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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.
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.
In 1973 Roots began selling the shoe that everyone wore for years in high school. The original Roots were a mix between a desert boot and running shoe, and everyone from thirteen years old and onward had a pair. Since that universal start in the early 1970's, Roots has grown and expanded, and now carries sweatshirts, sweatpants, boots and a whole line of comfortable and reasonably priced clothing. There are many locations in Calgary, and each location plans to begin selling jeans, cotton shirts and more accessible apparels.
This large and unpretentious wine shop is a joy for wine-lovers. The selection is vast, with most of the world's wine producing regions well represented, and staff favorites are labeled with tasting notes. The beer fridge is well stocked with microbrews and many specialty imports. There is also a large selection of premium whiskies, spirits, ports and champagnes. The Market offers free tastings on Saturday afternoons, and for those who don't know their semillion from their sangiovese, there are introductory courses too.