Melissa Kwan is a fresh face on the Vancouver entrepreneur scene and a Yaletown advocate. She’s been living and working in the neighbourhood for more than two years, where she has roamed the streets looking for great food and shops. Most recently, Melissa founded Flat World Applications Inc., which develops web-based businesses and mobile applications. This includes the newly launched Vancouver Now! mobile site that hopes to put the “fun” back into Vancouver with a real-time city guide. Users can discover and share event listings for various neighbourhoods in town, including Yaletown!

Meet Melissa.

What do you do?
Founder of Flat World Applications Inc. We develop web-based businesses and mobile applications, taking every idea from concept to launch. We have a mission of promoting Vancouver, connecting people, places, and things with accessible information; making the world flatter through innovative technology.

Vancouver Now! is the first of a few projects we are launching in the next 12 months. Vancouver Now! is a sort of “back to the basics” type website where people can easily find hyper-local events in real time with category and location filters; without the frills of checking in and adding friends. Events are listed in ascending order by date and time, nothing you haven’t seen, just packaged differently. It is where businesses can reach a wider audience outside of their circle of influence and where Users can enhance their lifestyle by discovering everything and anything happening around them.

How long have you lived / worked in Yaletown?
A little over two years.

Best place to get lunch:
Milestones – Nothing beats their Grilled Chicken Salad.

Best place for coffee:
JJ Bean shack outside CBC.

Best place for dinner:


Best place for after dinner drinks:
Goldfish or Society

What’s the best event you’ve ever attended in Yaletown?
All of the Olympic events where commercial spaces were turned into exhibitions, roaming the streets, and chasing after the Coke truck.

One word to describe Yaletown:

Who was your first celebrity sighting in Yaletown?
Luongo…he’s a celebrity, right?

What’s the one thing you like about Yaletown?
It’s always where people end the night; being able to walk home is a luxury.

What’s the one thing you don’t like about Yaletown?
Gets noisy at night.

You wish Yaletown had more of…
Independently owned coffee shops.

You wish Yaletown had less of…
Wouldn’t take anything away.

What do you think Yaletown is missing?
Stringent laws on picking up after your dog.

Favourite memory being in Yaletown:
First stroll on the street after moving in, it was the best feeling ever.