Why Shop Local?

"Shopping local" is a phrase that is permeating our culture, one may even say it's what the hip kids are doing these days. We all know shopping local is probably a good idea, but why exactly is it so great? Does it really make a difference? We’ve talked to a couple local Calgarian experts to find out exactly how choosing to shop locally impacts our community

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Shop YYC: Buttercream Clothing

Sweet, delicious, soft and delightful come to mind when one thinks of the word buttercream. All of these enticing words are an apt description of Calgary's own Buttercream Clothing. Designed and produced in Calgary and Kelowna, Buttercream Clothing is swiftly becoming a staple in the Calgary-maker scene. An obvious favourite at Alberta markets as well as impressive international popularity, it's a brand we are always keeping our eye on.

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Shop YYC: Little Modern Market

Finally, a market for those of us way out in the 'burbs! Little Modern Market will hold it's first event on June 11th, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm at Starbelly in Seton of SE Calgary. In anticipation of this market, My New Neighbour is highlighting a few Little Modern Market vendors we are especially looking forward to!

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Father's Day Gift Guide: 2016 Edition

Shopping for dad can be REAL tough. A patriarch puzzle. A manly mystery. He proooobably will like almost anything...but what will he LOVE?! To help with this dilemma, My New Neighbour has thought of some practical ethical gifts to honour Dad on Father's day! 

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Finding Your Sustainable Style in YYC

Many of us know the fashion industry hides a lot of dirty deeds, and we've let them get away with it for a long time (if you don't believe us, watch this documentary or this mini series to get a sense of the stories behind our clothes). To combat this, Fashion Revolution week was established. Its goal is to raise awareness of exploitation in the fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution encourages consumers to take a picture of the tag on their clothes and ask the brand on social media "who made my clothes"! 

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Local Love: Fond Boutique

Fond Boutique initially caught our eye at Market Collective with their curated collection of noticeably unique mid to high end brands, all collected second hand. This Instagram-based consignment shop offers those who do not have the time or will to sift through racks upon racks at second hand stores an opportunity to shop beautifully maintained second hand clothing. Fond Boutique allows the shopper to save time, pay significantly less for high end brands, reduce their consumer waste by buying second hand and receive personal styling help from Tanya, the brains and beauty behind Fond Boutique. You can often find Fond Boutique at Market Collective and Commonwealth Collector's Club OR book a private appointment to shop the collection.

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Market Collective: August Favourites

Market Collective is an independent market that showcases local artists, artisans and designers. This inspired event began with two women who saw promoting local arts and culture as a way to empower and engage the community towards positive growth. It features a variety of vendors selling vintage items, apparel, jewellery, woodworking, pottery, photography, illustrations and more! An exciting and special place to do some ethical shopping in Calgary.

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