Vancouver-based cookware store Ming Wo
opened in this spot in 1917, and lasted for over a century here. The building
itself was constructed in 1913 by Wong Soon King, one of Chinatown's wealthiest and most successful businessmen. It's distinct Chinatown style architectural features (a recessed balcony, glazed upper floors, classic metal cornice) earned it a heritage designation in 2003. You can still visit Ming Wo's stores in Kitsilano and on Granville Street. (1924 photo from Vancouver Photo Archives).