Spotlight: In The Company of Friends – 10.10.11

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

In our current world of big box stores full of generic knick knacks and tidbits, it’s refreshing to find a store that offers unique and one of a kind items.  When you visit In the Company of Friends in Cloverdale, you will discover just this.  Not only will you find personal and adorable treasures that are perfect for gifts (for others or yourself), but you might be inspired to spruce up your own space too!

In the Company of Friends celebrates its 9 year anniversary this December and is not only a family business, but a business full of support from friends.  Barbara St. Laurent, a married Mother of two grown children, originally bought the space from one of her daughters and expanded it into what it is today. Her background stems from over 30 years of retail experience and she has lived all over the world, now residing in Cloverdale.

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Many years ago, Barbara’s friends started making crafts, a somewhat foreign concept to her at the time.  This not only became something that she loved to do, but also evolved into many, many years of craft show participation, a groundwork that would influence her confidence to purchase the retail space when the timing was right.  Needless to say, she hasn’t looked back.

The store has a vintage feel to it, but also hosts a room full of modern items for babies and kids.  You will find beautiful china, as well as home decor and gifts from brands like Midwest of Cannon Falls and Primitives by Kathy.  The store displays change frequently with the latest season of celebration (Halloween is in full effect) and they also re-paint the walls throughout the year, creating beautiful backgrounds for their decor.

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As you shop in the store, you’ll enjoy music from the 1930’s and 1940’s and when you leave with your goodies in tow, they’ll be packaged to perfection in adorable gift bags, seasonal tissue paper and cutesy stickers.  Finding that perfect item and having it packaged like a beautiful gift, what a treat!

In the Company of Friends offers custom made gift baskets, staff gifts for companies and always has specialty packaging on site.  They host several fundraisers in the store throughout the year, offering a fun night out, draw baskets and gift with purchase rewards, with a portion of sales going to a specified charity.  They are involved in community events in the area, such as the Cloverdale Halloween Costume Parade and Santa’s Parade of Lights.

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It’s clear when you visit this store that Barbara knows what she likes, loves what she does and is eager to help you find what you need.  If you’re lucky, you’ll also get the chance to meet her mother Doreen, who helps in the store and brings homemade shortbread cookies at Christmas time.  Be sure to visit the store closer to the Christmas season for unique ornaments and creative display inspiration. It is one of our favourite times to visit, though any holiday season is at treat at In the Company of Friends!

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In the Company of Friends would love to gift one of our fabulous readers a gift basket of seasonal delights from their charming store! Please leave a note below to be entered to win. A winner will be chosen at random on October 24, 2011.

Congratulations to our winner, Tia. This contest is now closed.

In the Company of Friends
17582 56A Avenue, Surrey (Cloverdale)
Ring: 604.574.6221 

Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

36 Responses to “Spotlight: In The Company of Friends – 10.10.11”

  1. Heidi says:

    Another treasure to discover! Thank you!

  2. Chris says:

    The thrill of a new shop to explore!

  3. Tasha nagy says:

    What a fun looking store:) so many neat looking items!

  4. wendy senetza says:

    A good reason to re-visit Cloverdale! Anxious to see this new store!!

  5. Kelly Vaille says:

    i will have to check it out next time I visit Cloverdale

  6. Christine says:

    I’d love to visit this store, such cute things!

  7. Colleen says:

    Oh my…those Monkeys are calling to me! Must go see them!!

  8. TJB says:

    Love this store!!! Christmas shopping may be done early….

  9. Lalania says:

    Looks like a lovely shop to do gift shopping!

  10. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for telling us about this store!

  11. Chrystalyn says:

    Wow I love the Halloween stuff (well I like everything but Halloween is my favorite)!!

  12. Christine says:

    I adore this store. It is a relaxing treasure to explore. The difficulty is always deciding on what to buy. Barbara is a delight to help with any selection. Wish I had more time to visit the store.

  13. Nancy Walker says:

    Thank you so much for featuring this fabulous store. I have not been there for a while and appreciate having the reminder. I am NOT a mall shopper and usually shop in the individual stores for that special item. Will definitely be making a visit soon.

  14. Dale Kler says:

    Always on the lookout for unique gifts for my clients, I’ll be sure to stop at this shop to have a look for both them and for me! Thanks for the great information!

  15. Jeanette P says:

    A great place to find those hard to things you’re looking for. Very neat and interesting treasure.

  16. Cheryl Tall says:

    This looks like such a great gift store. Nicely merchandised and easy to shop.

  17. Kayla Clattenburg says:

    love those hidden gift shops

  18. Taylor says:

    I love all of the different themes. This place looks awesome!

  19. Tia Dobbs says:

    I can’t WAIT to visit the store!!!

  20. Rachael V says:

    Looks like a great place to visit – without kids!

  21. Germaine Point says:

    I’ve shopped in this store and find it a pleasure to just browse around and see the great variety! A great place if you’re looking for something unique but special – both at the same time!

  22. Donna says:

    This store looks perfect for finding that special gift – birthday, christmas – or even a gift for yourself.

  23. Anne Dix says:

    Love that Giraffe in the baby section :) … looks like a wonderful store!

  24. Bimy says:

    Barb is a creative lady so it is no surprise her store is full of beautiful and creatively displayed items.

  25. Kristina Gervais says:

    Lovely – I will be by for a visit!

  26. Yvette S says:

    I can’t believe I have never discovered this store before! I am always shopping in Cloverdale…will definitley be checking this place out.

  27. What a fantastic spotlight on Barb and her wonderful store! We’ve known Barb (and her super Mom!) for many years and she never ceases to amaze us – she’s such a hard worker who’s always smiling! Congrats on your anniversary, Barb!

    Anna and the Staff at The Essential Packaging Store
    (please exclude us from the draw)

  28. jana says:

    such a variety of cute items :)

  29. Kelly St.Coeur says:

    I have you on my “radar”, and will definately be in to browse!

  30. Erin says:

    I went in here the other day, what a great store!

  31. Lori says:

    I love there baby items!

  32. Lynne Robson says:

    Very exciting…

  33. Janice McWilliams says:

    One of my Favourite shops! I just don’t get out there often enough!

  34. Loraine says:

    This looks like a wonderful store to get lost in for hours. I am making a note to drop by next time I am in the area. Best of luck to all who entered.

  35. Brooke snow says:

    super cute store! I can’t wait to check it out!

  36. Shannon hack says:

    So sorry to find your store has closed…are you reopening in another location?

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