Article by Kristin Rasmussen, sharing the scoop on a great Vancouver store.
Treasure Trove of Industrial Design
Walrus is a treasure trove of industrial design. Shop owners Caroline Boquist and Daniel Kozlowski are thoughtful and passionate about the modern and whimsical items that fill their elegant space. Their friendship goes back a solid eight years to when they worked at Inform Interiors. They are warm and engaging and it is always a pleasure to visit their Vancouver store.
Walrus carries a fine selection of goods sourced with care from around the world: Fjallraven Kanken daypacks from Sweden, Portland General Store grooming products and COATT morse coded jewellery from Oregon and the J Schatz “Star Egg” nightlight from New York. Local talent is also proudly represented – and celebrated! Several times a year, the Vancouver store hosts an opening reception to feature emerging talent from local and Canadian artists.
Celebrating Good People
“Some people asked us – what’s this all about? It’s about celebrating good people in this fine city and spreading the word about who they are and what they do. We loved having all these talented, hard working people under our little roof – huge part of our shop, always has been and always will be. Thank you for joining us and keeping it alive.”
Past shows have included: Fieldwork (a collaborative group of Vancouver designers), letter press prints by Robert Edmonds, paintings by Nicole Milkovich and Christine Breakell-Lee, photography by Klee Larsen and jewellery by Broken English and Henderson Dry Goods. Stay tuned for a very special celebration as Walrus turns three this month!
Vancouver Store Offers One-Stop Shopping
Walrus isn’t just for grownups. The Vancouver store also carries sweet things for the little ones in your life. They have beautiful and imaginative children’s books. Kids also love mini gardens by the Woolly Pocket Gardening Company and the Little Edie Bath Time fun kit. The iconic “Fatboy” bean bag chair and Vancouver’s own Native shoes would make a great gift for a child of any age.
Walrus is located on Cambie Street at 18th, quietly tucked away in the heart of Cambie village. With their impressive collection of products and reasonable price points, it is my one-stop shopping destination. When looking for the perfect gift for someone (like my mom who has everything), I know exactly where to go. Walrus never disappoints.
On a recent shopping excursion, what did I buy my mom who has everything? A bonsai tree kit, which was Caroline’s suggestion. I chose the Japanese elm and my mom loved it.
What’s your favourite Vancouver store when you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift? Leave us a reply and let us know!
Find out more about Kristin Rasmussen on her website at www.mette.ca.
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.