In today’s post I am bringing you a list of small Irish businesses based around Vancouver and Lower Mainland. Supporting small businesses is a passion of mine, you can take a look at some other businesses I’ve spotlighted on my blog thus far here and here.
Having spent my teenage years in Ireland and being married to an Irish man, it gives me strong connection to this rich, extremely fun and one of a kind culture. The Irish population in Vancouver is rapidly growing, and while the network and community is nowhere near as established as New York or Boston, its on its way there with more and more Irish owned businesses popping up.
This is why I thought it would be a great idea to put together a list of up and coming businesses, which may not be known to all in order to support them on their journey.
Vancouver is a city of foodies – it should not come as a surprise I am sharing the food & beverage industry first.
The Bandit Baker
As you can guess by the name, its a small pop up bakery officially located in East Vancouver, however its featured during various community events around the city. They operate their services as a pre-order only bakery with collection each Saturday between 9.00am – 1.00pm. If you would like your Brown Bread for Sunday breakfast this is the place to order from. They offer baked goods with a Twist, I suggest you check their menu for further details.
Brought to you by two Irish lads, Crack On Van is serving you the best breakfast sandwiches with the main character: the egg. You can spot the Crack On Van at various local Farmers Markets and Community Events in their Yellow Truck. They offer Vegetarian and Gluten Free options. What’s even better, if you don’t want to go look for them, they come to you – their services are available on Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes.
The Wandering Tap
The Wandering Tap must be the newest addition to the Irish Businesses in Vancouver, with its official launch only recently for St. Patrick’s Day 2022 at the Celtic Fest in downtown Vancouver. They are a local pop up bar with a patio, servicing the Greater Vancouver Area.
This type of service is perfect for private corporate events, weddings, or birthdays. Their shell roof pavilions provide space for wrap-around custom banners for advertising for your event.
The bar on wheels offers local and international brews to choose from.
You can find them on Instagram.
Moving onto businesses that can offer you a warm, Irish welcome.
Carry Immigration Services
Carry Immigration has been founded by Niall Carry 5 years ago. Niall has been living in the Vancouver area for the past 11 years and currently resides in Coquitlam. Niall is a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. Majority of support Niall provides, relates to Permanent Residency through Express Entry Streams, spousal sponsorship and common law partners; BC PNP streams, Work, Study and Visitor permits. His clients come from various countries and backgrounds such as Ireland, UK, Australia, United States, New Zealand, India & Bangladesh to name a few. Niall’s business is well established by now, however I thought he truly deserves a mention, as he is a very active member of the Irish and New Facebook Group where on occasion he offers a quick word of advice.
Tancouver is run by Deborah, originally from Dublin; Deborah is a qualified esthetician for the past 15 years. She is passionate about providing sunless tanning products & solutions, having sadly lost her brother and father to cancer. Shockingly more people develop skin cancer from UV Tanning, than a lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. This should really be broadcasted far & wide. Tancouver is located in the West End (yeay for me) and they offer vegan (!) tanning solutions for all shapes and sizes. In addition Deborah offers 1:1 Business Coaching as well as opportunities to become a Tanning Artist.
Modmo is an Irish founded company bringing you eBikes and rethinking your commute to work. Founded in March 2020 by Jack O’Sullivan in Dublin where to this day Modmo has its HQ. Jack traveled to Vietnam to source factories and partners that could bring his vision to life and in February 2021 the first bikes have been shipped. Modmo is on a journey to replace fossil fuels with green energy, keeping the air clean whilst saving the environment. Part of their mission statement is: “We believe that by 2025, every household in Europe will have an electric bike, and MODMO is striving to be an industry leader in design, technology and user experience.”
If you’ve been following me for sometime you will know, this cause is something I strongly believe in and work on improving with each passing day.
Moving onto businesses that will help you or your family relax and/or stay active.
Axe and Grind
Axe and Grind owned by Danny, based on Vancouver Island is a great activity for a family and/or a corporate event. They currently have two locations – Victoria and Nanaimo as well newly available mobile axe throwing unit.
This type of activity has is available to various ages, some key events include birthdays (where the birthday boy or girl throws for free in a group of 6 or more) to team building activities for businesses. In addition, Axe and Grind offers Knife Throwing, which is meant to be the “up and coming” sport to play these days.
Denman Athletics is a gym located in Vancouver’s West End. Owned by David & Aimee, it’s a relatively new business, having opened their doors in 2021 and they are continuously expanding. They offer individual as well as group sessions where David or one of his trainers will put you through your paces.
Some of their classes include strength, conditioning, High Intensity Training, Glutes Builder and Kettlebells.
Lastly, something that will please your eyes and make for a nice gift or a home decor piece.
Handmade custom designs and accessories by Katrina who runs the business from Coquitlam but is originally from Newry. The store offers variety of totes with Irish sayings and designs, which are reusable thus environmentally friendly as well as some adorable baby grows and bibs amongst other things. If you are looking for a piece of Ireland here or wish to gift a Canadian friend something Irish look no further.
Owned by Jemima and her partner Matthew, JBliss Design brings you variety of personalized, handmade gifts and cards. They offer 48 hour turnaround and ship worldwide. Their services are based online, however on occasion you can find them at a local community event such as the Celtic Fest or recently they popped up in the Kahve Gallery in Kitsilano.
Is Maith Liom Crochet
Handmade crochet products made by Saoirse, who has been living in Vancouver for the past 3 years. She offers handmade crochet products such as scrunchies, baskets, scarves and many more. You can find her products on Etsy or if you like shopping local the products are also available in Kahve Gallery in Kitsilano and the Nooks in North Vancouver.
I hope this post has introduced you to some businesses you didn’t know about and you can show them some support. This post is in no way sponsored, I just enjoy bringing new businesses to light. If you think there are other small businesses that deserve to be on this list, leave me a comment and I will be happy to update the post.
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