It’s been a challenging year for Calgary retailers, with many stores closing their doors. But even in a lacklustre economy there are an intrepid few willing to take the plunge and open for business. Here’s a sampling from some of our favourite new (and newish) local stores.

Studied Gender Neutrality

NV is Simons’ unisex collection. Designed in-house, it is inspired by 1940s fashion and plays with asymmetrical and unusual details that are both masculine and feminine. The 24-piece collection includes the Modern Track Pant, $89, and Nova hoodie, $69. At Simons, 304 8th Ave. S.W., 403-697-1840,

Spec Sheet

Ollie Quinn is a U.K.-based company that offers a wide array of stylish men’s and women’s eyeglass frames at affordable prices. The frames are designed in-house and Ollie Quinn works directly with manufacturers to remove unnecessary markups. We particularly like the Chris and Stewart styles. $145 each at Ollie Quinn, 829 17th Ave. S.W., 403-287-9977,

Strike a Pose

Hemm began as an online store, but it opened its YYC Concept Shop earlier this year in Britannia Village. Like the site, the store carries a variety of yoga and lifestyle gear for women of all ages, including tights, sweaters, jackets, yoga mats, and the like. Sweater, $129, and pants, $125, at Hemm, 819 49th Ave. S.W., 1-888-252-4366,

Not Your Average Chain Store

Bike & Brew has been around for about 18 months. In that time, the small coffee bar set within a beautiful bike shop has become something of a fixture in Bridgeland. Of course it is more popular in the summer months, but winter cyclists keep the place hopping when the snow flies. Those who put their bikes away until spring can sip a brew and peruse the array of branded apparel and goods like coffee mugs, $30.95, and T-shirts, $19.95. At …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald

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