The man cave is a sacred manctuary in which the man of the house sips the finest craft beers, watches football and stows manly wares on a bookshelf that smells like mahogany.
And now, Calgary men can decorate their manspaces without any shame thanks to Stuff, a gift store dedicated to the masculine lifestyle. According to owner Spencer Schmick, the storefront was inspired from his experiences abroad.
“I took inspiration from traveling to other larger cities and countries, seeing what their retail stores were offering, and used those experiences to come up with my concept for Stuff,” says Schmick.
“It’s a curated collection of goods for the modern male consumer, or anyone else that might enjoy the more masculine aesthetic or be purchasing on behalf of someone who does.”
Designed for the urban man, browsers will find a wide variety of items including furniture, home décor, apothecary, gift, better quality novelty items, apparel, stationary, lighting, jewelry, leather goods, and even some audio products.
Schmick’s retail background gave him the idea of creating a specialized store of his own in which he could interact with local customers.
“My background is in interior design. I was a practicing independent designer back in the day, which turned into furniture sales which turned into managing a lifestyle type furniture store here in Calgary called Home Evolution,” says Schmick.
“I missed the retail store atmosphere and the buying and curating of products as well as working with customers and figured I should give my own store a shot.”
Calgarians can expect Stuff to expand and meet a wide range of needs, extending from the man cave and into the commonly misunderstood lives of men.
“To me, Stuff will evolve over time,” says Schmick. “The basic concept will stay the same, but I hope to expand the categories according to customer demand and who knows, maybe even work on some private label for products of my own – that to me is a very exciting proposition.”
Address: 102-709 11th Avenue SW
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.