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Hot Shopping

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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Hot Shopping: Be Crafty

The Loop Craft Cafe

The Loop Craft Cafe

Visit The Loop Craft Café on Barrington Street and pick your favourite colourful yarns from the shelves. This spot has a large selection of wool, crochet hooks, knitting needles, embroidery kits, colourful thread, patterns and more. Local products include spindles, glass buttons and needle felted animal sculptures.

For a creative spin, drop by Dartmouth Yarns. Located on Queen Street in Dartmouth, this store has the knitting tools you need, whether you’re a beginner or pro. Choose from a wide selection of yarns, knitting needles and more. Looking to start a new project or hobby? They also have kits for making bangles, yoga socks, silk purses, scarves and hats.

Hot Shopping: Eco Fashion Week

Sustainable fashion gets the attention it deserves at Eco Fashion Week. Photo by Peter Jensen

Sustainable fashion gets the attention it deserves at Eco Fashion Week. Photo by Peter Jensen

Sustainable designs get a chance to strut their stuff during Eco Fashion Week (Apr. 21 to 24). Now in its 6th season, the event celebrates the creativity and innovation required for green design. From limiting the transport of goods to repurposing fabrics and garments into fashionista-friendly finds, these designers make eco-forward practices their bottom line. If the thought of recycled fabric makes you cringe, Kim Cathers’s 68-pound challenge (pictured) from last year’s event may just change your mind. The entire collection is made from—you guessed it—68 pounds of recycled thrift-store clothing and fabric. And every ounce of it covetable.—Jill Von Sprecken

Hot Shopping Halifax: Sugar Fix

Sugar Shok Candy Boutique

If you’re craving sweets, check out Sugar Shok Candy Boutique. Located on Portland Street in Dartmouth, this funky spot opened last fall. It features a large assortment of classic candies, bubble gum, cake pops, chocolate and more. For something a little different, treat yourself and try the ChocoBacon (yes, chocolate dipped bacon). The store also has party accessories, funny greeting cards, neat knick-knacks, gifts and candy bouquets.

Susie’s Shortbreads is the place to be for cake and cookie fans. Located on Dresden Row and Bayers Lake, this sweet spot has a daily cupcake menu jam-packed with flavour. Try the lemon zinger, white chocolate raspberry or peppermint patty, to name a few. The red velvet is only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so plan your week accordingly. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Prefer a cookie? Bite into a toffee chocolate chip or coconut vanilla.

For a quirky candy store experience, check out Freak Lunchbox. First founded in Halifax in 2001, this popular shop can be found on Barrington Street and the Bedford Highway. With circus-themed décor and colours galore, it’s a great place for kids—and kids at heart.