by Kendall Del Frarri, Langley Explorer
We always love hearing the excitement local business owners have about bringing quality products and services to the Fraser Valley. Vanilla Clothing owner, Deanna Whissell is doing just that.
With the idea of opening a clothing store specializing in fashion for ladies over the age of 35, her and business partner Sharon Rees opened their first Vanilla Clothing location in Prince George in 2009. The positive reception of the first location led the duo to open their second location in White Rock just one year later.293287_259876364040354_6850652_n
Unfortunately, the business milestone was soon overshadowed by Sharon’s devastating breast cancer diagnosis. She lost her battle just two weeks later. It was this loss that further pushed Deanna to not only make Vanilla Clothing a success, but also get involved with local charitable organizations to honour her dear friend.
This past October, I had the opportunity to attend the Halo’s for Hospice fundraiser sponsored by Vanilla Clothing. The excitement you could see on the faces of the ladies that volunteered to strut their stuff in the fashion show, proved the boutique knows the importance of making women feel confident in themselves. And, their clothing reflects that goal.
That same month, Vanilla Clothing’s third location opened its doors in Walnut Grove. As a welcomed addition to the Vanilla Clothing (3)shopping options in the area, the store has a desire to support local companies — The majority of their products being designed or made in Canada. Their brands include Frank Lymen, Sympli, and Bryn Walker, just to name a few.
If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your girlfriends, they also offer a boutique and wine tour aptly named, Retail Therapy. With 14 spaces available and at a cost of $45 per ticket, you receive brunch, transportation, VIP discounts, cocktails, appetizers, wine tasting and education. They sure know the way to any woman’s heart.