Three months after relaunching as the city’s first dedicated natural-beauty boutique, Lynn Steven has closed its doors in Gastown.
“After much reflection, tears, and gut-wrenching decisions, the time has come to close LYNN STEVEN,” she wrote. “Thank you all for your support over these last 8 1/2 years. Many of you have become our friends.”
Lynn Steven opened as an independent fashion boutique in 2009, offering Vancouverites a curated mix of womenswear, home items, and natural-beauty products at its original address of 225 Carrall Street.
Named after Durnin’s mother, Lynne, and younger brother, Steve, the shop was known for championing local and up-and-coming brands. It was also notable for its striking cylindrical fitting room, which was constructed from hundreds of used paperbacks.
After a “very stressful” 2017 that saw her re-assessing her own self-care routine, Durnin decided to rebrand Lynn Steven as an all-natural beauty boutique. The store debuted its new concept at 51 Powell Street in March. That space carried over 30 “clean” cosmetic, health, and wellness labels, including May Lindstrom, Well Told Heath, and Vancouver’s own Sappho New Paradigm.
“The idea is to create a wellness space,” Durnin told the Straight at the time. “We really want it to be a community space.”
Durnin thanked her staff, vendors, and family for their support of Lynn Steven in her farewell post. The shop closed shortly after she published the message without any clearance sales.