- Marina & the Diamonds, Froot
Free People blouse; Levi’s denim jacket; One Teaspoon shorts; Gucci bag; Converse shoes
Weather in Calgary can be quite unpredictable (despite what the weather app says), so you really have to take advantage of every beautiful day. Two weekends ago, the weather was prime to do something I’ve always wanted to do with friends but had no clue how to plan. Lucky for us, Jackson knows all the right people, and without much fuss, a group of us got together at Bowness Park, pumped up some rafts, and floated down the Bow River for four blissful hours (the definition of #SundayFunday).
There is seriously so much to do around Calgary during the summer time that there’s really no need to travel far. This past Tuesday, we went to the National Music Centre for the first time for an Afro-Cuban jazz presentation and performance by Ignacio Berroa as part of JazzYYC Summer Festival. Later today, we’re going to YYC Lobsterfest at The Market on Macleod. Nothing like fresh lobster from The Maritimes.
After much anticipation, the Simmons Building in East Village is finally opening today. Formerly a factory warehouse, Charbar, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery has partnered together to revitalize the space. The East Village development has been rather slow but promising. In case you don’t know, East Village is our closest neighbour since we live on the west edge of Inglewood. Since moving (more) into the community two years ago, Jon and I have spent a lot of time walking and biking along the RiverWalk, which means we’ve passed by the Simmons Building hundreds of times. But for a long time, it wasn’t being used for anything, so we couldn’t be more excited about the opening and being able to grab our favourite coffee now just a hop and skip away.
We love living in Inglewood. For one, work is only a 10 minute bike ride or 20 minute walk for both us but in either direction. For anyone who knows what it’s like to drive more than a half hour to work, our setup is pretty sweet. Second, we love the local businesses in our community like Silk Road and Knifewear, and we especially love all the amazing eats like Spolumbo’s, Inglewood Pizza, Salt and Pepper, Pho Minh Chau, The Hose and Hound, Delightful Cafe, Without Papers, and most recently, The Nash. The best part is not just the community but getting to live right beside both rivers, the Elbow and the Bow. Home is where the heart is, and our heart is here in Inglewood.
But we also have a growing love for East Village. For decades, the City has attempted to breathe life back into the community, but only in the past five years have we actually seen progress. Condo development has exploded recently, and residents are expected to move in this summer. Other projects such as the new National Music Centre and Public Central Library are well underway, and I look forward to their opening in the near future. I also can’t wait for the completion of St. Patrick’s Island and Urban Squares. Even though we’re not exactly EV residents, we like to take advantage of everything happening in the area, like Crossfit and yoga on the EVEC deck and food truck events and other festivities. This is all very exciting for us because for the last two years, it felt like we were the only ones using the RiverWalk, but soon, it will be more populated and lively.
We feel so fortunate to be living where we do. Whenever people visit, we love taking them on a walking tour and talking about the awesomeness that is Inglewood and East Village. Now that summer is in full swing, I hope to share more about our adventures in the city.