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6 New Stores Just Opened Their Doors

Get your clothes, hand cream and custom concrete in these fresh spaces.

(Photo: Mercedes and Singh.)

Mercedes and Singh, Calgary

Design and fabrication power couple Karen Matharu and Sumer Singh (the latter a previous WL Designers of the Year One to Watch) have opened up a workshop-showroom combo specializing in metal, wood and concrete. From contemporary lighting fixtures to custom one-off tables, you pick your material and this duo will take your piece from conceptualization to presentation, all in the same 2,000-square-foot space. 612A 36 Ave. NE—Allie Turner


Saks Fifth Avenue
, Calgary

At 115,000 square feet, this New York-born specialty retailer is moving into Calgary in a big way—and into Chinook Centre’s old Target space, no less. The store will feature exclusive designer wares like Gianvito Rossi, Ex Nihilo and Chantecaille. Tired of the mall mobs? Register for the Fifth Avenue Club and gain access to private shopping suites. Also, check out the soon-to-launch salon, spa and restaurant: this is a one-stop browse, blowout and brunch destination. 6455 Macleod Trail—Alyssa Hirose

(Photo: Stewart Zhong.)

Leisure Center, Vancouver

Imagine shopping a designer apocalypse bunker filled with luxe apparel, books, music, furniture and cosmetics. The aptly named 22,000-square-foot multipurpose store even houses a tonic bar by Alchemist’s Kitchen. Clothing brands range from Vetements to couture houses like Andrew GN—all of which stand stark against reflective metal walls in octagonal negative-space rooms. 950 Homer St.—AT


Van Cleef and Arpels
, Vancouver

Handmade ruby rings, pearl pendants and white gold watches give this French luxury jeweller an extra edge: a single piece of jewellery can take more than 1,000 hours to craft. Trimmed with gold drapes and Murano chandeliers, this 4,000-square-foot boutique is the store’s first location in Western Canada. 1069 Alberni St.—AH

(Photo: West Coast Refill.)

West Coast Refill, Victoria

Tucked away in Dragon Alley (Victoria really loves its alleyways), this recently opened shop proves less is more, stocking a lean but well-considered inventory of skin-care, bath, and home-cleaning products available for bulk purchase, by weight or by refill—all aimed at reducing consumer packaging and waste. Also on offer: reusable goods like simple clear- and amber-glass bottles (perfect for decanting) and Vancouver Island-made products like Abeego’s beeswax food wraps and Enviro Glass straws, which are made of hardy commercial-grade glass and available with lids that can fit any Mason jar. 10-532½ Fisgard St.—Rosemary Poole


Fjällräven
, Victoria

This downtown store combines the clean lines of Scandinavian design with the wood accents of mountain-rustic decor, echoing the brand’s versatile and sustainably produced outerwear and backpacks. Fjällräven’s in-store brand ambassadors are experts on local outdoor activities (Mount Douglas hike, anyone?), and their on-site tailor does customizations and repairs for your next alpine or urban adventure. 1327 Government St.—AH

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