What a long strange trip it’s been!
Fall, winter, spring of 1973/74 saw the first exploratory trip for unique products to bring back to the people of Victoria. It turned into a 24,000 mile road trip (in my Volkswagen Beetle) to Panama and back and resulted in making contacts along the way that led to the importing of hammocks and handbags from El Salvador.
In 1976 we formed “Best of Both Worlds Imports” in Victoria and hung our sign at the new shop in Market Square and began to sell wicker and rattan products from Cebu City – Philippines. 42 years later we are still going strong at our new core location in the heart of historic Chinatown – #19 Fan Tan Alley.
1990 the decision was made to switch to a wholesale only operation and Best of Both Worlds Imports began to import small gift wares from Asia, predominantly Thailand and to market these goods via gift shows into the retail world of western Canada.
When the opportunity presented itself, again we were thrilled to open our new store in Fan Tan Alley and continue showcasing our great gift wares and of course focusing onto home furnishings. In a world of glass, steel and leather post modern furniture we saw the opportunity of serving a niche market with many one of a kind, solid wood character pieces.
This move back to retail opened up all kinds of possibilities that were unattainable to us in the wholesale market place. In a short period of time the Thai products were added to with goods from Viet Nam, China, India and even Egypt!
In the fall of 2016 Best of Both Worlds ventured to the deserts of India and discovered yet another exotic area of the world rich in quality handicrafts. Beautiful hardwood furniture and something new for us is floor coverings in the form of hand woven dhurries!
We have supplied a host of restaurants, nightclubs and hotel interiors and work successfully with many of Victoria’s finest interior designers.
We love working with the public and although we are not in the city core we have many regular customers and are constantly “being discovered” by new shoppers. Onsite parking is available and we are open 7 days a week.
We encourage you to come and see us and take in the sights and smells of the Far East. Let us help you find that hard to find “signature” piece you have been looking for.