Devon Dale is a twenty something Vancouverite. When she isn’t being a lady adventurer for hire she is at Venus & Mars selling you corsets, kilts and other steampunkery. She enjoys hula hooping, reading and yoga. When you see her in the store, mention the Doctor and she will squeal like a delighted child.
We’ve made the decision to not be fully open yet. It was a hard decision to make but we want to err on the side of caution. We want to hold off to see if there is a second wave after the reopening of restaurants and bars. Don’t worry, you can still shop online 24/7. We’re offering free shipping within Canada and curbside pick up. As an added bonus, we’re having a 50% sale so be sure to check that out!
We may not be fully open yet but we are extending our Express Window hours. Starting Tuesday, May 26, our new hours will be Tuesday – Saturday from 1 -4. You won’t be able to try things on but if you know what you want, you can pick up anything from the shop. We’ll be featuring our face masks, 3 in 1 tube scarves, veils, and goggles. You can also pick up online orders if you don’t feel like waiting for Canada Post, just add a note in your order saying you would like to pick up your order.
If you really want to browse the shop and try things on, we are taking one on one shopping appointments. We will ask that you wear a mask, sanitizer your hands and limit the amount of stuff that you touch and try on. You can call, email, or DM us to book an appointment. Do not book an appointment if you are feeling COVID symptoms or you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID in the past 14 days.
We really appreciate all your continued support right now and we hope that you and your loved ones stay happy and healthy.
PS. Lookout on Tuesday, we’re adding more awesome things to the 50% off sale!
We’re having a sale! If you don’t need any more information than that, CLICK HERE to check it out. For anyone else sticking around, let me tell you why we decided to have a sale. But first, I need to remind you that we still have FREE shipping within Canada and we have our express window open Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:30 for curbside pick up and sale of masks, goggles and face coverings.
Okay so why are we putting stuff on sale? This pandemic has given us the opportunity to re-assess the business, our goals and our brand. Alternative clothing designed and handmade in Vancouver has always been at the core of Venus & Mars. Most of our stock is designed by Sanne (the owner) and made by Sanne and the staff, most but not all. We want to transition to exclusively carrying locally handmade clothing.
You may be wondering why. There’s lots of reasons. First, we can control what we make. We know what the quality will be. We know how the garment will look and fit. Second, we have control over when we can have it in the store or more control. We can’t control what our suppliers have in stock or when they will ship it. If we make it, we know how quickly we can have it in the store. If all our black cloaks sell out the last week of September then we can make more and have them ready for sale in time for Halloween. Third, the fact that we make the clothing makes us special. It’s kind of nice to know exactly where your clothing comes from and it’s even nicer that you can say hi to the lady who designed it.
So we decided to put our imported items on sale for 50% off. We’re starting with corsets, waist cinchers, skirts and dresses. We’ll roll out more in the next couple of weeks. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on sale. What do you think of our decision? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
We haven’t made a concrete decision regarding when we’re going to be open again but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. In the meantime, we are going to continue to offer curbside pick and mask sales at our express window Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:30. Monday May 18, we will be closed for Victoria Day. We’re also continuing to offer free shipping within Canada if you order online. As businesses start to reopen, I think it’s important to remember that we’re not completely out of the woods yet and that if we don’t take the right precautions, things could go badly again.
First, you should continue to wash your hands and try to keep yourself from touching your face. Soap and water will clean the virus off your hands so that you don’t spread it to yourself or others. Touching your face is basically like eating a Corona pizza if you have the virus on your hands.
Second, continue to social distance. Stay 6 feet away from people. Give strangers a wide berth on the street and in the supermarket. COVID-19 doesn’t always show symptoms so avoiding being in close contact with people keeps them from giving it to you and keeps you from giving it to them if you have it and you don’t know it. Whenever you can, stay home.
Third, you might want to get a face mask or something else to cover your mouth with. Hospitals and medical professionals need medical grade and N95 masks more than you do. But using a cloth mask of at least 2 layers will keep you from spreading Corona to others if you have it and you aren’t exhibiting signs. It is also a helpful reminder not to touch your face while you’re wearing one. As much as possible you want to avoid touching anything except the ear straps. As an added bonus, wearing a face mask also shows the people around you that you are being aware and respectful. We have lots of different colours of face masks available, if you want to look cute and be safe but we also have our 3 in 1 tube scarves, veils and bandanas. We are continuing to donate a mask to health care workers for every mask we sell. Whether you get a mask from us or from somewhere else the most effective ones are going to be double layered, breathable and washable.
What do you think about shops reopening? Do you feel like it’s the right time? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Stay safe! We can’t wait to see you again.
It looks like a lot of businesses are reopening. Restaurants in BC will be operating at a limited capacity again as of May 19. It leaves us with a very important question, when should we reopen and how should we do it? Like a lot of you, we want everything to go back to normal but normal might not be normal anymore. Ultimately, whatever the new normal is, we want to make sure that we’re keeping you and our staff safe.
Last week, we announced that we were doing an express window. Thank you so much to everyone who came to the store and made a purchase. We’re going to continue doing that for now. We’re offering local pickup for online orders and pre-arranged purchases as well as sales of masks and other protective items. Online shopping will also remain available with free shipping within Canada. But what should our next step be and when do we do it?
We’re considering that for our first stage of being open we limit customers to one or two people in the shop at a time. We would probably ask that you wear some kind of protective gear like a mask or a bandana and ask that you sanitize your hands before looking around. Would that put you off shopping or would you be glad that we’re taking precautionary measures? Which brings us to when that should happen.
When would you like us to reopen? Should we aim to be open when the restaurants reopen? Should we wait longer or be open soonWhen would you like us to be open? Should we aim to be open when the restaurants reopen? Should we wait longer or be open sooner? We don’t want to rush things but if we’re being honest, it’s been really tough to be closed. All of your online orders and support has been amazing and we appreciate it so much but it’s still been really difficult. So we would love to hear from you and find out what you’re comfortable with and try to make it work in a safe way.
Happy May! How is everyone doing? We hope you’re staying safe and staying happy. Everyone on the VM team and their families are all doing well. Let’s get the business out of the way. The store is still closed but our online shop is open 24/7 with free shipping within Canada. We’re making face masks out of all of your favorite fabrics and we’re donating a mask to healthcare workers for every mask sold. We started an affiliate program where you get a code for 15% off to give to your friends and family and for every purchase made with your code, you get $5 in store credit (DM us on Instagram if you’re interested). Phew, now that’s out of the way here’s something new.
We miss your faces and we’ve noticed that a lot of restaurants have pick up windows. It made us think, what if we had a pick up window? Like a lot of restaurants, we’d have to operate on a limited menu. We’re going to start with having face masks, 3 in 1 tube scarves, veils, bandanas and goggles available. For hygienic reasons, we can’t let you try them on or handle them too much but you would be able to take a look at the product in person and get your mask right away instead of having to wait for it to come in the mail. We will only be accepting debit and credit as payment. The window will be open Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:30 to start. We’ll increase hours if the demand is there. We’ll also be available for curbside pickup of online orders if you want your goodies quicker than Canada Post will deliver them.
What do you think of our new plan? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Stay safe. Drink lots of water. We’ll get through this together.
Covid 19: Our store is closed to support flattening the curve, but our online store is still open. We are offering free shipping within Canada. Dismiss