My bicycle has been put away for quite a few months now yet winter’s more evil cousin, wind-chill Juanita, relentlessly graces us with her presence. And on this third day of spring at -14 Celsius I have still found excuses to discover the city à pied. While on foot there have been some noteworthy stopovers.
1) Willow and Whimsy is a new florist in Bridgeland which opened their doors just in
time for Valentine’s day, which is when I went in and bought a bouquet for myself. Just off of Edmonton Trail and Memorial Drive, Willow and Whimsy is true to its name. The vaulted ceilings, cast-iron heating vents, and partially exposed-brick walls of the old De Waal Block building make for a charming setting and a welcome change of scenery from the drab winter outdoors. At Willow and Whimsy they aim to provide customers with sustainably sourced flowers whenever possible and the front of house displays jewelry and other works by local artisans. Florist Jessica Fremont has truly brought a touch of Europe to Bridgeland.
2) Luke’s Drug Mart– I had no idea that a pharmacy-cum-coffee shop could create community the way Luke’s Drug Mart has. I make a sojourn there every Saturday morning and can confidently say that their Stumptown coffee is the best in the city. This is no ordinary drug store. The elusive owner has done his best to do away with the status quo by providing unique alternatives to card, toothpaste, and vinyl shopping. But this place really keeps on giving. It has gluten-free baking, quality cheese, and a free mini library! What?! I can’t wait to hear what the April 8th audacious announcement will be.
3) Sketch Art Supplies– Mount Pleasant may be deprived of many pleasant shops seeing as though most of the retail in this area is found along the ghastly Trans Canada Highway. So it came as a pleasant surprise when I laid eyes upon Sketch Art Supplies. This quaint shop is situated in an relatively low pedestrian area just off of 16th avenue. But I can imagine that once discovered, this neighbourhood art supplier is frequented by many for the quality paints and the public and private classes. Come for the supplies, stay for doodles, the mascot.