Top Edmonton shops for new Edmontonians to check out

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]

Zocalo

1
10826 95 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 2E3

This unique flower and gift shop with a café breathes life into Little Italy year-round. Whether you need fresh-cut blooms for your special event, or are just shopping for decorative vases and gifts, you’ll love the bright, cheery atmosphere and friendly staff. End your visit with a shot of Italian espresso surrounded by the warmth and beauty of the greenhouse.

Shades Of Grey

2
10116 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1P6

Not to be confused with Shades of Grey Tattoos on Whyte Avenue, this women’s boutique on 124 Street carries hard-to-find lines in a wide range of prices. The clothing you’ll find here is timeless and something you’ll treasure and want to wear for years. Come here to find cute layered tees by Cooper & Ella, denim from J Brand and everyday casuals from Bella Luxx.

The Helm Clothing

3
10125 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z9

For the fashionable man who appreciates the beauty of a fitted suit, The Helm is a men’s boutique where you can buy made-to-measure or custom-bespoke business attire, as well as casual weekend wear from brands around the world. Custom fittings use quality fabrics sourced from distinguished mills and can be ready in a little over a week.

Audrey's Books Ltd

4
10702 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3J5

What’s not to love about an independent bookseller who supports local authors? This store boasts reasonable prices, well-organized sections and staff with a deep knowledge of literature both local and global. Books by Canadian authors that may be shoved in the back at big chain book stores are displayed prominently at Audrey’s. Drop by for one of their many readings and events.

Prettiest Present Inc

5
12433 102 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M2

With an apt name like Prettiest Present, you’ll find unique gifts and home décor items, plus jewellery, gifts for pet-lovers, baby items and handy kitchen gadgets. With reasonable prices, you’ll probably end up buying a gift for yourself, too. With two levels of gift goodies to browse through, don’t forget to pick out pretty wrapping paper, ribbons and bows to complete the package.

Gravitypope

6
2-10442 82nd Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

An Edmonton original since 1990, gravitypope has been a fixture on Whyte Avenue with their unique collection of footwear and clothing. Where else can you find such a wide selection of colourful Dr. Martens, Campers and Fluevogs? The business has grown so that now the Whyte Avenue location focuses on shoes and a second location on Gateway Boulevard holds their clothing and accessories.

Old Strathcona Antique Mall

7
10323 78 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1N8

The Old Strathcona Antique Mall is filled to the brim with vintage treasures, retro kitchenware, nostalgic posters and toys from your childhood. You can easily spend the afternoon here leisurely strolling through two floors of antiques. Be prepared to leave with an armful of goodies.

Head Shoulders Knees & Toes Ltd

8
12418 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M1

This independent children’s shoe, clothing and toy boutique is owned by three enterprising sisters. If you’re looking for quality children’s shoes that may live to be handed-down more than once, HSKT is the place to look. They also carry a wide assortment of casual wear, outerwear and wooden toys.

Blackbyrd Myoozik

9
10442 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

It’s comforting to know that independent record stores are still alive in Edmonton in the age of downloads and mp3s; you can still speak with an actual human being face-to-face about music! Blackbyrd is one of the oldest record stores on the scene, and they carry a wide selection of vinyl, turntables and CDs for all types of music lovers. Pick up concert tickets here to support local music venues.

habitat etc

10
10187 104th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z9

With its focus on local or handmade goods, habitat always has interesting clothing, home décor, accessories, stationery and gifts for guys and gals not found elsewhere, such as t-shirts proudly emblazoned with YEG and Alberta themes. Located on the 104 Street Promenade, along with The Helm, habitat also hosts a variety of crafty workshops where you get all the supplies needed to create your own DIY project like terrariums.

Whether you’re an ex-pat feeling homesick, looking for a gift for a British pal or simply a fan of British chocolates and “sweeties,” you’ll find something you like in this roundup of Edmonton and area stores that carry imported goods from the U.K. [Image credit: iStock.com/arinahabich]
For kids, summer means long sunny days running through sprinklers, playing in the sand and tumbling about in the grass (when they’re not glued to a screen, that is). Summer clothing for kids should keep your little ones cool, comfortable and protected from the sun, and are hopefully durable enough to last the whole season. These stores will help you outfit your kids during the hot months. [Image credit:iStock.com/Rohappy]
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.
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