Saskatoon Express, December 19, 2016

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SASKATOONEXPRESS - December 19-25, 2016 - Page 14

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hristmas is just days away ommendations. Although I am — have you made your not Oprah, I am here to tell you list and checked it twice? about my favourite things. Is all of your holiday shopping FOR HER done, or are you still looking for Do you know a woman who some great gifts? wants to stay warm in the winter, If you’re out hunting for that but also remain stylish? Winter perfect present, take heart: Here Girl boots are a great combinais a list of some of the best items tion of fashion and function. I for sale in Saskatoon that celrecently purchased a pair (they ebrate our city and our province. were just $75 at half price) and I And the shops listed here are all have worn them every day since. Columnist Saskatchewan-based businesses, The fully lined boots feature reso you can feel good about keepmovable bamboo insoles and can ing your dollars at home for the holidays. be dressed up with various boot accessories After days of shopping throughout the ($15). Anastasia Szalasznyj, a University of city and after scouting various products Saskatchewan entrepreneurship student who online, I’ve compiled had difficulty finding fashionable, warm AS121925 Aaron my list of gift rec-

Shannon Boklaschuk

boots with grip, started Winter Girl Boots & Accessories in 2013. The products can be viewed and purchased online at, with free shipping across Canada. Fast fact: Winter Girl also operates a pop-up shop, The City, in The Centre mall, where the complete Winter Girl line can be found alongside Saskatchewan-inspired T-shirts and other items. FOR HIM Do you know a man in need of a fashionable yet functional wallet? If so, head down to Spareparts in the Midtown Plaza. The store’s Farmfresh wallets (from $40) come in a variety of colours and incorporate genuine Napa Italian leather into the design. The Farmfresh brand was created in Saskatoon and is exclusive to Spareparts, a well-known

business that was established in the city in 1992 by owner Danny Mysak. Spartparts describes Farmfresh as being “inspired by the craftsmanship, work ethic and individuals who built the province,” and the line also includes sunglasses and wallets. Fast fact: Spareparts is a Saskatoon success story. It has grown from one store in Midtown Plaza to 18 locations across Canada, with three more stores planned for spring 2017. Online shopping is also available at FOR THE KIDS If you’re looking for something cute and cuddly for the kids, look no further than The Whimsy Store on 33rd Street. Everything at the shop is made by Saskatchewan artisans, including bath and beauty products, jewelry, upcycled furniture, quilts, wool hats and much more. When I visited the store — both in person and online at — I was drawn to the beautifully made fabric dolls and stuffed animals in the children’s area (prices vary; I was particularly fond of a dinosaur for $32.50). You can feel good about making the purchase for another reason, too: Part of the proceeds from the sales of the dolls will go towards fighting trafficking of children. Fast fact: The Whimsy Store, which has been open for just over a year, started with about 40 artisans but now includes more than 130. FOR THE FOODIE If you know someone who wants to experience farm-to-fork food, then SaskMade Marketplace on Eighth Street East is the store to visit. The Saskatchewan company partners with local farmers, processors and artisans to offer a wide range of grocery items, gourmet ingredients, gift baskets, books and Saskatchewan-themed giftware items. I have always loved the flavour of saskatoon berries, so I quickly noticed that the store carries a lot of saskatoon berry products — everything from champagne, jams, jellies and syrups to pies, chocolates and teas. I plan to return to buy Riverbend Plantation’s saskatoon berry jelly ($6.50), Parenteau’s non-alcoholic saskatoon berry champagne ($12.50) and the saskatoon berry spread from Prairie Berries ($5.25). (Continued on page 15)

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