Well here I am, back in the Village.
Although I ventured a whole 5 miles away to West Van in my twenties and continued
to raise my kids there, I've never forgotten my North Van roots.
I've never forgotten walking home from Highlands school at 8 years old and making
a detour to Peter Rabbit Market for candy, peering in at the shops along the way.
The Village has changed a lot since the 70s, but in some ways, not at all.
It still retains the same warm neighbourhood community feel that it did then.
4 years ago, after 8 years of running my card & gift shop in Ambleside,
I moved locations to Edgemont Village and yes, it felt like after 30 years, I'd come home.
I worked for many years as a Script Supervisor in Film and TV and then the babies came along,
3 of them to be exact, all in a row.
And the work ceased for those special years when I was home with them in Eagle Harbour.
Unbeknownst to me at the time something bigger had begun, as Glynda the good witch Cards started many
years before I opened the actual store. It was in these years when those babes were young and in between the chaos of the day, (and chaos it was), I craved a creative outlet.
One day I drew a very naive-looking drawing of 2 girls in matching green & orange flowered dresses that mom had made us when we were kids to send to my sister for her birthday. It said,
"Sister, I have such fond memories of our childhood..yes, even the ones where mom did the Matchy-Matchy thing".
I ended up drawing a collection of about 100 cards.
They were all very silly and unprofessional looking, but nonetheless fun.
Then this wonderful thing called Photoshop entered my life, and well..
that changed everything.
The collection grew bigger and I ended up selling the cards
in stores across Canada and the U.S.
Then one day, I drove by the old Umbrella shop in West Van.
There was a lease sign in the window and after a sleepless night with the wheels turning in my head all night, flying by the proverbial seat of my pants, Glynda the Good witch Cards & Cool things was somehow born (ridiculous too-long name, I know) and I opened shortly after, in June of 2010.
Sixteen years after I first scribbled that card for my sister,
I've gone from one design to currently about 1000 card designs.
I continue to add new ones sporadically, but not too much because I don't have the wall space! Lol.
Okay, about the Cool things part of it: I Love to treasure-hunt. I always have.
It all started in the mid 70s, when I was about 10 and Mom would take my sister & me down to Bellingham for the big trip to K Mart. Now that was FUN!
I like to think that I've grown a bit since the K Mart days and that my tastes have become a tad bit more refined (but not too much!).
I love beautiful things. I just have an issue with paying ridiculous prices for them.
Finding treasures for me is up there with creating things.
From sterling silver jewelry made in Nepal to soap from France, amazing vegan handbags & wallets, to locally-made gemstone bracelets, Vintage puzzles with cool archival images, to a line of beautiful journals & notebooks from Germany, as well as a huge selling line of collectible mice (and all their furniture!) from Denmark called Maileg. There are mushroom and frog bucket hats, (and mushroom & frog phone cases..mushrooms & frogs are in. who knew?) to cashmere ponchos from Mongolia and Tokyo Milk handcremes. I could go on, but I won't.
Currently the store carries over 40 awesome lines.
My hope (and motto), has always been that there is "something for everyone".
This store is a culmination of my love of creating..
and of my love of finding cool things from around the world..
or from the people in my community.
I can't think of anything more fun than that.
After almost 4 years, I'm still excited about my move to Edgemont Village.
Even though I had already been in business for 8 years,
moving my shop to the place I so fondly remember growing up in has been,
a new beginning of sorts.
Hope to see you soon at the corner of Edgemont & Highland!