One of Vancouver's most iconic little buildings is surviving and thriving, thanks to a pair of local business owners.
After more than a century (120 years to be exact), several businesses have come and gone at the location — including the John Craig Confectionary, way back in 1915.
The building was listed for sale in February and there was speculation the historic site would finally meet its demise.
That's where Rajesh Narine and Roger Collins come in.
The co-owners of Cartems Donuts and Calabash Bistro, respectively, leased the property in the summer after the lot was purchased by a development firm. The duo has since converted the three-room, 594 square-foot space into a revamped community market.
Earlier this year, Narine was recovering from hip surgery, while Collins was recuperating from a serious car accident.
It seemed an unlikely time for them to start a new venture, but both agreed they needed a lifestyle change.
"I felt like there was a need to bring a little bit more diversity and culture to the city in general," explains Collins.
In addition to traditional convenience store staples, Rise Up will feature to-go coffee, doughnuts, Jamaican patties, baked goods, sandwiches, and soups.
"We're going to have a lot of local artisans that make amazing things, from clothing to jewellery to soap to shampoo, and all of their products are going to be available for sale," adds Narine.
"You can feel the history here and, for us, we feel blessed to be able to contribute that and to continue the history of this space. It's a great opportunity for us and the community," says Collins.
Rise Up Marketplace is set to officially open on Nov. 3.