“You can get a good look at a T-bone steak by sticking your head up a bull’s ass, but wouldn’t you rather take your butcher’s word for it?” 

– Tommy Callahan III, (from Tommy Boy, 1994) 

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While it might not have endured like fellow 1994 releases Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and Clifford (just kidding), Tommy Boy is still pretty damn funny twenty-four years later. However, what doesn’t hold up as well is the ideology expressed by Tommy Callahan (played by the late great Chris Farley) in the above quote. 

Far from simply taking companies at their word, today’s consumers are more aware than ever of the routes and processes that bring desired products to the point of purchase; the ethical sourcing of food, clothing, and electronics is top of mind for a larger segment of our society than ever before. 

With that in mind, this blog is one way that we, at Cavalier Gastown, can provide transparency into what we do. Essentially, it will serve as a platform for featured videos from buying trips, mine tours, and product launches. By incorporating opinions and expertise from members of our team, we believe this blog will be thought provoking, entertaining, reflective and genuine. 

As a bonus, we promise it’ll be slightly more exotic than visiting the farm that provides the milk for your morning coffee. Unless, of course, you have your milk flown in direct from a Bogota dairy farm. 

Starting next week, when we journey to the emerald mines located in the Colombian towns of Chivor and Muzo, we’ll take our clients, friends, family, and Instagram followers behind the scenes to detail the often fascinating steps involved in our mine to market strategy. 

Here's a sneak peek from our most recent trip.

Finally, in addition to providing a glimpse into the happenings outside of our storefront in Vancouver BC, we’d love to hear what you want to see or read about! Essentially this post is an invitation for you to crowd our inbox with questions, comments, ideas, or opinions. 

At Cavalier, every stone we sell becomes part of your story – how that stone gets to you, is ours. 

If you have something on your mind you’d like us to write about you, you can post in the comments below. 

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