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Vancouver Taboo 2019

What is Taboo?

Taboo is an adult orientated show complete with vendors, a stage show and educational seminars. Want to learn to pole dance? Is burlesque on your bucket list? Looking for a toy you can’t find at ToysRUs? Then Taboo is the event for you! Get information about classes or events going on in Vancouver, buy fun new things or just get a glass of wine and mingle with like minded people. This is our eighth year vending at the Taboo Naughty but Nice Show. It’s one of our favourite events to do and we are so excited to come back in 2019.

When/ Where is Taboo?

Vancouver Taboo will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center in Hall B and C of the East Building. It will take place Friday February 8th from 5pm to midnight, Saturday February 9th from noon to midnight and Sunday February 10th from noon to 6pm. Admission is $20 online and at the door. Be advised, tickets at the door are cash only. No one under the age of 19 will be permitted to enter under any circumstances.

Should you go?

Everyone should go at least once. There’s lots to see and experience. If you’re curious about kink or you just want to shake up February then you should definitely check it out. Feeling sassy? Don’t worry dressing to the nines isn’t uncommon so dig out your favourite corset and fishnets and strut around like you own the place. If you’re a little more reserved, you won’t be out of place in jeans and t-shirt. Taboo has a little bit of something for everyone and you are welcome to participate as much or as little as you’d like. So if you think you’d like to come take a peek, I say do it!

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Where did we go?

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If you’re a fan of the store or a regular customer, you may have noticed that we’ve been closed for all of January. You may have received an email or read a blog stating that we had to be closed for the first two weeks of January. If you’re astoot, you may also have noticed that it’s been longer than two weeks.

Why isn’t the store open?

We would really like to be open. We miss you guys. Here’s the thing, sometimes when you’re renovating new and exciting problems pop up out of nowhere. That’s exactly what happened to us. I won’t get too into it but the issues involved water leaking and that’s something that you most definitely can’t ignore. I mean what’s the point of renovations if we had to close again a few months later to fix more stuff. You can’t just trade  falling in a pit for you having to swim to the till.

When will we be open again?

Here’s the good news. Since the new and exciting problems have been dealt with, it looks like we will be open again before the end of January. Thank goodness. You can shop for a killing outfit just in time for Taboo. And more importantly, we will be open and ready to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit or gift.

Where else can you find us?

Speaking of Taboo, we will be vending again this year. Click here to get all the details. We will also be vending at Fan Expo again in 2019 which is coming up in March. Click here to learn all about that. We will be at East Pride and Pride again this. We’re also hoping to come back to Commercial Drive Car Free Day. That’s all we have planned so far but we’re open to suggestions. If there’s somewhere you would like to see us, please let us know onFacebook, Instagram and Twitter .

Thanks so much for baring with us during the epic renovations of our floors. We’re looking forward to seeing all of your lovely faces again soon.

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December Store Hours

December Store Hours

  • Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm
  • Sunday 11am – 5pm
  • December 24, 2018 11am – 5pm
  • December 25, 2018 CLOSED

Happy Christmas Season! If you don’t think you can handle going into a mall this December, I don’t blame you. Malls in December are basically hell. There’s people everywhere. No one is happy to be there. And to top it off Christmas music is play everywhere. Don’t worry, we’re here for you.

If you need a little break from the Christmas spirit, then come on into VM and center yourself with some corsets, kilts and cloaks. We’ll be send out some gift guides throughout the month to help you with your Christmas shopping but we also have all your favorite things if you just need to take a moment for yourself. As always, our website will be open 24/7 if you don’t want to leave your house at all and you want to do all your shopping in your pjs while drinking wine.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you want outfit or gift ideas for this holiday season!

 

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Happy Birthday to US! (25th Anniversary)

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Happy Birthday to US! (25th Anniversary)

Big, exciting news, July 1, 2018 is our 25th Birthday! It’s so weird to think that the shop is older than our customers but it’s true. We have been officially open for a quarter of a century. How did we get here? Good question, here’s how Sanne went from her kitchen table to one of the oldest alternative clothing store in Canada.

How did we start

Sanne went to Kwantlen College (now University) for fashion design. From there, she was able to get a design job with Marquis of London which did private label manufacturing for Club Monaco and other labels. Eventually, she started to work on designs for her own label. She started making garments on her kitchen table. As Sanne tells it, she made one thing and sold it. Then she made two things and sold them. In 1991, she started to sell her gowns on consignment at alternative shops like New World and Dream. Sanne also wholesaled clothing to different business in Vancouver and across Canada. She even had her brand in Seattle and Port Townsend. In 1993, the owner of New World saw that there was a shop available for lease nearby and let Sanne know. That was the start of Venus & Mars!

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How we Evolved

It can be difficult to have a small business. Restaurants and shops popup and disappear all the time. What makes Venus & Mars so different that we have been able to stick around for 2 and a half decades? Sanne has always been willing to try new things. For seven years, she had a second shop in New West to cater to the bridal and grad market. Sanne is not afraid of new technology and as a result, Venus & Mars had a website very early on. The past five years we have been updating our skills and working to really let our website shine. Sanne also knows what works and doesn’t work for advertising the shop. Print and other media hasn’t been the best way for us to get in front of our customers but vending at events like Taboo, Fan Expo and Pride have proven be work very well for us and has let us connect with so many of you! Not only is Sanne great a business person but because her studio is in the shop it gives her an opportunity to listen to our clientele and we’ve been able to adapt our style to steampunk and festival fashion.

Bonus: FAQ What is Steampunk?

How We’re Celebrating!

Birthdays are meant to be celebrated right? We’re having a shopping party online and in store! On July 1, 2018 (only) you can get 25% off all regular priced items  in store (sale and clearance stuff is not included) if you come in and say Happy Birthday VM, give me a discount! If you are unable to make it to the shop you can get 25% off all regular priced items online if you use the discount code happybday25. The sale is only valid on July 1, 2018 and only with the code, so mark your calendar and get yourself a birthday cloak! You can also celebrate with us on social media by using the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing or #25yearsofvmclothing!

At the end of the day, we couldn’t get to where we are without your help and support. Thank you so much for supporting us as a small, weird, alternative, nerdy business for so long. We really appreciate your business and support. We are so happy that you like what we do and we’ll try to continue to provide you with awesome clothing and accessories for the next 25 years!

Like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we’re up to. You can also sign up for the Steampunk Tempest in order to get awesome, secret deals.

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June Events!

June Events

June Events

Are you looking for fun, free, family events this June? Well good news because we will be vending at three different fun, free, family events next month!

West End Car Free Day – June 16, 2018

Vancouver’s West End is a densely populated area surrounded by beautiful parks and beaches. It welcomes residents of all ages, incomes, ethnicities and sexual orientations. The highly walkable area offers restaurants, cafes and places to get ice cream before walking the seawall.

The West End brings together business owners, community organizations, artists and volunteers to seed the idea of building a better, more livable city. There are music stages and jam sessions to listen to, art being exhibited and created live on the street and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink.

Main Street Car Free Day – June 17, 2018

The biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals spanning 21 blocks, Main Street has 15 stages and mini festivals along the entire street. This is a fun, family-friendly event with kid-zones, skateboarders, funky artisan shops and popular food vendors. You can really taste the flavour of Main Street with extended patios from many restaurants.

East Side Pride – June 23, 2018

This will be an inclusive, engaging and family-friendly event featuring loads of local talent and friends from the community. Join us at the stage for a variety of live acts including Dia Nos, RedSoulBluez, Michelle Joly, Carousel Scene, Scizzor Fairy, drag performances and more.This event space is accessible by foot, bike, mobility devices and, transit, with multiple gender accessible washrooms onsite. ASL interpretation provided. East Side Pride is a sober event.

Come check out our booth to see handmade clothing for steampunk, goth, festival gear, Burning Man, cosplay, costumes, LARP, Halloween or just every day life. As always we are accepting cash, credit and debit. Stop by and get some awesome rainbow shorts to start the summer right!

Like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we’re up to. You can also sign up for the Steampunk Tempest in order to get awesome, secret deals.