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‘Hidden treasures for everybody’: Gemé Art a downtown Vancouver icon

Opened at Columbia and Sixth in 1978, the Wills have watched Vancouver change and grow while their business endured

By , Columbian Managing Editor for Content
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From the left: Gemé Art owners Jennifer Will, Gene Will, Nathan Will, and Stephanie Will stand in front of the store's collection of 3D art made with paper tole, a staple of the store's business.
From the left: Gemé Art owners Jennifer Will, Gene Will, Nathan Will, and Stephanie Will stand in front of the store's collection of 3D art made with paper tole, a staple of the store's business. (Tommy Rhodes/for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

When Gemé Art opened in downtown Vancouver in 1978, the business shared the intersection of Columbia and Sixth streets with Lucky Lager brewery and a Greyhound bus station.

“There was a train that ran up the center of Columbia Street,” said Gemé founder Gene Will, 87.

That train delivered grain to Lucky Lager, which closed in 1985.

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