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It is an experience just to walk into Hot Wax Records, a tiny hole-in-the-wall shop, and stroll through the decades of vintage rock paraphernalia adorning every flat surface. The selection of used and unusual vinyl records, cassette tapes, CDs, and even 8-track cassettes is incredible. It is difficult to distinguish between veteran customers and staff, as both share a great enthusiasm for the music and know exactly where to find the rarest recordings.
Shelf Life Books is an ultimate destination for book lovers. This book store is located in the Beltline area of Calgary. It has all kind of genres that range from fiction, history, philosophy, biography and literature. The book store also arranges special events on literature and takes a lot of pride in talking to customers about books. Their collection is wide so you are sure to find the book you have in mind.
The art of drinking tea has been practiced in all parts of the world for thousands of years. These days, teas from Nepal, China, Japan, Sri Lanka and other countries are sold in tea shops the world over. The Naked Leaf believes that tea should be earth-friendly, sans chemicals or artificial flavors. Choose from the many tea selections from green, black, oolong, organic and spiced teas, and then pick from their art-inspired tins. The Naked Leaf’s collection of tea pots, cups, and beautiful accessories are all part of the delicate tea ceremony.
It is not surprising that this award-winning bookstore is part-owned by author Peter Oliva, who is an award-winning author. Pages was a Canadian Booksellers Association Bookseller of the Year. This small, two-level store boasts a wide collection of fiction on the first floor and non-fiction on the second. Regularly scheduled author readings add a nice dimension to the book-reading experience. Shoppers determined to help wage a small-shop war against the encroaching book superstores, pack the aisles. Once you find your latest treasured tome, wander out into the surrounding Kensington neighborhood and enjoy one of its coffee-driven retreats.
This flower shop on trendy Kensington is mostly known for their edgier take on flower arrangements. Kensington Florist encourages customers to come in and describe the design they have in mind or let their florist show you samples of the work they do, for whatever occasion. They also offer botanical, gourmet bouquets, a choice of designer vases and gift ware. This florist is also a well known wedding specialist and can cater to small or larger events. Next time you're in Calgary, make a point of ordering a bouquet of flowers worthy of your host or hostess.
Buy your books the best way possible; second-hand. Fair's Fair is quality used books from wall to wall, and you can also sell or trade used books of your own. The books are displayed in easy-to-find categories and there is everything from New Age to Canadiana. If you can't find what you are looking for, they will write down the title you are interested in and let you know if it comes in. A real plus is the fact that you can re-trade your book once you have read it. Check website for opening hours.