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Vancouver's Most Eligible Bachelors: Chandler Herbut

DH Vancouver Staff Jan 27, 2015 9:47 am


Age: 31

Occupation: The Crafty Entrepreneur


Chandler moved to Vancouver from Edmonton 7 years ago, and since then he has made a huge impact on the art and craft community in Vancouver. Chandler co-founded “Make It!” with his sister Jenna, which is Vancouver’s premier craft fair. Their last show in December featured 250 artists and attracted over 18,000 customers. Chandler is also the founder and designer of Ole Originals, an apparel company selling retro style T-shirts and hoodies that are available in 8 local stores including Comor and Plenty.

What are your plans for 2015?

2015 will be all about finding new passions and working less – I’m going to spend the first part of the year travelling in South America. When I get home, I plan to make time for taking more classes like woodworking, improv, car racing and anything else that triggers my interests.

What cause do you support the most?

Union Gospel Mission is the main charity we support through Make It. I’m also involved with Junior Achievement where I teach elementary students about entrepreneurship and how to follow their passion. Kids are hilarious! I also grew an epic Moustache for Movember and raised $1,700 – it scared younger girls but cougars loved it!

What is your most interesting dating story?

In March, I had hernia surgery and couldn’t do anything for 6 weeks. During a check up, I met a cute girl in the wait room of a medical clinic who also couldn’t move much because she had a broken leg. After hobbling around on our first date, it turned out that her parents only live a block away from my parents in Arizona – small world!

What do you look for in a potential partner?

I’m always up for new activities and experiences and I would love to meet a special someone who is open to sharing new adventures together.

One idea to improve Vancouver’s dating scene?

I don’t find it overly difficult to meet women in Vancouver, but sometimes people do tend to be a bit guarded. My advice to them is to be more friendly and open to meeting new people! An idea could be to meet a new friend (guy or girl) every time you go out, because you never know where it might lead.

What is your Deal Breaker?

Someone with no sense of humour. I like to think I’m a pretty funny guy and if my jokes get crickets (no laugh) it’s a deal breaker!

What is your Achilles Heel?

Thoughtful and warm-hearted women, for example, I invited a girl out for a dinner date and when I went to pick her up she surprised me with an amazing home cooked meal. I told her earlier I was disappointed I couldn’t meet my family for Thanksgiving and hadn’t had a good home cooked meal in ages.

Favourite Vancouver hotspot on a Friday night?

Not much of a club guy and usually stick to places like Pourhouse or Parlour.

How do you feel about books that teach women to play hard to get or not to approach men?

Don’t read them! If a girl is playing hard to get, I usually just think she isn’t into me or is possibly playing games. When it comes to dating I have no tolerance or time for games, however; it’s a huge turn on if a confident woman approaches me.

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Feature Image: Nick Raniga, instagram: @nikhil_raniga


DH Vancouver Staff
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