Flack Block: Vancouver History and Business Collaboration tips come together at Octopus Strategies

June 18th, 2009

Mike Rowlands of Octopus Strategies, one of the tenants at the Flack Block, wrote an interesting piece for their e-newsletter, and it was brought to our attention. Mike shares a bit of Flack Block’s Vancouver’s history, and combines it with some interesting business tips about how collaboration might just be the answer in today’s economic times. A great piece worth taking a look at.

The Legacy of Tommy’s Gold

The climb was more than Tom had bargained for. One foot in front of the other. Again, again, again. Onward. Upward.

The infamous Chilkoot Pass seemed to tower unassailable, far above his head. Yet limbs screaming, he plodded on, and on, eventually cresting the peak, and moving down to stake his claim: Tom had joined the gold rush.

By 1897, Thomas Flack had found gold, and returned with his fortune to the young city of Vancouver on Canada’s pristine west coast. There, he set about to build a landmark building at the centre of the city.

The William Blackmore-designed masterpiece would open in 1898, serving as home to retailers, barristers, insurance agents and others. Its location and style made it a treasured part of Vancouver’s heritage.

Yet like the neighbourhood to its east, The Flack Block fell into disrepair. For much of the past 100 years, the building has gone unnoticed….

The story is continued, and those great tips on business collaboration can be found over on the Octopus Strategies website.