Making one’s own clothes requires corralling a herd of sheep, feeding them rainbows to dye them different colours, and hiring a professional hairdresser to braid them into sweaters. Ease the workload with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of clothing and accessories at Riley and McCormick Western Stores at the downtown and Calgary International Airport locations. McCormick Western Stores is a western wear emporium that has been supplying cowboys with rough-and-tumble gear for more than 100 years. The extensive inventory includes enough hats, boots, shirts, denim, and belts to Westernize even the staunchest city slicker. Keep the sun off fair foreheads with a black El Torro straw hat($35) or intimidate Electric Slide opponents with a three wolves belt buckle, ($29). Like bottle rockets, this Groupon may only be used in-store.
Riley and McCormick Western Stores
A duo of turn-of-the-century entrepreneurs, Riley and McCormick opened the doors to their first Calgary storefront in 1901—four years before Alberta was established as a province. Their pioneering spirit quickly led to the store’s entrenchment in the annals of local and world history; over the years, the pair crafted military saddles for the Russian cavalry in World War I and supplied equipment to Edward, Prince of Wales, at his famed EP Ranch. The grandchildren of Eneas McCormick picked up right where the founding friends left off, and the family has maintained a presence at every Calgary Stampede dating back to 1912.
Today, those grandchildren continue to leave their mark on the business, expanding the store’s reach but staying true to the traditions that made it such an integral part of the Canadian West. Their selection includes shoes, accessories, and clothing for every member of the family, including wide-brimmed felt and straw hats that protect eyes from the sun’s rays and cows’ grassy spitballs. Let a pair of Canadian-made leather boots do your talking for you, or prepare for a rugged day on the ranch or this year's Stampede (July 5–14) with durable jeans in all cuts and styles.