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Great Local Businesses to check out for Int’l Women’s Day

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Since International Women’s Day is tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to showcase some women-owned and led businesses in Vancouver. We think it’s fitting since the theme for this year is #balanceforbetter. The focus is on supporting and galvanizing gender balance in business, politics, academia, social life, basically, every aspect of our world.

Much like Black History Month, we at Curiocity recognize the inherent issues that come with dedicating a time frame to address a particular social problem. We feel as though it is imperative to recognize these problems day to day, and do our best to present balanced articles spotlighting and championing all races and genders. Additionally, we would like to make it clear that we use the term ‘female’ inclusively.

Anyways, here are 9 businesses to support.

Community Thrift and Vintage/Frock Shoppe

community thrift

Our favourite spot in the city for vintage clothing, Community is a not-for-profit organization that actively supports the DTES community. The spot on Hastings is unisex, while the Frock Shoppe around the corner focuses on womenswear. Both are great.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11AM-7PM and Sunday, 12PM-5PM
When: 11 W Hastings for the main store, 311 Carrall Street for the Frock Shoppe

East Van Roasters

east van roasters

With a similar business model as Community Thrift, East Van Roasters is just as much about empowering those in the DTES community as it is about coffee. Lucky for us that their roasts and house-made chocolates are absolutely delicious. So, bean-water lovers, if there’s one brand to support, it’s this one.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9AM-5PM, and Saturday, 12PM-5PM, Closed Sundays
Where: 319 Carrall Street

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Duchesse Vintage


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With an emphasis on showcasing true vintage (like decades-old stuff), Duchesse has become a vintage lovers dream. The eclectic shop has everything from California Raisins t-shirts to 70s Wrangler jackets to dresses from the 30s and 40s.

When: Monday to Saturday, 11AM-6PM and Sunday, 12PM-6PM
Where: 430 Columbia Street

Wolf Circus

wolf circus

Featuring an all-women team, Wolf Circus has cornered the market for ‘affordable luxury’ jewelry. Ethically sourced and reasonably priced, there’s a reason why they’re taking over the city. Read our exclusive interview with founder Fiona Morrison here.

Massy Books

massy books

Massy Books is by far the most community-oriented bookstore in the city. They carry both new and vintage books, with a solid focus on local writers and artists. Check out the art gallery upstairs, or inquire about the next event they’re hosting.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10AM-6PM and Friday/Saturday, 10AM-8PM
Where: 229 E Georgia Street

Bandidas Taqueria


The staple Mexican restaurant on Commercial has been supporting women in Vancouver since they opened. This year, they are hosting an all-day fundraiser for various women’s charities in Vancouver. All profits from food are being donated, and they’re hosting an art show showcasing female artists.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9AM-12AM and Friday/Saturday, 9AM-1AM
Where: 2781 Commercial Drive

Downlow Chicken Shack

downlow chicken

Thanks to their female co-owner and head chef, Downlow is the only place in the city that rivals Juke. Heck, they might even be better, we personally think it’s a toss-up. One thing is for certain though, their hot chicken is way better. Sorry, Juke.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11AM-9PM, Sunday, 11AM-4PM
Where: 905 Commercial Drive

Rio Theatre

rio theatre

The best independently owned and operated theatre in the city, Rio hosts everything from vintage movie nights to burlesque shows. While their future was in jeopardy for a little bit, they recently secured the space and are now going to be operating for a long, long time. Guess who provided them with the mortgage?

Where: 1660 E Broadway

Vancity Credit Union

vancity cu

If you guessed Vancity, you’re right. Congrats. The city’s most progressive and best banking institution has a female president and CEO. Thinking about switching banks in the near future? Your next spot should be a no-brainer.

And that’s our list! We will continue to spotlight female owned and ran businesses, so if you’ve got any that you think we should cover, please do not hesitate to contact us.