10 Independent stores to shop for the holidays

Get intentional with your purchases and choose items that are unique, tell a story, and will last forever.

By Kristy Archibald | November 25, 2021 |1:20 am

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If the movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic was based on a true story, it would likely begin on this very weekend. Deals, discounts, and oh so many savings — for those who get that familiar adrenaline rush when they tap their credit card, this weekend is yours for the taking.

With that being said, we want to remind our readers to slow down, take advantage of the sales on the items you really need, and then consider spending your dollars locally for the remainder of your Holiday shopping. It’s been a rough year and small businesses throughout the city are either struggling hard or just merely getting by. 

So shop smarter, not harder. Get intentional with your purchases and choose items that are unique, tell a story, and will last forever. When you tap your card at a small business a shop owner jumps for joy, the maker/artist/creator bursts with happiness knowing they can continue doing what they love, and their families are supported by the quality of their craft. 

Here are 10 locally-owned, independent shops to consider supporting on this Small Business Saturday as you shop for all your friends and family this holiday season.  

Without Co. 

If you’re looking to have a more sustainable Christmas this year, which we highly recommend you do, Without Co. is your best bet. As a zero-waste boutique and refillery you can find everything from homewares to cosmetics to wellness products to plastic-free cleaning solutions. Don’t miss their frosted-glass clean-burning candles and holiday scented bath bombs that make excellent stocking stuffers. You can’t go ‘without’ shopping here at least once before the season is over. 

Where: 103 2115 4 St SW

Chroma Club 

This retro shop is a new kid on the block. Brimming with a brilliantly curated selection of pop culture-themed art, decor, greeting cards and fun trinkets, this shop is the best spot to get something unique to Calgary or possibly locally from around the world — especially for the ones on your list who have a great sense of humour. 

Where: 6036 3 Street Southwest

The Cinder and Sage Loft

You may recognize this iconic accessory brand from the OG days of Market Collective. 12-years later and now in their own space you can find their full collection, along with a variety of other makers, artists, and potters from around the city. This Loft space is beautifully decked for the holidays and the perfect spot for finding plant accessories, stationery, greeting cards, candles and diffusers, pet goods, and more — get ready to stuff those stockings. 

Where: 2107B 4 Street SW

The Livery Shop  

Tucked away in historic Inglewood, this cozy shop is a dream to peruse. Here you can find the full collection of Camp Brand Goods crews, tees, and sweats, along with Coutukitsch’s latest line of sparkly on-trend accessories — but that’s not all. Shop local and international goods from coast to coast  that include books, candles, ceramics, games + puzzles and so many more treasures. 

Where: 1119 10 Avenue SE  

Adorn Boutique 

Looking for a party dress or something pretty to wear just because? Adorn Boutique has it all — even their holiday loungewear is pretty enough to make it into a zoom call or even the coffee shop down the street. 

Where: 1216A 9 Avenue SE

The Weekday Store 

As in the name, this shop is only open on weekdays. That’s ok because it’s well worth the trip to shop Friday Sock Co’s entire mismatched sock collection (yes they have a room filled with socks), along with a few local oddities, vintage pieces, and handmade goods. 

Where: 428 28 Street NE

The Calgary “Christmas” Farmer’s Market 

For Christmas, the Farmer’s Market transforms into a magical winter wonderland for six wonderful weeks. With 12 extra stalls filled with local vendors, there’re so many gifts for people of all ages and interests that you’ll find here. Of course, they’ve got all the foodies on your list covered, along with stocking stuffers from Crafted Goods, Flowers, an assortment of honey products, bath and body items from Eden Essentials, and so much more. 

Where: 510 77 Avenue SE 

Plant Shop 

For all those plant-obsessed or even those who don’t have a green thumb, but wish they did. Plant offers an array of beautiful tropicals, succulents, terrariums, and seasonal greenery for every level of plant parenthood. Choose a beautifully handmade pot by a local ceramist, a plant to go, and a fitting card that fits the occasion. 

Where: 1327 9 Avenue SE

Ninth and Brick 

This is an inclusive collective of makers who create each product with love and heart. Here you’ll find a gold mine of perfectly curated local goods from new and established small businesses, makers, and artisans. Find unique toys, clothing, accessories, planners + stationery, and candy — that’s only the tip of the iceberg. 

Where: 1312B 9th Avenue SE

Doodle Dogs 

You won’t need to check your furry friends on your list twice — because they’ll be at the top most likely! Doodle Dogs is deemed Calgary’s largest pet store stocked with fresh food, clothing, toys, outwear, and all your pup’s favourite special occasion treats. Dress them up in an adorable Christmas sweater and have a stocking filled with toys and treats waiting for them on Christmas day. They won’t know why they’re being so spoiled, but they’ll love you for it anyway. 

Where: 1851 Sirocco Drive SW and 841 1 Ave NE

Remember, if all else fails, most (if not all) of these shops offer an option to purchase a gift card. This allows the receiver to take themselves on a shopping spree and purchase a locally made item of their choosing in-store or online.

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