March 15th, 2013
Weekly pub night is making a comeback thanks to the new Roosevelt Food & Drinks.
Brought to you by the same folks at 80th & Ivy down the street, this updated space brings a bit of sophistication to your night out. Its Spanish Ham pizza topped with arugala and pecorino ($15) is a great dish to split with your date. Pair that with the Pin-up Girl cocktail ($12) or one of their yummy nutella milkshakes ($7).
Did someone say mini donuts for dessert? Yes, we did! —Kait Kucy
Roosevelt Food & Drinks, 933 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-719-9330, www.rooseveltcalgary.com
November 9th, 2012
Coffee purists living uptown will delight in the opening of Fratello’s Analog Coffee right on 17th Avenue.
Order up a latte made with Fratello’s Godfather Espresso (made with beans roasted in-house) and you won’t regret it. The owners managed to salvage the remaining signage of the original tenants corner store and incorporated it into their crisp and cool design. The space, open and bright, leaves you with an impression of fine European culture; an eclectic collection of prints and paintings fills one wall, while a growing collection of vinyl records flanks the espresso bar.
Filling their shelves with freshly baked Sidewalk Citizen sandwiches and baked goods, Analog Coffee's buzz-worthiness extends far past the caffeinne high. —Kait Kucy
Analog Coffee, 740 17th Ave SW, Calgary, 403-265-2112, www.facebook.com/Analog.Coffee
September 6th, 2012
Get your over-the-counter fix at the Sweet Factory Candy Boutique, the brand-sparkling new hotbed for sweet tooths.
Serving up more than just the regular candy fare, this shiny chevron-floored boutique also features an delicious array of soft serve ice cream including the coveted flavours Cheesecake and Tutti Frutti. Munch on some of their housemade popcorn while debating over what flavours of jellybeans to take home with you.
And just when you think life couldn't get any better, you find out they also carry fudge. —Kait Kucy
The Sweet Factory Candy Boutique, 120-815 17th Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-262-4201, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sweet-Factory-Candy-Boutique
August 22nd, 2012
Along with everyone else, we are obsessed with filling our closets (and emptying our bank accounts) with the new fall collections.
Thanks to the new Mount Royal shop, 27 Boutique we're getting our fall fill without too much wallet damage.
The Bella Dahl white button down top ($132) instantly caught our eye – a perfectly breezy and well-tailored blouse that will take us from jean cutoffs and flip flops right into pencil skirts and tights.
We've fallen hard. —Kait Kucy
27 Boutique, 1510 17th Ave. SW., Calgary, 587-353-1127, www.27boutique.com
August 9th, 2012
There is something absolutely quaint about handpicking bright coloured blooms from your local floral shop.
No need for a special occasion (although it makes for a great hostess gift), flowers righten up a space and, more important, a day. Overflowing with beautiful bouquets, Anne Paterson’s Flowers is an uptown 17th shopping staple for the girl who loves to entertain.
The doors of the bustling flower shop are always propped open with seasonal blossoms welcoming you into the wild and fragrant space. Known for creating one-of-a-kind bouquets, the florists can create pretty much anything you desire. Fill up one of their gorgeous antique apothecary bottles with a spray of dahlias for a stunning hostess gift.
A favourite Saturday tradition is picking up a lush bunch of hydrangeas before brunch with girlfriends – each one leaves with their own stem of blooming goodness. —Kait Kucy
Anne Paterson's Flowers, 924 17th Ave SW, Calgary, 403-245-5543, www.facebook.com/AnnePatersonsFlowers
July 27th, 2012
Cibo means food in Italian and we all love food, right?
The new multi-level restaurant is perfect for every meal, from family dinners to after work get-togethers to large group gatherings. With fabulous serving staff slinging beautiful tasting dishes (1/$4, 3/$11, 5/$18), there's a true sense of the warm, family-style dining that Cibo fosters.
The incredible happy hour pizza is only $5 for a 6” personal pizza. To top it off, fill your glass with Mill St. or a beautiful pour of Alpha Zeta for an equally happy price.
Consensus on the favourite menu item: the Spinach Artichoke Gnocchi with lemon, basil and ricotta salata. Delizioso! —Kait Kucy
Cibo, 1012 17th Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-984-4755, www.cibocalgary.com
July 20th, 2012
In Calgary’s bustling food scene, 80th & Ivy Wine Kitchen takes the cake for its inventive approach to serving up local produce and meats.
The latest addition to 17th Avenue’s restaurant row, its glamourous new locale is ideal for food and wine lovers alike. With so much to offer, including a fun Asian spin on the classic slider: rotisserie chicken with Asian slaw served up on a Chinese sweet bun, you’ll want to order everything.
Looking for an excuse to hit the patio? Wednesdays feature 30 of their favourite wines for $30 a bottle. Need I say more? —Kait Kucy
80th & Ivy Wine Kitchen, 127 17th Ave. SW.,Calgary, 403-452-6907, facebook.com/80thivymodernkitchen
July 18th, 2012
Named after the owner, the new Brandy Leigh's boutique is exactly what its tagline says: Real Fashion for Real People. You can walk in and find an outfit that you could walk out in.
The store is dotted with easy-to-wear rock ’n’ roll brands including Broken Doll and Isabella, along with tried and true classics like Levi’s. Also carrying great affordable men's lines such as Chambers and signature pieces like the beautiful, handcrafted fiveleft leather bags out of Vancouver, this concept shop has everything for everyday.—Kait Kucy
Brandy Leigh's, 323 17th Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-667-1230, brandy-leighs.tumblr.com
July 12th, 2012
Hailing from all the way across the country, incredibly unique candy shop Freak Lunchbox has opened its first store beyond the Maritimes.
Flogging some of strangest and tastiest treats this side of the universe, the carnivalesque shop is a freak show and funhouse mirror all in one. Hand-painted signs created by their Halifax team of artists flank every available wall space, while rows and rows of candy bring out the best in children of all ages. Adding to the old-fashioned flare of the place are the delicious milkshakes - an exact cure for hot summer nights.
It's freaky good. —Kait Kucy
Freak Lunchbox, 614A 17th Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-228-4480, www.freaklunchbox.com
July 9th, 2012
For the first time ever, Pamplona, Spain’s Running of the Bulls is happening at the same times as the Calgary Stampede.
Live coverage of the bull fights will aired at Ox & Angela, complemented by several signature cocktails and the authentic Bull Fighters Dinner, a three course meal based on a Matador’s celebratory feast after a victorious fight.
Experience the Awake Siesta everyday between 3 and 5 p.m. for half price drinks and tapas. Order up The Brett Ashley cocktail for a true piece of history: named after the lead character in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, this drink features light citrus flavours and a housemade raspberry puree.
Red cape optional. —Kait Kucy
Ox & Angela, 528 17th Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-457-1432, www.oxandangela.com