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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.
Even though there are row upon row of specialty shops along Kensington Road, some stores just draw you to come in and explore. Mañana Imports and Gifts has been providing locals and tourists alike with fair-trade goods from over 30 countries. Everything from clothing and glittering silver jewelry to Putumayo music CDs and travel photos, can be shopped for at this one of its kind destination. The goods from this store are sourced from Guatemala, Nepal and Thailand. They even carry some Navajo Indian tribal products. Their popularity is immense and therefore it is best to call and reserve the product of your choice. Hours are seasonal; call for details.
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.
Calgary loves Lina's Italian Market & Cappucino Bar. Her beautiful store is half supermarket, half cafeteria. Stop in to the market for Italian groceries. Lina's aisles are crammed with imported Italian foodstuffs and ceramics, fresh produce, house-made pastas and a huge selection of deli meats, cheeses and antipasti. The cafeteria is an even greater joy. At Lina, they make fresh pizzas, sandwiches and entrées such as Italian sausages, stuffed peppers and veal scaloppini. For dessert there is gelato, espresso and a giant selection of Italian pastries. The cappuccino bar is also a delightful place!
Too many used book shops have all the charm of a garage sale. Annie's Book Company is different. Dispersed among the well-stocked shelves are comfortable chairs, sofas and tables, and the cafe in the corner offers delicious coffees and teas to sip while you browse. With over fifty titles in stock covering every conceivable genre, there is plenty to look at. Annie also offers a book rental service, and a literary salon, which is a separate room housing rare and antiquated books. A regular schedule of poetry readings and lectures are also available.
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.