Back to School is just around the corner, so before your life is filled with drop offs, homework assignments, and whatever other chaos September brings, head to 17th Ave and treat yourself to some retail therapy, delicious eats and pampering.
Shop ‘Till You Drop
Era Style Loft
This upmarket women’s boutique was started by sisters Lauren and Julie, and features a luxe assortment of clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories curated by the sisters to provide women with stylish wardrobe options for every and any occasion. If you’re looking for the perfect outfit for a new job, a new season, or just wanting to spoil yourself, browse their collection of popular brands like Rebecca Minkoff, Rag & Bone, Silk Laundry and more. Complete your new look with a selection from their jewellery offerings such as earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
Find out more at erastyleloft.com
There’s nothing better than a fresh pair of kicks, and Gravity Pope is the place to find them. This 17th Ave boutique came to Calgary in 2000, after opening ten years’ prior in Edmonton, and has become a staple amongst shoe lovers and trend setters alike with their carefully curated selection of shoes, clothing, accessories and more. Shop esteemed brands like Vans, Blundstone, Dr. Martens, Frye and their very own Gravity Pope Brand, which is an assortment of boots, oxfords, sandals and pumps.
Find out more at gravitypope.com
Calgary fashion entrepreneur, Kate Hewko’s concept store opened on 17th Ave SW in 2016, and has been a destination for Calgary shopping ever since. Hewko works directly with manufacturers to create items that are truly one of a kind – from clothing to outwear, handbags, sunglasses and footwear, Kate’s distinctive collection of affordable runway and festive is unlike anything you will find elsewhere.
Find out more at katehewko.com
For the Home
Spruce up your living space at 4 Living, where you can shop their selection of Made in Canada multifunctional furniture, featuring modern and contemporary designs – perfect for revitalizing any home, room or office. They have a wide assortment of loungewear, chairs and stools, dining essentials, work from home décor, lighting, accent accessories and more.
Find out more at 4living.ca
Indo Designer Rugs
Commit to that rug you’ve been dreaming of for months at Indo Designer Rugs, where you can shop their collection of traditional, contemporary and transitional handmade rugs. Complete any room with one of their Kashmir silk rugs, adorned with intricate designs and bold colours, or work with their skilled team to create your own custom rug.
Find out more at indodesignerrugs.com
Self Care at the Spa
Exquisite Nails and Spa
What would a ‘treat yourself’ day be without a trip to the spa for a foot massage, exfoliation and some fresh paint on your toes? Exquisite Salon and Spa offers a variety of different services for your nails in addition to the always popular manicure and pedicure – you can also receive a full set of nail enhancements like acrylic, gel, solar nails and powder dip nails, as well as nail art and paraffin treatments. They also offer facials, micro needling, waxing and tinting.
Find out more at exquisitenailsandspa.ca
Radiance Beauty Inc.
When you look your best, it often translates into feeling your best, and a good hair day is a good place to start. Radiance beauty Inc. has a plethora of different hair and beauty services to ensure you get a look you feel confident in. They offer hair extensions, wigs and weaves, cuts and colours, braids and dreadlocks, and a variety of styling treatments including silk press, olaplex treatment and keratin treatment.
Find out more at radiancehaircalgary.ca
Prema Wellness Centre
There’s nothing more relaxing than a massage, and Prema Wellness has a variety of different massage services to ensure you get the exact touch you are looking for. Try out the Himalayan Salt massage for a detoxifying and revitalizing experience, or the tranquility pro-sleep massage, which aids your body in recovering from stressful situations. They also offer an assortment of therapeutic, relaxation, deep tissue, sports, prenatal massages and more.
Find out more at premawellness.ca
Indulge at Dinner
Regarded as one of Calgary’s best restaurants by Avenue Magazine, OpenTable, and Air Canada, this chic 17th Ave Spot is more than just a swanky dinner with delicious food, but a dining experience. Choose from an assortment of small plates such as the roasted cauliflower, ricotta dumplings or glazed Alberta pork beef, or really indulge and go for the Caviar. And although they have a list of delightful cocktails, their carefully curated list of natural wines is not to be missed.
Find out more at pigeonholeyyc.ca
Indulge in modern Irish fare and signature cocktails at this trendy 17th Ave spot, perfect for an girls night out or date night. Dig into their unique menu items such as the bone marrow, which is served with charmoula, parsley salad, a shot of Irish whiskey and bone luge, or the creamy polenta with braised short rib, taleggio cream and roasted Cipollini. Wash down your decadent meal with a truly irish drink like the Moby Dick, which comes with Jameson, lemon, egg white, truffle oil and rosemary.
Find out more at cleavercalgary.com
For Your Sweet Tooth
Jelly Modern Doughnuts
September is kind of like January in the sense that people are trying to recuperate from the holidays, and usually start working out, eating healthier, etc. Before you commit to any type of diet, get in one last sweet treat fix at Jelly Modern Donut, Canada’s original gourmet doughnut bakery. Indulge in hand dipped flavours like Madagascar bourbon vanilla or cookies & cream, or go for hand filled specialties like classic jelly or maple bacon. Treat yourself or bring home a dozen for the family, they will definitely thank you for it.
Find out more at jellymoderndoughnuts.com
Made by Marcus
Nothing wraps up summer quite like a specialty ice cream cone from Made By Marcus. This Calgary staple has gained popularity over the years for their decadent desserts and delicious signature flavours such as Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk and Malted Chocolate Honeycomb. Ice cream is one of those things that is good year round, but just tastes better in the summer sun.
Find out more at madebymarcus.ca