From the outside, this enormous shopping center looks a bit like a giant spaceship. The Bay, Zellers and Sears are the major stops here, while The Gap, Eddie Bauer, Hallmark and The Sony Store are among some 150 other mall tenants. There are also dozens of services and a professional building at the heart of the mall. A massive new food court is the feature attraction of the reworked mall, which for years was in many ways two malls separated by an elevated parking garage.
When it comes to shopping in downtown Calgary, you'll find it hard to find a better alternative to Core. The expansive center boasts of no less than 160 stores on its four levels and has pretty much all the shopping essentials from luxury brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton to flagship stores of major departmental chains like Holt Renfrew and H&M. Fashion is well-represented with most major brands setting up shop here; a treat for the fashion-conscious. Another reason for the fashion brigade to rejoice is the expert personal styling services the center offers. Much effort has been put into the center's design with the focal point being the gigantic and eye-catching structural skylight creating a superb lighting effect in day times. An excellent range of restaurants ensures shoppers, a satisfying culinary experience. From fashion and beauty to jewelry and electronics, there's not much you'll miss here. With regular events and store promotions, Core offers one of the best shopping experienced downtown.
27 Boutique is a lavish store that deals in all things fashionable. It offers a range of garments and accessories that are designed to enhance the look of women and make them stand out from the crowd. The designs and patterns are in keeping with the latest trends. While browsing through the collection, one can also check out some attractive jewelry.
Ginger Laurier is a popular store in the city where to browse through oodles of designer labels. It stocks clothes for women as well as footwear and accessories to create the perfect ensemble. Brands include Piero Guidi NYC, Odd Molly, A.S. 98 and Joie. You can also choose to have a makeover by opting for a private shopping program with their consultants who will kit you up in the latest designs.
A shop wholly dedicated to men, North American Quality Purveyors offers a range of garments and accessories to dress up young men. You can choose from the range of knitwear, shirts, suits, jeans and other items on display and pick out something you like. The fabrics are of excellent quality and the designs are inspired by latest fashion trends.
O'Connors is a hugely successful store that deals with all things related to men's fashion. There are shirts, suits and other garments that flatter the body and set you apart. The store provides talented tailors who can quickly suit you up in an attractive clothing that is custom-made especially for you. Accessories like ties and cuff-links are also available here. One can also browse through their range of fragrances too.
The Bow Valley Square in the city's downtown core is known for its mix of offices, personal services and shopping areas. The Bow Valley Square sees a lot of walking-friendly traffic and activity come lunchtime, when office workers pan out through the extensive Plus 15 walkways that connect the Bow Valley Square to other buildings in the core. With more than 50 retail offerings, health and financial services, and even a lunchtime hour theater—the Lunchbox Theatre— the Bow Valley Square is a lively hub of activity in any season of the year.
One of Art Central's original tenants, Mary Pat Designs has earned a name for incorporating her flame-worked glass beads into her custom designed jewelery. It's not unusual to come into this store and find the artist at work on one of her dazzling creations. The artist uses semi-precious stones and glittering gems sourced from her travels to Asia and China. Apart from custom jewelery, this design shop also carries gifts and creative jewelery holders. So just bring in your outfit and request a piece of jewelery that complements your look. You can visit the space on Sundays too, but by appointment only.
A brilliant and world-renowned design label, Harry Rosen Menswear features a luxurious collection of men's garments. The store has a stunning range of garments ranging from shirts, trousers, suits as well as shoes and other accessories. Allow the staff to help you select something that suits your taste and you can be assured that you would make a style statement.
John Fluevog is an upscale shoe store which offers a range of trendy footwear for both men and women. The designs are a bit off-beat and make use of bright colors. Having opened in the year 2011, the Calgary branch of the shoe store chain is a great place to shop for some unique footwear. Along with the shopping area, the shop also has an art gallery and a refreshment area where delightful and cooling drinks are served to customers.
This Calgary chocolate-maker echoes European chocolate artisans of old. Les Truffes uses only the best Swiss chocolate, coco beans, fresh cream and butter for their hand-crafted chocolate goodies. Sample everything from their chocolate bars, fondue, sugar free chocolate, licorice and chocolate chips. Send home a special gift of sauces, chocolate shavings, syrups and truffles for that special someone. Les Truffes offers special gift wrapping and packaging services whether for celebrations or corporate events. Call for more details.