Our Story

Once upon a time, a couple of sisters had an idea to bring a lifestyle concept store to the Oak Bay Village neighbourhood in their hometown of beautiful Victoria, BC.

In 1994, those sisters, Cyndy Chan and Lisa Chan-Leong made their vision a reality and opened their first store, Nicholas Randall. With the help of their supportive community it has remained as a core business in the shopping district on Oak Bay Avenue since that time. 

For many years, Nicholas Randall kept the sisters very busy, until 2001 when they both happened to produce their greatest achievement yet: the births of their daughters, Fionnuala & Isabella. 

Eventually, as their daughters grew, and the baby & children's section of Nicholas Randall was outgrowing itself in turn, they decided to create a second store to showcase their wonderful collection of baby and children's wares. 


In the Fall of 2005, Finn & Izzy opened its doors.

Fionnuala & Isabella have been the inspiration for the store, not only for its name but for the clothing, shoes, books and other imaginative and fun aspects contained within it. As the girls grew, so did FI, with the exciting launch of our website and online store.

In 2022, it was time for a new chapter.

After 17 years since Finn & Izzy first opened its doors, and with the girls now grown, Cyndy and Lisa decided that it was time for the store to begin a new chapter. As of October 2022 Finn & Izzy's full range of products are now offered through our online store, and a selection of our much loved brands are featured at Nicholas Randall. 


The continued success of our stores is a direct reflection of the foundations that built it: the love of a family-run business and the community that supports it. In turn, we love to support our local community whenever we can. If you would like to request Finn & Izzy's participation in community based donation programs or silent auction events that benefit children's causes, please drop off the request in person to Nicholas Randall. Also, please visit us in store or view our homepage to learn more about our Give Back to School Project, and how you can participate. We are proud of our ongoing support of local schools!