The main street of Comox frankly doesn't boast much in the way of shopping. There's been little or no restrictions on what can occupy a 'retail' space and sadly it means there's bugger all to look at. Unless of course you are interested in window shopping: banks, credit unions, investment brokers, Subway, chiropractors, the post office, insurance brokers, doctors offices and an optomertrist. Then this summer a very nice shoe shop closed.. only to be replaced by a day spa, who promptly white out all the windows. So there's another 'shop' gone.
There are a couple of bright spots though..
The Cottage Gardener.. a sort of shabby chic inspired decor and clothes store which has nothing whatever to do with gardens.
A very nice cookware shop called Otters.. and it's next door neighbour Duduza.
The owners are a mother and daughter team, Carol and Ali [Ali was born in Johannesburg, which is where the store name comes from.. Duduza is and African word meaning comfort].
They've been open for about 18 months and I've been a regular customer from the beginning.
I know for a fact that my husband is an even better customer because I've had a gift from here for every birthday, christmas, anniversary since they opened.
Of course they have a fabulous range of bedding and towels that goes without saying.
They also wash well.
Everything in the store is presented so beautifully... I rarely fail to find something to take my fancy.
Some of my favourite bits and pieces at home came from Duduza.
When I did the before and after post on the downstairs loo I included a shot of this little shell handbag... which is one of theirs.
The other thing I like is that there are allsorts of products that you just don't get at the bigger chain stores in town.
They are fine in their way.. but there's nothing like stumbling across something and knowing that 2500 other people in town WON'T have it.
Coming from the UK that was always one of the problems with buying anything from, for example, M&S. Especially clothes.. since the chances were you would probably see someone in the pub wearing the exact same thing.
They have also introduced a nice range of genuine badger brush [don't worry it doesn't hurt the badgers :o) ] shaving kits from world famous English suppliers to the Queen.. 'Kent'.
Last year I had to use a supplier in Victoria so buy a replacement soap for my husband's 'Kent' shaving bowl. Won't have to do that anymore.
This linen one with the elephants on would Gorgeous colours in this one.
make a great cushion fabric.
|Great accessories too.|
|Fabulous range of gift tags and cards.|