Though the original Still Life boutique was founded in 1983, current owners Matt and Kim Jensen took over the reins in 2007. Since then, they’ve gone through three expansions and five renovations. “I think we may be serial renovators!” said Kim. “There’s a funny connection to store expansion and me having babies, so no more stores or else we’re in trouble!” They now have a total of three stores: two in Victoria and one in Vancouver. “Still Life was in the original location from 1984 to 2015,” she added. “We had such a hard time letting go of the original space, but we had simply outgrown the 690-sq-ft space.”
Some of their brand highlights for women's this season include new shoe lines. A few of their favorites are LoQ, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Intentionally Blank. For women’s wear, Kim is most excited about Paloma Wool, Ozma, Micaela Greg, which are all new to them for spring. Some of their existing go-tos include Ali Golden, First Rite, and Lacausa. They women's store in Victoria recently underwent a remodel and just reopened on May 5.
“Our Victoria stores are located on the sunny side of Johnson Street, which is comprised of beautiful heritage buildings in the downtown area. Our Vancouver store on Main Street is in an area called Mt. Pleasant, which has the most beautiful views of the North Shore Mountains. We have so many fantastic independent boutiques in both areas and are blessed to be a part of both communities.”
Kim shared their favorite hangouts in both Victoria and Vancouver here:
“In Victoria, we frequent Hey Happy and Habit for coffee, great music and pastries. Salt & Pepper Fox for the best salads and sandwiches in town, and Saint Franks for drinks and video games. Sadly, Saint Franks recently had an electrical fire, but they’re slated to reopen mid-June.
In Vancouver, we frequent Gene for coffee, Cartem’s for donuts, 33 Acres and The Brassneck for craft beer, and Savio Volpe for to-die-for Italian! They just won ‘Best New Restaurant’ at the recent Vancouver Restaurant Awards and the interior design is truly amazing—the front doors, the booths, the wood paneling. It’s a must for anyone visiting Vancouver!”
Still Life For Her, Victoria
108-560 Johnson Street
Still Life For Him, Victoria
120-560 Johnson Street
Still Life, Vancouver
2315 Main Street