Join Purple Cactus Lingerie for their grand opening celebrations Friday, July 19 at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Shopping Centre, with sale prices continuing July 20 and 21.

If cacti wore lingerie, they’d shop here!

Join Purple Cactus Lingerie for their July 19 grand opening at Woodgrove Centre

When Hayley and mom Marie were considering names for their new Nanaimo lingerie shop, they knew they wanted it to reflect everyone they welcomed through their doors.

It was with that in mind that Hayley thought of a cactus – it can be tall, short, thin, curvy, and every variation in between.

“A cactus can come in all different shapes and sizes and it’s the same with people,” Hayley reflects. “I want anyone to feel they can come in and feel like this is their store.”

And the “Purple” part? That was easy – it was their favourite colour!

With their inclusive, welcoming philosophy firmly in mind and the name above their door, Purple Cactus Lingerie threw open their doors at Woodgrove Centre earlier this summer.

Browsing the wide selection of lingerie from quality brands like Coobie, Elita, Elomi, Eucalan, Fit Fully Yours, Freya and Triumph, find bra sizes from 28 to 54 and cups from A to K, along with nursing, sports, and strapless, plus panties, slips, nightwear and menswear.

“I want this to be a place where people can be comfortable coming in and know they’ll find things they’ll love,” says Hayley, who brings a background both in the lingerie and plus-size fashion.

Join the grand opening celebrations

Customers are embracing the Purple Cactus concept, and Hayley and Marie are thrilled to welcome everyone to grand opening celebrations Friday, July 19, when the store will welcome the Triumph team for bra sizing and fittings, and offer 15 per cent off everything in the store! The sale continues Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21.

Beyond finding lingerie in sizes from extra small to plus sizes, it’s also about finding the right size for you – and where your body is at right now, notes Hayley, who with Marie is a trained bra fitter. Bodies change over months and years, meaning many women are wearing the wrong bra size; finding the right size can be transformative.

“Almost daily I see women come in who are wearing the wrong size and once we get them into a bra that fits them properly, it changes how they feel, it changes how their clothing fits and it gives them more confidence,” Hayley says.

Understanding that some may feel uncomfortable with a fitting – though Hayley emphasizes there’s nothing to be embarrassed about – “there’s absolutely no pressure,” she says.

Men will find something for them, too!

It’s not all about the ladies at Purple Cactus, either. A fashionable selection of men’s briefs come in a similarly wide range of sizes, from XXS to 5X, from brands such as 2UNDR and BN3TH.

Visit Purple Cactus in Woodgrove Centre, or learn more at


“A cactus can come in all different shapes and sizes and it’s the same with people. I want anyone to feel they can come in and feel like this is their store,” says Hayley, who with mom Marie recently opened Purple Cactus Lingerie in Woodgrove Shopping Centre.

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Memorial for drug overdose victims on display at St. Paul’s Church in Nanaimo

Flags of Hope Overdose Awareness Display at Chapel Street church until Aug. 29

QB McGarvey steers V.I. Raiders to first win of 2019 season

Raiders blow out Kamloops Broncos in home opener in Nanaimo

Traffic back to normal after accident at Island Highway-Brechin Road in Nanaimo

Accident involved truck and taxi at turn lane leading to Departure Bay ferry terminal

United Way’s denim drive launches at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

United by Denim campaign runs from Aug. 17 until Sept. 2

Yacht designer will share dramatic stories from America’s Cup racing

Steve Killing to speak at Nanaimo Yacht Club on Aug. 24 for choir fundraiser

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 15

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Most Read