Not only can you find some of Calgary’s best restaurants and shopping on 17th Ave, but the Red Mile’s variety of businesses makes it a great place to go if you’re looking to try something new, load up on supplies for a day of crafting, or pick up a new skill or hobby – something I think we all did in 2020. There’s a variety of different craft shops, collectors’ items and specialty shops on 17th Ave, with products ranging from sporting goods to collector stamps, unique gemstones and beads to stationary, and much, much more. Support local, unique businesses and check out these 17th Ave shops today!
Whether you’re an expert with needles and yarn, or you’re looking to sharpen your skills, Pudding Yarn has all the essentials to create beautiful, cozy knits. In addition to their selection of different yarns ranging from cashmere to alpaca, you also shop a variety of patterns for items such as socks, mittens, scarves and toques.
1516 6 St SW, puddingyarn.com
Ski Cellar Snowboard
Be ready to take on the mountain with Ski Cellar Snowboard’s vast selection of gear ranging from equipment including skis, snowboards and goggles to outerwear. Their experienced team offers a wealth of knowledge if you’re looking for advice or recommendations and they also have a service shop where they offer ski and snowboard tuning, waxing and more.
1442 17 Ave SW, skicellarsnowboard.com
Even if you don’t collect stationary, you’ll want to after you go into Reid’s and get a glimpse of their expansive collection of fine writing instruments, stationary and more. This iconic 17th Ave store also has tons of party supplies, gift ideas, games, journals, notebooks and basically anything else you can think of!
710 – 17th Avenue SW, reidstationers.com
Stampede City Stamps
The Calgary Philatelic Society is a not-for-profit, member run club that was founded nearly 100 years ago for those with an interest in stamp collection. You can sign up to be a member of this historic club, which offers monthly meetings (currently held via zoom due to COVID-19), where members are privy to a number of benefits such as auctions, new issues of the Calgary Philatelist, and The Calgary Philatelic Society library, which is home to hundreds of books, catalogues and rare reference material.
1613 14 St SW, calgaryphilatelicsociety.com
Not only can you browse Beadle’s vast collection of custom jewellery made with supplies brought in from around the world, but you can also pick up gemstone beads, pendants, pearls, metal studs and more, along with leather and hemp cord and other essentials needed to create your own jewellery. Beadles also offers classes for jewellery crafting, where they’ll aid you in purchasing the right supplies and producing something you’ll love.
1606 7 Street SW, beadlesbeads.ca
Who doesn’t appreciate a good glass of wine or cold beer after a long day? At Vine Arts, you can treat yourself to their expansive selection of wines, spirits and beer, as well as bar and glassware, cocktail kits and more. If you’re really passionate about your wine, they also have a number of clubs you can join where you receive a monthly wine delivery. Sign us up!
101, 932 17th Ave SW, vinearts.ca
Daily Globe News
If you have a passion for news, magazines and traditional media, Daily Globe News has a selection of more than 3,000 different titles ranging from newspapers to magazines, and in 6 different languages! Check out their Instagram for recent updates on incoming titles.
1013 17th Ave SW, instagram.com/dailyglobeyyc
Son of The Pharaoh
This collector’s paradise is the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Canada with their enormous variety of Egyptian décor, jewellery, historical items and more. This family-run business has deep roots in Egypt, and prior to COVID-19, were also organizing 2-4 Egyptian tours a year. Head to their 17th Ave store to shop unique, handmade items or check out their website to shop online.
1512 17 Ave SW, sonofthepharaoh.com
Mona Lisa Art Salon
There isn’t much you can’t find at Mona Lisa Art Salon when it comes to artist materials and products. This family-run business has been in Calgary for more than 50 years, and has been offering their expertise on a broad spectrum of products and technical knowledge for clients ranging from beginners to professionals.
1518 – 7th Street SW, monalisa-artmat.com
Passion for Glass
Head to Passion for Glass Gallery to view their collection of paintings, sculptures and functional glass pieces from some of Alberta’s most renowned artists, alongside their selection of supplies and tools for fusing, lampworking and jewellery making. You can also head to their website to learn more about the different glass art classes they have available for skill levels ranging from beginner to professional level.
1534 17th Ave SW, passionforglass.ca
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or you’re just looking to make some healthier lifestyle choices, Herc’s Nutrition is a good place to start. This community-oriented shop welcomes people with all different health and fitness backgrounds and provides a selection of vitamins, supplements and protein shakes, all aimed at improving overall health. You can shop their 16th Ave location or head online to shop products there as well.
858 16 Ave SW, hercs.com
From base layers to insulated jackets, Arc’Teryx is brimming with outerwear essentials to keep you covered in all the elements. They also have a wide selection of gear made for outdoor excursions such as alpine and rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, trail running and more.
815 17 Ave SW unit 150, arcteryx.com
Fjallraven’s product is made for the outdoor enthusiast on the go with their extensive selection of bags and gear, which includes day packs, trekking packs, mountaineering packs, laptop packs and more. In addition to their assortment of outerwear for men, women and kids, they also carry tent accessories, sleeping bags and travel accessories for any and all of your outdoor adventures.
815 17 Ave SW, fjallraven.com
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