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Barbara, Alex and John, first store on Pemberton

Barbara, Alex and John, first store on Pemberton


Out first store, on Pemberton Ave. in North Vancouver, was long and narrow, but all ours. It opened in September '85.

Even then, we...

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Floating Hat display at the Boat Show

Floating Hat display at the Boat Show


You need something to bring people over to the booth so you can have a conversation and perhaps create a sales opportunity.

In Florida ...

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Boat Show!

Boat Show!


Alex started his business by selling Hats at boat shows and asked John if he wanted to get involved. John was into computers at the time but tho...

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John - somewhere at a Boat Show

John - somewhere at a Boat Show


Don't know where this was, could have been anywhere between Vancouver, BC & Galveston, Texas.

No matter where he is, it sure l...

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California show, no room inside

California show, no room inside


I confirmed taking a booth at the San Diego boat show, but when I arrived with my boxes of Hats and gear, they said "We don't have you listed...

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Barbara & Elisabeth, Vancouver boat show

Barbara & Elisabeth, Vancouver boat show


For many years we participated in the local Boat Shows, starting at the PNE grounds & eventually ending up at BC Place.

John spent ...

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Leading a wooden dancer

Leading a wooden dancer


Having a store in our home basement, and clients by appointment, was the test to see if a retail business was possible.

As a young coup...

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Guess Who

Guess Who


circa 1986...

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Home basement store, handyman.

Home basement store, handyman.


Barbara's comments:

"I'm still amazed when I remember that people would phone for an appointment to come to the house. So...

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Pemberton store - kites and camel

Pemberton store - kites and camel


What a great-looking store! Can't remember if we had 1 or 2 changing rooms, certainly no more than that & the bathroom may have been included...

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