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1. greater goods yyc. featured in the may issue of flare magazine (ellie goulding on the cover). buy local, take a diy class, have a cup of tea, shop for gifts, support your neighbors all in one inspiring place. this new collective space is a project between three of calgary’s favourite artisans. a tea bar with loose-leaf teas, drip coffee, and a daily selection of treats from local baker pretty sweet welcomes you to work, meet, or take a moment for yourself out of your day.  while you’re there, shop from a huge range of local handcrafted goods from crafted (including bath & body products,ceramics, leather goods, greeting cards, home décor, and art) as well as jewelry by salt water tea.  everything was made by canadian artisans, most of them in the calgary area, so you can know that treating yourself or hosting a coffee meeting keeps your impact in your community. visit www.greatergoodsco.ca and at #8, 606 meredith road ne

2. village ice cream.  newest addition to the village ice cream family is their marda loop location at the garrison corner, 2406 34th ave sw. indulge in your favourite flavours like salted caramel, toasted coconut, banana oreo and many more. the location is created in a new vision and is as inspiring as the ice cream itself. open 11am-11pm, 7 days a week all throughout the summer. villageicecream.com

3. plume. after the birth of her first child, plume founder lauren bilon, suffered from significant hair and eyelash loss. lauren had a vision: to collaborate with mother nature to create a safe way for women to enhance and protect their lashes. through extensive research, she achieved dramatic eyelash enhancements from a host of natural ingredients. lauren partnered with leading natural and organic cosmetics formulator irene schnell and carefully curated ingredients into an all-natural, long-lasting, preservative-free, safe, and effective formula. plume lash and brow enhancing serum was born. find it locally at esme beauty bar, noir lash lounge and pure form salonwww.plumescience.com

4. bamboo ballroom. shop the brands you already know and love at the newest southcentre location from one of our favourite alberta boutiques. newest addition included the kate hewko permanent shop-in-shop, get involved in a charity initiative lead by one of calgary’s leading stylists, kim flanagan, the good soles project. donate your gently used designer footwear where all of the proceeds from the sales go to homefront yyc, to help end violence toward women. look out for monthly pop-ups from local designers, retro finds from bex vintage and more. www.bambooballroom.ca & www.katehewko.com, southcentre mall 100 anderson road se

5. parkshow 2016. our friends at park are doing something new this year, the show is being extended to two whole nights of art, fashion and design. designers include anneke forbes, s.p. badu, malika couture, madame wolf, suka, bano eemee, rebecca king and many more. this event is designed to connect calgary fashion and art lovers with today’s young talent who are making an impact across canada.ourparkonline.comchinook centre, 2nd floor across from american apparel, 6455 macleod trail sw

may 27 & 28, ticket prices start at $40 for standing and go up to $250 for two day VIP

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