1. Tour Japan Without Leaving the City
Giving us a taste of traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist, Shokunin (2016 4 St. SW) is Calgary’s newest restaurant in the Mission neighborhood where you will find anything but sushi. Their great lunch menu is filled with small bites such as chicken skewers, roasted peppers and breaded deep-fried octopus. And those into ramen will have lots to rave about. For dinner you can expect a broadened menu, including unagi and local beef specialites. If you have ever been to Japan you will find the space itself reminiscent of those casual places serving up dinner to commuting locals at the end of the day.
2. Celebrate 50 Years of Glenbow
It’s that time of year again when Calgary’s most fashionable come out in support of the Glenbow Museum. On February 6, the space is transformed into Schmancy, the party of the year celebrating Glenbow’s 50th anniversary. You can expect to taste amazing food (courtesy of Hotel Arts’ executive chef Jan Hansen), be entertained by the music of Buck 65 and artwork by Kent Monkman, and have a run in with party host, Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker. Tickets are $250, and $1,000 for the VIP experience.
3. Get Decked Out at The Uncommons
I just found Calgary’s best hidden secret: artist Heather Buchanan has totally won me over with her collection of cheeky enamel pins. You can buy them online along with a selection of her cards and prints featuring hilarious bad puns (like “Tina Fey’k it ’til you make it.” I mean, come on!). You can also find her work at The Uncommons (1325 9 Ave. SE) in Inglewood alongside other fun objects you will just have to find a use for in your home!
4. Check Out This New Boutique!
Opening its doors the second week of February, Greater Goods (#8, 606 Meredith Rd. NE) will be your new go-to for curated artisanal goods—everything from bath products to floral arrangements to jewellery and more. A unique addition to the shop will be the tea bar, a cozy space to hang out for an afternoon. The shop is a joint project between Pam Morales who brought us Crafted, Amelia Cammaert of Mint & Daisy and Nicole Bracey of Salt Water Tea—all of whom you may already know from their time at Market Collective. So excited for this permanent space!
5. Try the New Collection at Paris Jewellers
Alberta’s own Paris Jewellers released a new geometric collection of rings, earrings and necklaces that are perfect for the modern woman—a great Valentine’s Day gift to yourself! And if you’re shopping for a special guy, they have a great selection of timepieces from Bulova, Citizen and more. Think of it as v. chic one-stop shopping!