If you are looking for a gift or just want to discover something unique, there is a contemporary lifestyle boutique on Cambie Street that you cannot miss when visiting Vancouver. And if you are from Vancouver, I am sure you are like me, always popping in to see what is new and wanting to buy every single item in there. I can stay there for a while holding my coffee and my kid’s hand discovering local and Canadian brands. I also found many items from around the world. For example, these beautiful books from France.
And for moms, there is something for the kids too. I found some kids books by a local publisher- Simply Read, Native Shoes, Herschel packs, Vancouver made Minimocs and Vancouver made Padraig slippers. Their stock changes often and it’s good to check on their Instagram or call in first if you are looking for a specific item.
I met Caroline and Daniel, the owners of Walrus. I told them about my passion to connect the people of Vancouver and cover stories from every corner of the city by neighbourhood. I told them I don’t write about the latest restaurant openings and chase the latest fashion trends yet. For now, I want to focus on the people living in Vancouver and the people I encounter daily. I want to write about my discoveries and experiences in Vancouver and around the world. I want to connect our community with real people and real stories. I also want to promote our beautiful city to the world. I love reading stories and seeing photos of your city and I hope you will enjoy mine. It’s always best to meet a local when you are travelling and now you know you have me if you ever come visit Vancouver.
“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you Caroline and Daniel for taking the time to answer a few questions.
How did you come up with the name Walrus?
We wanted to choose a name that was simple, easy to remember, and piqued curiosity. We worked with local branding agency, Toolbox, to find a name that captured all of this and more!
How do you choose which designers and products to carry?
It’s usually based on a gut feeling. But our loose framework is a contemporary aesthetic, something that has interesting form and function and is relatively unique to Vancouver. We love working with good people doing good things.
What makes Walrus different from other home and gift stores in Vancouver?
We’re lucky in Vancouver in that we have an excellent community of independent shops. We’re a small city and a lot of us know each other. I think what makes us different is that we all bring our own personalities to our businesses and that extends through our product offerings and overall curation.
What are some of the most popular items people come to Walrus for?
The most popular items shift, however, it’s a nice mixture of the big brands such as Hershel, Native shoes and Instance socks to the local jewellery designers and ceramic artists.
What is your favourite neighbourhood in Vancouver?
Each neighbourhood offers something very different in Vancouver – so we love them all for different reasons! To keep it safe – we’ll say Cambie Village.
What is your favourite type of food in Vancouver?
We love Thai, Farm to Table, Japanese…
Do you ship worldwide and can people purchase the items online?
Yes, we do! We have an online shop: www.walrushome.com
3408 Cambie St.
Canada V5Z 2W8