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Shopping

Kit and Ace’s Creative Cashmere

By SHERI RADFORD

Kit & Ace uses technical cashmere in beautiful garments for both men and women

Kit and Ace uses technical cashmere in beautiful garments for both men and women

While speaking to JJ Wilson, it’s impossible not to be charmed by his energy and enthusiasm. The co-creator of Kit and Ace knows that the fledgling store’s growth strategy is aggressive, borderline insane. Over the past nine months, he and his business partner Shannon Wilson (who is married to JJ’s father Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon) have opened seven stores in North America, starting with their hometown of Vancouver. In the next year, they’re planning 30 more openings, in places as far flung as London, Tokyo and Sydney. “We’re a bit in shock about what we’ve committed ourselves to,” he admits with a laugh. Each store reflects the brand’s identity but with many regional touches, including fixtures by local designers and rotating art by local artists, in order to support what JJ calls “the evolving creative class.” You don’t need to be creative in order to appreciate Kit and Ace clothes, which are all constructed from technical cashmere. As soft as regular cashmere, but enhanced with technical fibres for resilience, technical cashmere doesn’t shrink, pill or bag out at the knees and elbows. The tailored styles look elegant while remaining comfortable. And the best part? All pieces are machine-washable. JJ says he can’t imagine wearing anything else, and after speaking to him, we’re converts, too.

Star Wars: Epic Yarns

By SHERI RADFORD

Star Wars: Epic Yarns by twin Jack and Holman Wang

Star Wars: Epic Yarns by twin Jack and Holman Wang

Celebrate Star Wars Day (May 4) by picking up the new Star Wars: Epic Yarns trilogy. Created by twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang, who grew up in Vancouver, the books retell the saga of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca through adorable needle-felted illustrations and very few words. To be exact: 12 scenes handcrafted in felt and 12 carefully chosen words per volume. The brothers are experienced in this unusual genre, having used similar methods to create 12-word felted versions of Les Misérables, Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among others. Only a Sith Lord could resist the cuteness of these creations, so follow your inner Jedi to the nearest bookstore.

May Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

LOCALLY MADE

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.

Bedazzled

Bedazzled

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.

 

SPRING SHOPPING

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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.

FINE DESIGN

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•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.

BEST OF THE EAST

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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.

MEMENTO

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•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.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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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.

8 Ideas for Shoulder Season Fun

By Where Staff

Although the Canadian Rockies is a fantastic destination year round, we admit, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate when we want to ski or hike. Don’t let shoulder season conditions get you down! Here are some ways to ensure fun times, any time of year.

Photo: Banff Gondola

Photo: Banff Gondola

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6 Ways to Stay Warm in Style

By Where Staff

Wherever you’re shopping in the Canadian Rockies this winter, we’ve got you covered for cold weather style.

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson's Bay Banff

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson’s Bay Banff

Banff Shops

Stay cozy with a luxurious fitted down-filled jacket. This new design from Snowflake has a belted rouched waist and zipper details—the perfect mix of elegance and edginess. Soft fur frames the face, but can be removed for a different look.

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Jasper’s Ski Shops: Cutting-Edge Winter Wear & Gear

Photo: Ian McIntosh via Edge Control

Photo: Ian McIntosh via Edge Control

By Jack Newton & Afton Aikens

Thinner, Lighter, Stronger Skis

“They ski remarkably well, yet weigh nothing,” enthuses Edge Control owner Blair Timmins after taking Völkl’s 2015 V-Werks Katana for a test drive. Cutting edge composites, multi-layered wood cores and full carbon jackets are combined with rocker construction and innovative taper shapes. These new generation skis are stable at speed, and easy to turn and control in all snow conditions.

Not ready to commit? All local ski shops rent skis and snowboards. Competition means that novice packages are priced low, the world’s best gear is available for demo rental and services like hotel pick-ups are offered. If you rent from the downtown Marmot Basin Sales Centre or their website your gear will be waiting when you arrive at the ski area. Plus, “we’ll store your rentals overnight,” says Erin Reade of Marmot.

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Save the Planet

By SHERI RADFORD

In honour of Earth Day (April 22), we present two new books and one DVD that put the planet first.

The Green Vine by Shannon Borg

The Green Vine by Shannon Borg

The Green Vine
Erosion. Runoff. Cork materials. The environmental issues facing wineries go on and on. What’s an earth-loving oenophile to do? Pick up Shannon Borg’s The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic Wines, which is filled with info on almost 200 sustainable wineries in BC, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. At local bookstores. (more…)

Bound to Please: Calgary’s Best Indie Bookstores

By RACHAEL FREY

Pages on Kensington is located in the building that once housed Calgary's first library branch (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Pages on Kensington is located in the building that once housed Calgary’s first library branch (Photo: Jason Dziver)

The massive online book retailer Amazon.ca recently dubbed Calgary the second most well-read city in Canada, based on print and e-book sales from its website. But, this statistic doesn’t account for the many bibliophiles who loyally frequent the city’s independent bookshops to hold the books in their hands and riffle through non-digital pages.

Calgary is home to a small handful of indie bookstores, each offering its own carefully curated selection. JoAnn McCaig, owner of Shelf Life Books, is not threatened by online book sales or e-books. “The ambience and sense of community found in a bookstore can’t be duplicated by Amazon,” she says.

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Hot Shopping: Editors Pick – Top 5 Gourmand Go-To’s

Korean-BBQTravelling foodsters know that the way into the heart of a city is through its stomach. And while eating on vacation can be memorable, gourmet items you can take home help recreate those experiences.

If you’ve tried one of the hottest dining trends, Korean BBQ, head to Bosch Kitchen Appliance Centre to pick up a plug-in electric Korean BBQ of your own (pictured). Set the bar with an interactive dinner party your guests won’t forget! 105-2800 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-2617

Sticking to a regime while on the road is tough, which makes the availability of everyday organic at specialty spot Organza a blessing. Stock up on local products such as Whiteshell Dairy cheese, or start the day right at its in-house juice bar. 230 Osborne St #2A 204-453-6266

Cooking at home may not yield Top Chef results, if the kitchen is full of clutter! For Space Sake carries a wide variety of kitchen organizers that are functional and eye catching. 1824 Grant Ave,
204-488-2633

Local Meats and Frozen Treats is passionate about gourmet gleans. It stocks everything from local sausages to flavoured creamed honey. Manitoba’s best products line the shelves and freezer walls. 1604 St Mary’s Rd, 204-255-2172

Before catching a flight or hitting the road, stop by Humboldt’s Legacy to pick up some last minute travel snacks. Locally made Gorp Energy Bars taste great and pack a nutritional punch. 887 Westminster Ave, (204) 772-140

8 Luxurious Calgary Spas

Luxe atmosphere at Sante Spa. Courtesy: Sante Spa

Luxe atmosphere at Sante Spa. Courtesy: Sante Spa

By JENNI O’NYONS and RACHAEL FREY

Pamper yourself at one of these luxurious Calgary spas, where you’ll soak in stylish surroundings and enjoy first-class treatment.

Stillwater Spa
Located in the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel, the spa’s historic sandstone construction and luxury amenities give it a resort retreat feel. The facility features steam rooms, whirlpools and even a nap lounge. Group, individual and couples treatments are available. (more…)

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

Hot Shopping: Shop Till You Drop

Spend some time in the shops around Whistler Village. Photo by Chad Chomlack courtesy Tourism Whistler

Spend some time in the shops around Whistler Village. Photo by Chad Chomlack courtesy Tourism Whistler

After working up a sweat outside, give your wallet a workout inside. Pick up a new shirt at Aritzia, stylish yoga pants at Lululemon and a nifty cap at Lids. Then grab an ice cream cone from Cows Whistler, sunscreen from Rexall Drug Store and a summertime read from Armchair Books, and you’re ready to relax in the sunshine—and give your wallet a breather, too.—Sheri Radford