Meet our newest businesses!
We’re already 3 months into 2022 and there is no shortage of new openings to celebrate around the Ave! It’s been a tough go for businesses over the past two years but behind the scenes, many have been preparing to open new storefronts, renovate, or rebrand & come back with a fresh look. So let’s take a peek at some of our newest neighbours:
- Honey Jam reopened with a brand new menu focused on crispy katsu and delicious udon.
- Meanwhile our latest sweet spot Ancaron, offers a whopping 31 flavors of Korean style macarons!
- And Waffle Bird celebrated it’s official opening serving up chicken & waffles (and more!) plus joining a growing number of businesses with alley facing storefronts.
- After some time in the area as a pop up at Grow on Whyte, Eyemazy has opened their own storefront where they capture the simple beauty in your eyes to create a truly one of a kind piece of art.
- Pink, blue, red – you name it, the colour specialists at Hair I Am Studio are ready to take care of you.
- And the newly renovated Liquor Island is now open too!
- Everyone has had their eye on the corner of Whyte Ave and 104 St, and we couldn’t we happier to welcome our newest cafe to the block, PACT Coffee! They are also baking up gluten free, vegan, protein packed doughnuts by Baked Brands.
- Whether you like to flirt with spice a little, or a lot, there is something in between for everyone at Flirty Bird where you’ll get a taste of Nashville style hot chicken.
- And is there anything better than pizza and local brews? Throw in some good company and you’ll have yourself a great night at Community Taps & Pizza.
The activity doesn’t stop with new openings either. We’ve seen a number of local shops reinvesting in their spaces with renovations and rebranding. Congratulations to Bamboo Ballroom, Kelly Wollf + C’est Sera, and Old Strathcona Cycles (formerly Mike’s Bikes & Beans) on their newly upgraded store designs!
The countdown is on for one more expansion too, John Fluevog is on the move! But not too far, just a couple of doors down into a brand new space they’re currently redesigning. We’re so excited to see these existing businesses making moves to improve their in store experience and enhance their presence on the avenue.
And you can also welcome back Fish Vintage. They are back on the Ave after a flood damaged their space at the corner of Whyte and Calgary Trail (104 Street).
But wait! We can’t forget the news that Rapid Fire Theatre is currently renovating the Telus Strathcona Exchange Building (10437 83 Avenue) to become their permanent home! Learn more about their story and this exciting transformation of the former Telephone Historical Information Centre here.
You can find Rapid Fire at the newly re-named Gateway Theatre until their forever home is ready. That theatre (8529 103 Street) is now also home to Workshop West – their first-ever permanent location!