The City of Dawson Creek, BC has a population of 14,245. Dawson Creek is also referred to as Mile ‘0’ of the Alaska Highway. The primary industries are agriculture, natural gas & oil and lastly tourism. It is a delight to visit Dawson Creek. It has a very artsy feel to it. Vintage & Restoration Love is a shop reminds me of something I would see in St. Jacobs, Ontario. It was a pleasant surprise to find it in a city close to Fort St. John. It is an eclectic mix of vintage and new home décor items, upcycled furniture and restored furniture. Natasha Lacourse, the owner promotes local artisans and her store also features delicious local and BC food items. Natasha is a great resource when you are working on a paint DIY. If you have issues with your project talk to Natasha she will be pleased to help you. Vintage & Restoration Love is a thriving business and I wondered how Natasha uses social media for supply chain management.
Upon embarking on this quest for an organization to represent in this final case study, it was suggested to me that I write about my business Value Vintage Fun (VVF). VVF is a small yet significant business that I have owned and operated in essence since 1991. It all started as a casual dinner comment from a friend visiting from Tokyo who suggested that I sell my collection of Anchor Hocking Fire King coffee mugs from the 1950’s; the Japanese market would be crazy for them, especially in Fire-King Cafes! To that end she connected me with an antique dealer in Tokyo. I used a fax machine as a method of receiving orders. My payments were sent by regular post. I sometimes think back to those days and wonder how social media may have first-handedly impacted the business back then. I have since witnessed many changes in technology and consumer attitudes on items that were once labelled old and dated to now being valued as retro and vintage.