Revitalization Funding on Alberta Avenue

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Revitalization funding for Alberta Avenue has been a hot topic this summer.

On June 18th, city administration presented a report to executive committee recommending that revitalization funding be reallocated from Alberta Avenue and Jasper Place to Inglewood and Balwin/Belvedere for 2019-2022.

That meant that revitalization funding would end for us here on Alberta Avenue. Many people spoke to the committee that day imploring them not to wind down support.

It was moved that day by Mayor Iveson that:

That Executive Committee recommend to City Council:

  1. That the selection of the communities of Inglewood and Balwin/Belvedere as the next two neighborhood revitalization opportunity areas for 2019-2022, be approved.
  2. That Administration work with the Alberta Avenue and Jasper Place communities to develop transition strategies for the revitalization areas and provide a report prior to the 2019-2022 budget process.

We sat down with Thu Truong of T&D Noodle House to get her perspective on the issue.  

Q: How long has your business been on Alberta Avenue?
TT: We opened T&D Noodle House in December 2013. We are going into our 5th year of business.

Q: How have you seen the Avenue change?
TT: One of the biggest changes I've seen over the last few years is there are significantly more people walking around. There are more people coming to the neighbourhood to enjoy a stroll down the Avenue, and they are feeling safe doing so! 

I have also seen the Facade Program aesthetically make the Avenue look much more inviting and refreshed. The flower pots and the lights make Alberta Avenue look much cleaner and more welcoming. Any change to help improve Alberta Avenue is a good change! 

Q: Have you accessed or seen any improvements to your own business as a direct result of the revitalization funding?
TT: I think more people from all over the city have an increased interest in coming to Alberta Avenue. Once they do, they realize the potential the neighbourhood has, and how much it has changed over the last 10 years. With all the festivals, events, coffee shops, retail shops and restaurants - everything you could need is here on the Avenue, really! An increased interest means more foot traffic, and more foot traffic of course means more volume in sales for our business. Plus, the Facade Program really has helped make the Avenue look so beautiful.

Q: Why do you believe the revitalization funding is important to Alberta Ave? 
TT: I strongly believe if we stop funding, there will be serious ramifications. We will see a decline in investors to the Avenue, which will result in more derelict buildings. People will eventually sell their homes in the neighbourhood, due to safety issues and crime rates increasing.

In order to continue to improve Alberta Avenue we need to continue funding. We need to give people a reason to walk the beautiful multicultural and diverse Avenue, that is full of authenticity. Continued funding would allow Alberta Avenue to continue to grow as a point of interest in our city, whether it be a fun place to visit on the weekend, a safe and inclusive place to live or a great place to set up shop! 

 

 

POP! Alberta

A comic store for people that READ comics!

You can find POP! Alberta nestled just behind the  Jasmine Belle Cafe  on Alberta Avenue at 11806 - 87 street.

You can find POP! Alberta nestled just behind the Jasmine Belle Cafe on Alberta Avenue at 11806 - 87 street.

Keep an eye out for their amazing store front!

Keep an eye out for their amazing store front!

Ron's stock is conveniently organized for an orderly dig.

Ron's stock is conveniently organized for an orderly dig.

You won't find super rare collectibles here. POP! Alberta specializes in discount 20th & 21st century comic books that are meant to be read!! Stock is updated frequently, so go on down today. You will not leave empty handed!

You won't find super rare collectibles here. POP! Alberta specializes in discount 20th & 21st century comic books that are meant to be read!! Stock is updated frequently, so go on down today. You will not leave empty handed!

Parks and Patios on the Avenue

There are plenty perfect spots to get some rest and relaxation in the sun on/near Alberta Avenue. Here are a few good options to start with.

The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse
9351 Alberta Avenue

There is the coziest little table tucked around the corner of The Carrot. Grab a book from the free library and enjoy your coffee while someone plays the community piano.

There is the coziest little table tucked around the corner of The Carrot. Grab a book from the free library and enjoy your coffee while someone plays the community piano.

Eastwood Park
86 Street and Alberta Avenue

This nicely appointed little park in historic Eastwood has a great playground, an off-leash dog area, and a rink for winter fun!

This nicely appointed little park in historic Eastwood has a great playground, an off-leash dog area, and a rink for winter fun!

Jasmine Belle Cafe
8702 Alberta Avenue

Take a load off and enjoy some amazing French and Vietnamese delicacies on the patio at the Jasmine Belle Cafe.

Take a load off and enjoy some amazing French and Vietnamese delicacies on the patio at the Jasmine Belle Cafe.

The patio at Battista's was packed for Eats on 118! This is the best spot in the city to get a scratch made calzone. I definitely had seconds of the Pesto Presto last time around!!

The patio at Battista's was packed for Eats on 118! This is the best spot in the city to get a scratch made calzone. I definitely had seconds of the Pesto Presto last time around!!

Alberta Avenue Park
9210 Alberta Avenue

This little gem is tucked behind the Alberta Avenue Community League. We got some really nice air on that swing set!

This little gem is tucked behind the Alberta Avenue Community League. We got some really nice air on that swing set!

Passion de France
11812 86 Street

Located in the 118 arrondissement... Just kidding, but the baking at Passion de France will make you think you're in Paris. Enjoy a perfect little macaron on this quaint little patio.

Located in the 118 arrondissement... Just kidding, but the baking at Passion de France will make you think you're in Paris. Enjoy a perfect little macaron on this quaint little patio.

Instagrammable Walls of Alberta Avenue

Instagrammable Walls of Alberta Avenue

By Linda Hoang

There are so many ‘Instagrammable’ walls in Edmonton. These are walls that catch your eye, that have a pleasing aesthetic and that photography well for social media.  

Instagrammable Walls can be mural or graffiti walls, brightly coloured walls, interesting texture walls, you name it. These interesting walls add to the beauty of a city and can attract people to a location that might otherwise not be frequented. 

Qi Creative - Create YouR Awesome

Qi Creative - Create YouR Awesome

Qi Creative (9410 118 Ave) is a unique business on Alberta Avenue. Maybe you've driven past and noticed their beautiful new facade? Maybe you've seen their roof top mural "Create YouR Awsome" by local artist Rust Magic? Or, maybe you've seen Qi Creative CEO and Founder Jonathan Rivero - or Jon Jon as he's known - around the Avenue at events, festivals and local coffee shops. We sat down with Jon Jon to find our more about Qi Creative.  

A Brief History of the Avenue

Once upon a time in Edmonton...

In the early 20th century, Alberta Avenue was on the outskirts of the city. The proximity to 'Packingtown' (a confluence of meat packing facilities) gave rise to Alberta Avenue as a home for workers and as a business centre to support the industry. The area continued to develop as an industrial centre with the additions of the Great Western Garment Factory and the Norwood Foundry. 

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Street car lines were extended to Alberta Avenue during the First World War. This connection to other developing neighbourhoods, and the emerging downtown, facilitated further economic development in the area. 

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Like all areas in the country, Alberta Avenue was hit hard during the great depression. The residents of the area were able persevere through hard work and supporting one another. Alberta Avenue has always been very community minded, and the Alberta Avenue Community League has played a prominent role in the community since it's inception in 1922. 

Life on the Ave has had its ebbs and flows through the 1970s and early 2000s, but the community spirit of those early residents is still alive and well. The store facades have changed, but the Ma and Pop character of the area remains. Whether you are sipping a coffee at the Carrot, or strumming through the aisles at Mhyre's Music, it's unmistakable which avenue you're on. 

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95 Street and Alberta Avenue 1938

Gladys Flower Shop 9349 - Alberta Avenue

Gladys Flower Shop 9349 - Alberta Avenue

Inside Gladys Flower Shop 9349 - Alberta Avenue

Inside Gladys Flower Shop 9349 - Alberta Avenue

Handy Bakery 2005

Handy Bakery 2005

Mona Lisa's 2005

Mona Lisa's 2005

Polar Bear 2005

Polar Bear 2005

Safeway coming

Safeway coming

Wee Book Inn 2005

Wee Book Inn 2005

Eats on 118 is Back!

Eats on 118 is Back!

Eats on 118 is back! Get your tickets today. Your taste-buds will thank you.

A culinary tour de force, Wild Heart Collective, will be your hosts for the evening, and guide you along the Avenue to discover a variety of dishes from some of Alberta Avenue's best restaurants. Come feeling hungry, adventurous and ready to enjoy a summer evening on the Ave. 

June 13 tour destinations have been confirmed: Battista's Calzone Co., because who doesn't love Calzones?; Paraiso Tropical, spice up your life; and goodies from Handy Bakery. 

Spring Fun on the Ave

Winter is loosening its grip on the Ave. Time to get out there!

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Mona Lisa's Pub - 9606 118 Avenue Northwest

The Oilers won't be making a trip to the spring dance, but you can still come down to Mona Lisa's Pub for some game action and great food and drink specials. Stick around for some karaoke every night Wednesday through Saturday.

Monday
Beef Smokies – $2.50
Chicken Burger – $3.50

Tuesday
Cheese Burgers – $2.50
Poutine – $3.50

Wednesday
Half Price Crispy Chicken Dinner & Fries
Donairs – $3.50

Thursday
Submarine Sandwich (Turkey or Beef) – $3.50

Friday
Beef Smokies – $2.50
Chicken Burger – $3.50

Saturday
Cheese Burgers – $2.50
Poutine – $3.50

Sunday
Half Price Crispy Chicken Dinner & Fries
Donairs – $3.50


Plaza Bowl - 10418 118 Avenue

Work of that winter weight by joining a bowling league. These leagues are a fun & affordable way to stay active and social. Mid season spots available for all ages and skill levels!

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Bleeding Heart Art Space - 9140 118th Avenue

Bleeding Heart has hand-picked some of Edmonton's finest live performers to suit their intimate gallery setting for a series of mysterious musical evenings.

For just $20 you'll get access to a two-hour evening of live music and other art forms, as well as an intimate conversation with the artists (snacks/refreshments included!) Events are capped at just 25 guests. April 7 at 7:30pm.

"We won't tell you who's playing. That's the fun part. But trust us, you want to be here."

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That Bloomin' Garden Show & Art Sale

Where you have a green thumb or not, learn, shop and share about gardening at the Bloomin' Garden Show & Art Sale, May 12 at the Alberta Avenue Community League.

Learn - A variety of info booths will be available to answer all your questions.
Shop - Bedding plants, herbs, hanging baskets, home decor, pottery, jewelry and more!
Share - Perennial & seed swap

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The Carrot - 9351 118 Avenue Northwest

Purge and feel good about it! Bring all your unwanted items down to the Carrot's Ultimate Garage Sale and marvel at all of your new space.

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Thousand Faces Festival - Alberta Avenue Community League 9210 118 Avenue Northwest

The Thousand Faces Festival brings to life the stories at the root of our cultures so we may find we are all connected at the root! Food, art, theatre, dance, and more!! May 24 - June 1 on Alberta Avenue.

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Your Health and Wellness on Alberta Avenue: Fun & Fitness

The key to happiness is a healthy body and mind! Alberta Avenue has a number of fitness focused establishments catering to all skill levels and interests.

Plaza Bowl 10418 118 AVENUE 780.477.7848
 

Bowling is a great way to get limber and blow off some steam. This is Betty Stride (aka Grandma Betty) in 1967 during the installation of Plaza Bowl's state-of-the-art pin-setting machines. They have kept things rolling ever since!

Bowling is a great way to get limber and blow off some steam. This is Betty Stride (aka Grandma Betty) in 1967 during the installation of Plaza Bowl's state-of-the-art pin-setting machines. They have kept things rolling ever since!

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Whether you are moving your hips to a drumbeat, or shopping for a bit of sparkle, Bedouin Beats will make sure your experience fulfills your every expectation.   Take a look at the Bellydance Styles page to learn more about what bellydance has to offer!

Whether you are moving your hips to a drumbeat, or shopping for a bit of sparkle, Bedouin Beats will make sure your experience fulfills your every expectation.

 Take a look at the Bellydance Styles page to learn more about what bellydance has to offer!

Elite Dance Studio provides beginner and social dance instruction as well as high level competition training by teachers certified with the  National Dance Council of Canada  (NDCC).   Everyone at Elite is passionate about dance – no matter the level!

Elite Dance Studio provides beginner and social dance instruction as well as high level competition training by teachers certified with the National Dance Council of Canada (NDCC).

 Everyone at Elite is passionate about dance – no matter the level!

SBG began over twenty years ago, when its founder,   Matt Thornton,   opened the first locations in Portland Oregon. His goal was to create an academy where ‘ best practices ’ could develop, where form would follow function.  In addition to a consolidated business structure and curricula – there is a strong bond of shared philosophy, and loyalty, that unites all of the SBG locations. It is reflected in the organizations motto –  One Tribe – One Vibe.

SBG began over twenty years ago, when its founder, Matt Thornton, opened the first locations in Portland Oregon. His goal was to create an academy where ‘best practices’ could develop, where form would follow function.

In addition to a consolidated business structure and curricula – there is a strong bond of shared philosophy, and loyalty, that unites all of the SBG locations. It is reflected in the organizations motto – One Tribe – One Vibe.

 

 

 

Your Health and Wellness on Alberta Avenue: You Are What You Eat

Heading into the new year, many of us are looking to make daily positive changes, and to generally live healthier. A healthy lifestyle begins with the food we eat, and Alberta Avenue has no shortage of options when it comes to grocery shopping. From fresh organic produce, to homemade bread and specialty stores, Alberta Avenue has everything you need to start 2018 off right!

Safeway Coliseum - 8118 118 Avenue

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Get more fruits and veggies into your diet. Safeway Coliseum has an abundance of produce available, including locally grown and organic options. Safeway prides themselves in selecting produce from the best crops and has an inspection process to ensure you enjoy a bountiful selection of local best of the season and exotic imports. 

Popular Bakery - 9307 118 Avenue

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The smell, the warmth... who can resist freshly baked bread? Popular Bakery is a family owned bakery that has been on the Avenue for decades. You can bet that love and wholegrain goodness is baked into every handmade loaf. 
 

Kasoa Tropical Foods - 9320 - 118 Avenue

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Spice up your recipes with specialty food items from Kasoa Tropical Foods, including exotic spices you won't find anywhere else! Plenty of healthy grains, lentils, legumes and rice are also available. 

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Hydration, hydration, hydration - drinking plenty of water is one of the keys to healthy living! Polar Bear Health and Water has been on the Avenue since 1947. They specialize in filtered water systems and have an incredible selection and knowledge about health products, supplements and vitamins.

Other friendly neighbourhood grocers to check out:

Africana Tropical Foods - 9218 118 Avenue

Paraiso Tropical Latin Food Market - 9136 118 Avenue

Polish Food & Gift Centre - 10133 Princess Elizabeth Avenue

Visit our Directory for a full list. Happy Eating!

 

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival January 13 & 14

Photo by Epic Photography

Photo by Epic Photography

Arts on the Ave's annual winter festival, Deep Freeze, is coming to the Avenue, Saturday and Sunday. This Edmonton festival favourite is a great way to explore Alberta Avenue. Take in all the sights, sounds and winter activities, then take a stroll down the Ave to discover a plethora of unique businesses.

Saturday, January 13th - 12pm to 11pm || Sunday, January 14th - 12pm to 6pm

Street Hockey Tourney | Ice Skating & Curling | Deep Freezer Races | Artisan Market| Saturday Night Round Dance | Kids Ice & Snow Kingdom | Ice Carving Competition | Aboriginal Village| Ice Sculptures | Viking Encampment| Cabane à Sucre | Live Music | Ukrainian & Francophone Food

Fireworks take place on Saturday at 6:00PM in the soccer field behind the Alberta Avenue Community League!

FREE showing of MONSTERS INC. in the New Moon Pavilion after the fireworks! 

ROAD CLOSURE IN EFFECT:  Friday, January 12th starting at 9:00AM until Monday, January 15th at 6:00AM.

Traffic will be re-routed north or south at 90 St and 95 St. Please see the Deep Freeze Program for additional parking options in the neighbourhood.

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PARKING BAN:  There will be no parking on 91 St and 92 St between 118 Avenue and 119 Avenue as this is our wagon ride route. Residents on these streets are asked to use the back alley and park behind their houses. If you have any concerns, please call 780-471-1580.