What's new at U/D?

April 21, 2022 by University District

Meet the neighbours! Spring is in full bloom at University District and exciting new retailers have Calgarians enjoying the many benefits of northwest Calgary’s burgeoning community.

University District has welcomed four new retailers to University Avenue in the last few months. With more openings on the horizon, it has never been a better time to wander the streets and check out who is new in our community!

Now Open

Village Ice Cream – This Calgary favourite fits right at home in U/D. Now that spring has sprung, it is the perfect time to grab a cone, or a pint, and check-out the changes in the neighbourhood. With a seasonal rotation of flavours each month, there is always something new to try. Our favourite? How about  ‘Everything Mark Loves’ a seasonal favourite and tribute to a dear friend and one of the very first Villagers. This flavour includes crunchy pecan pralines in a caramel base with chunks of decadent Nutella ganache running through it. Back by popular demand, it will soon be everything you love in your ice cream craving! Watch for their patio opening soon!

Canadian Brewhouse – Between their legendary beer and cocktail menu and their laid back atmosphere, Canadian Brewhouse is a welcome addition to U/D. We are already dreaming about the patio drinks, on two impressive patios, that will be enjoyed at U/D’s neighbourhood pub. Among their most popular cocktails are their Same Team Soda and Full Send Cider, which are two unique and original cocktails that are a crowd pleaser for a lunch or dinner out with friends.

Cobs Bread – There is nothing quite like a fresh loaf of bread just steps away from your home. Be sure to check out Cobs’ Easter treats such as their classic and chocolate hot cross buns and follow them on social media to see the latest creations coming out of their ovens. Mmmmm….you can just smell the goodness walking down University Avenue. 

Plantlife Cannabis – The long-awaited dispensary can be found next to Cobs bread. Calgary has a lot of Cannabis stores to choose from, but Plantlife is unique for customers who are new to the Cannabis world. They offer free consultations and information sessions so you can learn what is best for you and your needs. You can also receive 15% off when you become part of the Plantlife family, to learn more stop in for a visit.

Coming Soon

The new changes in U/D do not stop there! This spring and summer will be busy with brand new openings almost every month and more new announcements on the horizon. 

The Banquet Dive Bar – A first in Calgary and opening in April, the Banquet Dive Bar will be home to a bowling alley, pool hall, patio and so much more. They have over 30 beers on tap, but it’s the games that make this space unique & fun for the whole family. Kids are welcome until 8:00 pm daily, and their wide variety of food options make it a great way to spend a family afternoon or evening. 

The Alley – It is time for tea this April in U/D. The Alley is Calgary’s newest tea spot sure to satisfy all of your sweet cravings this spring. They believe quality is what sets them apart. 

From choosing the type of tea leaves, the hand-picking process and roasting with other ingredients, each cup of tea has its own determined aroma and taste. They have a variety of milk choices & can customise any drink for you. To keep up to date on their newest menu items & specials, be sure to follow them on Instagram.

The Hearing Loss Clinic – Conveniently located near both the Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital, The Hearing Loss Clinic is expected to make their mark in U/D starting in June. A great addition to our community, they are committed to your ear health. They offer a variety of services, including comprehensive hearing tests, custom hearing protection, and special assessments for kids and adults. Not only do they offer award winning hearing health care, they are compassionate and believe in forward-thinking through their whole practice. You can book your appointment online here

Borough Bar + Grill – The Boroughs of New York are calling and you must come! This highly-anticipated addition to the Murrieta’s Hospitality family will call U/D home this summer. The unique design of their space includes a stunning patio on central commons park,a large main dining room, a lounge, and a chef’s table for larger parties. The space will also include a walk-in patisserie specialising in sandwiches and coffee. When you walk in, you’ll feel the New York experience through their distinctive menu & design elements. For more information and opening date, be sure to check back to the University District website

Staples – Opening this June, you’ll discover the latest products to inspire how you work and learn. Their newest location just east of Cineplex VIP Cinemas includes a public co-working space. Great if you need a seperate space or don’t have one in your home. For the latest updates & grand opening date be sure to check out our Facebook page!

The Alt Hotel – Calgary’s second Alt Hotel has resumed construction. We are thrilled to welcome this exciting addition from the Le Germain team to our retail main street. They take pride in their inspiring designs, unique to each room and their little extras make for a refined stay each time. They have flexible check-out times, nespresso coffee machines, free wi-fi & they are pet friendly. The Alt Hotel is expected to open in summer 2023. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for their latest news!

We are also gearing up for a busy summer of activities and events. Some new additions are the U/D Night Markets and YYC Growers + Distributors Community Farm Stand both starting in May. Our annual Trails and Treasures event returns and kicks off a summer of outdoor fun on June 19. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest information on market pop-ups, farm stands and other events happening in U/D. 

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