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Ottawa Mother’s Day Gift Guide

By Chris Lackner

She brought you into this world, so the least you can do is thank her properly once a year. Our Ottawa Mother’s Day gift guide will please any mom type — from the sporto to the art collector, from your kitchen’s top chef to the fashionista. Whether you’re visiting Ottawa, or call it home, treat your ma to something unique:

FOR THE FASHIONISTA:

Red Velvet.

Red Velvet.

Red Velvet offers a refreshing take on women’s fashion in a comfortably-chic environment. The boutique’s carefully chosen collection of Canadian and international designers has something for everyone. Whether business or casual, designer jeans and dresses or fancy footwear, you’ll find unique, unforgettable pieces. Accessorize with jewelry, handbags, and scarves. 253 Elgin St, 613-230-0118 

Viens Avec Moi.

Viens Avec Moi.

Viens Avec Moi is a place for fashion-forward females. If you want to match styles with Malia and Sasha Obama, visit this delightful boutique. Their stylish collection of cutting-edge brands, and local designers, includes Krista Norris’ “Maverick” infinity scarves (made of cotton, bold print Jacquard fabric), which were recently gifted to the president’s daughters during Justin Trudeau’s Washington state visit. 1338 Wellington Street West, 613-769-2832

Flock Boutique.

Flock Boutique.

Flock to Flock Boutique, full of uncommon goods for birds of a different feather. Get in the season with colourful, original spring dresses for work and play – from florals and polka to nautical stripes and neutrals. The store proudly carries unique and handmade garments from over 150 Canadian designers. Check out the gift room in the back packed with intriguing accessories and housewares like Ottawa and Canada laser cut map coasters, tea towels, artistic building blocks, and affordable art prints. You can also visit their sister store, Workshop Boutique, in the Byward Market. 1275 Wellington Street West, 613-695-0834

Eclection.

Eclection.

EclectionThe shopkeepers can make or break your experience in a store. At Eclection, worry not, excellent hospitality is provided as the mother/daughter team will guide you through the whimsy, wonder, and style. Carrying accessories such as jewellery, hats, and scarves as well as clothing and other beautiful things, Eclection features designs from over 50 artisans in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec, as well as a few from far, far away. From funky to elegant, upcycled to upscale, the wares at Eclection change weekly and seasonally. 55 Byward Market Sq., 613-789-7288 

Conch Mondrian Fit one piece from Vincent.

Conch Mondrian Fit one piece from Vincent.

Vincent: Owners and sisters, Angie and Amanda Cambareri, share a unique bond that stems from their distinctive yet complementary personalities. This cutting-edge boutique store is found in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy, which is also a great spot for food and people watching (and away from the tourist hordes). Gift options include designer sweaters, skirts, tops, shows, swimwear to jewelry, bags and leather. On Mother’s Day itself, opt for brunch or lunch in one of the neighbourhood’s many great cafes restaurants. 444 Preston Street

FOR THE ART COLLECTOR:

Snow Goose.

Snow Goose.

Snow Goose: Your stop for genuine Aboriginal Canadian fine arts and crafts from the Arctic and Canada’s west coast. It has been a fixture on Sparks Street since 1963. You’ll find original works of art by indigenous artists, along with a large selection of dream catchers, original Inuit prints and soapstone carvings, Aboriginal jewellery designs, and leather goods. 83 Sparks St., 613-232-2213

FOR THE ECCENTRIC MOM (and for one-of-a-kind cards):

boogie + birdie

boogie + birdie

boogie + birdie and Mags + FagsIt’s a creative shopping two in one with these sister stores. Satisfy the needs of mothers, fathers or pending grads. The goods at boogie include everything from rare jewelry (including the Ottawa-made line Open Fire), bath and body products, fashion items, baby clothes and children’s toys, candles and Turkish towels. Mags products go well beyond glossy print, with a dynamic, eclectic collection of cards, novelty items, children’s toys and other small gifts. 254 Elgin St., 613-233-9651, ; 256 Elgin St., 613-232-2473, 

FOR THE SPORTO:
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Make her Furious: The Ottawa Fury kick off their season at TD Place with their home opener on April 30. A seat at TD Place in the spring or summer sun will put a smile on any soccer mom’s face. Check here for schedule and ticket options.

HOME IS WHERE HER HEART IS:

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Ma CuisineDoes your mom look for challenging recipes requiring strange kitchen tools and lots of time and concentration? Or do they need something to help them throw dinner together in a pinch? Ma Cuisine is a kitchen supply store with more than the usual muffin tins and rolling pins. “Cook with it, serve with it, eat with it, Ma Cuisine has it,” their website claims. And with good reason – looking for a genuine Japanese vegetable turning slicer? They have that. A butter knife that absorbs the heat from your hand, making it easier to slice through? They have that. And good ol’ cookie sheets and roasting pans? They have that too. 269 Dalhousie St., 613-789-9225

ModernShop

The Modern Shop.

The Modern Shop: Wander through The Modern Shop, pulling your favourite items in your mind to create your dream room. The housewares store carries everyday items with a unique twist – whether it be a more space efficient laundry rack, a light fixture with flattering angles, or a blue chair that is just so darn cute. The Modern Shop takes time curating items from some of the best brands in the world, tea cups to bed sets and everything in between. 541 Sussex Dr., 1-877-748-0387

FOR THE JEWELRY LOVER:

Russe at Wunderkammer.

Russe at Wunderkammer.

Wunderkammer: You’ll find lovely trinkets — from faux dinosaur bones to apparel to home decor — but the true jewel is the necklaces. Case and point: Frug combines salvaged and upcycled materials with new stock, while Russe is a sleek matte line featuring druzy and stone. Both are from locally-based designer, Tamara Steinborn, who also sells nationally and moved here from Montreal. 234 Dalhousie St., 613-860-3510

Scene In the City: Corydon Avenue

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Photo courtesy of Radiance Gifts

One of Winnipeg’s most vibrant ‘hoods offers a cultural mix of shopping and dining from around the world, with trend-setting boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants catering to the cool and hip. Start a spree at Radiance Gifts for beautiful salt lamps (pictured), and dazzling crystals like smoky quartz. Zen out with a collection of books on chakras and essential oils. Across the street at Peepers Swimwear, find colourful bathing suits perfect for a winter getaway, with brands like Speedo and Roxy. For all that sparkles, visit designer Matti Martin on Lilac St. This local goldsmith creates necklaces, earrings and rings that fuse modern and traditional design. Nearby, step inside Whodunit and bring out your inner detective, with books on crime fiction. Head north on Corydon to Nunavut Gallery and see over 4200 beautiful works of Inuit art. Paintings and sculptures by contemporary Canadian artists make a statement in any space.

Mingle with Locals at the Canmore Mountain Market

On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.

The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.

Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

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Hot Dining: Love and Confection at Rogers’ Chocolates

Tempting treats from Rogers' Chocolates

Tempting treats from Rogers’ Chocolates

Life is like a box of chocolates, but at Rogers’ Chocolates, you always know what you’re going to get: treats to crave and rave about. Get your fix of sweet somethings and don’t be afraid to stock up—the store’s website has detailed instructions on storing your goodies so they stay scrumptious for up to six months.—Rachel Dunlop

Hot Shopping: Get Fresh at Whistler Farmers’ Market

It doesn't get much fresher than this. Photo by Toshi Kawano courtesy Tourism BC

It doesn’t get much fresher than this. Photo by Toshi Kawano courtesy Tourism BC

For a shopping stop that always bears fruit, visit the Whistler Farmers’ Market. Find fresh fruit and veggies, made-from-scratch baked goods, preserves and plenty of handmade jewellery, art and products for pampering. Purchase an impromptu picnic or pick up a keepsake and immerse yourself in the local flavour.—Jill Von Sprecken

Wild West Wardrobe: Top 4 Western Outfitters For The Calgary Stampede

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

 

Custom-made cowboy hats made the old fashioned way  at Smithbilt Hats. Photo: Jason Dziver

Custom-made cowboy hats made the old fashioned way at Smithbilt Hats. Photo: Jason Dziver

During Stampede season, Calgary street fashion includes everything from business-casual with a bolo tie to head-to-toe cowboy garb. To complete your look, visit some of Calgary’s best-stocked western outfitters. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Jewellery by Mala Collective

These pretty handmade pieces are also sustainable

These pretty handmade pieces are also sustainable

Vancouver-based Mala Collective crafts necklaces and bracelets that both look great and are easy on the planet. Handmade in Bali, Indonesia, from ethically produced, sustainably harvested, fairly traded rudraksha seeds combined with gemstones, the pieces have attracted a star following, from Sting to Donna Karan to Julia Roberts, who wore the jewellery in her film Eat, Pray, Love. Find your new favourite eco-friendly accessory at Nicole Bridger or Semperviva Yoga or online at www.malacollective.com.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Eco-friendly Clothing at Body Politic

Eco-friendly clothing at Body Politic

Eco-friendly clothing at Body Politic

Body Politic has proven that fashion and sustainability can mix. The local online retailer stocks eco-friendly clothing, but you won’t find anything drab or shapeless here. Instead, discover stylish garments with an urban aesthetic, such as Yoga Jeans (pictured) made by Second Denim, a family-run business out of Quebec. Each comfortable, non-restrictive pair is cut, sewn and finished by hand. Visit www.bodypolitic.ca and start shopping sustainably. Bonus: every garment the website sells is made in North America.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Vancouver’s Miz Mooz Boutique

Miz Mooz Shoes at Vancouver's Miz Mooz Boutique

Miz Mooz Shoes at Vancouver’s Miz Mooz Boutique

Think fashion and comfort can’t coexist? Think again. At Miz Mooz Boutique on West 4th, tootsies get pampered in shoes just as comfy as they are fun. Find a huge selection of Miz Mooz (pictured)—including ones difficult to get elsewhere in Canada—as well as show-stopping footwear by Lola Ramona, plus Orthaheel’s podiatrist-designed shoes and sandals that look nothing like orthotics. And to go with your funky new footwear: chic handbags by Melie Bianco.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Personal Shoppers Scout Topshop’s Top Trends

Personal shoppers at Topshop pull chic clothes to suit your style

Personal shoppers at Topshop pull chic clothes to suit your style

Want to be on-trend but don’t know where to start? Make a free appointment with Topshop’s personal shoppers in The Bay downtown. After an interview to find out your fashion goals, they’ll pull together an array of head-to-toe outfits in your size for you to try on. The shoppers know all the fashion gems hidden in the 3,700 sq m (40,000 sq ft) of floor space—the second-largest Topshop in the world—and they’re ready to share their sartorial secrets.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Diane von Furstenberg at GapKids

Designer duds for tots by Diane von Furstenberg can be found at GapKids

Designer duds for tots by Diane von Furstenberg can be found at GapKids

Think designer duds for kids are out of your price range? Think again. A new GapKids and babyGap collection by Diane von Furstenberg offers petite chic without sticker shock. This second collection by the iconic American designer for the popular clothing chain promises to be as eye-catching and colourful as the first. Visit Gap to outfit your pint-sized fashionista. She—and your wallet—will thank you.—Sheri Radford

7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Calgary Dads

 

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Hanson’s Fishing Outfitters is the shopping destination for dads who love the outdoors. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, but these seven papa-approved local shops offer something more than the standard “zany” necktie or drab coffee mug.

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