By Where Staff
Why We Love It: Eclectic Style
Want to wear retro but not look over-the-top? Ashley Witts at Hello Vintage advises: “You really only need one piece for unique flair.” Pair funky cowboy boots or a vintage t-shirt with your favourite jeans for a signature look.
Why We Love It: Road Trip Diversions
Ward off cries of “Are we there yet?” with super fun on-the-move toys from Hi Jinx. Cute Imaginetics play scenes are great for preschoolers, while older kids enjoy colourful crochet art or Grab & Go versions of board game classics. Brain Quest Q&A cards offer a fun challenge for the whole family.
Why We Love It: Locally Crafted
Exquisite jewellery handmade by a talented Canmore or Banff goldsmith makes an enduring keepsake. Stratton’s Jewellery carries unique pieces by:
- Doug Bell: precision carved mountain and wildlife rings.
- Nicky Boehnisch: intricate, beautifully finished forged pendants and rings.
- Doug McAvoy: Canadian fossils and rocks set in sterling and gold.
Café Books’ Chapter Two
Why We Love It: Hand-me-Down Haven
“Everything but the kitchen sink,” is second hand at Chapter Two, says owner Joy McLean. This used books reading room and café across the hall from the main store has a charming old library feel. A Victorian lamppost brings electricity to the cash register, and books are shelved on a repurposed butler’s pantry and chapel stairs from Wales. Local baking is served with tea and French press coffee. Drop by for their wine and cheese speaker series (visit twitter.com/canmorecafebook for details).
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