Last week I talked about Art Knapp’s Funland, which is a howling great time. However, that wasn’t my first experience with the store. It was a friend who actually told me about the place. There was initially some skepticism lurking in my head at her suggestion to go to Art Knapp Plantland & Florist for gift shopping. Why would I go to a garden store if I wanted to buy trendy clothes, unique household gifts or fashionable jewellery? I had driven by Art Knapp Plantland & Florist every time I went to the Costco in Port Coquitlam but never stopped to take a look because I’m not a gardener and Art Knapp is just a garden centre, right? Well, I soon learned that my assumption was wrong.
Flowers and Shrubs and Plants, Oh My!
I am sure all you plant and flower lovers out there have been to Art Knapp in Port Coquitlam. After all, they have 20,000 square feet of store area, 40,000 square feet of outdoor covered greenhouses and 40,000 square feet of outdoor nursery. And if you had a gardening problem, I am sure one of their many horticulturalists on staff were able to help you out. Or if you were having difficulty finding a specific plant, I’m sure you found it at Art Knapp. Endless rows of hearty plants, trees and brightly-coloured flowers keep gardeners coming back for more. They even have a full service florist on hand for those fresh cut flowers. But all shrubs and bulbs aside, you non-gardeners are seriously missing out if you haven’t checked out this place yet.
Unique Giftware and Funky Change Rooms
Looking for a gift? Need a new outfit for that party coming up? I know this garden centre in Port Coquitlam that can help you out. No, I haven’t fallen off my rocker. Art Knapp has expanded into gift items, clothing and more. They travel quite extensively to find those different items; items that can’t easily be found at the local mall. Their home decor is vast and varied. You can find a fun piece to jazz up your teenage daughter’s room in one corner and in the other, an unusual wine rack to display your grape juices. Kitchenware, living room decor, themed planters, seasonal items and endless other gifts can be found under their roof. They have a fashion department with unique clothes, shoes, scarves and jewellery. And even if you are not shopping for clothes, you still need to check out their change rooms. Seriously, the coolest change rooms that I have ever seen!
Art Knapp’s “Wow” Factor
Art Knapp is one of those places that you have to see for yourself just how much “Wow” they can pack into their store. Make sure you have some time on your hands before you go. Owner Wim VanderZalm said that he often sees people there for so long, he has to double check with them to make sure they didn’t leave and come back. Of course no complaints that customers don’t want to leave! And I must admit, I am one of those customers, endlessly wandering around until my husband calls my cell to see why I’m not home yet.
Art Knapp changes with the seasons. It transforms into a winter wonderland with Christmas items adorning the store during the Christmas season. Halloween is another big draw. They transform 20,000 square feet of their space into a family fun extravaganza for the month of October. Don’t forget to read my post about that, and find out how you and your family can win tickets and get in on the action!
If you’d like to see even more from this fabulous store, check out the full gallery of images at the bottom of this post.
Art Knapp Plantland & Florist
1300 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam