Lammle's: Have you got any hats - preferably stetsons
A treasure trove of western clothing. Such an array of cowboy hats and boots to fit all cowboys and cowgirls - they even have boots for the little ones.
Great fun shopping here almost entertainment for me spotting the stuffed animal heads and other unique details in this shop
What to buy: Gifts - toys - postcards - clothing (western of course) - books great value leather handbags (purses)
What to pay: What ever your credit card allows
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Market Stalls: Buy your Christmas decorations early
Lots of stalls line the pedestrian street selling - well guess what - Stampede Season and Christmas all at once - The market stalls are interesting some display the usual tourist tat and cheap souviners, while others have beautifully hand crafted local art work on display. You can grab a quick bite to eat here too from the fast food stalls - well shopping can make you hungry.
What to buy: Some nice tree decorations come complete with that cowboy feeling again.
What to pay: Quite cheap for a fist full of dollars & you'll get change...............
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IKEA, Chapters, Old Navy: Excellent Choice
After we had finished our day-trip to Banff National Park, the next day was devoted to shopping for the ladies! We first went to a great shopping mall called Chinook Centre. It has tons of shops and restaurants in a very modern setting.
After having a look to see what was playing at the IMAX theatre, we split up, with the ladies checking out various clothing stores while I browsed in Chapters bookstore. I found the missing 19th novel in the old naval series that I am reading (I was on number 18 and had #20 at home) as well as another novel on an account of UN peacekeeper hostages in Sierra Leone two years ago.
From there, we drove to the other side of Calgary to pick up some bits of furniture at IKEA that my daughter had her eye on (let's just call it an early Christmas present!). Since she does not have a car, this was a great chance to save on the US$38 delivery charge. There was a bit of a hassle in actually picking up the pieces from their warehouse (down to the last item on the major piece) but it all got sorted in the end. Luckily, the little Toyota Echo rental car had fold-down rear seats so we could stick the bar countertop in through the trunk of the car!
I'm not much of a shopper, but it was a fun day even for me!
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Riley & McCormick: Stomp on down & get your boots
All things western can be had here - you sure can get yourself suited & booted in Calgary..
What to buy: All western clothing including Jeans - Boots - Shirts - Hats - even saw cowboy T shirts complete with Bible Text
What to pay: Any thing from 3 canadian dollars to lots of canadian dollars
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McNally Robinson: Great Books & much more
McNally Robinson is part of a chain of book shops in North America. The shop is spacious with a nice cosy reading area with big couches to relax on. They stock all manner of books on a vast array of subjects - all clearly marked.
Opening hours are long = Monday - Thursday 9.00 - 21.00 Friday - Saturday 9.00 - 22.00
Sunday 11 - 18.00
What to buy: Books - especially childrens' book beautifully illustrated and such a choice. They also sell some tourist souveniers - audio tapes and CD's
What to pay: The book prices vary depends on what you buy
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Mountain Equipment Co-op: Outdoor Gear/Clothing
Being close to the mountain parks, Calgary has many outdoor equipment/clothing stores. Mountain Equipment Co-op is probably Canada's best outdoor store. MEC (as affectionally called by locals) has a wide range of outdoor gear and clothing, attractively displayed on two levels, all at reasonable prices. There is also a climbing wall located in the store as well.
To be able to shop, you must be a member (hence the co-op part of the name), which is easily done by paying $5.00. This keeps prices low.
Their clothing is well-constructed and durable; If you are looking for North Face or Columbia, you will not find it here. If you want big names, you can go across the street to Coast Mountain Sports
What to buy: All types of sporting and camping equipment and clothing. They do not carry items for hunting, fishing, or downhill skiing.
You will spot many Calgarians wearing their clothing for just knocking about town, as it is well-styled and comfortable.
What to pay: Prices tend to be reasonable or downright cheap; if you compare with big names at other stores, you'll be amazed by the low price for the same quality.
Shopping Areas: Malls
There are 4 major malls in Calgary that offer good shopping. In the south, SouthCentre and Chinook Mall. Downtown, there's TD Square (which is connected to Eaton Centre and Scotia Centre). In the north, Market Mall. Market Mall is getting a major overhaul, and they are adding 100 more stores by August 2004 for your shopping pleasure! Of course, there are other smaller malls, but these give you the most variety in one place.
What to buy: The malls have all the usual big chains such as Gap, Old Navy, American Eagle and each one has Canada's department store, The Bay. The Bay tends to have really good sales when you catch them, and have vastly improved their clothing departments. Chinook Mall is probably the best out of all of them - my favorite stores are: Aritzia( women's clothes), Caban(home decor -- tends to be overpriced, but really fun to browse as they carry lots of funky items from all over the world,Club Monaco(clothing for men and women), good selection of trendy stuff without being too "out there" at reasonable prices,L'Occitane,beautifully scented french bath products from Provence,Zara(women's clothes), nice to browse, but tends to be for the more taller, skinnier person.
Eaton Centre is located on 8th Avenue, and stretches from 1st St. SW, to 3rd St. SW; Chinook Mall is located at the intersection of Glenmore Trail and Macleod Trail SW; Southcentre Mall is located at Macleod Trail and Anderson Road SW; Market Mall is located at the intersection of Shaganappi Trail and 40th Ave. NW
Shopping Areas: 17th Avenue
This area stretches from 4th Street SW, along 17th Ave. SW, to 14th St. SW. It is referred to as "Uptown 17" and is one of the more trendier places to shop and eat, away from the sterile big chains in the malls. There are over 200 stores in the area, and do turn off 17th Ave., and head north up 11th St., for more stores as well.
Stop by Gravity Pope and try on some funky shoes, and choose an outfit at Purr to go with them. If your taste runs more sophisticated, Primitive Culture, and Focus Clothing tend to have more higher-end designer wear, good to wear to the office or for that big night on the town. Ooh La La carries the big designer names such as Anna Sui and Narcisco Rodriguez, and subsequently big price tags. Smyth and Kang carries stuff for the guys.
For breakfast, try Nellie's(huge line ups on the weekend -- try the other location Nellie's Cosmic Cafe down the road if this is the case). If you're hungry for lunch, stop by The Arden Diner(owned by famed Canadian singer Jann Arden) for good diner-inspired food. For coffee or tea, try Steeps Tea House or Cafe Beanno. For dinner, drop by The Living Room or Chez Jo Jo. For a drink, try the cocktail atmosphere of The Mercury, or the more pub atmosphere of The Ship and Anchor.
Crossroads Market/Artspace Gallery
This is not my favorite market -- the former Blackfoot Farmer's Market is, but at this time, the landlord has broken the lease off with the tenants. I will be updating this when I hear what is going on.
The Crossroads Market is entertaining -- it's an art gallery, farmer's market and flea market all rolled into one, plus a food court. The building and land used to be an old stockyard, and it used to be the Stockyards Market until Crossroads lost their home and moved in. The indoor part of the market is open year round, with the outside farmer's market open from June to October. The produce is okay, but much of it comes from California, and you don't see a lot of local stuff. However, the indoor market and art gallery is a good way to kill some time on a rainy day, and you may find some deals; be forwarned, you may have to sort through a lot of junk.
When you enter the Artspace Gallery and leave the crowds at the market, it's hard to believe you are in the same place. The gallery occupies the top floor of the old stockyard building, and is an oasis of quiet. There are also some shops and artist's studios, and Artspace also tends to have regular art/cocktail events. Artspace is closed on Mondays.
Shopping at the Millarville Market takes some dedication as you have to get there bright and early on Saturday morning. The market is every Saturday 8:30 until noon June - October, in the historic town of Millarville approx 40 minutes south of Calgary. I must say I've arrived shortly after 8:00, and the parking lot is half-full. However, once, you get there, I guarantee you will have a fun time. My husband hates shopping and loves the market. Parking is $2.00.
This is Southern Alberta's premiere farmer's market, with about 200 vendors selling anything from fresh baked bread to buffalo sausage to fresh produce and handmade soap. It's your chance to see a showcase of local produce and talent at hand.
What to buy: The market sells handmade crafts, baked goods, food, and produce. There is also fresh produce and fruit from BC when in season.
What to pay: Prices are fairly reasonable
Shopping Areas: Inglewood
Inglewood is Calgary's oldest neighborhoods, and is located near Fort Calgary and The Deane House.
Long known for it's seediness and prostitution, Inglewood has cleaned up and is the next up-and-coming "trendy" neighborhood, along with the adjacent Ramsay. You'll find here mostly home decor shops and antique shops, with some gift and clothing shops. The atmosphere here is a little more gritty and not as polished as 17th Avenue, but that's all in the charm of Inglewood. The shopping is on the main street, 9th Ave. SE, starting at 8th Ave. SE.
Take some time to stroll around the side streets, and look at the neighborhood, which is full of restored homes.
Shopping Areas: Kensington
Kensington is another "urban village" area like 17th Avenue, and is located at the junction of 10th St. NW and Memorial Dr. NW., and stores also run west along Kensington Rd. NW. It's very close to Eau Claire Market and Prince's Island (see "must see" tips), and also the downtown core.
Kensington tends to lean towards "artsy" as compared with 17th Avenue, which tends to be more urbane. However, Kensington offers just as much shopping fun.
What to buy: Located on Kensington Road in The Point Building is Swizzle Sticks (spa and hair salon). If you need a relaxtion treatment on your whirlwind tour of Calgary, this place fits the bill. An Aveda spa, they offer a wide variety of services, as well as an Aveda store.Splash of Fashion (women's clothing) and Brooklyn (men's clothing) are worth checking out. Kismet carries a tasteful selection of imported clothes and giftware. Urban Barn is a home decor chain from Vancouver, and has a great selection at reasonable prices. Kilian International Design carries high-end modern furniture, home decore and gift items such as Wusthof, Alessi, and Natuzzi. Also, check out Joints Home Accents and Custom Framing. Besides framing pictures, they have a really nice selection of jewellry, and gift items. However, prices seem to run a little more on the expensive side. At the end of the day, catch a movie at the vintage Plaza Theatre, which shows contemporary as well as independent or foreign films.
Foodwise, there is not as good a selection as 17th Avenue, and I really don't eat here that often. I can recommend Wayne's Bagels for authentic Montreal-style bagels. The Stromboli Inn has fantastic Italian food and pizza, but tends to close for part of the summer. Zefferelli's Pasta Joint is fairly new, and I have heard pretty good things about it. Maurya is an Indian restaurant, and their lunch buffet is a great deal. If you feel like shelling out big bucks, Osteria de Medici is an extremely high-end restaurant that serves gourmet Italian food.
Shopping Areas: Fourth Street
The Fourth Street shopping area extends from 12th Ave. SW, south to Elbow Drive SW.
Besides the Lilac Festival, the area is more known for it's restaurants, with some gift, art galleries, and specialty shops thrown in.
Aida's Mediterranean Bistro has great Lebanese food, and Antionio's Garlic Clove has garlic in everything on their menu. Definitely not for garlic haters! Bin 905 is the place to stop for that special bottle of wine; the staff there are friendly and knowledgeable. Earl's Tin Palace caters to the after work crowd, but it's a place you can take your family for a bite to eat. It offers good middle-of-the-road food at reasonable prices. Don't miss "Margarita Mondays". If you're needing new sportswear or running shoes, Forzani's Tech Shop is the place to pick them up. Speaking of sportswear, Lululemon Athletica is a yoga wear mecca; be forwarned, the prices aren't cheap, but their clothes are durable and well-made.The Planet has fantastic coffee, but at times you'll have to fight through a crowd of regulars puffing up a haze of smoke to get to the counter. If you can't get enough, there's a second Urban Barn location (see Kensington shopping) here, as well.
Anywhere: The 2 feathers
Inside the huge Banff resort hotel
What to buy: The 2 feathers : A connection between Heaven and Earth.
A balance between the physical and spiritual being.
It is the story of a leash that hold tight 2 feathers.
The leash makes the connection, the leash brings the energy like a lightning between the sky and the earth ...
Shopping Areas: Discount Shoppers Unite!
The Westhills/Signal Hill area is a maze of stores, restaurants and theatres. Most importantly, DISCOUNT is the operative word. There are some regular chain stores here such as MIchael's(crafts), Mikasa (china), and Pier One.
Westhills is in suburban Calgary, and is located at the intersection of Sarcee Trail SW and Richmond Road. Club Monaco has it's discount store here, as well as Roots Canada. I find I score great deals at Roots, as their clothes normally tend to be good quality but a little over priced. Good selection of children's wear; there tends to be more women's clothing, but great deals on sweats for the guys. Also, check out The Gap's discount store as well. Zeller's is the place to find the Mossimo label, fashion-forward clothing at cheap, cheap prices.
The Shoe Company is worthwhile shopping for discounted shoes, and I find it better than PayLess Shoes. The Real Canadian Superstore is a big supermarket; however, you're here not for the food, but the housewares and books. If you're looking for a popular book, check it out here, as it's usually sold much cheaper than at the big Canandian chain, Chapters, which is across the street. The housewares are made under the Superstore house label, President's Choice, but are of comparable quality and style as stuff you find at IKEA. Many of the items are anonymously created by high-end designers. Put on your browsing shoes, and be prepared to hit Winner's. Winner's is a Canadian chain that specializes in discount designer wear, big names and small. They also have discounted housewares as well. You may have to spend your time going through the racks, but you when you find something, it's 30-50% off the retail price. Jacob is another women's clothing store worth browsing in. Give yourself at least 4 hours to get through all the stores, and you can refuel at Starbuck's or Second Cup You can dump off whiny non-shoppers at the Famous Players Cinema.
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