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Take a Day Trip to a Heritage BC Farm

28 Jul


In BC, we are spoiled by beautifully diverse landscapes and nearly 20,000 farms. When we went exploring in Ladner BC, we ended up at the Westham Island Herb Farm. The experience was full of authentic hospitality. The boisterous farmers greeted us as they stood in the shade shucking garlic.


Sharron Ellis has proudly maintained her lineage and heritage by continuing the farming practices that her family began in the early 1900’s. There have been five generations of farmers in the Ellis famly. This history is visible throughout the farm’s various antique farming artifacts and the delicious food.



This adorable farm is a great example of local, family-run goodness. In the “General Store” (above), there is an abundance of fresh local produce, handmade aprons, and honey!


The experience of visiting this farm is like stepping back in time. It is a delightful family day-trip that is worth the drive (less than one hour from Vancouver). If you don’t make it out this summer, the Westham Island Farm also has an excellent pumpkin patch in the Fall. The harvest-time festivities are a fantastic family adventure. Visiting local farmers is a fun way to support our local economy and a great way to connect to BC’s cultural heritage.

The Westham Island Herb Farm is open to the public 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (from May 1 – October 31). It is located at 4690 Kirkland Road in Ladner BC. For more information, you can phone: (604) 946-4393 or e-mail: farmer@westhamislandherb.ca 


Saul Good Gifts + the ‘We Are Local’ Pop Up Shop

28 Nov

‘We Are Local’ Holiday Pop-Up Shop




From now to December 31, 2012




Open Daily 11-7




2539 Main St.




We are excited to be participating in the ‘We are Local’ Pop Up Shop’! This shop is an innovative way to do your holiday shopping, because it provides the experience of enjoying a curated art exhibit. While you shop, you can enjoy one of the six talented local illustrators, who have been invited to paint the front window of the shop (one per week).




In addition to featuring local gift boxes, this Pop-Up Shop features beautiful gift certificates to your favourite independently-owned local businesses. You can also purchase unique greeting cards and stocking stuffers.






Support your local economy and buy local gifts this holiday season! It is fun, delicious, creative and unique.




Participating businesses:






Ainsworth Custom Design


The Archetype






Bird on a Wire


The Board of Trade Co.


Brick & Mortar Living


Button Button


Café Medina


The Cascade Room




Charlie & Lee


Collage Collage


Community Thrift & Vintage


Country Beads




Devil May Wear


Dilly Dally


The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen




El Camino’s


Erin Templeton




The Five Point


Habit Lounge


Heather Ross [in house]


Honey Gifts




Kafka’s Coffee


Kali Trading


Kranky Cafe


Kroma Artist AcrylicsLace Embrace




Little Dream


Lucy’s Eastside Diner









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Why the 1% is not all bad…

08 Nov


Corporations get a bad rap. I won’t argue, there are corporations out there that maximize profit at any cost. Companies that constantly take for shareholder benefit without a broad understanding of the impact it has on people and the communities, in which it operates. This is not good business and doesn’t have to be the status quo.




As you may know, “incorporated” is not inherently a dirty word. More and more companies are understanding this. Businesses are learning how to thrive while doing good. The landscape is changing.




There is a 1% that’s doing some good. Certified B Corporations are a refreshing international movement building momentum throughout the business world. There are over 650 companies than comprise less than 1% of the business community. These companies include some of the most progressive and influential businesses on the planet. For example: Patagonia, Method and Ben & Jerry’s have declared loud and clear that caring for people and the planet is good for business. This “care” is not a bunch of confusing eco-jargon or greenwashing, it is the real deal. It is the sound of Certified B Corporations walking their talk.




In order to become a Certified B Corporation, your business must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance. The certification process eliminates confusion while increasing confidence in consumers.




It’s simple: People like good products that do good. When a company is a Certified B Corporation, you don’t have to spend time scrolling through labels, jargon, seals and itty bitty fine print.  Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment. When you become a B Corporation, the impact of your company in relation to these categories receives a public score, which adds transparency and legitimacy to the movement.




B Corporations in Vancouver




Vancouver is a leading hub for progressive business in Canada and home to a handful of Certified B Corps we’d like to highlight for their leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. We appreciate that they see opportunities in the challenges we face in Vancouver. These innovative businesses seek to collaborate with allied businesses, in order to make our city a better place to live and work.




Saul Good’s Vancouver B Corp Top Picks




Salt Spring Coffee has shown how a small start up coffee roaster can influence an industry. I’m not a coffee snob, but I know what I like and what tastes good. In fact, I’ve built my business on it. Salt Spring Coffee makes great coffee. Their Metta Espresso has made a place in my life each and every day. On a community, operational and supply chain level, Salt Spring Coffee is leading the way while making exquisite gourmet coffee. Learn more…




Alterrus Systems (also known as Local Garden). A unique company that has developed revolutionary technology for local food production. By better using vertical space in greenhouse and hydroponic technology, their food systems grow more food and keep it close to home. Their first greenhouse is currently under construction on the rooftop of a downtown Vancouver parking garage and we’re excited to see how they progress! Learn more…




Mills Basics. Our local independent office supply company. In 2006, I got to know Brad Mills and his family business when I was part of an MBA team that helped Mills launch a line of green office supplies. It didn’t take long to realize that the value they created was a lot more than the pens and paper they provided to local businesses. Mills Basics is a landmark on the edge of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and has been committed to employ local area residents for decades (long before anyone was talking about corporate social responsibility). This company is a great example of good business being done by good people, who do good work. Learn more..




Tyze. I recently heard this amazing woman named Donna Thomson speak about how she’s used her Tyze network to improve the efficiency of complex health care provided to her son. Tyze Personal Networks is a technology company rooted in social innovation. The tools they’ve developed help facilitate a private community that is centred around one person. This network can consist of neighbours, friends, families and care professionals. This is the type of social innovation that can significantly improve the efficiency and quality of care in the Canadian health care system and beyond. Learn more…




The Saul Good Gift Co. receives a B Corp Award






Since 2006, the Saul Good Gift Co. has been putting a lot of love into our gifts. We are proud to have brought gift baskets into the 21st century. We are also proud to be one of the founding Canadian B Corporations. Initially, we used the B Assessment as a tool to improve our business and we continue to challenge ourselves to improve. Earlier this year, we re-certified as a B Corp and were thrilled to see our score raise from 88 to 116 ( an improvement of 32%). We were even more excited when we found out that we won the 2012 Race For The Top Award! This award acknowledges the most significant score improvement out of all re-certified B Corps!




The B Corporation movement is worth watching and talking about. You can also become apart of it and “be the change”!  With 650 certified B Corps in the World, the movement is growing strong. As of January 2012, there are B Corporations in over 50 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace. From South America to Mongolia to Africa, the momentum is building!




Our Newest Employee Carries a Unique Local Story.

26 Apr

Employees are a gift and in this light we want to welcome Jamie Bryant, a new addition to our team. Like any great local gift, Jamie carries a unique local story. The chapter of the story that brought her to Saul Good Gift Co. involves Jamie’s experience reclaiming her cultural roots and the Vancity event with Paul Hawken last fall.


Jamie’s care for people and planet took on a new meaning when she began the process of reconnecting with her First Nations heritage. Her grandmother was We-Wai-Kai First Nations from Quadra Island, but she lost her status when she married an Englishman.


A bill was recently passed that allows grandchildren of First Nations citizens to reclaim what was taken away from their grandparents. When Jamie sought to retrieve these pieces of herself, she was welcomed into a treaty meeting where three bands work together as a unified community. Although she had never met any of these people, they were all related and working towards collective goals.


Jamie was taken aback by the power of this interconnectivity. As this experience unfolded, she began to think about how this approach could translate into larger environmental and economic issues.


At the Vancity Paul Hawken event, Jamie realized that a similar process of interconnectivity was playing out in Vancouver through local businesses living and growing within the local economic ecosystem. Instead of functioning like isolated entities, our local businesses are working together to create an interesting place for us all to live and work.


Jamie is looking forward to making a difference….and helping us with the strenuous task of sampling local organic treats. Her favorite so far is the handmade white chocolate bark with candied ginger and matcha by Schokolade.