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 “More than anything else, Little Sister’s represents the power of community. It has never been about one person, or two, or three, or four. It’s always been about a community.” - Jim Deva (1950-2014)

City of Vancouver Queer Heritage Plaque

Store co-founder Bruce Smyth ( - 2019) (along with his late partner Jim Deva (1950-2014) for whom the nearby Jim Deva Plaza is named), first opened the doors to Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium at its original location, upstairs in an old residential house at 1221 Thurlow Street in April 1983.

Since those early days, Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium has survived over three decades of challenges (ranging from years of government harassment to three anti-gay terrorist bombings).

In June 1996, the store relocated to our current premises at 1238 Davie Street and we've grown organically along with the city to cement our well-deserved reputation as Vancouver's "grown-up general store" for proud people of all communities.ac

After 33 years of service to the community, Bruce Smyth decided to pass the torch to new owners who, fortunately, already enjoyed a long history with the store and, since October 2016, the ship has sailed forward under our new Captain, Don Wilson, the store's General Manager since Jim's passing.

Today, even though a huge number of book sales are purely digital and never touch us, Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium continues to offer a great selection of queer reads for all ages, vital coming out info, sexy advice & hot erotica for all...but we ALSO feature an award-winning greeting card section, the latest quality adult toys & supplies (*including transgender supplies, like binders & packers!) and fun clothing...all in a friendly, relaxed, non-judgmental environment.

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