Celebrating the Stores & Stories of Long-Time Merchants!
The West Broadway BIA is excited to introduce you to our Stars on Broadway – 73 of our local eats, shops and services who have been in business for over 20 years! These long-time businesses have opened their doors, warmed our hearts and made many memories in the community and we are proud to feature them on our new street banners. We encourage you to meet the merchants, visit their stores and learn their stories.
Special thanks to Emily Carr and BrainBoost Education as well as Peter Forde, Emma Heckman, Jack Morris and Natalie Schmidt – the talented illustrators who brought the merchant caricatures to life.
Next time you’re in the neighbourhood look up and see the stars on Broadway!
Founded by Lorne Atkinson, Ace Cycles was born from a love of cycling. A celebrated cyclist and talented mechanic, it was a natural fit for Lorne to take over an existing bike shop on West Broadway and make it his own.
Aunt Em's is a kids clothing and shoe store that carries a wide selection of outdoor and active wear; everything you need for all seasons in Vancouver.
Step out of Vancouver and into the warm heart of Malaysia at Banana Leaf where they'll wow you with their delicious cuisine.
Bellissima proudly opened its first location in 1975. Situated on Pender Street in downtown Vancouver it was known then as Serena’s. Husband and wife team River and Serena, worked hard to grow their small business in size and stature.
Big O Tire
Jeff's Big O franchise on West Broadway is always a flurry of activity.
Broadway Barbers Hair Design
Broadway Barbers is a unique place where old school barbering techniques meets modern shop design
Broadway International Wine Shop
Their wines are from all around the world (and the province) but their heritage is pure Kitsilano. Started in 1986, with a limited inventory in a modest space, they were one of the first private wine stores in B.C. - and the first in Kitsilano!
Broadway Shoe Salon
Owner, Stanko Vilus trained as a shoemaker before moving to Canada and when he wanted to own his own business a shoe store was a natural choice.
Calhoun’s Bakery, Cafe & Catering
Calhoun's has long been a source of fresh caffeine, baked goods and hot meals for students and Kitsilano residents alike. “I used to love studying here while attending UBC, and bought the business when it was up for sale in 2007,” says Hiu.
The Canadian Bank of Commerce and The Imperial Bank of Canada both opened in Toronto in 1867 and 1875 respectfully.
n 1971, John Tung, a new immigrant from South Africa and a butcher by trade, bought COE Lumber. With four young children to feed, he and his wife Eileen forged ahead and built the business with hard work, dedication, and honesty.
DQ® Kitsilano has always been the place to find sports teams celebrating a victory, families enjoying a quick meal or kids grabbing a cool treat.
Elwoods is a long-standing Kits watering hole with a laid-back, no fuss atmosphere that serves up cocktails, beers and casual fare.
The original boutique opened on Fourth Avenue in 1970 by Ethel Pollock, a resident of Kits and a talented seamstress with an eye for women’s clothes and fashions.
Evangelos Photography Ltd.
Evangelos Photography is a locally owned family business that has been proudly serving the photography needs of the Greater Vancouver Area since 1958.