father’s day at willow park village.

willow park village

sister and i got an email last weekend from dad:

may I reiterate there is absolutely NO NEED AT ALL to spend money on me, please. A phone call or an e-mail is 100% fine.

sure, pops, like that will happen.

if you’ve met Richard, you know that he is the most generous person. if anyone deserves to be spoiled, it’s him. and sometimes you need to show your appreciation in phone calls AND gifts.

knowing we’d want to give dad a gift, but also do dinner together, i headed to Willow Park Village because it has everything i was looking for.

located in calgary’s south, Willow Park Village is an outdoor shopping centre committed to supporting and fostering local business to curate an unparalleled mix of the finest in boutique fashion, home furnishings, cuisine, spa services, accessories and gifts – so that every need you have is met in just one stop.

make sure you’ve got comfortable shoes on, grab yourself a Starbucks, sample a few bites from Cobs Bread and get ready to shop until you drop.

urban butcher

urban butcher

did you know that mother’s day is the busiest restaurant day? everyone gives mom break. the same doesn’t hold true for father’s day. usually, you send dad out to do something he loves – ahem, golf – and then you have dinner together. we always tried to take dad out, but he’d just try to pay for everyone. instead of fighting him for the bill, we’ve settled on letting him barbecue for us. to make things feel a bit more special, we opt for steaks and an assortment of grilled veggies. if you want good meat, you have to go to the source – the butcher. urban butcher offers the finest quality cuts of ethically and naturally raised local meats, including Alberta beef. they believe the kitchen shouldn’t be an intimidating space and are happy to chat about what products they have on hand, their farmers, or what the best accompaniments are.

clarks england

clarks england

when anyone says “dad style”, i can only assume they have met my father. fashionable he is not, but it’s not that bad – just basic. he’s the jeans and a sweater or polo tucked into his jeans with a belt type of dad. he has a few pairs of dress shoes left over for when he worked an office job, and his trusty runners. if he’s lacking in a specific fashion department, i would definitely say it’s footwear! that’s why i ventured into clarks england. known for their iconic desert boot, they have a range of both men’s and women’s styles. dad is a bit trepidatious when it comes to “new”, but he’s also very willing to trust his daughters’ advice. i’m curious to know what sister has to say, but i think he could pull off a camel-coloured desert boot with his jeans. he’ll be a hip dad before we know it! probably not, Richard loves a good dad joke.

home treasures and more

home treasures and more

newly separated, dad is living alone for the first time. now in his 60s, i’m not sure he’s ever had to develop a personal style when it comes to home decor. if you show him things, he knows what he doesn’t like, but he’s still not too confident in what he does like. thankfully for him, sister is incredible at interior design and she has a way of making spaces match so perfectly with someone’s personality. she has been the biggest influence on dad’s new home, from picking out his new sectional to deciding where to hang prints. as he is slowly building a new collection of things to call his own, we’ve spent the last few holidays buying him gifts for his house. for christmas he got two new lamps and a side table for the living room. while he has the basics, it’s the little extras he is still missing. that’s where home treasures and more comes into play. they have all of those pieces to complement every room in your house. i’m a firm believer that artwork and the extra trinkets are what truly finish a space and express personal style.

skoah

skoah

when you think skincare, it’s usually not associated with men. the dudes need to care for their skin just as much as the ladies and skoah knows it. they have a specific line just for men, including their shave kream, which has been featured in men’s health. skoah also offers a “mancial” – a customized man facial. or as they call them a skin care workout. these workouts include deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, customized masks, and muscle-melting massage. talk about the most relaxing, blissful, and ‘sweat-free’ workout. the mancial also includes a soothing neck and beard treatment to reduce redness, irritation and ingrown hairs in problematic areas. and while that sinks in, they’ll exfoliate his feet with powerful alpha hydroxy acids. who doesn’t love a bit of pampering? sign dad up!

with everything checked off my list, i’m headed into father’s day armed with unique gifts and delicious food. and there is still time for you to head to Willow Park Village to do the same!


what are you getting your dad for father’s day?

this post is sponsored by Willow Park Village. thank you for making this post, and Richard’s father’s day, possible. 

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