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.
Old Strathcona Farmers' Market: Local Produce, Meats and Handcrafts
Open every Saturday all year (8am ~ 3pm), the Old Farmer's Market is a great place to walk around. Even if you don't plan to buy anything, the sights, smells and local crafts are great.
If the weather is nice, the booths will flow outdoors into the pedestrian walkways. And the occasional food stall and possibly street performer will be outside too.
What to buy: Natural organic produce is readily at hand. The types of produce are also much more varied than you would find at the grocery. For example in the photo, you can see 'funky broccoli' that looks like it has spikes and horns.
There are also honeys, jams and homemade spreads.
There are several meats which are not standard in the grocery store too, like bison, elk and venison.
If food is not on your shopping list, there are local artisans selling their creations.
Many Malls: Edmonton Mall Hours
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Carol's Sweets: ~ The Most Delicious Chocolate ~
Owners Grant and Carol Logan have been making sweets for 30 years, including special treats from the past, such as Grant's original marshmallow and crunchy peanut brittle. They want only the best for their customers. All chocolates and fudges are produced in their factory, using original recipes.
If the smell of chocolate doesn't lure you in, all the jars of brightly colored candy will. There are more than 1000 varieties of chocolates and candy under one roof, you'll have loads of fun making your selection.
Do you love chocolate? Whether it is a caramel, a champagne truffle or a piece of pure, dark, milk or white chocolate, you'll surely win. There us nothing artificial about Carol's Chocolates. Chocolate from Belgium, real cream, natural flavors and real liquors blend together to form extraordinary taste treats.
Variety is their middle name. With British imported sweets, Dutch licorice, Haribo candy from Europe, sugar free candy and chocolate, the hottest new kid candy, soap candy, Ganong chicken bones, licorice pipes and the list goes on, this sweet shop rivals Willy Wonka's factory.
At Easter time, handmade chocolate bunnies are beautifully hand-decorated Easter eggs line the show cases, bringing back memories from your childhood.
Christmas brings a wonderland of chocolate shapes, ribbon candy, old-fashioned mixed candy, barley toys and sweets from around the world.
No matter the time of year, a gift basket of sweets from Carol's makes an awesome gift for any occasion:birthday; get-well, anniversary or corporate. You won't want to forget Carol's when planning a wedding. The chocolatiers create sweet bridal flavors that are both memorable and delicious.
Hours they are open
Monday 10 to 5:30
Tuesday 10 to 5:30
Wednesday 10 to 5:30
Thursday 10 to 8:00
Friday 10 to 5:30
Saturday 10 to 5:30
Sunday 12:30 to 4:30
The parking lot is very small. It may fit 20 cars and they always seem to be full. So be prepared to park on the street and walk to the corner of the store.
What to buy: What to buy? That's almost an impossible question to answer. When I visit the store I always get the freshly made Belgian chocolates. I love the Belgian chocolates, as you will see in the pictures. I also try some of the truffles, they are packed with flavor. Of course I always buy a few maple chocolates.
Depending on what type of chocolate you like ~ that would be the special item you purchase there.
What to pay: It can be expensive ~ I believe the chocolates behind the counter are $4.75/100g (I bought 11 tonight and it cost $14) The candy is in glass jars and is also weighed out, tonight we bought 300g of candy and it cost $7.65, but the candy is so fresh.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
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Super Dougies Ink: ~ Permanently Inked ~
Some people like to get a tattoo when they are traveling, or perhaps just live here and want one. Super Dougies Ink is a great little tattoo shop. Doug Lang is the owner of the shop and has very reasonable prices. He charges by the drawing, so you need to have your drawing in hand so you can get your quote.
Usually getting a quote and then the appointment to have the work done is pretty quick.
Doug has been invited for many years to the Big Valley Jamboree and Boonstock to set up his shop for those who wish to have tattoos done during these festivals.
Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
What to pay: It varies depending on the work you wish to have done.Related to:
- Budget Travel
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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).
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.
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.
Cloud 9 Pyjama's and Woman Boutique: Women, Here's Some Stores For You!
Two different shops side-by-side that are equally fabulous. Woman's Boutique has unique hard-to-find clothing and accessories. Cloud 9 Pyjama's not only sells pj's and loungewear but decadent bath products as well.
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.
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.
Junque Cellar: Walking down the retro lane...
This place has cool kitsch, with everything retro, including furniture, dishes, clothing, records and even books.
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.
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