Check Out These 17th Ave Shops and Support Local Retail

After many long months of lockdown, there is light at the end of the tunnel as the government begins to lift some of the restrictions placed on our local businesses.  With increased safety measures in place, we are all hoping things will slowly return to normal. With that being said, there are plenty of businesses that need your support after this last year, and let’s be real, we’re all in need of a little retail therapy. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to some new home décor, or spice up your WFH look, here are some of the amazing shops and boutiques to check out this month on 17th Ave and support local retail! 

For a Glam Work-From-Home or Night Out Look

17th Ave offers some of the city’s best shopping with local boutiques like Era Style Loft, Leo Boutique and Blondie Boutique, all equipped with this season’s latest trends, high end designers and all the essentials for a stylish new outfit to hit the town in this month. You can also up your work-from-home look at Kit and Ace, where their selection of quality and technical fabrics will guarantee you’re looking fresh and comfortable for your next zoom call. 

Era Style Loft 

917 17 Ave SW, erastyleloft.com

Leo Boutique 

810b 16th Ave SW, leoboutique.com

Blondie Boutique 

1019 17 Ave SW #101, blondieboutique.com

Kit and Ace 

800 16 Ave SW, kitandace.com

For the Trend Setter

If you’re looking to stand out in a crowd with glitzy accessories and eye-catching styles, 17th Ave boutiques like Kate Hewko, Bamboo Ballroom and 27 Boutique are all brimming with unique items from stylish designers and local brands. Kate Hewko’s collection is curated by Hewko herself, so you know you’re bound to find something bold, and Bamboo Ballroom and 27 Boutique are both filled with sought after brands, as well as popular locally made goods you’re sure to love. 

Kate Hewko 

908 17 Ave SW #112, katehewko.com

Bamboo Ballroom

814 16 Ave SW, bambooballroom.com

27 Boutique 

1510 17 Ave SW, 27boutique.com

For the Accessory Enthusiast

An outfit is never quite complete without the perfect accessories. From the all-vegan selection of bags, shoes and jewellery found at Grinning Goat, to the silk scarves and cashmere ponchos carried by Beyond Scarf, 17th Ave is the place to go to find pieces that will really tie your outfit together.  Find something sparkly at Calgary Jewellery or Pacific Jewellery, where you can shop name brand watches, custom jewellery and more. And of course, you can’t neglect to mention shoes – and what better place to find the perfect pair then at Gravity Pope. This multilevel 17th Ave store has hundreds of your favourite brands from Vans to Frye, and they also offer a variety of other clothing and accessories. 

Gravity Pope 

1126 17 Ave SW, gravitypope.com

Grinning Goat 

323 17 Ave SW #101, grinninggoat.ca

Beyond Scarf

815 17 Ave SW #110, beyondscarf.ca

Calgary Jewellery

1201 17 Ave SW, calgaryjewellery.com

Pacific Jewellery 

1039 17 Ave SW #101, pacificjewellery.ca

For Health and Wellness

After the year we’ve had, it definitely can’t hurt to put a little more emphasis on our health and wellness.  Optimize your health and stock up on essential oils at Saje Wellness, or vitamins, supplements and protein shakes at Herc’s. You can also head to Shoppers on 17th Ave, and peruse their beautyBOUTIQUE and pharmacy for all your health and wellness essentials. 

Herc’s YYC 

858 16 Ave SW, hercs.com

Saje Wellness

880 16 Ave SW Unit #130, saje.com

Shoppers Drug Mart 

815 17 Ave SW Unit 100, shoppersdrugmart.ca

For Good Tunes and Technology

17th Ave is a cultural hub in Calgary, filled with local boutiques, restaurants serving global cuisines, and shops such as Blackbyrd Myoozik and Sloth Records, where you can load up on classic records and good tunes. You can also find retailers such as Best Buy and Canadian Tire, where in addition to finding equipment to play your new records on, you can also shop a variety of other tech items such as laptops, speakers, TVs, headphones and more. 

Blackbyrd Records 

1126 17 Ave SW, blackbyrd.ca

Sloth Records 

736b 17 Ave SW, slothrecords.wordpress.com

Best Buy

901 17 Ave SW, bestbuy.ca

Canadian Tire 

906 16 Ave SW Suite 201, canadiantire.ca

For the Décor Aficionado

We’ve all spent a lot of time stuck inside lately, so ensuring you love your space and the decor surrounding you is essential! Shop home furnishings, accessories, lighting and more at 17th Ave retailers 4 Living, Robert Sweep, West Elm and Structube. You can also check out places like Walls Alive if you want to switch up your paint colour or wall paper, or 17th Ave Framing, for custom frames glassware, and in-store art. And once you’ve found the perfect additions to liven up your space, a floral arrangement from Purple Orchid is a beautiful final touch to tie it all together. 

4 Living

1445 17 Ave SW, 4living.ca

Robert Sweep 

808 16 Ave SW, robertsweep.com

West Elm 

868 16 Ave SW, westelm.com

Purple Orchid 

810 16 Ave SW, purpleorchidflowers.ca

Walls Alive 

1328 17 Ave SW, wallsalive.com

17th Ave Framing 

1232 17 Ave SW, 17thavenueframing.com

Structube

905 17 Ave SW, structube.com

For the Collector

From a thousand piece puzzles to Egyptian décor and artifacts, 17th Ave is brimming with boutiques and shops selling locally made goods, collectors’ items, games, art and much, much more. Find collectors items like pens and stationary at 17th Ave mainstay, Reid’s, where you can also find an assortment of games, décor and other gifting ideas throughout the year. Steeling Home, The Raven’s Room and Humainologie are filled with locally made goods and treasures, and items ranging from jewellery and accessories, to home decor and books. And of course Son of the Pharaoh, which is home to Canada’s largest collection of Egyptian artifacts – you’re sure to find something exquisite and unique amongst their extensive selection of items. And finally for those with a passion for art and all things beautiful, check out both Passion For Glass, a glass art gallery and studio, as well as the Rubaiyat, one of 17th Ave’s longest standing residents, carrying a variety of jewellery, art glass, apothecary products, home decor and more. 

Steeling Home 

1010 17 Ave SW, steelinghome.ca

Son of the Pharoah 

512 17 Ave SW, sonofthepharaoh.com

Passion For Glass 

1534 17 Ave SW, passionforglass.ca

Humainologie

1514 7 St SW, humainologie.com

The Raven’s Room 

908 17 Ave SW #110, theravensroom.ca

Rubaiyat

722 17 Ave SW, rubaiyatcalgary.com

Reid’s Stationers

710 17 Ave SW, reidstationers.com

For the Active Outdoorsy Types

Calgary winters are not for the faint of heart, and as anyone who lives in Calgary knows, quality winter wear is an absolute necessity to make it through this season. 17th Ave is home to retailers like Arc’Teryx and Fjallraven who are both equipped with quality active wear that will take you from season to season and through any and all of your mountainous adventures. If you’re hitting the hill this Winter, you can also find a massive selection of ski and snowboard equipment, and all of the necessary accessories at Ski Cellar Snowboard. 

Arc’Teryx

815 17 Ave SW unit 150, arcteryx.com

Fjallraven 

815 17 Ave SW, fjallraven.com

Ski Cellar Snowboard

1442 17 Ave SW, skicellarsnowboard.com

For A Girls Night In

Let’s be real, with the current ongoing pandemic and the never ending cold weather we’re getting this winter, we can all expect a few more nights spent indoors this month, so we might as well make the most of it. Whether you’re spending the night alone or with your cohort, treat yourself to the cozy night in essentials: good wine and tasty treats. Vine Art’s massive selection of wine, beer, ciders, alcohol and more is a great place to start on those cold nights in, and Urban Fare’s selection of different grocery essentials is a perfect place to stock up on charcuterie board necessities. 

Vine Arts 

932 17 Ave SW #101, vinearts.ca

Urban Fare 

101-906 16 Ave SW, urbanfare.com

For Vintage and Consignment

One thing 17th Ave has no shortage of is vintage and consignment shops, selling both pre-loved clothing and fashion brands, as well as secondhand furnishings and décor. Boutiques like Velour Clothing, Danielle’s Consignment, Thrift Couture, Salvedge and Sylvstyle offer designer brands and second hand clothing in styles you will love. And HG Vintage is where you can stock up on vintage items like crewnecks, sports jerseys and denim at their second floor 17th Ave location. At Mr. Mansfield Vintage and Bex Vintage, which actually share a location, you can shop for vintage furniture and preloved items to add to your home as well. 

Mr. Mansfield Vintage 

1611 14 St SW, mrmansfieldvintage.com

BEX Vintage 

1611 14 St SW, bexvintage.ca

Velour Clothing 

1022 17 Ave SW Suite 200, velourclothingexchange.com

Danielle’s Consignment 

908 17 Ave SW, shopdaniellesconsignment.com

HG Vintage 

720 17 Ave SW, hgvintage.com

Thrift Couture 

1314B 17 Ave SW, thriftcouture.ca

Salvedge 

1013 17 Ave SW #113, salvedgefashion.com

Sylvstyle 

333 17 Ave SW #329, sylvstyle.com 

For Eyewear and Sunnies 

Despite the snow and freezing cold temperatures we often experience during our Calgary winters, we’re lucky to also get a ton of bright and sunny days as well. Keep your eyes safe and make sure you’re prepared with a quality pair of sunglasses from one of our amazing eye stores here on 17th. Find all your eyewear needs including prescription glasses as well as polarized lenses at Ollie Quinn, Soloptix and Brass Monocle on 17th Ave.

Ollie Quinn 

829 17 Ave SW, olliequinn.ca

Soloptix 

628 17 Ave SW, soloptixonline.com

Brass Monocle

806 16 Ave SW, brassmonocle.com

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