Article by Rayea Johnson
Janet and Larry purchased the Vanderhoof Department Store in 1992, and have since entrenched themselves in Vanderhoof’s social landscape.
The store began with a modest inventory of men’s and women’s fashion, shoes and fabrics. The Department Store’s inventory has evolved over the past 28 years to match Vanderhoof’s growing population.
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To date, the Vanderhoof Department store offers over 20 brands of eclectic men’s and women’s fashions; footwear, from morning slippers to evening outwear; and a variety of accessories.
Recently, the store has included a kitchen department offering everything from the latest gadgets in cuisine, to statement dinner wares.
The most notable transition over nearly 30 years is the expansion of the fabric department. Under the name “Quilter’s Corner”, the Department Store carries over 2000 bolts of fabric, including quilting cotton, fleece, satin, vinyl and tulle; notions, for every need from sewing to knitting; and a selection of high end sewing machines, including Pfaff and Elna. These fabrics are a hallmark of Vanderhoof crafting, seen in quilts at the annual Fall Fair, in handmade clothing and in the high school home economics classroom.
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The Vanderhoof Department Store goes above and beyond in costumer care, offering an exceptional and personal retail experience. To accommodate every need, the store offers mail delivery options and special request orders to continue achieving their 28 years long goal of meeting the demands of Vanderhoof’s residents. F
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Note: The features for Small Business Week are sponsored by participating businesses and first ran in the Oct. 22 edition of the Vanderhoof Omineca Express.