7 more local Calgary businesses you should know about

Apr 12 2017, 8:45 pm

Written for Daily Hive by Samantha Cashin

Local businesses create a strong connection throughout numerous neighbourhoods. Everyone in the community benefits from local business as they boost the economy and creates jobs for Calgarians around the city.

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Whether you’re looking for a fresh new outfit or wanting to spruce up your house with some locally crafted furniture, here is a list of local business you must check out.

Blame Betty

If you have a love for pin-up, retro, and vintage clothing, Blame Betty is the place for you. Spice up your look with some of the dazzling pieces of clothing this store has to offer.

If you can’t make it to their store, located in the shopping district on 17th Ave, no need to worry! Blame Betty also doubles up as an online boutique that ships anywhere in the world. No duty or brokerage if you’re getting your items shipped anywhere in Canada.

Address: 211 17 Avenue SE

Website: https://blamebetty.com

Castle Toys

Treat the special kids in your life with a new toy from the best toyshop in Calgary!

Castle Toys has been locally owned for over 30 years and have provided kids with the best toys and games at the lowest prices. You must visit this castle-themed store for the full experience, but if you can’t make it down Castle Toys their products are also available through their online store!

Address: 101 – 5718 1A Street SW

Website: https://castletoys.ca/

Pete’s Pipes

Spruce up your house with handcrafted iron pipe furniture made by Pete himself!

With the help of his sister Kristen, Peter Soroka created his unique business around his passion for creating furniture out of iron pipes. Pete’s Pipes can set you up with a new wine rack, coffee table, or many other products that have been handmade by this talented Calgarian. You can find their products online or at many local markets around the city.

Website: https://petes-pipes.com/

The Silk Road Spice Merchant

Changes are happening today. Full shop re-org in progress!

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The Silk Road Spice Merchant has been supplying people in Calgary with the best selection of spices since 2008. With spices, herbs, and chiles from around the world, this local business offers whatever you need to make your next delicious dish right in your neighbourhood.

The staff at Silk Road Spice Merchant ensure that each product is fresh and has been perfected before stocking them onto the shelf. Stop by their store to spice up your next meal!

Address: 1403 9 Avenue SE

Website: http://www.silkroadspices.ca

Mañana Imports and Gifts

New fine lost wax cast copper statues at #MananaImports #buddhas #statues #buddhist #kensingtonYYC

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Need a little taste of the world? Mañana Imports and Gifts has you covered. With cultural gifts, handmade folk art, clothing, jewelry, and décor from around the world, this local business is unique from the rest.

The family-run business was established in 1989, with the hopes of exchanging culture and educating visitors about the world.

Address: 1132 Kensington Road NW

Website: http://mananaimports.com


Bonsai and airplants to get you through the week! #plantsforthepeople #tillandsia #ficusbonsai

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Plant is a local business in Calgary that sells, well you guessed it, plants! With most of their products created in shop, Plant offers a selection of terrariums, indoor gardening and landscaping supplies, natural artwork and much more.

The staff will be able to provide each customer with specific instructions and appropriate vessels for each plant. If that’s not enough, Plant also provides hands-on workshop. Bring some life into your household by purchasing a unique terrarium from this local business today.

Address: 1327 9 Avenue SE

Website: http://www.plantterrariums.ca

Crave Cupcakes

For those of you who have a sweet tooth, Crave Cupcakes is the place to visit to purchase a delicious treat!

By using fresh ingredients and family recipes, sisters Carolyne and Jodi have created their bakery to share their delicious cupcakes, cookies, and cakes with the community. Not only can you find these fresh and tasty baked goods in Calgary, Crave Cupcakes now has locations in Edmonton and Saskatoon as well!


  • 1107 Kensington Road NW
  • 222-10816 Macleod Trail SE
  • 106, 318 Aspen Glen Landing SW
  • #57 Crowfoot Terrace NW


  • 7929 104th Street


  • 802A Broadway Avenue

Website: http://www.cravecupcakes.ca

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