Bodacious Lifestyles Inc.
Welcome to Small Business Month! Through October, you will be introduced to some amazing local downtown Victoria business owners. We interviewed each owner to learn more about their business and what it is like to operate downtown.
Today, meet Lorna of Bodacious. Let’s read more about what she has to say!
Inspiration behind Bodacious
Lorna has been operating Bodacious Lifestyles Inc for over 20 years! It was five years ago that Lorna decided to take her business from Vancouver to downtown Victoria. Leading up to the opening of this shop, Lorna saw an opportunity to provide individuals with a gorgeous selection of plus-sized clothing that no other business was really offering. Not just in Victoria, but all around the world it can be extremely difficult to find large varieties of plus-sized clothing, and Lorna wanted to create a concept that tackled this issue.
“My whole concept is based around helping women find beautiful clothing to adorn their bodies regardless of size.”
Lorna shared her main mission is to make those who shop at her store feel comfortable in a stress-free environment. She emphasized that shopping should not have to feel like a chore, but rather a fun and celebratory experience!
“I have a very large selection of clothing and for fit, all about having fun and taking chances!”
When asked about her clothing line and what her process is like collecting it, Lorna explained she first thinks about what she thinks is beautiful while also ensuring it is what her customers will love. It has been extremely helpful for her having a loyal customer base to be able to listen to their needs and opinions as well! She further mentioned her collection has always had Canadian designers, so keeping a local mindset is very important to her. In addition to this, she is working alongside two designers to create in-house items! When incorporating all these measures into play with over 20 lines of clothing, Lorna prioritizes quality, fit, as well as style!
Sense of Community Downtown Victoria
Being located on 2-1113 Langley Street has brought a wonderful neighbor relationship with the business of Murchie’s! It was also comforting for Lorna at the start of the pandemic to be able to reach out to other retailers to see how they were coping and a general check-in with the owners. Lorna also shared that keeping collaborative efforts with other owners as a whole is wonderful!
Make sure to check out Bodacious Lifestyles Inc on 2-1113 Langley Street!
Thank you to Lorna for being a part of Small Business Month and sharing your voice as a beloved downtown Victoria business owner! View our other blog posts for more incredible local business interviews.