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Locally owned boutiques in downtown Vancouver prove fashion can move city forward

By , Columbian staff writer
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Teri Schmeets, owner of Doppelganger in downtown Vancouver, prepares online orders for shipping. During the pandemic, Doppelganger opened an online store, which was a sizeable portion of its business at one point.
Teri Schmeets, owner of Doppelganger in downtown Vancouver, prepares online orders for shipping. During the pandemic, Doppelganger opened an online store, which was a sizeable portion of its business at one point. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Boutiquing in downtown Vancouver is now a thing, said Teri Schmeets, owner of the Doppelganger boutique near Esther Short Park.

When Schmeets opened her shop eight years ago, she couldn’t say that. But so much in downtown has changed. More boutiques have opened, selling a wider variety of clothes that aren’t found in the big-box stores.

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