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Our Story

The Ladybug Boutique started out as Scandinavian Weaving in Market Square on Johnson Street in downtown Victoria thirty years ago when a nice Swedish lady named Victoria opened a small shop to sell her weaving.


About a year later an equally nice Danish lady named Birgitte joined her and a great partnership was born! Over the years the ladies expanded into candles, giftware and Scandinavian specialties from Christmas Nisser to craft-paper, flags, mugs, Danish glass, cookbooks and traditional Norse jewelry

winter giftware display

With the move fifteen years ago to Mattick’s Farm in Cordova Bay the name changed to “The Ladybug Boutique” in honour of Victoria’s lifetime fondness for lucky ladybugs.

After three years of operation in Vancouver as well, the two decided that retirement might be worth contemplating, so on the day of the twentieth anniversary the store officially passed into the safe hands of Michael and his sister, Ilse.

Michael and Ilse have kept up the traditions of the store, but have also added new flavours to the mix over their ten years. The addition of more handmade products from local artisans as well as selected collectables have kept the store different and interesting. Victoria and Birgitte follow the evolution with interest and Victoria is still happily pitching in at Christmas.


The familiar faces of long time staff members Leslie, Mary, Betty, along with the addition of Judy, continue to ensure that customers are welcomed to “The Ladybug” with enthusiasm and good cheer.

napkin display

As we always say: “If you can’t find the perfect gift, at the right price, in this store, you’re not looking hard enough!”

Special Occasions

The first thing you need to do, though, before even thinking of a lighting a match, is to check whether or not you are permitted to have candles burning at all.  When you rent a hall, book a hotel ball room or arrange for any public venue ask about the Fire Regulations! We have, on numerous occasions, sold a great selection of candles for an event only to have the wedding planners discover that candles are not allowed.

If the event is in a private home, or the rented venue will allow candles, we can advise on what types will burn well and safely, in various settings.  We have all kinds of ideas for centerpieces and displays and can explain how much attention each application requires.

Should you decide to, or need to, go flameless we have a wide selection of battery powered options to consider, as well.

candlesBest of all, when you order well in advance we offer quantity based discounts!  Ordering well ahead also enables us to obtain special colours to match the decorative theme. Of course, we always have a good stock of basic white or cream available if time is an issue. We may also be able to fill orders for many other colours as well, in many of our basic items.  Just ask and we will see what we can do!

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