Edmonton: A shopping spree with Dolly Magee

This holiday season, my top priorities are to support local businesses, complete my shopping at one destination and, because I will have my three very young children in tow, spend no more than a few hours.  I am opting for Crestwood Centre, an elegant collection of stores that are upscale shopping at it’s finest.

Princess & The Pea (9654-142 St., 780-488-7748, princessandthepea.ca) is where you will find unique and luxurious gifts for the little ones in your life including Like A Bike ($340) and Blabla dolls ($40), the Peruvian-made knit creatures with a cult-like following.  A bottle of Cheval Des Andes 2002 ($81) from Crestwood Fine Wines & Spirits (9658-142 St., 780-488-7800) is the perfect gift for gourmand friends and hostesses.  Cobs Bread (4-9680-142 St., 780-447-9995) is the place for delectable holiday treats, such as mint fruit tarts and whole-wheat cranberry walnut loaves.

Find festive frocks by Canadian designers at My Filosophy (shown, 9674-142 St., 780-488-2334, myfilosophy.ca).  Joeffer Caoc’s aubergine, double-layer jersey dress with three-quarter length sleeves and ruching ($390) will take you from the office to your swanky holiday soiree seamlessly, while Jacqueline Connor’s plum satin dress with playful ruffles at the neck and hem, ($495) will ensure you stand out in a sea of LBDs.  And because it is always better to give than to receive, you must pick up a pair of Wright 4 Alpaca mittens ($65) for your BFF.

Happy holidays and happy shopping!

P.S: If you have a few hours over the holidays, you can get a little shoe fix at the Bata Shoe Museum’s Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Foot ($10), on until March 8 at the Royal Alberta Museum (12845-102 Ave., 780-453-9100, royalalbertamuseum.ca). The exhibit follows the evolution of the high heel, from a 16th century chopine (an early platform shoe) to ’50s stilettos and outrageous glam rock creations.

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