There’s been lots of movement in Calgary’s retail scene lately, with new stores popping up and older ones moving to bigger and better locations. Here’s what you need to know about the latest shopping and lifestyle openings, news and sales.
Edmonton’s Bamboo Ballroom opened its first Calgary shop in Inglewood in June 2015. While the store is still in Calgary, it recently moved into Primitive Culture’s former space in Mount Royal Village. The new space is around 1,100-square-feet and has a bit of a glamourous ’80s vibe with its black and white decor. The women’s clothing store has a mix of local and international brand names, including For Love & Lemons, One Teaspoon, BB Dakota, Mink Pink, Cinder & Sage, Camp Brand Goods and more.
Calgary brides-to-be have a new shop to find the dress of their dreams. Blush & Raven opened in the Beltline this past June. The 1,100-square-foot, two-level shop carries couture bridal and event dresses, and is particularly perfect for those who want a more modern look. Notable bridal lines include & For Love, Flora and Persy. Blush & Raven also offers a selection of jewellery and accessories, including its own in-house bespoke jewellery by Brooke Kleiner, one of the shop owners. You can choose from pieces that are already made, or book an appointment with Kleiner to get your own one-of-a-kind jewellery for your big day. The by-appointment-only shop offers a luxurious, travel-inspired space to do your wedding shopping in — think a modern, airy SoHo loft with high ceilings, an eye-catching chandelier and lots of natural light.
103, 1118 12 Ave. S.W., 403-474-6777, blushandraven.com
Hedkandi Salon, Butter Beauty Parlour and Johnny’s Barber and Shop now offer gender-neutral pricing
As of September 5th, guests of Hedkandi Salon, Butter Beauty Parlour and Johnny’s Barber Shop will receive gender-neutral pricing for their haircut services. For example, that means it doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman with short hair — you’ll both be charged the same price since it requires the same amount of expertise from your stylist.
One of Calgary’s biggest fashion events of the year is back. On September 30th, PARKLUXE is heading to Spruce Meadows to stage its 2017 fashion and art show. This year, featured designers include Paul Hardy, House of Nonie, Lauren Bagliore and more. The event includes an opening reception, two runway shows and pop-up shops. Proceeds from PARKLUXE will help pay for other PARK initiatives like PARKSHOW and PARKFORUM
Spruce Meadows, ourparkonline.com/parkluxe-2017
Stash, one of Calgary’s go-to shops for yarn and knitting accessories, moved to a new location at the end of July. But don’t worry, it didn’t move far. Stash only moved down the street to the storefront space formerly occupied by Goldgrass Home in Inglewood. The new space is significantly larger than the old one and features three classrooms that will host 30 different classes ranging from spinning 101 to tapestry weaving to plant hanger workshops.