Photo by Brooke Cagle

The location “got the whole thing going” for the new modern general store, Merchant Quarters, in the Belmont Building at the corner of Government and Humboldt streets.

“We’re long-time retailers from Whistler and thought that this corner was one of the best locations in Victoria,” says co-owner Sandy Black. “This space has such a wonderful history in Victoria. Huge 16-foot ceilings with expansive glazing really make the space, and we have added some general store touches like vintage ceiling fans, a turn-of-the-century baker’s table and an apothecary counter retrofitted for high-end sunglasses.”

Merchant Quarters focuses on beautiful and functional goods produced by socially responsible vendors with mindful and fair trade philosophies, and carries larger brands, such as Free People and Scotch & Soda alongside local artisans, such as Swallow Jewellery, Salt and Seaweed Apothecary and Island Wick Candle Co.

“We have also teamed up with Sidney Scones and are really pleased to announce we will be the new downtown pickup location for their delicious scones!”

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