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Rowena on Whyre Avenue: Shopping on Whyte Avenue
Rowena is a store bursting with amazing clothing, jewelry, shoes, housewares, accesories of all sorts, and even some local talents. Rowen sells both mens and womens, as well as a small section of childrens clothing. They have been mis-labelled a few different things, like a gothic or celtic store, and Ive even read some reviews that call it a Halloween store, which is offensive. I shop at Rowena regularily, and always find something amazing for whatever occasion, weather it be a date, a wedding, a picinc, a night out dancing, laying on the beach... you name it! They have alot of alternative style clothing, like rockabilly, vintage inspired, punk, goth,but also have clubwear, streetwear, special occasion, like a wedding or prom, and everyday wear. They have items you are not going to find in the mall, and thats what makes it so special. Rowena carries a large selction of unique products. They also carry quite a few local designers, which is great for supporting the community. The staff at Rowena are amazing ladies, and are always helpful and friendly. They wear the clothes everyday, so they really know what they are talking about. Rowena is definetly my go to store, for, well, pretty much everything, but especailly shoes and dresses! Like I said they have a huge mens selection as well. My ex boyfriend also loved shopping at Rowena, he'd go every weekend!
Rowena is a special little shop, with a real local and community feel to it. This is the type of store we all should be suporting, and not giant franchises and found in the mall
What to buy: Shoes, Dresses, corsetes, vinatage inspired swimwear, local designers, plus sized cothing as well!
What to pay: anywhere from $10- 200
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Gravity Pope: Best Shoe Store
If you love shoes (and what girl doesn't?) you have to check this store out! This is one of the best shoe stores in Canada - it's been written up in fashion mags as such! They have branches in Calgary and Vancouver, B.C. as well. Truly the best selection of designer shoes and this is the best of the three since it also has clothing. Check out the gravitypope website to see what they have - you'll be glad you did.
What to pay: It's not cheap but they are the best!
Whyte Avenue is 82 Avenue from 99 Street to 109 Street. Therefore there are all kinds of restaurants and stores along it. It is nice to go there on a summer day to walk around and grab an ice cream cone or a hot dog. There are some very nice independent stores along Whyte Ave. It is a very popular spot, and because of this there have been some more commercial stores/restaurants put up in the last few years, ie. Chapters, Chili's, Le Chateau, etc. Real estate is very high in this area, which causes some of the retailers to charge more for thei products. Overall, Whyte Ave is a nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon, but don't be suprised if you spend a little more.
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