Christian Book and Music celebrating 80 years on Vancouver Island
In the last decade or so, many Christian bookstores have closed. But Christian Book and Music on Vancouver Island is not only going strong, but celebrating 80 years serving the Island Christian community.
This heritage was started by Miss Francis Davis, who opened the first store on Sept 10, 1939 at Douglas and View Streets. Six years later, she sold to Frank and Norah Hamilton, who moved to Fort Street, and then to Johnson at Broad Street. In 1974, the Christian Book Room (as it was then known) was bought by Don and Judy Easton, eventually being joined by son and daughter-in-law Mike and Melanie Easton.
There have been seven locations in 80 years, with the current Victoria location at 3090 Nanaimo Street. There is also a Nanaimo location at 1200 Princess Royal Avenue, unit #2.
The stores are a ministry as well as a business. The Eastons pray for their customers, and show the love of Jesus to all who enter.
The Ahava Java Cafe offers a quiet place to meet, eat, sip a cup of coffee and catch up with friends. As an extension of the cafe, the Ecclesia meeting room is home to four churches, David’s house of prayer, bible studies, prayer meetings and special seminars.