

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The Boat Shed at Ambleside Beach.  Local fresh cuisine for everyone.

Pavel, our waiter was excellent.  He recommended an awesome homemade Mexican cilantro hot sauce to compliment my meal.  I took it home.

The Boat Shed. Photo: d. king

Gelato. Photo: d. king

Layla on Pier. Photo: d. king

Lions Gate Bridge from the park we played at. Photo: d. king

Oh; we never did make it to the Lighthouse.

Boat Shed Website:


Have a wonderful weekend