Gala-Van is a family owned and operated business in Victoria, BC, Canada.
In 1974, Terri Fox and her sister Marg McTaggart started Gala-Van Catering Ltd. With assistance from Terri's husband Bud and Marg's husband George, Gala-Van grew to be one of the biggest catering companies in the Victoria area during the late 1970's. Their diverse clientele included: the Corporation of Saanich (Gala-Van catered the first Saanich New Year's levy); the R.C.A. Officers' Mess at the Victoria Armoury; the Garth Homer Centre (where Gala-Van was the exclusive caterer); and the da Vinci Centre (where they were also the exclusive caterer).
In 1981, Marg and Bud wanted to move on to other things, so following many requests by customers to rent their catering dishes and glassware, Gala-Van Catering was sold and Terri and George started Gala-Van Party Rentals Ltd. Starting in a small office at 69 W. Burnside, then moving to a large space and then an even larger space at 101 W. Burnside, the business continued to grow.
In 1990, George wanted to retire and his half of the business was sold to Terri and her daughter Linda Poilievre.
As the demand grew for party supplies and decorations, Gala-Van expanded from predominately a party rental store to a full service party store, offering party rentals, wedding and party supplies & decorations, and a personalized imprinting service. The business continued to grow with a second store opening in the market at Hillside Mall. As the mall was under renovations at the time, this store was only open for a year and a half, but it inspired the name change to Gala-Van Party Shop. In 1998, the business moved from W. Burnside to 460 Tennyson Place. In February of 2009 it moved to it's current location at 3958 Quadra Street.
Over the years, most of Terri's and Marg's children and grandchildren have worked at Gala-Van and the company has been blessed with additional employees who have become part of the Gala-Van family.
As Gala-Van has been in business for over 30 years, they are now doing 2nd generation events: weddings of both parents and their children, 25th and now 50th anniversary parties for couples and baby showers for children and now grandchildren. They look forward to many more years of being a part of your special events and working with your present and future generations too.