Supporting Local Independent Shops / by Patsy Kolesar

I recently faced the same dilemma that many of us will face over the next few weeks.  I was in Winners and I saw some big plastic trucks for 19.99 that my two little nephews would probably love.  I stood there for quite a while in front of them, thinking that for 19.99 times 2,  I could be finished my Christmas shopping for them, but I would be doing exactly what I said I didn't want to do - buy plastic and buy from big mega stores.  So I walked away.  I walked away and this past weekend I went to Kids Books on Broadway where one of the very helpful women working in the store knew exactly which books they had on space for 4 year olds.  I bought a beautiful book about a mouse who goes to space and a rocket ship board game.  I walked away happy that I was supporting local independent shops.

I want to live in a city where local independent shops can thrive.  

Below is a list of the amazing local independent shops and galleries who carry my handmade one of a kind jewelry.  I hope that you support some of these shops and other local independent retailers over the holidays.

British Columbia

2412 Granville Street

Edgemont Village Jewellers
3102 Edgemont Blvd
North Vancouver

Stock Home Design
38036 Cleveland Avenue

Salon D
166 Selby Street

120 Mackenzie Ave


Influx Jewellery Art Gallery
201-100 7th Avenue S.W


Mysteria Gallery
2706 13th Avenue


Distill Gallery
55 Mill Street #47
The Distillery District