Calgary is an artistic city. It features its own art school (ACAD) and a great many art-supply shops provide creative inspiration as well as artistic tools. Whether you’re a painter of panoramas inspired by Calgary’s mountain and prairie surroundings, a portrait painter, potter or police sketch artist, you’ll find everything you need at these artful shops.
Whether for business or pleasure, fine writing implements and handsome stationery supplies make communication a pleasure. At these shops you’ll find the best in ballpoint and fountain pens as well as cards, notebooks, calendars and daytimers. Several spots also offer custom stationary and invite design and printing services as well as all the premium paper products to make these projects pretty.
For those of us who collect great reads, buying used books is a budget-friendly way to build a home library. Alternatively, most second-hand bookshops accept trade-ins for cash or credit. This list includes specialty used shops as well as shops offering textbook buybacks and second-hand stores that carry books. Image credit: iStock.com/Maxiphoto.
As a gift, floral arrangements are always appreciated whatever the occasion. Despite the limited local growing season, Calgary has many floral shops and it’s easy to find a shop that suits your needs and desires. This list features floral boutiques, meaning that they carry a curated flower selection.
These Calgary home scent and aromatherapy shops have all the fragrant products you need to ensure your home always smells great. Keep your home smelling fresh all day long with beautiful scents that fit your personality (or even your decor!).
Of course we should show our moms that we love them year-round, but Mother’s Day is the perfect time to spoil our favourite ladies a little bit extra. These shops carry a wide and unique selection of gifts that are worthy of your favourite mom. Image credit: iStock.com/promicrostockraw.
Secret Santa gifts are most often meant to be cheap (or relatively so) and cheerful. Purchasing these Christmas tokens is an act of making the thought count. But sniffing out a suitable anonymous something for a friend or colleague can be tricky. Don’t let the assignment stump you, browse these gloriously gifty shops for the perfect present.
Whether you’re looking for a one-off vintage turntable or a whole new home stereo set-up, you’ll be able to find the music gear and sound advice you’re after at one of these audio shops. While some offer the latest and most innovative in sound technology, others curate sweet selections of vintage analog audio electronics.
Whether you’re training to be a cocktail connoisseur, or just want to learn to make a great drink, here’s where to get everything you need from recipes and bitters to syrups and gadgets. [Image credit: iStock.com/LiliGraphie]
Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, but these city stores carry abundant gift ideas for your old man. Options include everything from books and loose-leaf tea to outdoor gear and specialty knives, as well as locally made loungewear. Image credit: iStock.com/pamelamoore.
Great baby shower gifts can be fun and practical or simply a treat for mom at a thrilling and stressful time when she could use a little self-indulgence. At these gift shops, baby-gear spots and maternity boutiques you’ll find toys and clothing as well as bed and bath gear for newborns, but also thoughtful treats for the mom-to-be.
A handful of established comic shops and independent bookstores offer an extensive selection of new comic book releases and back issues as well as presenting comic-themed events and artist meet-and-greets. Whether you’re a rookie comic enthusiast or a seasoned collector, here’s where to find graphic novels and comic books, memorabilia, collectibles and more. Image credit: iStock.com/Brendan Hunter.
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