November 18, 2016
In the news
By Claudia Kwan
Structube expands B.C. presence
Montreal-based contemporary furniture chain Structube has made a bold move into the B.C. market, opening up locations in Burnaby, the Victory Square neighbourhood of downtown Vancouver and, as of December 2016, South Granville. It focuses on stylish furnishings influenced by worldwide trends, and expands the range of options available to local consumers searching for accessible pricing. The company began in 1974 as a maker of tubular retail clothing racks, joining the furniture game in 1980. It now has more than 50 retail stores in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Alberta and B.C., and began offering online shopping last year.
Forget about the Spice Route and the Silk Road. Tourism Richmond is inviting diners to sample their way through Asia by indulging in dumplings. Fifteen eateries in the city—ranging from posh restaurants to mall food court stalls—are showcasing boiled, steamed, baked and fried dumplings in a self-guided walking tour. Participants willing to mark their progress on the Dumpling Trail by texting their locations to the tourism organization have a chance to win a travel and prize package valued at up to $4,000. The contest itself may end Dec. 31, 2016, but the delights of discovering dumplings last forever.
Holt Renfrew is upping its game as a one-stop luxury shop during the refresh of its location in downtown Vancouver, opening up the 80-seat Holts Café.
Helmed by executive chef Nicolas Hipperson (C, Raincity Grill), the menu features the best of B.C. ingredients, rare wine vintages and creative cocktails. The interiors—designed by Canadian firm Yabu Pushelberg—offer a refined vision of West Coast style, using a palette of white, greys and blues, and introducing texture through weathered wood, leather and white bronze entryway doors. Custom mirrors add sparkle to the space, and a discreet way to keep an eye on the who’s who list of people grabbing some post-shopping restorative beverages.
The overall revamp of the newly expanded store—which will occupy almost 200,000 square feet—is expected to be complete sometime in 2017.