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Shopping in Nelson, Balfour and Kaslo: The “Shop Local” Experience

Women laughing, drinking coffee on cafe patioNelson and Kaslo enjoy revitalized main streets with locally owned shops, many selling locally made items. Heritage buildings and careful restorations help maintain the local, historical feel, and are a destination in themselves.

Regular summer markets also run in Kaslo, Nelson and Meadow Creek, such as Nelson's Cottonwood Market every Saturday at Cottonwood Falls Park. The fall is the time for getting great deals on summer and winter apparel and gear. Nelson's Customer Appreciation Day is the last weekend in November, with an emphasis on the Saturday. Plan to come for and stay, it's a girls dream weekend - food, wine, galleries, cultural events, coffee and sweets, and shopping!

Along the highway in Balfour (half an hour from Nelson and Kaslo), a community of artisans live and work, with further renowned artisans over the Balfour ferry in Crawford Bay.

And if you do need the covenience of a mall or a larger store such as Walmart, the Chahko Mika Mall in Nelson will meet all those needs—home of perhaps the only waterfront Walmart in the world.

Ainsworth Swimwear and Gift Boutique

Ainsworth Hot Springs

Ainsworth Hot Springs is newly expanded and features authentic Aboriginal crafts and the largest selection of swimwear in the West Kootenays. 

Baker Street Menswear

Baker Street Menswear

Located in the heart of Nelson's vibrant downtown shopping and entertainment district, we carry men's clothing and accessories from the basics to formals.

Barren's Sport Shop

Barren's Sport Shop, Kaslo

Barren's Sport Shop is a small town sporting goods store that carries a huge selection of products for the outdoor enthusiast.

Bella Flora

Bella Flora, Nelson

Specializing in local and coastal-grown fresh-cut flowers, unusual plants, local artwork, and one of a kind gifts.

Bia Boro

Fashion-forward clothing and accessories.

Blue Sky Clothing

Locally designed, fair trade and eco-clothing - made for women with REAL bodies: Sizing from XS to 4X.



At Cartolina we are designers, retailers and wholesalers. Using rare and unusual imagery from around the world, we create curiously unique, vintage inspired art for stationery, giftware and more. 

Cotton Creek Clothing

Cotton Creek Clothing

Women's Natural Fiber and Blended Fiber Clothing for the Kootenay Region and the World Beyond.


Cornucopia Kaslo

Wide selection of organic groceries, vitamins and nutritional supplements, natural health and beauty products, specialty foods, and more!

Craft Connection

Craft Connection Nelson BC

There are so many unique creations made by the hands of Kootenay artists. Our  staff will help you find the perfect present for the people on your list. 

Esprit de la Femme

Esprit de la Femme

Bra and Lingerie Boutique in Nelson, BC providing professional bra fittings since 2002.


Figments Fine Canadian Crafts

Figments Fine Canadian Crafts

We sell locally-produced products as well as an eclectic mix of gifts from across Canada and around the world. Our focus is to delight with variety, value and quality.

Gaia Rising

Gaia Rising Nelson BC

There are thousands of inspirational, unique and beautiful items available; from self-help books, to guided meditations on CD, to sacred altar, to yoga paraphernalia and smudging materials.

Gerick Cycle and Ski

If there is one thing that defines us, it is our valuable bike and ski proudcts and commitment to excellent customer service! 

Gill and Gift

Gill and Gift shop in Balfour, BC

Gill and Gift is Kootenay Lake's tackle and bait shop. They also carry souvenirs, toys, fireworks, and much more!

Hipperson Hardware

Hipperson Hardware Nelson BC

Housewares, hand and power tools, plumbing and electrical supplies, paint and painting supplies, sporting goods, plus automotive and farm supplies. Pretty much everything you need.

Isis Essentials

Isis Essentials Nelson BC

Isis Essentials are purveyors of internationally sourced organic and wild crafted genuine and authentic essentials oils and hydrosols from select producers and distillers. We also offer a complete line of luxury adult erotics.

Jones Boys Boats

Jones Boys Boats has everything you need to conquer the outdoors: fishing and cruiser boats, pontoons, ATV’s, UTV’s, WaveRunners, outboards and more!

Kaslo Front Street Market

Kaslo Front Street Market

Grocery store downtown Kaslo, BC.

  • 411 Front Street, Kaslo
  • 250-353-2331

Kaslo Building Supplies

Kaslo Building Supplies

With a strong service culture and commitment to quality, Kaslo Building Supplies has been voted in the Top 20 Building Supply retailers in the Province.

Kaslo Kayaking &
Adventure Centre

Kaslo Kayaking

Kayak tours, rentals and lessons, SUP lessons, rentals and sales, canoe rentals, outdoor apparel, paddle / hiking gear, accessories and so much more...

Kaslo Sourdough

Kaslo Sourdough

Kaslo Sourdough produces gourmet, health promoting breads and pastas made using their in-house natural sourdough culture. Their products are available at grocers across the West Kootenays.

Kölmel Silver & Gold

Kömel Silver & Gold

At Kolmel Jewelers, every piece of jewellery in our store is created from precious and/or noble metals. Our designs are different, interesting and wearable.

  • 250-354-4838   |   459 Ward St, Nelson

Kootenai Moon Furniture & Home Decor

Kootenai Moon Furniture & Home Decor

At Kootenai Moon Furniture, we specialize in custom furniture orders. We can help you create the look you want. Come in for viewing of our product lines.

Kootenay Coop

Kootenay Coop Nelson BC

We are a local, dynamic, consumer-owned cooperative offering a wide variety of tasty, healthy foods, high-quality wellness products and truly friendly service.

Kootenay Currency Exchange

Kootenay Currency Exchange

Foreign Currency Exchange, Gold & Silver Bullion.

  • 250-354-1441
  • 715 Vernon St, Nelson

Kootenay Interiors

Kootenay Interiors

Custom curtains, roman blinds, valances and pelmets along with various other window treatments and accessories.  

Kooterra Pottery

Earthenware bowls and platters that celebrate the domestic rituals surrounding the preparation and service of food.

Kutenai Clothing Company

Kutenai Clothing Company, Nelson BC

We are a direct merchant of clothing for men, women and kids. Our products are made from natural fabrics like Cashmere, Merino wool, Silk, and Linen; and they are made to our very own high standards.

Lillie & Cohoe

Handmade luxury hats designed and produced in Nelson, BC.

Main Jet Motorsports

Main Jet Motorsports

Honda, KTM, Polaris and STIHL® dealership, here in Nelson, BC. We offer quality products, parts, and service with dignity, respect and honesty! 

  • 250-352-3191   |   708 Hwy 3A, Nelson

Mallard's Source For Sports

Mallard's Source for Sports

Sporting good and service retailer, specializing in Hockey equipment, Baseball equipment, Fitness equipment, Soccer Equipment, Apparel, Footwear, Ski and Snowboard.

Mountain Baby

Mountain Baby

Mountain Baby is a unique children's store and webstore geared to active, outdoor families with children birth to 6. Mountain Baby - Born for Adventure.

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre is much more than a consumptive retail venture to put food on the table (although important too!). We want to help connect, share, recognize and establish the music culture/folklore of the Kootenays.

Nature's Health Products

Health food products and supplements. The staff prides themselves on the personal, caring attention they provide. 

  • 250-352-7557   |   461 Josephine St, Nelson

Otter Books

Otter Books, Nelson BC

At Otter Books, we are committed to carrying local, Canadian, current, and quality books, journals, cards, and more!

Packrat Annie's

Packrat Annie's

An eclectic selection of books and music. Come in and browse, and prepare to be surprised by what you find!

Positive Apparel Thrift Store

Positive Apparel Thrift Store

Positive Apparel Thrift Store has all your thrifting needs from clothing and small house hold items to Electronics’ and Furniture.

Nelson Pharmasave

Full-service pharmacy located on Baker Street.

Phoenix Computers

Your local stop for Computer and Technology Service and Sales. 


ROAM Nelson

Rivers Oceans & Mountains Shop is your adventure basecamp in the Kootenays. We specialize in ski touring, telemark, kayaking, SUP, camping, hiking equipment and trips. 

The Sacred Ride

The Sacred Ride bike & snowboard shop in Nelson, BC

The Sacred Ride is Nelson, BC’s premier mountain bike, ski and snowboard shop with great selection, service and prices on road and mountain bikes, skis, snowboards, gear and clothing.

Save on Foods

Large grocery store. Open everyday 8:00am-10:00pm. 

Scout Clothing & Accessories

Scout prides itself on offering Nelson the most current fashions and trends.

Shoes for the Soul

Shoes for the Soul

Shoes for the Soul is a family owned business nestled in the beautiful mountains of Nelson, BC. Since 1998, we offer the best selection of women’s shoes, boots, and handbags – renowned for comfort AND style.

Shoe La La

Shoe La La

Shoe La La is a beautiful boutique shoe store nestled in downtown Nelson, BC.  They offer an exquisite collection of leather footwear and handbags from around the world. 

  • 866-352-6754  |  456 Ward St, Nelson
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Snowpack Outdoor Experiences

Snowpack Outdoor Experiences

Snowpack caters to people who are looking for the best gear to use on any of their outdoor pursuits. We also offer Canada’s Only Patagonia Clothing and Outlet.

Stitch Lab

Nelson Stitch Lab is a public sewing studio and fabric supply store. Our retail space has quality fabrics, notions, patterns, books, and textile craft supplies.

Streetclothes Named Desire

Streetclothes Names Desire

 We carry all the best names in fashion, including Joseph Ribkoff, Bianca Nygaard, MEXX, Guess, Sandwich, Second Yoga Jeans, Dex, PJ Salvage, Mavi Jeans, and so much more!

  • 250 352-2272  |  498 Baker St, Nelson
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Still Eagle

Eco shop specializing in hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, and soy clothing, natural and hemp body products, paper and environmentally friendly home products.

Strutters Boutique

Strutters Boutique

We are a contemporary boutique for women. Strutters buys and sells gently used, quality clothing. 

Ted Allen's Jewellery

Ted Allen's Jewellery

Ted Allen's Jewellery has been in the business of client focused care since 1962. We specialize in fine jewellery, both custom made and ordered pieces, as well as watches, giftware, and more.

The Tickle Trunk Shop

Clothing, costumes, festival wear, lingerie, and adult products.

Urban Legends

Boutique head shop, vape shop, and gift shop.

Valhalla Pure, Nelson

Valhalla Pure, Nelson

A whole bunch of outdoor lifestyle clothing and gear is what you will find at Valhalla Pure, and our customer service will keep you coming back to our shop.

Vince Devito Shoes and Orthotics

Serving all your shoe care needs, accessories, professional fitting, full-service shoe repair and much more.

Willow Home Boutique

Willow  Home Boutique

Willow Home Boutique is located in Kaslo, BC, in one of the top 10 most beatiful towns in Canada. Our store is filled with unique treasures.

Whitelight Photography

Landscape, nature, people, and pet photography. We produce, process, retouch and print images on site in our studio.

Escape to Africa

At Escape to Africa Safaris, we don't send you to Africa, we take you! Guided Safaris reminiscent of eras past focusing on conservation.



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