Shopping in Victoria

50% Off Plants and Flowers at Rosedale Gardens

Gig Harbor

$30 $15

5-acre garden flaunts take-home flora such as flowering trees, shrubs, Japanese maples, annuals, and perennials

Half Off Vibration Exercise Machines at Incite Fitness

Multiple Locations

C$1,599 C$799

Gym-quality exercise machines are designed for in-home use

45% Off Services

City Centre

$40 $22

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 53% Off Winery Tour at LuLu Island Winery

East Richmond

C$52 C$26

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Tour of an award-winning winery with a wine tasting and gourmet food pairings

70% Off Zipper Earphones at Mr. Buzz

Delta

C$49.99 C$14.99

Zipper earbud headphones pour silky music into ears while giving smartphones a unique colourful pop

61% Off Custom Suit Ensemble at Samtani & Son

Samtani & Son

C$1,524 C$599

Father-son tailoring team hand stitch imported fabrics into custom dress shirt, suit, and tie; packages include a free in-store fitting

Half Off Footwear at Flip Flop Shops

Kitsilano

C$30 C$15

Flip flops and sandals from brands such as Roxy, Havaianas, Quiksilver, and Reef

40% Off Beauty Products and Gifts

Vancouver

C$100 C$60

Products such as Butter London nail lacquer, Principessa lip gloss, and FarmHouse Fresh hand cream at a chandelier-lit boutique

50% Off Women's Clothing at Vous Valet Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

C$50 C$25

Christian Louboutin, Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton handbags and accessories; men's Gucci and Armani suits or pants headline the selection

45% Off

Sunset

$149 $82

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Scarves and Hats at Name.S

Downtown Vancouver

C$60 C$30

Handmade and imported scarves, hats, gloves, jewellery, and accessories

Half Off Jewellery and Shawls at TAAAF Boutique

Kitsilano

C$30 C$15

Pashmina shawls and embroidered shawls; precious-stone and crystal tasbihs

Half Off Toys and Games at Wishes

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Shelves teem with books, toys, and puzzles, as well as family and tabletop games, many priced under $30

50% Off a Half Marathon or 10K Clinic

Burnaby

C$70 C$35

Focus on speed or distance over the course of 12 or 13 weeks of practice and health talks; includes discounts and prize drawings

Up to 51% Off Wine-Making Class

Port Gardner Bay Winery

$90 $45

Local winemaker leads two-hour class exploring wines with lecture, equipment viewing, and wine tasting with appetizers

50% Off at KRAVE!!

Lynnwood

$20 $10

E-cigarettes and accessories including atomizers and hand-blended e-juice flavors

50% Off Children's Books, Games, and Toys

Lynnwood

$30 $15

Store proffers children's school and art supplies, literature for all ages, creative building play sets, and child-friendly board games

50% Off Footwear at Flip Flop Shops

Coquitlam Centre

C$30 C$15

Flip-flops and sandals from brands such as Reef, Sanuk, OluKai, Havaianas, Roxy, and Quiksilver

Up to 60% Off Comic Books and Merchandise

Highway 11

C$25 C$10

More than 30,000 comic books, some dating back to the 1960s, accompany action figures, trading cards, and T-shirts

43% Off Live Edge Fir Fireplace Mantel from Regal Mantels Inc

Abbotsford

C$300 C$170

Fireplace mantel constructed from Douglas Fir is easy to install.

$6 for Collectibles and Gifts

Bremerton

$10 $6

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Select Local Merchants

Born into a farming family in South Africa, Aubergine Specialty Foods owner Leon Zetler has always recognized the importance of knowing where your food comes from. Over the years, his passion for food has led him from his family farm to a career as an organic-produce specialist.

Now, at Aubergine Specialty Foods, Mr. Zetler visits local farms daily, and hand-selects the freshest produce from Saanich. For example, tomatoes and cucumbers hail from Sun Wing Farm, while strawberries come from Oldfield Orchard. He also roasts organic and fair-trade African coffee beans to order, and gently grinds them in a 110-year-old Elgin coffee grinder. And he imports a vast variety of organic, kosher, and fair-trade pantry staples and favorites from around the world, specifically Africa, such as biltong, boerewors, and Mrs. Balls Chutney.

Mr. Zetler is happy to guide newcomers around the small, cheerful store. In the event that customers can’t find what they’re looking for, he even takes requests for products they would like to see on the shelves.l

1308 Gladstone Ave
Victoria,
BC
CA

The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.

But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.

Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.

566 Johnson St
Victoria,
BC
CA

Whether paddling out on their own atop a rented board or within eyesight of a Paddle Canada–certified instructor, visitors to Epic Surf Co quickly lose themselves to the sound of seagulls and gently lapping waters. With the mist-covered mountains standing guard on the horizon, paddlers are regularly joined by the region’s natives such as eagles, river otters, and sea lions as they make their way past crescent-shaped beaches and coves.

Back on dry land, Epic Surf instructors sign guests up for lessons on the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, advanced skills, and SUP surfing. Techs within an on-site custom shop bring 23 years of experience to their board repair and artwork, and the surf shop showcases all the wares of their trade, including wetsuits and paddles that double as lances for on-the-water jousts.

543 Herald St
Victoria,
BC
CA

Dennis Brady and his glass-blowing brood do more than supply Victoria with a steady stream of colourful crystalline pieces. They also impart the tricks of their trade in easy-to-understand classes, lectures, and workshops. Artists and curious common folk can take advantage of Victorian Art Glass's expansive art experience, which allows visitors to experience several different types and textures. The studio's many kilns for rent or other tools such as the sandblaster help produce intricate designs into smooth surfaces to practice for a new gig as Jack Frost. The glassomancers' educational programs emphasize the business end of artistry, with numerous classes aimed specifically at improving one's marketability.

566 David St
Victoria,
BC
CA

At age 5, second-generation islander Johannes and his father paddled along San Juan Island, their kayaks crossing paths with troops of orca whales. This foray ignited the young adventurer’s twin passions for kayaking and stewardship. Now, Johannes’ team of outdoor enthusiasts deftly navigates the waters surrounding San Juan Island, imparting knowledge of marine wildlife to paddlers. Guides not only skim the region’s waterways, but lead expeditions across the islands during multiday tours. Groups may paddle along remote islands in search of seabirds and lost tugboat captains, and then hop on bicycles to pedal down rural back roads dotted with lavender and alpaca farms.

40 Spring St
Friday Harbor,
WA
US

The team of framers and curators at Framing & Art Centre task themselves with keeping their customer’s walls well-adorned – be it with framed family heirlooms or a piece of art from the store’s own collection. Armed with conservation framing techniques, the framing team builds customized frames and shadow boxes from high quality materials – such as acid-free 100% cotton mats, and UV-coated glass – to keep valuable artworks safe.

1640 Cedar Hill Cross Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA