The latest from the Cove...
I'm very fortunate that I don't have to worry where my next meal is coming from or where I'm going to sleep at night. Because I'm in a position to consume things that go well beyond basic necessities, the very least I can do is to use my position to make the most responsible and ethical choices.
I abhor mindless, excessive consumption. And I wonder, "Am I the only one who got the memo about climate change, human rights violations, innocent sea life being drowned out by the increase in freighter traffic, etc., etc., etc.???"
This isn't information that only a few folks have access to. It's simply about being willing to listen, learn and to have your beliefs challenged.
The world is crying out for our help and I want to be a part of the solution. It's been a challenge to figure out how I fit in a business model that is based on consumption.
What I know is that I can be better. And I'm not alone in wanting to do more to help save our home (aka earth). The amazing women I'm lucky to work with (from my lovely shop team to the talented makers and artists we represent) - want to be better too. From rethinking the materials we use, to eliminating plastic packaging to analyzing the lifecycle of every product we sell. We're committed to looking closer. The more the merrier! I hope you'll join us. xox
Join the merchants of Deep Cove as we raise funds for The Greater Vancouver Food Bank and kick-off the holiday season. Each business is doing its own thing, but we'll have treats and bubbles and lots of good cheer at Room6. Cash goes further than cans for the food bank, so cash donations of any amount are appreciated! This is a family friendly evening, everyone is welcome. Hope to see you in the Cove! xox
Hope y'all had great summers and are happily settling into Fall. I love the change of seasons and after a frenetic summer in the Cove, I've been longing for quieter days.
Between the craziness in the world and the craziness in the Cove, I took a step back and decided to make some big changes recently and I'd I thought I'd update anyone who's interested!
In February, I launched a not-for-profit called The Hellebore Society. I feel very strongly that we all need to step up and speak out for people & the planet...and just generally be better global citizens. That means recognizing our privilege, educating ourselves (and others) and talking about difficult subjects that really matter. It means less time swiping and more time marching. Thanks to local artists Olivia Harrison and Maggie Boyd for their efforts on behalf of rescue.org and 350.org respectively. You can buy THS t-shirts (100% proceeds donated to the IRC and 350.org) here.
In May of this year, Rich and I sold A'hoy back to our original business partners. Running three shops was sorta crazy (who knew?!) - it's all good and we're happy to have A'hoy as our neighbour now. Thank you to everyone who supported us with that venture from the beginning.
Rich and I took over ownership of Sunnyside in May too, with the idea that it would evolve as a business. We weren't sure exactly what that evolution would look like, but we knew some big changes were ahead. On October 6, we're closing Sunnyside so we can dig in and get a move on other projects.
I'd like to thank the talented artists & makers that made our shelves so beautiful, our customers for supporting our small business and our staff for their dedication and hard work.
We're moving many of the Sunnyside collections you (and we!) love back to Room6. Plants and flowers will finally get to hang together in one space and soon we're going to have flowers and plants all the days, not just Fridays.
We're saying yes to styling and floral design projects. Need a comedy/florist duo? Krista and I have been refining our act and Sabby dreams of delivering flowers on her bike.
We'll have a dedicated crew on our web shop too! Thank you, thank you for all your patience with our infrequently updated website.
We're launching an all-new, in-house collection of soaps, candles, organic teas, linens and more (hopefully in time for the holidays, but no promises on that timeline haha...). Many of these ideas and products have been in the making for over a decade, and I'm really excited to bring this new brand to life.
The most exciting part of this evolution is bringing our talented, capable and kind shop team together in one space. I'd be nowhere without my crew and who wouldn't want to work with mermaids!? Also, have you been to Deep Cove in the summer? It takes me like, 10 minutes to cross the street and I was never very good at Frogger.
So here we are, back to one little shop and I couldn't be more excited.
Thanks so much for your continued support, I wouldn't be here without ya!
Y'all know I love me a reno! About three years ago, we did the "big one" at Room6 but there was one wall that I'd never finished. It was midnight before we were scheduled to open the next day (which was already delayed) and I literally threw some crates up on the wall fully acknowledging I'd been defeated by my ridiculous timeline and poor planning.
Three years later (+/-) and voila! Thanks to Deep Cove's, Brett (@brettreikertdesign) for making it happen.
In other news, I'm taking a woodworking course this Fall so I can figure out all the tools Rich is hoarding in our basement.
This Mother's Day weekend, we're super excited to be partnering with Andrea from Longbranch. (So excited that I even put on a dress and casually stared off into the distance...for this photo.)
Andy and I met in the shop awhile back and shared our mutual love for flowers...and our dream of pushing Vancouver's floral industry to include more & more local and sustainable options (including flowers and foliage grown by yours truly!) This bouquet features epic tulips grown by Twigs Twisted in Langley and Whidbey Island, WA - along with foliage from Deep Cove.
Pre-book your Fresh Flowers for Mum for pick-up in Deep Cove on Saturday, May 13 or Sunday, May 14. (Please select in-store pick up during check-out!)
Images are samples only, actual arrangements will vary based on what's seasonal, sustainable and available.
This represents a $65 arrangement. We will also be offering something lovely for $35.
We're happy to try to accommodate colour & specific flower requests based on availability. Please feel free to use the comment box or give us a call to discuss.
Art for good.
This beautiful artwork was generously donated by Vancouver's Olivia Harrison to support The International Rescue Committee (IRC) who respond to some of the world's worst crises, delivering aid that saves lives while paving the way for long-term recovery.
- 100% Organic Cotton
- Printed in North Vancouver
- Made in USA (American Apparel)
- 100% proceeds benefit The IRC