Delish General Store + Jar Bar™ Refillery is a bright and welcoming shop in the wonderful community of Edgemont Village, North Vancouver - with big plans and goals!
2010 - Delish General Store established by owner Tamara Nowakowsky Komuniecki, from her home office and carport.
2010-2014 - Tam and team sold unique, often new-to-Canada products at local markets, events and finally a pop-up space.
2014 - Opened brick and mortar space on Granville Island.
2018 - Moved DGS home to the north shore.
2020 - Added Jar Bar Refillery to expand our offerings.
2021 - Moved into the beautiful new Grosvenor Connaught building.
2022 - Opened Jar Bar Refillery in Dunbar in June.
(And so, so much more...)
We at DGS+JBR:
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 who who call it home.
At the helm as proprietor is Tamara Nowakowsky Komuniecki, who describes herself as "Independent, adventurous, impatient, Arthritic. Journalist, bon vivant and eager but imperfect homemaker." Ukrainian-Canadian and 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 environmental 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 design director Cynthia Merriman, heavy lifter/deliveryman Konrad Komuniecki, general manager Juan-Carlos Goñi, and our wonderful team members: Monica, Annie, Isabella, Guilhem, Kyana, Kailey and Maggie.
We are very excited about our commitment to helping people live more sustainably 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.