Resist the usual: shop Willow Park Village

Kelly Bourdon, owner of Blooms & Butterflies

Kelly Bourdon, owner of Blooms & Butterflies

By Sherry Warner

The kids are back in school, pets are in daycare, soccer and hockey are underway and I’m back to a 40 hour work week. With such a hectic lifestyle, the last place I want to shop is at a crowded shopping mall that offers the same humdrum stores and products as every other mall.

Slow things down and head to Willow Park Village. This southeast Calgary “boutique-style” shopping village offers a truly unique selection of products and services, whatever you’re looking for.

“Willow Park Village is a one-stop shop for the family on the go,” says Lisa Farrell, marketing co-ordinator with Willow Park Village. “It’s a slice of Calgary life.”

Arlene Chamulak, COO of Oil & Vinegar Canada

Arlene Chamulak, COO of Oil & Vinegar Canada

You’ll find designer fashions, lingerie, children’s clothing and western wear along with fashion accessories, fine jewellery and watches and shoes. Shop for giftware, flowers, home decor, electronics, coffee, specialty food and liquor then break for lunch or dinner at some of the most popular restaurants in the city.

Willow Park Village also offers sports, fitness and leisure shops as well as many services including health and wellness, hair salons, aesthetics, eyewear, travel, insurance, drycleaning, banking, alterations and business services.

“From a merchant’s perspective, it’s like a small town in a big city,” says Lisa. “There is really a sense of community here.” On any given day you’ll see people enjoying their coffee outside, talking with old friends, doing a little window shopping while walking the dog, or making a pit stop to pick up something good to eat for dinner.

Barbara Masterson, owner of Chianti Cafe and Restaurant

Barbara Masterson, owner of Chianti Cafe and Restaurant

Willow Park Village is a shopping destination that’s been serving Calgarians and customers from all over the world for more than 35 years. The village has many long terms merchants and that’s a testament to the appeal of such a diverse selection of products and services and to the entrepreneurial spirit of the city.

“People are looking for something different and what independent merchants can bring to the table are unique products and services,” says Lisa.

Occasionally, space becomes available for new merchants to join the Willow Park Village family.
“As much as there are long established tenants there are also new opportunities that come available for new tenants,” says Lisa.

Erin Hryniuk, owner of Erin’s Boutique and First Class Fashions

Erin Hryniuk, owner of Erin’s Boutique and First Class Fashions

And with the holiday shopping season fast approaching, do yourself a favour and forego the crowded malls and instead experience “boutique-style” shopping at Willow Park Village. For a complete listing of shops and services visit www.wpv.ca.