Brook Design Home Furnishings didn’t save up enough to make it through the rainy days of Vancouver’s winter and has closed their retail location at 2029 West 4th. Their voicemail message states that they’re “concentrating on Internet sales”.
A business that plans on taking advantage of Vancouver’s inclement weather has moved in and has all-season plans. Gumdrops – a combo of the words gumboots and raindrops – is Vancouver’s first wet weather boutique but has plans in place to carry it right through the summer with parasols and beach gear replacing this season’s umbrellas and rainboots. The Globe & Mail’s Small Business supplement feature fills us in on the details:
Shanda Jerrett could barely wait for Vancouver’s infamous yearly rains to begin. While locals got in a last few holes of golf under grey skies or ran the Grouse Grind before its trails got too mucky, she was overseeing the final details for a brand new, unique retail store – Vancouver’s first wet weather boutique.
Originally from Australia, where she had experienced a five-year drought and strict water-rationing measures, the wet weather started to affect Jerrett during her second winter on the West Coast. She put on some colourful rubber boots, black with pink swirls, to cheer herself up – and ended up with a business idea.
Last modified: June 2, 2008