Sew a quilt for your pet in #ShopShowcase with Dressew Supply in Vancouver, Canada.
How did you get started?
My father Roger opened the store in 1961, under the name Dressmaker's & Milliner's Supply House. After 10 years the store moved two blocks south to a larger location, and in 1981 we moved one block north to our current location. Along the way came a name change to Dressew Supply. We have 2 floors for shopping with a basement below for storage, as well as 2 warehouses located minutes away for refilling stock on a daily basis. We are proud to be a local family business approaching 55 years of serving everyone from home sewists to local designers to the film industry.
Where are you located?
We are in the heart of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at 337 West Hastings Street between Homer & Cambie.
Which products do you specialise in?
We are the largest fabric store in Vancouver, with a wide selection of fabrics from basics to fashion to home dec. But we might be best known for our Lower Floor, with over 15,000 buttons, 7,000 zippers, and shelves packed full of braid, cord, ribbon, beads, sequins, feathers, lace, thread and all those good things. Our selection and prices on sewing notions bring people from all over the world to shop. We also have a costume section on the Main Floor that almost takes over the whole floor for Halloween.
Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?
As you can tell from our selection, we love our buttons and zippers. The back corner of the Main Floor is faux fur as far as the eye can see. In recent years we've become addicted to cotton prints, with almost the entire front half of the store full of thousands of bolts. We keep adding more and more Halloween costumes and accessories. And then there was the time we bought 100 pallets of chocolates...
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Where else should we visit in your area?
We are in between Gastown & Chinatown, two popular tourist areas. Hop on a bus in front of the store and in ten minutes you'll be in Stanley Park, one of the top urban parks in the world. We're walking distance from the Convention Centre and Canada Place cruise ship terminal. On a crafty note, around the corner is Button Button, across the street is Atex Fabrics and down the street is Opus Art Supplies.
Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
For visitors coming from outside of Canada, it's important to note we don't accept credit cards. We do take Interac, which is the Canadian bank card system. If you're planning to visit during October, we recommend coming earlier in the morning. Afternoons close to Halloween tend to get a bit, shall we say, hectic.
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