On June 16, 2011, we went out to interview one of our very first and long time customers of HortyGirl, La Belle Vie…..
La Belle Vie is a fantastic store, full of many amazing treasures. The store is filled with everything from home decor accessories, jewellery, even gifts for infants and pets. Jane, the owner of La Belle Vie, as well as a mother of three first opened the store in March 2008 in Cloverdale BC.
Jane always put the customer first, “treating each and every person like a guest, every time” and choosing her products based on what the customer is looking for. She handpicks each individual item, adding her own flair to the products by also bringing in products that she falls in love with. Jane makes a point to be unique, as “you’ve got to be able to take a risk” and carries products that you wouldn’t normally find at other stores. Many of their products are also Canadian and made from local artisans, such as Barefoot Venus. Reflecting on her customers, Jane is so thankful for her loyal customer base. Even her employees were first loyal customers before accepting a position at the store.
La Belle Vie was one of the very first stores to carry the HortyGirl products, (we are extremely grateful!). In some respects, HortyGirl and La Belle Vie have grown together. Jane feels that it really adds to the look of the store by the live greenery. “I love it. People love it – We get a lot of repeat customers”. Jane also adds her own personal touch as well, packaging up our plants beautifully with tissue and ribbon. She also used cute take-out boxes for other small items. With the look of the new sand art designs, it really adds to the artistic look. The beauty of HortyGirl is that people will think of you every time you look at the plant, and again, they think back to where they go it.
La Belle Vie is open 7 days a week and is located at 5709 176th Street, Surrey, BC. To get in contact with the store, their number is (778) 571-2442. Thanks to Jane and her staff at La Belle Vie for letting us come down and hang out 🙂