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We have exciting news! University District has announced the addition of six great new retailers who will be opening along our Retail Main Street later this year. Flowers & Beyond, Bronze Baxx, Pho Pham, Swish Oral Care, Sunnyhill Pediatric Clinic and CHARCUT are all moving into the neighbourhood. Read on to learn more about what each will bring to our growing community. We can’t wait!

Flowers & Beyond

As the first dedicated flower shop to open in University District, Flowers & Beyond will offer beautiful fresh-cut flowers and arrangements for residents and visitors of University District. Founded by Elena Mansour, this will be the flagship location for Flowers & Beyond. 

The idea for Flowers & Beyond began many years ago when Mansour asked herself, “What do I want to do with my life?” After careful consideration, she decided her dream would be to own and operate her own flower shop. 

To begin her journey towards entrepreneurship, Mansour first got a job at another local shop for many years. It was an opportunity to learn the business, grow her flower knowledge and improve her skills. After many years of learning the ins and outs of operating a flower boutique, she has finally taken the leap to start her own shop right here in University District. 

The new shop is ideally located for both residents and visitors to nearby  medical facilities who might be looking for a way to brighten someone’s day. 

Flowers & Beyond is expected to open this spring/early summer. 

Bronze Baxx 

Bronze Baxx is a luxury tanning and wellness provider with seven existing locations in Calgary and Edmonton. Founder Rachel Husted opened the first location in Calgary’s Mission neighborhood in 2007, stemming from a passion for tanning and a desire to bring quality tanning and wellness services to the city. 

After traveling the world from Beverly Hills to Australia, seeking the best methods and products for tanning, Husted opened Bronze Baxx and grew the business, opening more locations over the years. The new University District location will be the eighth to open since its inception. 

Beyond UV sunbeds and spray tanning, Bronze Baxx specializes in teeth whitening, infrared sauna, lymphatic massage and red light therapy. The new U/D location is also anticipated to open in late spring this year. 

Pho Pham 

Pho Pham, a restaurant offering authentic Vietnamese Cuisine, is also coming to U/D this summer/early fall and the owner has a great story to tell about her journey.

In 1992, Lan Dang Pham, originally from Vietnam, came to Canada as a refugee to escape war and poverty in her home country. After working for many years in Vietnamese restaurants, she saved enough money to open her own. In 2005, Lan opened Pho Pham’s sister restaurant, Pho Hoan Pasteur and has since opened multiple Vietnamese restaurants around the city. This new location in University District will be the second Pho Pham location.

Says Pham, “When designing our new location, we wanted to highlight one of our favourite cities in Vietnam, Hoi An, which is known for its thousands of colorful lanterns illuminating the streets. We are hoping to create the same magical atmosphere in our newest location, honouring our home country and giving our guests the opportunity to embrace our rich Vietnamese heritage.”

Swish Oral Care 

Swish Oral Care is an innovative dentistry clinic offering a patient-centered service that focuses on a fear-free experience. Many people might recognize the clinic from this viral Tik Tok that helped make the demand for their unique service skyrocket overnight.

Founded by millennials who understand why people fear the dentist, Swish Oral Care offers its patients a unique dentist experience that includes soundproof headphones, aromatherapy and a large selection of streaming options to help them feel relaxed and calm. 

The new location will be the second to open in Calgary and is expected to open later this year in late summer/early fall. 

Sunnyhill Pediatric Clinic

Founded in 1990, Sunnyhill Pediatric Clinic has been providing pediatric patients with quality medical care from birth to adolescence for decades. 

With a team of 10 pediatric physicians, Sunnyhill Pediatric Clinic will be moving its existing practice from North Hill Centre in Briar Hill to University District this spring.

CHARCUT and Connie and John’s Pizza

Two more recently announced additions to the community are CHARCUT and Connie and John’s Pizza, both to open this spring inside the Alt Hotel Calgary University District

The new CHARCUT location will have a similar menu to the existing downtown location as well as a similar look and feel. Slightly bigger, the U/D location will boast  a large three-season patio with 60 seats. 

Connie and John’s Pizza will also be located inside the Alt Hotel with a walk-up window accessible from Retail Main Street. Perfect for anyone walking by looking for a fresh slice, a great addition to an afternoon visit to one of the U/D park spaces.

Other Exciting Openings in 2024

2024 is set to include a handful of additional exciting openings! Previously announced retailers opening this year also include:

Easy Blink Optometry: Anticipated Opening Late Summer/Early Fall 2024
Lagree YYC: Anticipated Opening Summer 2024
Shoppers Drug Mart: Anticipated Opening Late Summer/Early Fall 2024
Native Tongues Taquieria: Anticipated Opening Fall 2024
Seed N Salt: Anticipated Opening Fall 2024
UNA pizza + wine: Anticipated Opening Early Fall 2024

*Anticipated opening dates are dependent on various factors like construction and are subject to change without notice. Watch our social media channels for all the latest details on new openings!

Believe it or not, Easter is right around the corner and U/D is prepared to make your planning easy! Whether you’re hunting for Easter chocolates or planning enjoyable Easter outings, you’ll find everything conveniently located in University District.  Here are some egg-cited retailers ready to support you through your Easter preparations:

Save-On-Foods 

Don’t let any bunny go hungry this Easter! Conveniently located on University Avenue, Save-On-Foods has everything you need, from Easter chocolates and treats to essential dinner ingredients. 

Feelin’ snacky? Save-On-Foods has a large selection of pre-made charcuterie platters and snack plates to complement your Easter celebrations! For the simplest—and most delicious—Easter meal this year, we recommend the pre-cooked barbeque chicken, the Save-On-Foods Backyard BBQ coleslaw and Bake Shop dinner buns. Stop by to see all they have to offer as you plan holiday visits with family and friends. 

Market Wines 

While on Retail Main Street, hop over to Market Wines for the best selection of beverages for your long weekend fun! As an independent wine shop that features artisanal wines from small producers, they’re the experts in recommending a unique wine that pairs perfectly with your meal. 

Market Wines has an incredible selection of wines, spirits, craft beers and non-alcoholic options for your next special occasion. 

Brunch at OEB

Easter eggs aren’t just chocolate this year! With dishes from the Classic Breakfast to breakfast poutines and indulgent French toast, OEB in University District is ready to serve you a farm-fresh Easter breakfast! Dedicated to ensuring your breakfast is perfect, we’re certain OEB is where the Easter Bunny is going for Easter breakfast, too. 

Stop by OEB University District for a celebratory breakfast. 

Easter Dinner at Borough Bar & Grill

This year, have your Easter Sunday dinner at Borough Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy Prime Rib Sunday starting at 5 p.m. until quantities last, so be sure to get there early. Celebrating on Easter Monday? Enjoy Borough’s $6 Happy Hour menu from 2-5 pm and again from 9 pm until late or $10 Double Monday Margaritas. Why cook when you could enjoy Easter dinner stress-free at Borough Bar & Grill?

Fuwa Fuwa:

Did you know that Fuwa Fuwa means “Fluffy Fluffy?” What could be more fitting for Easter? Plus, Fuwa Fuwa has a new limited-edition Easter Pancake! Fuwa Fuwa’s newest souffle pancake is topped with little chocolate eggs, fresh cream, an assortment of fruit, and chocolate sauce. Only available until Easter, head to Fuwa Fuwa in U/D and try this decadent Easter-themed delicacy.

Fuwa Fuwa’s limited edition Easter Pancake. Photo courtesy of Fuwa Fuwa.

Village Ice Cream

Village Ice Cream has Easter dessert covered this year with four delicious seasonal spring flavours! If spring has you craving fruity flavours, Mango is the perfect spring choice! For something unique, try a cone of the beautiful and delicious Strawberry Matcha—the perfect blend of strawberry jam and green tea. Need a pick-me-up? Try a scoop of the vegan and gluten-friendly Iced Capp flavour inspired by Tim Horton’s classic drink! Or try the Banana Toffee Crunch, inspired by the classic dessert Banoffee Pie. None of these flavours springing out at you? Stick to your usual with any of Village Ice Cream’s “Always Flavours,” which are available year-round. 

Be sure to check out the other retailers in U/D to see what they might have going on ahead of Easter!

 

Easter Activities at Home

Looking to stay home this Easter? No problem! University District can help you celebrate from the comfort of your home. Distract the kids with Easter colouring pages.

Tired of the usual Easter egg hunt? Try some of these fun Easter games perfect for the whole family to enjoy. You might even create a new Easter tradition!

Bunny Tag: A childhood favourite with a twist! It’s like regular tag, but everyone must hop like a bunny instead of running. 

Pin the Tail on the Bunny: Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey, try this Easter-themed alternative. All you need is a picture of a bunny, a cut-out of a bunny tail, something to cover your eyes and tape.

 

Find the U/D Easter Eggs

There’s a lot that makes University District special, but have you ever noticed any of the unique U/D “Easter Eggs” scattered throughout the community? Some of the colourful art installations have hidden U/D’s in their designs. See if you can pick any of them out on your next visit. Get in the Easter spirit and take yourself on an Easter hunt through U/D.

  • The seacan at the Discovery Centre 
  • The Discovery Centre flags 
  • The Floral Mural by AdaptAbility

 

More Easter Events Happening in and Around YYC

Still looking for more to do this Easter? Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of Easter events happening in and around Calgary this year. Check out any of these fun Easter-themed events happening over the long weekend:

Have you heard? CHARCUT is officially coming to University District! The newest CHARCUT location will open its doors this spring inside the recently opened Alt Hotel University District Calgary. Read on to learn more about the award-winning chefs behind this great Calgary gem and what you can expect at the newest location.

The Story Behind CHARCUT

CHARCUT is a beloved Calgary roast house founded by Connie DeSousa and John Jackson. CHARCUT first opened in 2010 at the Le Germain Hotel on 9th Avenue, and appeared in Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine as one of the ‘Top 10 New Restaurants in Calgary” that same year. 

With house butchered meats, seasonal menus, thoughtfully created cocktails, local craft beers and an open kitchen, CHARCUT has certainly put Calgary on the culinary map.

In addition to CHARCUT, DeSousa and Jackson also opened sister restaurants in Calgary’s East Village, Charbar in the Simmons Building in 2015 and Chix Eggshop inside the East Village Alt Hotel in 2019. 

They also have a fully operational butcher shop located in their Le Germain location. Started during the pandemic and due to an abundance of product as a result of health restrictions, Jackson and DeSousa decided to go back to their roots by preparing homemade cured meats, charcuterie boards, various cuts of Alberta beef, sausage, cheeses, bacon, signature olive oil and more. 

Meet Co-Owners, Connie and John

Connie and John, the co-owners of CHARCUT, have mastered the art of working together as partners having opened many critically acclaimed restaurants together. 

 

Pictured above is Connie Desousa and John Jackson. Image courtesy of CHARCUT.

Connie graduated from culinary school at the top of her class and soon after met her mentor, John Jackson. The two instantly knew they would be business partners and started making plans to make a mark in Calgary’s culinary scene. Today Connie is one of Canada’s most celebrated chefs, who you might recognize from her appearances on Top Chef Canada, Top Chef All Stars and most recently a judge for the Food Network’s Fire Masters. 

“My passion for cooking is rooted from my parents. My mom and I used to love watching cooking shows together and immediately ran to the kitchen trying to recreate whatever was on the TV,” says DeSousa. “I always thought I was going to be a professional ballerina, but turns out cooking was my real passion and I have loved every day that I’ve spent as a chef.”

For a few years, Connie moved to the United States to work as a chef for various restaurants, but later returned to Calgary to start her CHARCUT adventure alongside John. 

John started cooking as a teenager out of necessity. The youngest son to a single mom of three kids, working multiple jobs and studying at university, John did what he could to help out. Eventually, he discovered a true passion for cooking and knew that it would be a huge driver in his life. Little did he know that he would become one of the top chefs and restaurant owners in the city. 

“I decided to study culinary arts at SAIT, where coincidentally Connie later studied. I hired her right after she graduated from SAIT and the rest is history,” says Jackson. “It’s great to look back and reflect on how far we have come as a team.”

Introducing: Connie and John’s Pizza

In addition to CHARCUT, Charbar and Chix Eggshop, Connie and John have also recently opened a new concept, Connie and John’s Pizza. With two locations, in Marda Loop and East Village, Connie and John’s is known as, ‘pizza you want to eat.’

In addition to CHARCUT, Connie and John’s Pizza will also operate out of the Alt Hotel Calgary University District. An exciting addition for residents of U/D and guests of the Alt Hotel.

The third Connie and John’s Pizza will be located inside the Alt Hotel in U/D, with a walk-up take out window accessible from Retail Main Street. the hotel lobby.

Everything to Expect at the New CHARCUT in University District

The new CHARCUT will be almost the same size as its existing downtown location with a similar menu and will have a new design reflective of the original location. The restaurant will have 80 seats inside with an additional 60 seats on the three-season patio, as well as a 16-seat private dining room called ‘The Butcherina’, which is an ode to Connie’s background as a ballet dancer.

The restaurant will offer an open kitchen concept and modern design, with a glass window overlooking the full production hanging butchery, visible from any angle within the restaurant. Private events will be a huge draw for Butcherina, with many already lined up following the spring grand opening.

The construction of the future 15-top bar in the CHARCUT University District location, which will also feature a fireplace with soft seating and full-service butchery. 

The new CHARCUT will offer a daytime happy hour and fireplace soft seating for a more relaxed experience, along with a refreshed brand. John shared that the original CHARCUT logo was developed from a ‘how to design your own logo’ CD, proof that the modernized brand look was well overdue. 

The addition of CHARCUT to the growing list of dining options at University District is helping turn the neighbourhood into a true foodie scene. The grand opening this upcoming spring is highly anticipated by both residents and visitors alike. Stay tuned for details. 

University District is a natural hub for community connection—love included! Since February is the month of love, we wanted to introduce you to some community members with heartwarming love stories to share!

U/D’s Retail Main Street is home to restaurants, shops…and some love stories too.

A University District Love Story

You never know where you’ll find love, whether it be in a grocery store, on an airplane or on University District’s Retail Main Street. That’s where Retail Main Street next-door neighbours— and now husband and wife—Chitra and Abhinandan met! Chitra is BarBurrito’s owner, and Abhinandan is the owner of Osmow’s.

Rewinding to August 4, 2021, Abhinandan was preparing to host a Friends & Family event at Osmow’s in advance of the grand opening. He stopped in at BarBurrito, his new next-door neighbour, to invite the owners to his event. Little did Abhinandan know his future wife and father-in-law would be the neighbours accepting his invitation. Exactly one year later, on August 4, 2022, Chitra and Abhinandan tied the knot, marking the beginning of the rest of their lives together. 

“I never expected to find love doing what I love, but I couldn’t be more thankful that University District brought Abhinandan and I together in the most unexpected way,” says Chitra.

Chitra and Abhinandan are pictured above at their wedding ceremony in 2022. 

Each love story is special, but this Retail Main Street love story has a special place in our hearts. Be sure to stop by and show them some love this season! While you’re there, congratulate the happy couple and enjoy a bite to eat from one of their delicious restaurants. Which coincidentally are side by side. 

A Story of Unconditional Love

February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day but Family Day is another opportunity to celebrate those you cherish. In the heart of University District, AdaptAbility is another beautiful U/D love story that embodies two parents’ love for their child. 

AdaptAbility offers an array of support, including developmental toys like fidget spinners, sensory integration tools like stress balls, adaptable clothing, mobility devices and assistive technology. Tara Nelson, the founder and president of AdaptAbility, started AdaptAbility with her husband after experiencing the frustrating process of finding clothing, toys and aids for her son living with special needs. Her motivation bloomed from a mother’s unconditional love for her son and desire to support other families facing similar challenges.

Tara Nelson, founder and president of AdaptAbility. 

Tara, with the support of her husband, founded AdaptAbility to provide support to people and families with diverse and special needs. AdaptAbility is more than a store; it is a community built on love, support and a commitment to inclusivity. Today, the pair operates the business as a team, with Tara focusing mainly on logistics, social media and day-to-day operations while her husband focuses on ordering products and accounting. 

Says Nelson, “Our favorite part about the store is meeting the amazing families and individuals within the community and being able to help make their lives better. We also love connecting with companies who are like minded and have the same goal and mission to help people.”

To keep the business running smoothly while also attending to their family of four, the Nelson’s rely on the support of their friends and family who generously volunteer their time to help out at the store. 

We fell in love with University District as soon as we visited. We loved that it had a tight-knit community feel to it and that everything was within walking distance. We knew it was the perfect place to foster an inclusive environment for AdaptAbility,” says Nelson. “It was also very important for us to be close to the Alberta Children’s and Foothills Hospitals, as well as the Rotary Flames House, Ronald McDonald House and the Child Development Center.”

As for the future of AdaptAbility, Tara hopes to grow the business and help as many families as possible to make life more inclusive for their loved ones. The team was recently part of the U/D Winter Pop-Up along with The Straz Strong Foundation which included a sledge hockey demonstration showcasing accessibility in sport. 

We adore watching love grow in our community. At University District, you never know who you might meet!

With construction planned to begin this spring, an exciting new builder will be joining the University District community; Jayman BUILT. The newest project, Magna, is a luxury concrete-built condominium project that will provide a new level of elegance and convenient urban living in University District. Magna earned its name from the Latin  “Magna Cum Laude” distinction, meaning ‘with great praise,’ symbolizing Jayman’s commitment to showcasing the highest level of finishings that they have ever delivered in any product. 

For more than 40 years, Jayman BUILT has been a trailblazer in new home construction, sustainable building practices and energy-efficient designs. As we welcome Jayman to University District, we celebrate their commitment to innovation, showcased by spearheading the introduction of BUILT GREEN® in Alberta in 2005. Magna is set to be as environmentally friendly as possible by maximizing efficiency throughout, reducing water consumption, energy usage and the associated costs for future residents. 

“University District prides itself in offering a variety of home options from some of Calgary’s most successful builders. We are thrilled to welcome Jayman BUILT to University District. With mindful features and a focus on sustainability, we believe that Jayman is an exceptional addition to University District, and we look forward to formally celebrating this project launch,” says Gregg Callander, Interim President and CEO for University of Calgary Properties Group.

What to Expect from Magna

Conveniently located adjacent to Northwest Commons Park, Magna residents can enjoy a serene escape from the bustle of the city right in their backyard.

Magna’s concrete-built residential buildings will house one and two-bedroom condominium suites, including six penthouses with a total of 82 suites over two buildings. Magna offers diverse living options to cater to different lifestyles, with suite sizes ranging from 637 to 2,540 sq. ft. 

Rendering of an Ultra living area in Magna – Courtesy of Jayman BUILT.

“Magna offers a refined living experience in University District, providing another excellent option for discerning buyers. With a strong focus on sustainability, the highest-end features we’ve offered to date, smart home technology and impeccable finishings, Magna will be the crown jewel in University District and the best place to call home in Calgary’s northwest,” says Chris Johnstone, Vice President for Jayman BUILT Multi-Family.

Key Features and Amenities at Magna:

  • Efficient heating and air conditioning 
  • Private inner courtyard with water features and covered gas fire pits
  • European-inspired luxury kitchens in each suite
  • Green focus with 260 solar panels on the exterior across both buildings and triple-pane windows
  • Smart home technology for modern living complete with smart light switches throughout and a wall-mounted Amazon Alexa Smarthub with a touchscreen
  • Spacious and private covered balconies 

Magna offers a maintenance-free lifestyle, where residents don’t have to stress about little things like landscaping, snow removal or worrying about when a package is being delivered. Instead, occupants can enjoy indoor and outdoor amenities including the private inner courtyard with water and fire features and relax knowing any deliveries will be taken care of with Magna’s parcel storage room. 

Personalization and Choices for Future Magna Residents

Home personalizations help bring your dream home to life by tailoring styling choices around your preferences.

After purchasing a pre-construction suite with Jayman, each future resident will have the opportunity to personalize their new home by consulting with the professionally certified interior design team at Jayman’s styleMagic™ Design Centre in Calgary. With suite features including 9’6” to 11’6” ceilings, luxurious finishings and underground parking, Magna ensures an upscale living experience that can only be heightened with personalized details. 

The Jayman styleMagicTM interior design team can work with your budget to personalize your entire home to your tastes and lifestyle. Some of the features available to personalize include flooring, lighting, countertops, colours, appliances and fixtures to help make your home feel like yours from the second you walk in the door. 

Rendering of a spacious primary bedroom with floor to ceiling windows in Magna – Courtesy of Jayman BUILT.

Available Suite Types:

  • One bed, one bath at 637 sq. ft.
  • One bed, one and a half bath plus a den ranging from 844 to 1,020 sq. ft.
  • Two bed, two and a half bath plus a den ranging from 1,315 to 1,619 sq. ft.
  • Penthouses ranging from 2,232 to 2,540 sq. ft.

Save the Date: Magna Builder Launch Event – February 17, 2024

We invite all prospective homebuyers and those looking to learn more about Magna and University District to join us on February 17, 2024 from 12 – 5 p.m., for the public builder launch event at the University District Discovery Centre (4410 University Ave NW). This is the first chance to see the Magna presentation centre and explore this extraordinary new development.

U/D’s Winter Pop-Ups are back and will take place on January 28, 2024 and February 18, 2024 from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy free outdoor winter fun with an exciting array of entertainment, music and activities for all ages. Read on to find the fun to be had at each event!

Everything to Expect at the January 28 Winter Pop-Up:

Live Ice Carving Demonstrations

Experience the magic of winter with live ice carving demonstrations by Julian Lee, a skilled professional styrofoam, clay, stone, wood and ice visual artist. The average ice sculpture can take four to six days to complete, but watch as Julian transforms large blocks of ice into stunning sculptures right before your eyes! This is an educational and exciting must-see for all ages this winter! To see some of Julian’s amazing past creations, visit his website here.

Observe live ice carving demonstrations on January 28 from 1 – 4 p.m. at U/D’s Winter Pop-Ups.

Free S’mores Kits

Gather around and warm up at the Winter Pop-Up at the wood-burning fire pit with complimentary s’mores kits for roasting (while quantities last). Not to be confused with the fire features in place at Central Commons Park, this wood-burning fire pit is the ultimate s’more cooking station, brought in specifically for the Winter Pop-Up events. Roast your marshmallows to perfection and enjoy this classic treat with your friends and family. The free s’mores kits are only available while quantities last, so be sure to indulge early and don’t miss out on this tasty treat! 

DJ GOODBAR at the Central Commons Park Pavilion

Anticipate a high-energy and fun afternoon with talented local musician DJ GOODBAR at U/D’s Winter Pop-Ups. DJ GOODBAR will be elevating the atmosphere and creating the ultimate winter soundtrack live at University District. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere as you skate around the rink and enjoy local music that sets the mood for dancing, skating and more! Find DJ GOODBAR on Instagram @djgoodbar.

Everything to Expect at the February 18 Winter Pop-Up:

Free S’mores Kits

Sure to be a crowd favourite, the s’mores kits (while quantities last) will return for the February U/D Winter Pop-Up! Whether you missed the January Pop-Up or you couldn’t resist coming back for more, s’mores are the perfect sweet treat for a wintery Sunday afternoon! 

Sledge Hockey Demonstration

U/D retailer AdaptAbility and The Straz Strong Foundation, founded by former Humbolt Bronco and adaptive athlete Ryan Straschnitzki, have joined forces for an interactive sledge hockey demonstration at U/D’s February Winter Pop-Up! Join us for the unique opportunity to try your hand at maneuvering a sledge, a specialized sled mounted on two runners used in sledge hockey! This demonstration is a fun and educational opportunity to learn about sledge hockey and the importance of adaptive sports. 

Skating at Central Commons Park

No matter which U/D Winter Pop-Up you attend, be sure to bring your skates and enjoy a winter day at University District’s Central Commons Park outdoor ice rink. Skating is the perfect way to finish the afternoon as the sun goes down on U/D’s Winter Pop-ups, but the University District ice rink is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., so the fun can continue even after the event concludes! 

Enjoy ice skating with friends and family at University District’s Central Commons Park. 

Enjoying U/D’s Winter Pop-Up events is easy to do, with the convenience of free heated underground parking. University District offers free two-hour surface lots and a free three-hour heated underground parkade (entrances are beside Save-On-Foods and Staples). License plates must be registered at one of the Calgary Parking Authority machines located at each lot and in the parkade. 

After The Pop-Up

Wrap up your day at U/D’s Winter Pop-Ups by exploring the Sunday specials at University District’s restaurants surrounding Central Commons Park. If you’re hoping to warm up with a hearty meal, check out Borough Bar and Grill’s prime rib dinner starting every Sunday at 5 p.m. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, enjoy 69 cent wings all day every Sunday at The Canadian Brewhouse. To keep the good times rolling, head to The Banquet for bowling, games and $9.99 pizza Sundays, or visit one of the many other dining establishments on University Avenue.

Other Upcoming Events: 

On February 17, 2024 from 12 – 5 p.m., visit University District as we celebrate the launch of our newest builder, Jayman BUILT. Jayman is officially launching Magna, a new luxury concrete-built condo building where residents can enjoy premium finishes and amenities that complement easy living. You can learn more about this development at the public builder launch event at the University District Discovery Centre (4410 University Ave NW) next month. 

Since inception, U/D has grown to become a home to more than 2,000 residents, 30+ diverse retailers, a hotel, amazing parks, professional services, office spaces and so much more. 2023 has been a fabulous year for our award-winning community. From welcoming great new retailers to exciting builder announcements, University District is proud of all the growth we have accomplished in 2023. Here is a recap of some highlights.

UCPG has a New President and CEO: 

In December, University of Calgary Properties Group (UCPG), the developer for U/D and UIQ, announced its new President and CEO, Novy Cheema. Cheema has more than 15 years of experience working in real estate and development and joins UCPG after leading Alberta and prairie real estate development activities for a major North American development and construction company. Prior to this, he practiced commercial real estate law and also worked as counsel for a Calgary-based development company.

Builder Announcements:

University District celebrated the groundbreaking of Block 15 by Gracorp Properties (stay tuned for details). Block 15 is a new purpose built residential building and will be the largest building in University District to date, consisting of 303 rental units in an eight story midrise and 16 story tower. 

The launch of Autumn by Homes by Avi took place earlier this year in May. The six-storey condominium project will offer 162 residential units including studio, one- and two-bedroom units set atop the Retail Main Street. The project is 50 per cent sold and construction is expected to begin in 2024. Stop by the Discovery Centre, located at 4410 University Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2L 2K7 to learn more about the project. 

Stay tuned for more exciting builders coming in 2024!

Community Events in 2023: 

The U/D Night Market returned this year from May to September and included the addition of  Holiday Edition Night Markets in November and December. In partnership with Marketspot, the U/D Night Market offered members of the Calgary community the opportunity to shop local vendors, experience live entertainment and connect with other residents in University District. 

U/D is a great community for dog lovers alike. We also hosted our fourth annual Tails & Treasures event in June. With performances from the Global Pet Foods SuperDogs™, this event encouraged members of the community to head down to U/D with their furry friends to take in the festivities and participate in a best costume and best trick contest!

The annual U/D Block Party took place again in September and was a great opportunity for people to connect and see all the new additions to U/D including the growing list of retailers. People from across Calgary flocked to the community to partake in the fun. From bouncy castles to free samples, amazing roaming characters and a fan favourite; the Brasstactics, there was something at this event for everyone. 

Save the Date: Central Commons Park will be hosting two Winter Pop-Ups on Sunday, January 28 and February 18, 2024 to help people warm up to winter. Featuring music and entertainment, these free outdoor events are a fun activity for the whole family (pups included!).

New Retailer Announcements

This year, we proudly announced the addition of many retailers coming to U/D in 2024. If you missed anything here is a quick recap: 

Seed N Salt is an amazing restaurant helping Calgarians feel good. Offering healthy soups, salads and other options in a quick service format; they believe that fast food does not have to be filled with ingredients that hurt our bodies. With two existing locations in Calgary’s Mission and the Downtown, this beloved restaurant is a highly anticipated addition to University District. 

UNA Pizza + Wine serves California-inspired pizza and side dishes using ingredient-focused recipes with almost every element made in-house. With existing locations in Calgary, Saskatoon and Banff, this trendy pizza spot will be the first of its kind in U/D.

Native Tongues Taqueria with much-loved, existing locations in the Beltline and Brittania, Native Tongues offers authentic Mexican cuisine and drinks. This restaurant is sure to be a popular stop in University District once it opens in 2024. 

Lagree YYC is the first Pilates studio to call U/D home. Voted Top Fitness Center in Calgary for five consecutive years, Lagree will offer its patented Lagree Method to NW Calgarians suitable for all fitness levels. The Lagree Method incorporates slow and controlled movements to build muscle strength, muscle endurance and flexibility using a patented machine called The Megaformer.

Easy Blink Optometry will soon offer patients specialty eye treatment and designer eyewear in its new University District location. Expected to open in early 2024, this new offering will be very convenient for U/D’s residents as well as Calgarians living in other NW communities. 

Olive Nail Bar will be the first nail salon to call University District home and they are very excited to soon service clients from the nearby area. Offering luxurious manicures, pedicures and other services, a local nail bar has been highly requested in this community. 

Leading Edge Physiotherapy is a leading physiotherapy clinic with nine locations across Alberta. Its new location in University District will open in 2024 and will be the 10th location in Alberta. 

Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s leading health, beauty and convenience retailer will also open its doors in University District in 2024. Adding to the convenience of the neighbourhood for University District residents, this new retailer brings lots of excitement to the community. 

Other Exciting News from University District: 

In June, The Alt Hotel Calgary University District officially opened its doors and welcomed guests to stay. There was an official launch event for the hotel in October with announcements coming soon on their restaurant and coffee shop.

Block 23 was officially fully leased this year and U/D continued to welcome office tenants. Businesses that opened office space included those specializing in eyecare, hearing, medical services and more.

In August, U/D was named an international finalist in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards in the Urban Design Category, which recognizes built projects that improve cities and neighbourhoods from around the world

2023 was another exciting year of growth for University District and we can’t wait for what’s ahead in 2024!

The holiday season is here—are you scrambling trying to find a perfect gift? We checked in with some of our U/D retailers to gather their top holiday secrets. 

Curious Hair Salon

Calgary’s winters are very dry and finding the right products is essential for maintaining healthy hair. Curious Hair Salon reveals the top hair care secrets to combat winter and elevate your year-round hair care routine:

According to Marisa, “Calgary winters are notorious for being dry, causing hair to lose moisture, succumb to frizz, and adopt a lacklustre, brittle appearance. The key to combating these winter hair woes? Hydration, hydration, hydration! Curious Hair Salon recommends the 8HR Night Serum and the Blond Absolu 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Kerastase to replenish and lock in moisture, rescuing your hair from the harsh effects of Calgary’s cold temperatures.” 

The serums make for a great last-minute stocking stuffer, or a great treatment to help you feel your best this holiday season.

Curious Hair Salon in University District offers full haircare services and an array of products.

Just like a solid skincare routine is vital for your face, a purposeful hair care routine is equally important. For all-year hair care, Curious Hair Salon says that the foundation for great hair starts in the shower, and the right shampoo and conditioner are critical components of your year-round hair care routine. 

Looking to go one step further? Curious Hair Salon says a detangler with built-in heat protection will streamline your styling process and shield your strands from the rigours of heat styling, ensuring your hair remains healthy and vibrant throughout the year. Don’t forget about the Denim & Smith as your go-to barber located right next door. 

Bottoms Up Scrubs

Bottoms Up Scrubs offers a wide selection of scrubs, including ones with holiday themes.

Bottoms Up Scrubs reveals three secrets to simplify holiday shopping for the scrub-wearers in your life: 

  • For all those hoping to receive a new set of scrubs this holiday season, visit Bottoms Up Scrubs in U/D to create a “wishlist” that can be kept on file. That way, when your loved ones pick out your new scrubs, the team will know precisely the size, colours and styles you’re hoping for! 
  • If your loved one has shopped at Bottom Up Scrubs previously, the team can access the purchase history to help you pick the best new set for them! 
  • When in doubt, gift cards make a great gift. Not only does this let the person pick out the right size, colour or brand for their needs, but it also allows people to save up for the more expensive items, like a good pair of shoes or a new stethoscope. Bottoms Up Scrubs sells gift cards in-store and online. 

The biggest secret? Bottoms Up Scrubs will be offering a Boxing Week Sale on their new line of affordable scrubs, priced at under $100 before any discounts. Customers can expect 10 per cent off the line, a gift with purchase and a chance to win some scrub giveaways. Be sure to mark your calendar!

AdaptAbility

AdaptAbility is the ultimate holiday secret for family members with diverse and special needs. Recognizing the potential financial and emotional challenges faced by many families, particularly those caring for individuals with complex medical needs, AdaptAbility encourages overwhelmed families to connect with local organizations that serve those with disabilities. Some examples are Easter Seals Alberta, Sinneave Family Foundation, Autism Calgary, Parents Survival Resource Society and Calgary Ultimate Santa. These organizations have valuable information including holiday tips and insights into charitable support that can be helpful during this season.

AdaptAbility aims to make life better for those with special and diverse needs.

In anticipation of kids returning to school after the holidays, AdaptAbility also stresses the importance of engaging in meaningful discussions with our children to encourage the importance of inclusion. AdaptAbility encourages integrating children’s literature focused on diversity into these discussions. 

A great gift idea can come from AdaptAbility’s curated selection includes books addressing various disabilities, such as autism or cerebral palsy and the importance of empathizing with others. These resources serve as invaluable tools in guiding conversations about inclusion and offer insights into how we can actively contribute to creating an environment that encourages empathy, assistance and inclusivity in our daily lives.

A New Year’s Resolution: Prioritizing your Health in 2024

The secret to prioritizing your health year-round is planning ahead! Life can get crazy and we can often end up putting our own needs on the back burner. Pre-booking the appointments that often slip our minds, like six-month dental check-ups with University District Dental and yearly eye exams with Clara Optometry, can help us put our health first. Scheduling these appointments ahead of time will not only help you secure your preferred appointment time but also ensure your health is a priority in 2024. 

Investing in fitness class packages and memberships is also a great way to prioritize your health and guarantee that you’re scheduling time for yourself. Orangetheory Fitness and YYC Cycle in U/D offer monthly memberships that help you plan ahead, prioritize your fitness and hold yourself accountable to your goals. Whether you can manage eight workouts a month or want the freedom to go as often as you like, these fitness destinations make it simple to plan your monthly workouts and easily pre-book them online. Plan ahead and prioritize yourself in 2024.