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Janis Galloway, Dress Me Dearly


Janis Galloway is founder and writer of one of Edmonton’s first fashion blogs, Dress Me Dearly, and an Editorial Wardrobe Stylist at her agency, Dress Me Dearly Styling.

Janis' focus is all about community - and readers have come to love Dress Me Dearly for its local content, which casts a spotlight on Alberta's fashion scene. 

In between blog posts, Janis can be found as Fashion Correspondent for Shaw TV's Press 2 Play, Alberta Researcher for FLARE Magazine and as a Blogging and Marketing Instructor at Metro Continuing Education.

In 2010, Dress Me Dearly was named one of the Top 15 Canadian Fashion Blogs by Fashionism.ca and in 2012 recognized by FASHION Magazine as one of the top 10 Alberta fashion blogs.

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Dress Me Dearly’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide & Valentine's CONTEST!

Wednesday February 05 , 2014


  1. Collaborate with the gifted team at Laurel’s On Whyte to design a fragrant, custom bouquet for your valentine. There arrangements are always unique and elegantly crafted.
     
  2. For the man in your life, purchase a subscription to the The Briefing Room’s Underwear Club! He’ll receive a freshly picked pair of undies once a month.
     
  3. Kimder Handbags are a beautiful gift for the fashionista you adore. Each bag is made of Italian shrunken lambskin and hand studded with metallic hardware by the Edmonton-based designer. Available at Bamboo Ballroom and online. 
     
  4. Choklat uses the freshest ingredients to create handmade, decadent truffles dipped in coatings of your choice from coconut, nuts or even Pop Rocks – a surefire way to your lover’s heart.
     
  5. Bold Salon & Spa has incredible spa packages to pamper your valentine. Better yet, reconnect during a relaxing day together with its romantic Couples Package.
     
  6. Love Solid Perfume by Lush Cosmetics is for the flirtatious. The scent is fun and fruity with notes of apple, cinnamon, lemongrass and jasmine. A sweet little gift for the apple of your eye. 

​We're giving away a $300 prize package that includes a $50 Gift Card to each of these six businesses! For your chance to win, comment below with the name of the Old Strathcona business that is your go-to store for Valentine's Day gifts this year.
*One entry per person. Must comment with a current Old Strathcona business. Draw will be made February 13, 2014 from all comments at 3pm.  THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!! SINCERELY, WE APPRECIATE ALL THE GREAT COMMENTS AND YOU SHARING WITH US! WE LOVE IT.. AND WE LOVE YOU! Congratulations to Laurie Hauer, who was randomly picked as the winner! <3
 

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Name : Arden
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Gravitypope!

Name : Rosemary Gregoire
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Choklat

Name : Stacey Grubb
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

C'est Sera, C'est Sera Shoes and Original Apparel!!

Name : Susan Wetzstein
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I think Lush! Saw their Undercover Boss episode and it really made me like how they do business!

Name : James Lo
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Blackbyrd Moozik. No doubt.

Name : Brittany
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Wee Book Inn

Name : Brenda
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Graviry pop and Lush

Name : Anna M
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

C'est Sera or Bamboo Ballroom - because I know how much my sweetie loves it when I look my best. well...that's how I justify treating myself anyway.

Name : Leandro
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Lush for my wife.

Name : Candice Thew
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

My 4 year old daughter is my valentine this year (hubby has our 3 year old son) so chapters will be a must for me. We usually make an afternoon of it with a stop at starbucks for a fancy hot chocolate with lots of sugar lol

Name : Nelle Meers
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Laurel's Does the most beautiful flowers! Fuss cupcakes are at the top of my list this year for what I want for Valentines! Also, I bought all my husbands gifts at the briefing room last valentines! Oh and we love Barber Ha and the Beauty Parlour!

Name : Kalvin Lock
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Beers and food at the Next Act, flowers from Laurel's and cupcakes from Fuss for my lady, Barber Ha and the Briefing Room for gifts for myself!

Name : AnneMarie Pedersen
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

This Valentine's Day my significant other and I will wander through Old Strathcona, just like we did in the "old days" and will go to Continental Treat, just like we have done for the last 32 years. Romancing and reminiscing

Name : Jane Fernandez
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Im a foodie with a sweet tooth, so I will be heading to Choklat and Fuss Cupcakes for this Valentines Day!! :)

Name : Kayleigh
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

LUSH on Whyte for sure. Not only do they have a huge collection of things for everyone on your list, but the staff there are so friendly that you're guaranteed to have a good time just browsing.

Name : Shane Howard
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

There are so many great stores to choose from, but The Avenue Clothing would be a great start for me to shop for my girlfriend! Then Choklat and Laurels on Whyte!

Name : Kelin F
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Sun Toyota on Whyte and Bubbles Car Wash - not the most traditional Valentine, but definitely more appropriate for my partner. :)

Name : Kristen Mackie
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Love Laurel's on Whyte! Beautiful everything!

Name : Rumbi Manyere
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

My go to for my man is Blackbyrd music store and Colour Blind!

Name : Brandy Rollins
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I'd LOVE to receive a gift from any of these retailers! My son would be THRILLED to be gifted the chocolate from his mommy, start teaching him early what Valentine's day looks like ;)

Name : Leighton Engen
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

For my wife it would have to be Loft 82, she loves everything from there!

Name : Tom Yohemas
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Nightshade Corsets!

Name : Krystal MacLellan
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Edmonton International Film Festival and Lush for this gal!

Name : Shawn
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Permanent Records, great guys and always helpful in finding your selection or providing you with suggestions to some excellent tunes.

Name : Carla Greuel
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Chapters! I am single so I will treat myself with a good book:)

Name : amy b
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Defiantly getting my sweetheart some chocolate truffles from choklat!

Name : Justin Nicholls
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Spending Valentines Day on Whyte Ave. Who could ask for more really. Start off buying some new undies at the briefing room, grabbing a cupcake at fuss or maybe a frozen yogurt at tutti frutti. Doing a bit of thrift shopping at some amazing stores. Grab some po boys at Dadeos. Great way to spend an evening with my Partner.

Name : Tammy
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Lush, Chapters and The Next Act Pub! Relax and eat a great burger.

Name : Jennifer
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

When Pigs Fly. So many unique items in the store. It's such a fun place to shop.

Name : Judy
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Fuss Cupcakes is absolutely amazing!! And Avenue Clothing is a great place to get some gorgeous clothes before a date!!!

Name : Rena
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Chapters - always fun things to buy for the little ones on V-day, or any occasion.

Name : Analee Roman
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Flirt cupcakes! Can you really think of a better place to pick up sweet treats for V-Day? Good luck everyone. I hope I win! :)

Name : Angie Triska
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I love Rowena and of course Dadeo's for lunch after a hard days shopping.

Name : Kim Kergan
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

My shopping choice for Valentines day would be Choklat of course , because I love chocolate any time of the year . :) <3 Thank you for having this lovely contest I hope that I win .

Name : Janis B
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Gravity Pope

Name : Manda Brownrigg
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

The Junque Cellar always has amazing finds! The there is always the Wish List, Venus and Mars, and Rowena! So hard to choose just one great place for gifts!

Name : Jennifer Clark
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I love Lush! Great products and I really love how helpful the staff are. :)

Name : Robin Stevenson
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I bought all my Valentine's a prezzie from 10 000 Villages, great accessories!

Name : heather
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Tickle Trunk

Name : Meital
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Cally's Teas is my favourite romantic corner.

Name : brandy balazs
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Julio's Barrio for the win! hellooo nothing says I love you like a good ole Bull Dog!

Name : Gerrianne
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Chianti Cafe and Restaurant for delicious Italian cuisine and later the Princess Theater to see a film.

Name : Michaela PM
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I am a Bamboo Ballroom girl! If I need a romantic touch, or just every day dressing it is the place to go.

Name : Jessica D
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Lush for something smelling delicious or Foosh for fresh threads !

Name : Isabel Light
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Lush all the way! Whyte ave is the best LUSH location, the staff are so helpful! Plus I love being Eco friendly and smelling amazing!

Name : John Macnab
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Kimder Handbags. I mean seriously. What else?

Name : Melissa
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I love going to Ten Thousand Villages for great unique gifts

Name : Keltie
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Bold Salon & Spa!! So relaxing!!

Name : Karla Barron
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Love Tin Box and Cally's Tea :P

Name : Katrine Pedersen
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I love rooting around the Junque Cellar!

Name : Janet
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I love Oak + Fort and Gravity Pope!

Name : Kaitlyn
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

The Tin Box was always my go-to for fabulous gifts for any holiday, but I think it's a toss up between The Wish List and The Junque Cellar for Valentine's Day this year. Both have wonderful, unique things my other half would adore!

Name : Suzanne
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Blush Lane has everything for a healthy and delicious home cooked meal.

Name : Russell Bird
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

My go to place in old strathcona is MKT, it's a great place for lunch!

Name : Don B.
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

The Briefing Room

Name : Rebecca
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

We love spending time together rather than buying tons of gifts, so we'll go to Cally's Teas together for tea and a treat. Then next door to the Briefing Room for something we'll both enjoy!

Name : Madelena Pedersen
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Valentine's Day crushing and splitting something yummy with my Sweetie at Choklat

Name : Adrienne Cheng
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Choklat

Name : Nicole
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Chapters

Name : Desiree Randall
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

Love When Pigs Fly and chapters

Name : Kristie
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

Choklat!

Name : sherri baier
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

Love Old Strathcona,so many things to do,eating shopping,music,love it all.

Name : janny
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

Choklat and Chapters!

Name : Kent M
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

The Briefing Room is my go-to for Valentine's. Shazam!

Name : Ami Reid
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

Chapters, Rowena, Mars and Venus!

Name : Kelsey
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

LUSH would be my choice. I received a LUSH gift box for x-mas and need some more!!

Name : Kate Kozakiewicz
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

I just did some valentines day shopping this morning on Whyte Ave! Went to Chapters, Chicken Scratch, and Starbucks! Next up: Choklat! (How can you go wrong with their unique handmade chocolate??)

Name : Michelle
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

:) this would be fantastic to win! We can't afford to do much of anything for Valentines Day and this is our first valentines as a married couple :) I would love to be able to give him a pair of nice underwear each month!

Name : Chantal Donnan
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

I too am sad cuz of Tin Box's closing, but I love Chapters onWhyte it always has great gifts for anyone! What a fantastic contest, squeaked my entry in before too late! Thanks for the great ideas, #2 is great men's gift idea thank you :) and also to all who commented, rarely get to Old Strathcona as I live in surrounding Edm area, and can't wait to check out some of the businesses they mentioned! never knew about lots ofthem its been a solid 2 yrs since browsing or entertainment in OS, thanks for the excuse to return ASAP hopefully!

Name : Nicole McCormick
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

I love to shop at Junk Cellar for my sweetie pie. It is a personal touch with some history and nostalgia involved. Not to mention reusing materials!

Name : Allison Peters
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

Definitely Lush! Everyone loves to smell nice :)

Name : Brittany
Commented On : Thursday February 13 , 2014

My valentine wants home made pizza so Blush Lane Organic Market is my stop this year! But he also LOVES the briefing room :)

Name : Connie Hanlon
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Chapter's Strathcona

Name : Mandy
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love Laurels on Whyte! Wonderful products (they have cute gifts, AS WELL AS beautiful flowers) and service. It's been my go to shop since I discovered it.

Name : Sarah
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love Plaid Giraffe and Gravity Pope!

Name : Marissa
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Absolutely love Colour Blind on Whyte! Can always find something for my partner and for me!

Name : Mandy
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Fuss cupcakes. Plaid giraffe. Sweets and jewelry within blocks of each other= I <3 Whyte Ave!

Name : Shell h
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love Rowena and Mars and Venus for off beat jewelry.

Name : Maureen
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

LOVE the Plaid Giraffe!

Name : Jessica
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Personally I LOVE lush

Name : Devon McLeay
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

What better gift than pamperIng both my boyfriend and myself with a couple's massage at Bold Salon and Spa?!

Name : Jessica
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Love the Plaid Giraffe, and props to Lush, best bath soaks ever!

Name : Amanda Schultz
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My go to wouldn't be a store, but a pub where we can spend some time together. The Buckingham. (If it has to be a store then Vivid, so I can find my man some old photos of Edmonton for his walls)

Name : Bryana Kitlarchuk
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love ColourBlind and Divine!

Name : Nicole Orrell
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My go to store would be LUSH, I just love their products. But for that perfect something for him I would go to the Briefing Room. For here I would go to Rowena, especially if she loves anything vintage.

Name : Salima
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Now that Tin Box is gone, my tops pick is probably either Plaid Giraffe or Ten Thousand Villages. Oh and Fuss for something yummy!

Name : Kayla Scheerschmidt
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love Fuss cupcakes (for a delicious sweet treat), Laurel's on Whyte (for stunning flowers), and Bamboo Ballroom (for super cute local designs and other fun finds)!

Name : Emmy
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love several of the shops on Whyte, but in particular, I love Laurels and The Wish List! Oh, and The Plaid Giraffe. (but those are mostly shops where I shop for ME!) :)

Name : eva phillip
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

LAURELS ON WHYTE....LOVE, LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE....

Name : Jeff B
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

The Briefing Room is my go-to for men's undies that can definitely set the mood!

Name : Jenn
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I adore the Plaid Giraffe & When Pigs Fly. I love the unique, sometimes quirky gifts I can surprise my loved ones with.

Name : Teresa Hoshowski
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Definitely Rowena! My man loves the shirts there! Him to me, Laurel's on Whyte. What girl doesn't want flowers on Valentine's day!

Name : Laura Milroy
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Totally Choklat and Laurels! Since we have discovered the new chocolate maker we are obsessed! And Laurels is a total standby that has helped me out of many a floral emergency! Love them!

Name : Ambrose Tremblett
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Most definitely the briefing room!!

Name : Nicola Lapp
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Laurel's on Whyte!

Name : Barbara Brown
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I absolutely love Laurel's on Whyte. Lots of cute stuff and amazing floural arrangements.

Name : FMc
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

O'byrnes or Chiantis!!!

Name : Karen
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love When Pigs Fly! It's a great place to find lots of fun & quirky gifts for all occasions, not just for Valentine's Day!

Name : Michelle
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I work near Whyte and have yet to visit any of these places. I may start today with Choklat, seems like a sweet way to start :)

Name : Lindsay
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Oak + Fort clothing makes the perfect gift!!

Name : Sam
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Flirt Cupcakes!

Name : Angela Brown
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My husband can always buy me anything from Bamboo Ballroom. I usually treat him with Lush goodies (Honey I Shrunk the Kids:). And for a sweet treat the truffles from Choklat are divine♡

Name : Frances
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My new favourite is Choklat for customized truffles!

Name : Charmaine
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

The Junque Cellar or Chapters :) I'm very sad that the Tin Box is gone though.

Name : Barb Matwie
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

A couple favorites, although I don't take the stroll as often as I would like. Color Blind and Polly Magoos. I could spent hours as I love all the home decor and accessories as well. Great ideas.

Name : Lea Watson
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My boyfriend loves board games so Warp 1 is my go to store to find expansions for him

Name : Ryan
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My boyfriend and I love the briefing room. Friendly and helpful service, fashionable selection and great brands make it the go-to-store for me on valentines day (as if I need an excuse!!) to spice things up behind closed doors and put a stop to the cold snap! ;-)

Name : Isabelle Rheaume
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

What a perfect way to end a romantic dinner by sharing a cupcake or two from Flirts Cupcakes!

Name : Care
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love the shoes at Gravity Pope, best shoe store in town :)

Name : Adam
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

flirt cupcakes :)

Name : Nicole Winski
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I'd pop into Vivid Print since my husband is a photographer, and I'd get a few of his photos printed onto canvases. I'd visit the Old Strathcona Antique mall for something interesting with a story, Choklat for something sweet, and The Plaid Giraffe for a little something for myself!

Name : Moly
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Gravity Pope has an amazing sneaker collection perfect for my boyfriend, and Laurel's has lovely gifts and flowers for the ladies in my life!

Name : Kyle
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

You can't go wrong with Blackbryd for the mucic lover in your life.

Name : Celyne
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love stopping in at rowena (and their basement sales are pretty excellent too!)

Name : Alex
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My go-to would be 10 000 Villages - beautiful gifts that support fair trade!

Name : Stephanie
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love Lush for Valentines Day gifts! Their massage bars are perfect for a relaxing night at home with your partner. My boyfriend also loves the amazing smelling soaps.

Name : Char
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

10,000 Villages!

Name : Cheryl
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I loooove The Bamboo Ballroom and The Briefing Room.

Name : Jeffrey
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Laurels on Whyte, Flowers are to my Wife like Bacon is to me... Laurels on Whyte serves the best!

Name : Rebecca Swanson
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I would choose lush. ;)

Name : Karen Drynan
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love to shop at all the stores on Whyte, but I especially love Chicken Scratch! So much fun stuff and I am a little addicted to cards :)

Name : Jadran M.
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Foosh or Blackbyrd!

Name : Marta Azocar
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Chicken Scratch or Wee Book Inn

Name : Carly Barich
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Ohhhh boy, I have so many Whyte Ave favourites. Mars & Venus, Rowena, Plaid Giraffe, and Wee Book Inn for starters. But I absolutely love Lush as well for Valentine's Day gifts and really any other reason for presents.

Name : Kiran
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

I love Choklat!! and lululemon on Whyte!

Name : Phyllis Gaetz
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Laurels On Whyte any time of year! Beautiful flower arrangements and lovely gifts-don't miss their basement!

Name : Amanda Winchester
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Love Solid Perfume by Lush Cosmetics

Name : Mychele
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Old strathcona antique mall - vintage jewellery is the best!

Name : Mychele
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Junque Cellar

Name : Evan J
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Chapters

Name : Pamela F.
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My go to store would definitely be Plaid Giraffe or Tin Box (R.I.P.) but the salesperson at Lucid Lifestyle is so personable, I like popping by for the conversation (and cute clothes, who am I kidding).

Name : Liz Janzen
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

Love Lush!

Name : Leslie Stewart
Commented On : Wednesday February 05 , 2014

My go to Old Strathcona business to treat my valentine would be Bold Salon & Spa. Everyone just wants to relax!

Name : Heather Robbins
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

LOVE LUSH WHYTE! So many great ideas for me & my man.

Name : Ryan
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Probably the Plaid Giraffe

Name : Melody
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

I love Gravity Pope!

Name : Alberto
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Choklat is definitely where I'll be picking up sweets this Valentines Day.

Name : Lee-Ann Jeffrey
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Plaid Giraffe, Rowena, Mars and venus! Many more!

Name : Mallory Yawnghwe
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

I hope I win!!! Good luck to everyone!!

Name : Zad
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Flirt cupcakes! Their icing is the best and everything is so decadent, it's like you're eating a whole cake! Not too sugary either, just great quality and strong flavour!

Name : Mieka
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

The Travelling Tinkle Trunk!

Name : Kristal M
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Choklat for sure!!

Name : Colleen
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Laurel's on Whyte! Treat Yo'self!

Name : Mikki
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Polly Magoo's and Rowena are my top picks, but there are so many excellent businesses to choose from!

Name : Rajni
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

I love Choklat!

Name : Cortney
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Love PANDORA!

Name : Roy Wagner
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

I love Choklat - and will find something for the wife and daughter there.

Name : Teeghan Jeffrey
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Love them all, but really love Lush!

Name : Rachel
Commented On : Thursday February 06 , 2014

Laurel's on Whyte! I love their funky jewelry and the gorgeous array of hand lotions and soaps :)

Name : Char-Min Creller
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

For more than a decade, we've been doing Chiantis dinner and a Chapters book date for every occasion we can think of! Both are faves!

Name : Brianna Hellum
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

I love me some lush, boyfriend, girlfriend, doesn't matter who doesn't love a bath bomb?!

Name : Kaitlin K
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

Lush!!

Name : Caitlin Phare
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

Wee Book Inn, Nothing better than a cold day spent curl up inside together with good books

Name : Tammy Lawrence
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

Hard to decide between Choklat, Rowena, Sanctuary, and The Pourhouse < ℒℴνℯ all of them and many more! Happy Valentines! .¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸♥ •.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.•♥

Name : Courtney. O
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

lululemon on whyte - nothing says romance like a sweaty yoga date!

Name : Ashley B.
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

A treat at choklat and drinks at Pourhouse!

Name : Pam MacDonald
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

Cally's Teas is the most delightful shop on Whyte Ave. They make everyone who walks through their door feel special (and loved)

Name : Chenoa Anderson
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

What a great contest! Choklat has become an important part of my life since they opened! And I love the Wee Book Inn too.

Name : Amelia Leung
Commented On : Friday February 07 , 2014

Chapters - I love books

Name : Sarah MacDonald
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

Either Vivid Print for their amazing #yeg inspired collection or Blackbyrd for vinyl.

Name : Frank Wong
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

There's too many to choose from, but my go-to store on Valentine's Day is Choklat. Thank-you for the opportunity to win this great prize package.

Name : suzanne dennis
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

my #oldstrathcona 'business' of choice is the OLD STRATHCONA FARMERS MARKET. i can make a delicious breaky: coffee from CATFISH, wheat for scones/biscuits from GOLD FOREST GRAIN, jam from MOJO JOJO PICKLES, yummy sausage from IRVINGS, veg from AUGUST ORGANICS, tea from VITALITY - you get the idea!....and if i dont feel like cooking then i just pick up some goodies from TOAST kitchen...... #localisbetter

Name : Kelsey
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

Chapters! Can you ever go wrong with expanding your mind! :)

Name : Joyce
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

Love Choklat! <3

Name : Cindy Robertson
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

If I am shopping for clothes then definitely Avenue Clothing

Name : Janelle H
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

There are so many great places on Whyte! For Valentine's I do Burlington's and Chapters, perfect for a nice mellow celebration.

Name : Janis M
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

Pandora. And Lush of course :)

Name : Jennifer
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

I'm single this Valentines so it's all about me :) I love reading so Chapters (because I have some gift certificates to use) and the Wee Book Inn (because the books there have a story to tell) and then a treat, just because it's pretty and I deserve something pretty, from Ten Thousand Villages, because it will make someone else somewhere in the world a little bit happier too.

Name : Lisa C.
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

I would say Laurel's on Whyte- they have the most beautiful arrangements there! That's what I want to RECEIVE this Valentine's... what I'll probably give is something from The Briefing Room or Choklat

Name : Joanne Duffy
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

Love me some Choklat & Chiantis! Yum yum!

Name : Kristen sheppard
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

Love to visit Chapters on Whyte!

Name : Gillian o Brien
Commented On : Saturday February 08 , 2014

Avenue clothing or chapters

Name : Larissa
Commented On : Sunday February 09 , 2014

Gravity pope! Who doesn't love new shoes? ??

Name : Meaghan
Commented On : Sunday February 09 , 2014

I hope my husband shops at plaid giraffe for something mat and nat-y for valentines day:)

Name : Sophia
Commented On : Sunday February 09 , 2014

Whyte ave has so many stores that I love, but if I had to choose one: The Briefing Room. Definitely a great place when thinking of your man!

Name : Sarah
Commented On : Sunday February 09 , 2014

Junque Cellar. Wee Book Inn.

Name : Lauren
Commented On : Sunday February 09 , 2014

Choklat -- nothing better than stuffing your face full of delicious, decadent local sweets with your sweetheart :)

Name : Robin Hairsine
Commented On : Sunday February 09 , 2014

I used to go to the TINBOX when they were still on Whyte. Now I go to Chapters (Indigo) and I also love Laurels. Really, any store on Whyte is unique. It would be awesome to get any gift card from any store.

Name : Justin Bell
Commented On : Sunday February 09 , 2014

My girlfriend and I love almost every store on Whyte. Amount our favourites are: Laurels, Chapters, Aveda, and The Tin Box (when it was open).

Name : Samantha Williams
Commented On : Monday February 10 , 2014

Lush of course! Everything smells amazing, I love walking out of there with gifts and treats for everyone on my list!

Name : Jonnie
Commented On : Monday February 10 , 2014

Chapters and Fuss Cupcakes make the perfect combination

Name : Tawana
Commented On : Monday February 10 , 2014

Lulu Lemon!

Name : Ashley Skrocki
Commented On : Monday February 10 , 2014

Bold salon and spa would be perfect for a couples treatment :)

Name : Aileen B
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Choklat or Fuss Hair! Gotta have my chocolates, gotta have my hair nicely done by Toma. :)

Name : Linh Nguyen
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I love me some gravity pope shoes! And fuss cupcakes Yumm!

Name : Jay
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I love Chapters!

Name : Diane DeLongchamp
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I've seen bouquets from Laurel's at various events and they appear to make them in such an orginal and delightful way.

Name : Ls
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Laurel's on whyte

Name : Artemis Ravenna
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I love lush, sanctuary and Rowena :)

Name : Sarah
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I would probably splurge on some shoes for myself at Gravity Pope :) I'll take new shoes over a Valentine haha

Name : Jess
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Lush on Whyte

Name : Nicole
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Fuss cupcake

Name : Carlene Townell
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Laurel’s!

Name : Sydney Moule
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Definitely Gravity Pope and blackbyrd myoozik! Between those two you can always find something for that special someone!

Name : Gerry
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Choklat...yummy

Name : Amanda Sampson
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Bamboo Ballroom for their amazing collection of local jewelry, and Gravity Pope Tailored Goods for a fancy outfit!

Name : Robyn Smith
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Choklat!

Name : Erin Greenough
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Lush! A great place for all kinds of gifts, but for valentine's day I think some of those handmade massage bars or bath bombs would do just the trick. ;)

Name : Laurie Hauer
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I'd say that the two most perfect places for unique Valentine's gifts are The Old Strathcona Antique Market, and Rowena. I am all for originality with the gifts I give.

Name : Charlene
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Rowena!!

Name : Gillian O Brien
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Bold salon & spa would be lovely for my hard working man .. Having no time to ourselves this would be brilliant

Name : Mandy M
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Groceries from Blush Organics to woo my Valentine with a homemade meal :)

Name : David Bayda
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I love Cha Island! Feels like I'm in Mexico!

Name : Lauren P
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Chapters always has cool stuff!

Name : Jacquelin Gregoire
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

The plaid giraffe!

Name : Amy
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Chapters! Can't go wrong with a good book.

Name : Kelly Kennedy
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I am a big fan of Lush!

Name : Ray Beaton
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I love to read, so a trip to Chapter's would be in order, Rowena has awesome stuff, love Junque Cellar, ..... ok, instead of naming every store can I just say my dream would be a shopping spree in ALL the fabulous stores because they are all so unique!!

Name : Sacha Cooper
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Bang-On, Lush, Gravity Pope and Fuss Cupcakes, to name a few:)!! There's also the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market that definitely deserves a mention! I love 'em all!!!

Name : Beverly Armstrong
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Oak + Fort. Such beautiful clothes!

Name : Renee Engloy
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Choklat for me please (if anyone's asking)

Name : Andrea
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I always find great things at Avenue Clothing and I've recently fallen in lust with Choklat!

Name : Jill Osler
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

The pour house because we love having dinner and pints there, it's so cozy! We prefer to do something together more than gifts for valentines day :)

Name : Diane
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Definitely going to stop by the Plaid Giraffe and Choklat - will add the Briefing Room to the list now too.

Name : Jo-Anne Cooper
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

When Pigs Fly or Junque Cellar

Name : Kelly Mirans
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

My go to place for V-Day is Choklat!!

Name : Sharlene C
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

My Valentine's go-to would be Gravity Pope...lucky to have a man who appreciates shoes. I might also stop into Santiary for something fun :)

Name : Anastasia Feschuk
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Noul, Oak + Fort

Name : Marielle
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I adore Bamboo Ballroom and BlackByrd Music.

Name : Elaine Spencer
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Gravity Pope is my pick... But really there are so MANY amazing choices in Old Strathcona!! It is a gem for shopping in Edmonton!

Name : JennaT
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Sad that Tin Box is gone but there are still lots of great gift shops to choose from. Vivid Print would be a neat choice!

Name : Andrea Rutt
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I always have to make a stop in at When Pigs Fly!

Name : Anna-Marie milhousen
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

A date night at elephant and castle is always the perfect gift for my hubby!we spent most of our dating days there, and even took our wedding party for dinner there before our reception

Name : Jill M
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

A record from Blackbyrd!

Name : Samantha
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

love rowena and mars and venus and the junque cellar :)

Name : Tegan
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

I'll be treating myself to some FLIRT vegan cupcakes (the best cupcakes period on whyte!) and then a trip to the Old Strathcona Library.

Name : Kristen
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

The best valentine's gift is time with my sweetie! Nothing like curling up with some chai and gluten-free goodies at Remedy Cafe :)

Name : Philip jagger
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Some opera gloves from nightshade corsets will set the evening

Name : Mary L.
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Cally's Teas has the best gifts for all occasions, whether you're shopping for a tea lover or not!

Name : Karen Prosser
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Laurels on whyte

Name : Mary Koehn
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Must be Choklat, I still have a few truffles to try ;)

Name : Lindsay Canham
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

Oh to choose. Well I would do LUSH for me, Briefing Room for him and a night out at the Pourhouse for the two of us :)

Name : pearl biggar
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

blush market,lush,,strathcona market,wee book inn,chapters ,love that weird and wonderful stuff at when pigs fly

Name : Christine
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

gravity pope

Name : Jay
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

A nice retro Edmonton print from vivid print!

Name : Shannon
Commented On : Tuesday February 11 , 2014

For Valentines day, I would have to say the traveling tickle trunk would be my most suitable choice!

Name : Lynsee
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Laurels is my favourite store in Edmonton (not just Whyte) to buy beautiful floral gifts for friends and family!

Name : Natasha
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Chicken Scratch and When pigs fly for my little one and the Plaid Giraffe for mom. Choklat for the both of us!

Name : Corinne St.Martin
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

My go to is Laurel's on Whyte! :)

Name : Ruby
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Old Strathcona Farmer's Market is the best place to be on Saturdays! They have everything you need right there ...and the TOAST food is amazing...great way to start the weekend!

Name : Marni
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Dinner at Daddeos <3

Name : Katherine Speur
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

I'm in love with Bamboo Ballroom!

Name : Maggie
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Gravity Pope, Aveda for some great hair products and Mars and Venus for some quirky gifts

Name : elizabeth
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Gravity Pope, Lush, and Choklat

Name : Maja staka
Commented On : Wednesday February 12 , 2014

Well I'm having a galentines (yay!) but definitely dinner at Under The High Wheel for some vegan buckwheat crepes with roasted pepper sauce (so good!) and then a trip to the Junk Cellar for some incense, vintage clothing, old cd's and a classic movie. I'd take my imaginary boyfriend to the princess or to the metro to see something classic like Casablanca (this Friday fyi couples!) and I'd totally buy him a cinnamon massage bar from lush and something cool from knifewear (because my imaginary boyfriend cooks, see) I would also make him go to yoga with me at the sattva school:) but really after my midterm I'll most likely buy myself a huge vegan I-love-me cookie from remedy and a kashmiri chai latte with extra rose petals.