I don’t know about you, but 2018 has had a rough start so far.
After a serious conversation with the accountant in January, we had to make the difficult decision to permanently close the sister store in Vancouver. After working diligently for the past few years to make this a success, despite our best efforts, we were not able to demonstrate a profit. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends in Vancouver, however the practical side of continuing didn’t make sense.
With that store closure, where will all the fabric go? Well, it all went to Gala Fabrics in Victoria! If you have been to the store lately, you will notice fabric everywhere. You have to be careful not to trip over anything! It is slowly being organized, but just like any move, it takes a lot of work.
Then to add to that turmoil, we lost a very important family member. Wilson Lai was the main instigator in having a fabric store in Canada. After visiting friends in Victoria back in the 1970’s, Wilson fell in love with the city. At that time, there were already a couple of independent fabric stores in Victoria so Wilson thought there was a good creative environment for a Gala Fabrics to exist. Since his fabric business knowledge was based in Hong Kong, Wilson stocked the shelves with only high end fabrics such as silks, wool suitings, laces and fancy velvets. Over the years, the store inventory diversified to meet the needs of North American sewists. We still carry silks, wool suitings and laces but also have quilting cottons, linens, fake fur (to name a few) and some of the newer fabrics such as bamboo, hemp and tencel. Wilson was not very active in the retail side of the business but he loved to meet with the suppliers to talk shop and to buy!
So you don’t leave reading this post being depressed, I want to let you know the store will be having a sale at the end of the month starting March 23 to 31. Having absorbed the stock from Vancouver, we have too much inventory so need to send some your way!
25% off most fabrics with printed flannelettes and printed woven rayons at 70% off.
In store and online shopping available!
Now go and enjoy some time with your family in this gorgeous weather we are blessed with.