Strathcona has long been Vancouver’s creative and cultural beating heart. It’s home to many of the founding Eastside Culture Crawl art studios. Strathcona’s numerous multicultural community halls, temples, churches and benevolent houses, not to mention yummy indie eateries, gorgeous heritage homes and a gigantic gellateria – La Casa Gelato – make Strathcona one of Vancouver’s most eclectic areas.
Traditionally bound by Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street, Strathcona is recognized as one of Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhoods (other than millenia-old local First Nations villages).
Today, this east side hood is booming. On May 31 and June 7, the Strathcona Business Improvement Association is hosting two tours where you can explore a few reasons why Strathcona is such a a sweet part of our city. Dubbed ‘Made in Strathcona’ the tours focus on two different streams: manufacturing and hidden gems (May 31) and Strathcona’s creative and food scene (June 7).
Each tour contains six different businesses and you choose two businesses to visit. Your ‘Made in Strathcona’ tour ticket includes a drink and nibbles at the tour’s end in The Settlement Building (home to Vancouver Urban Winery and Postmark Brewing) at 55 Dunlevy Avenue. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
There are over 500 businesses located in this eclectic neighbourhood and it’s fast becoming a hip hood to eat, shop and set up creative entrepreneurial endeavours.
Vancouver biz giants like Aritizia, Herschel Supply Company, Endeavour Snowboards, JJ Bean all call Strathcona home. The Made in Vancouver tours highlight other, not-necessarily-well-known businesses like Propeller Design and Christine Lingerie or the Vinegar Factory and Wiens Studio.
What a great way to spend an afternoon exploring interesting businesses in one of Vancouver’s most unique hoods.
What’s your favourite spot in Strathcona? Share the spots in Strathcona to visit or start a business in the comments section below.