Marda Loop is the Business Improvement Area in southwest Calgary that encompasses parts of Richmond, Garrison Woods, Altadore and South Calgary. Its main hub for business is along 33 Avenue S.W., but there are plenty of boutiques, grocers and specialty shops throughout the BIA, including the ones we have listed below.
If you are looking for somewhere to dine while you are out shopping, read our story Where to Eat in Marda Loop.
This local grocer has organic food options that are direct from local farmers. You can also find a selection of raw, vegan and gluten-free products. There are plenty of packaged goods as well as meals and bakery items made right in the store. Blush Lane also offers the opportunity for customers to bring in their own containers to buy bulk.
2044 33 Ave. S.W., 587-535-6713, blushlane.com
At this women’s boutique, you can find popular clothing and jewellery styles from designer names including Pyrrha, Joie and BB Dakota. If you’re lucky, you’ll even run into Alfie — the in-house doggie staff member.
3526 Garrison Gate S.W., 403-686-3661, crabappleclothing.com
Wanting to spice up your usual tea routine? Look no further than DavidsTea vast selection of black, herbal, green and specialty loose leaf flavours. With names like flamingo fresca (white tea) and jasmine crème brulée (green tea), it’s easy to add some decadence to your tea selection at home.
770, 2402 34 Ave. S.W., 403-242-0739, davidstea.com
This family-owned floral boutique has a wide-ranging selection of fresh flowers to suit any occasion (especially if it’s time to #treatyoself). It also has a patio where you can enjoy some afternoon sun and a good book while taking in the smells of the surrounding fresh flowers.
1930 34 Ave. S.W., 403-475-7658, gardeniaflowerboutique.com
This Canadian-owned pet retailer has all the food, toys and products you need for your cats, dogs, birds and fish. The Marda Loop location is one of five in Calgary.
2101 33 Ave. S.W., 403-452-7297, globalpetfoods.com
If you’re in a pinch for a gift for someone or need a pick-me-up after having a disastrous day at work, take a gander around Krickets. Between hilarious sentiments on cards from The Card Room, home decor items and a mix of accessories that range between classy and somewhat naughty (think Blue Q over mitts), there’s something for everyone.
3518 Garrison Gate S.W., 403-244-9330, facebook.com/kricketscalgary
This isn’t your average local meat market or bakery, as it combines food products from more than 20 local food vendors to give you a true farmers’ market feel from Wednesday to Sunday every week. Some of the vendors include Pie Cloud, Brant Lake Wagyu and Latte Art Love.
3411 20 St. S.W., 587-352-3311, mardaloopmercantile.com
From Bernard Callebaut, the chocolate man himself, comes a chocolate store that features the very first create your own chocolate bar in Calgary. You’ll be salivating over the delectable flavours he’s prepared — such as coconut cream milk chocolate ganache and salted caramel dark chocolate.
2403 33 Ave. S.W., 403-453-5750, master-chocolat-by-bernard-callebaut.business.site
This emporium of wonder, fun and curiosity is sure to pique anyone’s interest who takes a look around. Whether it’s the large selection of children’s books from Canadian authors, the wooden train play area or the fabric frisbees imported from Guatemala — there’s something for every kid.
113, 2215 33 Ave. S.W., 403-240-1723, monkeyshinesbooks.com
Fromage connoisseurs and lovers of cheese will be delighted to peruse the rows upon rows of cheeses in different shapes and sizes at this cheese shop. There is also a countertop bar set-up where visitors can order beer and wine to go along with their cheese tastings as well as grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese and charcuterie boards. Make sure to grab a selfie in front of their cow mural before heading out.
3570 Garrison Gate S.W., 403-984-3348, springbankcheese.ca
This hidden gem has custom designs by J. Oscar Izquierdo and Susan L. Roberts who have dozens of years of experience in jewellery design and goldsmithing. Their designs are set apart by their asymmetry and use of uncommon geometric shapes, echoing jewellery from the mid-century modern era. Studio Jewellers can also do repairs as well recreating jewellery.
2028 34 Ave. S.W., 587-350-7886, studiojewellers.com
Tres Marias is a colourful Mexican food market that offers fresh and authentic ingredients for all of your Mexican cooking needs. Whether it’s La Morena jalapeño peppers or Maseca corn flour — it has it all. There are also ready-made meals that you can buy and then heat up at home as well as a small restaurant if you want to grab some freshly prepared Mexican food after you shop.
3514 19 St. S.W., 403-243-5335, tresmarias.ca
Even when it’s not summer, you can satisfy your sweet tooth at Village Ice Cream with its take-home cartons that contain a selection of seasonal flavours as well as tried and true classics. Indulge yourself and grab some of their maple pecan, salted caramel and huckleberry cartons for a delicious dessert combo.
2406 34 Ave. S.W., 403-454-5862, villageicecream.com
After enjoying a latte or one of their blueberry yogurt smoothies, you can easily grab one of Wow’s baguettes, macarons or a slice of green tea chiffon cake to save for later at home. It also has a large selection of Korean and Japanese inspired baking, so you can broaden your pallet with new flavours and textures.
2002 34 Ave. S.W., 403-452-0777, facebook.com/wowbakeryca
Make sure you also check out:
For handcrafted wedding cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes and macarons.
109, 3411 20 St. S.W., 403-455-2253, 8cakes.com
For freshly-baked cookies with recipes inspired by the owner’s grandmother’s cooking.
2107 33 Ave. S.W., 403-246-6700, cookieoccassion.com
For a wide-ranging mix of jewellery styles and accessories.
2133 33 Ave. S.W., 403-240-3033, doodadsaccessories.ca
For fashionable eyeglass wear as well as eye health care services.
3522 Garrison Gate S.W., 403-246-3445, eyegallery.ca
For body butters, candles, lotions, scrubs and accessories as well as waxing, nail care and lash extension services.
1939 33 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1939, frillylilly.ca
For protein supplements, workout gear and other materials to help you bulk up.
2123 33 Ave. S.W., 403-475-8638, goperformancefitnesslab.ca
For beer, wine and spirits as well as specialty products like sake, dessert wine and cider.
2112 33 Ave. S.W., 403-262-7701, highlanderwine.com
For wigs, scalp care and hair replacement services through one-on-one appointments.
201, 2136 33 Ave. S.W., 403-830-1692, intimateaffhairs.ca
For ready-to-eat meals that are made with local ingredients and recyclable packing.
3534 Garrison Gate S.W., 587-483-9853, madefoods.com
For a variety of eyewear frames that include brands like Prada and Sora Optics, and specialty products like Levitt safety glasses and Baus clip-ons.
105 2205 33 Ave. S.W., 403-240-2440, mardaloopopticians.com
For professional and high-grade hockey, goalie and figure skating equipment.
3515 18 St. S.W., 403-243-3663, facebook.com
For dog and cat care supplies and stylish accessories as well as a dog day care service for small pooches.
3538 Garrison Gate S.W., 403-242-3641, urbandogmarket.com
For nutritional supplements, skin care products, vitamins, herbs and other holistic remedies in this cozy little shop.
2136 33 Ave. S.W., 403-242-1777, vitaminsfirst.ca
For floral arrangements, home decor items and fresh flowers imported from international vendors.
2133 33 Ave. S.W., 403-457-0393, facebook.com