It's always a good time for a snack and 94 Take the Cake Bakery, just down the street the the perfect place to rest your feet. The baking is fresh, the coffee is bold and it is the ideal spot to plan your next steps.
Head back the way you came, turning right (south) on Elk Street. This takes you to Elizabeth Street, downtown Okotoks' main thoroughfare. Dead ahead is Town Square, home to cute boutiques: Rhoda's Elegance, Man of Distinction, and Austen Jewellers, as well as a European inspired café, Sweetgrass Deli.
Keep heading east on Elizabeth Street and you will find the newest brewpub in the Foothills, Hub Town Brewery. Upstairs is the Boothill Gallery, an eclectic collection of Western decor, art and clothing. One door down is the Dit N Dat, an everything-under-one-roof shop with Dutch candy, cheeses, frozen sausage and perogies, housewares, gifts, books and almost anything you can think of.
Carry on down Elizabeth and stop in at Tailgate Mercantile for all your sports paraphernalia needs. Don't forget to say hi to the shopkeeper's lovely dog, Wrigley. He's well named to be the hairy ambassador of a baseball fan's store.
When you reach the traffic lights, cross north at the Royal Duke Hotel. You could stop in for a bite of traditional pub fare here or keep going down McRae Street as there is lots more to see like Loop Kids' Boutique, a cozy shop with new and nearly-new kids clothing and gear. Next door is Mainstreet Market, a collective of local artists, food vendors, clothing, knickknacks, jewellery, books and more, all under one roof. Don't forget to knock out your sweet tooth at Mamie's Treats, run by two grandmas who love nothing more than spoiling you rotten.
Cross the street to Finishing Touches, a packed-with-unique-finds boutique, specializing in home decor and seasonal accents.
Cross back and pop into Sweet Threads on Main, an upscale but affordable kids' clothing boutique with a wall of hard-to-find candy and outfits ranging from newborn to tween and adorable to dapper.
If yarn and all its accoutrements makes yours or someone you know's heart sing then Unwind Wool is not to be missed.
If making your taste buds happy is on the list, stop by On Tap Oil & Vinegar. This one-of-a-kind shop will no doubt inspire you to up your salad and home cooking game.
At the end of the block is Monkey Mountain Toys and Games, home to a massive collection of toys, puzzles, crafts, kits, kites, puppets and art supplies all designed to put a smile on every face, young or old.
Tired yet? There are two great coffee shops on this end of Olde Towne Okotoks. Tribal Connection Market, where you will find more than just coffee and treats. This shop is full of imported goods, gems and crystals, world instruments and funky clothing. Around the corner is Home Ground, with freshly roasted, organic coffee and more baked goods and lunch specials than you can eat in one sitting.
Between these two coffeehouses lies Olde Towne Plaza and more hidden gems like A Very Delightful Boutique, located in one of Southern Alberta's most unique heritage buildings – the historic Ardiel House. The boutique's curated selection of women's lifestyle clothing and eclectic mix of accessories, art and home decor is sure to delight. Around the corner find Ginger Laurier, a fashion boutique specializing in purposefully designed clothing, footwear, and accessories for the modern woman. One more women's boutique calls this area home: Florence Fashions. They carry unique European designer clothing, accessories and exclusive one of a kind pieces, that won't break the bank.
By this point you may be craving an ice cream and wouldn't you know, Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop is right around the bend., stocking ice cream in more than 40 flavours from Foothills Creamery. Treat yourself.
Almost there with two stops to go. On the south side of the street, find R.F.G. Meat and Seafood. They stock fresh or frozen meat and seafood and offer free delivery if you don't feel like carrying it all the way back to your car.
The final shop is Rumpled Quilt Skins for the discerning quilter and seamstress. Located in a beautiful 1906 two-story brick building, this shop has absolutely everything for stitching and quilting. Don't miss admiring the exquisite quilts and sewing on display throughout the store.
Now it is time for the long walk back to your car; it's on Elma Street if you've forgotten. With a day's worth of shopping done, it is unlikely you'll want to make dinner. May we suggest fish and chips for supper from either The New Mr. Spud or The British Chippy; both excellent choices and both on your way out of downtown Okotoks.