Vancouver Aquarium’s fabulous marketing (and we helped!)

Buzzfeed posted a list of some of the Vancouver Aquarium’s recent campaigns. We made the banners in #5 for their Sharks and Rays exhibit, and their new jellyfish banners should be up soon downtown!

Photo from Buzzfeed, but the original appears to belong to Chad Jones and Tony Hird?

Successful opening day for The Flag Shop Victoria

The Flag Shop Victoria Grand Re-Opening

On Friday, February 15th, The Flag Shop Victoria officially opened for business with its new owners Paul Servos and Maggie Rennick along with Victoria mayor Dean Fortin hoisting the flag on the grand re-opening. Susan Braverman, President of The Flag Shop and Textile Image, Inc., was in attendance as well to welcome the shop back.

Read the Times Colonist story on it here.

Photograph by: LYLE STAFFORD, Times Colonist

Going to the extremes

Our flags have gone to some hard to reach places before, but the South Pole beats the previous winner of Mt. Kilimanjaro for most remote!

The Flag Shop Toronto made the digitally printed 3′ x 5′ Yahoo! Canada flag which was taken by Dr. Heather Ross and the Test Your Limits Team to the South Pole to raise awareness for heart failure research, cardiac transplantation and heart health.

Congratulations on your successful journey!

We have another reason to celebrate Flag Day this year!

The Flag Shop Victoria re-opens on February 15th.

On February 15th, not only will we be celebrating the nation’s 48th National Flag of Canada Day, but we will be re-opening our thirteenth store – The Flag Shop Victoria!

The Flag Shop Victoria will be have its grand re-opening in its former location at 822 Fort Street. Dean Fortin, the mayor of Victoria, will officially raise the flag on the new store at 11:15 a.m. The public is invited to attend to see the new store front and receive a complimentary Canada stick flag to celebrate Flag Day.

Read the full press release here.



The Big Decision episode online

In case you missed it, you can watch our episode of The Big Decision online now.

Click here to see it!

Tonight’s the night! Our episode of The Big Decision airs on CBC at 9 pm.

The Big Decision

It’s finally here. We’re a little nervous.

Join us online at our twitter account @TheFlagShop at 6pm Pacific (9 pm Eastern) tonight as we livetweet our way through it!

Oh, and The Big Decision is running a caption contest for this photo of Arlene and Susan. Submit your best caption to TBD’s facebook or twitter and see if you can win a Save-On-Meats t-shirt!

Watch the sneak peek for our episode of The Big Decision next week

Susan Braverman interviewed for an article in The Georgia Straight

We’re feeling overwhelmed by all the press love we’re getting!

Susan Braverman at The Flag Shop

Susan talked to Charlie Smith at The Georgia Straight about The Flag Shop, Textile Image, and what comes next for us after The Big Decision.

Read the article here!

An email we just sent to our Vancouver subscribers

Dear clients and friends,

In September, an opportunity to appear on the popular CBC show, The Big Decision, came our way. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the format, it’s a Dragons’ Den spinoff which features two businesses on each episode vying for investment money from Canadian entrepreneurs, Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving.

Understanding the national reach a show like this would provide, but unsure of the specifics, I filled out an application to appear on the show and submitted it. Two days later, I received a phone call from the CBC saying they were interested and wanted to start filming right away.

Immediately, cameras went up and over the next 7 days, my amazing staff and I went to work. We were given three challenges to complete in less than a week with a surprise fourth challenge piled on at the last minute. Despite working on a tight deadline, we succeeded and in our opinion, blew it out of the water!

While we’ve embraced this opportunity, we can’t help but battle a few butterflies as we wait for our big debut. We understand the national publicity will be beneficial in the long run and we continue to grow thanks to the support of our customers (that would be you!). When we signed up, we were pitched that the idea behind The Big Decision is to showcase Canadian companies in the midst of a growth spurt. That struck a cord especially as we work daily to meet our new goal of becoming a ten-million dollar company.

Apparently, many other Canadian businesses picked for the show, who were under the same impression, have not been portrayed in the most flattering light and we want to say ahead of our debut, that we are here, we aren’t going anywhere and our future looks brighter than ever.

For many years, we have been so much more than just a flag retailer and we will continue to keep pushing our boundaries into a wider range of products in larger markets. Our expansion to a larger Vancouver office on Powell Street in 2008 has given our production team space to expand and we are proud of how far we’ve come since the very beginning—37 years ago!

The Big Decision, featuring The Flag Shop, will air next week on Tuesday, November 27th at 9pm Eastern and Pacific, and we will be live-tweeting it during the Eastern viewing (6 pm Pacific) through our twitter account @TheFlagShop. Follow us as we watch it unfold!

Susan Braverman
Owner & President, The Flag Shop and Textile Image


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The Flag Shop featured in The Vancouver Courier

Andrew Fleming recently interviewed Susan about our involvement in CBC’s The Big Decision. The story covers both us and Vancouver icon Save-On-Meats.

Read it here!