10 FAMILY RUN BUSINESSES in Vancouver You Should Know About

Gentle Fawn CEO and Founder
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As the old saying goes, you should never mix family and business.  While a simple Google search will yield countless results for family owned and operated businesses that have gone up in flames, the following Vancouver-based businesses are proof that sometimes, it’s best to keep it in the family.

10 Fraiche Sheet Foods

What do you get when you combine two experienced, culinary talents with a mutual passion for healthy living? A meal-delivery and catering service unlike any other. Fraiche Sheet Foods was inspired by husband and wife team Dennis and Dariya Peckham’s desire to give their clients dishes that are as creative and delicious as it is nutritious, each made from local and sustainable ingredients.  

Fraiche’s website features a wide variety of imaginative and frequently rotating dishes from Vegan Buddha Bowls and Korean-style BBQ Chicken to Sustainable Salmon with Quinoa and Peanut Sauce! Each dish is even accompanied by a complete Nutrition Facts panel.

Rewind back, Fraiche’s founder first met back in 2011, while working together at Black + Blue.  Dennis, a BC dude, had come from Vancouver’s legendary Lumière and the three-Michelin-starred Per Se (New York) and The French Laundry (Napa Valley). Dariya, who moved to BC from Bulgaria after high school, worked her way to a front-of-house master for Glowbal Group and Cactus Club Cafe.

Website | www.fraichesheetfoods.com

Fraiche’s founders, Dennis and Dariya Peckham

9 Lombardo’s Pizzeria

A beloved gem in Little Italy, Lombardo’s is run by some tight-knit, fierce women! Patti Lombardo took over Vancouver’s first wood oven pizzeria after her divorce from her restauranteur husband Marcello, and it continues to be a family-run operation. Her daughters Elizabeth and Sonia, managing both the front and back-end, with daughter Giulia working as the head chef!

Watch our Eat Your Way Through COMMERCIAL DRIVE video for more on Lombardo’s!

Website | www.lombardos.ca

8 Timebomb Trading Inc./ FBOMB Trading

Created in 1992 by brothers Kinny Cheung, Kinson Cheung, Garret Louie and Nick Louie, Timebomb Trading has evolved from a start-up with just 4 partners, 1 employee and 7,000 sq.feet, into reputable, global leaders for streetwear and action sports, offering Canadians access to the best brands in the world, including Obey, Emerica, and Etnies.

In 2018, they celebrated their 25 year anniversary!

Website | http://timebombtrading.com/hello.html

7 Thai House Restaurants

Patrick Chen opened one of the first Chinese seafood restaurants in Richmond called the Unicorn in the early 80s. During a trip to Thailand in 1985, he was introduced to Thai cuisine and opened the original Thai House in time for Expo 86. He passed on his entrepreneurial spirit to his son, Desmond Chen, who started working at the original Thai house when he was just 13 years old. Young Desmond learned everything from the bottom up, helping in the kitchen to the dining room. Once he graduated from high school, he began to help the family business full time.
Today, The Thai House Restaurant Group has grown to include Urban Thai Bistro and Pink Elephant Thai.  The group has won tons of awards like the Westender Gold Award Reader’s Choice for ‘Best Thai’ and the Vancouver Magazine Reader’s Choice award for ‘Best Asian’ for 14 years straight!

Website | http://thaihouse.com/

Desmond Chen, Thai House Restaurants
(Photo/ Alfonso Arnold )

6 Heatherbrae Builders

F0r nearly 30 years, Heatherbrae, a family owned and operated company run by the Knight family have been leaders in construction and in producing environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings. They’ve worked on some of the most recognized and historic buildings in Vancouver like the Telus World of Science and the Pacific Central Via Rail Station.

With experience in fashion retail and hospitality, Tim Knight, one of the sons, also owns Strathcona Beer Company in East Vancouver.

Website | http://heatherbrae.com/

5 Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

Eat good, feel good.  No one understands that logic better than wife and husband super-duo Meghan and Steve Clarke, founders of Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods.

Passionate about creating fresh, healthy and delicious food, Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods first opened its doors in 2013 in Kitsilano. To date, there are six locations, including a shop in Toronto. The company sources local and seasonal ingredients and makes all of their food in small batches on-site daily for guaranteed freshness.

Website | http://tractorfoods.com/

4 Bodega on Main

The second you walk into Bodega on Main, you become a part of the family. Opened in September 2015, by siblings Paul and Natalie Rivas, the pair have added their own fresh take on the traditional tapas.  Their father, Francisco Rivas, was co-owner of La Bodega, a Vancouver institution for over 43 years and Bodega honours their Dad’s legacy of bringing an authentic taste of Spain to Vancouver – with a much more eclectic vibe.

Inspired by their father’s vision and their Spanish heritage and love of all things Spanish, a visit to Bodega legit feels like being in Spain!

Despite being a newer restaurant, Bodega has already racked up awards, being recognized by the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Courier and Westender in their Spanish, Latin or Mediterranean Food categories.  In 2018, they won the title of Best Mediterranean and runner-up for Best Hot Spot in the Populist Awards.

Website | www.bodegaonmain.ca

Paul and Natalie Rivas, owners of Bodega on Main

3 JJ Bean

Guided by the principle that “the best taste wins,” the Neate family has been roasting high quality, small batch coffee in Vancouver for four generations. Established in 1996 by John Neate Jr., JJ Bean Coffee Roasters has since expanded to the East Coast, opening up their first Toronto store in North York with three additional locations throughout the city.

Website | www.jjbeancoffee.com

2 Gentle Fawn

With over 700 multi-brand retail stores carrying the line across North America, Gentle Fawn has grown immensely since first emerging onto the scene in 2003. Gentle Fawn was founded in Vancouver by husband and wife team, Daniel and Carla Hogg after being inspired by a rare collection of antique ceramic fawns. The collection is known for its signature feminine and playful dresses, tops, cozy sweaters, kimonos, and bralettes.

Website | www.gentlefawn.com

Gentle Fawn CEO and Founder

1 Herschel Supply Co

It’s pretty much impossible to walk around Vancouver without seeing at least one Herschel backpack. Founded in 2009 by bros Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, the name Herschel Supply Co. is inspired by the name of the town where three generations of their family grew up.

Herschel sells its products in over 70 countries and this year marked a significant milestone for the brand, opening up its first bricks-and-mortar store in Gastown.

Website | https://herschel.ca/

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