Alberta Avenue. Positive Change.

Discover Us on 118 Avenue Between 79th Street and 105th 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. 5

The Alberta Avenue Business Association Board of directors

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. Meet our 2019 Alberta Avenue Board of Directors.

Photo from Champions of Alberta Avenue by Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Club

Photo from Champions of Alberta Avenue by Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Club

Paraiso Tropical - Latin Food Market, Jesus Gonzalez JR., Vice Chair

Tell us about Paraiso Tropical
We are a grocery store and kitchen that sells food products and ready made foods from all of Latin America. Corn tortillas, dried chile peppers, chorizos, hot sauces, dulce de leche, yerba mate, imported sweets, frozen and fresh exotic fruits are on of the many things you will find in our store. 

What's your favourite thing about Alberta Avenue?
We have been here for over 20 years and are well known in the community!

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The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, Christy Morin, Director

Tell us about The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse
A completely volunteer powered cafe, The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse was opened in 2007 as a physical space for Arts on the Ave and community members to meet. It began its life on a six-month trial and 12 years later, it’s still community focused and growing strong. The Carrot has become a bohemian, comfortable hub for meeting and making friends, enjoying various art forms and connecting people. 

What’s your favourite thing about Alberta Ave?
I love the colourful arts festivals, cultural shops and events and diversity of all people. 


Simba’s Den Pub & Bistro, Senait Tamere, Director

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Tell us about Simba’s Den
Simba's Den Pub & Bistro is a unique fine dining place with a great atmosphere. Our menu has extensive international flavour. We are also very health conscious and we live this value by making sure we select the best produce all around.

What’s your favourite part of Alberta Ave?
We have diverse businesses in the area. The best and the  potential of Alberta Avenue is yet to come. I am excited to be part of the future to contribute to the success of Alberta Avenue


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Norwood Dental Centre, Co-owner
Amanda Nielsen, Director

Tell us about Norwood Dental Centre

I'm a dental office owner who dreads going to the dentist. Dental offices can be scary! My fear gave birth to a dream -- what if we could create a dental practice that our patients, team, and community loves to visit?

This dream eventually gave birth to a real life practice, and that's how Norwood Dental Centre was created. My hubby is our dentist, and I manage the non-clinical aspects of our office. We are committed to offering caring, quality, and affordable dental care to our community with no white coats, no judgement, and no pressure. Our practice is a place of laughter, community, and connection. We take teeth seriously, but not ourselves!


What’s Your Favourite Part of Alberta Ave

I love the incredible diversity of area, and how ALL of our favourite spots are within walking/biking distance. We have fantastic neighbours and love how our area has such a distinct and amazing spirit to it. 


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ATB Financial, Branch Manager - Suzanne LaGrange, Treasurer

Tell us about ATB Financial

We're an Alberta bank, here to support Albertans with their banking needs and more. Our business is people and relationship building, we're customer obsessed and happiness is our purpose. We're transforming banking to create happiness for Albertans. 


What's your favourite thing about Alberta Avenue? 

I love how lively the Ave is. It's very walkable and there's so many unique businesses to check out on a walk down the Ave. 


Photo credit: Vivid Ribbon Photography

Photo credit: Vivid Ribbon Photography

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Qi Creative Inc. (Co-owned with Paula Audrey Rivero)

Tell us about what you have going on at Qi Creative.

We provide success coaching for special needs. We create meaningful learning with children, families, schools, and adults living with special needs and trauma and celebrate their strengths and talents that make them awesome!

What's your favourite thing about Alberta Avenue?

I love the multi-cultural diversity and range of tastes, talents, and opportunities in our community that make our city of Edmonton awesome!

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Faces Behind the Storefronts Vol. 4 | The Champions of Alberta avenue

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. 

The Alberta Avenue Business Association and Arts on the Ave are pleased to present a special screening of Champions of Alberta Avenue at this year's Kaleido Family Arts Festival. This community-driven project produced by Arts on the Ave was made possible through support from the Edmonton Heritage CouncilEdmonton Arts Council, and the Alberta Avenue Business Association.

The project highlights our community members to celebrate the multicultural richness of the district and the people who have contributed to it – the true Champions of Alberta Avenue! 

Images by Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group

Video By Moving Artistry Productions, Justin Brunelle

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Donair Express

“It’s not a customer-business relationship; it’s more of a friendship or family,” he [Samir Bleibel] says. “I’m staying here because of the people.”

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El Rancho Spanish Restaurant

Alba Arevalo and her daughter Dora Arevalo started El Rancho Spanish Restaurant just off Alberta Avenue at 11810 87 Street in 2004 with only six tables. She hopes to expand it to include other restaurants. “Maybe we’re different cultures, but in the end, it doesn’t matter. We all work together,” she says.

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Kasoa Tropical Market

“The spirit of my name carries with me… be kind to other people and help the needy.” - Charity Durowaa

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Optimum Auto

“I look at each customer as gaining a new friend, not in terms of the dollars their business will bring.” - Bassit Alqubaisi

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Lan’s Asian Grill

“To be successful, you have to do it with your heart. You have to be honest and care about what you’re doing. You have to work hard.” - Lan Lim

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Downtown Auto

“You have to love what you do, make sure you put knowledge behind it, work with others and don’t give up.” - Jim (Cua) Nguyen

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T&D Noodle House

“We try to keep the food as authentic as possible… It’s one big, happy family, everybody is really friendly. A lot of people know each other.” - Laura Truong

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Paraiso Tropical

“I like feeling I am contributing by providing food items that people can’t get in Edmonton, and working collaboratively with the other businesses to make 118 Avenue a better environment.” - Jesus Gonzalez Jr.

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Passion de France

“If you want to discover a new taste, come to the Avenue” - Melanie Dovale

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Nolan Drugs

“We see people as individuals who need support and help whatever their socio-economic situation.” - Zaher and Mohib Samnani

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Popular Bakery

“We started here one week before Christmas and had no power and no phone, we had cords running from our old location for the phone and Y and T Trading Company provided us with power, because we wanted to be open for Christmas. It was the busiest day we ever had, but we did it.!”  - Maria Soares


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. 

 

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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.