Victoria, British Columbia now has the unique honor of being home to what just may be the world smallest vegan curios’ shop. Sarah’s Place, opened by the famous author and vegan activist Sarah Kramer, is a mere 7.5ft (2.3m) wide and 30ft (9.1m) deep and is simply chock a block with all manner of quirky, interesting and intriguing vegan paraphernalia.

Sarah Kramer, perhaps one of the world’s most famous vegans, is the author ofHow It All Vegan, The Garden of Vegan and La Dolce Vegan, Vegan A Go-Go! and How It All Vegan: 10th Anniversary Edition, and is now the proud owner of Sarah’s Place that recently opened on September 15, 2011.(Although we are not entirely sure if it is going to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, it is just one more example of how Victoria’s alternative food scene and animal welfare community is expanding and thriving.)

We caught up with Sarah to ask a few questions about her intriguing new store located in Victoria’s ultra-funky Market Square.

Do you know of any smaller vegan stores?

The location for Sarah’s Place so tiny that I thought calling it the world’s smallest vegan curio shop would be the best way to explain it. I don’t carry just one particular thing. My interests run far and wide from food, chocolate, pottery, clothing, shoes, etc. So “curio” is a good catchall word to describe the shop.

Can you describe the shop to us?

It’s about the size of bedroom. It’s 7.5 feet wide and 30 feet deep so it’s kind of like a long shoebox with a door at one end. One wall of the shop is entirely windows - so when you’re inside the store it kind of feels like an aquarium.

Are you hoping to convert people to veganism, share info or just provide a groovy space filled with interesting vegan things?

My goal with the store (as with the cookbooks) is to show by example how fabulous a vegan lifestyle can be. My other goal is to have the store be the hub of the vegan community in Victoria. You can come here to find a gift for your friends, family or buy yourself a treat.

You can also find out what is going on in the city. I have posters up with information about upcoming events as well as a pamphlet called Sarah’s Vegan Guide to Victoria (also available for download on my website. Victoria is a tourist town and I thought having a pamphlet that highlights some of the best vegan friendly spots in the downtown core would be a great addition.

I also want it to be a store filled with really cool stuff (that happens to be vegan) that way if someone who is not vegan comes in... I can plant a little seed in their head that just because you’re a vegan doesn’t mean you have to live in a burlap sack and eat sprouts.

Was it hard to find a location?

Finding an affordable location in downtown Victoria is tricky. I’ve been planning to open a store for a few years - but was waiting for the right spot to open up. I was VERY lucky to grab the lease on this location. It’s such a unique special location that has housed some very cool businesses in the past. I’m very proud to have my store here.

What type of products do you sell?

The vegan community is really creative and talented and I want to be able to showcase their products in my store. I carry everything from belts, jackets, dresses, t-shirts, etc., to cookies, chocolates, pottery, stuffed animals, buttons, second hand trinkets, purses, music, children's games... I could go on and on. Basically it’s a collection of all my favorite things.

How has the community response been so far?

It’s been fantastic! I was REALLY busy the first 2 weeks and now that I've settled in - it’s consistently busy (which is all you really want when you have a retail location). I’m just gearing up for the holiday season and stocking the store with items from all price-points so you can find vegan-friendly unique gifts for your friends and family.

We get all kinds of people walking by. I’m not sure if they’re coming in cause they’re vegan or because I have cool stuff in the window. But sometimes the conversation about veganism comes up and I always love to talk to people about being vegan.

Do you ever get any anti-vegan customers?

Not yet but I do write vegan slogans on my front window. For example right now the window says: “Go Vegan and nobody gets hurt.” So many people stop and read that... pause... and then read it out loud again. I think it takes a second for them to realize what that means. It’s pretty funny watching them digest it. I like to think I’m planting seeds.

Any chance of opening a vegan bakery or restaurant?

No plans to open a bakery or restaurant. Those kinds of businesses require a massive amount of time and energy. One of the reasons I opened a retail store is so my dog Fergus can be with me all day. If I had a cafe - I would be away from him for 8-10 hours a day and my time with him is precious. I want to spend as much time with him while I can.

Do you think the shop will be successful?

I guess that depends on your definition of success... I measure success by how much fun I’m having. Right now I feel like the most successful person on earth!

Anything you would like to add?

I have a new iPhone/iPad app called GoVegan with Sarah Kramer coming out in the fall so stay tuned to www. GoVegan. net for updates on the release date. Also - if you can’t visit Sarah’s Place in person you can always shop online at www. GoVegan. net.

Sarah’s Place is located at 533 Pandora Ave in Market Square in Victoria, BC. Hours of operation are Tues-Sat (11-6), Sunday (12-5) and closed Mondays. Tel.: (250) 590-7946.

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