Independent Boutiques

By Janis Galloway

We partnered with Janis Galloway, Director and Publicist for Publicity Room, to round up all the local boutiques that should make up your must-shop checklist for your next trip to Edmonton. Janis is a longtime supporter of the Edmonton fashion community and is a former style blogger, wardrobe stylist, and fashion writer for publications like Flare Magazine and the Edmonton Journal.

The Bamboo Ballroom

Bamboo Ballroom is my go-to boutique for edgy basics and summer party dresses, and it’s also Alberta’s most supportive retailer of local designers. Amongst its racks you’ll find Edmonton-based labels such as Suka Clothing and Hunt Amor jewellery with big brands Pink Martini, Gentle Fawn and Wildfox. Friendly, trendy staff are always willing to help coordinate an outfit, or share their current store favourites.

Gravity Pope

This Whyte Ave legend is Edmonton’s most beloved shoe store. It’s been a famous high-end footwear staple since 1990 thanks to an unrivalled selection of unique designer brands. A pair of pointed toe T&F Slack loafers recently made their way into this fan’s closet, and now I’m crushing on silver loafers from YMC, and suede, cobalt blue pumps from Gravity Pope’s own in-house line.

The Helm

This upscale menswear boutique carries the absolute best in well-tailored and modern suits, ties, outerwear, shoes and accessories. The focus is on high quality and classic styles – you won’t find a better made-to-measure suit in the city along with expert styling advice and customer service from a respected and reputable staff.

Poppy Barley

The much-buzzed-about fashion startup, Poppy Barley, is a must-visit. They’re revolutionizing the footwear industry, going where no company has gone before – offering the old art of bespoke fashion through the click of a mouse. Poppy Barley allows you to design your own made-to-measure shoes for the perfect fit. For those who want to shop Poppy Barley’s luxurious collections in-person and get measured, drop into their stunning showroom.

Shades of Grey

A well-tailored selection of classic womenswear including brands J Brand and Greylin make up the mix of feminine offerings at Shades of Grey. This family business is your hookup for updating your wardrobe with must-have seasonal basics from the perfect chambray button-up to the most flattering pair of printed trousers.


Jaisel has been a hip staple of Old Strathcona since 2004 and a must-shop for any laid back, but well-dressed man. They feature a great mix of streetwear and high-quality tailored pieces you can wear to any classy event. Mix that with their wide selection of raw denim and you've found yourself a new favourite.