Alberta Avenue. Positive Change.

–Discover Us on 118 Avenue Between 79th Street and 106th Street

Shop.   Dine.   Play.   Work.   

The Alberta Avenue Business Association represents a wide array of stores and services totalling 200 businesses along 118th Avenue. Other stakeholders on the Avenue play a large role as well, including major festivals and events throughout the year. Come down to Alberta Avenue and experience our diverse selection.

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Faces Behind the Storefronts Vol. 3

Alberta Avenue boasts over 200 businesses with a variety of restaurants, food markets, service shops, cafes and more.  Many businesses are family owned and operated, and some have been around for decades. Each one has a unique story to tell, and you know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

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Straight Blast Gym - 11714 82nd Street

One Tribe, One Vibe. That's the motto at Straight Blast Gym. Owner and head coach Steve Winjet has a simple goal for the gym; to build a vibrant community where goals and interests are supported and real connections are made. 

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Qi Creative - 9410 118 Ave

Jonathan "Jon Jon" Rivero is the CEO and Founder of Qi Creative, a learning centre dedicated to creating meaningful learning with children, adolescents, families, and schools living with special needs, celebrating their talents and strengths that make them awesome.

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POP! - 11806 - 87 Street

POP! is the new kid on the block and a must place to visit for comic book and pop culture lovers. Stop in and say hi to owner Ron Ditco, his niece Scarlette and puppy ChoCho. 

Stay tuned for full profiles on Straight Blast Gym, Qi Creative and POP! later this summer. 

Faces Behind the Storefronts Vol. 2

Alberta Avenue boasts over 200 businesses with a variety of restaurants, food markets, service shops, cafes and more.  Many businesses are family owned and operated, and some have been around for decades. Each one has a unique story to tell, and you know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

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Plaza Bowling Co. - 10418 118 Ave

Plaza Bowling Co. has been "rolling since 1959". Trevor Stride is the third generation family owner; his grandfather opened Plaza Bowl in 1959, and Trevor's father ran it from 1977 until he retired last year. Now with a renovated kitchen, rotating tap of craft beer, and some slick upgrades by Oliver Apt., Plaza Bowl is becoming a hot spot for good times with family, friends and serious bowlers alike!

 Photo by The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group

Photo by The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group

Kasoa Tropical - 9320 118 Ave

Charity Durowaa is the owner/operator of Kasoa Tropical, which is the largest Afro-Caribbean grocery store in Alberta. She was recently acknowledged at the National Black Coalition Edmonton Chapter Event, where she received an award for her exceptional service to the community. She was also named one of the "Champions of the Avenue", a project spearheaded by Arts on the Ave

 Photo by Michael Mulligan 

Photo by Michael Mulligan 

Fast Shoe Repair - 8652 118 Ave

Gino Gugliotta has been the owner of Fast Shoe Repair for over 30 years with just "me, myself and I". He learned to make and repair shoes as a young boy. Having just celebrated his 75th birthday, we guess you could say that certainly makes him an expert!

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Popular Bakery - 9307 118 Ave

Maria Soares and her family have owned popular bakery for 20 years. The bakery on the corner of 93 street and 118 ave serves up fresh baked bread, desserts, sandwiches, soups, and of course, Portuguese tarts. 

 

118 Stories

Faces Behind the Storefronts Vol. 1

Alberta Avenue boasts over 200 businesses with a variety of restaurants, food markets, service shops, cafes and more.  Many businesses are family owned and operated, and some have been around for decades. Each one has a unique story to tell, and you know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

  Myhre's Music - 8735 117 Street   Alfie Myhre opened Myhre's music in 1967. Now "retired", he does fiddle repairs in the back while his son Byron runs the shop.  

Myhre's Music - 8735 117 Street

Alfie Myhre opened Myhre's music in 1967. Now "retired", he does fiddle repairs in the back while his son Byron runs the shop.  

  Polar Bear Health & Water - 9342 118 Avenue   Wanda Bradbury’s father opened Polar Bear Health & Water in 1947. It was originally a water supply store and beauty salon until it began selling health foods in the 1970’s.

Polar Bear Health & Water - 9342 118 Avenue

Wanda Bradbury’s father opened Polar Bear Health & Water in 1947. It was originally a water supply store and beauty salon until it began selling health foods in the 1970’s.

 Wee Book Inn - 8108 118 Avenue  In 1971, Darwin Luxford opened the first Wee Book Inn. His son Ryan grew up working in the iconic stores around Edmonton and is now the owner/operator of the Alberta Avenue location. 

Wee Book Inn - 8108 118 Avenue

In 1971, Darwin Luxford opened the first Wee Book Inn. His son Ryan grew up working in the iconic stores around Edmonton and is now the owner/operator of the Alberta Avenue location. 

  Stan's Barbershop - 11743 94 Street   Kelly has been the proud owner of Stan's Barbershop for 22 years. The original owner, Stan, opened the shop in 1965.

Stan's Barbershop - 11743 94 Street

Kelly has been the proud owner of Stan's Barbershop for 22 years. The original owner, Stan, opened the shop in 1965.