Highlights from 2014

Every year is a banner year for us! Here are just a few major projects and jobs we have undertaken this year as well as a few more personal items.

January:

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We had our AGM in sunny Ottawa. Banners for Vancouver Aquarium’s Up Close exhibit went up
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We helped North Shore Search & Rescue honour the late Tim Jones.

 


February:

The 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Sochi. We sold a lot of flags! (But not as many as 2010)

 


March:

TED Talks came to town. Science World celebrated 25 years as a Vancouver institution.


April:

Richmond banners went up featuring art from its annual contest winners.

 


May:

Banners for Cirque du Soleil’s Totem went up around town.

 


June:

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Curtis Wilson’s Canadian Native Flag debuted for Aboriginal Day. The 2014 World Cup was played in Brazil.

 


July:

The Kitsilano West 4th BIA pulled together a “Meet the Merchants” campaign with 70 portraits of local business employees and owners. A flag made for First Nations artist Beau Dick crossed the country to Ottawa for a copper cutting ceremony designed to shame the federal government.

 


August:

The Vancouver Aquarium announced the opening of its expansion. Rainbow Refugee Pride documentary filmed a scene in our store.

 


September:

BCIT celebrated its 50th anniversary. We supported the teachers during their strike.
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Our business development manager, Julia, got married.

 


October:

Vancouver Opera banners went onto the Burrard Street Bridge. To commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, we began offering the Canadian Red Ensign from that era.
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The My Credit Union Matters campaign helped credit unions get the word out that they were in danger of losing a valuable tax credit. We began offering products exclusively for Co-Op Canada.

 


 

November:

We got a new digital printer!

 

Coming up in 2015:

We turn 40! We’re getting a logo redesign for the occasion.

The Canadian Flag turns 50 years old.

Our new Anti-bullying flag will debut for Pink Shirt Day (February 25th).

…and lots more! We hope you join us.

Happy Halloween!

Some highlights from Halloween at The Flag Shop Vancouver this year:


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“Respect Our Teachers” current product availability

Items available by donation:

  • 4″ x 6″ Paper Stick Flags – Suggested donation: $.25 each ($250 per box).
  • 8.5″ x 11″ Posters – Suggested donation: Whatever you want. We just want to see them out there.
  • 2.25″ Round Buttons – Suggested donation: $.25.
  • 2.5″ x 10.5″ Bumper Stickers – Suggested donation: $1

 

Items for sale:

Car Flags


Price: $20 for the public, $10 for teachers with ID

Feather Flags

Price: The discounted prices are FOR teachers or the official organizers supporting teachers. Anyone in the public who wants to support the teachers will receive a 25% discount off the regular prices below.

8.5 feather flag on a 10.2 ft pole
Flag/pole/ground spike: $150.00 (Regular price is $280.00)
Flag/pole/flat metal base: $160.00 (regular price is $305.00)

If you want to buy these à la carte:
Flag – $70 (regular $140)
Pole: $50 (regular $90)
Ground Spike: $30 (regular $50)
Flat Metal base: $40 (regular $75)

 

 

 

 

 

Our Vancouver store is at 1615 Powell Street, and we are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please send us photos of all of these items in action! We’d appreciate it.

“Respect Our Teachers” paper flags

 

Paper flags just got here! And by paper flags, we mean just the paper. Now comes the labour intensive part where we hand staple all of them to the sticks.

We invite you to come pick them up in our store (1615 Powell Street) on Saturday afternoon and distribute them at the rallies at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Sunday morning 10 a.m.) and Holland Park in Surrey (Sunday evening 5 p.m.).

The paper flags are FREE to take to rallies, protests, and picket lines. If for some reason they are not all distributed, you can bring them back to us so we can keep giving them out. Or if people start tossing them, they can be collected and brought back. We’ll recycle the ones in rough shape.

Some people have given us donations for the free items to help us cover costs which we definitely appreciate and only use to keep making more items. These are not expected, just appreciated and we wanted to acknowledge that.

The 8.5″x11″ posters are available now.

Everyone has been very cooperative and reasonable with what they take so far, and we really appreciate it! Thanks for letting us help fight this battle.

See the most recent post here.

Susan’s interview in the Vancouver Courier

Photo by Dan Toulgoet

Read Susan’s interview with Cheryl Rossi about The Flag Shop’s involvement in supporting the BC teachers on strike.

 

Bumper stickers for “Respect Our Teachers” now in.

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Bumper stickers are now in! They are by suggested donation of $1, and free for teachers.

Our Vancouver store is at 1615 Powell Street. We are open from 8 until 4:30 pm during the week.

Art files for Respect Our Teachers released with Creative Commons

We are putting our art files out in the wild for anyone to download and print. The demand we have had is going to widely outstripped our supply so we feel this was one way to keep giving and allow others to keep showing their support! These are released under the Creative Commons license which means you can use them as you see fit or even modify them, we only ask you that you leave our name on there.

Download all the files in a zipped folder

10″x3″ Bumper Sticker

PDFDownload as a PDF

 

2.5″ Round Button or Sticker

PDFDownload as a PDF

 

8.5″x11″ Full Colour Poster

PDFDownload as a PDF

 

8.5″x11″ 2 Colour Poster

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8.5″x11″ Black & White Poster

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“Respect Our Teachers” car flags now available

We’re just finishing these up! As Susan said, she gets the first one.

The price is $20.00 each for the public and $10.00 each for teachers.

For simplicity, both these prices include taxes. We will need the “honour” system for the “public/teacher” prices because these cost us $15.00 each to make. The more that the public buys, the more we can make for teachers.

Right now, these are only available in The Flag Shop Vancouver at 1615 Powell Street. You can come by to order, or you can call us at (604) 736-8161 (toll free 1-800-663-8681) to order.

See the most recent post here.

Supporting the public school teachers of BC

We are publicly throwing our support behind BC’s public school teachers who are currently on strike.

We are very busy trying to get this organized, but those of you in BC can join our Facebook group set up for organizing the campaign here. We are also posting updates to our twitter account and our main Facebook page.

We will have a press release as well as other materials soon.

Catch Susan on CBC’s Early Edition tomorrow at 7:20 a.m. on 88.1 FM and 690 AM.

Introducing the Canadian Native Flag

The Canadian Native Flag

June 21st is Aboriginal Day in Canada. This Aboriginal Day is the debut of Curtis Wilson’s Canadian Native Flag.

Susan Braverman, President of The Flag Shop, has worked with Curtis to bring his design for a flag to represent First Nations in Canada to the public. We hope this flag brings a better understanding of the First Nations of our country and a vision for a unified Canada that still revels in its diversity.

Read Curtis’s account of how he created the flag including his family’s rich history in Canada and the flag’s symbolism.

The current product availability includes:

18″x20″ and 27″x54″ flags 3″x6″ recycled paper flags
Lapel pins Temporary tattoos

The Flag Shop is the manufacturer and exclusive supplier of the flag. It is available online as well as in our thirteen stores across Canada.

Sign up for the Canadian Native Flag mailing list to find out about other products as they come available.