Featured Vancouverite: Jackie Ellis

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? All of my life. I moved away for periods of time but Vancouver’s always been home.

Baker and owner of Beaucoup Bakery. I was previously a designer and owner of a small design firm.

Best way to meet new people in the city: Smile.

Favourite Vancouver neighbourhood:
Granville Island. Before I went to pastry school in Paris, when the dream to open a bakery was just a budding thought in my head, I went there every weekend. Food markets have always inspired me and tend to bring me back to myself.

Best itinerary for 24 hours in Vancouver:
There are way too many things to eat and do in Vancouver, but if I had an out-of-town friend in for a day, I would do the following so that I could fit in as much eating as possible, with the least amount of commuting:

Start the day with coffee and a double baked almond croissant either at at Thomas Haas or Beaucoup Bakery. Go a few doors down to Vancouver Olive Oil Company to check out their amazing selection of oils and balsamic vinegar. Meander around Granville Island, sampling, tasting and seeing. Rest by the water with a matcha latté from Granville Island Tea Company, and then pick up charcuterie from Oyama Sausage, cheese from Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, and bread at Terra Breads. For lunch, we’d walk over to Go Fish for some tacones, and after that, we’d walk a little further along the water to Kitsilano Beach to work it off. After that, we’d drive to Lighthouse Park for a forest walk, and then snack on our Granville Island treats while looking at the sunset over the water. On the way back to Vancouver, we’d stop at La Régalade French Bistro and share the tomato tart, any of their main dishes, and the île flottante for our first dinner stop. For dinner number two, we’d stop at Minami in Yaletown, as sushi is a must in Vancouver. This would be followed by late night wine and drinks at Salt Tasting Room or Uva Wine Bar. After all of this, bed!

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7 Responses to Featured Vancouverite: Jackie Ellis

  1. I’d like to nominate Mélanie Kimmett for your Featured Vancouverite column. A designer and illustrator, Melanie Kimmett came to Vancouver in 2006 to work as a designer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. She now runs Pretty Paper Please, an online boutique specialized in beautiful modern stationery design. In 2012 she was voted as one of the 20 Vancouverites worth following on Instagram by the Georgia Straight. She is definitely a Vancouverite to be featured.

  2. I would like to nominate Jamie Garratt for your Featured Vancouverite column. Jamie is a Vancouverite through and through. In 2008, Jamie founded Idea Rebel with his close friends Neil Hayes and Aimee Croteau. From the very beginning, Jamie has strived to represent Vancouver in every aspect of Idea Rebel. Since it’s founding, the office has been entirely paper-free and as environmentally responsible as possible. Jamie asks that every rebel either takes public transit or bikes to work. In 2012 he was awarded with being one of BC Business’s Top Innovators for his green initiatives. Jamie’s also been a part of Vancouver’s music scene for many years, with his band Exit this Side, earning a Top 40 hit in Canada and performing with some of the music industries top acts. With Idea Rebel, Jamie has worked on world-class projects for clients like Quiksilver, FOX, and many more. He definitely deserves a spot with your featured Vancouverites.

    • I appreciate your suggestion, Amanda. Jamie sounds like a fantastic choice for Featured Vancouverite. I’ll reach out to him and see if he’s game to be featured.

  3. I would like to nominate Robert Lynds for your Featured Vancouverite column. Robert Lynds works and lives in Vancouver where he produces paintings, woodcuts and photography.

    He recently opened a gallery, Leo Koo Gallery in the Armoury District of Vancouver near Granville Island as his passion is art. Leo Koo Gallery welcomes emerging and established artists as he believes every artist needs to be given a chance in the art world.

    He has been featured in reality tv for another of successful business ventures as well.

    • Thank you for the nomination, Winnie! I’ll reach out to Robert to see if he’s interested in being featured.