Located in a cheerful spot of the Downtown Eastside, with bright pink walls and iridescent glass tile countertops, Yogiberry isn't your typical ice cream parlour. Run by former sex worker Amanda Bonella, the shop has an inclusive business strategy to serve affordable and healthy food to everyone from the neighbourhood—whether they're a drug user, dealer or lawyer.
At a time when the Downtown Eastside is being gentrified, Bonella wants Yogiberry ride the wave of change while making sure it doesn't wipe out the neighbourhood's longtime residents.
Also in this issue of Megaphone: Photographer Brian Howell takes homeless people's shopping carts out of the streets and into the studio; famed environmental activist Betty Krawczyk sounds off on child poverty; writing and poems from our community writing workshops; and Megaphone gears up for our spring fundraising drive to keep these workshops running.
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