Giving Gifts is opening a
STORE! Not a online store, not a showroom, not a Pop-Up Shop, but a real brick and mortar
store! I know this blog post is very similar to one that I wrote a couple of months ago, but the difference this time is that the store is truly mine! I signed the lease, I chose all the vendors/artists and I created the concept for the space and it is long term! Another huge difference is that I am putting a ton of money into turning the ugliest building on Main St. into a pretty awesome retail space. The formally ugly brick and graffiti-ed building is getting a a fresh coat of cream and grey paint. And the crazy multi-coloured paint job inside - if you didn't see it, you truly missed out - of red, green, blue and orange/yellow is all becoming cream and grey. It is going to be a breath of fresh air and exactly what the space needs. My fingers are crossed that it is going to be ready in time. We are on a very tight deadline but there is no choice, opening day is on Saturday!
Giving Gifts & Company (website to come soon) is a new concept in retail spaces. I am calling it a Main St Cooperative Shop as that is exactly what it is. A whole bunch of different artist and vendors with small stores of their own are getting together to share the lease and the staffing time in the store to create one amazing store together. Aristotle said "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" - we'll it's true! I'd love Giving Gifts & Company to become the best place in Vancouver to shop for gifts - gifts for others, but also gifts for yourself. I'm a big believer in the fact that everyone needs to be spoiled with gifts and Giving Gifts & Company truly has something for everyone.
If you can't wait until Saturday for the store to open and want a sneak peak at who is selling with us for April and May. Here is the list:
Giving Gifts - Fair Trade and Eco Friendly Gifts
Little MoSo - Handmade Kids Clothing, Bamboo Baby Blankets and kids towels
Cocoa Nymph Chocolates - The best chocolates in Vancouver
Upscale Swag and Cookie Delectables - The best cookies in Vancouver and upscale consignment clothing and jewelery
Kandis Ivy - Gorgeous handmade clothing line by a local designer
Clare's Collectibles - Vintage collectibles, including clothing and shoes
Ebi Emporium - Colourful Artwork - our featured artist in the gallery for April and May
Giving Gifts & Company will be taking new vendors every month, so every time you visit, you'll find something (or lots of things) that are new! There are two spots left for May 2013. Please be in touch with Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org if you, or someone you know, may be interested in taking part.
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 from 10am to 6pm
Sunday, April 7th, 2013 from Noon to 5pm
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 11am to 6pm
Wednesday - 11am to 6pm
Thursday - 11am to 6pm
Friday - 11am to 6pm
Saturday - 10am to 6pm
Sunday - 12pm to 5pm
4570 Main Street (Main and 30th), Vancouver