Little Village Store is a very special shop in Cumberland. The owners, Ellian and her daughter Lyla Ocean, have weathered the pandemic with generosity, grace, optimism and strength. In the midst of the pandemic, once the tightest restrictions were lifted, they reopened with enthusiasm and open arms, welcoming new artists, such as my self-published books, into their product offerings. Ellian has been very supportive and generous in her consignment arrangements. Ellian and her daughter have filled the store with educational, artistic and fun clothing, books, toys, cards, games, and creative new whimsical keepsakes and provocations. Lyla Ocean helps her mom with fun social media posts and makes sure that there is a playhouse in the store to keep other children engaged. Ellian and her sales associate, Barb, are always filled with joy and curiosity, willing to take the time to chat and develop friendships with their customers while the shoppers take their time discovering the magic of the store. This shopping experience will inspire you to give up on big box and online shopping and embrace the warmth and intrigue of local small retailers.
Have you ever thought of opening a coffee shop, but thought better of the idea in fears of competing with the likes of Starbucks and Tim’s? In Comox we have a coffee shop, The Mill, in the heart of the downtown core that is constantly uber busy and would give any big chain a run for their money. It is a fairly large shop offering well-spaced indoor seating plus an expansive patio. It’s not uncommon for the place to be so packed that customers are lucky to find a place to sit. The beverages are tasty and the sandwiches mouth watering delicious. Mark has decided this will be his new home away from home, (he will be the self-proclaimed Norm from Cheers lol).