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In Their Habitat: Jacqueline Tupper

Words by Ženija Esmits
Pictures by Helena McMurdo

 Photo: Helena McMurdo

Photo: Helena McMurdo

It was a perfect day on South Granville. A perfect day that is, for trying on shoes.

With an enormous grin on her face, a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Jacqueline happily greets us. Not quite out of breath having just arrived to the store after her monthly guest spot on BT Breakfast, "This is my only pair of black shoes - I haven't had time to change out of them." Jacqueline says, looking at her feet. A black patent pump with metallic studs on the toes look back up at her. This is hardly an average shoe and this is hardly your average shoe store. We sat down with The Lady of Lords

"I've seen it all and smelled it all." says Jacqueline. Right. Obviously these are occupational hazards. A business where you're half podiatrist half stylist, tact and taste go hand in foot. This is how we know Jacqueline Tupper. Shoe guru and neighborhood staple.

But before Lord's, came a whole mess of other stuff - from beers to DeBeers.

Over a decade ago, Jacqueline transferred to UBC from Alberta to pursue her studies. An education that was a far cry from the science of shoes (her term ). Geochemistry: science yes, shoes not so much. She planted herself on Hemlock and 10th and continued with her schooling - and if there's one thing we know about new residents of the South Granville, it's that all roads lead to Barney's. Jacqueline became friendly with the Barney's staff (as is want to happen) and it wasn't long before she was coerced into picking up a shift or three. Working three months on, three months off in mining camps up north, the Barney's job made sense. 

Time wore on, money was saved and one day as Jacqueline was tying the vintage Givenchy scarf (courtesy of Grandma Lord) around her head in preparation for a hard day in the drilling camp, she was struck with a feeling that she may be more inclined to a career in fashion than a career in a lab coat. As well as an innate need to express her personal style, she says she wasn't excited about telling people what she did for a living. Diamonds. Meh, amiright ladies? 

Not fitting in with the Geochemistry set was one thing, but Jacqueline yearned to have her own shop - a dream she's had for years. A dream that no amount of bedazzling goggles, tie-dying lab coats and wrapping her head in Givenchy scarves could satisfy. Lord's however was not the original plan. The name Lord's and extending the family business was something that just happened after realizing it may just be the perfect fit (like a shoe, get it). Discussions with her mother, the then reighning Lord's Queen led Jacqueline to open the Vancouver destination for shoes. 

Almost 10 years later and three generations deep Lord's Shoes happily resides at 2932 Granville St. It had a rocky (read: wet) start, but has flourished in SG, keeping its heritage but infused with Jacqueline's personality

"We had been open six weeks and there was a flood upstairs, we had customers helping us haul stock out of the store." Talk about a loyal following. One can only imagine the numbers in the Lord's Fan Club now. South Granville started out as Jacqueline's home and has turned into so much more. Like any resident she has her favorite restaurant (Barney's, obvi) and her favorite place in the hood. 

"I'll just start walking and for years I've ended up sitting on the bench by the retirement home on 16th past Burrard, I don't even know how I get there." 

But beyond Barney's and benches, when asked what drew her to the neighborhood, Jacqueline talks about the strong independent business presence of South Granville, in particular the strong female entrepreneurs. And lucky for us, among those ambitious and clever women is The Lady of Lord's. 


In Their Habitat: Genevieve Allen

WORDS BY ŽENIJA ESMITS
Pictures by Helena McMurdo

On a brisk but tolerable winter morning and equipped with bribes (lattes and mini pain au chocolate) we arrived at South Granville gem; Violet Boutique. Proprietor and inhabiter; Genevieve Allen opened her doors to us so we could snap photos, bombard her with questions and bask in the loveliness that is her shop. Helena was armed with her camera and I with my broken pencil and scraps of paper. 

As usual Genevieve greeted us with her easy laugh and bright personality. I’ve known Genevieve casually for several years. However since Violet closed its doors on 15th and re-opened down on 6th I don’t see her as often as I’d like. But the move has been wonderful for her and her business. Resident pup, Bea was on hand to oversee the proceedings. “I combed her ears specially today” Genevieve said as she picked up the exceedingly cute King Charles spaniel.  

Genevieve is born, raised, educated and thriving in Vancouver and has lived and worked in the neighborhood for years. She began her love affair with South Granville working at the celebrated restaurant West, while attending Emily Carr for Fine Arts. After a couple of years, Genevieve yearned for a change. Quitting her job and dashing across the street she found the change she was looking for at Misch. Surrounded by all things gorgeous she was in her element. Dipping her toe in the fashion retail pool she was hooked and assisting with buying and venturing to style hubs such as Paris and New York it became apparent it was time for Genevieve to realize her dream of opening a shop of her own. 

Harnessing her creativity and experience the Violet we know and love was born in 2008. Originally looking at locations all over the city, fate presented itself and she found herself back in familiar territory when an ideal spot opened up on SG. When asked where the name Violet came from, Genevieve answered, “It’s a really boring story, I wanted to name it Blanche.” She was met with disapproval (for reasons I don't understand) and other names were debated until Violet (named for the flower not the color) was chosen. An appropriate name I think now, especially after learning about Genevieve’s love for fragrance. When she travels, Genevieve’s go-to keepsake is a bottle of perfume. The romance and practicality of this kills me. The romance continues as she talks about her perfume bottle collection, describing with excitement her most prized art deco cut glass treasure.

Violet, Bea and Genevieve worked happily just South of Meinhardts for several years. However finally in 2013 it was time to move. Keeping it in the hood, Violet joined the new generation of inhabiters down on 6th Ave. There’s a feeling of community and family in this little pocket of lower SG that Genevieve loves. Her favorite neighborhood spots have shifted and now they include the acclaimed; Farmer’s Apprentice and Beaucoup Bakery. 

We had a great morning, chatting about mystery novels, perfume bottles and the joys of being a self proclaimed home-body. We talked about trying to get back into painting, (which she equates to exercising), and most desired pieces currently residing in the store. There's A LOT to covet in Violet. Genevieve makes trips to New York a few times a year and thoughtfully chooses pieces based on experience, customer demand and adapting to trends. From embroidered clutches to metallic trousers, my grimy little mitts want to touch everything. 

The boutique has a tranquility about it, with a feeling of sunshine and summer that is present (even when it's cloudy) due to it's high ceilings, expanse of windows and calm white walls. When talking with Genevieve we discusss travel and how her buy trips no longer include Europe. We discuss her favorite destination, Kauai (and her latest fragrant acquisition). It's interesting to note that the geographical change of her shop has also changed the ambience. Keeping its original warmth and friendliness it's now less a Parisian boutique and more a relaxing getaway. Seasons and fashions change, but the most important part of Violet remains constant: Genevieve. Her vision, and dedication to something she truly loves is apparent and her shop exudes hospitality and style. Like so many times we pass by Violet we leave after our interview in a great mood with Genevieve waving to us through her window while Bea dozes in a sun beam. 


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In Their Habitat: Brennen Murray

(hum Broadway-style tune here)...You've come a long way....from Burlesque to Beans!....Hmmm Hummmm  (jazz hands).  Yup, that's right, I said "Burlesque".  It's amazing what people will tell you about themselves over a coffee!  Meet Brennen Murray, new to the SG scene but an old hand at coffee and making folks feel comfy as they drink their favourite elixir! As for the burlesque part?  It's a steaming show at the Bump 'N Grind but the shorts stay on....

Neighbourhood? 

Vancouver.  I lived here for three years until about a year ago.  I returned to Vancouver in October and have been floating since then, waiting for my own place to materialize.

How long have you lived here? 

I’ve lived in Vancouver for six years now.  I come from the interior originally, from a small town called Savona, then by way of Kamloops for university. 

What is it about the neighbourhood that inspires you the most? 

The future…that, and our favourite opera singer. 

Preferred method of transportation?

Bicycle – everywhere.

Favourite neighbourhood joint? 

Dose Espresso Bar on Broadway. Tony and Vivian kill it! 

Favourite place to shop in the neighbourhood? 

La Vie en Rose.  It just fits.

What do you do?

I help run the Bump’ N Grind cafe, both the Commercial and South Granville locations. 

How long have you been doing that? 

3 years.

How would you describe your “art”?

My coffee is precise.  My writing is anything but.

Favourite drink? 

Whiskey, neat.

Where to get it?

From the bottle.

What are you currently reading?

“Howl”,  by Allen Ginsberg. 

Favourite item of clothing? 

Shorts.

Favourite fragrance? 

Fresh lavender.  Luckily there is a lot of it growing in planters in and around the South Granville area.

Favourite place(s) to vacation? 

Heaven and Hell.

Biggest influencers?  

Kyle Straw, Steve Burgess and a plethora of other coffee snobs. 

24 Hours with? 

Margaret Atwood.  Lucky for me, I named my cat after her so it's an accessible dream.

In Their Habitat: Jessy Kimpinski

Words by Louisa Cohen

Photography by Helena McMurdo

Sunday has always been a day that creates some internal ambivalence… it’s the end of the weekend, and the “Sunday night scaries” as I like to call them creep up as the workweek is just around the corner; however, I have a newfound love with Sunday mornings…and that is because I take a spin class with Jessy Kimpinski a.k.a. The Sweat Project at Cadence Cycling Studio (6th & Fir).  

In fact, any day that I take one of Jessy’s spin classes becomes a good day. Yes, it’s all of those endorphins popping off – but I am sure it also has everything to-do with this lovely lady’s infectious positive energy; the corners of my mouth can’t help but turn upwards. Her sense of humour and wicked taste in music always make this 45-minute sweat much more than just a workout on a bike, this class is now my ritual.

It’s so refreshing to meet Jessy, who works in the fitness world but also just seems like a real person, her easy going cool-girl attitude makes working out approachable (but still challenging, trust me!) and yes, I have seen Jessy enjoying pastries next-door at Beaucoup just like the rest of us humans… Without further ado – a little more on the lovely and fit Jessy Kimpinski. 

  Helena McMurdo Photography . All rights reserved.

Helena McMurdo Photography. All rights reserved.

Neighbourhood?

Kits!! And I frigging love it :)

How long have you lived here?

I moved to Vancouver in August 2013, after spending a year living in Manly Beach, Australia. I'm originally from Kitchener, ON but always new I would live somewhere on the coast and somewhere that fitness and being active is just away of life!  

What is it about the neighbourhood that inspires you the most?

The Kits and South Granville community inspires me in so many ways. I am always amazed how many people I see out on the seawall running, or walking with their yoga mat to head to a class, outdoor bootcamps, volleyball on the beach, the list is endless. Fitness and health is just a way of life here and I am inspired and motivated by people's dedication to their best life, every single day! 

Preferred method of transportation?

Love hitting the pavement in my Nike frees! You will find me walking or jogging everywhere. 

Favourite neighbourhood joint?

I would definitely say Beaucoup. I am obsessed with their pastries and need my daily americano

Favourite place to shop in the neighbourhood?

I love my Sunday produce shop at Young Bros Produce.

What do you do?

Everyday I get to hang out with the coolest, and most inspiring people and make them SWEAT! I teach group spin, TRX, kettlebell, circuit and outdoor bootcamps and also do some personal training in the South Granville 'hood.

How long have you been doing that?

Let's just say when I started teaching classes I was playing my music with a cassette tape. Taught my first aerobic class in 1999 and have been in the health and fitness industry ever since!

How would you describe your approach to fitness?

Fun, high energy, and challenging.

Every time I have taken one of your spin classes – you seem to have a permanent smile from ear-to-ear… can you explain how that is possible?

I am genuinely having a blast on the instructor bike, can't even help but smile.  Its just like a big sweaty party with 30 hard working, inspiring friends!  

Favourite drink?

A cold Kronenbourg Blanc, with an orange slice 

Where to get it?

I love the Wicklow patio on a hot summer day! 

What are you currently reading?

Just finishing the novel Gone Girl.

Also reading a book called Better Movement.

Favourite item of clothing?

I love me a good pair of black stretchy pants to have a good workout in:) I would have to say the new run inspire tights from Lululemon are my current favourite item of clothing!

When I'm not working, you will find me rocking boyfriend jeans with my favourite John Fluevog boots, a grey hoodie and a beanie!

Favourite fragrance?

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Favourite place(s) to vacation?

My favorite place I have ever been is Manly Beach, Australia. The weather, the surf, the people, the yoga and the coffee! Just the best! Planning a trip there this year and can't wait. 

Biggest influencers?

My biggest influencer is my Nanny! She's such a strong, kind, generous soul and has taught me what it is to be a strong and independent woman.  

24 Hours with?

Ellen Degeneres! I love laughing and she frigging cracks me up!!

In Their Habitat: Michael Wells

Meet Michael Wells of Mr. Hobbs Barber Shop. Michael started his barber training when he was 15 years old, in London, England and has brought that experience and more to his new space in the South Granville neighbourhood. A delightful mix of old world meets new from his vintage barber chairs, hot towel machine and dart board, to the very logo on the shop window showing a typical English gentleman walking his dog.

The shop is actually named after Michael's dog Hobbs whose picture is in a place of honour on the wall as you enter. Like a more elegant "man cave" there is a comfortable and welcoming personal style evident in the framed sailors knots (he's also an avid sailor), various photos and a remarkable model ship, Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour which took Michael six months to build.

So drop on by! The big screen "telly" is on and chances are there's a match, soccer to you folks here. Don't worry if there's a line-up, just put your name on the chalk board and have a seat. In the meantime as you wait, ask him about his model ship...or have a game of darts!

Neighbourhood?  

We live in the Kits area.

How long have you lived here?  

Over eight years now and we truly enjoy the area.

What is it about the neighbourhood that inspires you the most?  

Walking the neighbourhood - you don't need to drive anywhere.  We particularly enjoyed watching the South Granville Street evolve over the years.

Preferred method of transportation?

My wife and I enjoy walking.

Favourite neighbourhood joint?  

We like to go to the Stanley and the 5th Avenue theatre when we have the time,which is quite limited right now

Favourite place to shop in the neighbourhood?  

My wife shops at most spots in South Granville...too numerous to name!

What do you do?

I'm a Barber - I  own and operate Mr. Hobbs Barber Shop on Granville Street, between 14th and 15th Avenues.

How long have you been doing that?  

I opened the shop 10 months ago because I thought the South Granville area needed a new Barber Shop vibe.

How would you describe your art?

Barbering in the old days was considered a "Trade" however, today one needs to be on top of your "Trade" with the latest trends while maintaining the "Tradition" of the art.

Favourite drink?  

Right now we are enjoying 2012 Red Wines.

Where to get it?

The South Granville Wine shop has a great selection.

What are you currently reading?

"40 Years of Fleetwood Mac" - one of my clients wrote the book.

Favourite item of clothing?  

My hat!

Favourite fragrance?  

Sandlewood.

Favourite place(s) to vacation?  

Kayaking the Broken Islands.

Biggest influencers?  

My family.

24 Hours with?  

With my wife Nancy and our new grandson.

 

 

In Their Habitat: James Allison

James, an architect, has been an SGInhabiter and familiar face here for 15 years.   He is often seen striding purposefully along Granville Street with an air of mystery and is such a fixture in the 'hood that you can set your watch by him (indeed, I had noticed him for years before I accosted him 9 years ago, introduced myself as a fellow SGI neighbour, and demanded to know his name).  As much as he likes to walk though, he also does some sitting.  We managed to catch up with him at Barney's, enjoying a pint, talking shop and sketching architectural plans with friends.  Without further ado, meet the man behind the hair...

 Photo: © 2014  Helena McMurdo

Photo: © 2014 Helena McMurdo

Neighbourhood?

South Granville - Hycroft Towers.

How long have you lived here?

15 years.

What is it about the neighbourhood that inspires you the most?

The sense of community.

Preferred method of transportation?

Walking.

Favourite neighbourhood joint?

Caffé Barney.

Favourite place to shop in the neighbourhood?

When I was first asked, Oscars Art Books was my favourite place to shop in the neighbourhood.  Now it is gone. Apparently, most people only buy books online now.   I miss the many Mom and Pop businesses which have steadily been forced out of the neighbourhood due to rent increases:  Jackson Meats, McKinnon's Bakery, and the Chinese green grocers, amongst others.  These businesses all provided convenient, needed daily goods and services and have been replaced mostly by faceless American multinational chain stores which I have little use for and do my best to avoid.

What do you do?

Architect.

How long have you been doing that?

26 years.

How would you describe your art?

I would describe my approach to architecture as an attempt to meld the romantic (the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious or idealized) with the pragmatic (a practical approach to problem solving, thoughts proven by actions).  Romantic Pragmatism.

Favourite drink?

A Manhattan.

Where to get it?

West, sitting at the bar, late at night.

What are you currently reading?

"Underworld", by Don DeLillo.

Favourite item of clothing?

A full length midnight blue cashmere overcoat.

Favourite fragrance?

On a woman - Chanel No. 5.

Favourite place(s) to vacation?

Rome, Italy.  Barcelona, Spain.  Kyuquot, BC.

Biggest influencers?

Personally:  my late father who taught me that you are always and forever only as good as your word.  Professionally:   Arthur Erickson, for whom I had the honour and privilege of working.

24 Hours with?

Present:  Richard Serra.

Past:  Eileen Gray.

Posted on April 3, 2014 and filed under In Their Habitat.

In their Habitat: Joanna Delaney

Joanna Delaney is a local designer and dressmaker, specializing in bridal ware and vintage restoration. Last week she went against her better judgement and invited two strangers (Helena and myself) into her home for a chat. 

Originally from Liverpool, Joanna came to Canada 18 years ago. Slightly more recently she moved to South Granville. Seven years ago she began her SG love-affair on Hemlock that segued into a brief and ill-fated stint in Kits, which brings us to her current live/work space in an historic walk-up off just off Granville St.

Joannas been in her delightful place for 2 years and has set it up to be the perfect mix of professional slash inviting. Her building is almost 100 years old and is gently steeped in Vancouver history. Apparently, the now apartment building served to house the sailors that traveled and worked on freighters close to the turn of the century. And by century I'm referring to the 20th century and by turn I mean roughly the 1920's. The historic building even had a bar downstairs. Now that's convenient.

Joanna's passion for designing couture was the culmination of many years moving through the ranks at a Vancouver bridal boutique coupled with her studies at Helen Lefeaux under the guidance of Jason Matlo.

 Photo © 2014  Helena McMurdo

Photo © 2014 Helena McMurdo

As her full-time career progressed so did her passion. Joanna became a fit technician at two home-grown retail heavy weights: Lululemon and Aritzia, all the while designing dresses on the side. Her clients are women that can't find their dream dress in traditional boutiques. They come to Joanna from near and far (Japan)  in order to make their wedding dress dreams come true. Her side business became so busy that she began having to turn jobs down. The penny dropped. So one faithful day not two months ago she turned her passion into her full-time career and at this early stage in the game is already hiring an intern. Continued success is guaranteed for Joanna Delaney.

Joanna picked SG for her home as well as business for a variety of reasons. It's central (her clients can attest to the convenience) and she was drawn to the street shopping that has a sense of refinement not found in other Vancouver neighborhoods. A true supporter and inhabiter of South Granville, Joanna’s favorite places are many: from outlying SG at Beaucoup Bakery and Heather Ross to Central SG for sustenance at Rangoli or Caffe Barney, to all the way up at Gala Fabrics for the occasional sewing emergency. The list goes on - from stylish boutiques to the Running Room. The only thing missing she thinks is a green grocer. Helena and I concur.

Between chatting and shooting photos we agreed, for three female entrepreneurs, South Granville is a pretty great place to be for work and for play. 

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In Their Habitat: Terry Hayashi

Terry Hayashi is a new face to some us here in South Granville, but after meeting him, I guarantee it will seem like you've always known him.  As manager of the Stable House he's a busy man,  but always available for a friendly greeting and a chat, and he amiably agreed to our humble interview.  Although much of the atmosphere at the "Stable" comes from the shrewd and artful interior design, it mostly comes from the lovely folks who keep it humming.  Indeed, that cozy warmth that you feel when you walk in the door comes from the friendly staff, and from Terry himself.

Neighbourhood?

SGI:  I noticed you left this blank....

TH:  Ok, ok....Kits.  But I have my passport and I had my shots....

How long have you lived here?

I lived in South Granville for five years when I first moved to Vancouver.  Loved it - lived within three blocks of all my friends.

What is it about the neighbourhood that inspires you the most?

Without a doubt, it is the sense of community.  I grew up in a very tight community and moving into this area made for a very smooth transition to Vancouver.

Preferred method of transportation?

My own two feet - not only gets me where I need to go but relaxes me at the same time.

Favourite neighbourhood joint?

I have spent some time in both Barney's and Ouisi's but the Stable House takes all my attention nowadays.

Favourite place to shop in the neighbourhood?

Chapters.  It is never a quick trip - I end up spending a couple of hours there.

What do you do?

I manage the Stable House Bistro and own a small wine agency.  So basically, I am a dishwasher, a busser, a cleaner, a delivery person, a server, a bartender, and a cook.

How long have you been doing that?

I jumped on board with the Stable House three weeks before the opening at the beginning of December.

Favourite drink?

I'm a moody person.  My drink will usually reflect that.  Wine, beer, glass of milk...I love it all!

Where to get it?

The Stable House, of course!

What are you currently reading?

"Under Heaven" by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay

Favourite item of clothing?

Sandals - because if I'm wearing them, it means it is hot.

Favourite fragrance?

"Play" by Givenchy

Favourite place(s) to vacation?

I never get two weeks off so my vacations consist of weekend getaways to Vegas to play some poker.

Biggest influencers?

Everyone I meet.  Biggest lessons in my life have often come from the most unlikely of sources.  Everyone has something to teach you - you just need to be willing to listen.

24 Hours with?

I'm a huge 49ers fan so I would have to say Joe Montana.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on January 23, 2014 and filed under In Their Habitat.