falling for local

Last week I visited a dear friend out in Abbotsford – a quieter, but vibrant city located approximately 45 minutes from Vancouver (depending on your location).  We met up in their downtown core, which left me in awe and is the very reason why I’m writing this post.  I wish I had taken more photos – all the reason why I have an excuse to go back soon!


Montrose + George General Store

Definitely not your cookie cutter general store, Montrose + George is an adorable boutique tucked away at the base of Montrose & George Ferguson Way.  My friend suggested I take a peek and, boy, am I glad I did!  Founded by two friends, Janet and Carli, Montrose & George features luxury brands (many of them local!) for ladies, gentlemen and the little ones, with a focus on natural and pure products.  I loved how they had a play station set up for kids, giving adults the time to browse everything that Montrose + George has to offer!





Spruce Collective

I’m a longtime fan of the Spruce brand.  When they had their vintage rental company, we used some of their gorgeous decor for our vintage back-to-school styled shoot, as well as the lounge area at last year’s Blog Podium.  It’s run by three partners that share a common love of all things vintage and their storefront certainly shows that love.  As soon as you step into Spruce Collective, you can tell that everything has been carefully curated with local, sustainable products that any vintage admirer would fall in love with.  Thankfully, they have a little play nook for the kids complete with a chalk board and comfy reading station, which comes in handy because you’ll literally want to spend hours in this store!


If you’re not already completely shopped out, head across the street to The Market by Spruce Collective to browse their rental collection (now for sale!) and decor that is truly vintage.





Duft & Co Bakehouse

Once you’re done damaging your pocketbook, it’s time to grab a bite to eat at a local favourite, Duft & Co.  Located a couple doors down from Spruce Collective, this artisanal bakery is the best thing to happen to historic downtown Abbotsford (as far as my stomach is concerned!).  Be prepared to wait in line and make sure you try their famous croissants before they sell out!


So, obviously, I can’t wait to take another trip to historic downtown Abbotsford!  If any locals have suggestions on where I should shop next, I’m all for it!




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