Fan Tan Gallery

“I like to look for gifts throughout the year.  If I find the perfect item for someone, I put it in my “gift closet” and keep it for the next holiday.  But I often get too excited and just give it to them before!”  — Christina Hendricks

Sooo……..I’m not the only one with a “gift closet”!

Linda appreciates beautiful things, and she’s also practical.   When we casually browsed through Fan Tan Gallery and Linda spotted the Linnea display, she gave that an approving nod.
For each month the calendar features a beautiful 11″ X 14″ art print suitable for framing or mounting to any flat surface. Beautiful and practical!

I bought one to keep for her as a Christmas gift. But you know that it didn’t make it to December!
Fortunately, her birthday came up before December so the Linnea calendar was out!
The calendar is not by any means the sole draw at the Fan Tan Gallery, also known as Fan Tan Home & Style.

The shop, with its double storefront presence on downtown Fisgard offers a wide variety of wares made locally in BC, in Canada, and carefully sourced internationally by the owner, Janet, ranging from the USA and Europe to India and Afghanistan.
There are the Cedar Mountain marble coasters and art blocks from Salt Spring Island,   fan-tan-gallery-13
artisanal small batch foods and dishes also made on Saltspring Island and elsewhere in Canada,
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candles and room atomizers made in the USA,
socks hand-knitted in Afghanistan from wool and lined with a thin, soft fleece,

personal bath and toiletry products sourced in Italy, in France,
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more from France,
            and more from France,

quilts from India made in the Kantha style,fan-tan-gallery-24

more quilts with their exuberant colours,
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wooden blocks from India which are used for printing their fabric,

fabric printed using various wooden blocks,
more samples of block-printed fabric, scarves,
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.              and

Of course, right now there are displays of seasonal items…………..some rustic,

some glitzier.
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For gift-giving anytime — or for myself! — there’s a good selection of Blue Q socks,

games and puzzles,
          tin cups,

pretty ring holders,

and tidy, tiny plants.

Sure, come to the Fan Tan Gallery  for the beautiful Linnea calendar, but you’ll surely leave with
at least one other unique item — I promise!

Fan Tan Gallery
541 Fisgard St
250- 382-4424

Mon – Sat 9:30 – 5:30, Sun 11:30 – 5


“those of us who read because we love it more than anything, who feel about bookstores the way some people feel about jewelers…”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life
I love bookstores; always have and always will unless robots or androids are behind the counter. A bookstore says to me that I am home, that I am in a safe place.  And that is how I feel when I enter Tanner’s. Tanner’s is a friendly bookstore. The staff are welcoming, the aisles are wide, the sections clearly marked and the books are a mere arms length away.
And the magazines…. I am amazed at the selection this independent bookstore carries.
Are you interested in Cooking, Chocolate, Art, Journaling, Finance, Writing, Wildlife, Model
railroad, Cycle, Boats, Model airplane, Motorcycle,
Men’s Health, Outdoor life, Golf, Skiing, Running, Yoga, Pilates, Knitting, Sewing, Travels, Cars, Home Decor, Tiger Beat,
International Magazines….I buy Maison Chic and The English Home magazine….and would love to buy more. Can one have too many magazines??
plus  Newspapers from Great Britain
a Travel & Nautical Section with great maps, charts and books.
and a Children’s Section which is well stocked with books and games.
Tanner’s stocks Tintin!
Tanners also has an extensive collection of greeting cards, calendars, games- Suduko and puzzles.
and meet the owner of Tanner’s Books …. Cliff.
Thank you for a marvelous bookstore and a friendly and helpful staff!
I adore this statue outside of Tanners.
Tanner’s Books
2436 Beacon Ave.
Sidney, BC
Sun-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm

LaLoca, Sidney

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”  —  Jane Goodall

Outside LaLoca

Walking into LaLoca in Sidney is like entering the market-of-the-world!

Tapestry, cards @ LaLoca

Christine, the owner, has travelled extensively throughout South America and sources her own products.
All items offered for sale at LaLoca are purchased as part of a fair trade partnership with individual women and artisans around the world.  Christine is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which signifies that producers are treated with respect and paid fair wages, development is fostered and environmental standards are adhered to.

Handmade sweater, LaLocaThese darling handknitted sweaters are made by women in Peru, using their own harvested alpaca wool.

Metal wall art, LaLocaSubstantial pieces of metal wall art are made in Haiti.

Handmade baskets, LaLoca These handmade baskets are from Guana.

       Felted wool animals, LaLocaHand-felted wool birds are made in Peru.

            More recently Christine also began sourcing items from India and Africa.

Handmade bags, LaLocaThese totes are made of hand-felted wool with embellishments in Nepal.

Neckpiece, LaLoca
Edgy jewellery like this neckpice is crafted by Zambian artisans in the South Luangwa using organic materials originating from the African bush.

Frog guitarists, LaLoca
Colourful frog guitarists are made from recycled tin cans in South Africa.

Clothing, LaLoca
here’s men’s, women’s and unisex clothing from Nepal as well as from Thailand.

Wall hooks, LaLoca
n assortment of colorful wall hooks comes from India.

Kisii stone
The K
isii stone carvings from Kenya are ultra-smooth and beg to be touched.

Mouse slippers, LaLocaThese adorable mouse slippers come in all sizes and various colours.  This pair was my specific choice as a gift for a family member.  The hand felted alpaca wool slippers are made in Nepal.

Banners, LaLoca               Handmade wall tapestry, LaLoca

Banners with quotable messages are from Indonesia.
Of all the striking, colourful items on display everywhere, my personal favourites were the stunning wall tapestries are handmade in Bolivia.

What a  treasure trove from all over the globe!  A true gem.
2367 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Tue – Sat 10:30 am – 5 pm


Lilaberry Home Decor

That we got elegance
We got built in elegance
And with elegance…elegance…
We’ll carry it off.

(from Hello Dolly)

A shop that is elegantly decorated with chandeliers, and ornate furniture made out of reclaimed pine, Lilaberry is the place to shop for items that will freshen up one’s home. Discover tablecloths and glassware from France,

IMG_5653La Rochere glassware,


dripless and odorless candles from Germany ,


and an assortment of linens (including tablecloths, aprons, runners and placemats) from April Cornell.


It is a delight to peruse the nooks, crannies and shelves of this shop. Chris (the owner) has an exquisite eye for buying quality wares that are not only useful, but beautiful to behold.



Plus she has invaluable tips on how to decorate with one item in more than one way. The following pictures are of Lili’s tablecloth that she bought at Lilaberry……

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2474 Beacon Avenue
Sidney BC


Janet’s Special Teas

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” Chaim Potok

Oh my goodness, does this woman carry tea!IMG_4820

Assam black, Black Assam black, Black Blends/Breakfast, China Black, Darjeeling Black, Decaf Black, Flavoured Black, Sri Lanka Black, China Green, Flavoured Green, Japan Green, Honey Bush, Oolongs, Herbals, Rooibos, and the humbly stated Other. The only tea missing from the substantial list was Redbush tea.

Janet carries over 120 different teas. You purchase the amount that you would like…. from wee amounts that are placed in wee bags to a more substantial order placed in larger bags.


After listening to her customers’ requests Janet has imported products from England, including Brown Betty teapots and mugs, tea sacs and tea baskets from Germany…..

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and she is so pleased to provide a venue for locals to show off their artistic work: exquisitely made paper folding cards,


bright and colourful tea cosys, artwork, pottery, honey and photography.




Janet provides friendly service with a warm smile and a laugh!!


Janet’s Special Teas

2451-A Beacon Avenue

Sidney BC

250 655 9477