Where to shop local for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just a week away, and if you are looking for unique gifts for your loved ones, you can shop local and show your community some love at the same time! Calgary is blessed to have so many talented makers and small businesses in our city, and you can support them by shopping local.

  • Galentine’s Market: this is the second annual market hosted by YYC Girl Gang, a collective of female entrepreneurs in Calgary. This market is perfect for the ladies, featuring a number of local vendors and shops. The market takes place Sunday, February 11th from 10am to 4pm at The Commons (1206 – 20 Avenue SE). There is a $3 cover at the door, more information here.
  • Livery Shop: this shop is located in a barn in Inglewood, and features local, Canadian and independent companies. Their mission is great and you’ll find lots of unique gift ideas. They are located at 1130 – 10 Avenue SE, more information here.
  • Greater Goods: this boutique and tea bar is located in Bridgeland, and sells only products made by local makers. Check out this shop in a historic building at 8, 606 Meredith Road NE, more information here.
  • Kricket’s Calgary: this local shop in Mission is actually closing its doors soon due to some development changes in the area, so now is the time to support them! They feature an amazing collection of cards and some unique gifts. Find them at 2306 – 4 Street SW.

Looking for some further inspiration for Valentine’s Day? Avenue Magazine published this guide of a few local gift ideas for the coming day. Plus, for your secret someone with a sweet tooth, here are nine local chocolate shops you can shop at and support this week.

Happy shopping!