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This cozy shop is filled with fibre goods that you can wear or decorate your home with. Look for plaid blankets from The Tartan Blanket Co. in Scotland, alpaca mittens, woven rugs, handwoven baskets and more.
1317 9 Ave. S.E., 403-263-8088, 28blankets.com
This store is pretty right from the window display to the change rooms in the back. Find women’s clothing and accessories and jewellery that lean toward the flirty, feminine and maybe a little bohemian from brands including The Jetset Diaries, Loren Hope and Show Me Your Mumu. This is a great store to shop for bridesmaid dresses or dresses to wear to a special occasion.
1216a 9 Ave. S.E., 403-261-9919, adornboutique.ca
This store comes from All Things Jill owner, Jill Hawker. In addition to selling natural, paraben-free essential oils, diffusers and creams, The Apothecary in Inglewood also offers classes about aromatherapy and essential oil application.
921 9 Ave. S.E., 403-453-0313, the-apothecary.ca
This store carries men’s and women’s apparel and cowboy boots, furniture and home accessories, all in a modern, Western style that features plenty of silver, leather and turquoise elements. Be sure to check it out whether you’re looking for a new Stampede outfit or just love Western culture.
1226B 9 Ave. S.E., 403-660-2156, codyandsioux.com
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A family business that first opened after the Korean War, Crown Surplus sells army apparel and miscellaneous items for collectors and civilians, alike.
1005 11 St. S.E., 403-265-1754, armysurplus.com
This three-storey loft space features design items ranging from artwork to upholstery to furniture. Around 20 local artists, including Jason Eng, Luke Haynes and Michelle Miller, have their work featured here,.
104, 1212 13 St. S.E., 403-454-0243, dadeartanddesignlab.com
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Espy is a Calgary success story that caters to fashionable men and women, selling a wide range of products from denim in hard-to-find sizes to skin care and makeup. Service is a focus at this trendy boutique. You can also book services including closet interventions, personal branding and VIP shopping party.
1009 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-3779, espyexperience.com
Beautify your home with some of the modern furniture, home decor and home accessory products from Guildhall. The 1,500-square-foot store offers a mixture of products from well-known design brands like Umbra Shift and By Lassen and emerging designers and studios. Look for everything from couches and chairs to a great pegboard full of handmade German cleaning brushes.
1222 9 Ave. S.E., 403-454-4399, guildhallhome.com
This apothecary-style store aimed at men sells tools including handmade axes, accessories you need to make a good cocktail and all the products to help get the perfect shave. It also has one of the city’s best cologne selections.
1319 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-1595, kentofinglewood.com
Bringing a much needed sugar rush to the neighbourhood, Gummi Boutique opened its third store in Inglewood in 2016. Coming in at around 650 square feet, it’s the smallest store of the bunch, but it’s no less full of wacky and wonderful candy. Stock up on bulk candy, five-pound gummy bears and an impressive selection of imported soda.
1217B 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-4864, gummiboutique.ca
Luxury fashion designer Lauren Bagliore opened her first concept shop in Inglewood. The 850-square-foot space feels like a boutique in West Side New York and sells her latest, one-of-a-kind pieces.
917 11 St. S.E., 403-455-4020, laurenbagliore.com
This locally owned store has its design headquarters in Holland. Find modern, contemporary furniture perfect for every room in your home.
1015 9 Ave. S.E., 403-800-0780, limitless-calgary.com
Local accessories brand CoutuKitsch and clothing brand Camp Brand Goods joined forces to open The Livery Shop, a studio space located in Inglewood’s red barn. The shop sells locally made jewellery, accessories and clothing. Look for the red barn and you’ve found The Livery Shop.
1130 10 Ave. S.E., 403-453-7711, theliveryshop.com
Tucked off 12th Street S.E., Moonstone Creation showcases traditional First Nations artwork, crafts and jewellery. Expect to find exquisite beadwork and luxurious leathers here.
1219 10 Ave. S.E., 403-261-2650, moonstonecreation.ca
A menswear store selling only Canadian and American brands, North American Quality Purveyors offers a range of apparel, accessories and manly hygiene products. Look for brands including Muttonhead, Gitman Bros. Vintage and Juniper Ridge. The store is in a house a few doors down from Festival Hall.
1207 10 Ave. S.E., 403-910-9913, shopnorthamerican.com
The third location of this store, which opened in the fall of 2013, is just 900 square feet, but it’s chock full of graphic novels, books, toys and clothing.
1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-352-9870, phoenix-comics.ca
This store specializes in terrariums and sells them pre-made, but can also give you all the supplies and instructions you need to create your own. You’ll also find all sorts of indoor gardening supplies, vintage products and decor items.
1327 9 Ave. S.E., 403-585-4226, plantterrariums.ca
The 3,500 square foot shop sells men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories as well as some houseware items.
1227 9 Ave. S.E., 403-266-7587, purrclothing.ca
For shoppers who like cooking, Savour sells quality cookware brands including Le Creuset and Swissmar. You’ll also find high-end fine foods from Brassica Mustard, O Olive Oils, SaltWorks and more.
1331 9 Ave. S.E., 403-532-8222, savourfinefoods.com
This calming oasis specializes in bedding and luxury nightgowns. You’ll find brands like Frette, Christine Vancouver and bodycare line Acca Kappa here.
1221 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-0092, shadesofsleep.ca
Elevate your wardrobe at Shear Luxury, which sells women’s apparel and accessories. The shop carries knitwear from brands like Artigiani Milanesi and Merinomink, as well as leather boots from Alberto Fasciani.
1412 9 Ave. S.E., 403-455-2010, shearluxury.ca
This is on of those general stores that carries a seemingly random collection of goods that include clothing, decor and grooming products. It’s all well-curated and chosen because it is well-designed or has a great story. It’s always worth browsing, because you never know what you are going to find. It’s also great if you are looking for a gift for someone who is hard to buy for.
1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337, theuncommons.ca
This hat store is also the production facilities for its iconic hats. Smithbilt is most known for its white cowboy hats, but it also makes other western and fashion hats using old fashioned techniques. You can buy the accessory off the shelf or have one custom made.
1015 11 St. S.E., 403-244-9131, smithbilthats.com
Make sure you also check out
For kitchen gadgets and decorative items.
1215 9 Ave. S.E., 403-266-8092, artesanogalleria.com
For silk rugs from Iran, plus delivery, appraisals, cleaning and repairs.
1225 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-2633, boftfinerugs.com
For bath, body and cleaning products that are luxurious with ethically sourced ingredients.
1216B 9 Ave. S.E., 403-475-7515, freshlaundry.co
For jewellery, textiles, pottery and fine art by more than 450 Canadian artisans.
907 9 Ave. S.E., 403-270-3612, calgarycraftedgifts.com
For antique furniture, as well as accessories from across Asia.
For Japanese chef knives.
1316 9 Ave. S.E., 403-514-0577, knifewear.com
For furniture lines from B&B Italia, Cassina and Herman Miller.
1435 9 Ave. S.E., 403-234-9700, lebellearti.com
For luxury gifts and home decor.
1223B 9 Ave. S.E., 403-475-8442, lemonceillo.com
For roller skates and the necessary accessories.
917 12 St. S.E., 587-353-8505, nerdskates.com
For the city’s biggest selection of vinyl.
1208 9 Ave. S.E., 403-262-3839
For all your spices and spice blends.
1403 9 Ave. S.E., 403-261-1955, silkroadspices.ca
For crafting classes and supplies.
1237 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-0766, stashlounge.com