Pride is all about people! This year, supporting our communities and making time to highlight diversity is more important than ever.
To Celebrate Pride 2020, Oakwyn teamed up with Xeva Mortgage’s Casey Archibald to highlight six Vancouver LGBTQIA+ run businesses.
Check out the full range of videos on our Youtube channel and read on below to find out more about these amazing local businesses.
Casey and Oakwyn Agent Donovan Pagtakhan stopped by MASC at 433 Davie Street to meet co-founder and co-owner, Patrick Levesque.
Together with his business partner Jamie Beuthin, Patrick is proud to be bringing the very best skincare and grooming products to their customers since 2007!
Check out Donovan and Casey’s interview with Patrick at MASC as they discuss how Patrick likes to celebrate Pride, the history of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, and, of course, the must-haves for Pride 2020!
What better way to get out and enjoy summer than on a bike! Join Oakwyn Managing Broker Shelly Smee and Casey as they spin on over to Sidesaddle Bikes to meet owners Andrea Smith and Marie Geneviève Lane!
If you are in the market to purchase a new bike, Andrew tells us about their inventory: road bikes, custom cargo, flat bar, and even e-bikes! Marie Geneviève speaks to how they like to celebrate Pride with their chosen family, which for sure includes their pup Rudy, who may even make a cameo in the video!
Erik Carlson, Oakwyn Agent and Family Man, along with Casey stop in at Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium, where they meet with current owner Don Wilson.
Don has owned and operated Little Sisters since 2016. He purchased Little Sisters after the untimely passing of Vancouver LGBTQIA+ activist, and former owner, Jim Deva. Jim founded Little Sisters in 1983. Together with his partner, Bruce Smyth, and their long-time friend and store manager Janine Fuller, they brought gay and lesbian literature to Canadians for over 30 years! Don has carried on Jim’s work and kept the namesake, a true staple on Davie Street in Vancouver.
It’s phase three of re-opening safely in BC, and one of the most fabulous queer-friendly hot spots in Vancouver is welcoming back their loyal customers to their Davie Street location, where the address doubles as their name: 1181!
Check out Oakwyn’s latest Pride Video where Oakwyn Agent Jovy Desepeda and Casey as they pop in for one of their favourite Pride-themed cocktails. They chat with 1181 Owner Todd Hoye on Pride, mixology, and of course, have a cheers… or two!
CurliQue Beauty Beautique
Casey and Oakwyn Agent Eddie Ricarti sit down with the one, the only, Jaylene Tyme. Jaylene is an artiste, performer, advocate, and representative of CurliQue Beauty Boutique! CurliQue is the ‘retail sibling’ of Blanche Macdonald Centre, a beauty college located in downtown Vancouver.
Jaylene identifies as an Indigenous, two-spirit, trans, human. She is a beautiful light of the queer Community, who gives her time, her voice, and continuously shares her story to better the lives of others in our community. Jaylene joins Eddie and Casey at Oakwyn’s Downtown office to talk beauty, pride, and show the guys all the colours of the CurliQue rainbow! Join us in this fun episode.
Edward & Parnell Barber Shoppe
Casey is desperate for a “Pride Clean Up”! It’s Pride Season and so all of his LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters have the fabulous salons and barbershops in the lower mainland booked up! But that won’t stop Casey from having his signature “waive” looking good for Pride 2020.
On the recommendation of his good friend and Oakwyn Agent Catherine Worthy, Casey hops on the ferry over to Vancouver Island! He joins Catherine at Edward & Parnell Barber Shoppe in search of getting that “Pride Clean Up”! Will Catherine use her top-notch negotiating skills to get Kitty Pitt, shop owner, to squeeze Casey in for a quick cut? Check it out!
Thanks for joining us on this exciting journey, as we explored Vancouver’s thriving queer-community with Oakwyn and Xeva Mortgage.
This year, Oakwyn created a series of pride-themed Nalgene bottles to raise money for QMUNITY and Out in Schools. Click here to purchase one of these exclusive bottles and support these great local charities.
Don’t forget, pride is inside of us all! There are so many ways you can engage with your community and make our city a more positive place for everyone. Support local businesses, donate to charities, and show your pride every day!