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The new home of Calgary's Livery Shop has a unique, peaked roof, evocative of the school house that originally stood on the spot.Handout

The Livery Shop has long been a destination in the revitalized neighbourhood of Inglewood, Calgary’s historic centre. Operating since 2014 in a historic barn, the store opened the doors to a brand-new building across the street in June.

According to general manager Makenzi Stoodley, it was their landlord who recognized that this bustling business needed more space. “She appreciated our vision and offered to build us a building across the street,” Stoodley explains.

The origins of the Livery Shop are equally collaborative. Two independent local businesses – Camp Brand Goods apparel and CoutuKitsch jewellery – signed a lease to share a workspace that would occasionally open for retail, and they ended up with a store that drew crowds to the neighbourhood. “It wasn’t supposed to be a functional storefront, but it got so popular that they weren’t able to shut down,” Stoodley says.

Their new home is reflective of their shared brand ethos and a collaboration with local firms including Modern Office and Salt Design. With a nod to its past, the modern building has a unique, peaked roof, evocative of the school house that originally stood on the spot. It also incorporates bricks that had been salvaged from the National Hotel and saved for the right project. Inside, tourists and locals alike visit to find a selection of ethically made clothing, accessories, apothecary goods and housewares.

“I like to say that we’re where new business meets small business meets big business,” Stoodley says. “Most people come in expecting just to shop and they get an experience instead.”

The Livery, 1119 10th Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-453-7711, theliveryshop.com.

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