(Island Blue Art Store/Facebook)

A family-owned business in Victoria got a whole lot bigger after the acquisition of a long standing company on Vancouver Island.  

On Tuesday, Monk Office announced they had purchased the Victoria and Sidney locations of Island Blue Art & Framing stores. 

“It is with great excitement and pleasure that we announce to you Monk Office’s purchase of Island Blue Art & Framing stores in Victoria and Sidney, BC as of Tuesday, January 11, 2022,” the company said in a media release. 

Island Blue Print was founded in 1912, focusing on map drafting, blueprint services and the sale of drafting supplies. 

For the past 55 years, the business has been locally owned and operated by the Shemilt family as an art supply and framing business. 

“We honour this purchase as an exciting new chapter for Monk Office, keeping the longstanding and respected island-based Shemilt family legacy alive.”

The first Monk Office location opened its doors in 1951 in Victoria. Since then, the business has grown to eight locations across Vancouver Island including a head office and distribution center in Victoria.

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