Kitsilano is known for its coastal vibes as much as its chic array of small businesses.
The area is now home to a new store that’s changing the way the floral industry is approached: Leis de Buds.
It’s bringing the traditional art of Hawaiian-inspired leis and hakus (flower crowns) to Vancouver, along with bouquets of fresh flowers primarily sourced from BC farms.
Now Leis de Buds has become the first store in Vancouver to launch a solar-powered, wifi-generating, on-the-go flower market bus. Portable flower shops: What a time to be alive.
LeisdeBUS is an extension of the Kitsilano-based flower studio. The adorable mobile flower bus hosts a rooftop made of solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery, providing enough continuous energy to remain off-the-grid for over 30 hours.
You’ll find leisdeBUS on tour at festivals and events throughout Vancouver this summer, where you’ll have the opportunity to create your own flower crowns and flower leis, or to purchase ready-made leis, hakus, and bouquets, created by Leis de Bus flower artisans.
So far, the leisdeBUS has been taken to Craft Beer Week, Greek Day, Granville Island Canada Day, Khatsahlano, and Granville Island farmers markets. Next up is Folk Fest, Kits Fest, Safe & Sound Music Fest, and Vancouver’s Pride Parade. And it’s also available for private bookings!
Founder of Leis de Buds, Alyssa Sager, spent 10 years as the right hand to CEOs in prominent companies such as Dermalogica, SpaceX, Tesla and Lululemon. She also spent her formative years in Hawaii, learning the traditional art of lei and haku making. Now she’s spreading her passion for sustainability, tech, and Hawaiian botanical art in Vancouver.
As a company, Leis de Buds is reimagining retail sustainability. All leis are packed in plantable seed paper, which grows wildflowers where the packaging is planted. The reusable storage bags in-store are also made from a backyard-compostable material that biodegrades in six months.
Leis de Buds also offers a flower subscription service in Vancouver with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly, bouquet options (all created with locally grown, in-season flowers). And if you feel like making someone’s day a whole lot better, you can order Leis de Buds flower deliveries through the foodora app and website while you’re ordering something to eat.
You’ll find the Leis de Buds storefront, also known as ‘The Plant’ located at 3476 West Broadway. Bloggers and Instagram aficionados have referred to it as “Vancouver’s most Instagrammable location,” so if you haven’t been yet you’ll want to plan a visit. There’s everything from a ‘Make it Yourself’ fresh flower display for bouquets, a dried flower ceiling, and a decorated back-room for classes.
Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of Leis de Buds