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Top 5 Shops for Wellness Wishers

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Shop these spots for products promoting health for mind, body, and spirit.

Chic duds made of earth friendly bamboo, cotton, and hemp fibres are feel-good buys at Hempyrean. Yogis get extra stretch in breathable bamboo and cotton leggings. 111 Osborne St, 204‑947‑5223, hempyrean.ca

Humboldt’s Legacy boasts eco-friendly gifts, fair trade goods, and local food products. Give beauty routines a makeover with natural and organic makeup from Ecco Bella. 167 Lilac St, 204-772-1404, humboldtslegacy.com

Shelves at Prairie Sky Books are stocked with tomes on self help and spirituality, as well as candles, decor, and aromatherapy items. Adult colouring books help calm and centre the mind through intricate patterns and swirls. 871 Westminster Ave, 204‑774‑6152, prairieskybooks.com

Sensory deprivation pods filled with a buoying epsom salt solution provide ultimate relaxation at Float.Calm. A small retail area carries take home de-stressors, like artisanal bath bombs and mood boosting colour therapy glasses. 337 Pembina Hwy, 204‑477‑6507, floatcalm.com

Organic produce, wholesome food products, and natural health and beauty aids fill The Fresh Carrot’s spacious interior. Health guru gourmands can cap off a shopping spree with a fresh cold pressed juice from the attached deli. 2-230 Osborne St, 204‑489‑3737, thefreshcarrot.ca

Where To Shop Downtown


Graham Avenue’s central strip, easily accessible by skywalk, is perfect for a downtown shop hop.

Courtesy of Bison Books

Courtesy of Bison Books

Inside the lobby of the Millennium Library, Best of Friends Gift Shop stocks clever giftware, like journals, cards, and fun patterned socks. friendswpl.ca

Another haven for literature lovers, Bison Books is piled high with classic and modern reads, including wide selections of local authors and rare books. bisonbooks.ca

Courtesy of Perfume Paradise.

Courtesy of Perfume Paradise.

Around the corner, on Vaughn Street, nose exclusive and hard to find fragrances at Perfume Paradise. perfumeparadise.ca

Courtesy of Verde Plant Design.

Courtesy of Verde Plant Design.

Verde Plant Design offers a bright and airy escape filled with succulents, air plants, and cacti. verdeterrariums.com

Wrap up a day of shopping at Modern Supply Co. Browse minimalist fashion and luxe homeware, like cozy handwoven pillows by Fable Studio, then relax with a hot cuppa from attached Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea. instagram

More Winnipeg shopping districts:

5 Shopping Neighbourhoods in Winnipeg
Where to shop at The Forks
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Top 5 Handmade Hotspots
Where to shop in Osborne Village

Where to Shop in the Exchange District

"Peach Paradiso" Courtesy of Amsterdam Tea Room

“Peach Paradiso” Courtesy of Amsterdam Tea Room

Located in the heart of downtown, this National Historic Site is home to a mix of boutiques, galleries and eateries.

Start at The Foxy Shoppe for curve-hugging retro styled dresses and killer cat-eye sunglasses. thefoxyshoppe.com

Hilary Druxman catches the eye with handcrafted, elegantly simple jewellery. hilarydruxman.com

At Amsterdam Tea Room, the fragrance of loose-leaf teas like fruity peach paradiso fills the bright and airy space. facebook

In the East Exchange, shelves at U.N. Luggage are stocked with bags, totes and travel accessories that have both style and function. unluggage.com

Head north to Rupert Ave. and browse The Museum Shop for books like Manitoba Treasures-Trésors, which features 20 objects from the Museum’s collection. manitobamuseum.ca

More Winnipeg shopping districts:

5 Shopping Neighbourhoods in Winnipeg
Where to shop at The Forks
Where to shop Downtown
Top 5 Handmade Hotspots
Where to shop in Osborne Village

Uniqlo Comes to Toronto



Stock up on all the essentials when Uniqlo opens this fall.

Uniqlo is poised to satisfy a desire for minimalist imports from Japan with the opening of its first Canadian boutique. Established in 1984, the much-loved Japanese brand boasts more than 1,700 stores worldwide, including Hong Kong, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, and the U.K. The apparel company is best known for its functional yet affordable and well-made basics for men, women, and children. A multi-coloured palette makes mixing and matching effortless amongst a selection of athleisure, work, sport and lounging separates, including its signature cashmere sweaters and ultra light down jackets and vests.  —Linda Luong Luck

Hot Shopping Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Handmade Hotspots

Earrings (CJ Tennant) Courtesy of Winnipeg Art Gallery

Earrings (CJ Tennant) Courtesy of Winnipeg Art Gallery

These Manitoba makers craft artisanal items that spark conversation and make a statement.

   Erin Kembel of EMK Clothing designs with style and comfort in mind. Her studio boutique boasts vibrant printed dresses, bags and tops all made in-store by hand. 143 Sherbrook St, 204‑691‑4414, Map 1: R-2

The spacious loft at The Forks Trading Company showcases the work of more than 250 local makers, including plant-based lip balm from Hogwash Bath & Body. 1 Forks Market Rd, 204‑949‑1785, Map 1: Q-5

Fitness fanatics love the versatile workout gear by LBS Yoga & Athletic Wear. Make each sun salutation a style statement in the breathable and stretchy galaxy printed Trixie legging. Home Run Sports, 20 De La Seigneurie Blvd, 204‑255‑7687, Map 2: E-4

Keepsakes Gallery is stocked with the work of Manitoba artists, including floral greeting cards and acrylic paintings by artist Joy Winter-Schmidt. 626.5 West Broadway, 204-295-9257, Map 1: Q-3

An eclectic mix of Canadian-made wares line the shelves at The Gallery Shop. Glitzy earrings by CJ Tennant (pictured) get their shine from a combination of sterling silver and semi-precious stones. 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-786-6641, Map 1: P-3

Nordstrom Comes to Toronto


The new Nordstrom carries upscale brands like Alice + Olivia .

The new Nordstrom carries upscale brands like Alice + Olivia .

The battle for Toronto shoppers heats up this fall with the opening of Nordstrom. After Saks Fifth Avenue debuted earlier this spring with much glam fanfare, the Seattle-based Nordstrom has opened the first of three Toronto locations, starting with the CF Toronto Eaton Centre in September (now open), followed by a second outpost at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in October. (A third venture at CF Sherway Gardens is set to open in 2017.) The CF Toronto Eaton Centre flagship is among one of five in North America, and is a sprawling 220,000-square-foot space spread over three levels featuring concierge services, personal wardrobe and makeup stylists, alterations, valet parking, certified shoe and bra fitters, and free delivery within the downtown core. Shoppers looking to refuel have three eat-in options: the full-service Bar Verde, the casual lounge Habitant, and coffee shop Ebar.

—Linda Luong Luck


Hot Shopping: Shop Talk, Generation Green

Courtesy Generation Green

Courtesy Generation Green

After a personal health scare, owner Sherry Sobey made it her mission to promote a healthy lifestyle. This conviction led her to open Generation Green, an eco-friendly shop stocked with all-natural products. Since opening in 2012, the store has added more than 60 locally produced items for health-conscious foodies, alongside toxin-free cosmetics and a re-fill station for detergent and shampoo. An organic non-GMO bulk food section was added this year, with customers encouraged to bring their own containers to reduce waste. The store’s success lies in providing Mother-Nature- approved healthy alternatives for a variety of dietary and lifestyle needs, while supporting the Manitoba market.  Unit 155-1 Forks Market Road, 204-808-9848

Swatch Launches Olympic Timepieces


Four of the seven new olympic-inspired watches Swatch rolled out as part of the Rio Olympic Games Collection.


Swiss brand Swatch, known for its colourful and affordable timepieces, has launched a special collection in honour of the summer Olympic Games. Marked by the signature silicone band and plastic case, there are five watches in all, including a special POP edition; prices range from $70 to $145. —Linda Luong Luck


Saks Fifth Avenue Opens in Toronto



The Shoe Salon at Sak’s Fifth Avenue at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Photo credit: David Pike, Newswire)

The hotly-anticipated debut of Saks Fifth Avenue was met with much rejoicing by local fashionistas with the opening of its flagship location on Queen Street (there is also a second location at Sherway Gardens). The famed American retailer known for its emphasis on luxury offerings and pristine customer service pulled out all the stops for its Canadian launch, including a dazzling lighting fixture in the fragrance department and a Murano glass display in the ladies shoe department, home to Saks’ signature 10022-Shoe experience. Count the likes of shop-in-shops from Céline, Saint Laurent Paris, Bottega Veneta, Chopard and Boucheron, alongside such exclusive brands as Nest, Meira T, Orsini and Marli among others. —Linda Luong Luck


Now Open: Anya Boutique

IMGP0870Discover treasures of minimalist design at new Exchange District shop Anya Boutique. The shop carries womenswear essentials including trousers, sweaters and t-shirts from Canadian and international brands like Product of Privilege and luxury knit brand LINE the Label. The shop specializes in products made by artists and designers who focus on local production. A collection of accessories like handcrafted Moyi Moyi leather bucket bags and one-of-a-kind hand-sculpted clay necklaces from Surface Handmade make up the product mix. 88 Albert St, 204‑416‑1323

Kiss and Makeup Lands in Vancouver


Heather Huntingford in her newest Kiss and Makeup location

Heather Huntingford in the newest Kiss and Makeup location

Vancouverites jonesing for a beauty fix no longer have to cross the ocean, i.e. Burrard Inlet. Kiss and Makeup recently opened a gorgeous location in Olympic Village, filled with all the products we love from the North Van store. Owner Heather Huntingford has a knack for selecting niche lines of apothecary, clothing, accessories and make-up that become our favourites, including local brands Vancouver Candle Co., Native Shoes and Good Husbands Apparel (Huntingford is pictured in one of their shirts).

Building New Roots with Flagship Boutique

Roots Canada Flagship store.

Rustic meets contemporary at the new Roots flagship.

What better way for a brand to celebrate its birthday than by opening a new store? That’s how iconic Canadian retailer Roots is ushering in its 41st year—with a new flagship boutique on the Mink Mile. Design director Diane Bald and senior director of planning and development Pauline Landriault have created a seamless two-storey space that marries the company’s signature rustic appeal with contemporary touches that honour its updated address’s original Miesian influence. Knotted oak, natural travertine stone, brushed brass and Tribe leather foster a subtle and serene setting in which to peruse Roots’s active apparel, footwear and supple leather goods. Open daily. —Linda Luong

• Roots, 80 Bloor St. W., 416-323-3289; roots.com.
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