Moonstone Creation is one of my favourite places for Calgary Shopping!
Growing up, shopping local wasn’t something that people tried to do, it was just something you did. I can remember going to the grocery on the corner with my Grandparents.
It was owned by this lovely older couple who gave me candy and chatted with us every time we went in there. It was an awesome feeling because we knew them and they knew us. There were many years that passed between those early “shop local” moments and my life today but I can tell you that I love that feeling as much now as I did then.
Moving to the inner city in Calgary has brought us back to feeling a sense of belonging in a local neighborhood. That belonging has meant that we try to shop local more often than we ever have.
Before heading to Alabama a few weeks ago, I wanted to pick up a couple of gifts. Moonstone Creation was high on my list because Amy, one of the owners/managers of Moonstone worked a fundraising casino with me a few weeks before. While we were working, she was beading a gorgeous pin in the shape of a feather. I just knew that my mom would love the feather pin and the story behind it.
Luckily Moonstone is just one block off the main drag in Inglewood (and an easy walk for me) so I popped in one afternoon. Little did I know how hard it would be to decide what to buy! I wanted it all! I bought the bison charm above for myself and the feather pin that Amy made for my mom.
If you are looking for cheaply made, knock off reproductions of native art, this is not the place for you. Everything in the store is made by native artists in traditional ways using only the finest materials.
I promise you that you will see things here that you won’t find anywhere else. If you are lucky, you will also visit during a time that the artists are working on their wares within the store. Yep….there are usually people sewing, painting, beading and more right in the store.
Also, Moonstone Creation has classes that are held within the store. I can’t wait until they have a beading class. I think it would be a fun thing for Nicole and I to do together. Moonstone also takes on custom projects. If you need a unique gift, call them and they will work with you to develop something to fit your event.
So next time you are in Calgary shopping, take the short jaunt into Inglewood and head to 1219 10 Ave SE. You’ll be glad you did!
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00pm
Disclosure: Amy is a friend of mine but I have not been asked or paid for this mention. Moonstone is a great local business that needs all of our support!