Shopping Photo Credit: RAAS

6 New Stores Now Open Across the West

A sleek new jewellery boutique comes to Vancouver, while Edmonton opens its first micro-mall.


Avenue Road, Vancouver

Joining its sister showrooms in Toronto and New York, Avenue Road offers environmentally conscious contemporary pieces for each stage of the design process, from architecture to accessories. At its Gastown location, you’ll find sleek Vuelta sofas, hand-knotted Tibetan wool rugs by Vivienne Westwood and showstopping 1950s bar trolleys. 301–210 Carrall St., avenue-road.com —Carly Whetter

(Photo: Ed White.)

Panerai, Vancouver

This Firenze-born favourite has been crafting watches since 1806, originally gaining prominence around the Second World War with its Radiomir model designed for the Royal Italian Navy. The company is now bringing its high-end mix of Italian and Swiss design to Vancouver. Spanish starchitect Patricia Urquiola designed the space to incorporate Panerai’s love of all things nautical with elements like the wood-panelled display cases that mimic founder Giovanni Panerai’s own yacht. 1008 Alberni St., panerai.com —Stephanie Mitchell

(Photo: Yaletown Photography.)

Chopard Boutique, Vancouver

The new boutique is the first in Western Canada for the luxury Swiss jeweller and watchmaker. Light wood panelling and elegant chairs with red velvet upholstery evoke a warm and comfortable living-room atmosphere. The 800-square-foot shop showcases the brand’s jewellery and timepiece collections alongside boutique-exclusive pieces—including the limited-edition Ice Cube Pure jewellery collaboration with Rihanna. Also in-store: Chopard’s own line of accessories, from leather handbags and wallets to scarves and ties. 105–925 W Georgia St., chopard.com —Alicia Neptune

(Photo: Shayne Woodsmith.)

General Concern, Edmonton

A name well known on the Edmonton design scene, Danny Ross is now bringing his own online furniture and interior design store to life in Manulife Place. The space is industrial-chic, featuring exposed ceilings and concrete paired with natural wood tones. Designed by Ross himself, the store stocks pieces from Canadian studios such as Wronko Woods (a WL One to Watch) and Edmonton’s beloved IZM, one of Ross’s long-time clients. 10180 101 St. NW, generalconcern.ca —SM


RAAS, Edmonton

West Edmonton Mall’s new RAAS (Retail as a Service) market allows local makers and artisans to set up shop without the expense of maintaining a storefront. The “micro-mall” is a collection of square and triangular spaces, which retailers—including health, beauty, decor, fashion and food brands—transform into their own small storefronts. Look out for: green-beauty apothecary Pura Botanicals and Moonshine Doughnuts (the farmers’ market favourite known for their visually appealing, vegan-friendly doughnuts in inventive flavours). 8882 170 St. NW, raas.co —AN


Goat, Calgary

A hair salon and lifestyle store, the Goat Shop values functionality, craftsmanship and connection. Salon chairs flank full-length standing mirrors designed by local architect Mindy Gudzinski, while wood shelves along one wall display their lifestyle collection—an ever-changing mix of housewares and everyday items like washable paper bags from Italy’s Uashmama and homespun napkins. 103–708 11 Ave. SW, goatshop.ca —AN

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