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Hot Shopping

Where To Shop in Osborne Village

Stantt dress shirts courtesy of Style Bar

Stantt dress shirts courtesy of Style Bar

Trendy shops, a vibrant restaurant scene and an eclectic crowd make this neighbourhood the height of hip.

Start at Oxfords Aveda Salon & Lifestyle Boutique for products to tame tresses, like soy protein-infused potions that help thicken hair.

A short walk north leads to Eyes In The Village for slick specs with hand made Raen frames.

Head to The Canister for a plethora of flavoured coffee beans, loose leaf teas, and sweet mugs.

Across the street, fashionistas flock to tharNzie for vintage-look necklaces made from old watch pieces by local brand Blue Pendulum.

On River Ave, Style Bar is stocked with sophisticated garb like knitted sweater vests and custom sized Stantt dress shirts.

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Hot Shopping: Now Open

Photo courtesy of Grace & Co. Ltd

Photo courtesy of Grace & Co. Ltd

Academy Road’s newest addition Grace & Co. Ltd. is a gifter’s paradise. Floor-to-ceiling windows, fresh flowers and gleaming glass make a bright and airy space for owner Dorota Vannan’s carefully curated selection of home, décor, and bath and beauty products. Peruse shelves stocked with rustic-meets-modern wares, like unique tear-away place papers, artisan-crafted bowls, plates and mugs and the shop’s signature creamy milk lotion and soap. 556 Academy Rd, graceandcompanyltd.com

Where to Shop on Corydon

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Courtesy of Radiance Gifts.

One of Winnipeg’s most vibrant ‘hoods, Corydon Avenue offers a cultural mix of shopping and dining from around the world, with trend-setting boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants catering to the cool and hip.

Start a spree at Radiance Gifts for beautiful salt lamps, and dazzling crystals like smoky quartz. Zen out with a collection of books on chakras and essential oils. radiancegifts.com

Across the street at Peepers Swimwear, find colourful bathing suits perfect for a winter getaway, with brands like Speedo and Roxy. peepersswimwear.com

For natural and fair trade goods, visit Humboldt’s Legacy on Lilac St. Gorgeous scarves, pillow shams, and throws made from recycled saris are eco-friendly and chic. humboldtslegacy.com

Nearby, step inside Whodunit? and bring out your inner detective, with books on crime fiction. whodunitcanada.com

Head north on Corydon to Nunavut Gallery and see over 4200 beautiful works of Inuit art. Paintings and sculptures by contemporary Canadian artists make a statement in any space. nunavutgallery.com

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Mingle with Locals at the Canmore Mountain Market

On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.

The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.

Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

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Wild West Wardrobe: Top 4 Western Outfitters For The Calgary Stampede

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

 

Custom-made cowboy hats made the old fashioned way  at Smithbilt Hats. Photo: Jason Dziver

Custom-made cowboy hats made the old fashioned way at Smithbilt Hats. Photo: Jason Dziver

During Stampede season, Calgary street fashion includes everything from business-casual with a bolo tie to head-to-toe cowboy garb. To complete your look, visit some of Calgary’s best-stocked western outfitters. (more…)

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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Hot Shopping: Be Crafty

The Loop Craft Cafe

The Loop Craft Cafe

Visit The Loop Craft Café on Barrington Street and pick your favourite colourful yarns from the shelves. This spot has a large selection of wool, crochet hooks, knitting needles, embroidery kits, colourful thread, patterns and more. Local products include spindles, glass buttons and needle felted animal sculptures.

For a creative spin, drop by Dartmouth Yarns. Located on Queen Street in Dartmouth, this store has the knitting tools you need, whether you’re a beginner or pro. Choose from a wide selection of yarns, knitting needles and more. Looking to start a new project or hobby? They also have kits for making bangles, yoga socks, silk purses, scarves and hats.

Hot Shopping Halifax: Sugar Fix

Sugar Shok Candy Boutique

If you’re craving sweets, check out Sugar Shok Candy Boutique. Located on Portland Street in Dartmouth, this funky spot opened last fall. It features a large assortment of classic candies, bubble gum, cake pops, chocolate and more. For something a little different, treat yourself and try the ChocoBacon (yes, chocolate dipped bacon). The store also has party accessories, funny greeting cards, neat knick-knacks, gifts and candy bouquets.

Susie’s Shortbreads is the place to be for cake and cookie fans. Located on Dresden Row and Bayers Lake, this sweet spot has a daily cupcake menu jam-packed with flavour. Try the lemon zinger, white chocolate raspberry or peppermint patty, to name a few. The red velvet is only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so plan your week accordingly. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Prefer a cookie? Bite into a toffee chocolate chip or coconut vanilla.

For a quirky candy store experience, check out Freak Lunchbox. First founded in Halifax in 2001, this popular shop can be found on Barrington Street and the Bedford Highway. With circus-themed décor and colours galore, it’s a great place for kids—and kids at heart.

Hot Shopping: Give ’em the Boot

With the change of seasons comes the excuse to buy new footwear. Why not invest in something stylish and practical? Sebago is known for its well-crafted, nautical-inspired footwear, and the fall 2012 collection is full of smart, go-anywhere boots and shoes for men and women. Each style (like the Saranac Tall lace, shown here) gives a rugged New England feel to any autumn ensemble. Sebago is available at nrml, 184 Rideau St., 613-562-2043, nrml.ca.

Hot Shopping: Bling it at The Vault

Bracelet at the Vault

Revamp your jewellery collection and step into The Vault. From classic flower and heart designs to vibrant beads, pearls and modern gems, there’s a wide style selection for any occasion. Located at The Halifax Shopping Centre and Spring Garden Place, the store boasts 16 designer collections, including Sara Blaine, Pandora and more.

Hot Shopping: Celebrate Understudy’s First Anniversary

Understudy’s exclusive fall fashions. Photo: Courtesy Understudy.

Fashionable men’s clothing store Understudy celebrates its first anniversary today. With an eye on the latest fashion trends, the small shop specializes in high quality denim and accessories. Exclusive lines include Norse Projects, Folk, YMC and Reigning Champ. To mark the occasion, the store will be open 7 pm to midnight tonight. Cake will be served and a complementary bourbon tasting courtesy of neighbouring Vine Arts will take place. A free gift will be given out with each purchase. Understudy is located at 1312 First Street SW.

– Adele Brunnhofer

Hot Shopping: In Conversation with Ela Co-Founder Martin Aldorsson

Ela co-founders (and husband and wife) Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson. Photo: Adam Moco.

Functional and fashionable, the new ela MILCK handbags are must-have accessories for the season.

MILCK—money, identification, lipstick, cellphone and keys—is an acronym for the essentials that every woman needs for a night out. Designed by ela power couple Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson, MILCK clutches are available in 12 different colours in suede and leather varieties including a tan, studded-leather clutch that is exclusive to Holt Renfrew.

Where sat down with ela co-founder Martin Aldorsson to talk about the new MILCK handbags and the future of ela.

Where: Tell me about where the idea for ela came from.

Aldorsson: We have been in the industry for a while. Ela was working PR for Hermes. She always had a calling for designing. She made all of these these sketches and was actually able to meet with Jimmy Choo. And he saw her sketches and they started talking. (more…)