Coop Store: The Other Store
This is the Coop Store which unfortunately does not get the same amount of business as the Northern. However, I did just learn that the Coop brand of Raspberry Chocolate ice cream is awesome so I will be frequenting this place more often now.
The Coop is also where you arrange to get the cable TV connection and pay the cable bill.
What to pay: More than in the south.
The Northern Store: Where to Buy Most Things
The Northern Store is a chain store that exists in every Arctic community. It is your place to buy food groceries, clothing, furniture, tv's, ammunition, skidoos and ATV's.
In Arviat as most other communities the Northern also houses a Quick stop where you can buy Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizzas. Our particular Northern also sells soups and subs which are bit more nutritous than the deep-fried stuff.
What to buy: The Northern is the store to get your weekly groceries and has a better selection of fresh vegetables than the CO-OP store.
What to pay: All prices are more than down south.
Kiluk Ltd: Inuit Carvings
The Kiluk Sewing Coop sells a variety of sewn items (clothing, wall hangings and dolls) and carvings made from caribou antler and stone. The iglu shown is actually from the western region of Nunavut (each area is generally known for a unique style of carving or sewing).
This iglu portrays a typical traditional scene and is only about 6 inches across. The top section fits over top to provide the typical iglu shape. Depending on the quality of the work and the artist, one can pay around $500 Candian for such a piece. In Arviat, local artists commonly go house to house selling different crafts at a much cheaper price.
What to buy: Depending on your budget, I would recommend an antler carving bought from a local artist...these are easy to come by. If you like the clothing and would like a pair of kamiks or seal skin mitts, be aware that much of the locally made items are from skins that aren't professionally tanned. Therefore, they should be stored in a cold place in the summer (I put my skin items in the freezer). However, if you buy from Kiluk, a lot of the expensive, really nice clothing has been properly tanned.