Oliver Apartment Shop Tour

Oliver Apartment Shop Tour

Oliver Apartment Shop Tour

Oliver Apartment is a beloved jewel in the city of Edmonton. What was once started as a home improvement project by Landon Schedler, a third generation carpenter, Oliver Apt has transformed into so much more. The brand has grown both in builders, studio size, and product range. Not only did they launch their first capsule collection in 2017 in addition to their custom build furniture, but chances are you’ve already experienced the brand in a local restaurant. Pip, Wilfred’s, Meat, and Farrow are just a few of the local eateries with OA’s solid wood creations. With that said, join me for an Oliver Apartment Shop Tour!

 

The Capsule Collection

What initially started out as a few pieces for the capsule collection, the line has now grown to 20 ready made items one can order straight from the Oliver Apartment site. This collection consists of small wood accessories such as the Hang Time, Knife Fight, and Hop Stick. As well as larger furniture pieces such as the Victoria Bench, Strathearn Stools, and my personal favourite, the Central Table. If some of the product names are feeling familiar to you, it’s because many of their goods are named after Edmonton neighbourhoods and landmarks. (A High Level Table anyone? 😉 ) The latest addition to the line is the the Cloverdale Coffee Table and Cloverdale Side Table – two bright and bold designs for someone looking for a little pop of wild in their home.

Wood Options

There are three amazing woods that they work with for their ready-made line: Black Walnut, Ash, and White Oak. Each option gives their designs a completely different look to suit anyone’s home. Black Walnut is definitely my favourite material, as the finish is so rich looking in photos and in person. I’ve always fancied myself as a white and light kind of gal for home decor but everything changed when I saw their Central Table in Black Walnut.

The Oliver Apartment Ambience

My favourite part of visiting their shop and showroom was feeling their sincere exuberance for crafting furniture for people. It is very clear they’re designing and building things that they love in a city they care a great deal about. It’s hard not to get jazzed about a city and it’s inhabitants when a local company is creating an ambience like that! It made me love my neighbourhood (their namesake) even more.

Oliver Apartment in My Oliver Apartment

Not only do I live in Oliver (how perfect) I now have an Oliver Apartment Central Table and Victoria Bench to call my own. It’s with great excitement that I will finally be revealing the first finished room in my place. Here’s a sneak photo of what’s to come! In the meantime, here’s where to find Oliver Apt in the digital space:

THIS WAY TO OLIVER APT

Oliver Apt – WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz // Jesse Sand

 

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OUT & ABOUT | Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport

OUT & ABOUT | Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport

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Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton shoppers rejoice! The first official outlet mall has finally landed – pun intended! The Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport had its grand opening May 2nd to the excitement of many. The lineup on opening day began at the stroke of midnight and by 8am was wrapping around the building like a fashionable snake. Missed the first day? No worries, the festivities are continuing throughout the opening weekend. Keep scrolling for your first peek of the Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport and what you can expect from this fantastic shopping destination.

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The Shops

I’m sure the first question everyone has is: “what stores can I expect to see at the Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport?” I’m all about anticipating people’s needs. With that in mind, here are some of my favourite shops I’m excited about. Keep in mind these are the real deal outlets! First off, Levi’s has landed, bless the denim gods! As well as DSW, ALDO, H&M, Forever 21, Nike Factory Store, and Kate Spade (opening this summer!) to name a few. You may also recognize a few local retailers such as Cloud 9 Pajamas and Kelly Wollf.

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SHARE: A RETAIL CONCEPT

One of the standout features within the Premium Outlet Collection EIA is Share, a retail concept designed to host a little marketplace of local goods. It’s a combination of locally made food and items from Edmonton’s makers community. Enjoy a 49th Parallel craft brewed coffee from Square 1. Or delight in a classic Hong Kong dessert from Bubble Cream. Wondering what that is? I’m glad you asked. It’s a fluffy egg waffle paired with ice cream and should not be missed. After buzzing from those two stalls, hit Eat Clean for a nutritious and delicious meal. All while browsing the art and design from local makers. Sounds like the perfect cozy corner to me!

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Location, Location, Location!

It seems as though they have thought of everything in regards to accessibility! Not only is it easy to find off of the QE2, the 747 airport bus from Century Park makes a stop at the Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport! There is also a special shuttle from the airport should you have some spare time between flights. I foresee this being my go-to spot when waiting to pick up arriving friends and family members.

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The Amenities

There are many hurdles when travelling. The hauling of things, the security, the general uncomfortableness about the whole process. Wouldn’t it be nice to take some of the grunt work out of it? That’s where the outlet mall amenities enter. To begin with, they have a “refresh room” for travellers to change and regroup. In addition to that, there’s luggage storage, coat and bag checks, cell phone charging stations, and most exciting: DeliverEase, a parcel shipping and delivery service. Ship parcels anywhere without having to figure out how to squash them into an overflowing suitcase. There are even flight status screens and boarding pass printing stations to avoid the anxiety of missing a flight.

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Opening Weekend Festivities

Opening weekend is here and there are a few ongoing events and prizes to be won from May 2nd-6th! Some of the coveted prizes are vacation packages to San Francisco courtesy of Air Canada and EIA, Grey Cup tickets, Oilers tickets, and more! Many shops are offering opening weekend specials such a Levi’s with 25% off their ENTIRE store. See the complete list of the Promotions and Events at the Premium Outlet Collection shops.

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Vote For Your Tote!

Another one of the opening weekend activations is the United Way Tote Bag Contest. Myself along with other local influencers and celebrities took some time to DIY tote bags that you can vote on here: VoteForYourTote.ca. You might see a familiar picture of Saguaro National Park in there! I taught myself how to embroider just for this specific occasion so if you dig my tote, please vote on it! 🙂 For ever vote received, $1 goes to the United Way Alberta and each voter is then entered to win their favourite tote + a $1000 shopping spree from Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport! Tote bags are on display till May 23rd.

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Rest, Relax, and Nosh at The Market

Finally, we have come to my favourite topic: food. To call this area a food court would be a mistake. This eating area is far too bright and airy to evoke the feeling of a classic food court. It’s more akin to being in a really nice kitchen where the furniture is moveable and the seating is comfortable. Not to mention, there’s an array of delightful places to eat and a Starbucks that offers their Nitrogen Cold Brew.

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Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport

And that concludes our tour of the first outlet mall in Edmonton! I would love to hear about your experience there so drop me a comment or an email! I’m looking forward to seeing what other stores are in the pipeline and cannot wait for Kate Spade to open this summer! 🙂

This post is sponsored by Premium Outlet Collection EIA. All opinions on this blog are my own.

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INSIDE | Maven and Grace

INSIDE | Maven and Grace

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Maven and Grace

At my favourite end of Whyte Avenue there’s a wondrous little shop full of antique treasures, fresh flowers, and the best. chocolate. EVER. This little slice of heaven is called Maven and Grace. Kathy Sharp, the owner, has a magnificent eye for well designed pieces and curates the shop with an eclectic assortment of goods spanning the decades. The Maven and Grace shop is constantly shape shifting with new items being added continuously. This shop is one that you should visit weekly as things come and go as quickly as cherry blossom season.

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Small Batch Cosmetics

There’s a perfect balance of old and new offerings. Displayed perfectly atop stunning antique furniture are the lines:  Pura Botanicals, Provence Apothecary, and Sydney Hale Co. Those are just a few options from their selection of boutique beauty goods. Woodlot is another Canadian brand I cannot get enough of. Their candles I am constantly burning and even featured in my 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Spa Like.

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The Chocolate Selection

COMPARTES is a Los Angeles based chocolate company with arguably the best packaging of all time. Besides the cute exterior, it’s on my top 5 best chocolate bars I’ve had to date. As far as I know, this is the only place in Edmonton that sells this brand. Any chocolate hound needs to head here immediately.

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You can find Maven and Grace at:

9621 82 Ave NW
(Whyte Ave)
Edmonton, AB
T6C 0Z9

HOURS
Monday – Wednesday
– 11am to 6pm
Thursday
– 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday
– 11am – 6pm
Sunday
– 12pm – 4pm

Maven and Grace – Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Website

INSIDE | Lush Cosmetics West Edmonton Mall

INSIDE | Lush Cosmetics West Edmonton Mall

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If you haven’t heard of Lush by now, you must not like ethically made natural cosmetics that are minimally packaged and avoid testing on animals…

Lush is one of my favourite cult brands and in January they opened their new MASSIVE location at West Edmonton Mall. Massive might even be an understatement as they went from 650 square feet to 2600 – that’s a lot of space for heavenly smelling products! Scroll down for a look at the new space.

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The best part about the store is the multiple sink stations peppered throughout the shop floor so you can test any and every product at your leisure. I love being able to sample products before committing to them! Lately, my favourite products have been It’s Raining Men, Let The Good Times Roll, and Charity Pot. This triple threat when paired together has kept me from my usual misery of having reptile skin over the winter months.

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It’s no surprise to find out that their most popular products are their bath bombs as well as their skincare – they both have a whole wall and a sink station devoted to each of these lines. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as dropping a fresh bath bomb in to water!

Head on down to West Ed to see it for yourself!

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INSIDE | LUX Beauty Boutique

INSIDE | LUX Beauty Boutique

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Now open in their new bi-level location, LUX Beauty Boutique is back and better than before. If you’re a cosmetic junkie, chances are you’ve made this place a second home.

Located in the High Street shopping nook, LUX has curated a collection of beauty products that far exceed your expectations. Each item is handpicked and brands need to be exceptional to be carried here.

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On the main floor, one should expect to find an array of beauty products to test out and admire the packaging of (everything in this store is attractive). I highly recommend swanning around and doing a lap of the shop before stopping at each delightful brand.

Downstairs they’ve set up a beauty lounge for soirees, bridal parties, and tutorials. The space gives off a decadent feeling since the furniture, which is all vintage, is brass and velvet; my heart be still.

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Expect to find cult brands such as Jin Soon nail polish (my current favourite) the highly rated and raved about Ouai (their dry shampoo is supposedly a god-send), and Lipstick Queen (easily the best pigmented lipsticks out there).

Another service LUX offers is their 4 Seasons Boxes. Once you purchase a subscription, you fill out a short survey and each season you receive a customized beauty box. HOW COOL IS THAT? More info on that HERE.

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They even carry two Edmontonian brands so you can doubly shop local: sweet scents from My Daughter Fragrances and  handcrafted eyelashes from Creme de la Creme.

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Not only is it an great place for the ladies, they also have a section for your main man as well.

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A sink station so you can try before you buy!

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You can find LUX Beauty Boutique at:

12515-102 Avenue in High Street
Edmonton, AB
T5N 0M4

HOURS
Monday – Friday
– 10am to 6pm
Saturday 
– 10am to 5pm
Sunday
– 12pm – 4pm

Lux Beauty Boutique – Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Website

INSIDE | This Must Be The Place Pop-Up

INSIDE | This Must Be The Place Pop-Up

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This Must Be The Place is a holiday pop up shop in Vacancy Hall, located in the basement of the Mercer Warehouse with a curated collection of local artists and designers. It’s the perfect spot to pick out a thoughtful gift for your mom, a close gal pal, or even something for yourself from “Santa.”  Keep scrolling for a sampling of their handmade offerings which include jewelry, leather handbags, stationery, prints, woven pillows, wall hangings, and more!

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Wall hangings – Stranger Designs | Prints – Morgan Wedderspoon

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Clothing + Leather Bags – Stille Nord | Jewelry – Les Arts Plastiques

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Wall Hanging – Stranger Designs | Bags – Tofino Totes

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Ceramics – Stranger Design | Handbag – Vevila | Framed Prints – Leanne Olson | Jewelry – Les Arts Plastiques

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Space Bowls | Brooches – Vevila | Pillows – Hand Wovens (by Jess Fern)

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You can find This Must Be The Place at:

Vacancy Hall
10359 104 St NW,
Edmonton, AB
(Mercer Warehouse Basement)

Open November 17th 2016 – December 18th 2016

HOURS
Thursday – Friday
– 11am to 7pm
Saturday 
– 10am to 6pm
Sunday
– 11am – 5pm

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They’re only open till this Sunday so RUN DON’T WALKKKKK straight to Vacancy Hall right now! If you’re lucky, Ruby the shop dog might even in!

Check out This Must Be The Place on Instagram for more information.