Gift Shop News: July 2015

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Summer traffic is busy in the gift shop and gifts are going all over the world. People visiting from other parts of Canada, Europe and the Pacific stop in and pick up gifts to take home. Local residents visit to find items for family and friends.

We have new shipments of beautiful hoodies for late summer with great hummingbird and salmon designs. We’re also carrying a new line of cards and note pads from Yellow Bird, designed and distributed from North Vancouver. To add to our stuffed animal zoo, we’ve gone local with a huge ammonite and giant hippo made by Ding Ding Dillio Crafts from Courtenay. Another local company, Giggling Gertie and Co from Royston, has created bunting perfect for celebrations and decoration and has produced rustic beach-hut bird houses and one of a kind gifts.

Gift Shop News: Summer 2015

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The gift shop has a new line of locally made products from “Giggling Gertie”. There is a range of old fashion bunting (cloth banners), with either dinosaurs, bright pink and yellow flowers or pastel coloured polka dots. There is also a variety of cushion covers with brightly coloured buttons. Other new items arriving shortly will be beach hut birdhouses which will be a fun addition to the gift shop.

Gift Shop News

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With the weather already feeling like summer, our new children’s t-shirts are a real hit. The best sellers glow in the dark! We have two designs that glow: dino skeletons and a velociraptor. Kids also love our fun t-rex and octopus shirts.

Adults haven’t been forgotten. If you have visitors who are looking for fabulous t-shirts we stock salmon, octopus, hummingbird or sun mask designs.

All our t-shirts are made from high quality pre-shrunk cotton. They are a fun gift to give or a treat for yourself.

A Keepsake for 2015

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The Comox Valley Echo and the Courtenay Museum have teamed up to produce a Courtenay Centennial keepsake, a 50 page full colour magazine featuring museum and community images and historic stories. Local authors Ian J.M. Kennedy, Rick James, Judy Hagen and Christine Dickinson along with museum staffers Catherine Siba and Deb Griffiths have produced a keepsake magazine, Courtenay 100 Years of History 1915-2015 as a tribute to the Centennial Year.

“We say thank you to the Echo who have given generously on this project and done a great job and to the many businesses who have advertised. The proceeds from Courtenay 100 Years of History will go to museum programming,” said John Wilson, President of the Courtenay and District Museum society.   

With stories about Downtown Courtenay, Joseph McPhee, Sub-Chasers on the Courtenay River, community celebrations, early transportation and more, the five dollar magazine is something to take home from centennial celebrations that will be happening throughout the year. They are available at the museum and at the Echo, and will be available throughout the year-long celebrations. For more information contact the museum at 250-334-0686.

The Unstoppable Gift Shop

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The gift shop has a new look courtesy of a gnarly, old apple tree.

Come and check out this fun-for-spring centerpiece along with fresh items in stock including a beautiful variety of friendship glass balls and colourful fused glass lighthouse and sailboat wind chimes. Decorative sailboats, nautical photo frames and keepsake boxes make great summer gifts.

Local artist, Stephanie Gould, just brought in a new collection of her colourful diffused glass jewelry. And, for the kids, new glow-in-the-dark dinosaur and fossil T-shirts take a gift’s fun factor to the max.

Don’t miss the Cumberland Museum’s new book, Cumberland Collieries Railway by Patrick O. Hind that we now have in the gift shop. This much-needed book that helps fill in the Comox Valley story is a great read.

Museum members receive a 15% gift shop discount on most items and all museum sales go towards the museum’s year round programming. Thank you for your support.

March Gift Shop News

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More new stock has arrived!

The toy department has some really fun new additions. Instead of paint by numbers, we have paintable dinosaur models that are great for kids of all ages. There are also Savage T-Rex Soakers, Earth Movers Dino Diggers and large buckets of dinosaurs.

A new favourite is the Magic Grow Aquarium – talk about care-free fish! The toy consists of a small plastic aquarium with two fish and a plant that “grow” when you add water. Three members of the museum staff have these aquariums and we have had so much fun comparing the tanks.

For adults, the shop now carries beautiful Friendship Glass Balls, coloured water bottles, ammonite planter pots and really lovely ceramic fish and shell lanterns.

All items in the gift shop are reasonably priced, with lots of local, BC and Canadian made items.

Don’t forget that members receive a 15% discount on regular purchases.

Gift Shop News January 2015

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We are looking forward to another fun and exciting year at the Museum Gift Shop. 2014 was a record year in sales so thank you to everyone for helping us achieve this success!

For 2015 we’re concentrating on unique local, BC and Canada made products. One new supplier is Lunar Reflections who are located between Union Bay and Buckley Bay. These talented folk create fabulous handmade items from a variety of woods. The gift shop is offering a couple of things from them: the amazing hand crafted triceratops rocker (pictured above) and fun dino themed wall mounted coat racks. Both children and adults love them! And the items are so well made they could be handed down from generation to generation. Perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs.

Gifts that Bring a Smile

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Say Happy Holidays by taking a bite out of history with the museum’s new milk and dark chocolate “Elasmobars” made by our good friends at Hot Chocolates. You can find our Elasmobars in the gift shop, along with Royston Roasting Company, Elasmosaur Coffee. Put these in one of our Janet baskets, along with other specialty gifts and you’ll have everyone smiling on your reindeer team. Proceeds from gift shop sales go to museum programmes and operations.

To thank all of our members for their support throughout the year, we are offering 25% off through Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays!

Shop at CDM

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Getting Ready for Christmas!
Step right up and get ready for those Christmas lists with gifts and items from the CDM Museum Shop which, with great new items, has doubled its popularity and revenues over the past year. Maps, children’s stuffies, baskets, and elasmosaur coffee from Royston Roasting are just a few of the new items.

A Good Turn from Talented People
If you’re looking for s special gift this year that will do a whole lot of good, pick up your copy of the 2015 Comox Valley Calendar created to benefit the Comox Valley Food Bank. The brain child of Frieda Home with the fine eye of Ernst Vegt from Coast Imaging Arts, the calendars include images from Comox Valley photographers and every penny goes to the food bank.

So pick up a few items, buy a fabulous Janet Basket and wrap it all up for your favorite people. Don’t forget that our wonderful members have 15% off year round. See you there!