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June 13, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


The Strathcona Business Improvement Association announces a one of a kind expo to uncover the thriving Independent businesses in Strathcona and discuss revitalization plans for East Hastings

VANCOUVER, BC, May 13 – The Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) has announced today they will be hosting a “Meet the Makers Expo” on Saturday, June 13th from 11AM-3PM at MakerLabs at 780 East Cordova. The expo will feature innovators, makers, and entrepreneurs from over a dozen Strathcona businesses including restaurants, cafes, breweries, and locally made goods and services. The community-based event will give the public a chance to discover the area’s thriving businesses, while showcasing the future vision for East Hastings and giving the public and community a voice in the change.

This must-see event invites the public to learn about Strathcona’s businesses, a chance to meet the makers, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and be a part of the future vision for East Hastings. Strathcona has been home to many successful businesses like Yolk’s, Sunrise Soya Foods, Hootsuite, and Aritzia ., and continues to be a hub for many independent mixed-use, manufacturing and retail businesses that continue to thrive. Located between Clark, Venables Street, and Gore Avenue, Strathcona provides an authentic, community oriented experience for visitors, businesses & the public.

The “Meet the Makers Expo” will be hosted at MakersLabs with 17 Strathcona businesses in the sectors of restaurants, cafes, breweries, and locally made goods and services. The expo will include interactive booths, workshops, demonstrations and complimentary samples of the products that are ‘Made in Strathcona’. Bob Rennie, the leading real estate marketer in Vancouver and the marketer behind Strathcona Village (a mixed use development on East Hastings) will be facilitating a panel discussion with four Strathcona businesses to discuss the SBIA’s plans to revitalize East Hastings. During the discussion, stakeholders will weigh in on their personal connection to Strathcona and what they hope to see implemented as part of the revitalization of East Hastings.

“The SBIA is very excited to be hosting the “Meet the Makers Expo” this year,” states Joji Kumagai, Executive Director of the Strathcona Business Improvement Association. “The event will be a great opportunity for the public to connect with businesses in Strathcona, enjoy food and demonstrations, participate in a game of urban design and engage in dialogue about the revitalisation of East Hastings. We want the community have a voice in the change and, at the same time, share innovation and celebrate local, independent talent. “

At the event, the public will have the opportunity to learn about the community stakeholder’s vision for the revitalization of the East Hastings area, and be part of the change. From 11AM-3PM, the public will meet the founders behind the businesses, ask questions, watch demonstrations and offer input as to what they would like to see. The SBIA plans to gather input and feedback from the community that attends to create a revitalized neighbourhood in Strathcona.

The following businesses will be participating in the Meet the Makers Expo:  


  • The Heatley
  • Ed’s Daily
  • Yolk’s


  • Casa del Caffe
  • Liquids and Solids
  • A.G.R.O. Roasters
  • The Butler Did It Catering


  • Postmark Brewing
  • Pats Lager
  • Bomber Brewing

Locally Made Goods and Services

  • YEW Woodshop
  • Propellor
  • Velometro
  • Homesteader’s Emporium
  • Sunrise Soya Foods
  • HFour
  • Junction Creative
  • Savoury Chef

For more information on the “Meet the Makers Expo”, list of businesses participating, or spaces available for lease, visit www.madeinstrathcona.com. To reserve tickets, visit www.madeinstrathcona.com.


About the Strathcona Business Improvement Association – Formed in 2000, The Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) is a non-profit society with a mission to build a co-operative, safe, and vibrant Strathcona through innovative programming and community collaboration. There are over 850 businesses and over 9,000 residents that call Strathcona home.

About Meet the Makers Expo –The Meet the Makers Expo is a community based event that allows the public to discover, celebrate and learn about the inner workings of the area’s most innovative and diverse businesses. From creative minds, delicious foods, innovative services and essential manufacturing ventures, Strathcona has become a hub where locally owned independent businesses have come to thrive. The Meet the Makers Expo reveals where Vancouver’s best and brightest businesses reside, how products are made, who is making them and the future plans to revitalize East Hastings.


June 13, 2015
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Chantel Cassar


780 East Cordova
Vancouver, BC V6A 1M3 Canada
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