3 New Stores to Shop This Spring
A modern tea café in Vancouver, a Calgary jewellery boutique and an Edmonton stationery shop to check out now.
Cha Le Tea Merchant Cafe and Shop, Vancouver
Husband-and-wife team Charlie Zhang and Sue Wang jump on the farm-to-table trend with their glossy new full-service tea café and shop. In wall-to-wall wood and white lacquer, the space is a minimalist’s dream, with cool copper tins and box decor from Vancouver design darlings Glasfurd and Walker (read more about the gorgeous design here). Located in Yaletown, the shop features more than 20 Chinese teas sourced from independent farms, with everything from a smoky black tea grown by a family friend in the mountains of Chongqing to a cinnamon-like oolong to a narcissus blossom tea grown in the rocks on two different sides of the same mountain in Fujian Province. chaletea.com—Carly Whetter
The vintage brick Devenish Building (built in 1911) welcomes Kate Hewko’s first design studio under her own name. This ultra-progressive boutique is full of statement-making clothing and accessories—nothing is simple or basic (think velvet T-shirts, sequin-patch denim and moonstone handpieces). But it’s the hirsute staples that really set Hewko’s store apart: her wild, multicoloured faux-fur coats will bring your wardrobe to life. katehewko.com—Gabrielle Lakusta
Love putting pen to paper? A charming new shop celebrating all things stationery debuts in Edmonton’s Westmount neighbourhood, right on the artsy and independent 124 Street. Owner Tracy Losey’s bright and modern space carries painterly thank-you notes, high-end gift-wrap, candles, quirky gifts and design-forward journals from far-flung favourites (like U.K.-based marble-print maven Katie Leamon), plus a rotating cast of locals. Look out for pieces from Edmontonian brand Ochre Lea, which features bright handmade letterpress creations with cheeky phrases. parcelandprose.com