Affectionately known as the ‘granola belt’, Wolseley is home to many local artists and activists. A lush canopy of mature elm trees shades the six-block shopping district along Westminister Ave where many charming boutiques champion an environmentally-respectful mantra. Begin on the south side at the corner of Evanson St, where you’ll find
La Parfumerie. Experts at this customized scent-blending gallery consider your natural scent and olfactory preferences when creating a unique personal fragrance. Across the street at Organic Planet Worker Co-op local, fairly-traded and organic products line the shelves. Grab a bite from the on-site vegan deli and pump up your pantry with a bottle of Manitoba cold-pressed canola oil. Next door, Humboldt’s Legacy stocks Sodastream machines and a supply of flavoured syrups for pouring your own pop sans plastic bottle waste. At adjacent The Shoe Doctor fill your closet with stylish pairs of sumptuous, buttery leather El Naturalista boots (pictured). Down the street, in the main floor of a charming home, Heartsease’s soothing natural skincare products are handmade on-site.