Warm and fuzzy paraphernalia for cocooning in Calgary

When it’s cold outside, cozy is the operative word on the home front. Winter weather magnifies cravings for fuzzy fabrics, down-filled duvets and hot drinks. Find all the warm and wonderful accouterments you need to complete your homemade winter retreat at the following shops.

Galleria Inglewood Ltd

1
907 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S5

Located on the Ninth Avenue Southeast Inglewood boutique strip, Galleria Inglewood is a gift shop that’s chockablock with Canadian-made gift items. These include oh-so-cozy, handmade Padraig slippers. Available in baby to adult sizes, these feature hand-crocheted, wool uppers, sheepskin lining and leather soles.

Hudson's Bay

2
200 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B5

Perhaps no other piece of fabric is as iconic and Canadian (next to the national flag) as the striped Hudson’s Bay Company point blanket. The department store carries multiple versions of the blanket as well as heavy knit wool sweaters also featuring those multi-coloured stripes. Ditto, throw pillows, thermoses and flannel duvet covers.

Tea Trader

3
1228 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1

The official drink of coziness, you need a serious supply of tea for winter sipping. Find all the leaves you require at Tea Trader, a gem of an Inglewood shop. This wee spot has atmosphere and selection in abundance. Choose from loose black, green and oolong teas from China, India, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Japan as well as South African rooibos and South American loose-leaf mate with calabash gourd cups and filtered straws. Fifteen house blends include English, Irish and Welsh breakfast teas.

Knickers 'n Lace

4
208-10816 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 5N8

The unofficial uniform of winter cocoon artists, the fuzzy bathrobe is a must-own. A lingerie boutique located in Willow Park Village, Knickers n’ Lace also carries a selection of bathrobes in fluffy terry towel styles. Also check out Charlie Choe Sleepwear fleece zippered robes and, by the same brand, wintery-soft sleepwear for men and women.

Chintz & Company

5
1238 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0M4

When decorating your living room, bedroom or den for winter, pillows and cushions are soft and snuggly building blocks. Chintz & Company, a wildly eclectic home decor shop in the Design District, carries a profusion of them in designer-approved colours, prints and fabrics. Also find animal-hide and fabric accent rugs.

Luna Blue Shoes

6
2611 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T 3T9

This women’s wear boutique on 14th Street just north of 26th Avenue Southwest carries a comfortable yet stylish collection of seasonal fashions. Find plaid ponchos, crossover-wrap and cable-knit cardigans, practical sweater jackets, form-fitting sweater dresses and cocoon sweaters.

PetSmart

7
11694 Sarcee Trail NW, Calgary, AB T3R 0A1

If your dog isn’t blessed with the luxurious winter-proof hairstyle of a husky or a chow chow, PetSmart carries outdoor doggie jackets and charmingly cozy indoor sweaters tailored for pups. Choose from argyle, striped and polo Martha Stewart sweaters and Hip Doggie long johns.

With eating local being the biggest restaurant food trend ever, home cooks have turned to the city’s butcher shops to supply cuts of Alberta beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game for their own cuisine adventures. A number of excellent meat boutiques carry a wide variety of cuts, locally produced and otherwise.
Generally following a mantra of “made, baked or grown in Alberta,” Calgary farmers’ markets transform shopping and grocery getting into an adventure. As well as specialty foods, endless kiosks and counters carry locally produced arts, crafts, clothing and accessories plus an array of natural health products.
Sweet and universally loved, chocolate is one treat we can all agree on. Lucky for you, Calgary’s chocolate boutiques carry a huge variety of premium selections.
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