|Store Type |||Lingerie, Women's Clothing|
|Payment |||Cheque, Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Neighbourhood |||North Vancouver|
|Cross Street |||Lonsdale|
|Mon-Fri: 10:00AM-5:30PM; Sat: 10:00AM-5PM; Sun: closed|
Profile Last Updated: April 01, 2009
Above Average Lingerie and Fashions specializes in bras, sleepwear, activewear, and clothing for plus-sized women. Since this family-run, female-owned business opened in 1991, it has steadfastley remained the go-to store for larger ladies. Unlike chain stores, they carry more boutique and specialty lines, as well as sourcing from local designers and Canadian manufacturers. For example, find Harmony yoga wear (made in Vancouver), Danskin, Columbia sportswear, and the newest thing, chiffon boxers by Vancouver's Cream Puff by GG.
The Right Cup
Lingerie is a big part of Above Average's business: Above Average carries bras in sizes from C to DDD, up to hard-to-find H, I, and J cups. They are well known for bra-fitting services, as up to half of all women may be wearing the wrong bra size. The owners and staff are all experienced in the fine art of bra-fitting, so no appointment is needed. The process involves taking some simple measurements and trying on various bras, and takes about 45 minutes. They can even alter bras if necessary. But the outcome is better support for the back and bust, and a better look in all the fashions that go over top.
Selection and Service
Aside from pretty and comfortable fashions from Diane Kennedy, Cafe Au Lait, and many others, what keeps customers coming back is personal service. Most customers live outside the store's immediate area, so they offer mail ordering and email alerts when something comes in that's perfect for a specific customer. They also offer layaways and special orders, and do their best to foster long-term relationships with their clientele. The goal? To help women look better, one at a time.
Tip: Layaway, mail order, and gift certificates available.