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Shopping Gems

One of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods, Inglewood has evolved into an area with some of the most character in the city. Its main drag—9th Avenue—is lined with historical buildings that have been transformed into antique shops, trendy boutiques and specialty eateries. Definitely take a peek in at Circa, a colourful shop stocked with vintage art glassworks.

Mandarine Couture: upscale ready-to-wear clothing, where each item only comes in one size.

Recordland: stuffed to the brim with shelves of new and used records, 1208 – 9 Ave SE.

Suzie Q Beads: hand-painted glass beads, plus gold and silver charms.

East of the Elbow River, you’ll find Britannia Plaza, an elegant group of independently owned and operated stores. Among them is Owl’s Nest Books. In business for over 30 years, they carry books from every literary genre you can think of. For fall reading, owner Susan Hare recommends “Brisingr,” the third installment of the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini.

The Paper Trail & Britannia Flowers: beautiful floral arrangements and an assortment of colourful stationary.

Britannia Ornamental Hardware & Gifts: unique hardware and kitchen accessories.

Pacey’s: casual clothing with lines like Simon Chang and Kersch, 819 – 49 Ave SW.CHINATOWN: CULTURAL CAPITAL
The vibrant Chinatown community has a host of shops to hop in and out of. Check out Hing Wah Imports for finely detailed tea sets, handmade wind chimes, parasols and greeting cards. For exotic clothing and accessories head to Dragon City Mall.

Grace Gifts: ceramic figures hand-crafted by top artists in China and items for good luck and happiness. In the Dragon City Mall.

Animage: one-of-a-kind collector’s items imported from Japan, like first edition Anime and weapons replicated from action flicks. In the Far East Shopping Centre, 5, 132 – 3 Ave SE.

Chinese Arts & Crafts: imported merchandise such as colorful origami paper and cards printed with designs made from delicate water colors of flowers and butterflies. In the Chinese Cultural Centre.

Along with funky shops and multicultural restaurants, this area is home to some of the city’s highest-end art galleries. At Loch, find pieces like this high realism oil painting by Nadine Lundah as well as 19th and 20th century artists like Emily Carr. Around the corner, Masters Gallery’s airy space shows off pieces from artists like Canadian iconic sculpturist William McElcheran.

The Croft: Western Canadian pottery, blown-glass art and woodwork.

Vada Natural Body Care Boutique: a private label of body care products made from natural ingredients that have not undergone a lot of processing or alterations.

Henry: designer label casual wear shop for stylish young men and women.DESIGN DISTRICT: TRENDY HOME DECOR
If home renovations are your thing, you’ll delight in the contemporary art galleries and trendy home décor shops this district has to offer. One of our favourites is Kit Interior Objects, a store that brings in Swedish-influenced home accents like these ethereal Garland light covers that will fit over any hanging fixtures.

Peridot: bright boutique with opulent home accents fitted into every nook and cranny.

Chintz & Company: three floors of classic and modern home and garden accessories.

Alberta Boot: a Calgary institution that has been making our cowboys, dignataries and Stampede crowd authentic cowboy boots since the ‘70s.

While strolling along the old fashioned charm of Willow Park Village pop into Knickers ‘N Lace, an elegant lingerie boutique with a large selection of sizes and styles in international and Canadian brands. The Antigel line by Lise Charmel is casual and natural, yet provocative.

Willow Park Chocolate & Cigars: a wide range of Cuban and other premium cigars.

Marilyn E: upscale women’s fashion, including Nine West and Anne Klein.

Ella Bella: unique, designer maternity wear here that is stylish and comfortable.KENSINGTON: BOHEMIAN COOL
Reflecting the laid-back coffee shop vibe of Kensington, the Earth Collection sells clothing and accessories made from 100 per cent natural fabrics and products. Find long skirts and flowing tops made from hemp and organic cotton, as well as adorable scarves to keep you warm for fall, 338 – 10 St NW.

Joints: a good selection of women’s fashion accessories like local and Canadian-made jewellery, bags and boots.

Livingstone & Cavell: classic model trains, handcrafted porcelain dolls, spinning tops and gag gifts.

Honey B’s Vintage Décor: flirty aprons, Victorian tea cups, soy candles and 1800s’ Windsor chairs.

Accented with high roof peaks and stone trim, West Market Square is the place to look for local produce and gourmet fixings.Take a stroll through Sunterra Market: ready-made meals with offerings that include their coconut beef, made daily from fresh ingredients and simmered to perfection.

Debut Designer: clothes for business women.

Cobblestone Corner: a roundup of unique gifts, from garden statues to jewellery, 1851 Sirocco Dr SW.

Mariah Contemporary Clothing: stylish shop with trendy European womenswear.17 AVE: FASHION FORWARD
Along Calgary’s nightlife hotspot, the Red Mile, you’ll find many high fashion shopping destinations. Head to Primitive Culture for funky casual or formal wear.

Blame Betty: ‘50s pin-up-themed boutique with funky fashions ranging from glittery handbags to handmade silk dresses.

Rubaiyat: decorative pieces imported from Africa and Asia, as well as jewellery, ceramics and Canadian art glass.

Park Avenue: high-end women’s fashion boutique with designer lines Calvin Klein, Valentino, Hugo Boss, and more.

You could easily spend an entire afternoon on this pedestrianfriendly avenue. Home to the Core, an indoor shopping complex, and many high-end retail and specialty shops to explore. Micah Gallery has a lovely collection of Aborginal items, while The Cellar is the spot for fine wine and accessories. The Ritzenhoff line adds a touch of colour and style to a barware collection.

Bang & Olufsen: cutting-edge home electronics shop that spans three levels.

Gios Collections for Men: stylish formal wear for men including Kenso designer ties and dashing suits from Jack Vickor, Marcello Terrentino and Empire.

Arnold Churgin: high-end private label shoe shop beloved by locals.—Laura Pellerine and Ally McConnell

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