Explore Edmonton’s history and local shopping in Highlands

Edmonton’s up-and-coming Highlands neighbourhood is locatedin north-east Edmonton, where a number of unique local businesses are setamongst some of Edmonton’s most historic homes. [Image credit: iStock.com/gpointstudio].

Be A Bella

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6510 112 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5W 0P2

Be-a-Bella sells unique gifts and candy in the Highlands neighbourhood, and is owned by a graphic designer turned small business owner. Kathy is also an artist, selling glass painting and prints. She named her shop after her basset hound, Bella. Stop by for a one-of-a-kind gift, some retro pop and candy or for a look at Kathy’s art.

Mandolin Books & Coffee Company

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6419 112 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5W 0N9

Mandolin Books and Coffee Co. is your go-to place for books, coffee, lunch, local talent and local art. The independent used bookstore sells fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, and offers up seating for 12 people. Browse the large book selection while you sip a latte and enjoy some homemade baking. Check out the new art displays every month or attend a live music performance. Mandolin Books has it all!

Chickies-French Country House & Garden-Antiques

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11204 65 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5W 4K3

Chickies Antiques is a long-standing business in the Highlands area. The storefront and the backyard are filled with unique home and garden antiques. The interior is warm and cozy, so be prepared to spend awhile browsing and learning about the history of some of the items.

Apple Box Boutique Inc

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6507 112 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5W 0P1

Stop by Apple Box Boutique to browse its selection of antique furniture, chalk paint, home décor and, of course, some inspiration to start your own painting and refinishing décor projects. Apple Box Boutique offers plenty of workshops, as well, if you need some guidance or motivation.

Sabrina Butterfly Designs

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6007 120 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5W 1L8

Clothing designer Sabrina Butterly O’Donnell opened her boutique, Sabrina Butterfly Designs, in 2008. Inside the charming shop, you’ll find her original clothing designs for women, as well as gifts such as socks, jewellery, seed packs, candles and more.

Wool Revival

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6513 112 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5W 0P1

Love to knit? Add Wool Revival to your list of local yarn shops to check out. Although it can have sporadic hours, the staff are helpful and knowledgeable, there is a large selection of yarn and a knitting group that welcomes newcomers.

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