Store Spotlight: Nikola

Store Spotlight: Nikola With a focus on selling women’s clothing and accessories made from natural fibres, this Mission-neighbourhood boutique is gaining a devoted following of Calgarian women looking for ethical fashions. by Aldona Barutowicz April 22, 2015 Located in Calgary’s MIssion neighbourhood, Nikola is a go-to destination for environmentally friendly…

Nikola owner Sonja McDowell pictured at her Mission boutique.
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Store Spotlight: Nikola

With a focus on selling women’s clothing and accessories made from natural fibres, this Mission-neighbourhood boutique is gaining a devoted following of Calgarian women looking for ethical fashions.

Located in Calgary’s MIssion neighbourhood, Nikola is a go-to destination for environmentally friendly fashion and accessories.

Photo by Aldona Barutowicz

Name: Nikola

Location: 103, 2115 4 St S.W., 403-690-7922, shopnikola.com

Origins: Sonja McDowell was one of the first artisans at the original Calgary Farmers Market at the Currie Barracks. When the market moved to its current location at the beginning of 2011, McDowell decided it was a great time to open her own store. The Mission boutique is named Nikola to honor McDowell’s daughter, Nicole, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 13.

Sells: Most lines carried at Nikola are made of natural fibers, which owner Sonja McDowell loves for how it feel, draping, easy care and how natural fibers allow for the skin to breathe. Lines carried include Bryn Walker, Kleen, Cut Loose, and Stella Carakasi.

Best Buy: Clothing that is environmentally conscious and original to this boutique, including Sonja McDowell’s one-of-a-kind embellished jean jackets, sewn silk scarves and jewelry.

The Space: The space showcases the colours and fabrications that McDowell loves, with a range of jewelry sparkle added to the mix.

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Nikola owner Sonja McDowell pictured at her Mission boutique.

photo courtesy of aldona barutowicz

Nikola focuses on selling garments made of natural fibres. Options in several brightly hued colours fill the racks.

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The boutique also offers a wide array of jewellery and accessories.

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Scarves in myriad colours and patterns are a mainstay at Nikola.

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A detail shot of a bracelet offered at Nikola illustrates the focus on artistry at the boutique

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Wardrobing an entire look at Nikola is no problem, thanks to the store’s great selection of clothing, outerwear and jewellery.

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