The Epic Tale of Our Floor
(TL:DR We have to be closed for the first 2 weeks of January for renovations. CLICK HERE to get an email to notify you when we’re open again.)
If you’ve been the shop recently, you may have felt a little off centered. Maybe if felt as if the world was tilted. Or you may have even possibly felt a little spring in your step like you were walking on a trampoline. There is a very good reason for that. Our floor is slowly failing and we have no choice but to fix it before someone falls into the center of the earth.
What is Happening
One morning I was sweeping behind the trunk where we keep our extra corsets and I noticed that some of the tiles on the floor were cracked. I showed Sanné and we decided to keep an eye on it. It wasn’t clear whether they were cracked from the floor failing or whether something had fallen on the floor. We made sure that nothing heavy was resting there and let the landlords know. Cut to a week later and cracks were starting to show up all over the place. We reinforced things as best as we could but in the end we had no choice but to temporarily close so that we can guarantee that no one will end up in Wonderland if they step in the wrong spot.
How long will we be closed?
Here’s the thing with renovations, it’s hard to know exactly how long it will take to repair. The contractor has estimated that it will take a week or two but, as anyone who has ever redone their kitchen knows, it’s only an estimate. We’re hoping that it will be closer to a week and as soon as we can be open again we will be. We will be keeping you updated on our progress via email, the website and social media so keep your eyes peeled.
Where can you get your VM fix?
If you are stressing out and wondering how you could possibly survive without Venus & Mars in your life, don’t worry. The website will still be up and running. You can shop online 24/7 while we’re closed. In fact, we’ll even give you 15% off if you use the discount code RENO. We will also be updating our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter daily with awesome outfit ideas.
It can be really stressful closing for two weeks and for some small businesses it can be the kiss of death. That’s why we are so grateful to have the most AWESOME customers in the world. Having your support for the past 25 years alleviates a lot of that stress and let’s us know that everything will be okay. Thank you so much for being you. We can’t wait to see you in 2019! Have a safe and happy holiday.
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!
Steampunk Waistcoat – Double breasted
Steampunk Waistcoats are a great addition to any wardrobe. Got a wedding to attend? Try adding a Venus&Mars Steampunk Waistcoat to a plain white dress shirt and black pants to elevate your look from everyday Joe to Mr. Darcy. Become the ultimate steampunk master by wearing your vest with a military frock coat, top hat, goggles and a pocket watch. Cosplaying as a character in a three piece suit? Adding a Venus&Mars Steampunk Waistcoat will push your cosplay one step ahead of your contemporaries by adding a subtle uniqueness. Our Steampunk Waistcoats are so versatile that you could wear them to the fanciest of red carpet events or just on a Tuesday with a nice shirt and jeans. You definitely need one of these in your closet.
Steampunk Frock Coats
This is definitely a customer favourite. Steampunk frock coats look great on everyone. You can wear it completely buttoned up for a military look or wear a couple buttons undone for more of a traditional looking lapel. The brown tapestry contrasts nicely with the black canvas giving you a really unique look. When worn with a dress shirt it is perfect for any formal event. You can also try it with a black tshirt and jeans for a more casual look. We think it looks the best with a Waistcoat and a ruffle poet shirt. Oh and don’t forget a pocket watch for time traveling adventures!
Velvet Lined Cloaks
Become the regal person you were always meant to be, get a velvet lined cloak. Velvet lined cloaks are perfect for alternative outdoor wear when you have a special event. They are also great for staying cozy at home. The luxurious velvet will brighten anyone’s day. The deep hood will let you maintain an air of mystery. What’s not to love? Try one with a gown!
Did you know that, in addition to making everything with the Venus & Mars label, we carry treasures made by local artists? It’s true! If you’ve ever come in the shop, you have probably marveled at the feather bras or skeleton necklaces or leather masks. We thought it was about time to shine the light on some of our favourite artists!
Everyone loves the feathers in the store. House of Slaughter crafts beautiful and sexy handmade feather bras and wraps. She also makes the light up bras and feather wraps. Transform yourself by adding a feather wrap to a corset into an evil queen. Add a light up bra to a side lace skirt and pocket belt for the ultimate festival look.
Caridwen creates stunning resin cameo necklaces, chokers and earrings. Embrace your darkness with one of her Victorian Skeleton Lady cameos. Bring out your playful side with a kitty cat cameo. Be a pirate queen with a classic skull and crossbones cameo. All of Caridwen’s jewelry is perfect for steampunk cosplay. Add one of her lace chokers to a peasant blouse, waist cincher and circle square skirt.
Regardless of what you’re into, you probably need a good leather mask in your tickle trunk. KWest creates fabulous hard leather masks that are formed to your face. They are perfect for cosplay, fetish, and masquerades. Want to cosplay as steampunk catwoman? KWest has the perfect mask for that! Try his black catwoman mask with a black corset, black velvet capris, boots and a black pocket belt. Whip is optional.
Who is your favourite local artist that we carry in the shop? Let us know in the comments below!
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This post may seem familiar. I’m recycling it from the summer because we have new colours available in our classic pocket belts and our steampunk pocket belts! Enjoy!
We have pocket belts, lots and lots of pocket belts. You can put away your purse, hang up your trusty backpack and stop treating your friends with pockets as your own personal sherpa. Pocket belts give you the freedom of carrying the stop you need while enhancing your outfit – instead of ruining it.
Pocket Belts are available in two sizes but the strap is adjustable so it will always fit. There is a deep outer pocket that is perfect for cash and a phone. The second outer pocket is perfect for a small phone or a bag of jelly beans. Pocket Belts also have an inner pocket to store your most valuable items like your ID. It is secured by a double Velcro closure and the thigh strap is easy to clip on or off.
Multipoint Pocket Belts are available in 2 sizes but the Velcro waist allows for maximum adjustability. They have patch pockets on the inside for your secret things, zipper pockets for your secure things and Velcro pockets for snacks. There are so many pockets you’ll start looking for extra things to carry.
The Steampunk Pocket Belt can be worn three ways. First you can wear it like a belt across your hips with the leg strap around your thigh. Alternatively, you can wear the hip strap across your body with the leg strap around your thigh. Pretty great right? But wait there’s more! Thirdly you can wear the waist strap across your body with the thigh strap around your waist.
It’s tails! And it’s a pocket belt! It’s the Tails Pocket Belt! One side is black for black tie events and the other side is multi coloured for fun events. There is a large zipper pocket which is ideal for your phone, ID and cash and there are easily accessible side pockets for emergency lip gloss and trail mix. The waistband is adjustable so it will always fit. The plastic clip in the front makes it easy to put on over anything.
There are four pockets on the Festival Pocket Belt. They have a large zippered pocket, a flap pocket with velcro closure, an outer side pocket and an inner secret pocket. Think of all the things you can carry! The waist strap is adjustable and secured by a double velcro closure. There is also a most excellent fabric tail that takes the look to a whole new level!
Do you have a pocket belt? What do you use it for? Let us know in the comments below.
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