Meet some of Vancouver's top entrepreneurs as they consider a post-pandemic world.
Boulevard presents: The Influencers
This edition of Boulevard’s The Influencers is set against the lush and colorful backdrop of Vancouver’s historically rich Sylvia Hotel
Perched on the edge of English Bay, near Stanley Park and just five minutes from downtown Vancouver, the Sylvia was built in 1912 and designated as a heritage building in 1975. The tallest building in the West End until 1956, this city landmark is immediately recognizable by the brick and terra-cotta exterior and Virginia creeper-an ivy like plant-which covers more than half of the property in a coat of color that changes with the season.
Built as the Sylvia Court Apartments for a “Mr. Goldstein” (who had a daughter named Sylvia), the building fell into hard times during the Depressions and in 1936 was transformed into an apartment hotel. During the Second World War, many of the suites were converted to rooms to provide accommodation for merchant-marine crews. But by the 1960’sit had become a full-service hotel.
In 1954, Vancouver’s first cocktail bar-the medieval-themed Tilting Room – opened at the Sylvia. It was an instant classic, playing host to the likes of Malcolm Lowry and Errol Flynn.
In another piece of Sylvia history, the hotel’s cat, Mr. Got To Go – a stray who arrived at the Sylvia Hotel one day and decided to check in permanently – has inspired popular children’s books and is even included in a song. Perhaps this is why many of the rooms in the hotel are pet friendly, and pets stay at no extra charge.
Today, the Sylvia has 120 guest rooms and suites and several spots to dine and revel in the views, including the hotel’s hugely popular, ocean-view lounge-with it’s large picture windows and cozy fireplace-a sunny patio and Sylvia’s Restaurant with amazing views of English Bay.
“I think the pandemic has really put a spotlight on how busy life and business can become and how quickly it can overrun us, causing us to forget about the little things in life. Post-pandemic I’m really looking forward to finding a healthy balance between the two.”
“Personally, the pandemic has shown me how fragile and quickly things in life can change. Our business has shown how, when we work together as a close team, we can overcome large obstacles.”
Westeck Windows and Doors
Recently, Westeck’s Branch Manager Massimo Rizzi and Sales Manager Justin Vroegop were featured in the Boulevard Magazine Influencers Edition for June 2021.
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