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Boutiques

7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Calgary Dads

 

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Hanson’s Fishing Outfitters is the shopping destination for dads who love the outdoors. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, but these seven papa-approved local shops offer something more than the standard “zany” necktie or drab coffee mug.

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Across Quebec: 10 Boutiques We Love

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By Phil Birnbaum

There's nothing like the bespoke pieces and hard-to-find labels that boutiques offer. From beautiful pieces for your home, or curated fashions, boutiques offer a unique shopping experience. Enjoy this slideshow of ten boutiques we love across Quebec. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Lingering on Corydon and Lilac

Upscale boutiques and opulent galleries speckle the converging Lilac and Corydon strips. Originally Winnipeg’s Little Italy, this district has become diversified over recent years, and now boasts more sushi than manicotti. Begin on the south side of Corydon, near Daly, where Uomo has been suiting dapper men for 20 years. Here, slick Massani leather jackets are cashmere lined for cozy comfort. Cross the street and walk west just past Lilac to Room for Style Interiors, where classic and contemporary furnishings co-exist in a stunning showroom. Adjacent Radiance is Manitoba’s go-to for all things metaphysical, including fashionable jewellery that employs the beauty and power of crystals. Footwear fanatics kick up their heels at Soul Shoes, which carries chic shoes and boots from the likes of Steve Madden and Sam Edelman (pictured). Next door readers find the perfect retreat at Whodunit, a quaint book shop curated by avid mystery-loving owners.

Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Artsy Acquisitions

Fine works of art and cleverly crafted objects can’t be confined to galleries and exhibitions. Manitoba is flush with ingenious makers, visit these shops to inject your personal style with functional objets d’art.

Hand-crafted jewellery and metalwork sparkle inside Artifacts Gallery, look for elegant gold dewdrop earrings with milky rainbow moonstones from local WaterLelie Jewellery Design. Johnston Terminal at The Forks Market, main floor, 204-949-1222.

An eclectic mix of wares from hundreds of Canadian crafters populate the loft at Forks Trading Company where the blue glaze of earthy ceramics imitates the prairie sky. The Forks Market, 2nd floor, 204-949‑1785.

Four Directions Trading Inc. boasts traditional and contemporary handicrafts by First Nations people, including intricately beaded barrettes and bolo ties. Ramada Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith St, 204-943‑8152.

At the heart of Osborne Village, Sew Dandee buzzes with maker creativity. Find tees silk screened with the mug of traitor-cum-hero Louis Riel, racks of re-worked clothing and unique accessories. 105 Osborne St, 204-453-5110.

Tara Davis Studio Boutique acts as an art conduit, bringing beautiful creations to shoppers from local and Canadian artists. Among handmade throw cushions and upcycled leather handbags you’ll find the proprietor’s own lines of reworked vintage bling (pictured). 246 McDermot Ave, 204-504-8272

Hot Shopping: Wandering Wolseley

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.

Hot Shopping: Osborne Village

It’s one of Winnipeg’s oldest ‘hoods, yet Osborne Village, with its one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and specialty stores, is alive with new business. Check out these newcomers and old favourites along the three-block strip.

At Out of the Blue (pictured), vintage-inspired dresses in floral prints live alongside porkpie hats and girly costume jewellery. Down the street, pick up a pashmina and a purse at Mode, a one-stop accessory shop. Across the way at Luxe and Charm, chic cocktail and club wear from L.A. satisfies any woman’s nightlife needs. Rhinestones, peek-a-boo cut-outs and hip-hugging frocks are all priced at $135 or less. Fill your closet with on-trend mini-dresses, hair rosettes and feather earrings at Dream Closet. Then stock up on a wide selection of loose tea and coffee beans, along with pots and grinders, inside The Canister, a coffee and tea lover’s oasis.

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Beautiful bloom ring from Osborne Village's Out of the Blue

Hot Shopping: One of a Kind

Looking for a unique gift or a distinctive home accent? Inkwell on Market Street specializes in handmade limited edition paper goods, tea towels, pottery and jewellery from international artists. There’s an antique letterpress on site, which you can sometimes see in use.

The Art of Holiday Giving

We scoured the city and found dozens of exceptional presents from home and abroad—
for family, friends and colleagues on your gifting list. Click on the images below for a peek at the products included in our holiday gift guide, and be sure to check out Where Toronto‘s November issue for the full feature.