Sundries and wares, curated and created.
Delish General Store + Jar Bar™ Refillery is a bright and welcoming shop in the wonderful community of Edgemont Village, North Vancouver.
Established in 2010, DGS+JBR grew out of a home office into a pop-up space, and eventually into a brick and mortar store on Granville Island. In the fall of 2018, the store moved home to the north shore. In 2020, we made good on long-held dreams and plans and expanded into a refillery...just as COVID-19 hit. After yet another quick pivot, we added curbside pick-up and home delivery to our offerings!
We at DGS+JBR believe in traditional values in a modern mindset, and we:
Celebrate the revival of hand made and home grown,
Extol the virtues of getting your hands dirty,
Pass on knowledge, recipes, techniques, tools and the pioneering spirit,
Extend the life of useful objects, and
Protect the planet and all the people who call it home.
At the helm as proprietor is Tamara Komuniecki, who describes herself as "Independent, adventurous, impatient, Arthritic. Journalist, bon vivant and eager but imperfect homemaker." Raised on a farm in Alberta, she was an environmentalist and steward of the land almost since she could talk, and changed course after her undergrad – away from law school and down the path that would take her deeper into storytelling. As a broadcast, print and web journalist, she shared stories for over 20 years for outlets like CBC Radio and TV, CKUA Radio, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Better Homes and Gardens and City TV. During this time, Tamara also worked as a communications specialist, helping non-profits like the David Suzuki Foundation and Climate Change Canada shape and share campaigns, and tell their stories.
Tamara has lived with active Rheumatoid Arthritis since age six, and now uses her extensive experience in healthcare to advocate for and help develop patient- and family-centred care, volunteering as a patient partner on committees for the redevelopment of St. Paul's Hospital, and as Vice Chair of the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council.
At her side almost constantly is the amazing Shop Boy Finn, her son and the bright light of her life and her store. Tamara's popular original and trademarked brand Strong as a Mother is developed and fulfilled out of the store, as well as several other in-house brands.
DGS+JBR is a true family operation, as Tamara’s mother, sister and niece hand make items of exceptional quality for the store. Team DGS+JBR includes manager Gemma Brown, staff members Nicole Hsu. Doris Jetz, Brendan Artley, design director Cynthia Merriman and handyman/deliveryman Konrad Komuniecki.
In 2020, Delish General Store expanded with the Jar Bar™ Refillery, offering pre-fills (into jars and bottles offered at the refill centre) and refills (into customer-provided containers) of home cleaning, laundry and self-care goods, as well as DIY ingredients so customers can make their own at home. We also offer a wide range of zero waste goods to support healthy living for the individual, the family and the planet. We are proud to offer items that are locally made, supporting the artisans, entrepreneurs and makers from our community.