Make your own fun at these Calgary hobby shops

Calgary hobby shops cater to interests from scrapbooking and remote control cars to costume making, knitting and more. As well, for beginners and experts alike, many of the shops listed here offer hobby-related classes. With something for everyone, it’s time to have some fun! Image credit: Tsvetkov.

PM Hobbycraft

2020j 32 Avenue Northeast, Calgary, AB T2E 6T4

In business for close to 70 years, PM Hobby Craft is located just east of McCall Lake Golf Course on 32nd Avenue Northeast. This family-owned business carries a huge range of supplies for everything from jewellery-making to cake-decorating and photography. The store also features a large collection of remote controlled cars as well as high-tech, camera-equipped drones and telescopes.

Action Hobby Canada Ltd

7012 Ogden Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2C 1B4

This mom-and-pop shop in the 7000 block of Ogden Road Southeast offers a large selection of radio-controlled toys. These include action vehicles such as cars and planes as well as an impressive selection of trucks and boats. Also find replacement parts, and shop staff can special order products when not in stock.

Model Land

3409A 26 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3E 0N3

Model Land specializes in all things radio-controlled and offers both plastic and die-cast vehicles such as cars, trucks and helicopters, but also rocket kits that are a serious blast. Situated in Killarney, the shop carries hobby tools, doll-making kits, light-sound systems and diorama kits. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, the staff will happily order it for you.

Don's Hobby Shop Co Ltd

1515 Centre St NW, Calgary, AB T2E 2S1

For kids of all ages who love to play dress up or participate in cosplay, Don’s Hobby Shop on Centre Street, one block south of the Trans Canada, is your go-to place. Store staff take pride in making costume dreams and nightmares come true. Comic Con and Halloween apparel are a huge draw here, and Don’s carries a massive selection of prosthetics such as elf ears, bloody bite marks and professional special-effects makeup. Classes in zombie makeup, nose sculpting and Halloween monster making are held throughout the year.

Gina Brown's Yarn & Needle Craft

107-5718 1A St SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0E8

From teaching neighbours how to knit in her Kensington home to opening a store in 1970, Gina Brown continues to inspire knitters of all levels. Her namesake shop, a couple of blocks east of Chinook Centre, carries knitting supplies as well as products for weaving, beading and quilting. Also find an assortment of fibres like alpaca, silk, mohair and cashmere.

Pudding Yarn

1516 6 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Z8

Pudding Yarn, a stone’s throw from 17th Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest, carries luxurious and hard-to-find yarns from all over the world. The spacious and colourful boutique offers classes for knitting enthusiasts. Knitting workshops are also available.

Paper Pastimes

5-7640 Fairmount Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0X9

This spacious shop carries a huge selection of paper products, stamps and stickers for the passionate crafter. Paper Pastimes offers classes on paper stencilling, rubber-stamping and scrapbook folios. The shop also operates a pop-up shop at the Haysboro Community Hall that offers classes and a selection of products.

Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood, but also one of its hottest arts and shopping destinations. Its historic buildings, foot traffic, restaurants and live music venues give it lots of appeal. This area is also home to some very cool women’s boutiques catering to a wide variety of tastes. Here are some of the neighbourhood’s top clothing shops.

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