ABOUT THE SHOP
128 Market Street is a small stationery brand focused on charming and adventurous paper goods.
128 Market Street is based in the historic fishing village of Ladner, which is located 20 minutes south of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
ABOUT THE PEOPLE
Hi there, I’m Sandra, the founder and owner of 128 Market Street. Nice to meet you!
In 2015, I started designing custom wood signs and paintings to fuel my never-sleeping creative spirit and to fund my ever-growing stash of art supplies. Every design started as a sketch or a small painting, and I soon realized that I loved the little pieces of work more than the large ones as they were perfectly suited for handwritten notes.
Inspired by my love of paper, I now design, illustrate and paint greeting cards and art prints. If you happened to pop by my home studio, you would catch me sketching ideas for a new line of greeting cards, painting another Volkswagen (I must have owned a VW in a previous life as I cannot stop painting them!), and enjoying a cup of coffee.
ABOUT THE NAME
I’m often asked what the name “128 Market Street” means, and it’s so much more than a random choice of numbers and words.
I was born and raised around oceans, lakes and rivers, and I would one day love to live in a lake front home (in a “lake house”).
On the business end of things, the thought of opening a brick and mortar store makes my heart soar. As a child, I pretended to be a shopkeeper, and I designed and decorated small shops and invited my friends to come in and browse. To be a shopkeeper now would be a wonderful thing, and I hope to one day open a little artisan shop, fill it with handcrafted items and create an environment that people will simply want to be in.
The letter L is for “lake”, and is number 12 in the alphabet.
The letter H is for “house”, and is number 8 in the alphabet.
And Market Street? Well, I envision my little shop being on a street full of market-style storefronts where you would go not only for shopping, but for the experience of being in a place filled with creativity, beauty and peace.
It is these things that I’ve based my brand on.
128 Market Street is adventurous, charming and cozy. It is filled with lots of shiplap, old brick and reclaimed wood. And paper – lots of paper.
Oh, and a dog. There must always be a dog.