The Dragon's Den - Penticton, BC
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In the same location on Penticton's Front Street for over thirty years, The Dragon's Den was one of the first art supply shops to open in downtown Penticton.
Waymark Code: WM151QY
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 09/28/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
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PIC Operated by a mother-daughter team since 1987, Dragon's Den has an extensive selection of art supplies, crafts, greeting cards, First Nations giftware, and more. Though neither of the two consider themselves true artists, they both have been interested in the arts essentially their whole lives.
“I’m not a terrific artist but I’m a good technician,” Jeanette explained during an interview in the Front Street shop Tuesday morning.

“I know how all my products work and I often do demonstrations. I love how different each brush or tool that we sell is. I love being able to show people what they can do with each type of brush or colour. And I really love helping someone select their tools and supplies when they’re just getting started.”
From the news article below
When they discovered this historic building in 1986 it was in less than pristine condition, so they bought it, renovated it and opened Dragon's Den, an Arts & Crafts Supplies store, in the north half. In 2017 they were still there, as was the Dragon's Den. They celebrated their 30th year in the building in 2017, so they must be doing something right. In fact, The Dragon's Den won the 2021 Silver Medal in the Best of Penticton Best Arts Company or Organization in Penticton competition.

Excerpts from a Penticton Herald news article follow, providing a quick glimpse into the heads and hearts of these ladies.
Dragon's Den marks 30-year anniversary in Penticton
ERIN CHRISTIE | Aug 8, 2017

Jeanette Beaven always loved to paint.

As a child growing up in Penticton she distinctly remembers eagerly awaiting for her mother to return home from work at Stock’s camera shop on Main Street (where Pentagon Board Shop currently sits), with “dented” art supplies to play with.

Although Jeanette would never refer to herself as “a real artist,” she has always maintained her enthusiasm for the arts, but these days that passion translates into her heavy involvement in Penticton’s arts community as well as her management of the Dragon’s Den, an art supply store and gift shop owned and operated by her mother Jill since 1987...

..While both women reflect fondly on their 30-plus years running the shop, Jill appears especially enthusiastic when she recalls discovering the historic building in 1986.

Over the course of three decades, she explains, as she and Jeanette begin poring over black and while photos of the original building after its construction in 1911, much like Front Street itself, the Dragon’s Den has evolved.

Situated in a 106 year-old building originally dubbed the third hotel and first “non-flammable” one, there was a barber shop and cafe on the main floor. Room prices started at 50 cents per night with weekly rates available.

The structure was quickly expanded to include additional living spaces available to rent, primarily to single men working in the mines. Renters could also receive a bagged lunch for an extra 35 cents a day.

By the time the Beavens purchased the structure, Jeanette said it had sat neglected for a number of years, having last operated as “a teen disco in the late-70s.”
From the Penticton Herald
12 Front Street
Penticton, BC Canada
V2A 1H7

Store Website: [Web Link]

Medium Specialty: Painting, sculpting

Open to the public?: Public

Does store require credentials to purchase?: No, they encourage newcomers to the arts.

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