Designer men’s and ladies’ wear. One-of-a-kind artwork depicting iconic Regina landmarks. Designer beauty products. Old school vinyl records for even the most hard to please music buff. Home furnishings to last a lifetime. Why not take a minute to discover more about some of our downtown entrepreneurs? Visit the Business Spotlights below to learn more about the local businesses that make up our downtown community.
COLIN O’BRIAN MAN’S SHOPPE|CORNWALL OPTICAL|DEAN RENWICK DESIGN STUDIO|DOTS|FACTORY OPTICAL|
MADAME YES|MORTISE & TENON|NORWOOD|NWL CONTEMPORARY DRESSES|OLIVER’S MEN’S WEAR|
QUEEN V FASHION HOUSE|SARA LINDSAY-THE MAKEUP STORE|SMITH & BEST: THE MALE ROOM
|SWANK SHOE LOUNGE|TIKI ROOM|TWO FIFTY TWO BOUTIQUE|VINTAGE VINYL|ZOE SHOES & OBJECTS
Dots is a family owned business that originated in Edmonton, Alberta in 1986. Several years later it expanded to eight locations across Western Canada. The Downtown Regina location opened in 1998 on 12th and Hamilton Street and later relocated to its present location on 1822 Scarth Street.
Customers can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, knowledgeable and professional sales staff and low prices. They offer designer clothing and accessories at 60-80% off manufacturers’ suggested retail prices for ladies men, infants and kids! On top of these amazing deals, they also offer weekly sales and promotional discounts to customers who register with their internal email program.
Meet Brenda! Brenda Kress-Poncsak has been part of the Dots family, working as Store Manager, for the past 16 years. “We strive to bring our customers top of the line fashions and accessories from designer brands at an affordable price! Customers find their shopping experience with us very therapeutic.”
When looking for your one stop shop for quality designer brands at discounted prices, fit for the entire family, shop Dots!
Since 1981, Ron Dorey and his team have been dedicated to providing the highest level of optical excellence, and follow ethical and behavioural standards prescribed by the Saskatchewan College of Opticians.
“At Cornwall Optical we believe in supplying the finest quality craftsmanship in leading edge optical frame and sunglasses styles. Only refined and proven single vision and progressive lens technology is utilized. We shop the world for the ultimate in comfort, quality, fashion and excellence!” ~ Ron
As you walk through the doors of Cornwall Optical, located on 1841 Scarth Street you immediately feel welcomed by the homegrown, Saskatchewan team. The knowledge and genuine presence from both Ron, and his colleague Sheena Richardson, both Licensed Opticians, is second to none! Sheena has worked alongside Ron, for the past 21 years.
“We pride ourselves in offering exclusivity from brands like Serengeti, Porsche, Gucci, L.A.M.B, LA MATTA and Sillouette.” ~ Sheena
“I bought my first pair of glasses from Ron, 25 years ago!” Elaine (Regina resident, client)
When looking for the best service, vision and comfort, shop Cornwall Optical.
DEAN RENWICK DESIGN STUDIO
Retail, custom design, alternations and makeovers, Canadian Designer Dean Renwick and his team do it all!
For the past 16 years, Dean has owned and operated his own design studio in the Queen City, Regina Saskatchewan. Ever since he was a young boy, Dean had a passion for the fashion industry. At a young age Dean learnt how to use a Singer sewing machine, from the guidance of his grandmother. By high school, he was designing his friends grad dresses.
Matthew Donnelly first apprenticed with Dean Renwick while in high school (2003). After graduation he moved to Toronto, ON and attended The School of Design, at Ryerson University. Mathew moved back home to Regina in 2016 to join the Team at Dean Renwick Design Studio as Production Manager / Independent Designer.
Quality of work, a good fit and a trusted friendly local experience greets you as you walk through the doors, located on the corner of 12th and Rose Street.
QUEEN V FASHION HOUSE
Queen V Fashion House originated in 2012, and has been owned and operated by Tamra Uhersky for the past 2 years. Tamra’s love for fashion and diversity within a retail space was her drive to purchase the business. Since 2012, the business has evolved from the original design, including: location, brands/ style, sizing and interior aesthetic.
The space was designed to be inviting, with a bright and clean aesthetic and a one-to-one shopping experience.
“I enjoy fashion and giving women a good experience. We help them feel relaxed, comfortable and confident,” said Tamra.
Tamra and her team strive to appeal to a large variety of women, with styles for a basic everyday casual look (i.e. jeans/ leggings, t-shirt/ blouse/ sweater), professional business attire, to an evening out on the town, as well as a large assortment of accessories to style/ create your own unique look.
Located on 1800 block Hamilton Street, Queen V is your go-to fashion house!
VINTAGE VINYL & HEMP EMPORIUM
Established in 1991 by Pat Baumet, Vintage Vinyl has been in business for 27 years. What started as a single small location, from his love for music, Pat’s vision has expanded into two locations, one in Downtown Regina and the second in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
After Pat Baumet passed from a long and courageous battle with cancer in 2014; his passion for music and the business continues to grow by the hands of his two children, Dylan and Janelle. By offering a full range of products including music, clothing and smoking accessories Vintage Vinyl truly appeals to all ages.
Whether you’re a long time collector searching for that hard to find gem or just starting to get into vinyl records, their bins are stocked for you! They are extremely particular with the quality of products and individually clean, inspect and grade each item to ensure you’re getting a quality product! They also offer a large selection of used CDs and cassette tapes.
“If we wouldn’t play it at home, it won’t be going out into yours!”
Find the latest merchandise from both popular artists and harder to find bands using their t-shirt and clothing guide. Or add a burst of colour to your wardrobe with tie dye clothing for the entire family! Vintage Vinyl carries one of the largest selections of glass and smoking accessories and are always available to guide you through your purchase to make sure you get what’s right for you!
“We provide the highest quality of products, the best selection and the best prices!”
Stop in and visit one of Saskatchewan’s front runners in the industry of hemp products and smoking accessories!!!
ZÖE SHOES + OBJECTS
ZÖE Downtown has been owned and operated by Lynn Armstrong for the past 3 years. Lynn’s passion for well made designer shoes, clothing and jewelry drives her business as she continues to grow and expand her designer selection and collections from around the world.
ZÖE – meaning life; is a true representation of the collections and style of the unisex, boutique style experience. The service level and store layout is designed to be both unique and inviting, as you flow through the array of designer shoes, clothing and jewelry. “We designed the space to not only showcase the beauty of each piece, but also the art that went into creating it!”
Fluevog from Vancouver, exclusively in Regina.
Anita Sikma, from Regina originally, exclusively for ZÖE from Vancouver.
Intentionally Blank from California, only at ZÖE in Regina.
Rachel Swing Coat from So Martha So Mary, made in Vancouver.
BanoeeMee from Toronto.
Sara Armstrong from Regina, living, designing and producing in Vancouver.
When looking for a boutique style experience that offers unique and exclusive designer collections from around the world – shop ZÖE!
MORTISE & TENON
What originally began as a showcase for their own handmade products and woodwork, has grown into the perfect platform to showcase other local artisans and small business owners from around the world. This January, the Mortise & Tenon family will celebrate their 3rd anniversary!
As you walk through the doors you will find yourself in the middle of a “modern-day general store” filled with “a little bit of everything!” From custom woodworking, unique and handmade giftware, clothing, to sustainable and eco-friendly products; a sure way to check off your ‘nice list’ this holiday season!
Local artisans include our their own line of apothecary and beard products, Art by Dana featuring her Around Regina Series, Dillon Fluter bow ties, Chad Letain photography, locally designed and handmade clothing from CUB and quirky cross stitch from various local artists in Regina to name a few!
“We aim to have something for everyone! And if we don’t, our customers tell us, and we will bring it in!”
When looking for a store filled with “a little bit of everything!” shop at Mortise & Tenon!
NWL CONTEMPORARY DRESSES
Nadia Williamson, owner and creator of NWL began her career in fashion working in the costume department of the film industry, where she had the opportunity to travel across Saskatchewan. Over the years her passions evolved and her journey began within the bridal industry. Established in December 2005, NWL has been fitting graduates, brides, bridesmaids, and Mother-of-the-Brides for almost 13 years! Nadia recently opened a second location in the United States, located in Los Angeles, California called NWLA.
At NWL, Management and staff are both dedicated to creating a welcoming, intimate and knowledgeable shopping experience. “We want every person who walks through our door to feel special and beautiful. We offer a wide selection of gowns for special occasions, including graduation, and bridal.” The store is open Sunday through Saturday and offers both walk-ins and/or appointments.
Canadian designers include: Mikaella • Paloma Blanca
Exclusive to Regina: Pronovias
If you’re ready to “say YES to the dress”, shop NWL Contemporary Dresses.
OLIVER’S MENS WEAR
Since 1989, brothers Farzad & Behzad Jahanpour have always strived to bring both quality and fashion to Regina residents and visitors, at an affordable price.
What began as one location, six years ago, expanded downtown. “Our travelling clients always make a point to stop by and visit. They love the downtown store because of location and convenience for shopping between business meetings!”
Wayne Barber has worked alongside the Jahanpour brothers for the past 10 years. Prior to working at Oliver’s, Wayne owed his own menswear store and brings an additional wealth of experience and knowledge from within the industry, to the Oliver’s family!
When you walk through the doors you can feel the ‘family-like’ welcoming energy. “We treat everyone how we would like to be treated, like family, like we’ve known each other forever!”
Oliver’s offers a variety of conservative menswear fashions, with a European flare. From leisure, holiday, business, graduation and weddings – they carry it all! “We continue to grow and stay innovative within the industry, and we love to provide seasonal collections for men of all ages!”
Proudly known as Regina’s oldest privately owned menswear store, offering both quality and fashion at an affordable price!
TWO FIFTY TWO BOUTIQUE
Two Fifty Two Boutique, named in honour of owner, Mackenzie Firby’s mother who passed away in 2012; first opened in Saskatoon, four years ago (2014) and last year expanded to Regina.
Mackenzie’s love for all things fashion is the drive behind everything Two Fifty Two Boutique. Mackenzie travels to New York and Los Angeles to source many of the items found in her stores, as well as featuring local and Canadian Designers. “Every item in our store is handpicked. We offer brand name, designer clothing and accessories. And support the theory that educating our customer on fashion, trends and designers will enhance their shopping experience!”
Alongside Mackenzie, her Fashion Director Brooklyn and team of Stylists are passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated to providing superior customer service. “My favourite aspect of my job would be the personal relationships we have made with our clients. These relationships have gone far beyond providing a product and service, we’ve formed friendships.”
Designer Brands include:
Kate Spade • DVF • Iro • Vince
Canadian Designers include:
Smythe • Soy Harvest
Local Designers include:
Emma and April • Elizabeth Lyn • Ruby Radish
Two Fifty Two Boutique recognizes that each customer is unique with individual needs. “Our love for fashion and quality service ensures we take care to meet each of our customers fashion goals, and assist them in reaching their highest fashion potential!”
Reach your highest fashion potential at Two Fifty Two Boutique.
SMITH & BEST–THE MALE ROOM
An eclectic mix of non-traditional items sourced from around the world. Smith & Best–The Male Room offers a unique assortment of high quality “swell stuff for gents!”
The original Smith & Best opened in 2013 at Owner, Dr. Brad McNaughton’s chiropractic clinic. Last year, Brad expanded and created Smith & Best – The Male Room, located inside the beautiful Sara Lindsay – The Makeup Store. A perfect addition to the space, “curated from a male perspective, welcome to everyone!”
Brad’s love for European culture is the passion behind the business. You’ll find a full line of traditional shaving supplies, luxury soap, toothpaste, liquor infused toothpicks and maple syrup, a mix of cocktail bitters and garnish, pressurized growlers and more!
This year, treat someone to a swell gift, shop Smith & Best – The Male Room.
For the month of February, receive 50% off lenses, with or without a frame purchase! Digital, Progressive, High Index—all prescription lenses are 50% off this month only!
The Factory Optical group of companies began in Regina in August 1999, with a single store on Victoria Avenue. Since 1999, the company has grown to 26 locations across Western Canada, with Hamilton Street as the latest expansion.
Proudly the largest provider of everyday designer 2 for 1 frames across Western Canada, Factory Optical still believes in offering a “neighbourhood store” feel. Meet Stephen McIntosh, President and Founder of the Factory Optical and Optiks International, “We believe that when you enter an owner-operated store as a customer, you experience a different feel than when you enter a big box operation. We want to preserve the ‘owner operated feel’ we had when we began this journey in 1999, when we only had one store!”
When you walk through the doors of Factory Optical, you are pleasantly greeted by both Management and staff who are fully trained to guide you through the various options of designer frames, best suited for your needs; including contacts and both prescription/ nonprescription sunglasses – perfect for your next tropical vacation!
The selection of brands range from children to senior, and include Ray Ban, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Tom Ford, Prada etc. “You don’t have to buy your prescription eyewear often, so why not do it right?” With an Independent On-site Optometrist, currently accepting new patients – what are you waiting for? “Use your benefits before they expire!”
- You want to take frames home to show people? Do it!
- You want to split your 2for1 purchase with someone because you don’t need two pairs? Do it!
- Contacts or prescription sunglasses as your second pair? Why not!
For the largest selection of designer 2 for 1 frames for the entire family, shop Factory Optical.
Growing up, Founder Noel Wendt didn’t have the usual interests in ‘traditional’ school sports. Dating back to the early 80s, Noel found his passion in skateboarding. “It’s always had a positive impact on my life.”
During such time, there was a lack of accessibility to functional skateboarding fashion. With his passion for the industry and skills in sewing, Noel started to design his own clothing for both himself and other skateboarders!
In 1993, Noel started working for Cornelia Biegler who at the time, owned World of Trout. Eventually they grew as business partners and brought the sport of skateboarding to the forefront of local Regina residents. “I wanted to be able to help others and share that sense of belonging to someone, who may not have interests in ‘traditional’ sports!” As the skateboarding industry grew, Tiki Room was established in 1996. Dedicated to all things skateboarding, Tiki Room offers boards (including assembly and repair) education, clothing and shoes. Your one stop, skateboarding shop! In addition to the retail store, Tiki Room is very active within the local Regina skateboarding community. Over the years Tiki Room has sponsored local skateboarders, facilitated skateboarding contests, provided pro skateboarding demonstrations, and advocated for local skate parks, some of which include the former indoor park in the Heritage building, the Rochdale skateboard park and the plaza park in Wascana.
Noel and Cornelia’s partnership continued to grow over the years and in 2011 created/opened a new store on 11th Ave called Norwood.
For that person who loves ‘all things skateboarding’, shop Tiki Room!
COLIN O’BRIAN MAN’S SHOPPE
Founded in 1996 by Colin Perkowitsch, the team at Colin O’Brian has been committed to offering the best service and mens clothing for all ages. “You can buy ‘things’ anywhere. We try to provide an overall experience with every purchase!”
Aaron Burnett has worked alongside Colin for over 10 years. His role as store manager has added an edge to the business in both tailored and casual fashion.
Colin O’ Brian offers an extensive array of mens clothing from casual to luxury business wear. Ensuring you always leave “polished” for any occasion. Step into the unique “shop in shop” concept with leading industry brands like John Varvatos, Robert Graham and Stellson. “Offering mini brand stores which feature displays and fixturing components which you would find in a corporate brand store” Or sip your favourite cocktail, while you work with the team of experts, to design your own “made to measure” suit.
When it comes to men’s clothing, the fashion possibilities are endless at Colin O’Brian Man’s Shoppe.
Finding alternative clothing with an edge that was beyond the mainstream, was nowhere to be found in Saskatchewan. In 2005, Susan Redekop had a vision to create a space that allowed people to express their own individuality and nonconformity using fashion. “We are a little weird and beyond mainstream, but also fun, elegant, and provocative – in a good way!”
Madame Yes provides quality alternative fashions for men and women of any age, including clothing, outerwear, footwear, jewellery, accessories, hair colour and home decor. Prices are usually well below the cost of similar items in larger city centres.
The passion for individuality continues to be the forefront of the business, as they continue to push the limits with brands exclusive to Regina and even the province of Saskatchewan.
“Friendly and approachable customer service is critical when it comes to our business!” Both management and staff are always available to guide the customer shopping experience, to ensure they find the right items to express their own unique individuality and find a look they love.
Express your own individuality through fashion and add a little “edge” to your wardrobe at Madame Yes!
In 2011 partners Noel Wendt and Cornelia Biegler opened Norwood. Their passion to create a store that offered non-trendy “classics” was at the forefront of their vision for the new store.
Norwood’s concept of classics not only represents the clothing and footwear offered for both men and women, but also the design of the space. A woodsy outdoor, vintage, antique vibe with custom local photography is the perfect backdrop to set the mood, as you shop.
“Think quality and longevity!” when it comes to your wardrobe. Complimentary layering pieces, ranging from daily casual wear to outerwear. Items that you want in your closet for a long time.
Some classic brands you may recognize include Patagonia,Red Wing Heritage, Reigning Champ, Levi’s and Vans. Many brands offered are North American made and/or are part of social and environmental movements. Sitting beside such brands is Cornelia’s own locally made ladies clothing line called CUB. All pieces in the line are made using vintage fabrics and manufactured personally by Cornelia in her studio above Norwood.
When you want quality, longevity and “classics” – think Norwood!
SARA LINDSAY–THE MAKEUP STORE
Owner/ Lead Makeup Artist Sara Lindsay brings years of experience to the Saskatchewan makeup industry/ market. Her earliest education was in Europe where she worked in the fashion industry. After giving birth to their daughter, her husband Dr. Brad McNaughton decided they wanted to raise their child back home in Saskatchewan with their families.
Sara began her Saskatchewan career as a solo freelance artist. Over the years Sara’s business in Regina grew from freelancing, to renting a small studio space, to expanding into a boutique style location offering luxury beauty brands from around the world. This new opportunity allowed her to share the space with other local makeup artists and spread her love for the industry along with offering the brands she used and loved.
As of last August 2017, Sara’s 5th Anniversary was approaching and “a perfect opportunity to expand once again!”Now located in the heart of Regina’s downtown shopping district, Sara Lindsay – The Makeup Store not only offers luxury beauty brands but a full list of services including hair, lash extensions, gel polish Manicure & Pedicures, lash extensions, lash lifts, facial waxing and makeup. “Your premium beauty destination!”
“The heart behind everything we do, is our customer! We want everyone to feel welcome and beautiful.” Both management and staff strive to provide excellent customer service in an environment that welcomes beauty for everyone! “We treat everyone how we want to be treated, like part of the family!”
The store brands are not always readily available in our local market and include:
Oribe • Aveda • Ellis Faas • Kevyn Aucoin • RMS beauty • Eve Lom • Plume • Face Atelier • Danessa Myricks • My Kit Co
The team at Sara Lindsay were excited recently to introduce and launch their own line of mink false lashes. Cruelty free and available in nine styles. “The perfect accessory to any outfit!”
When it comes to shopping for luxury beauty brands, shop Sara Lindsay – The Makeup Store.
SWANK SHOE LOUNGE
Owners and best friends, Melissa Bodnar and Jana Raskob opened their first location in Saskatoon, SK June 2009. “Our business was created over many passionate fashion conversations that eventually escalated into something much bigger!” 7 years later they expanded to Regina, May 2016.
Swank Shoe Lounge, “your women’s shoe boutique”, offers a variety of fashionable footwear and accessories. All items are handpicked and chosen “by channeling into the wants and desires of our current fashion icons!”
Footwear Brands include: • Solsana • Steve Madden • Kendall and Kylie • Michael Kors • Blundstone • Hunter Boots • Sorel
Dylan Kain • Lack of Color Hats • Piperwest Watches • Five and Two Jewelry • Elizabeth Lyn Jewelry
The team at Swank Shoe Lounge are dedicated to keeping up with the latest trends and have a “passion for helping each and every person who walks thru the door find that perfect piece to make them feel fully excited and refreshed. Whether it’s a new pair of boots, sneaks, hat or handbag!
For the latest in fashion trends when it comes to footwear and accessories, shop Swank Shoe Lounge.
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