What the internet says is true: when you purchase locally made goods from an independent shop, you’re not supporting a billionaire CEO but a regular Sue who puts her jeans on one leg at a time, just like you.
If you’re on the hunt for something particularly meaningful – try journeying inwards. If you’re hunting for something meaningful, but also pretty, shiny, and handmade, there is a plethora of choices on Broadway Avenue. From handmade Saskatchewan crafts, pottery, local artists’ paintings, eco-friendly products and vintage vinyl, Broadway has it all. If you’d like to take home a handcrafted item from an Indigenous artisan, visit the Wanuskewin Gift Shop. The district also provides you with vegan, veg or meat-atarian eats, some of the best coffee in the city, and cold pints on rooftop or streetside patios.
The trendy Riversdale is foodie heaven but also the place to go for some out of the ordinary shopping. This is the spot to outfit yourself with a #Saskatooning uniform. Buy an iconic Saskatoon tee from Hardpressed. Have some shoes made from scratch at Last Shoes by cordwainer Adam Finn. Come away from Soul Paper with the perfect supplies to make your creative dreams come to life. And check out Saskatoon Makerspace where you can buy handcrafted pieces in the city’s newest collaborative venture for local artisans. Look at you! You’re #Saskatooning!
Downtown Saskatoon is a hub for shopping, and a stroll down some of the core streets will reveal hidden gems filled with local must-haves. Joyne Marketplace will fulfill your every desire for that perfect Saskatoon gift or keepsake, while Silvers Local Market shows the incredible array of spirits made here in SK.
Mayfair’s 33rd Street is an area reinventing itself as the eclectic, third cousin twice removed in Saskatoon’s local shopping scene. This is where you want to go if you’re a collector of anything rusty and dusty. Some of the best vintage finds hide away in The Whimsy Store or Penn’s Antiques. Locals flock to Better Off Duds to outfit themselves in used, but not grandparent-y clothing. (Unless you are into that – you do you!) And, yes, The Flag Shop is a thing and we’re happy to have it.
Eighth Street is where you’ll find SaskMade Marketplace. Believe it or not, we’re not all farmers. However, we all know at least a dozen. SaskMade Marketplace stocks a variety of locally produced food products, ingredients, prairie souvenirs and other unique gifts you might just end up keeping for yourself. Don’t feel bad, we all do it.
And of course, no local shopping trip is complete without a visit to the downtown core, home to some pretty creative fashion designers. Check out Sova Design Millinery for a one-of-a-kind hat, or Alchemy to grab yourself a Melissa Squire Badass design.