A very long nice list means a whole day of shopping in Stony Plain and Parkland County.
Everybody I know has been very good this year, so the Christmas list is very long. Lucky me, I can find something special for everyone just a few minutes west of Edmonton in the Tri-region.
Surprise your hip hippi chick
Take a nice walk through Stony’s charming downtown and you’ll come across a bunch of independent shops and boutiques. Among them you’ll find Gypsy Chicks, a new age store where you can buy your resident mystic a locally-made fairy garden, set of divination cards and some new crystals for her chakra-clearing collection. You can also head a couple blocks over to Blings and Things for retro fashion and accessories.
Treasures for the antique hunter
Stony’s One Man’s Treasure has everything antique – toys, kitchen gear and furniture. The big shop is packed with very cool old stuff from 40 vendors. My mom, who shops here a lot, says the stock is always changing, so set aside some time to browse. You are sure to find the perfect whatchamacallit for the treasure hunter on your list.
Enable your endless redecorator
We all know one – the friend, auntie, sister or mom who loves to add and move things around the house. For home and garden décor, tableware, bubble bath and ornaments for her trees (she probably has two), you just have to spend an afternoon browsing downtown Stony’s boutiques: Phina’s, Shelly’s Finds, Country Pumpkin and Where the Crow Flies. Take a short country drive to nearby Carvel and be rewarded with an adorable General Store filled with lovely smelling goodies, country décor and rustic locally made willow furniture.
Support the made local movement by treating your crafty friends to art classes and supplies. Hit Pam’s Woolly Shop for lots and lots of wool and evening knitting classes, the Busy Bee Workshop for 3D tole painting classes and Kountry Korner for scrapbooking and card-making supplies.
Local eats for the 100-mile dieter
Spruce Park Ranch Country Store, just 10 minutes south of Spruce Grove has locally-grown, organic and gluten free specialty foods – plus wooden bowls, enamel cookware and country-style knick-knacks.