September 13, 2016
In The News
Suquet Interiors has opened a new 4200-square-foot showroom in the Yaletown area of downtown Vancouver, featuring furniture and housewares that encompass the eclectic design aesthetic so prevalent on the West Coast. A stroll through the space could reveal pieces with pop sensibilities, treasures brought in from Southeast Asia, or ultramodern takes on rustic style.
Suquet’s name was previously synonymous with massive stone fireplaces and facades that were initially imported from Mexico and Europe, and then produced locally. It now runs under the leadership of the original founders’ son, Ramon Masana Tapia, and business partner Rick Bohonis, co-founder and past-president of retailer Urban Barn. While the signature stone pieces can still be found at Suquet, the new focus is on offering pieces that tell a story – and help customers express their individual styles.
Business appears to have treated Railtown Cafe very well over the past year; so much so that the company is set to open three new locations in Vancouver by early 2017. First up is 980 Howe St. (at Nelson) downtown, then 1691 Main St. (at East 1st Avenue) in the False Creek Flats, and finally, a prime spot at 409 Granville St. (at West Hastings), very close to Waterfront Station.
The idea is to expand access to the company’s made-from-scratch sandwiches and pastries, cold press juices and locally roasted coffee, craft beer, wine and spirits. No word yet on how signature events like tailgate barbecues may be incorporated at the new sites. Meanwhile, sister division Railtown Catering will continue operating out of the same building as the original Railtown Cafe at Railway and Dunlevy streets.
Fall may signal a return to classrooms and schoolbooks, but Vancouver entrepreneurs Lorraine Kitsos and Kristy Brinkley, co-owners of Redfish Kids Clothing, say there’s lots of room for whimsy. They employ prints of Pegasus and oversize flowers against a variety of richly saturated hues in their Fall 2016 collection of children’s clothing. A-line dresses and slouchy pants are crafted in quietly luxurious fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo, and echo the grown-up silhouettes of athleisure cuts. Items can be purchased at Redfish’s downtown Vancouver or West Vancouver stores, or ordered online.