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Business Feature: The Flag Shop

You don’t need to look far to see how The Flag Shop (1615 Powell St.) has contributed to the artistry and impact of the East Village neighbourhood. The beautifully crafted flags that adorn our neighbourhood lamp posts were printed at The Flag shop. They happen to supply many of the street banners seen around the city for many different clients such as other BIAs, Science World, the Vancouver Aquarium, and the Whitecaps. The first specialty flag shop of its kind, now with 11 locations across the country, and 100% Canadian owned, with their headquarters right here in the neighbourhood. They’re your best choice for flag construction, and distribution with the work to back up their incredible reputation!

The Flag Shop has been a staple of Vancouver’s flag and banner manufacturing since 1975. Manufacturing and retailing local, and international flags as well as a wide selection of Pride, and specialty flags. They also carry all flag-related products from handheld stick flags, car flags, to flagpoles, finials, bases and other flag products. But it’s custom flags that are their true specialty, bringing your own patterns, and designs to life, and a helping with presenting them a realty. The Flag Shop staff are willing to help advise with everything from pole selection, to installation.

“Our President, Susan Braverman has had a long love affair with BIA’s (Business Improvement Associations). How magical it is when a BIA is supplied by its own members! It’s a warm and fuzzy feeling because BIAs are all about that – a sense of community and supporting each other. So, when we had the honour of making feather flags and a tablecloth for East Village BIA, we were immediately struck by the sheer beauty of the situation: East Village’s feather flags and tablecloth were being made IN East Village, and not by any other merchant, but by The Flag Shop! We were an icon in Kitsilano for nearly 40 years and now, seeing East Village BIA’s tablecloth and feather flags going through the printers in our production department was something that made us stop and take notice! We’re so proud to be part of East Village, our own home community!”

Article: Paul C. Panko (EVBIA)
Photos: Michal Urbanek

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