Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University
2231 Banff Trail
Calgary, AB T2M 4L2
Phone: (403) 289-1921
Fax: (403) 282-2149
North Hill Center was the first ever shopping mall to open in western Canada. Established in 1958 with merely 30 stores, the mall has been in continuous function since its birth. Today, the mall is a lot larger that it was and houses over 100 shops and services. Some of these shops include A&W, Taco Time, Delmar Drycleaning, Hallmark, Things Engraved and Walters Jewelers.
Cornucopia Market is health food and grocery store that stocks some of the finest organic produce in the city. The store is relatively small, but has a large bakery, broad range of pastas and sauces, and a variety of very tasty fruit. There are also nutritional supplements available here. The helpful staff really knows its stuff when it comes to nutrition, and can instantly locate anything in the store for customers. The prices are a little higher than those at regular supermarkets, but the quality and selection is far superior.
For those about to head out for some action, a visit to Abominable is definitely in order. One of Calgary's largest sports equipment retailers offers clothing and equipment for any ability or budget. The store is packed with jackets, boots, snowboards, skis, and casual clothing. Sports goods are available for up to a week at cheaper rates. There is also a ski shop that can mount bindings and repair any equipment problems you might encounter. For more information, check website.
One of the reasons this store is so popular among audio-philes is because of the trend to recycle and reuse. This is true even when it comes to listening to music. The gently used CDs may have had another incarnation at someone else's abode, but most are in perfect condition, and all are guaranteed, the selection is huge. You'll find row after row of classics like The Stones, Janis Joplin and The Beatles, but they also have a large selection of current favorites as well.
The Green Calgary Association Eco-Store is just one segment of the Green Calgary Association, known formerly as Clean Calgary association, an urban not-for-profit organization that strives to provide environmental education, services and products to Calgarians. Their downtown eco-store sells only eco-friendly products that emphasize recycling, re-usability and natural ingredients. The wide range of eco-products found at this store debunks the idea that eco-friendly products are expensive as well as hard to come by. This eco-store carries certified organic baby and body care, hemp products, books, gardening and natural home cleaners, as well as starter eco-baskets. One of their best-sellers is their oak rain and recycled rain barrels that are sold year-round.
German-made Birkenstock footwear has a reputation the world over for the comfort and durability of its product. This unique Birkenstock-exclusive distributor sells nothing but authentic Birki's and provides all the information to help you decide on the style that will best suit your lifestyle. The relatively pricey sandals, slip-ons and clogs are designed to be versatile but practical, with excellent foot care being the main focus. The store is located upstairs from Futons for Less, in a former residence which has now been converted. Well worth the visit if you are looking to invest in pure quality footwear. Parking is available at the rear.
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.
Willow Studio, located along Kensington Road, sells custom-made furniture, carpets and home accents, and provides in-home consultation for clients. They also do home staging and rent out furniture for home resale. Though Willow Studio carries Canadian-made products, one can find Italian furnishings, fabrics and leathers that can be paired with the classic, modern or contemporary interiors in today’s homes. Check website for more details.
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.
Need mountain gear? Have gear you don't need? This unique consignment shop will take your old equipment off your hands and load you up with new or old stuff. Mountain Sport Exchange Inc. is home to a large selection of second-hand tents, sleeping bags, skis, rock-climbing equipment, hiking boots and other accessories for trips into the wide outdoors. Everything is in good condition and prices are low.
With the growing trend towards all things earth friendly, the Earth Collection has joined the bandwagon by opening a shop in Calgary’s trendy Kensington area. Considered a global brand (with shops in sevral countries) Earth Collection’s story began in 1993 with the production of eco-friendly t-shirts. With a range of collections for men, women, children and baby organic clothes, one can be assured of wearing chemical free apparel made of natural fabric like cotton, linen, silk and many more. This store’s collection is classically fashionable, with easy pieces that can be mixed and matched.
The myriad of fragrances wafting out of this shop is enough to stop passersby in their tracks and draw them inside. A veritable jungle of full-bloom exotic plants and flowers crowd every surface and hang in layers from the ceiling of this heady place. Whether customers need arrangements of conventional flowers such as daffodils and roses, or living assortments of potted plants, the staff can help with decisions. A large assortment of ornamental ceramic pots to contain new plants is available. Phone-in flower orders are accepted, and delivery is made within Calgary at a cost.