YYC Box is Accepting Subscriptions, PARK Family Launches and a New Kitchen Showroom Opens

All this and more in our monthly round-up of Calgary store openings, shopping news and style events.

The Grinning Goat is Calgary's first fully vegan boutique. Photograph by Alana Willerton.

Here’s what you need to know about the latest shopping and lifestyle openings, news and sales.


Empire Kitchen & Bath opens a new showroom

Get ready to experience some serious kitchen and bathroom envy at Empire Kitchen & Bath, which recently opened a new 18,000-square-foot showroom in Calgary’s Manchester area. Get a sense for the range of kitchen and bath options out there with Empire’s displays featuring different plumbing fixtures, lighting, tile, hardware and more. You can also see what an entire kitchen or bathroom could look like thanks to luxurious displays that are fully set up to look like a room in someone’s home. Some of the brands offered here include Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, lighting from Visual Comfort & Co., Waterworks plumbing fixutres and more. Empire also offers custom cabinetry, and guests can see into the workshop area at the back of the showroom.

5539 1 St. S.E., 403-252-2458, empirekitchenandbath.com


Fall and winter arts and crafts market season begins

It’s easy to get a head start on your holiday shopping thanks to the bevy of fall and winter arts and crafts markets that take place between now and mid-December. Upcoming markets include the New Craft Coalition from October 20 to 21, the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market (from November 17 to 19, November 24 to 26 and December 1 to 3) and the Festival of Crafts from December 7 to 10. Click here for a list of upcoming arts and crafts markets in and around Calgary.


The Grinning Goat opens on 17 Avenue S.W.

The Grinning Goat, Calgary’s first fully vegan boutique, is making it easier to access cruelty-free fashion in the city. The PETA-approved, 900-square-foot shop officially opened on 17 Ave. S.W. at the beginning of September, and the all products in the store are ethically made, cruelty-free and vegan. The store’s main focus is on vegan shoes for men and women, offering a range of heels, sneakers, boots and flats made out of everything from cork to organic cotton to pineapple leather. Shoe brands include Ethletic, Nae and Will’s Vegan Shoes. There’s also a selection of vegan (and vegan-themed) outerwear, apparel, bags and accessories from brands such as Votch Watches, The Herbivore Clothing Company, Wully Outwerwear and Matt & Nat.

101, 323 17 Ave. S.W., 587-350-4628, grinninggoat.ca


PARK launches new family-friendly initiative, PARK Family

​Local fashion and lifestyle organization PARK has partnered up with [pre]shrunk, a local online family consignment shop, and Southcentre Mall to launch PARK Family this month. PARK Family connects stylish young families with local and designer fashion, and its first event runs from October 13 to 15 at Southcentre Mall. The event includes a pop-up shop featuring designer apparel and items from local vendors, a women’s and children’s fashion show on Saturday and a special edition of Style Academy on Sunday that talks about family fashion challenges. General tickets for the show are $30.

Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Rd. S.E., ourparkonline.com/parkfamily


​Savour Fine Foods opens its new expanded space

This past August, Inglewood’s Savour Fine Foods closed its doors temporarily to prepare its new expansion at the back of its shop. The specialty food and kitchenware shop re-opened its doors in early September, and shoppers can now peruse the expanded store area. This means the shop has more room than ever for its great selection of cookware, kitchen tools, kitchen towels, gourmet food products and more.

1331 9 Ave. S.E., 403-532-8222, savourfinefoods.com


There’s a new local subcription box service called YYC Box

YEG Box, a local subscription box company based out of Edmonton, is expanding its reach south with the launch of a new Calgary subscription box service called YYC Box. The Calgary boxes will be sent out quarterly and will be filled with items from local artisans. Past YEG Boxes have included items such as locally made cookies, tea, dryer balls, socks and more. They’re accepting orders for the first YYC Box (which will be mailed at the end of November) until October 15.


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