!ndigo: Tea, Books, Comfy Chairs ...
I was given a faster route back to Edmonton, AFTER I was already on the road :) So I got to the airport area about 4 hours early ... that's when I decided to wander about for a few hours ......
I took Hwy2 into Edmonton ..... and decided to wander into a shopping district ..... it was getting al ittle late, and I didn't really want to shop, I just wanted to kill some time .......
I ended up in front of a book store called Indigo .... great find! I hit up the sale table, bought a little Starbucks from the kiosk in the back of the store, and curled up in a big, comfy chair until closing ......... aaaahhhhhh. Perfect.
What to buy: coffee, tea, books, stationary ......... and more can be found here ....Related to:
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Shambhala Tattoo: Looking for a long-lasting souvenir?
If you're enjoying your stay in Edmonton and want to bring home a memorable, long-lasting souvenir (that's what I did!), stop by Shambhala Tattoo. This place is so clean, it basically looks like a dentist office! And the staff is very professional. They'll help you make the right choice - you won't regret it!
What to buy: Tattoo or piercing
What to pay: Depends on what you're getting done but they won't overcharge you
Old Strathcona Farmers' Market: "A Touch of the Farm in the Heart of the City"
The Farmers' Market comes to life every Saturday, when more than 130 vendors set up their little shops to sell garden products, arts & crafts, baked goods, meat products, preserved products and more. It's impossible to leave this place empty handed - there are so many good products and it's pretty easy to get a good deal. Open year round!
What to buy: Home-made fudge!!
What to pay: Usually not too expensiveRelated to:
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Whyte Avenue: Cheaper And Neater
Whyte Avenue is actually a street full of wonderful shops. It's mostly known to locals, so it's not so terribly touristy. It's not very busy, and although there are some brand name stores, there are also lots of individually owned stores full of priceless items. Actually, they do have a price, and it's almost always very reasonable. You can probably bet that anything you buy out there won't be back home, and you can bet good money that it's a good deal. No matter what you're looking for, you'll probably find it on Whyte Avenue.
What to pay: On Whyte Avenue prices are usually similar to yard sale prices. Belly button rings that are typically 40 or 50 dollars can be found for 10 and other jewellary is cheap as well. Clothes at individually owned stores is incredibly low in price and is typically the same at name brand stores. Books are cheaper and all souvenirs are at local prices. So you won't get sucked in by a over priced, extremely fragile boggle to stare at broken back at your hotel room.
Shopping Districts - pedestrian friendly
For a good shopping experience - one that involves getting out of the car to walk around, and if nothing more, to window shop - there are 4 'districts' that I would recommend.
Whyte Ave / Old Strathcona - Without a doubt the best pedestrian strip in the city. Lots of cool shops that tend to lean to the left, but has something for everyone.
Downtown - Classy, haut couture, swanky, pricey.. you get the picture. That's what downtown is known for, but there are many other 'regular' shops too, for the rest of us.
124 Street - This place is not quite popular just yet, but it is getting there. From Jasper Ave all the way to about 110 Ave, there are lots of interesting cafes, shops, restaurants, galleries, etc. The south end of the street borders one of the richest neighbourhoods in Edmonton, the north end of the street borders one of the poorest. The middle is a moderate concentration of office buildlings. The diversity it offers is in itself worth checking out.
The final shopping district is West Edmonton Mall. Ok, obviously not an answer you were expecting, but this place is so big that it probably has its own postal code or two.
Sanctuary Curio Shoppe: For the curio crowd...
I call it the "goth" store. HAHAHHA. It's a trip to see what they have in that place. For those who are curious, feel free to pop on it. Great for those "everyday Halloween" type occasions. HEHEHEHE
What to buy: Anything from skull candles, leather accessories, sculptures, anything black or for the "darker" crowd.
Urban Barn: Chic furnishings...
I think it's something along the line of Pottery Barn (US) but it's not as big (chain wise). Think it's based in Vancouver but you can find anything from bed sheets to that funky looking leopard print chair.
What to pay: Trinkets ranging from $2-$5 to some cool and comfy leather chair for $1500.
Gravity Pope: Shoe lovers...
One of the hippest shoe stores in Edmonton. Some might say this store is overrated but sometimes, you can find quite a bargain here. You'll find anything from Docs to Fluevogs to BCBC and Kenneth Cole.
What to buy: Mainly shoes and some clothing lines (Betsy Johnson for e.g) and other accessories.
What to pay: Expect to pay quite a bit cause most of the shoes in stock here are hard to find in other places or other general shoe stores in the city. A pair of good shoe could run you about $150+ CDN.
Artifacts: Worldly finds...
Referred to as a trading post with international goods, you can find anything from jewelry to scultures to furnitures here.
What to buy: You can purchase hand crafted statues, handmade sarongs, tribal masks, and other eclectic decors.
What to pay: Most of the stuff will prolly cost a lil more than what one would spend on "general" souvenirs.
Future Shop: For the techies...
It's a chain store...along the line of Best Buy (in the States). Actually, think Best Buy did bought them out. HAHAHAH.
Anyway, though A&B does have it's deals, I find that Future Shop is pretty consistent with its sales and well, its hours of operation isn't as "picky" as A&B.
What to buy: DVD's, CD's, you name 'em, they got it.
What to pay: You can pay as little as $15.00 for a DVD (Best seller types).
a&b Sound: Cheap CDs & DVDs
Home entertainment systems, car audio systems, etc on the lower level, CDs, videos, DVDs books on upper level.
What to buy: Edmonton is a great place to load up on (real, non-pirated) CDs and DVDs. Not to play favourites, but I love a&b Sound. That and later Future Shop (both Vancouver based retail chains) are known for their low price CDs and DVDs, especially when they have a sale on. Although you can find these stores throughout Western Canada, in Alberta there is NO PROVINCIAL SALES TAX! Rarely have I gone to a&b sound and paid more than $15 for a CD that I want.
Colorblind: For the younger urban crowd...
Threads galore for the funky urban crowd...or for those who just want to crash the party and look the part.
What to buy: Clothing lines ranges from Mavi, Vibe, Snug, Luscious, Lithium, and more.
Junque Cellar: Walking down the retro lane...
This place has cool kitsch, with everything retro, including furniture, dishes, clothing, records and even books.
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