Well here I am, back in the Village.
Although I ventured a whole 5 miles away to in 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.
After 8 years in Ambleside running my card & gift shop, I've moved locations to Edgemont Village and yes, it feels like after 30 years, I've 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.
Glynda the good witch Cards & Cool things 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 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".
And, although unbeknownst to me at the time, something bigger had begun.
I ended up drawing a collection of about 100 cards, 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 proverbial wheels turning in my head all night, Glynda the Good witch cards was somehow born and opened shortly after in June of 2010.
I have about 700 designs now and continue to add new designs 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 when I was about 10 and Mom would take my sister & I 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.
This store is a culmination of my love of creating and 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.
I'm excited about the new shop, and after many years a new beginning of sorts.
I'm also excited about coming home to the place I so fondly remember growing up in.
Hope to see you soon at the corner of Edgemont & Highland!!