Construction can’t stop these spots – they’re still open for business, despite the work on the 102 Avenue bridge downtown. Unfortunately, some of the other shops in the area have felt the strain that comes with a long past overdue construction project and have either closed or moved. Support these places in High Street to show them you want them to stick around for the long haul.
The Edmonton arts community is filled with artists, artisans and makers of every stripe creating homemade décor, crafts, artwork and textiles. In a digital age overrun by screens and flashy gadgets, handmade goods provide a much-needed return to something tactile and lovingly created by human hands. Support local artists and makers through these local arts and crafts shows.
Are you new to Edmonton? You’ve likely already visited our humongous mall.  If you’re in need of retail therapy and are wondering where to find the best locally-owned shops, here’s an eclectic rundown of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing stores, as well as other fun shops to check out. [Image credit: iStock.com/Peter Chernaev]
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].
We all know of a few big toy stores of the large franchise variety where you can buy all the toys your kids want from watching those pesky commercials. But, if you’re searching for something a bit different for that special kid or kid-at-heart, support these locally-owned shops who offer something that you can’t find elsewhere. You’ll be helping to keep the local, independent toy store landscape alive.
Father’s Day gifts are the toughest ones to find, and dad himself is usually no help, since he already has everything. Good thing there are still some shops around the city happy to help out.
If you’re looking for unique treasures to add some character to your home, check out these Edmonton stores to discover the joys of digging through aisles of previously-loved furniture, trinkets, dishes, clocks, vintage posters and more. You might find exactly what you’ve been searching for. Or, you might emerge from a store with an armload of treasures that you never intended to buy (but love nonetheless).
Long gone are the days where you can get away with giving your mom a craft made from popsicle sticks for a Mother’s Day gift. When you’re not sure what to buy for Mom, it’s easy to stick with safe gifts. But, may I suggest you make the switch from ordinary to fabulous by choosing a fantastic, unique gift from one of these Edmonton stores?
American Girl Dolls, Maplelea Girls, Jersey Girl Dolls, Our Generation Dolls … whatever name they go by, they all have one thing in common – they’re 18” dolls that kids can’t get enough of. These realistic-looking toys have grown in popularity, and it’s no surprise why: They promote imagination, teach kids about different cultures and periods of history, and offer accessories to play with, making for endless hours of fun.
Selecting a gift for someone can be a real challenge. Usually, as the gift-giver, either you have an obvious gift in mind, or no clue whatsoever. Buying for a teacher (or coach, instructor, bus driver, et cetera) can be particularly puzzling because, while you do know them, maybe you don’t know them well enough to know what they’d like or use in their daily lives. These shops have perfect gifts for those special teachers.
It’s getting down to holiday crunch time. If you’re considering a post-Hanukkah. last-minute Christmas or early New Year’s gift for that special guy in your life, this list can offer you a shred of hope. Focusing on Whyte Avenue from east to west, this list can lead you in the right direction to find that elusive gift for that hard-to-shop-for brother/dad/lover/uncle/neighbour/cousin-in-law-twice-removed.
Looking for the ideal Christmas present for your adventurous travel partner-in-crime, or your parents, who just won’t stop booking cruises? We’ve got you covered. These Edmonton shops sell fun, functional and fashionable travel accessories for every kind of trip.
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