Beckwoman's Folk Art
A-1314 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3X6
“We travel, we like it, we bring it back,” is the mantra at Beckwoman’s, where you’re sure to find interesting crafts from around the world.
|Store Type |||Home Furnishings & Accessories, Jewelry, Art|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver Lower Mainland|
|Getting There |||Bus 20|
|Cross Street |||Charles Street|
Profile Last Updated: April 21, 2009
Beckwoman’s is literally bursting with arty goodies from all corners of the world. From tapestries handmade in South America to Kurdistan wool scarves to Mexican silver jewelry, the shop boasts an eclectic collection of clothing, accessories, art and decorative items for the home. Turn your home into a hippie haunt with chimes, paper masks, bamboo drums and a hammock, or just dress the part with a bandanna, knitted wool sweater, tie-dyed tee and sarong. Beckwoman’s is also a popular stop for Vancouver’s belly dancing babes, with an excellent assortment of chain-link bikinis and other sexy accessories. If you want to make a political statement without saying it, there’s a wide assortment of hilarious and poignant T-shirts, bumper stickers and fridge magnets. And if you’re wondering what that delicious smell is — Beckwoman’s sells its own line of incense.
Mish-mash of handy services
Lamination, jewelry repair, alterations, ear piercing and wholesale special order beaded curtains may seem like an odd combination of services, but all are available under one roof at Beckwoman’s. The shop is best known for having Canada’s largest selection of beaded curtains, which come in a variety of sizes, colours and designs, including those that glow in the dark and mimic famous works of art. The shop also sells helium balloons and puts together great arrangements for parties. While Beckwoman's sells a ton of buttons and badges with political and humorous messages, you can also have your own quotes immortalized on buttons thanks to Beckwoman’s made-to-order service.
Commercial drive character
Bonnie Beckman is as much a Commercial Drive institution as her shop. The story behind the shop name is a feminist statement: “Because my father didn’t open a store and I’m not a man,” reads the lettering on the purple awning. Beckman, a prominent member of the women’s movement in the early 1970s, opened the shop in 1989, after working across the street as an artist for hire for several years. She did commissioned pieces to pay the rent before her shop because a huge success and a Drive destination!