Devon here. I’m the manager of Venus & Mars. I’ve been with the shop for (almost) 12 years. If you frequent the shop, found us at an event, or have interacted with us on social media then you’ve probably talked to ma at some point. I also write these newsletters/ blogs. During the Pandemic, I have been trying to keep in touch with all you lovely people twice a week because we miss you and we want to let you know that we’re not going anywhere. But today, I feel like I have just run out of ideas and I don’t know what to tell you about. I mean there’s only so many words I can write about Face Masks and How to Dress for a Pandemic. And then it hit me. You probably need entertainment. I know I do. So I went through our old YouTube videos and found a few that I thought you might enjoy watching.
This is a tour of our old store in New West. Way back in the early 2000s, we did a lot of alternative prom and bridal gowns. We were so busy that we had to open a second location in New West on Columbia street. This video is from October 2009. You can see all the gorgeous fantasy gowns that people would wear for special occasions.
This is a tour of our flagship store on Cambie Street in Gastown. We moved to our current location in November 2012. This shop was a little bit smaller and a little bit edgier than our New West location. Behind the counter, you can see steps that lead up to the loft. Sanne had her studio up there. She would accidently frighten customers by yelling stuff down to me when they didn’t know she was up there.
This video is a tour of our current location at 324 West Hastings Street. The Necro Hour made this for us 2 years ago. She has been a friend of the store for over a decade. If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen lots of pictures of her as she models for us frequently. In fact, you can use her affiliate code, thenecrohour to get 15% off online purchases (free shipping within Canada).
As an added bonus, here’s a very old video of The Necro Hour telling me a ghost story about the New West store while I cackle in the background.
I hope this entertained and distracted you briefly. We’re looking forward to when things go back to normalish so we can see all your lovely faces again. What are you wearing right now? Show us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!