the story behind our little store
little village store is nestled in the heart of the historic village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island. Founded by then single mom Ellian and her four (and three quarters!) year old daughter Lyla Ocean. Together they dreamt up and created this magical little store offering gifts, books and wonder for wee folk. This is a store where you can come and pick out a unique gift, paired with an inspiring card, and leave with it brightly wrapped and ready for its wee recipient. You can also phone or email in with your ideas and get them to help you curate the perfect gift and deliver without you ever having to leave the comfort of your home! The ever-growing book selection boasts a wide array of titles for babies, children, youth (and adults who are young at heart). Gifts are varied and sourced as consciously as possible, from both local artists and a few talented friends further afield. Last but not least, this store aims to become an interactive hub for parents and children, hosting and presenting workshops (post Covid), story times and oh so much more. There is always a big comfy chair in the corner and tea always ready to be brewed.
...and the very little village store play space
This little magical store is run by five year old Lyla Ocean. This is a space where children can play while their grownup peruses the larger store around it. It is decorated with a pretty mural painted by the talented Vancouver Island artist Kat Cearns.