Our Story


When I was a kid there was a small gift shop not far from where we lived. I loved going in there to read the greeting cards and look at all the little treasures.  I always dreamed that one day I would own such a shop. I told my dad that I really liked that store and he said when I got older maybe he would buy it for me.  I also wanted the 1965 red Ford Mustang that was for sale across the street at the gas station. I forgot about the car but not about the store. 

So in 1988 I wrote a business plan for a retail store and went to get a bank loan and was turned down three times. No previous retail background was something the banks didn’t like so I think this might have worked against me! 

In the spring of 2017 I was looking for a new home in the country and found myself in Yarrow BC. On my way to a new listing I drove by a cute country store with a sign out front that read: Closing Out sale. I went in and bought a scarf and oh, yes, and then I bought the business!

Inspired Arts is dedicated to providing customers with a unique shopping experience through our collection of curated local artisans. With over 100 different local artists showcased you will find pottery, greeting cards, home goods,  gourmet foods, body care, jewellery, native arts along with retro vintage toys. Something for everyone all sure to surprise and delight! Never give up on a dream because dreams do come true. We proudly support local artists and acknowledge that our store is on the unceded land of the Stó:lō Nation.

Photos by
Heather Johnston of Heather Johnston Photography