St Catharines is home to countless entertainment, restaurants, and shopping venues that are sure to keep you busy! If you're new to the community or looking to find out what's available, we've made a list of the 5 best places to shop in the city. We're going to be covering some well-known spots and some hidden treasures, so be sure to have your notepad ready.
The Pen Centre is one of St. Catharine's main attractions when it comes to shopping destinations. Offering a huge variety of stores for clothes, shoes, housewares, and much more The Pen Centre is a must-visit! In fact, you'll find that they have most of the high street stores that you'd find in downtown Toronto available here. The Pen Centre is so popular that people from Niagara Falls will travel to visit.
The St Catharines Farmer's Market is a great way to spend some time; supporting local businesses, enjoying super fresh produce, and taking in the incredible aromas. Wander through the stalls and enjoy the fresh flowers, homemade crafts, and delicious food during the weekend to really experience what local vendors have to offer. One of our favourite recommendations is Eh José! He makes delicious, fresh Mexican food that will have your mouth watering as soon as you see it. We recommend the chicken quesadillas and incredible guacamole. As a plus, most of the market is indoors so inclement weather won't ruin the day.
Fairview Mall is also a St Catharines' favourite! The sheer range of stores (everything from a dollar store to an IKEA) means that this could easily be a one-stop shop for you and the whole family. The great thing is that the complex never seems too busy despite its popularity. All in all, it is a very well designed and easy-to-navigate building, with an environment that is extremely welcoming.
If you've never heard of Verity Boutique, do yourself a big favour and visit today! This is an exquisite boutique for women that absolutely love ageless style and unique finds. The staff is very accommodating and personable, which draws the whole experience together perfectly. Be sure to check in often to see what's in store and to take advantage of upcoming sales.
Liberty! Bicycles is a bit of a niche shop but if you or anyone you know is in the market for a new bike, this is the place! They have an incredible variety of bikes (Road, Mountain, Hybrid) and bike-related items (Tires, Apparel, Accessories, and More) to suit whatever your needs may be. The staff here is incredible! Super friendly and helpful, answering any questions you may have and assisting every step of the way. In fact, the staff here is so committed to the customer that they'll often talk you out of spending more than you need.
There are so many different options available when it comes to shopping in St. Catharines! Whether you're looking for one spot to get everything done or you want to find your own little hidden spaces, you're sure to get what you want. For more helpful tips about the area and information about upcoming projects, be sure to follow Marina Homes' blog series!