After almost two years in business, the first vegan shoe store on Vancouver Island is holding its final clearance sale. Located in downtown Victoria, Vshoen Boutique (620 Broughton Street) is set to close on April 29.
Owners Regan Forrester and Devyn Sieben announced their “bittersweet decision” on Friday (April 5). In a letter to Vshoen’s customers, they wrote:
We had a vision and did what we set out to do, which was to create a beautiful space to bring beautiful vegan products to Victoria which we carefully selected for you based on our ethics and values.
Our mission was to help educate people on their choices; to help show people a new way of shopping; to engage people; to make new relationships and to have new experiences. And, wow, this experience has been a life changing event and we have gained so much. Owning a business is a challenge and we threw ourselves in – heart and soul.
Fundamentally it has reminded us of what is most important and that is our relationship, and the relationships with those we love – our friends and family. What matters most to us is having time to spend together as a couple and to live our lives to the fullest. We are excited to move on to our next chapter, even as it means closing this one.
Life is short. Time is precious. This chapter – built on love, hope and a vision, is ending but it’s not the end. Soon we will embark on a new journey.
Forrester and Sieben say they plan to keep updating Vshoen’s Facebook and Twitter accounts after the store shuts down. They concluded their letter with this wish: “We hope you will continue to choose to support ethical products and companies who make our world a better place to live in for us, and for generations to come.”