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Our Top Jasper Shopping List

By Afton Aikens & Olivia Grecu

Photo: Courtesy of Jasper Source for Sports

Photo: Courtesy of Jasper Source for Sports

Enhance Your Ride

Looking for a new bike after this season? Road and mountain bikes with carbon fibre frames are more popular and affordable than ever, notes Marc Vien of Jasper Source for Sports. Less weight and stiffer construction allow more power to transfer from rider to pedal to wheel for increased efficiency and speed. “The returns if you ride a lot are very positive,” Vien says.


4 Favourite Canmore Shops

By Where Staff

Photo: Olivia Grecu

Photo: Olivia Grecu

Hello Vintage
Why We Love It: Eclectic Style

Want to wear retro but not look over-the-top? Ashley Witts at Hello Vintage advises: “You really only need one piece for unique flair.” Pair funky cowboy boots or a vintage t-shirt with your favourite jeans for a signature look.


June Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent


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The Lost Cod in the Historic Properties on Lower Water Street will help you create clothes with Nova Scotia-inspired designs. Pick from a stock of logo designs that represent a vast swath of Nova Scotia’s commercial and cultural past (including beloved throwback sports logos like the Nova Scotia Voyageurs, Sydney Millionaires and Halifax Windjammers). Then, choose a garment, size and colour and you have your own summer style inspired by the province’s rich history. Great for gifts, too.




• Men looking to update their summer wardrobe can stop into Duggers on Spring Garden Road. Find exclusive brands such as Hugo Boss, Canali, Coppley, Sand and Van Gils. Or visit D2 on the main level for the latest summer trends in men’s style.
• At Colwell’s in the Historic Properties on Lower Water Street, find all the basics such as dress shirts, pants, sports jackets, jeans and t-shirts.





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• J&R Grimsmo Boutique on Barrington Street carries gorgeous styles for women, all ethically manufactured, made with sustainable materials and processes, but some of the best designers in North America. Find dresses, tops and bottoms and lots of accessories for any summer outing.
• For casual styles for those active shoppers on the go, try Olsen Europe in Park Lane and Mic Mac Mall. Produced in Hamburg, Germany, these styles are modern, fresh and available in a variety of colours for the season.
• At Wildflower Clothing Inc. on Clyde Street, owner Jill Strong finds styles that are like the comfort food of clothing that work for women looking for no-fuss styles. Accessorize with hats, belts, scarves or handbags.


SunnysideSunnyside Mall on Bedford Highway
is home to various retailers from around the
region. Shop for summer fashions at Turbine
or Moe’s Menswear, accessories at Peoples
Jewellers and something for the kids at Bib ’N Tucker.




Frida Dress up your best outfit with custom jewellery from Frida in Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water
Street. There are styles from Canadian and European designers, and various collections highlighting gemstones and diamonds. Book a consultation to help create your own piece of wearable art.
• At Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street, in-house goldsmiths and gem masters create unique Old World designs in gold, silver and platinum using New World techniques.

Work with one of these masters on
creating a design that tells your
personal story.



Editor’s Choice

sweet-pea_trends11Summer is the season for dresses and Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street has a huge selection of summer frocks for every occasion. Find dresses, rompers or jumpers with flowers, stripes, lace, all perfect for tea parties, weddings or a summer night on the town.

May Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent


Made in the Maritimes

Made in the Maritimes

•For an eclectic mix of local, Canadian and international jewellery and accessories, visit Bedazzled in its new location in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. Find unique and exquisite designers by artisans such as Earth Goddess, Arcane Angel, Myka and Tori XO.



Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique brings to its new location in Sunnyside Mall contemporary, high-quality products for its clientele. All of the products, which include woodwork, jewellery, glass art, toys and more, are made in the region.




Find the latest in spring styles at Halifax Shopping Centre, the largest shopping complex in Halifax. Retailers include Coach, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora and Roots. Anchored by Sears, and the annex across the street is home to Winners and Wal-Mart.



•Art lovers will appreciate Art Zone Fine Arts Gallery on Barrington Street, which showcases some of the best of local talent by providing them a space to display their work. The gallery also hosts monthly shows, workshops and artist talks and more.

•For hand-crafted local treasures, visit The Bogside Gallery in the Hydrostone Market on Young Street. The elegant and whimsical art, made by artisans from Nova Scotia and around Atlantic Canada, make for great gifts or décor for your own home.



Drala on Grafton Street is the city’s home to supplies for a contemplative lifestyle. Find Asian-inspired décor items and gifts, as well as meditation cushions and supplies, beeswax candles, Japanese teas and buckwheat hull pillows.



•For fun and casual custom clothing, visit Cool as a Moose in the Historic Properties on Upper Water Street. Outfit the whole family with hoodies, sweats, pajamas and t-shirts, all of which are emblazoned with the store’s logo.

•Located on the rocks of Peggy’s Cove next to Nova Scotia’s most famous lighthouse, the Sou’wester carries a large mix of souvenirs for anyone visiting the province. Finds include kilts, postcards, sweatshirts, and giftware made my local artisans. You can also find books that explore local history and folklore. Visit the restaurant for a treat like lobster or gingerbread.



For one-of-a-kind shopping, visit The Piazza at Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street. Find a dinner wine at Bishop’s Cellar and dessert at Sugah or Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory. Pick up a new outfit at Unicorn and accessories at Frida Custom Jewellery Design or Pearl City.

Gilding the Lily Brings Star Stylist’s Finds to Toronto

Gilding the Lily.

Gilding the Lily.

Stylist to the stars Annie Jagger is known for her edgy-meets-feminine aesthetic; it’s well reflected at her new Distillery District shop, Gilding the Lily. Though based in Los Angeles—the better to work with such celebrities as Bradley Cooper, John Hamm and Kristen Stewart—Jagger chose Toronto for her first retail endeavor because she felt there was a void in the local market: true to its “embellished” name, the boutique showcases eclectic items that have an added touch of luxury. Among the well-curated goods are diamond and gemstone cocktail rings from Arik Kasten, body chains from Jacquie Aiche and ear skimmers from Smith and Mara. The rest of the stock, displayed against a barn board-and-wallpaper backdrop, includes funky shades from Anna Karin-Karlsson, hats in a variety of styles from Gladys Tamez, candles from Himalayan Trading Post and handmade soaps from Big Sur Country Soaps. Open Tuesday to Sunday. —Linda Luong

• Gilding the Lily, 47 Tank House Ln., 416-360-5459; gildingthelily.la
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Alberta’s Gemstone

May 23, 2014

By Where Staff


Crystalline blue skies, forests of deep green, fiery red Indian paintbrush wildflowers and a vibrant yellow sun; nature paints the Canadian Rockies in radiant hues. Ammolite, a rare gemstone found only in southern Alberta, is imbued with these same brilliant colours.

Ammolite originates in the Bearpaw Formation east of the Rockies. This gemstone is made from ammonites, shelled creatures that inhabited inland seas 75 million years ago. The seas dried, millennia passed and the buried shells fossilized.

Blackfoot Indians gathered ammonites centuries ago; they believed the stones brought great fortune. In 1981 ammolite received official gem status from the World Jewellery Confederation (CIJBO).

A soft gem, ammolite often needs to be strengthened with stabilizers and reinforced with backing and capping. But sometimes ammolite fractured under the weight of the earth is sealed naturally with carbonate. ‘Natural’ ammolite is thick and not reinforced; it must be handled with care. More common are ‘doublets’ that have protective backs, and ‘triplets’ that also have a hard spinel or quartz cap on top.

More colourful ammolites command a higher price. Orange and green are more common than blue and purple. Multicolor stones are rare and more expensive than ammolite with only one or two colours. Valuable stones have sharp, bright colours that show brilliantly when angled in all directions. Natural patterns and textures give each ammolite stone a distinctive look, from smooth lustrous to unique fissure motifs.

While most people associate ammolite with jewellery, whole fossils and large chunks of polished ammolite can be displayed like sculptures.

Editor’s note: Local jewellers can share their knowledge of ammolite history, mining and manufacturing. They can provide advice to help you choose a stone that is right for you.

Hot Shopping: Charming Flowers at Pandora

Flower charms bloom year-round at Pandora

Flower charms bloom year-round at Pandora

Where can you enjoy charming cherry blossoms that won’t wilt? At Pandora—its sparkling selection of jewellery blooms year-round. The shop isn’t just for flower fanatics, though: creative types can personalize their own bracelets, rings and watches.—Rachel Dunlop

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: Get Jazzed Up at Tiffany & Co.

The Daisy Locket is a throwback to the Jazz Age. Photo ©Tiffany & Co.

The Daisy Locket is a throwback to the Jazz Age. Photo ©Tiffany & Co.

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby hits the silver screen this month, and it’s not the only thing hearkening back to the roaring ’20s. Timed to coincide with the film, the new Ziegfeld collection from Tiffany & Co. celebrates the elegance and exuberance of the Jazz Age. Favourite pieces: the medium-sized Daisy locket (pictured) and the tassel necklace of freshwater cultured pearls. For the gents, top picks include cufflinks of black enamel and a Daisy signet ring of black onyx. All of the pieces are based on archival Tiffany designs, but they feel fresh and contemporary. It’s true: everything old is new again.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Jewellery by Shereen de Rousseau

Designer jewellery by Shereen de Rousseau

Eye-catching jewellery by Shereen de Rousseau

Shereen de Rousseau acknowledges that for many women, the process of falling in love with a piece of her handmade silver jewellery is a gradual one. “They go back and visit it a few times,” she says with a laugh. “They date it before making a commitment.” But soon they’re smitten, purchasing the piece, contacting de Rousseau to find out where to buy others that match, and becoming avid collectors of her rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. De Rousseau travels the world looking for inspiration, scouring antiques shops, flea markets and vintage stores, then returns to her Vancouver workshop to craft new objects of wearable art. See them for yourself at Provide and Violet, and be prepared to fall head over heels. Visit www.shereenderousseau.com for more info.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Tiffany & Co. Launches New Paloma Picasso Collection

Olive leaf cuff by Paloma Picasso

Olive leaf cuff by Paloma Picasso

Art is in Paloma Picasso’s blood. The daughter of artist Pablo Picasso and painter/writer Françoise Gilot has been designing bold, unique jewellery for decades. Her newest collection for Tiffany & Co., called Paloma’s Olive Leaf, takes its inspiration from both the serenity of the olive groves near her Moroccan home and her first name, which is Spanish for dove, the symbol of peace. The elegant collection includes eye-catching pieces such as a cuff in sterling silver (pictured) and a bib necklace with tsavorites in 18K gold. Each one is a piece of art—but one to be worn instead of hung on a wall.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Wearable Art by June Hunter

June Hunter transforms photographs into covetable adornments

June Hunter transforms cool photographs into covetable jewellery

June Hunter received a camera for her 9th birthday, and she’s been taking pictures ever since. Each photo, whether large and hanging on a wall or tiny and adorning a bracelet or earring, tells a story. When creating a piece of jewellery, she transfers the image by hand onto silver then adds resin, giving each piece a shimmery 3D effect. “It’s a bit like magic,” she says. Visit www.junehunter.ca for a schedule of her Granville Island Public Market days and a link to her Etsy store. Also find her pieces at The Gallery Store.—Sheri Radford