Written for Daily Hive by Samantha Cashin
Calgary is home to numerous locally owned businesses that have started and prospered throughout the city and sometimes even beyond.
By shopping local, you are supporting your fellow community members as well as boosting local economy. Here are a few local businesses you must check out if you haven’t already.
We had a lot of fun with our new friends from @clothing_bar_yyc they are the focus of this week’s blog by @k.smiles442 where she talks about some fun ways for the gals to accessorize with one of our juicy crews. Check out the link in our bio! Thanks to @k.e.evans for reaching out to us and helping to get this organized! Photo by @beecupelli babes by @k.smiles442 @bianca_mancuso @eleruthless. #collablaundry
For those who have never heard of Local Laundry, you’ve probably seen their apparel worn around the city and may recognize their classic YYC design. Each design is inspired by local communities and neighbourhoods around the city and as well as the province too.
Founder Connor Curran created the idea in hopes that it will help locals represent where they come from and express their pride in their communities. Whether you’re a proud Airdrie resident, or a number one Kensington fan, Local Laundry has a design to fit you. Local Laundry Apparel can be found at stores throughout the city or online.
Did you know Steeling Home has been apart of Calgary since 1993. It started as an artist co-op, to showcase local work. When it first opened, its focus was on creating hand forged iron and steel items – hence the name Steeling Home. Jennifer has had the store open for nearly 24 years now! #internationalwomensday
If you’re looking for vintage one of a kind items, you must check out Steeling Home. Created in 1993, this modern day general store was initially used as a venue for local work. The shop is home to thousand of unique pieces that will liven up your home, appearance, and daily lifestyle.
Address: 1010 17th Avenue SW
Looking for a tasty treat? Village Ice Cream has you covered. Their hand made ice cream will make you want to come back and try every flavour they have. This local gourmet ice cream factory will even make you want to bare the freezing temperatures for their creamy treats.
- Victoria Park – 431 10 Avenue SE
- Britannia Plaza – 820 49 Avenue SW
- Garrison Corner – 2406 34th Avenue SW
Yesterday was incredible. Thank you so much to everyone who came to help celebrate our birthday! We were completely shocked by the amount of people who came by, you guys are unbelievable. ❤ Thank you for an amazing birthday party! Biggest thank yous go to our wonderful community that helped fill our swag bags, and gift baskets. Shout outs to @yycteawagon, @thevioletchocolatecompany, @saltwaterteajewelry, @prettysweetyyc, @journeyyogawellness, @redbloomsalon, @cjcustomart, @mintanddaisy, @craftedyyc, and @movementuyyc. We love you guys! 💗 Photo: @kmarchibald
Greater Goods is a boutique and tea bar brought together by two local businesses, Crafted and Salt Water Tea. The boutique doubles up as a coffee shop serving a unique assortment of loose-leaf teas. Shop for handcrafted items from Crafted, or jewellery by Salt Water Tea. If you’ve had enough of shopping, they also use the space for Mix & Mingle DIY classes hosted by Crafted.
Address: #8 606 Meredith Road NE
Trade up some ice cream for gelato. Fiasco Gelato shop provides customers with a delicious treat that is made up of the best quality ingredients. Started in 2003, Fiasco serves to everyone’s needs offering customers gluten free, dairy free, fat free, and vegan friendly options. Stop by their shop, order online, or catch them around town in their food truck. Not only can you find their products on the shelves of your favourite grocery stores, they are also on Skip the Dishes.
- 221 19 Street SE
- Food Trucks – see website to pin them down
- 110, 221 19 Street SE
Market Collective is unlike the rest of the local businesses featured. This independent art market has been showcasing the works of local artists, designers and musicians. But, you may have to wait in order to visit Market Collective, the markets put on by the company happen bi-monthly. Check their website to see when the next market will be held.
Ski Cellar Snowboard will help set you up for your next trip to the mountains. Established in 1946, this local business provides its customers with top quality products such as ski and snowboarding equipment, clothing and accessories. Not only does their knowledgeable staff help you pick out the perfect products, they also provide services such as equipment tuning and boot fittings to help you out before hitting the slopes.
- 1442 17 Avenue SW
- 11 Bowridge Drive NW
- 5809 Macleod Trail South