Shop Goss is the Georgia Straight’s weekly feature, where we give you the lowdown on Metro Vancouver’s coolest independent boutiques—and the spirited minds behind them—that deserve a spot on your shopping radar.
This week, we meet Jenny Yen, owner of Kitsilano's Two of Hearts (1986 West 4th Avenue).
Describe your business in three sentences or less.
Two of Hearts is a designer-owned boutique that supports local, sustainable, and Canadian-made products.
How did you come to own and/or operate your own shop?
It was a natural progression as I design my own clothing label, CiCi, which is all made in Vancouver, B.C. A retail store is a great way to make available the entire collection to my fans, as well as carry an amazing selection of locally made accessories.
My favourite brands we carry at the moment are…
You’re being sent to a desert island with limited Wi-Fi access for an indefinite amount of time. What three products in the shop right now would you take with you?
I would take our long, printed rayon kimono from Chic Addition; a bamboo tank from my CiCi brand; and a case of Saltspring rosemary-mint soap bars.
Name new arrival you can’t wait to show off.
I can't stop raving about the Tilda Twist bamboo dress from CiCi. The bamboo feels so silky on the skin, and it's so flattering and forgiving. It looks amazing on so many bodies.
What’s the weirdest, wackiest, or most out-there item on your shelves or racks at the moment?
We don't do weird, wacky, or out-there, but we have fun and whimsical accessories, such as Raven's Rest Studio magnets and bottle-cap brooches.
My last purchase—from the store or otherwise—was…
A pair of black fringe suede boots from Shoes on Fourth (2090 West 4th Avenue). I love them! They are stylish and comfy—a must for fashion and standing long hours.
When I’m not at the shop, you can find me…
Anywhere there is a beach or near water, or the mountains in Vancouver.