Our hometown of Edmonton, Alberta is chock-full of innovative small businesses - it's an entrepreneurial community we're proud to be part of. This year, we're highlighting some of our favourite products, almost all of which can be shipped to wherever you're spending the holidays.
Clo's Customs are our neighbours in downtown Edmonton's historical Mercer Building - and since owner Kyle opened up shop this year, we've been charmed by the quality, ruggedness, and unisex appeal of his leather goods. Small Moleskine cover, $60 | www.closcustoms.com | 10359 104 St. (Vacancy Hall)
One stop, two shops: Barking Buffalo Café and Salgado Fenwick are a perfect pair - browse the locally-designed and silk-screened tees, home goods, and accessories, and grab a warm holiday drink on your way out. Super-cozy House-Made Pull Over in Snowy Owl, $89 | www.salgadofenwick.com | 10842 124 St.
As we prepare for an imminent Flatter:Me baby, we're really appreciating truly gender-neutral clothes and accessories. The Skinny is a great local source for hip, tiny togs, and they've recently teamed up with upcycled leather accessory brand Berg + Betts to create these ingenious bow clips that can be worn in the hair or on the collar. Or on your cat. (We had to try.) Chunky Monkey and Skinny Mini Leather Bow Ties, $28 | www.shoptheskinny.ca | 10359 104 St. (Vacancy Hall)
Habitat Etc. carries an eclectic mix of home, beauty, and wearables at their little Edmonton boutique (10187 104 St.); that's where we found these adorable notecards ($2.75) from Calgary brand Wrinkle + Crease.
Coming soon from Flatter:Me - a limited release of... well, we'll let you guess what's size-adjustable, washable in the belt loops, and designed for little fingers. Stay tuned!
We couldn't resist a second act for both of these brands. Berg + Betts crafts quality watches and jewelry from leather they upcycle from other companies' scraps; we love the buttery-soft band on this timepiece. Double Watch in Olive, $99 | www.bergandbetts.com
Clos' key fob has the satisfying weight and heft of something you'll have forever and ever. This one's made it onto our shopping list for our best guy and gal friends. Small Key Fob, $30 | www.closcustoms.com
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