Shopping - Stores We Love

8 great decor boutiques across Canada

Helen Racanelli

Shopping at the big chain stores can be fun, but sneak a peek at these smaller boutiques across Canada, too.

8 Victoria

Fan Tan Gallery
541 Fisgard St, 250-382-4424

A trip to Canada's oldest Chinatown, located in Victoria, will reward you with the revelation of this superb furniture and accessory boutique. It's worth a side trip here just to check out the stunning architecture -- the shop has a charming loft gallery on the top floor and a lovely courtyard as blogged about by stationery goddess Fiona Richards of Cartolina Cards. I once purchased Clapham Beeswax Furniture Polish, which I used to seal a kitchen's raw butcherblock countertop without harsh chemicals, but such local niceties are not the only reason to visit. There's original art for sale, lamps, room divider screens, cabinets, baskets, mirrors, stools, towels, soaps and curios, all displayed with artistic panache.


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