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Seven places to check out on trendy 124 Street, Edmonton

Pumping with beatnik folk festivals and hilarious improv acts all summer long, his vibrant city also boasts a thriving food and fashion scene.

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Plum Home + Design

Just north of Jasper Avenue, this street is home to row upon row of 19th-century heritage houses. Full of historic charm, the area is where a growing number of new restaurants, clothing stores and trendy boutiques are setting up shop.

Fresh furnishings

Plum Home + Design is the new kid on the block (neighbourhood staple McElheran’s Fine Furniture is located just up the road). Owner Jenna Pryor has a classic-with-a-twist take on home furnishings, which she sources from around the world. Unique finds include recovered church pews, custom pillows, antique cufflinks and striking Canadian-designed Pehr linens. 12407 108 Ave.

Makeup master

Never quite figured out how to apply liquid eyeliner? In addition to carrying a wide selection of favourites, Lux Beauty Boutique, which has been described as an “apothecary” for cosmetic junkies, regularly hosts styling and makeup workshops. 12531 102 Ave.

Conscious cuisine

Hearty dishes such as lentil loaf, walnut-chickpea burgers and vegan donairs are what make the Clever Rabbit Café one of Edmonton’s best vegetarian options. But for animal lovers, it gets even better. While you wait for your meal, peer into the neighbouring pet bakery, Food Dish Wishes, which is also home to rescue dogs and cats. 10724 124 St.

Duchess Bake Shop

Duchess Bake Shop

Pretty pastries

Step through Duchess Bake Shop‘s door and you’ll immediately forget that you’re in cowboy country. Locals line up in this European-style bakery for morning coffee paired with freshly baked brioche. After grabbing some salted-caramel macarons to go, be sure to visit the sister store, Provisions by Duchess, next door. It carries hard-to-find baking extracts, professional tools and a selection of cookbooks. 10718 124 St.

Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

Fashion finds

In a city best known for its megamall, Shades of Grey is a nice change of retail pace. Operated by three sisters, the boutique carries affordable — but on-trend — lines such as Mink Pink and Yumi Kim. 10116 124 St.