Calgary’s retail scene welcomed some exciting new additions this year. From local shops to international names opening their first Calgary location, it was a great year for shoppers. Here are 24 new stores that opened in Calgary in 2016.
The owner of local yarn store STASH Lounge has opened a cozy new shop in Inglewood. Taking over the space formerly occupied by Blooms on 9th (which has moved to a new location within the neighbourhood), 28 Blankets is largely filled with finished fibre goods that you can wear or decorate your home with. Look for plaid blankets from The Tartan Blanket Co. in Scotland, hand-knit mittens from PEI, leather babouche slippers, handwoven baskets from Ghana and more.
1317 9 Ave. S.E., 403-263-8088, 28blankets.com
Find the perfect alcoholic beverage to go with your meal, special occasion or personal taste at this full service wine store in Inglewood. Bricks Wine Company has shelves lined with beers, wines and spirits from around the world, and the knowledgeable staff can help steer you in the right direction if you’re not sure what to get. The store also holds regular tasting events.
This western store opened its doors in Inglewood just in time for Stampede this past summer. Located in the space formerly occupied by Junktiques, Cody & Sioux carries men’s and women’s apparel, furniture and home accessories, all in a modern Western style that features plenty of silver, leather and turquoise elements. Whether you’re looking for some great denim jeans or a nice pair of leather cowboy boots,
1226B 9 Ave. S.E., 403-660-2156, codyandsioux.com
Treat man’s best friend to a visit to Doodle Dogs, a new dog boutique and daycare that opened in Parkdale in mid-September. The store’s approximately 500-square-foot retail area is filled with stylish dog apparel, collars, beds and toys from international and local brands like Hamish McBeth, Elanor, Krafty Kanines and Bark YYC. There’s also dog food and snacks from brands like Merrick, Open Farm, Now! and Stella and Chewy’s. At the back of the store is the approximately 400-square-foot daycare area, where you can drop your furry friend off for some cage-free fun and walks around the neighbourhood.
This new modern general store in Mission opened its doors at the end of November. The approximately 1,000-square-foot shop is a bright, well-lit space thanks to its large front windows, neutral colour palette and plywood furniture. Fieldstudy is full of ethically sourced and handcrafted lifestyle goods from across North America. Shop for ceramics, jewellery, candles, vintage items, wall hangings and women’s clothing from Montreal’s Ursa Minor, Vancouver’s Nicole Bridger, San Francisco’s First Rite and more.
102 – 1812 4 St. S.W., fieldstudyshop.com
Local entrepreneurs Pam Morales of Crafted and Nicole Bracey of Salt Water Tea are the pair behind Greater Goods, which opened this past February. Located in the De Waal Block building in Bridgeland, the 513-square-foot shop carries a variety of modern, handmade goods from Canadian (and several Calgarian) artisans like Friday Sock Co., Adrian Martinus, Needle & Pine and more. The shop is also used as a space for DIY workshops. Stop by the tea bar at the back of the store for a drink and pastry before you leave.
This 1,500-square-foot store opened in Inglewood this past March. Offering modern furniture, home decor and home accessories, Guildhall features a mixture of well-known design brands and pieces from emerging designers and studios. There’s something for every room in the home here, including furniture from Umbra Shift, candleholders from by Lassen and brushes from Bürstenhaus Redecer.
1222 9 Ave. S.E., 403-454-4399, guildhallhome.com
Calgary’s first Hatley location opened on Stephen Avenue at the end of June. The approximately 600-square-foot store is full of apparel for women, young children and babies. Visit Hatley to find everything from union suits and pyjamas to outerwear and daywear, which come in a range of fun colours and prints.
If you’re feeling thirsty or are interested in trying a cleanse, head to Juice Because’s retail shop and headquarters, which opened in early 2016. The small shop is full of cold-pressed juices made from different fruits, vegetables and spices. Choose from flavours like Joan (made with lemon, filtered water, blue agave and cayenne pepper) and Peter (made with carrot, apple, lemon and ginger), or opt for one of the nut mylks or shots.
Kate Hewko, a local jewellery designer, opened her own design studio inside the Devenish Building in late fall. Hewko’s sophisticated necklaces, rings, earrings and cuffs, which are made with naturals stones and crystals, are on display and available for purchase here. Novelty Curated x Kate Hewko, her curated clothing collection, is also available in the design studio. The collection is largely comprised of outerwear like coats and vests that feature faux fur in a range of colours and styles.
Find your new favourite outfit at Kloth Bar, which opened in Copperfield this past September. The 1,200-square-foot shop carries stylish women’s apparel from brands like Rails, Articles of Society, Michael Stars, Pink Martini, Charli London and more. There are also accessories from local brands like WYSH Collective. Kloth Bar also offers complimentary in-house styling if you need help putting together an outfit.
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Liz & Lottie is a 1,100-square-foot gifts and accessories shop that opened in East Village this past July. Named after the owners’ grandmothers, Liz & Lottie carries everything from home decor and baby clothes to paper goods and jewellery. Look for items like leather phone case from Status Anxiety, sunglasses from Le Specs, S’well water bottles and more.
537 Riverfront Ave. S.E., 403-263-0800, lizandlottie.ca
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Outside the Shape is the newest spot in the city to find locally made goods and art. Open since December 1st, the Inglewood store has filled its shelves with whimsical and beautifully made products like woodscapes by Crooked Tree Studio, candles from Milk Jar Candle Co., delicate jewellery by Ashleigh Amber Moore and wooden mountain shelves by Needle and Pine. The store also acts as a gallery and workshop space.
1222 10 Ave. S.E., 403-540-9993
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH opened its first Calgary store in CrossIron Mills this past September. The 30,000-square-foot store features apparel and accessories for the entire family, with thousands of items like suits, shoes and bags from more than 800 brands and designer fashion labels. The best part? You can get them all for as much as 60 percent off.
Elevate your wardrobe at Shear Luxury, which sells men’s and women’s apparel, boots and accessories. The Inglewood shop carries ethically sourced knitwear from brands like Animana Patagonia and Merinomink, as well as leather boots from Alberto Fasciani.
1412 9 Ave. S.E., 403-455-2010, shearluxury.ca
Stay active and look great doing it with apparel and equipment from Sporting Life, which opened its first store in Western Canada at Southcentre Mall this past fall. Inside the 44,000 square foot store, shoppers will find stylish athletic wear for all ages and for outdoor activities ranging from cycling to snowboarding. Look for big name brands like Canada Goose, The North Face, Adidas and more at Sporting Life.
Stuff, a shop tailored towards men, opened its doors in the Beltline in January 2016. The store features a curated collection of furnishings, apparel, home décor, accessories and gift items, all with a masculine feel. Pick up some apparel from Local Laundry, a stylish charging cord from Native Union or bath products from Triumph & Disaster for the hard-to-shop-for man in your life.
British retailer Ted Baker London opened its first Calgary store in CF Chinook Centre on September 1st. Located beside Kate Spade, the 2,964-square-foot store carries high-end apparel and accessories for men and women. The store’s decor mixes western and British elements with leather upholstered walls, exposed wood, laser cut screens, royal crests and more.
Chinatown’s heritage block got a little sweeter this year with the arrival of The Chocolate Lab. Located in a more than 100-year-old building, the approximately 950-square-foot shop offers up handmade truffles, bonbons, chocolate bars and more. The inventive chocolate bonbon flavours range from Caramellow (with salted caramel and milk chocolate) to Scotch on the Rocks (with 12 year-old scotch, dark chocolate and pop rocks).
202D Centre St. S.E., 403-455-3022, thechocolatelab.ca
This new consignment store in Marda Loop offers fashionable women’s clothing at very reasonable prices. Bring by some of your own clothing to consign, or pick out some pre-worn apparel from brands that could range from Forever 21 to Oak and Fort.
1911 34 Ave. S.W., 403-243-9922, clothingbarboutique.ca
American retailer Torrid opened its first Calgary store in CF Chinook Centre earlier this month. The store carries stylish women’s clothing, accessories and lingerie in sizes 10 to 30. A second Calgary location celebrated its grand opening at CrossIron Mills in December as well.
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Velour Clothing Exchange, formerly known as The Front Porch, opened a storefront location on 17 Avenue S.W. this past November. The 1,150-square-foot store, located above Tubby Dog, buys, sells and trades pre-owned apparel and accessories for men and women. Velour is the first store in the city to use this model. With vintage (1960s to 1990s) and modern styles in the house, you can find everything from brand-name boots to vintage denim jackets.
200-1022 17 Ave. S.W., 403-991-8577, velourclothingexchange.com
Well Juicery’s cold pressed juices have been available at various Calgary stores for a few years now, but it was only this past May that it opened its own retail location in Inglewood. Taking over the space formerly occupied by Choklat, the store features concrete floors, wooden trellis-like bars behind the front counter and a neon “Wello” sign on the wall. Stop by to pick up some juice (flavours range from “Well Played” made with pineapple, apple, cucumber and mint to “Well Greens” with black and green kale, spinach, celery, apple, lemon and ginger).
Go back in time to the Middle Kingdom with a visit to Wu & McHugh. Located in a 3,000-square-foot warehouse in Calgary’s Haysboro area, this shop is full of rustic wooden furniture, decor and architectural salvage sourced from the northeast China countryside. Look for tables, benches, stools, cabinets, gates, doors and more from as far back as the beginning of the Qing dynasty in the 1640s to the end of China’s cultural revolution in the 1900s.
Unit 3, 9727 Horton Rd. S.W., 403-475-8814, wuandmchugh.com