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.
This upscale, fashionable mall is in the heart of downtown Calgary and caters to the urban shopper. Some of the more eclectic shops include The Brass Monocle, Oxygen Clothing and a Wine Gallery that boasts hundreds of different types of wines. For the less spirited, there are the more customary stores such as Henry Singer Men's Wear and CrabTree and Evelyn. Of course if you're in the mood to take in a movie, do not forget about the cinemas on the fourth floor or the beautiful Sunterra Market on the second floor.
Located in fashionable 17th Avenue in Calgary, this minimalist fashion gallery has been working the Calgary fashion scene since 1997. Leo Boutique carries high-end designer brands from Italy, Australia, the US and Scandinavian countries. Find everything from suits, jeans, casual and name brands like Ted Baker of the U.K., Citizens of Humanity as well as a Swedish designer called Tiger. This boutique's minimalist interiors of white walls, leather and sand-blasted glass allows shoppers and browsers to navigate the boutique without distraction. Find your brands, sizes and other accessories at this edgy fashion gallery.
This is an upscale, modern store that offers sophisticated fashion and designer clothes, jewelry and accessories. Holt Renfrew is located right downtown and has 11 locations across Canada. It has long been a staple for the successful corporate businesswoman and offers the best in European and Canadian designs. There are over two dozen different designers offering everything from suits to pants and blouses to shoes. There is also a large section dedicated strictly to formal occasions, where you will find some really beautiful evening gowns.
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.
If you're looking for a thick sweater to combat the chill of a Calgary winter, Amos and Andes Imports, at the Eau Claire market, is the place to visit. Although the eclectic boutique imports clothing and art from around the world, its best product is the handmade wool sweaters stacked at the back. The warm creations are spun from a variety of wools, then hand-dyed and knit into dozens of patterns, including the classic Mexican Eagle, Maple Leaf, Peruvian and Scandinavian designs.The painted ceremonial masks hanging on the walls, or the twisting, Celtic-inspired candle holders are sure to capture your interest. Call for more details.
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.
The centuries old Hudson Bay Company's local flagship presides over downtown's Stephen Avenue Mall. Its white terra-cotta building boasts five floors of merchandise. The goods run the spectrum from inexpensive house brands to designer duds, often set up in well-defined areas. In other words, Tommy Hilfiger has his space while Ralph Lauren is down and over a bit on the men's wear floor. The basement encompasses the Market Square area, with fresh deli and bakery goods and endless floor space devoted to kitchen, bathroom and bedroom goods.