Sep 26, 2023
Vancouver’s History of Independent Grocery Stores, Vol. 8
This time around, Christine focuses on the legendary neighbourhood grocery corner store, located at 2262 Nanaimo Street.
Jul 31, 2023
Vancouver’s History of Independent Grocery Stores, Vol. 7
Christine details the story of the iconic Strathcona store at 704 Vernon Drive, through to its current incarnation as the "wonderfully positive community gathering space, store, and cafe", Rise Up Marketplace.
Jun 27, 2023
Vancouver’s History of Independent Grocery Stores, Vol.6
In this instalment, Christine highlights King Joy Grocery - a once-fundamental part of the local community and newspaper-headline-making business.
Jun 6, 2023
Vancouver’s History of Independent Grocery Stores, Vol.5
In the fifth edition of this ongoing Scout column, Christine recounts the story of a well-recorded Vancouver neighbourhood gathering place located at 2308 E 34th Avenue: B.K. Grocery.
May 16, 2023
Vancouver’s History of Independent Grocery Stores Vol. 4
In the fourth edition of this ongoing Scout column, Christine recounts the changing of hands and quirky history of Helena's Grocery, 6319 Main Street.
May 9, 2023
Vancouver’s History of Independent Grocery Stores, Vol 3.
In the third edition of this new Scout column, Christine features Little Cottage Confectionary, at 901 E 11th Avenue - "the cutest corner grocery store both in name and in structure" with a long and at-times-terrible legacy.
Mar 16, 2023
Vancouver’s History of Independent Grocery Stores, Vol. 2
In the second edition of this new Scout column, Christine hones in on John’s Confectionary, at 33 W6th Avenue, and the property history surrounding it.
Feb 23, 2023
You Should Know About Vancouver’s History of Independent Grocery Stores Vol. 1
Whatever you call them — corner stores, mom-and-pop shops, confectionaries, grocery stores, or simply “the store” — these places served as local gathering spaces and encouraged a sense of community. That makes them worth celebrating. Let’s get started…
Feb 9, 2023
You Should Know About the Harlem Nocturnes Basketball Team
Sixty years ago this month, one of the region’s most exciting teams was well on their way to overall league victory, and you’ve probably never heard of them.
Nov 14, 2022
You Should Know About Vancouver’s Sketchy Past with Poor Quality Beer
Christine Hagemoen tries to get to the bottom of a questionable practice popular in local beer parlours for the majority of the 20th century.
Aug 26, 2022
The Hidden Last Vestige of Old Mount Pleasant
In the shadow of a new, 21-storey luxury condo development sits a forgotten piece of neighbourhood history.
May 12, 2022
You Should Know About Mount Pleasant / Fairview’s Japanese Canadian Community
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian internment — one of the darkest chapters in Canadian and BC history. To commemorate the occasion, Christine Hagemoen shares some local Japanese Canadian stories and historic community landmarks...
Apr 11, 2022
You Should Know About the History of Vancouver’s Once Thriving Comic Book Industry
Local historian, Christine Hagemoen, discovers that Vancouver was once an integral part of the Golden Age of Canadian comics.
Feb 3, 2022
How to Familiarize Yourself with Mount Pleasant’s Rich and Little Known History, On Foot
Christine Hagemoen shares a sampling of the many stories haunting this Vancouver neighbourhood, included in her newly published walking guide.
Dec 6, 2021
How Mandarin Oranges Once Marked the Beginning of Vancouver’s Holiday Season
An in-depth look at how the role of these little 'easy-to-peel' Chinese oranges has evolved since their introduction to Vancouver circa the late 19th century.
Feb 8, 2021
Vancouver’s Cruel and Ridiculous Lack of Public Toilets: A History
Despite its world class pretensions, this city has always made it hard for its citizens to find relief on the go.
Nov 16, 2020
How Chinatown’s ‘Ding-Ho’ Once Ruled Vancouver’s Take-Out and Delivery Game
Christine Hagemoen shares how a trailblazing Canadian-Chinese fast food restaurant indelibly changed our food scene.
Feb 6, 2020
How Mt. Pleasant Narrowly Escaped Having a Massive Cop Shop and Jail
In early the early 1950s, the City of Vancouver had big plans to build a new police station where Kingsgate Mall is today.
Nov 18, 2019
The Origins of Vancouver’s Fitness Fetish
We trace the story of the government-sponsored program that once had Vancouverites sweating en masse.
Oct 22, 2019
You Should Know About Vancouver’s Long, Explosive Relationship With Halloween
Christine Hagemoen dials back the local clock to understand how and why our city associates Halloween with fireworks.
Jul 15, 2019
Iconic Mt. Pleasant Spot Gets a Name Change
A curious new entry on Google Maps inspired a neighbourhood history lover to learn about the formidable Gertrude Guerin.
May 28, 2019
How Bikes Liberated Vancouver
In her latest "You Should Know" story, Christine Hagemoen reminds us of how the bicycle first took our city by storm.
Mar 11, 2019
You Should Know That Gastown Was Home to Canada’s First Movie Theatre
In this edition of 'You Should Know', we remember the groundbreaking Edison Electric Theatre on W. Cordova Street.
Feb 7, 2019
Once Upon a Time, Street Photographers Worked Our Sidewalks Hard
In her latest essay, Christine Hagemoen reminds us of a disappeared facet of daily life in downtown Vancouver.
Jan 10, 2019
Vancouver Once Had a City Architect, and He Was As Prolific As He Was Controversial
The 'You Should Know' series continues with a look at A.J. Bird, the architect behind some of Vancouver's most iconic buildings.
Nov 27, 2018
You Should Know About Pigeon Park
How commercial interests, social engineering politicians, pigeons and people shaped the Downtown Eastside's "living room".
Oct 11, 2018
You Should Know About ‘Newsie Jack’
At just 5'1", newspaper seller Jack Kanchikoff may have been small in stature, but he left a big impression on Vancouver.
Jul 30, 2018
Once a Local Prison, Now a Preschool and Pub
The remnants of the old BC Pen in New Westminster have come a long way in their storied history and you should know about it.