What are your favourite women (and lesbian) owned businesses in or near Vancouver?
A Statistics Canada study released in March of this year found that women in Canada still earn only 87 cents for every dollar a man earns. The way I see it, women are my team, and that it’s a good thing to support one another. So, like many lesbians, I when given a choice, I choose to buy from women-owned businesses and lesbian-owned businesses.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find suitable women-owned businesses to support and to access reviews of those businesses. I encourage you to add your own favourite local women-owned businesses in the comments. Feel free to include a single link to the business’ web page. You can recommend your own business if you like too, or add your endorsement of one of those listed.
To start off, here are some I know of. All are women and are some flavour of lesbian, bi or queer.
Sidesaddle bicycle shop – Andrea Smith co-owns this women-focused bicycle shop in East Vancouver with a male co-owner Lucas Gallagher. When I visited them this summer to buy padded bicycle shorts, there were all women bike mechanics and a very helpful male salesperson (who may have been Gallagher) sporting a “the future is female” t-shirt.
Talk Science to Me – is a Science Communications firm owned by Eve Rickert. Rickert and her team helps produce clear written products that translate ‘science’ into language that is understandable by the general public. If you are looking for editing, proofreading, indexing and fact-checking on other types of projects, they do that too.
Tailored Tech – Sophia Kelly of Tailored Tech has been helping non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial businesses improve their websites, business operations, project management and online marketing since 2000. She helps non-profits do much more with less, and complete their reporting requirements quickly and easily. She helps business-owners intelligently and sustainably build capacity. She has a warm, practical, client-centred and solution-focused manner, and enjoys getting things done. In her spare time she is the musical director of the Vancouver Goddess Choir and publishes Lesbian Quarterly.
For more articles about lesbians in business and women owned business, see the following links.