Lily Mae’s Comfort Cafe

Lily Mae'sArmand Tencha graduated from Aboriginal BEST in Vancouver in 2011, and then with his partner Jeff Jefkins opened a European-style restaurant on Powell Street in Vancouver to rave reviews. When Jeff’s job went poof in early 2012, the two decided to switch gears and fulfill something they had nattered about to friends and family for years. And Lily Mae’s was born.

After seven years of living in Gastown, it just made sense to have their restaurant in the neighbourhood. They are passionate about their neighbourhood, describing it as a village within a city. People say hi on the street and talk to visit one another. And while there are many wonderful restaurants and coffee houses in the neighbourhood, they saw a need for a space that was quaint, homey and approachable – offering good food, in a cozy atmosphere, at a fair price.

Tipi Mountain Native Plants

Tipi MountainTipi Mountain Native Plant Nursery is the premier native plant nursery in the Southern Interior/Kootenay Region of British Columbia. The ownership team is comprised of Michael Keefer M.Sc., P.Ag. and Robert Williams. Robert is a young Ktunaxa elder who specialises in archeology and GIS, and whose vision led to the creation of Tipi Mountain Native Plants. Michael is recognised subject expert in plant science with specialisation in plant ecology, mycology, ecological restoration and ethnobotany. Tipi Mountain Native Plants is a majority aboriginal owned business and employs several First Nation and non-First Nation staff.